Number of Witches in U.S Dramatically Rises, May Surpass 1.5 Million
The rise in witchcraft coincides with people feeling alienated from organized religion
The number of witches (and Wiccans) in the United States has risen dramatically since the 1990s and maybe by at least 1.5 million, according to a report from the Christian Post.
The rise in witchcraft coincides with people feeling alienated from organized religion; one catalyst could be the child abuse scandal of the Catholic church.
Citing data from Quartz, a Trinity College study, and the Pew Research Center - the Christian Post added:
"[T]he practice of witchcraft has grown significantly in recent decades; those who identify as witches has risen concurrently with the rise of the 'witch aesthetic."
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The number of Wiccans in the United States increased from 8,000 to 340,000 between 1990 and 2008, according to three religious surveys conducted by Trinity College in Connecticut claim.
0.4% of the population 1 to 1.5 million Americans -- "identify as Wicca or Pagan," according to the Pew Research Center.
"It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern," author Julie Roys, formerly of Moody Radio, told the Christian Post.
"The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill."
Roys added that Millenials are attracted to Witchcraft because it is "effectively repackaged."
"No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic," said Roys.
"[I]t's a 'pre-Christian tradition' that promotes 'free thought' and 'understanding of earth and nature.'"
As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 milhttps://t.co/a0RPmFeEv1— Carmen FowlerLaBerge (@carmenlaberge) October 9, 2018
Christian radio host Carmen FowlerLaBerge Tweeted:
"As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically.
There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 million than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 mil."
The Christian post cited data from Market Watch revealing the "psychic services industry" rose 2% between 2011 and 2016, making it now a $2 billion industry in the United States.
The Los Angeles Times also ran a commentary on May 23, 2017, were author Diana Wagman claims how she joined "thousands of witches, believers and people like me all over the world" to cast a 'binding spell' on President Donald Trump "under the waning crescent moon."
"It was not meant to physically hurt him, only to keep him from succeeding at his tasks," explained Wagman.
"I found an orange candle in a box of multicolored ones we use for our Hanukkah menorah. I printed the required tarot card off the Internet and propped it up. I cut an unflattering photo of POTUS out of the newspaper, and I burned it while chanting the words of the spell. ... I plan to complete the ritual again...."