Witchy Wednesday - So You Want to be a Witch...

One of the things that struck me when I first started exploring Paganism and Witchcraft was the number of books telling me what I should and shouldn't do in order to be a witch. There were books that said I could only be a witch if my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all witches, meaning a hereditary witch. There were books that said that I could only be a witch if I were to be initiated into a specific tradition and followed that tradition through the ranks eventually leading to priestess.  Everyone has their own idea about what I need to do in order to connect with my spirituality. They have rules and guidelines and if I don't follow them I'll surely miss out on the big... wait a second, that sounds and awful lot like organized religion.  Well yea, you see now don't you?

We have so many paths that fall under (even if it is just beneath the brim) of the Paganism Umbrella. While many shun the name Pagan, we have to remember that the word is intended to encompass all religions outside the three main Abrahamic Religions.  Those are Christianity, Judaism & Islam. That is how I am defining Pagans.

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While I am the first to proclaim that reading is one of the first major steps to following any path, there are some books out there that you should avoid like the plague. Each person has their own point of view about what a "real pagan leader" is.  Let me be clear on one thing.  An author is not a leader. They are a person who has the cash to have a book printed.  They are a person with an opinion that posts on a blog (like this one) or a website or in an e-book.  They put their pants on the same way you do every day. Any person who says they have the only way or the one true way to do anything at all should be taken with a grain of salt. I call your attention to a certain witch who told her teen readers to keep their practices secret from their parents. Many in the magical community openly criticized her comments and openly shunned her.

Pagan Elders are few and far between. There are authors out there with great things to say and I will recommend their books every single day. That being said you as an individual must seek out personal information on that author and make sure you agree with their path and want that energy in your ritual space before filling your shelves with (enter pompous author name full of shit here)'s new edition of enlightenment.  Over the last 10 years or so the amount of infighting in the Pagan Community has led many to take a step back from the word Pagan and try to identify with a different word to distance themselves from some of the negativity and attacks going on within.  I can't blame them.

In the number of times I have tried to work with Pagan groups it tends to end in disappointment. Most talk the talk but few walk the walk. We find those here and there that have the basics down. Meaning they want to celebrate and protect the earth. They want to become more in tune with the energy flow around them and understand that we are all from that same thing. We are all one. Yet, we have egos and attitudes that always spring forth and take over the moment. They are the self initiated authors, teachers or shop owners. They think they are the be all end all of everything magic. It quickly becomes obviously to the most novice acolyte that these people are complete frauds. They know they don't have the skill in magic so they resort to attacking others with gossip to damage reputations instead of trying to build the community up as a whole, they only want to have their Grandpoobah-ness be the exalted one on high, but I digress.

As you can see becoming a witch is a tricky path.  You can't believe everything you read.  You can't believe ever "leader" who claims to be one.  What you can do it watch those people.  Watch the authors.  Read their Twitter account. Look at their Facebook Pages. Do they conduct themselves in a way that makes you want to mirror them?

WikiHow - http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Witch
Let's take a recent incident that occurred when a well known author used his coven to cast binding spells on others (one person was included in the spell by accident) and when approached with this the author played the victim and accused those HE attacked as being the guilty ones.  Now, just the fact that you cast a binding spell on the wrong person will pretty much cause me to burn your books in the first place.  I mean what kind of magic do you have that you don't even know who you are casting against?  Seriously.  Then when caught, you lie?  Hrmm yeah no.  That's not cool at all further, that's not energy I want to be associated with.

