Glamour breaking as political magic

At the waning of the moon, a Witch’s fancy darkly turns to thoughts of hex…

-With apologies to Lord Tennyson

Breaking glamours is one of the most ethical acts we can do magically in a political situation. If you truly set your intention to break a glamour, then if you’re mistaken, and there’s no glamour there, no harm is done. The energy just dissipates. If you are correct about there being a glamour there, then you are helping the truth come out, which contributes to an informed electorate and better democracy. If, however, you are truly doing a spell to force other people to see your candidate in your way, you are being unethical. Examine yourself, your mind and heart and intentions, before you try this to make sure that you can do it ethically.

This post is about breaking Donald Trump’s glamour(s). I’m not going to debate politics at this time. I am convinced that Donald Trump is casting a glamour to present himself as things he is not. He wants to be seen as a virile man, a nearly cartoonish representation of toxic masculinity and patriarchy embodied. He wants to be seen as a successful, rich businessman (who also is interested in jobs for regular Americans?). He wants to be seen as the embodiment of power-over. I think he is in fact none of those things. Breaking that glamour will contribute to voters seeing him more accurately and making more informed choices on that basis.

This is an outline for a simple spell for banishing. You can dress it up with a lot more features. But if you’ve got a dark colored candle (or a white candle and a sharpie, be resourceful folks), and some magical oomph, you can give it a go.

Cast your circle.

Call the quarters. Ask Air to sweep away empty words and bring in the forces of truth. Ask Fire to burn brightly and consume all falsehoods and mirages. Ask Water to wash us with compassion and empathy. Ask Earth to support and strengthen only that which has true roots.

If you have a deity who is relevant, ask them to join you. I will personally call on Athena Columbia, spirit of this land and our government and the ideals we hold dear, to help show when candidates’ true natures are in line with those ideals or opposed to them.

Light a black candle. You can hold it in your dominant hand if you want.

Form a visualization in your mind of Donald Trump. See and hear him as a person behind a created persona: he has a projection in front of him that looks like his TV personality, big and bluff, virile and rich. If it helps your visualization, imagine yourself walking around to the side or peeking to the side to look “behind” the projected persona. Behind it, you can see him as he truly is: misogynist, racist, weaker than he thinks. He is the ultimate con person, trying to con even himself, but (very) deep down he knows it is a con. Tonight we are breaking that con, shattering the image, and allowing his true nature to show through.

When you have this visualization, using your non-dominant hand (the hand you do not write with), start making counter-clockwise circles in front of you. See and hear and feel yourself wiping away the projected persona just as you would clean the steam off your mirror after a shower. Clean it off of the glass of TV screens and computer screens and mobile devices. Wipe it away, always counter clockwise, at least three times.

Use the black candle to illuminate the truth that remains behind the projection. Let this truth shine clearly, reflect easily, into all the places that projection was showing.

Verbalize your intentions as you go, if it helps you. Say something like, “I break your glamour. I see you as you truly are.” Add details if you want; whatever helps you visualize (which also includes other senses, hearing especially) is useful.

When you are done, thank deity and the quarters. Open the circle.

Let the candle burn out, if you can do so safely. Either way, when you are done with it, take it away from your home, at least across water, and throw it away (in a trash can, be an eco-Witch) and leave without looking back.

Options and further ideas:

If you want to, you could dip your hand in a bowl of blessed salt water to do the wiping away. Dispose of the water immediately afterwards, ideally away from your house, but down the drain if need be, followed by clean water and good riddance.

If you want to, you can dress the candle with an oil and or herbs, such as ones for banishing. Dress the candle from the center to each end for banishing purposes.

I have also been doing a little spell with my weeding. I have a thistle problem in my backyard, and I am trying to use it to good effect. Whenever I weed during the waning of the moon, I name each thistle with the name of something I want to uproot and destroy: patriarchy, racism, misogyny, misogynoir, ableism, and so on. Then I uproot it, or cut it off at the roots below the ground, and visualize the problem becoming a little smaller, a little more manageable, a little less supported. I have also been saying things like, “Donald Trump movement, you have no roots, you are shallow and unsupported, you do not get the hate that you need, you do not get the attention that you need, you do not get the lies that you need.”

If you use these and have any feedback, I would love to hear about it!

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About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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2 Responses to Glamour breaking as political magic

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  2. I find a good spell is “May others see you as you truly are”. Keeps the caster honest, especially if they believe in the Threefold Law.

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