Celebrities Who Have Dabbled in Witchcraft and the Occult

Modern people often see witchcraft and other forms of the occult as a thing of the past or simply as fodder for horror movies and episodes of Scooby-Doo. However, to many around the world, witchcraft and the occult are living, breathing forms of spirituality that inform their everyday life. Here’s a few celebrities who have dabbled in the occult.

Lana Del Rey attends the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala | Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey in Paris | LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

Lana Del Rey’s music can sometimes be rather macabre (her song “Gods & Monsters” makes reference to Lucifer), but it might surprise many of her fans that she occasionally has taken part in occult rituals. In 2017, the singer tweeted out a cryptic message which appeared to imply that she was trying to cast a spell on President Donald Trump.  Months later, when she was asked if she actually cast the spell, Del Rey said “Why not?…I’m in line with Yoko [Ono] and John [Lennon] and the belief that there’s a power to the vibration of a thought. Your thoughts are very powerful things and they become words, and words become actions, and actions lead to physical changes. I really do believe that words are one of the last forms of magic and I’m a bit of a mystic at heart. And I’ve seen how I feel about changing those people’s lives and I’ve been on the other side of that as well—on the other side of well-wishes and on the other side of malintent. And I’ve realized how strong you have to be to be; bigger than all of it, even bigger than your own vibrations.”

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks performs on stage at Brixton Academy | Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images

 Azealia Banks is a self-proclaimed witch who adheres to traditional African religion. Her religious practices became controversial when she revealed that she regularly sacrifices chickens in the hope that doing so will help her career. She tweeted a picture of herself cleaning blood out of the closet where she kills chickens. She explained her decision by saying “Real witches [do] real things.”  Sia, a major proponent of animal rights, criticized the rapper, saying “Sacrificing animals for your gain is the wackest sh*t I’ve ever heard. Get ahead by being awesome, kind and working hard.” Banks responded by calling Sia ugly and demanding that the singer respect her religious practices.

Kesha

Kesha in New York City | Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

 Kesha is not a witch – she wrote in a Lenny Letter article that she has a pantheistic view of the universe – but she has claimed to have had an occult experience. During an episode of her reality show, My Crazy Beautiful Life, the singer was supposedly stalked by a ghost who began caressing her. She later called an exorcist to get the ghost to leave her. The singer said that she found the experience both spooky and enjoyable, and it inspired the track “Supernatural” from her album Warrior.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu attends the PaleyFest New York | Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage

In 1999, Lucy Liu claimed in a magazine interview that she once met a ghost. Unlike Kesha, however, she does not seem to have been scared by the experience at all.  She claims that after the visit was over, the ghost continued to benevolently watch after her. If the ghost kept watching after her, it certainly did a good job. Since that alleged haunting, the actress landed coveted roles in Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, and Elementary.