America needs a little magic right now.
After a deluge of devastating attacks on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, now is a good time to remind ourselves why we need feminism. And if your brand of feminism is particularly witchy, that's even better.
This Halloween, Revelist spoke to three real-life witches, AKA those who practice the craft, on why their faith and their feminism are one in the same:
The self-described "kickass witch" said she's all about empowerment.
"I call myself a Witch for many reasons, one being that I am a feminist," she explained. "Both words and experiences are about personal empowerment, a deep connection to the possibilities, and a hearty 'fuck you' to the status quo."
We need feminism (and witchcraft) now more than ever, DeVoe added.
"It's interesting too to note that some people have deemed them both old fashioned and unnecessary, when, in fact, witchcraft is fast on the rise in the spiritual community. And, thanks to this US presidential election, the issues of feminism have been pushed out into the open for all the world to see, proving that both terms are thoroughly modern and culturally significant."
"I feel like the words "feminist" and "Witch" are almost interchangeable, and for me I don't think I could identify as one and not the other," she told Revelist. "Both of these words carry a tremendous amount of weight and are used to both hurt and empower people. Feminism and Witchcraft are both just tools that I can use to manifest a better future for myself."
She attributes her strength and courage to witchcraft and feminism.
"I couldn't be a witch if I didn't believe I was powerful and worthy of achieving my dreams and goals or that energy I put out there won't bear any fruit," she said. Likewise, I don't think I could be a successful woman if I didn't believe that women are powerful and worthy of achieving success on their terms without having to apologize for it. For me, that all comes from the same place."
Reverend Alicia Lyon Folberth
Folberth, who has been running a Wiccan temple for 21 years, told Revelist she's always been a feminist.
"I think one kind of overlaps the other, just simply in terms of honoring the feminine divine." she said. "I was raised a feminist, and it really probably shouldn't anyone, considering I always was a feminist and always a spiritual person."
Folberth's feminism led her to embrace Wicca, where feminine energy is revered.
"After coming into this religion where women are honored, I don't think that in patriarchal religion that we have that same kind of respect. We need to be true equals, and we are true equals in Wicca."