It seems that karma may bite Brock Turner after all.

Witches’ honor?

Witches’ honor.

Last Tuesday night, women around the world cast spells against the Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious woman on a sidewalk after a frat party on the Palo Alto, California campus.

The event took place in Wilton, Iowa, just 31 miles from Iowa City, by Melanie Elizabeth Hexen, a midwife and belly-dance instructor. She created the event after feeling “outraged and helpless” over Turner’s short sentence of six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a frat party at Stanford. It’s the latest action and while it’s more metaphyscial in its nature, it’s another form of protest. Hexen made a Facebook event to allow others who wanted to take action to join in on the mass hex and within 12 hours more than 600 people had RSVPed.

“There must have been a huge need for this for it to blow up so fast,” Hexen told the Associated Press. “We all felt so much injustice and anger and sadness and the need to connect on a psychological level with other people who felt the same and could do something about it.”

At 10 p.m. Central Time (the witching hour… we know, bad pun!), the virtual event officially began, with witches around
the world hexing Turner in their own homes and sharing photos of altars and descriptions of their ceremonies on the Facebook page. Most hexes focused on impotence and causing Turner physical pain.

A sample ritual Hexen posted to the group suggested using a black candle and a photo or representation of Turner, wrapping it with a string and chanting the following hex: “In the most holy name of Hecate, the Goddess of Life and Death, She who holds the key to the underworld, let this rapist meet justice. Let him be destroyed.”

Hexen then suggests repeating this three times:

“Brock Allen Turner we hex you.
You will be impotent
You will know constant pain of pine needles in your guts
Food will bring you no sustenance
In water, your lungs will fail you
Sleep will only bring nightmares
Shame will be your mantle.
You will meet justice.
My witchcraft is strong. Our witchcraft is powerful. The spell will work. So Mote it be.”

Witches participated from various regions of the US as well as internationally, hexing in from countries such as Peru and Uruguay and the ceremonies varied widely by person and practice. While most targeted Turner directly, others included the judge who sentenced him as well as his father for defending his son’s actions. Others tackled broader issues like the “destruction of rape culture,” as one witch described her spell.

There were a few women that also conducted positive ceremonies, lighting candles for the victim and those who saved her and sending positive energy to the witches completing the hex. Hexen has no specific plans for mass hexing again in the future but many people are continuing to take action in private groups and creating future events.

Hexen also said many of the witches who participated were survivors of sexual assault themselves. They posted their own experiences in the Facebook event, sharing support for one another and making their hexes more potent.

Brock… you must have ticked somebody off. First you assualt someone, then you get six months in the county lockup (three for good behavior). Let’s hope your favorite song isn’t “Witchy Woman,” “Dark Lady” or “Black Magic Woman.” Let’s also hope his favorite Shakespeare play isn’t “Macbeth.”

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