Spilling some #OcculTea – Social Media Witchcraft

Spilling some #OcculTea – Social Media Witchcraft February 26, 2024

I’m joining on the discussion #occultea started by Ella Harrison, The Redheaded Witch and the Polish Folk Witch: Social Media Witchcraft: Grifters, Aesthetics, Imposter Syndrome, Consumerism & Gatekeeping. 

Here’s what what Leah (The Redheaded Witch) wrote about the project: “In this video, we chat about creating a space for this discussion that has been surfacing in the community for quite sometime. Collectively, we can agree that social media has had it’s negative and positive impacts. We constructed a series of prompts/questions pertaining to this subject matter with the hopes to create a community discussion for others to join, whether you’re a creator or not.”

They shared a 5 part questionnaire about some really important topics – and I’ve chaptered this out into each section below. You can find the original slides on their instagram accounts – @EllaHarrison @andthe.redheadedwitch or @polishfolkwitch  – they shared the images with the following text:

“We are not looking to center ourselves – our hope is that other members of the community from all walks of life are compelled by this ongoing conversation to step up and take action – chime in, get involved, provide a platform. Go and invite your friends’ diverse voices to the table. Help share the vision, time, and energy of organizing a community discussion in the form of a larger live panel – where no individual is centred & everybody stands together in accordance with their means and ability.

We would like to extend an invitation towards ALL members of the occult & witchcraft community – not just content creators or big names, but everybody – to participate in dialogue centered around the lived realities surrounding social media content and the issues, as well as blessings that engaging with said content creates for us as a community. The idea is to create an opportunity and safe space to be open about our lived experiences of the challenges, aches & pains, matters of belonging, accessibility, authenticity, FOMO, grift & abuse, long-term impacts of the online world on our practice, and much more.”

▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
0:00 – Introduction and Topic 1: Impact on Community
18:26 – Topic 2: Influencer Authenticity
39:36 – Topic 3: Imposter Syndrome & FOMO
51:31 – Topic 4: Capitalizing off Community
1:12:21- Conclusion

Please use the occultea hashtag to find other creators talking about these issues!

About Laura Tempest Zakroff
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, performer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. She holds a BFA from RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design), and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. Laura is the author of the bestselling Llewellyn books Weave the Liminal, Sigil Witchery, Anatomy of a Witch, and Visual Alchemy as well as the Liminal Spirits Oracle (artist/author) and the Anatomy of a Witch Oracle, The Witch’s Cauldron, and co-author of The Witch’s Altar with Jason Mankey. Laura edited The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance and The Gorgon's Guide to Magical Resistance (Revelore Press). She is the creative force behind several community events and teaches workshops online and worldwide. You can read more about the author here.
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