Here we are now, under the full moon of August, known as the Full Sturgeon Moon according to our handy Old Farmer’s Almanac. But I wouldn’t blame you if you thought something felt just a bit off this time around. Has the moon changed?
Well, maybe: Last month, a group of disgruntled TikTok witches reportedly got together and combined their online powers to, as Newsweek put it, “cast a negative spell on the moon.”
Not a sentence I thought I’d ever type out, but that’s just the kind of year we’re having.
Now, you might think, “Well, that’s not so bad. They’re witches, they know what they’re doing.” But perhaps not. Apparently, the group who cast the spell were beginner or “baby” witches. Amateurs. A Twitter user named Jupiter had the scoop on July 19:
“in the past few days, a group of FRESH baby witches* decided to band together, and hex the fae. and then the moon. and they did!
(theyre now planning to hex the sun. too)”
The moon. The Sun. I’d be a bit more worried about going after the fae, but you know how it is.
According to Jupiter, the moon is very important to witchcraft, and the spell — or more accurately, the hex — may have hurt the energy of the “gods that rule the moon,” namely the goddess Artemis. This likely angered Apollo, her twin brother, the god of the Sun, who was probably looking for some payback as a result.
So far, or at least as far as I can tell, not much as happened. The Moon appears to be just fine. But at the time, Jupiter wasn’t quite so sure what it would all mean for the rest of us, stating only, “i don’t know. people don’t usually hex the moon…”
“it’s mostly the PRINCIPLE of it, and energy will likely be out of wack for a while”
After word got out about the hex, other witches got together to create protective counterspells and blessings. However, as a counterpoint, other witches have stated the “hex” was actually a hoax perpetuated to make light of witchcraft, or otherwise not effective, and that humans have no power over the Moon, anyway, so there.