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How to Cast a (Healing!) Hex in 6 Simple Steps

Missed last week’s virtual mass hexing of Brock Turner? Fear not. Here’s how to cast your own hex from the comfort of home

Last week, hundreds of people gathered in a mass virtual hex, organized by Iowa-based witch Melanie Elizabeth Hexen and intended to put a spell on Brock Turner, the 20-year-old former Stanford University student convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.

“I felt good that there was something that I could do about my feelings of anger and helplessness about this case specifically,” says Paige Vanderbeck, a.k.a. The Fat Feminist Witch, a Windsor, Ont.-based witch and tarot card reader who participated in the hex. ”It also felt good to part of a community who felt the same way I did and felt compassion for the survivor of the assault. It felt good to be surrounded by like-minded people.”

Vanderbeck says she doesn’t typically do a lot of cursing or hexing, but was compelled to participate after reading comments on the Facebook event post for the hex from survivors of sexual assault. “I was really inspired by all of these people, many (but not all) of them women, who were taking this other person’s rapist as an opportunity to cleanse themselves of their own feelings from their own sexual assaults,” says Vanderbeck. “It changed it from being something that could be kind of scary into something that was obviously very healing for a lot of people.”

Read on to learn how you can put together your own healing spell.

How to Cast a Hex

Paige Vanderbeck, a.k.a. The Fat Feminist Witch

What you’ll need:

1. A candle
Black candles are the most common for hexing because they’re typically used to banish negativity or to bounce it back onto somebody else, but you can swap black for white (which represents purity), pink (love and compassion) or green (healing) if you want to direct your energy into a more positive spell.

2. A photo of the person you’re hexing (optional)
For the mass hex, many participants used a photo of Turner and channelled their energy towards a variety of outcomes (impotence being one of the most popular). But as Vanderbeck explains, a hex can also be used for good, like sending healing vibes to survivors. “It felt way more like standing up for myself, and for other survivors, than it did hexing [Turner]” she says.

3. Black string (also optional)
“The black string and the photo is used for binding, essentially encasing a person in your spell,” explains Vanderbeck, adding that this is more important if your intention is to curse.

How to cast a hex:

1. Write down what you want to say
This can be whatever you want, as long as you make sure to focus your energy on your specific intentions and include the name of the person you’re hexing, if you know it. No, it doesn’t have to rhyme.

2. Pick a spot that’s quiet and free from distractions
As in, somewhere where your roommate won’t barge in. “It’s really more about feeling comfortable and like you can focus,” says Vanderbeck.

3. Carve the name of the person into your candle
Carve the name of the person you’re hexing—or, in the case of a healing group hex, you can be more general (a.k.a. “survivors of sexual assault”)—into the candle using something pointy. If you’re feeling advanced, you can create your own magical symbol or sigil.

4. Light the candle
“A lot of people think the candle is necessary, but I think that it just gives you something to focus on. The real power behind the spell is your intent and you really sending those vibes out there,” says Vanderbeck.

5. Wrap the string around a rolled-up photo of the person you’re hexing
That said, this isn’t necessary for a successful hex.

6. Recite your spell at least three times
Vanderbeck likens the hex to a candlelight vigil. “During the Brock Tuner event, some people said they were going to focus on healing the culture that lead to his actions or healing him so that he’ll be rehabilitated,” says Vanderbeck. “[A hex] is something you can do that makes you feel like you’re actively participating in healing the situation.’