Pagan Community Notes: Pagans for Trump, Starry Nights, conference season and more!

UNITED STATES — After the widespread attention given to a binding spell action against President Donald Trump, members the Facebook-based group Pagans for Trump began talking about doing a counter-spell. At the same time, it was reported in various media outlets that a group of Christians were planning to “pray the hex away.” In describing her own work to counter the binding, Lori Lyttle, a member of Pagans for Trump said, “It’s a blocking and protection spell.” She used black and white candles, incense, and “many, many gems,” which were all laid out on her altar. Trump supporter Katie Roberts was also planning to work against the mass binding spell.

Quick Note: Happy International Women’s Day and Mardi Gras!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is both Mardi Gras and International Women’s Day. While Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) is in theory a Catholic event, a last bout of frivolity and excess before the beginning of Lent, many have pointed to the pre-Christian precedents (notably Saturnalia and Bacchanalia) for the holiday’s traditions of role-reversals, boundary crossing, nods to fertility traditions, and seasonal rites.
International Women’s Day, founded 100 years ago by the Socialist Party of America, is an international celebration “when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” Many different observances and events are planned for this day, including meeting on bridges to show support and solidarity for women’s causes and rights around the world. Both Air India and Air France are flying “100% female-operated” flights today, and there are thousands of different observances going on as we speak.