Spell Casting And Occult Rises Across The U.S.
I came across an interesting read in Newsweek about a raised awareness for the occult, I got the inspiration for this article from there. Witchcraft, as well as other pagan religious practices, grew in the United States in the past few years’ millennials changing to tarot cards and astrology as they shift from Christianity and other conventionally powerful Abrahamic religions.
The number of existing witches and people practicing Wicca in religious routines in America rose quite much from the 1990s, with various recent researches showing there may be over 1.5 million witches in the whole country. One of the research conducted by Trinity College in 1990 counted just approximately 8,000 Wiccans in the United States; however, the rise has been caused by a rejection of common Christianity amongst young Americans and a growth in occultism.
With about 1.5 million people practicing witches in the United States, it implies that witchcraft has many followers compared to mainline followers of the Presbyterian Church which are at least 1.4 million.
The data gathered by the Trinity College and Pew Research Center in Connecticut indicate that witchcraft, as well as the pre-Christian practices, have been restored by young adults. The Millennials are looking for extra independence in their spirituality and the concern about tarot card readings and astrology has grown in recent years.
As reported by Quartz seen: here, celebrities, Millennials and even those who oppose Justice Brett Kavanaugh- the Supreme Court have welcomed the “witch aesthetic” instead of more restrictive Christian beliefs.
“From 1990-2008, Trinity College situated in Connecticut did three extensive, comprehensive religion surveys,” announced Quartz. “Those have pointed that Wicca expanded remarkably over this time. From an approximated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, they discovered there were roughly 340,000 who practice it in 2008.” This definitely shows that Occult has grown in the U.S.
The Trinity College results also showed there were approximately 340,000 Pagans existing in the country in 2008. More so, the Pew Research Center, a center which has indicated a drop in the U.S Catholic and Protestant membership for a while, issued a June poll which revealed that adults below 40 do not recognize religion as such, and are not inclined to tell that religion is “very important” for them in their lives.
“It is expected that occult and witchcraft would grow as the society becomes more postmodern. The dismissal of Christianity has left a gap that individuals, as naturally spiritual beings, will try to fill,” an author Julie Roys stated in comments submitted to The Christian Post a month ago.
“Additionally, Wicca has completely restructured witchcraft for millennial application,” Roys proceeded. No longer is paganism and witchcraft demonic and satanic, it is a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that advocates ‘free thought’ and the ‘understanding of nature and earth.”
A recent series of stories related to witchcraft have developed over the last few months in the political field. When the congressional confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the Judge was heard the past month, a Brooklyn bookstore put a “hex” on the questionable conservative. The coven was followed by Lana Del Rey, a singer, in announcing they would now place numerous hexes on Donald Trump, the President.
Notwithstanding the increase in practicing witches, the United States is still lead by Christianity, which makes 70% of the United State’s religious community, the Pew Research Center pointed earlier this year. Again, a bit higher than 22% of Americans classifies themselves as “unaffiliated” with any sort of religion.
For a long time, a growth in fear has been associated with an increase in compliance with belief systems- regardless of how that will manifest in the form of common religion or other options.