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Witchy fashion is 2017’s most exciting, subversive trend

Somewhere in between Lana Del Rey casting hexes on President Trump and Khloe Kardashian hawking zodiac sweatshirts on Instagram, pop culture reached peak witch.In anticipation of 2017, multipletrend forecasting firms predicted that mystical trends — those tapping into fantasy, witchcraft and New Age spirituality — would define the year in fashion. That’s certainly been true on the runway, with dramatic capes and black lace seen time and again in the couture shows in Paris earlier this month; and among the gang of young femalecelebrities who worship at the altar of witchy icon Stevie Nicks. But supernatural style isn’t one singular aesthetic.

As the female-run media site The Establishmentnotes, there are many archetypes of the modern witch, including “goth witches in black maxi dresses and capes, Wiccan girls in flowy boho looks with handfuls of rings and jarred herbs, sea witches with mermaid hair and tattered shipwreck looks, prairie witches in calico dresses magicking tumbleweeds across the dirt, (and) pink-haired mall witches in anime buns and belly shirts.

”All of which is to say — witchy style isn’t one singular aesthetic. But Ruby Warrington, author of Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life, identified the important role social media plays in defining and spreading the trend.”Crystals are particularly popular, as they’re so Instagram-friendly, as are the new breed of highly aesthetic evolved tarot decks,” she told USA TODAY. “I also think the neo-feminist slogan t-shirt trend plays into this, (like) the ‘Up With Witches’ and ‘Patriarchy R.I.P.’ tees from Modern Women Projects, ‘The Future is Female’ by Otherwild, and word artist Amber Ibarreche’s ‘I Only (Expletive) With Goddesses.'”

Source: Witchy fashion is 2017’s most exciting, subversive trend

Pagan Priest Wins Right to Wear Goat Horns in License Photo for Religious Reasons – Breitbart

TRUTH BOMBS: No doubt that there has been a huge increase in pagan religions around the world. This is a dangerous trend because there is evidence of it involvement in human trafficking and other criminal activities.

ARTICLE: Pagan Priest Wins Right to Wear Goat Horns in License Photo for Religious Reasons

Source: Pagan Priest Wins Right to Wear Goat Horns in License Photo for Religious Reasons – Breitbart

Satanist Leads Invocation at Alaska Assembly Meeting

A debate over religious freedom has led to a Satanist leading an invocation at one Alaska borough’s assembly meeting.

(Article by Ashley Rae Goldenberg)

Following a discussion over whether to do away with invocations entirely, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided to open invocations up to all religions.According to Assembly President Blaine Gilman, a group of pastors used to previously lead the assembly’s invocation. Under the new rules, however, anyone can choose to lead an invocation in the name of his or her religion.During Tuesday’s assembly meeting, Iris Fontana led an invocation in the name of Satan on behalf of the Satanic Temple.

KSRM reports Fontana said:“Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines, born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations.”

Source: Satanist Leads Invocation at Alaska Assembly Meeting

Report: As Satanism Grows, Italy Experiencing a ‘Boom’ in Exorcisms

The number of exorcisms has been rising sharply in Italy, with some 500,000 Italians requesting an exorcism each year and not nearly enough exorcists to meet the rising demand, according to recent reports.

Article by Thomas D. Williams

The archdiocese of Milan in northern Italy has doubled the number of its exorcists, while an exorcism hotline has been launched in Rome, but those in the field claim it isn’t nearly enough.

Rome’s most famous exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth (pictured), died last month and his successor, Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, says that he cannot keep up with the daily requests for liberation from demonic influence. “Padre Vincenzo,” as he is known, handles some 30 “clients” a day, and is calling on the Church to appoint more priests as exorcists to share in the mission of satanic deliverance.

“There are only nine of us left and many more are needed,” he said. “We need other priests like me to meet the needs of so many families.”

Last month, an Italian documentary on exorcism called “Liberami” won the award for “best film” in the Venice Horizons category at this year’s Venice Film Festival, drawing still more attention to this rapidly growing industry.

In her film, director Federica Di Giacomo’s explores the exorcism efforts of Father Cataldo, a veteran exorcist in Sicily who is sought out in increasing numbers by Catholics who suspect they may be tormented or possessed by the devil.

Source: Report: As Satanism Grows, Italy Experiencing a ‘Boom’ in Exorcisms

‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting | Christian News Network

TRUTH BOMBS: This is the rise of Pagan America. There is a distinct increase in the influence of paganism in our culture. From school clubs to the “Burn Man” festival. The worship of self and false gods are becoming the norm. And you thought that the Christians were just panicking back in the 80s when we warned this would happen.

