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Occultism is “the ideal liberal spirituality.” Just look at WitchTok.

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The occultists of yesteryear gathered in covert covens or at ley lines where the veil between natural and supernatural is rumored to run thin. Today, they gather at the local Marriott. 

On the last weekend in April, the Satanic Temple hosted SatanCon in one of the franchise’s Boston hotels. Over 800 people attended what organizers called the “largest Satanic gathering in history.” The convention’s programming included lectures about deconstructing religious upbringing, reclaiming the trans body through “a/theistic” strategies, reimagining Lilith as an archetype for abortion, and understanding the BIPOC experience in Satanism.