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Do you WitchTok? Here’s what the Church has to say

Witchcraft is not ‘contacting God in a different way.’

To know what WitchTok is, type the world on the Tiktok search engine and a variety of short-form videos appear.

There’s coco_thewitch demonstrating a spell on how to bring someone back into your life, aquarianangelll instructing viewers on the most effective way to manifest your desires, astralwitch showing off her neatly tied up herbs and what they can do for you, and thepocketwitch enumerating 11 signs that you were born a witch.  

As you may have already figured out, WitchTok, while rooted in witchcraft and the occult, is a reflection of people’s growing interest in astrology, numerology, tarot reading, crystal healing, and other mystical practices. WitchTok’s goal is to provide answers in an uncertain and chaotic world, says an article on the trending topic. (Read: Here’s What The Church Says About ‘Healing Crystals’)

Said to stem from the pandemic, when the threat of COVID-19 raised people’s doubts and fears about their health, security, and future, WitchTok, allows people to “take back control” and “align [oneself] with a movement that is about harnessing your inner power, controlling your own reality, connecting to the higher senses and nature,” adds the article. Small wonder then why #witchtok has over 19 billion views!

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Photos from (thepocketwitch, elementually) TikTok

It’s also no surprise that the Catholic Church is against the practice of all forms of spells and rituals that control everything one’s health to how a person feels about you.

“All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others—even if this were for the sake of restoring their health—are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion,” said the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2117.

“These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity.”

Still need convincing? Here’s a priest’s take on whether a practicing Catholic can practice Wicca (a form of nature worship):

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Photo from Samiramay/Dreamstime.com

“For some reason, all kinds of TV shows and movies have popped up which try to make witchcraft look fun, acceptable, harmless or even good. This is not the case,” says Fr. Joseph Krupp in faithmag.com.

“Whether we believe it or not, witchcraft brings contact with evil spirits. They may appear to be good, or even do nice things, but the problem is they only want our deaths.

“Please understand witchcraft is not ‘contacting God in a different way.’ God has strictly forbidden the practice. Witchcraft is not harmless or good, it is using evil spirits who appear to be good to get what we want, and that is not holy. If you are engaging in practices of witchcraft, I urge you to step away from them and pray for help. See your priest and ask him for guidance.”

And if you still want to try it, proceed with caution. Or better yet, stop trying to control things with a spell. Instead, leave everything up to the Almighty, who has always had your back from Day One.

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