ARTICLE: BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple recently sought to offer an invocation during their city’s council meeting, but the request was rejected.

“The religious oppression felt by those outside the Christian community in Boston is a blight on an otherwise liberal state,” the request letter, written by chapter head Travis LeSaffre, read. “Consider what your actions could do to increase the diversity of the city council’s current invocation schedule and the light it can shine on religious plurality within the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

He told reporters that the purpose of the mission was to ensure that various religions are represented during city council meetings—not only Christianity.

“Our goal in this specific endeavor is to either receive equal religious protection from the city of Boston or to prove the inequity and hypocrisy of the city’s leadership,” LeSaffre explained to the Boston Globe.

His plans were to use the invocation time to outline the tenets of the Satanic Temple and to speak about the separation of Church and State.

LeSaffre told the Boston Herald that he believes the city council misunderstands the Satanic Temple, as members are not conventional Satanists, but rather “non-theistic Satanists.”

“It is the position of The Satanic Temple that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” the group’s website reads. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”

The national organization views Satan as a metaphor for rebellion rather than an actual living entity.

“Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds,”the group outlines. “Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the unsilenced inquirer—the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions.”

He sent requests to three entities to ask for sponsorship—Councilors Tito Jackson and Mark Ciommo, and City Council President Michelle Wu—but Jackson and Ciommo did not respond, and Wu declined.

“It’s individual councilors’ choices who they invite,” Wu told the Boston Globe. “It’s not based on anyone’s religious preference, but it does often recognize figures that have done work in the community and are representative of the district.”

As previously reported, in July, Satanic Temple member David Suhor was permitted to deliver a Satanic invocation during the Pensacola, Florida City Council meeting. He delivered a loud song, belting out, “That which will not bend must break” and “That which is destroyed by truth should never be spared. Its demise, it is done. Hail Satan!”

Suhor admitted that the invocation was offered to combat what he saw as “Christian privilege.”

“Adopt some [expletive] rules. Stop pandering for votes. Quit pushing Christian privilege as we’ve seen with the Bayview cross and so many other issues and instead go to a moment of silence, that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he declared to councilors, angrily smacking his notebook on the podium.

Source: ‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting | Christian News Network

The Satanic Temple to open international headquarters in Salem | FOX25

TRUTH BOMBS: The rise of paganism in America as we move away from the founding objective principles of truth and morality found only through God, we will begin to embrace anything for the sake of feelings.

“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”― G.K. Chesterton

ARTICLE: SALEM, Mass. – The Satanic Temple will be opening its international headquarters in Salem this fall at the Salem Art Gallery on Bridge Street.

The group came under fire this summer when they offered a tongue-in-cheek after school program promoting the separation of church and state in public education.

“We’re not the boogeymen, we are here to help, here to discuss and help learn,” Travis LeSaffre, the founder of the Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple, told FOX25.

The headquarters will also feature a permanent exhibition dedicated to witch hunts past and present, and a media room for film screenings and other events.

The Satanic Temple international headquarters will open to the public Sept. 23.

Source: The Satanic Temple to open international headquarters in Salem | FOX25

Rise of Satanism another sign of ‘America’s fall from God’

TRUTH BOMBS: So much of being the modern intellectually enlightened beacon of the world that made our ancestors seem like ignorant fools! Nope we are embracing the same paganism they did and we are no different. If fact, the more you try to remove the truth of the Christian God from society the more pagan you become. This is the natural process.

ARTICLE: Elementary schools forced by the government to allow “Satan Clubs” on school grounds. Statues of Baphomet are erected in major American cities. And a national headquarters for the “Satanic Temple” in Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its “witch trials” during colonial times.

Has America gone to the devil? Christian leaders are speaking out – and they are reluctantly saying it has.

Karl Payne, pastor of leadership development at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, said the rise of devil worship is an ominous development.

“Historian Arnold Toynbee famously declared countries crumble from within,” he said. “I believe we are nearing the end of that same course in our country that once represented a light of hope and freedom to the world.”

Payne, the author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance,” said America is no longer a Christian nation. And Christians need to wake up.

“For a country and people who have historically valued life more than death, truth more than deception and the rule of law and common sense more than tyranny or hedonism, the rise of Satanism probably comes as a shock,” counseled Payne. “But for those who have watched the promotion of occultism, spiritism, demonism and hedonism in the media in the name of ‘pluralism’ are not surprised. It is simply more evidence of our culture’s fascination with narcissism, death and rejection of common sense.”

