Witches are reportedly gathering to cast a spell on President Donald Trump and his supporters Friday night with the hopes of "binding" him and ejecting him from office.
According to the spell's Facebook event page — yes, it has a Facebook page — the purpose is to create "a mass binding ritual to be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until Donald Trump is removed from office." There is even a twitter hashtag for it that plays off the "resistance" movement against Trump, going by #magicresistance.
The "private magical order" that began the movement to cast this spell "wishes to remain anonymous," according to an explanatory Medium post connected to the Facebook page.
The desired effect of the "spell" is to stop Trump "from doing harm":
Binding spells, or defixiones, are some of the oldest in the historical record, and are nearly universal in the world’s magical systems. In this document, binding, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm, is differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s). It is understood, in this context, that binding does not generate the potential negative blowback from cursing/hexing/crossing, nor does it harm the caster’s karma.
In other words, this is not the equivalent of magically punching a Nazi; rather, it is ripping the bullhorn from his hands, smashing his phone so he can’t tweet, tying him up, and throwing him in a dark basement where he can’t hurt anyone.
The ingredients for the spell include a bunch of household items such as "an unflattering photo of Trump," a "small bowl of water," a "pin or small nail" and an "ashtray or dish of sand."
After all the necessary preparations, participants are instructed to chant together to "the spirits of Earth, Wind, and Fire," "heavenly hosts" and "Demons of the infernal realm" with supplications that Trump will utterly fail and do no harm. The spell also targets Trump supporters, as the chant includes binding "all those who enable his wickedness, and those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies."
Participants are then supposed to burn the photo of Trump while chanting "so mote it be." The instructions permit spell-casters to finish with Trump's catch-phrase "you're fired," if they so desire.
The page states that even non-witches are joining in on the ritual, including "a large number of Christians," yet no evidence was offered to back up this claim. The Medium page does make several references to Christianity, however, attempting to prove that the spell falls in line with some Christian practices, such as the reading of Psalm 23. It also says that those Christians who are aligning with Trump probably do "not have Jesus Christ on their side."
At least one celebrity, singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey has decided to participate in the ritual herself, voicing her support on Twitter.