Witchcraft in Pop Culture

Taylor McGuire , Staff Writer

Over the years, witchcraft in pop culture has become increasingly popular, but do people really know what witchcraft is? No, it’s not the super creepy activities  that they show in the 2019 Netflix show “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” or the 1996 film “The Craft.” Nowadays, witchcraft could be considered just doing something healthy for yourself. As an example, just taking in the energy around you when going for a stroll in the park, buying nice gemstones, or doing things you get the most energy from! witchcraft can be whatever you want it to be. There are no rules you have to follow besides be kind to nature and people around you.  Meditating is also a popular thing to do in witchcraft. Most witches meditate whenever possible. It’s good to take in the energy around you once in a while. It’s ideal to meditate, but you don’t have to do it. It helps you concentrate on your spells and make them more accurate. If you want to do the “creepy,” traditionally “witchy” stuff, you can do that as well.

It’s sad that television doesn’t tend to show witches as “normal.” The TV industry likes to make witches look pretty crazy and evil a majority of the time, mostly because they wouldn’t get viewers with some men or women going out and buying crystals, meditating, or reading tarot cards all the time. Which is definitely understandable. So, the television industry isn’t really to blame here, since they have to produce things people would watch. They are still a bit at fault since they could just… not make the shows. Shows like “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” while good, are mostly the reason why people think people who practice witchcraft are evil Satan worshippers. Some spells witches do are for luck, help with a job promotion, and love! They also give someone guidance with something, and help them do what’s right for themselves and the people around them.

The Salem Witch trials, which took place from February 1692 to May 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts, was a period when people who were accused and found guilty of witchcraft were executed. More than 200 people were accused, and 19 were found guilty, and executed. They didn’t die to have these TV shows completely stomp over the point of witchcraft. They died to be remembered as the first people who brought attention to witchcraft, and that they were people too. It’s disrespectful, and hopefully the TV industry changes their ways. Although it’s unlikely they will, we can still have some hope for the future.

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