Lana Del Rey, Good Witch, Is Looking Out For Us

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Witches of the world unite. If you thought that all hope was lost as we forge through the Trump regime, you might just be in luck. After a nationwide collective of witches started a Facebook group called Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump Feb. 24th, it seems that pop culture’s number one moon goddess, Lana Del Rey, is about to get in on the action. And it makes a lot of sense since, in case you haven’t noticed the witchy vibes of her Instagram of late, it features a barrage of 60s-inspired collages centered around the moon and the planets—or just people looking down on earth from the moon above. In fact, this is most people’s ultimate escape fantasy right now, as this seems the only place to go to evade the daft clutches of one Donald Trump. Rather than being a spell rooted in hate or harm-doing, the combined energy of these witches is intended merely to prevent Trump from cocking things up even more than he already has in just over a month of being in office. It’s the equivalent of putting a political straightjacket on him. Or, if you’re more cynical, merely a means of psychological purging through community. These are very stressful times after all, and a little ritual with your fellow women couldn’t hurt any more than the current pox upon the White House.

After Del Rey teased a number of dates via the tweet, “At the stroke of midnight… Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23,” which Lana’s fans perhaps thought meant the release of more new material, it became clear that these dates are actually attuned to when waning crescent moons will occur on the calendar. So basically, LDR has been channeling lunar power in her latest music video and Instagram posts for a reason: to cast out negative energy, specifically the kind that’s been brought to the forefront by immigration bans, continued sanctions on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the limitation of reproductive rights, to name a few things.

Whether you’re a novice to spell-casting or a seasoned coven member, Del Rey offering the democratizing suggestion, “Ingredients can b found online,” is just about the best tag line I’ve heard for encouraging witchcraft in the twenty-first century. Moreover, this sudden turn to the female-centric power of witchery is quite an about-face from the woman who once said, “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept.” Though in her defense, her interest in and commitment to SpaceX (which she said she found more intriguing than feminism in the same interview) has managed to commingle quite nicely with equality among the sexes. Happy binding!

About The Author

Genna Rivieccio received her BA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. She has received a number of festival recognitions for her screenplays from The Indie Gathering, Austin Film Festival and writemovies.com. She later transitioned to literature after moving to New York and published her first novel, She’s Lost Control (Lulu, 2011), and started a literary quarterly called, The Opiate. Rivieccio’s work has also appeared on thosethatthis, The Toast and PopMatters. She runs the pop culture blog, Culled Culture, www.culledculture.com.

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