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Welcome to #witchtok – How modern witchcraft is casting a spell on a new generation of Irish women

Once demonised, a modern cohort of ‘witches’ are turning to magical practices once again to stay balanced and healthy

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Jessica Vaughn practises traditional Irish Celtic witchcraft in her meditation room in Limerick. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Jessica Vaughn practises traditional Irish Celtic witchcraft in her meditation room in Limerick. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Lana Del Rey put a hex on Donald Trump. Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Lana Del Rey put a hex on Donald Trump. Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Jessica Vaughn in her meditation room. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Jessica Vaughn in her meditation room. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Barbara Lee was initiated into Wicca in 1980. Photo: Mark Condren

Barbara Lee was initiated into Wicca in 1980. Photo: Mark Condren

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Jessica Vaughn practises traditional Irish Celtic witchcraft in her meditation room in Limerick. Photo: Paul McCarthy

Witch costumes will be the most popular Halloween rig-out this year, according to Google Trend’s annual Frightgeist report. But for a growing number of young women, becoming a witch is much more than a spooky Halloween ensemble.

Buoyed by social media, a new generation are turning to witchcraft and embracing ‘magical’ practices. They collect crystals, observe lunar phases and assemble altars. And yes, they even cast spells.


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