Please welcome guest blogger Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. This is the final installment of a IV series of excerpts from Kristen’s book. Read the last post on Political Witch: Rebellion & Revolution.
The Feminine Mystique Meets the Digital Mystic
Millennials are the first native digital generation to have grown up online, and because the internet is divested from nature—from sunrise and sunset and the seasons to the waxing and waning moon—some have responded with increased investment in the earth. As a new wave of interest in the witch rises, information on nature-based practices is proliferating. There are social media hubs where you can learn how to use ritual to heal from trauma, how to use sex magic to achieve desired goals, and how to harness the power of natural objects for a variety of purposes. Many of these witchcraft practices are rooted in ancient—and even historically secretive—traditions, but are now available to the masses in digital grimoires. There is a uniquely twenty-first-century kind of magic, however, that straddles the physical and virtual worlds and could not exist offline. From texting emoji spells to Snapchatting rituals, digital mystics are changing the face of contemporary witchcraft. And as witchcraft is not merely a solitary practice, when witches take these digital tools and join together, the results can be powerful.
Collective spellcasting happened with increased frequency over the past few years. As feminist activists organized online in the name of social justice, thousands of mystics, occultists, intuitives and SJWs (Social Justice Witches) connected through social media to hex and/or bind racist police officers killing unarmed people of color, transphobic lawmakers passing prejudicial bills, government contractors desecrating sacred indigenous land, president Donald Trump, Stanford rapist Brock Turner, and pharmaceutical price gouger Martin Shkreli. They shared messages of solidarity and healing and set their sights on fighting racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia through any means necessary.
Although skeptics do scoff, this kind of spellcasting need not only be thought of in spiritual terms. Collective spellcasting functions similarly to the way people rally behind a hashtag to inspire media coverage, drive real world protest, influence representatives, and, eventually, enact laws and national change. If language can be a spell, and repetition a method to transform intent into action, harnessing the collective consciousness through viral activist campaigns is one way contemporary feminist witches are using their magic to fight back against oppression.