From the Clayton News-Daily:
One August evening, hundreds of people used a Sharpie pen to write their greatest desire on a single bay leaf. Then, they lit the bay leaf on fire, letting the ashes fall into a bowl.
This ritual, meant to manifest people’s goals into their lives, is one of many that has been circulating on social media app TikTok in recent weeks. Videos of rituals, spells, healing crystals, Tarot card readings and astrology predictions rack up millions of likes, while drawing in untold numbers of curious viewers. The TikTok community in which such rituals thrive goes by many names: “WitchTok,” “SpiritualTikTok,” “AstrologyTikTok.” These names are a shorthand of sorts, as the practices shared among followers originate from a multitude of religions, philosophies, or cultural backgrounds. As a whole, they are united by a fascination with the unknown, and the unknowable.