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You'll need to pay attention to what those around you do as well.  When someone in your local community steps out of line, do your fellow Pagans follow along?  Do they say Oh yeah, it's cool.  Don't worry, she didn't mean it like that.  He's isn't really that way, you just have to get to know him. Do they make excuses for bad behavior?  Is that the energy you want in your space? You'll need to understand that for the most part the path of the witch is a solitary one. While we can get together in groups on special occasions and work together for short times on projects, as in any other spiritual community there is always large egos that need feeding.  If you're not a feeder expect to be used as fodder.  It is simple as that.  If you want to be a witch expect that your days may be well spent a long in the woods connecting with the earth.  Bonding with the trees. Opening your eyes to the world what we share with the birds and the bugs. If you want to be a witch toss aside that crown of crystals and pick up a felled tree branch.  Drop that fancy robe or those spiffy deer antler crows you purchased at the last big Pagan Festival and drop to the ground and feel the earth beneath you.  Embrace the energy of the trees and the sounds of the earth around you.  Expect to be shunned by the mundane and even more shunned by the spiritual leader with a degree and a class room.  This is what the path of the witch is like.

Be sure not to misunderstand what I'm saying here.  I'm not saying you shouldn't read or try to understand those authors/pagans/leaders both in your area and online. In fact I'm saying the exact opposite. Read them, study them, learn them.  Take from them what resonates with you and leave the rest behind. By far there is much more to be forgotten than remembered when you're dealing with the magical community. There are many paths in the Pagan Community. From Shamanism to Wicca. From Hoodoo to Witch.  Find your path and learn all you can from those who came before you. Be objective, be critical and be honest with yourself about who you want to be. And always remember that you can question anything and anyone. No one is above you simply because they have some obscure title. You be you boo.

A Witch's View - Blue Apron Review - Falafel Pitas

Today I'm reviewing another Blue Apron dish for A Witch's View.  We're looking at Falafel Pitas with Roasted Sweet Potato & Yogurt Sauce. Blue Apron offers fresh non-GMO, sustainable seafood and meats with no hormones or antibiotics.  They don't however, offer dairy free.  That is why ultimately I switched from Blue Apron to GreenChef.  Over the next 3 weeks, I'll share my meals that I picked up from there and compare them to Blue Apron.

Everything comes in the exact measurements that you need to complete the dish.  Before you freak out about waste, Blue Apron offers a recycling program.

So far this was my favorite dish from Blue Apron.  I'm a huge Falafel fan but usually eat it drenched in Tzatziki sauce. Since switching to vegan, I have not found a really great way to make the sauce and have since given up on my falafel.  Until now!  This was a really great dish.  Because Blue Apron does not offer dairy free options, I had to use my own yogurt for this dish.  I used So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt instead of the Greek Yogurt that came with the basket.

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I started out by draining and washing the chickpeas and washing/peeling the veggies. Mise en place!

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 Next I sliced the sweet potatoes thin and got those in the oven with just a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

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While they were roasting I added the garlic, dates and sauce to the chick pea mixture and pan fried those until they were golden on each side.

 After the potatoes were finished cooking I added them to the salad, the shallots and the sauce.
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 Next was assembly.  I put all the yummy goodness into the warmed pita bread and it was divine.   The sweet potato and the arugula was fantastic.  The bite of date mixed with the falafel spices was simply amazing.  This is one of my favorite dishes.   I hate arugula.  Hate.  I had never had a date until today.  The combination was amazing.  I highly recommend this dish.

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 Even my hubby who HATES falafel (How is that even possible?) loved this meal.  We were very pleased with this one.  Go Blue Apron!
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Next week I'll be switching companies and doing reviews for GreenChef.  Stay tuned!

Witchy Wednesday - Spelling with Witches

There comes a time in every budding witch's life when they have to talk about casting spells on people without their permission.  Be it a negative or a positive, spells often take on the will of the caster.  If I believe that a person is, let's say, guilty of a crime I will pour that believe into my magic.

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In June of last year witches around the world set out to get some justice in the Brock Turner rape case. Upset about a laughable sentencing for this crimes, 600 witches decided to take a hand at evening the score a bit.  They set about to do a binding spell on him and to create all sorts of ailments from insatiable hunger to impotence.

This certainly isn't the first time that a coven has called out for justice against a foe.  In 1940 Operation Cone of Power was carried out by a group of 17 witches along with Gerald Gardner in Highcliffe to stop Hitler from landing.

