Witch population doubles as millennials cast off Christianity

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From NY Post: If you were interested in witchcraft in 1692, you probably would have been jailed or burned at the stake. If you’re interested in witchcraft in 2018, you are probably an Instagram influencer.

From crystal subscription boxes to astrologist-created lip balm, the metaphysical has gone mainstream. Millennials today know more about chakras than your kooky New Age aunt. That’s why it’s no surprise that the generation that is blamed for killing everything is actually bringing popularity to centuries-old practices.

According to the Pew Research Center, about 1.5 million Americans identify as Wiccan or pagan. A decade ago, that number was closer to 700,000. Presbyterians, by comparison, have about 1.4 million votaries.

So why has witch popularity doubled? Perhaps it’s because millennials were raised on Harry Potter? Or maybe it’s because of the rise in popularity of yoga and meditation, researchers suggest.

Regardless, millennials have embraced astrology and the supernatural, even if they aren’t quite sure why. In fact, Stella Bugbee, editor-in-chief and president of the Cut, told the Atlantic that their horoscope content traffic increased 150 percent from 2016 to 2017.

In the same article, Lucie Greene, worldwide director of J. Walter Thompson’s innovation group, which looks at cultural trends, said that over the past few years, New Age practices have “very much geared toward a millennial and young Gen X quotient.”

It’s important to note, however, that while most Wiccans are pagans, all pagans are not necessarily Wiccans. All “witches” also aren’t necessarily “Wiccan.” Confused? Us too.

“Pagan” is an umbrella term that includes a number of different spiritual beliefs, often lumped in with “primitive beliefs,” which was used to describe people from rural areas who had not adopted Christianity. “Wicca” is a religion that “affirms the existence of supernatural power,” according to Merriam-Webster. The term “Wiccan” didn’t enter the mainstream until the late 1950s.

Meanwhile, social media has made it easy for witches of all kinds to bring their practices out into the light, because let’s face it, shiny things like crystals make prime social content.

Influencers like Hoodwitch bring “everyday magic for the modern mystic” to your Instagram feed daily. Moreover, there are more than 2 million posts on the app with the hashtag #witchesofinstagram. Still, it’s not just millennials embracing technology to spread the sorcery. Laurie Cabot, the “Original Witch of Salem,” shares daily spells and insight on Twitter. Cabot was bestowed that title by the then-governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, in 1977.

Now, it’s not clear if today’s witches are actually practicing spells (they are, see below) and attending new moon meditations or if they’re just capitalist crones scooping up all the witch kitsch. Regardless, it all looks good on Instagram, and when it comes to millennials, that’s the whole point.

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Dr. Eowyn
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Hellywood and pop culture have much to be blamed, but the Millennials’ parents too are responsible. But then I doubt if those parents themselves are Christians.

America as a country needs to be exorcized. But then the Catholic Church did perform an exorcism on the country of Mexico in 2015, to no apparent effect.

https://www.businessinsider.com/the-catholic-church-performed-an-exorcism-to-help-mexico-2015-6

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My coworker and her teen children got heavily into paganism and Wicca. I’m not sure what they were dong, but they all had a very scary energy around them. Her teen son became emotionally erratic and sadly, committed suicide. I truly believe, even based on personal experience with New Age when I was younger, these practices make people subject to madness and losss of Gods protection. These millennials sadly have no clue of the dangerous waters they are entering.

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Sad to think these uneducated want to fit in somewhere so bad, they will follow even the evil. I doubt few were ever church goers and probably not many were young leaders at school. They just don’t fit in. Would any of us want someone so deranged and vile in our lives? I doubt few even understand the ramifications they are bringing into their life. Many could be called losers.

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There were some kids a couple of towns over from me playing at trying to be witches etc…. They bit off more than they could handle… A couple of them killed themselves and at least one more is in an institution…. Be careful with what you wish for….

Lophatt
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Lophatt

There are recently a group of these in the little town where I live. I first noticed them about six months ago. They are seen walking everywhere. They look to range in age from their forties to twenties. They dress similar to the above picture. Their clothes are clearly hand made and somewhat “Gothic” but not like that fad, exactly. They look like they were “teleported” down from somewhere. They are always in a group of from two to about twelve. I have no idea where they come from but I see them all over the place. They are always… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I doubt seriously that any of this is by “accident”. Obviously Christianity is under renewed attack and this is one result. First we know that this generation is particularly fond of being joiners. They are NOT thinkers. They ARE self-serving. That makes them perfect fodder for schemes like this. They are too “smart” for the Christian God. This way they can be their “OWN” “god”. If they want a world with 34 “genders”, they can have one. If they want to diddle little kids and farm animals, they just write it into the lectionary.

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I’m inclined to believe many of these who say they’re practicing Witchcraft are only “dabbling” in it,weekend warriors,so to speak,and aren’t jumping in completely. I have to say,though,back in my 20’s I dated a woman who WAS into the occult,and I saw things that frightened me quite badly-things there’s no other way to explain. I believe she put a hex on me,or something,when I left. I don’t know of another way to explain it. Everything that was good,healthy or bright in my life went completely sour. I was always lucky and though I wasn’t rich,I always had enough money and… Read more »

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Seumas

A sizable chunk of the blame I think comes from two places 1. the media (print as well as broadcast) & entertainment industries glorified “wicca” left right and center wherever they could, but particularly in the late 90’s to the 2000’s, on whose orders, however, I don’t know. 2. the internet, which was also widely popularizing the stuff across the bulletin boards in the “religion” sections. (things like “zoklet” and “the temple of the screaming electron” had such sections, often filled with witchcraft & gnostic filth.) However there was a demographic from the ’60’s on up that popularized the stuff,… Read more »

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Over 30 years ago when we moved to CA, the first thing I noticed was the overwhelming number of high-school “Wiccans” and “Vampires.” Did I think they were crazy then? YES. Do I think even now that they are crazy? Yes. I’ve recently had this conversation with other teachers and community members and too, with the campus security employees ……”Why do these kids disappear after graduation…or before…and where are they now???” My own kids, who attended these same schools BUT never adopted the many fads or strange “isms” that were “popular” in their time…….have gone on to national/ international status… Read more »

Hawkmoon
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“People who believe in nothing, will fall for anything”

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