Melanie Elizabeth Hexen, an Iowan who calls herself a “Priestess of Elder Craft,” organized thousands of witches online to perform a hexing ceremony at 10pm on Tuesday night aimed at Stanford rapist Brock Turner over his lenient sentencing of only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster.
(Hexen pictured below eating what we can assume is a leaf from her witch’s brew and posing with a hipster-wizard Jeff Bridges impersonator…)
According to US News, the event was posted on Facebook by Hexen who initially only invited her 12 coven sisters, but the popularity of it quickly ballooned.
“I think it really struck a chord with a lot of women as a way to feel like they had some power in this situation,” the witch told U.S. News. “That there was something they could do, some way they could come together and focus their rage and their need for justice that wasn’t being met. Witches doing spells in times when they’re otherwise powerless goes back thousands of years.”
The witches were asked to focus on Turner suffering constant pain and impotence among other things. Here’s a spell she suggested people recite at their home alters below:
“Brock Allen Turner we hex you.
You will be impotent
You will know constant pain of pine needles in your guts
Food will bring you no sustenance
In water, your lungs will fail you
Sleep will only bring nightmares
Shame will be your mantle.
You will meet justice.
My witchcraft is strong. Our witchcraft is powerful. The spell will work. So Mote it be.”
Many on the event’s page shared pictures of how they fulfilled the Turner hexing, including many candles, daggers, pictures of Turner with rapist written on it, and other small knickknacks you’d find at a Venice Beach garage sale or World Market clearance rack. Powerful indeed.
“There was a lot of anger sent to Brock Turner and to the judge [Aaron Persky], however, there was also very much healing and love poured out amongst the women in the group … and much love and healing poured out to Brock Turner’s victim,” she said. She added that she has no concerns about “any Rule of Three or magical backlash.”
Besides “identifying as a traditional hereditary witch,” Hexen is also a bellydancer and a midwife, according to US News.
Exit thought from Homestar Runner…