"Witches did cast spells, to stop Hitler landing after France fell," he wrote in Witchcraft Today. "They met, raised the great cone of power and directed the thought at Hitler's brain: 'You cannot cross the sea' ... just as their great-grandfathers had done to Boney and their remoter forefathers had done to the Spanish Armada …
"I am not saying that they stopped Hitler," Gardner added. "All I say is that I saw a very interesting ceremony performed with the intention of putting a certain idea into his mind … and though all the invasion barges were ready, the fact was that Hitler never even tried to come."

More recently we have seen the same thing happen when faced when the upheaval of the 2016 US Presidential Election.  Witches came out in droves to take part in a spell to stop the President from harming others. They have even created a Facebook group to continue their work until the President is removed from office.

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A witch casting a spell on a mundane isn't the only way this works either. We have seen "witch wars" as well, where witches begin to cast on each other publicly. We are not above this and indeed it happens all to often.

So what do you do?  What's the best way to handle spell casting?

I can tell you what I do.  Generally, I do not do spell work on others without their consent. If someone asks for energy for example or if a friend is having work troubles and asks for assistance I'm all over it.  If a friend is sick and needs a boost and ASKS for it, I'm there.   Yes, I know all good magic, but what about the H word?

Hexing? Yes, I will hex and yes, a hex by nature is not positive and will not have the permission of the person being hexed. Hexes are personal. When you attack my family, I will hex.  When you attack me, I will hex.  Make no mistake, while I prefer to heal, I can and will protect what is mine.  And I see attacks (not only physical attacks but also magical attacks) as a threat to what is mine.

Should you hex?
That's up to you. I believe that everything we send out into the world comes back to us. This is not to be confused with the Rule of Three or the Wiccan Rede.  I do not follow the path of Wicca. I do believe that sending out negative or repeating negative all the time will bring that negative to you. I also believe that if you muck around with people's lives expect to be mucked back.

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To wrap this up, I can say this.  People generally know exactly how I feel about them. I don't pretend to be someone's friend and then secretly do negative spell work against them. That's a pretty shitty thing to do to someone. I also don't attack the family members of those who I am having a beef with. You wronged me, you are the one I attack. Kids, family members, pets, all off limits. And if you sit around and allow witches you know to do that, well honey hang on because when that comes home to roost you are going to be in for one rude awakening.

Be mindful in your spells.  Be honest in your spell work.  Be loyal to yourself and welcome the magic in.

A Witch's View - Blue Apron Review - Laotian Vegetable Laab

Continuing my review of Blue Apron. Today I'm reviewing the Laotian Vegetable Laab with Soy-Glazed Mushrooms and Coconut Rice. The dish is about 720 calories and packed with tons of vitamins as well as flavor.

A few negatives though.  My shipment arrived on Friday and I cooked this dish Monday morning.  My herbs were a bit wilted. They still had flavor but I was sad to see them all limp and soggy in the container.  The coconut milk powder was really hard to reconstitute.  I was whisking until my arm was tired and there was little lumps in the milk.  I would suggest that they just give you a can of coconut milk and be done with it.

Tips for those cooking this - When I started making my carrot marinade that it was too dry.  When you add the sugar and the little bits of lime juice it looks more like a paste.  Don't panic.  Just put the carrots in there and let it do its thing.  The lime juice reacts with the sugar and makes a really nice marinade.  You just need to give it a little bit of time.

Ok, let's get on with the steps for making this dish. Everything comes in the exact measurements that you need to complete the dish.  Before you freak out about waste, Blue Apron offers a recycling program.

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The first thing we do is our mise en place.  Washed, peeled, picked and chopped everything that needed it.

I think started with that coconut milk powder.  Yeah it's ugly.  I whisked and whisked and whisked. When I make this again, I'll just use regular coconut milk and be done with it.  After I whisked a bit more I got this in the post with the rice to cook.  A tip here, when the timer went off, I thought the rice wasn't done yet, as there was some moisture on top. I opened the stop and gave it a stir and the right was fine.  It cooks differently in coconut milk than water.

