The number of self identified witches in America has soared in recent years to 1.5 million.
A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 0.4 per cent of Americans, between 1 and 1.5 million – identify as Wicca or Pagan, according to Quartz.
That means there are now more witches in the US than there are Presbyterians who have around 1.4 million adherents.
Experts believe that the explosion in the witch population is due to millennial women’s embracing of new-age spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
Wicca, also called Witchcraft or The Craft, is a Pagan religion which emerged in Britain in the early 20th century. Based on ‘pre-Christian traditions,’ it was popularized by a retired British civil servant named Gerald Gardner throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Wicca adherents praise nature and nature’s gods and goddesses.
They practice outside in parks, gardens or fields.
They endeavor to achieve self-awakening through dancing, singing, chanting, and with the use of herbs and incense.
Experts say that one does not need to be a Wicca or Pagan in order to be a witch, meaning that the actual number of those who practice witchcraft may be higher.
From Daily Mail.