The Tower from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot deck. Lady Frieda Harris painting

Use This Spell to Bind Trump and His Cronies

Open-source magick targets The Donald

Matthew Gault
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5 min readFeb 23, 2017



Some of us at Defiant are pagans and we’ve noticed a peculiar bit of ritual magick making the rounds on the internet in the past two weeks. The anonymously penned ritual purports to be a binding aimed at keeping Trump and his cronies from doing harm over the next four years. Defiant’s crack team of occult journalists took a look at the work, confirmed its bonafides and we republish it here with some suggestions and tweaks.

Readers may mock magick’s ability to play a part in politics, but this was the first election cycle — to the best of our knowledge — where the political right employed an army of chaos magickians to turn the tide in favor of Trump. To some in the alt-right, Pepe the cartoon frog isn’t just a meme — but an avatar of Egyptian chaos god Kek.

This isn’t a joke. Followers such as Richard Spencer absolutely believe they helped swing the election from Trump through elaborate ritual magick spread across viral memes on the internet. For practitioners, all those Pepe memes weren’t just crass humor but elaborate sigils aimed at launching The Donald into the highest office in the land.

Look how it turned out. This ritual is an act of defiance, one witches, warlocks, magickians and sigilkiddies should start on Feb. 24 … and repeat every month until we achieve results.

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him (Defiant Variant)

To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office. This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST — DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants.

See below for the upcoming dates. Some lodges/covens are doing a variation of this as a group working, while a number of solitary practitioners are planning to connect and livestream via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.


Unflattering photo of Trump (small); Click here for one you can print

Tower tarot card (from any deck)

Tiny stub of an orange candle; here’s a pack of 12 cheap on Amazon

Pin or small nail (to inscribe candle)

White candle (any size), representing the element of Fire

Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water

Small bowl of salt, representing elemental Earth

Feather (any), representing the element of Air

Matches or lighter

Ashtray or dish of sand; Defiant suggests this beauty


Piece of pyrite (fool’s gold)


Black thread (for traditional binding variant)

If you can’t find an orange candle, Defiant suggests a shriveled Cheeto, preferably the smallest one in the bag. A baby carrot will also work.


Write “Donald J. Trump” on the orange candle stub with a pin or nail

Arrange other items in a pleasing circle in front of you

Lean the Tower card against something so that it’s standing up (vertically)

Say a prayer for protection and invoke blessing from your preferred spirit or deity. Reading the 23rd Psalm aloud is common in Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork traditions. Defiant suggests using the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram to cleanse the ritual space. Though we’ve lit Virgin de Guadalupe devotional candles in a pinch.

Aspiring occultists not interested in Catholic iconography of Crowley’s moldy leftovers may seek comfort in various pop culture hero adorned devotional candles. Defiant thinks St. John Waters would be good for this working.


Light white candle

Hear me, oh spirits

Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air

Heavenly hosts

Demons of the infernal realms

And spirits of the ancestors

Light inscribed orange candle stub

I call upon you

To bind

Donald J. Trump

So that he may fail utterly

That he may do no harm

To any human soul

Nor any tree




or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity

Usurp our liberty

Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair

And bind, too,

All those who enable his wickedness

And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

I beseech thee, spirits, bind all of them

As with chains of iron

Bind their malicious tongues

Strike down their towers of vanity

Invert Tower tarot card

I beseech thee in my name

(Say your full name)

In the name of all who walk

Crawl, swim, or fly

Of all the trees, the forests,

Streams, deserts,

Rivers and seas

In the name of Justice

And Liberty

And Love

And Equality

And Peace

Bind them in chains

Bind their tongues

Bind their works

Bind their wickedness

Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray

Speak the following loudly and with increasing passion as the photo burns to ashes

So mote it be!

So mote it be!

So mote it be!

Blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash

Pinch or snuff out the white candle, ending the ritual

With the ritual complete, the practitioner should cleanse their space. Go through the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram again, thank your protective spirits for their guidance or just laugh at the absurdity of what just happened.

The Michael M. Hughes variant of the ritual suggests grabbing a bite to eat and burying your orange candle stub at a crossroads or near running water. Sound advice, best to get rid of the orange thing.

For people who can’t get an orange candle on short notice, Hughes also points out that a baby carrot would work just as well. In that case, light the picture with the white candle flame. Defiant’s resident pagans will use a cheeto in place of the carrot and candle. Once the ritual is over, we’ll smash it and scatter it into the water.

The first waning moon is set for Feb. 24 at midnight. The special moon phase occurs again on March 26, April 24, May 23, June 21, July 21 and August 19. Keep hammering the bastards every month until Trump’s hideous reign is over.

Stay defiant

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Matthew Gault

Contributing editor at Vice Motherboard. Co-host and producer of the War College podcast. Maker of low budget horror flicks. Email my twitter handle at gmail.