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I mixed my sugar and lime juice together and added my carrots.  As you can see it looks like, "Umm where's the marinade?"  But the sugar breaks down with the lime juice and creates great flavors.  Also I used very little of the Serrano pepper. I think next time I'll add a bit more of the seeds/ribs to bring up the heat a little bit.

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Next I added some olive oil to my pan and started the mushrooms browning.  I cut mine really thin, as I hate mushrooms.  Here's another ingredient that I can't stand but I'm going to try it anyway because that's what this is all about.  Trying new things and challenging my taste buds.

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While the mushrooms are browning I started on the peanut butter sauce.  The soy glaze was a bit tough to get out of the little bottle but over all easy peasy.

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 Next, put the mushrooms in the glaze bowl, wipe out the pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and repeat with the broccoli.  Only this time after they're brown, you'll add some water to finishing cooking them a bit.  I actually added more water to mine to soften them a bit more.

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After the broccoli is finished add it to the bowl with the mushrooms and sauce and stir around to evenly coat everything.

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 And tada!  You're done.  Here's the finished dish. I was really surprised that I liked this. The mushrooms weren't too mushroomy and the carrots added a great crunch.  I will also add that I have never used a cabbage as a wrap component and this was simply amazing. Savoy cabbage is my new favorite cabbage.  Green cabbage is really strong and sometimes bitter when you have it raw, but Savoy cabbage was fantastic. I really enjoyed this offering from Blue Apron.  Much better than the salmon dish we tried last time.  This one I'll be saving to make again and again.

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Next time we're making Falafal!

Witchy Wednesday - Trademarking Yule - PT 2

Last week we chatted about a Pagan business owner looking to put a trademark on the winter solstice holiday of Yule,  The owner of Sage Goddess,  filed a federal Trademark request to make YULE her trademark. She was sending cease and desist letters to other vendors who use the word Yule in their product names.

Several bloggers picked up the story and even The Wild Hunt got in on the act. As a result the owner of Sage Goddess abandoned her attempt to make Yule her trademark, much to the surprise of many in the industry.  I even noticed a new Facebook ad running yesterday to get likes to her FB page.  Makes one wonder if this was some sort of marketing campaign.  

In any case I confirmed and the request has indeed been abandoned. 

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I would not have found out about this without the work of Charisssa and the Pagan Business Network.  If you have not heard of her, please check out her group on Facebook.  Under threat of libel she persisted and continue to voice her opposition to this case. I also want to give a shout out to Loren Morris of Primitive Witchery without her skill in investigation to bring out this story and her dedication to fight for what should be open to everything, I would have missed this story.  She brought the message to me personally and then to our Witches & Warlocks group on Facebook.  Great job to both Charissa and Loren for their support in getting this out in the open.

While I'm pleased that the trademark application was abandoned, I'm concerned about what this means for our community going forward. As a person who has been on the receiving end of frivolous legal action at the hands of someone who is clearly wrong, I am concerned about what it means to our community. In a world that hands over our eye of newt for a court room what does this mean for the magical community.  While I believe that we should indeed use mundane actions on mundane work, I'm also worried about the litigious nature of our community.

When did a simple disagreement online result in hiring an attorney?  When does one feel they have the right to own a holiday?  I'm not surprised by this action, as it is pretty much the world around us. I think that maybe I held our community to a higher standard.

When you're working with people who claim to hold energy high and you see this kind of behavior, it is disheartening. I know that in my personal case I was surprised to see so many people continuing to support someone against me who was so obviously wrong. It made me yearn for a community who would actually ostracize someone who was attacking others, instead of saying...  "It's just how they are.  You'll get use to it."

Today I'm happy that this application was abandoned, but I'm skeptical.  I think we should keep a close watch out.  I don't think this is the end of this story and I'm sure my witchy friends can feel it too.


