DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Witches and other occultists across the United States are planning to cast a spell on President Donald Trump.
The occult ceremony on Friday, October 25 will be the third annual "binding spell" against Trump, with the first one taking place during Trump's first year in the White House in 2017.
Referring to themselves as the "Magic Resistance," Wiccans and other occult practitioners claim they are trying to stop the president from hurting the country.
One of the organizers, activist and self-described magical thinker Michael Hughes, told the Washington Examiner, "I'm willing to go on record and say it's working."
He said that after he posted instructions for the spell online in 2017, it "immediately" went viral "and just completely exploded."
Hughes opined, "Knowing thousands of people are gathering together at the same time from all over the world to do this ritual and to put our beliefs and our desires into sharp focus, and to do that ritualistically, I think that has a really powerful effect."
On Twitter Monday, Hughes announced, "Hey, guess what's happening four days from now? Get your stubby orange candles now and beat the rush!"
The movement to cast a spell on President Trump is a cause of serious concern for Catholic exorcists.
Indianapolis exorcist Fr. Vincent Lampert commented to the Examiner, "Some of them may be doing it thinking it's just fun, but they are gambling with evil, and just because their motive is one way doesn't mean they're not opening up an entry point for evil in their own life."
"I think evil will present itself as something good, maybe initially to attract people's attention, to draw people in, but then ultimately people are going to discover it's all about fracturing their lives," Fr. Lampert added.
Witches in New York tried to put a curse on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October last year. In response, exorcist Fr. Gary Thomas of the San Jose diocese offered Masses for Kavanaugh.
Father Thomas told the National Catholic Register at the time, "The decision to do this against a Supreme Court justice is a heinous act and says a lot about the character of these people that should not be underestimated or dismissed."
"These are real evil people," he added.
All this comes in an era when the occult is on the rise in the United States.
For instance, the number of Americans practicing Wicca — a form of witchcraft — skyrocketed from an estimated 8,000 people in 1990 to 340,000 in 2008. That represents a 40-fold increase in the span of just 18 years.
According to another statistic, an estimated 0.4% of Americans — more than 1 million individuals — were practicing either Wicca or paganism in 2014.
Also on the rise in the United States are the "nones" — those with no religious affiliation, including atheists and agnostics.
This is a noticable increase from 2009, when nones accounted for about 17% of Americans.