About 60 people with the Catland bookstore in Brooklyn on Saturday to use witchcraft to put a hex on the…
About 60 people with the Catland bookstore in Brooklyn on Saturday to use witchcraft to put a hex on the newest Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Dakota Bracciale, co-owner of Catland, said the ceremony was more than just witchcraft,“Yes it’s a protest, yes it’s a religious ritual. It can be both,” Bracciale told CBS News.
The group with inside a dark room with folding chairs, chanted before an altar that was lit with candles, and read Bible passages aloud. On the alter were three “poppets” ̵
1; or cloth dolls made to look like real people. The three people were Kavanaugh, President Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Before the hexing began, a small group of counter-protesters gathered outside the bookstore to condemn the witchcraft taking place inside. Several counter-protesters denounced the hexing over a loud speaker.
As Christian music was blared, people took turns giving sermons and singing hymns. “I’m not here for Kavanaugh, I’m here for your souls,” one counter-protester was heard saying about the loud speaker outside.
“You can do hexes, you can do whatever you want, it’s not going to nullify the kingship of Jesus Christ, “another person outside was heard saying. The New York Police Department was called to the scene after receiving noise complaints, Bracciale told the group before the hexing ceremony started.
During the ceremony, Bracciale instructed the group to chant loudly, so the people outside could hear them. The counter-protesters outside finally quieted down, as the roughly one and a half hour ceremony occurred inside.
During the first half of the event, attendees were encouraged to sing and chant along with Bracciale, who lead the ceremony. Bracciale invited participants to share their thoughts, their experiences with sexual assault or anything they would like to know the group.
“The takeaway from this was there was a big show of solidarity,” Bracciale Customs CBS News. “Der var en virkelig nødvendig katarsis for de mennesker i rummet, der kæmper med hvad der foregår i vores land lige nu. Og at folk ikke havde lyst til at være helt alene.”
Butiksindehaveren har været practicing witchcraft their whole life. Many of the attendees, however, did not identify as witches or practice witchcraft regularly. Several expressed their desire to attend the event to protest Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.
“Everything in politics the past two years has been pretty much nightmare-ish,” eighteenth Reuben Baron told CBS News. “I do not typically attend witchcraft events, but it was good to be here to support people.”
“I’m here to harness what power we can. Natural, supernatural and voting, to make sure we got fairness represented in government, “eighteenth Jeremy Tjhung told CBS News. Tjhung brought a sign with him that read “I will vote this year.”
“I wasin Washington D.C.,” Marie Gustafson told CBS News. “It’s really important that we continue this message that this man is abusive to women.”
Some counter-protesters lingered until the event ended. Catland Books had escorts on standby, waiting to walk attendees to their cars or subways. The NYPD was also present outside, although they did not seem to intervene. It is unclear how many people waited outside to protest and how many waited outside.