Pagan witchcraft, that we refer to as Wicca, was founded in the 20th century and is considered a decentralized religion. Often Wicca can be confused with the teachings of Satanism, although the two have no relation whatsoever. More recently, celebrities have been turned on to the interesting ideals of Paganism and have become more open about the goddess they call their god. Find out which celebs actually claim to be Wiccan.
Judging from Alyson’s previous “good girl” roles like Michelle in American Pie and Lily on How I Met Your Mother, you would not think that she dabbles in the magical arts, would you? Well, let us remind you of another role she played on Buffy The Vampire Slayer as Willow, the talented and shy witch in training.
You forgot about that one, huh? Remembering Hannigan’s awesome character on the show definitely gives us some insight on how and whom she might worship in real life. Rumored to have left the Catholic church, Hannigan does not possess a denomination in particular but we could easily see her leading a goddess group.
Playing the weird goth chick in the Adam Sandler favorite The Waterboy, dark actress Fairuza is well known for practicing Pagan rituals like Wicca. Balk took her religion to the next level when she decided to purchase an occult store in Hollywood called Panpipes that is said to be oldest standing occult store in history.
Under her best known role in The Craft that staked her claim in Hollywood at a young age, Balk was destined for her current lifestyle with her mother’s free-flowing foreign dance teaching and father’s rock star habits. Although she has fallen off of the mainstream cinema spectrum in more recent years, the aging actress has been exercising her talents in independent films like her most recent August Falls. Always present with dark hair, dark makeup and a murky wardrobe, Balk is easily one of Hollywood’s most revealed “witches.”
Former lead singer of Australian rock group Def FX, Horne has since published several novels on Wicca like Witch: A Personal Journey, The Coven: Making Magick Together, 7 Days to Magickal New You and Witchin’: A Handbook for Teen Witches. Horne has always been very open and honest about her Pagan beliefs; she started with Catholicism, turned to Satanist preaching, and eventually became a follower of “love and light” new age mysticism.
After the crazy years of rockstardom and Playboy excitement, Fiona turned to what she loved most: her religion. Apparently, after visiting her psychic when Def FX decided to disband, she was told that she would be an author. She focused her energy on new age mysticism and the rest was history.
Former actress Megan Cavanagh relates her battle with coming out to her family as a homosexual with the strength she found in her “goddess group” that apparently helped Cavanagh in times of self-doubt. She stated in an interview, “I had wanted to be the greatest child ever in my parents’ eyes, and I realized I was OK and didn’t need to do that. There was a lot of therapy, and being in a goddess group really helped. There are a lot of lesbians in my goddess group, and every person I wanted to hang out with was a lesbian. I thought, hello?”
This is just a perfect representation of how empowerment through the teachings of Wicca are used for self-love and appreciation, rather than the stereotypical evil witchcraft the public assumes it to be.
After the former actress/model prayed to the Goddess in her 1996 Golden Globes speech, Cybill Shepherd outed herself as a follower of pagan religion. Well known for her roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Cybill, Taxi Driver and Moonlighting, Shepherd was a household screen name in the ’70s and ’80s.
However, after stating that she turned back to Christianity in 2014, Cybill left her goddess-worshiping Pagan Buddhist for the larger sum of her Hollywood career in the dust. The Goddess is often confused for Satan or dark arts that worshiped as well, but those that believe in and practice the craft claim Her to be the wise one that is seen as the maiden, the mother, and the crone.
Although Stevie has tried to stay under the radar when it comes to which spirit she prays to or believes in, the infamous and bewitching wardrobe and on-stage essence she has exuded throughout her career has always had the public curious. Continuing to throw the scent off of her mystical and mysterious trail, Nicks may credit her belief in God to her survival with drug-addiction, but certain things she has said to the press breathe life into the circulating rumors with Stevie’s involvement in Goddess worshiping.
