Let’s Hex Trump!

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During an appearance in Arizona yesterday, presumptive GOP nominee told governor Jan Brewer, “You know, it’s not nice to say about a woman, but you are tough, aren’t you?” Later, he announced that he felt like a supermodel. “I feel like a supermodel, except like times ten. … I’m on the cover of the biggest magazines.”

If you, too, suffer Trump fatigue, this fake flier by artist Nathaniel Russell might cheer you up. Some days you wake up and just wanna hex the NRA and curse Trump and hand out love potions to all earth peoples, you know? You can even print it out and make it into a nice poster!

This is hot on the heels of the recent public hexing of Brock Turner, where witches across the world conducted ceremonies to curse Turner, his father, and/or the judge who sentenced him. According to Broadly, not all of the witches participated in a hex per se, instead opting for “positive ceremonies, lighting candles for the victim and those who saved her, and sending positive energy to the witches completing the hex.”

Similarly, the amazing artist Eliza Gauger creates sigils for people who write to her with problems through her Problem Glyphs project. She recently posted a Hex of Obsolescence, which is specifically targeted towards dismantling transphobia and the recent anti-trans bathroom bills. “This sigil harms the bodies, minds, and concepts of those who refuse to mind their own fucking business, and by business I mean gender,” reads one sticker seen on the streets of Seattle. Gauger, who is Kickstarting a Problem Glyphs book, told the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, “It’s supposed to be threatening.”

The idea of cursing or hexing is controversial in some pagan communities — “an’ it harm none” versus  “do what thou wilt” and so on — but you can’t say Russell’s flier isn’t awfully tempting. Some would argue that the appeal of ritual magic is to take control of situations that make us feel helpless and scared, which seem to be the two keywords for this year’s news cycle. As Black Phillip would say, “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” Of course you would.