Of course, the Satanic Temple says it does not literally worship the devil. Instead, Satan and demonic imagery are used as a “formidable weapon to fight for separation of church and state.”

However, Jonathan Cahn, the bestselling author of “The Harbinger” and the new blockbuster “The Book of Mysteries,” said the use of this kind of imagery is not innocent.

“It is yet another manifestation of America’s fall from God,” he told WND. “It is no accident that we are seeing more and more displays of Satan in America’s public life. This is an unprecedented development in American history. This could not have taken place in earlier days. And it’s no accident that this is happening in the same America that is increasingly removing any display concerning God or faith from the same public square.”

Rabbi Cahn argued no society can simply become “secular.” Instead, as a society declines, it calls what was once evil good and good evil. The result is nothing less than a total societal transformation.

“It is another sign of the increasingly powerful position and brazen stance of evil, immorality, ungodliness and anti-Christianity in the new America,” Cahn thundered. “That which in former days existed only in the shadows and in the periphery of American culture is now in the spotlight and center stage – and seeks to drive that which was formerly in the spotlight and center stage of American culture to the periphery and into the shadows.”

And Cahn warns it won’t stop there.

“In the judgment template of ‘The Harbinger,’ when ancient Israel turned away from God, it turned to the god Baal. One of the names of Baal was ‘Baal Zevuv,’ or ‘Lord of the Flies.’ When that Hebrew name was translated into Greek and then English, it became ‘Beelzebub’ – the name of Satan. So it is no accident that we are now seeing in America the same thing. When one drives God out of one’s life, when a nation drives God out of its national life – it opens the door to the devil.”

Carl Gallups, a pastor and author of the new book “When the Lion Roars: Understanding the Implications of Ancient Prophecies for Our Time,” long has warned Christians are going to be “targeted” for persecution. And he noted acidly the Satanic Temple is targeting school districts that host Christian after-school programs.

Gallups says there is a link between the increasing secularism of American culture and the rise of demonic activity.

“As the culture of the United States, the largest Christian nation the planet has ever known, becomes increasingly secular, and as much of America’s church slips progressively into apostasy, the intensity of demonic activity will only increase,” said Gallups. “This is not only a biblical prediction, but also a current reality that, with growing frequency, is reported upon practically every week.”

According to exorcists, there is unprecedented demand for services in expelling demons. Pastor Gallups argues this reported increase in demonic activity and the growing acceptance of Satanic imagery is nothing less than a sign of the last days.

“There can be no doubt that the Word of God speaks of a demonic outpouring occurring in the days just before the return of the Lord,” he said. “The implication of those prophecies is that the deluge will be on a global scale. Although we have always had the influence and impact of the demonic realm to deal with, never before has that sphere of existence had such a platform from which to manifest itself and to so boldly proclaim its seductive message. The intense focus given to this ‘Satanic Temple’ is just another example.

“But even this group is just a symptom and a sign. The problem is that man’s sinful nature is running amok, and this is now being celebrated. The world continually acquiesces to the growing evil and abject mockery of God’s Word that now surrounds it.”

Besides serving as a pastor and chaplain, Payne is also an experienced exorcist who has personally helped believers suffering from demonic attack. He also stated the growing acceptance of demonic symbolism is a dangerous sign for the future.

“These events have end times significance,” he told WND. “This world is ripe for the acceptance and ascension of a Satanically inspired global leader who will promise peace and freedom while he systematically eliminates all who disagree with him. A temple honoring Satan is just one more step towards that end.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/rise-of-satanism-another-sign-of-americas-fall-from-god/#Z8wrLkTHASgIt8yx.99

Source: Rise of Satanism another sign of ‘America’s fall from God’

Plans to go Forward to Build Temple of Baal Arch in NYC – Christian News Headlines

A replica of the Temple of Baal arch is scheduled to be built in New York City this month.

CBN News reports that a replica of the Victory Arch was scheduled to be built in Times Square earlier this year, but its construction was later cancelled. At the time, many Christians protested the arch’s construction.

The new plan is to build the arch in New York’s City Hall Park. The Institute for Digital Archaeology is in charge of the project.

The original Victory Arch at the Temple of Baal was built 1,800 years ago in Palmyra, Syria. In 2015, terrorist group ISIS destroyed the arch which had been a popular tourist attraction.

The Institute for Digital Archaeology explained why erecting a replica of the arch is significant: “There are few cities in the world as much defined by their architecture as New York.  The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge — all symbols of the audacity, strength, technical prowess, diversity and optimism of what Ezra Pound called ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ It is also a city that has known terrible loss — first and foremost the loss of life, but also the loss of familiar landmarks that helped inform the city’s identity,” read the IDA’s statement.

