Pagans & Politics: The Power of Pagan Activism

Examine your feelings about political activism, from the smallest to the scariest steps, and find what you feel most comfortable with. Get in touch with your powers of manifestation as you move beyond self-directed concerns and integrate with your community, whether that be local, regional, national, or international. Feel your power to change the status quo and build solidarity with others who share your values, regardless of spiritual path. Power up!

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Magic for black lives and more

In these turbulent times filled with heightened politic activism, we have a handbook for how to enhance our effectiveness through magical means. Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change was written by Michael M Hughes after his worldwide #BindTrump working. It is a perfect blend of Paganism and politics. 

What's the meaning of #MagicResistance? It's for people using magic to serve others: the dispossessed, those with no voices, animals, trees, etc. Anyone can join. Use it to promote progressive, inclusive, and liberating trends. Move beyond magic for strictly personal growth and turn your talents and gifts to the wider world!

The book begins with who should use it and how. There's a handy section on the history of magic and social activism.

Hughes'-originated #BindTrump ritual in 2017 was the largest mass magical working in history. Some continue it today, with workings at 1159pm EST every waning crescent moon.

The book contains a nice magical toolkit, demonstrating how you can use what you've already got to make an impact. My favorite is to send tarot cards to our elected representatives. If I'm angry, my fallback is The Tower or The Devil! But there are plenty of uses. I make color copies of my cards so as not to bang up the deck.

Huges includes a very good discussion on ethics, which is critical for magical interference. He lays a good foundation -- spells don't even start until page 175. The spells themselves seem heavily influenced by ceremonial magic -- at no point does me mention raising a Wiccan cone of power, for instance.

But the spells! Great, simple yet powerful spells covering Black Lives Matter, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ protection, calling bullshit, #MeToo, and even a hex for the NRA (use all hexes with caution). In short, spells for every political action you can be involved with as a liberal or progressive. Conservatives, you'll have to write your own book! ;-)

The book wraps with a good appendix and a plethora of resources.

This is the perfect get-your-hands-dirty component of this column. You make a difference. You may feel like just a drop in the ocean, but what is an ocean but a multitude of drops? Touch into your power today and turn the world in a more just direction!

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Cairril Adaire is a solitary Celtic Witch and lapsed Discordian. She is the founder of Our Freedom: A Coalition for Pagan Civil Rights. She is an entrepreneur and also a professional musician with the world music ensemble Kaia. She blogs at  


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Friday, 03 July 2020

    From July 11, 2020 until August 19, 2020 I will pray the following before going to bed each night:
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -- That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunity of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within it’s jurisdiction the full protection of the laws.
    God and Goddess grant that the Democratic National Convention nominate the most capable candidate for stewardship of the American land and preservation of the Liberties of the American people."

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