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Witches On TikTok Are Hexing White Supremacists And Police Officers To Protest From Home

by : Julia Banim on : 09 Jun 2020 12:27
Witches On TikTok Are Hexing White Supremacists And Police Officers To Protest From HomeWitches On TikTok Are Hexing White Supremacists And Police Officers To Protest From Home@venxm.exe/@rue.the.day/TikTok

Witches on TikTok are banding together in a bid to protect Black Lives Matter protesters, casting protection spells as well as ‘banishing spells for white supremacists’.

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Last week’s protests coincided with a large, bright full moon, straight out of a werewolf movie. This made it the perfect time for witchy allies to show their support.

Modern witches have been sharing incantations, spells and moon rituals on social media, particularly over TikTok, as a means of protesting from their respective homes, sparking the hashtags #witchesforblm and #witchesagainstracism.

The flurry of witchcraft appears to have initially been sparked by TikTok user @venxm.exe, who uploaded various videos encouraging other witches to join her.

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Her spooky call was answered, and soon countless witches emerged to rail against police brutality, showing solidarity with those marching for a better system. Over the course of just a few short days, the hashtag #witchesforblm has gained more than 10 million views on TikTok.

Many shared videos showing ‘baby witches’ how it’s done, complete with black candles and spell books, while others shared mysterious sigils they had written to protect protesters on the ground.

Some have even claimed to have put hexes on members of law enforcement who have been escalating violence during protests, as well as on white supremacists who have been stirring up further racist hate and division at this already difficult time.

More than a few witches have claimed to have put a curse on US President Donald Trump, whose inflammatory language and public threats against protesters leave much to be desired in terms of leadership and diplomacy.

UNILAD decided to catch up with a real witch to find out more, and so spoke with Atyo, a witch and illustrator who feels witchcraft has helped her ‘grow as a person’.

Having first begun reading cards as a teenager, Atyo proceeded to try scrying, the art of using the unconsciousness mind to look into future. But when she started to have dreams that came true, Atyo began to delve deeper into the practice of witchcraft, and began making spells.

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When the time came to show support for the Black Lives Matter protests, Atyo began ‘working on protection spells and sigils’ for the activists on the ground:

Witches around the world had a plan to work together on 5 June, and on that night I felt the most calm while doing my work. A lot of us felt something shift. I do feel that another spell of mine has helped. Things are changing, but slowly. That’s how magic works.

This sense of social justice fits with the ethos of witchcraft. Atyo doesn’t believe a person can rightfully call themselves a witch if they hold prejudices such as racism or homophobia, telling UNILAD:

Us witches know what it is to be killed for who you are and turning a blind eye to stuff like that just doesn’t make sense.

You don’t even have to be a witch to see how wrong this injustice is. A ‘Witch’ means ‘wise one’ and it’s not very wise of someone who doesn’t see the problem in those things.

Atyo explained that anyone can try to be a witch, but warned that they ‘don’t hex for fun’, urging people to remember that witchcraft is ‘not something you should play around with’. Those who want to get involved should first ensure they do plenty of reading and research, using their craft with care.

Speaking with pride about the solidarity shown by the witchcraft community in recent days, Atyo said:

After all one of the things that witchcraft is for is helping others and ourselves.

One last thing that I want to say to the black people, to black witches, to black LGBTQ, is that you are valid, you are strong, we witches hear you and we want to help with what we can. I hope you can feel the love, because you are not alone in this.

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Whether or not you believe in the power of witchcraft, the sense of support and solidarity from this often misunderstood community is genuinely quite cheering.

The June full moon arrived on June 5 at 3.12pm EDT, and was clearly visible for the next three days. The next full moon, known as the Buck Moon, will take place July 5, and it’s as of yet unclear what the witches have planned.

Find out more about how you can show support for the Black Lives Matter movement here.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Viral, Black Lives Matter, Hex, Now, TikTok, Witches, WitchTok

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Mikayla/TikTok and 1 other
  1. Mikayla/TikTok

    @venxm.exe

  2. Atyo/Twitter

    @atyo1998