“The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis,” the statement continued. “The arch will stand in City Hall Park, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West. We hope that you will visit us this fall to consider the relationship between people and the places they inhabit.”

Source: Plans to go Forward to Build Temple of Baal Arch in NYC – Christian News Headlines

Utopia is Burning: Burning Man Festival 2016 | truthXchange

TRUTH BOMBS: Plain and simple paganism in mainstream society. This is the attraction of the world. Naked people walking around, promiscuous sex, and pagan rituals. The attraction is to much for young people uneducated in consequences and Christianity.

ARTICLE: When his ship, The Beagle, docked in Southern Australia in 1831 on the way to the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin, one of the leading intellectual skeptics of his day, witnessed naked Aboriginal natives dancing themselves into delirium all night long. In his diary, Darwin wrote that he found this animistic display “a most rude, barbarous scene.”

Times have changed. This year 70,000 people have thronged to the annual countercultural Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. Leading hi-tech worthies like Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and chairman Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, along with celebrity visitors like Katy Perry (31), socialite Paris Hilton (35), and British actress and model Cara Delevingne (24) now find such “rude, barbarous scene[s]” totally normal and perfectly cool. These contemporary definers of popular culture have thrown off even the outward standards of public decency dear to Charles Darwin. Burning Man sets the agenda for popular culture. In acts of shameless self-expression, they abandon all inhibition and wander around naked in the desert doing ecstasy and acid, visiting the anonymous-sex-orgy dome (open 24/7), joining in fire dancing, yoga, and meditation. No one is allowed a hint of judgmentalism.

Indeed, the right to define one’s self-identity has become the ultimate moral touchstone. A sophisticated and clean version of the Burning Man philosophy came from Supreme Court Justice Kennedy: each person has “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Such a definition gives every individual the right to declare: “I am whatever I say I am and you must accept my assertion and behave accordingly, otherwise you are a bigot who is oppressing me.” Past ethical norms are obsolete. The new norms are on display at Burning Man in vivid Technicolor.

This temporary city in the desert is equipped with an airport, radio stations, daily newspapers, a postal service, an overnight courier service, taxicabs, a drive-in movie theater, bars, clubs, yoga classes, hair salons, pancake houses, and – no government. It claims to be an “annual utopian experiment in temporary community, dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.”

It is founded on a decidedly Oneist ideology. The founder of Burning Man, Larry Harvey, a self-described atheist, says: “I do not believe in a supreme being but I believe that being is supreme.” It is like the title of a progressive spiritual book, by Gabrielle Bernstein, Nature Has Your Back. Burning Man seeks to create its own mythology since, as one spokesman says: “All mythologies were created by humans…no god rushed down from wherever to ‘give’ a human some special message. Therefore, what really matters at Burning Man is imagination.” The meaning of Burning Man seems to be impermanence (as the 70 foot “Man” being burned at the end of the week seems to suggest), a principle deeply entwined with Buddhism. Impermanence becomes for burners an annual reminder of the transience of life, the eternal return of Osiris. Jewish/Buddhist “gay” rabbi, Jay Michaelson, an avid burner, gives meaning to the burning of the “Man” when he states: “if religion creates boundaries, mysticism and spirituality efface them.” All boundaries, all binaries must be burned up.

Is such a utopian life possible except for one week in the desert? Alas, it is not even possible there. This year in “Black Rock City” a sad event happened. A band of burners attacked “White Ocean,” an upscale camp for the very rich who fly in on private jets, stay in luxurious air-conditioned RVs and are served elegant cuisine by full-time employees. In this utopia, the unthinkable happened. In the words of one luxury camper, “A band of hooligans raided our camp, stole from us, pulled and sliced all of our electrical lines leaving us with no refrigeration and wasting our food and glued our trailer doors shut, vandalized most of our camping infrastructure….This is evil. This should not happen at Burning Man…This is supposed to be about love, happiness, sharing, giving and appreciating.”

As the burners celebrate liberating impermanence, real sinful humans need help to sustain life. What can a Oneist world do with evil except live with it? If Nature is “supreme” or “has your back,” how trustworthy is it? Perhaps, after all, we need “a god rushing down” to “give us a special message”; a God who tells us that only Jesus can overcome evil by bearing the consequences of our evil on his back. That unique, perfectly just, loving man, is the real “burning man,” who was consumed by the fiery judgment against our sin, but was raised by the justifying, life-giving power of God the loving Creator of Nature. In him, we overcome evil and gain eternal life.

Source: Utopia is Burning: Burning Man Festival 2016 | truthXchange