Witch Wake-Up Call?

Posted Sep 10 2018, 5:01 pm

Last week I saw a story about a backlash against Sephora for selling “starter witch kits.” Immediately intrigued, I clicked the link and saw the backlash was from actual witches. I read the coverage as I thought long and hard about this issue. It’s particularly timely for me as I get ready to release the third book in my Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Series, Surrounded by Darkness, on October 8th.

This series features an attorney who lives in the Chicago suburb of Windy Ridge. This fictional town is the home of two large New Age companies and has a thriving New Age and occult presence. Surrounded by Darkness also takes on the issue of Wicca and Wiccans and the role they play in the spiritual battle. But I digress…

Sephora had planned to sell a “starter witch kit” that included a variety of items including tarot cards, sage, and crystal. The outrage on Twitter and other social media from real self-professed witches was swift and strong. These witches took to social media and argued that Sephora was appropriating their religion. Some contended that magic wasn’t something to be played around with. They urged that people research and educate themselves on the real thing. The message came through loud and clear that the witches believed their religion was being trivialized. Sephora has pulled the product.

A kit like this is dangerous from a Christian perspective for multiple reasons, and I grapple with issues like this in the Windy Ridge series. But the more interesting issue I’d like to discuss here is the fact that there are real, self-identifying witches out there who take their religion seriously. Very seriously. I would argue that, as Christians, we should take them seriously too.

While my Windy Ridge books are completely fictional, I strongly believe that we need to wake up to the level of occult and witchcraft activity that has infiltrated our daily lives. There is an invisible war raging around us. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

We might even think that witches are fictional characters who come out once a year at Halloween, but nothing could be further from the truth. The reaction of witches to this starter kit demonstrates something much more troubling and should be a wake-up call. These witches are true believers in their way of life and their religion. They are dedicated, passionate, and focused.

Now many witches are quick to tell you that they do not practice black magic. It is a common refrain that witchcraft can be used for good and to promote peace, but this is also problematic. I tackle this issue head on in Surrounded by Darkness, so I will not get into detail here, except to say that there is still great danger in opening that magical door. A door one may think leads to the light, but is actually a pathway to darkness. “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14. (NIV)

I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I was struck by the strong response to the starter kit. I write the Windy Ridge series because this is an issue I’m very passionate about. I encourage those who read the series to do so with an open mind realizing that while I created these stories, the topics and issues presented in them is very real.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.



7 responses to “Witch Wake-Up Call?”

  1. Gina Johnson says:

    Coming from a background where witchcraft was practiced by my mom I can say whether they call it it white or black magic it is evil. Our trust must be in the Lord God almighty. It was many years ago but I saw some bad things that happened and a dark spirit followed my Mom a long time. It is gone now and my mom struggles with faith in Jesus but as she is coming around.

  2. Renee says:

    You are so right! Have you ever read “He Came to Set the Captives Free” by Rebecca Brown MD. It is a true story based on someone who helped a witch get out of the satanic life. I love your books Rachel!

  3. Linda Rainey says:

    I agree with you.
    I dabbled in New Age when I was younger and I found that it can lead to darker things.
    My daughter is Wiccan but says she believes in God but I have seen where the rituals can lead to other things.
    I know for a fact that playing with tools of the dark arts,like Ouji boards can open the door to demons.

  4. Patti Wentling says:

    Totally agree with you! Anxiously waiting the 3rd Windy Ridge book. I have found that even in the church that Nrw Age is trivialized and that scares me

    • Karen Reid says:

      You mentioned even in the church, witchcraft is trivialized. I’m HORRIFIED that the daughter of the man in “ministry,” to whom I gave what for ME is a great deal of money, practices witchcraft under his nose, and he wrote in a note to me that he “hopes she can make a living at it.” She used to work at Apothecary Tinctura, which is witchcraft and magic (it’s a resource for Colorado’s only witch’s coven, Northern Colorado Covenant of the River), and says on her FB page she’s a “former hollowbone and lantern at Reiki practitioner.” She has also taught chakras and Tarot classes. I’m horrified that this man is in a ministry for college students. I wish there was a way I could notify the parents of these kids that this is no Christian family. This man actually NAMED his daughter and son after characters in “The Shannara Chronicles.”

  5. Wanda Sewell says:

    Try reading The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelson. I repented of occultic practices and the enemy doesn’t like that.

  6. Debbie Fowler says:

    What I find interesting is that the true witches recommend research and education to the curious. Ha, that is the very way that they can get their hooks set and they know it.

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