A Witch's View - Blue Apron Review - Tangelo & Honey Glazed Salmon

For the next few weeks I'm going to focusing on my diet.  As many of you know I have lost about 65 pounds since last year and I'm trying to refine the way I cook.  To accomplish this I have signed up for a trial of two food delivery companies.  My next three Witch's View posts are going to review Blue Apron.  Then I'll be switching over to GreenChef.

First a little bit about Blue Apron.  Blue Apron offers fresh non-GMO, sustainable seafood and meats with no hormones or antibiotics.  When you create an account with them, you are sent your first meal in about a week.  You can select your delivery days as well as your diet.  Unfortunately, they do not offer a vegan option.  I have an odd diet in that I eat fish but do not eat any other animal products. So some of the recipes required a bit of tweaking for me to eat.  They didn't have a non-dairy option at all and the majority of the vegetarian recipes included dairy.  When I contacted the company about this they apologized and said they did not have this change coming anytime soon. It was at that point I decided to go ahead and try out their first recipes but went on the hunt for something that was more fitting to my diet.  This is where GreenChef comes in.  I'll be talking more about GreenChef next month.

The first recipe was Tangelo & Honey Glazed Salmon with Farro, Apple and Crispy Rosemary.  It took about 30 minutes to prepare and runs about 640 calories.  The recipe was really easy, I was surprised how professional the plate looked at the end.

Everything comes in the exact measurements that you need to complete the dish.  Before you freak out about waste, Blue Apron offers a recycling program.

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 The recipe card has a photo of the finished dish on the front and a step by step guide on the back.

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The first step was to cook the rosemary.  I have made rosemary potatoes and such before but I have never fried it.  It actually was really good.  I was surprised.  While the rosemary was toasting, the farro was boiled in a pot of water with salt and pepper.  I had never tried farro before so it was an adventure.

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 The next step was to add the apples and the onions to the pan with some olive oil.  I'm not a big onion fan, but I promised myself that I would try the recipes exactly as they were written except for any animal products.  After the farro was finished cooking it was drained and these apples and onions were added to the pot and set aside to wait for the fish.

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 Next the pan was wiped out and more olive oil added. I put the fish in the screaming hot pan skin side down and left it alone for 5 minutes.
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 I then flipped the fish over and set the timer for another 3 minutes.

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 Next, I added the juice from the tangelo, water and this recipe called for 1 tablespoon of honey.  I substituted agave for the honey.  I think if I made this again I would use less water and probably more agave to make the glaze more glaze like.  It was a bit watery.
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 I spooned the juice over the fish and cooked it for the 3 minutes.  At the very end you add some apple cider vinegar to the farro mixture and plate it. The finished dish looked really pretty.  The toasted rosemary and the green tops from the scallions were added to the top for garnish.

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Over all it was a good dish.  I still don't care for onions. I would probably leave the green onions off the top of the dish.  The farro was tasty with the apples.  I think it needs that extra something to make it not be bland.

Next time we're making Laotian Vegetable Laab!  

Witchy Wednesday - Trademarking Yule

This week I want to use my blog to call attention to something I recently learned about.  A member of the Pagan community has decided that Yule belongs to her. Yes, you heard me kids. The owner of Sage Goddess, has filed a federal Trademark request to make YULE her trademark. She is also already sending cease and desist letters to other vendors who use the word Yule in their product names.

Here's a screenshot from Tradmarkia.com.  It appears that she is filing for this under the Cosmetics and Cleaning Products category, which I believe would include body wash, bath salts and scrubs or cleansing/ritual products. I know many of us have products in that category.

Screen-cap from trademarkia.com
So what exactly is a trademark?

trademarktrade mark, or trade-mark[1] is a recognizable signdesign, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others,[2][3] although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks.[4][5] The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings.  -Wikipedia

I found Sage Goddess, Inc on the web and a contact form.  I did leave her a message asking her to reconcider her application.  You can find her contact form here.  If she doesn't reconsider, we do have other options.  You can write an email to this link to oppose her hijacking our holiday.  Also, here's a link to a petition created by Charissa Iskiwitch for consumers who oppose it and this link for seller's who oppose it.

Remember to be considerate and professional when reaching out to these pages.  We want to be sure that we are heard and shouting usually results in the volume being turned down so speak clearly, eloquently and professionally.

We also need to consider that there is precedent here.  Meaning that other Pagan holidays have been Trademarked prior to this one. A quick search on the Trademark index found six entries for a trademark on Samhain.

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I have to say I did sign the petitions.  I am writing the blog to call attention to this cause but after my participation in the discussions on Social Media Sites, I'm pretty sure that it is a moot point. Other holidays have been trademarked and nothing was done.  What makes Yule different?

I asked Charissa for a statement as she is the one spearheading this campaign to oppose the trademark of the word Yule.  She had this to say:

As consumers Yule is a standard search word we use to find scented product such as perfume, candles, room sprays, waters, colognes and incense.  Trademarking a word as widely used as this will limit those searches to the product of one company.  It will allow one company to force hundreds, if not thousands of small businesses to take that word out of their product names. 
I do not currently have any products in my business line using the word Yule.  For me personally, because I have not put any money into developing and marketing such a product I can easily choose a different name if I decided to offer a holiday scented product.  However, many small businesses run on a shoestring budget.  They have invested in listing fees, labels, printed marketing material and internet advertising.  It will cost them a significant amount of money and time to make those changes to their product line.  I believe that puts undue hardship on our business community.
My only goal in this is to protect our business community from trademarking generic descriptive words.  As businesses, we should be working together rather than competing.

However this is decided it is certain that people are becoming more willing to get involved in things that they feel violate their rights.  Does the community have a case here?  Will this trademark application be granted?  I'll continue to follow this story.  Feel free to leave your thoughts.


An article on The Wild Hunt indicated the the request for the trademark had been rescinded.  

From the article:
Screenshot from The Wild Hunt



Spring is Springing - A Witch's View

I'm taking a step away from politics and family this week.  I thought I would show you what I captured with my macro lens this weekend.  <3   I hope you enjoy

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Witchy Wednesday - To Hex or Not to Hex

There's a link going around social media right now regarding the Trump administration and witchcraft.

Basically this group wants witches to get together and do some hexing and binding on those in this administration to stop them from doing harm to others.

Binding can be serious business.  It takes a lot of personal energy to do a binding.  Personally  I prefer tossing them in a jar and putting in the freezer.  But that's just me.

This particular spell calls for actions on several different nights and with some higher and lower level magical action going on.  The kick off for this was last Friday the 24th. Here's the spell from the site.

(Light white candle)
Hear me, oh spirits
Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air
Heavenly hosts
Demons of the infernal realms
And spirits of the ancestors
(Light inscribed orange candle stub)
I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that he may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
or Sea
Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies
I beseech thee, spirits, bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity
(Invert Tower tarot card)
I beseech thee in my name
(Say your full name)
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love
And Equality
And Peace
Bind them in chains
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
(Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray)
(Speak the following loudly and with increasing passion as the photo burns to ashes)
So mote it be!
So mote it be!
So mote it be!
(Blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash*)
(Pinch or snuff out the white candle, ending the ritual)

I personally believe that a witch who cannot hex cannot heal.  So tell me your thoughts?  Should we bind Trump and Co.  Do you think it will help/hurt?  Talk to me in the comments, let's see what we can get going here.

----  UPDATE ----
So I wrote this prior to the 24th.  I have noticed a great deal of issues within the Pagan community about this event.  Comments of caution and warnings about destroying a USA based on binding the government.  Personally I believe that the energies should be to find a way to open the eyes of our government to the wrong they are doing.  Maybe that might be a better idea.