“My ballet teacher believes that my head was cut off in another life, too. . . . Even if I go to the beauty salon, I can’t put my head back. They have to hold it or it will drop. . . It’s very weird,” Nicks told Playboy in ’82. To this day Nicks claims to not practice these particular arts but confidently has revealed that she believes in magic.
Just like Nicks, artist Tori Amos has teased about her religious beliefs for the majority of her career. Avid fans of the piano prodigy and talented song writing vocalist believe heavily that Amos practices Wicca in particular thanks to albums like The Beekeeper that bridged the curious gap for the public.
In her personal memoir, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, she reveals that she possesses links to the goddesses Egyptian (Sekhmet), Roman (Venus), and pagan (Corn Mother). After creating the album Night of Hunters, based on the popular pagan novel The White Goddess by author Robert Graves, Amos silenced the scrutinizers for good with her dark lyrics and beautiful composition.
Unlike most of these celebs, lead singer of Godsmack, Sully Erna, has publicly expressed his exclusive worship to the Wiccan religion. Regardless of his resistance toward being carved out as the “poster boy for Wicca,” Erna’s name is commonly mentioned in relation to the spiritual practice of Wicca and modern witchcraft.
Admitting that the Goddess has brought him great things, he makes it a point to relay that his start with Godsmack was a product of hard work and practice. Lyrics in popular songs like “Spiral” and “Releasing the Demons” are meant to stew over the religious beliefs of Wicca and all that it can create for womankind and mankind.
Well known for his dramatic and intoxicating role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor Viggo Mortensen is often recognized under the celebrity-related Pagan-practicing portion of Hollywood. With a more Freudian approach to his beliefs in life, Mortensen claims that he understands there are certain things he will never know or understand, but that it doesn’t mean no effort should be put into what we want to learn.
When questioned directly about his involvement with the Pagan rituals by a blogger, Mostensen seemed to tip-toe around the question stating the common misconception of Freud’s findings and how we feel/felt about them. “I believe in what happens in nature and what I can see, and I don’t mind that there are certain things that I don’t know and that I can’t know. And I think Freud would have been the first to agree with that.” So, clearly, Viggo still needs a bit more time to publicly side with his beliefs openly.
HBO took a gamble on wild child Carlton Gebbia a few years back, who is an open supporter and worshiper of the Wicca religion. On camera, Carlton stated her faith, displayed her devotion to her goddesses and even gave a sneak peak into her “chambers” that clearly represented her as a Celtic pagan witch.
Claiming that her faith was passed down from her grandmother, Carlton told HBO “I was always drawn to nature and animals and I just had an affinity for the moon.” She centers herself around Mother Nature when practicing. When questioned if she will push her faith onto her daughters, Carlton stated that she would let them practice whatever religion they felt their hearts gravitate to.
Now open about her pagan beliefs, Burn Notice actress Gabrielle Anwar revealed her very personal and no-longer-confidential belief system to be Pagan in 2007. “I’m pulling my weight financially. I’m doing all this stuff, and I’m feeling this incredible inequality … And I’m a pagan. I’m a … Pagan and this isn’t for me. This institution that was invented to control women and I’m not willing to be controlled any longer.’”
Anwar has since been divorced twice and remarried to current husband Shareef Malnik, but still maintains that she practices her “homemade” beliefs. Although she claimed that she would never get married again, Anwar seems to be quite in love with Malnik, a famous restaurateur.
Although Carlton is most famous for slow pop song “A Thousand Miles,” her faith lies in a much murkier territory that the press was not aware of until her 2003 Rolling Stone interview on album Harmonium.
“I believe in like spells and stuff like that… I’ve been able to kind of just merge the Wicca and the Eighties chick… I’m twenty-three now, and I think I’m more evolved, more secure in who I am,” Carlton stated years ago. With a close and personal friendship with Nicks, Carlton is still rumored to practice pagan rituals, Wicca in particular. But, the public’s reaction then and now toward Carlton’s attempt to “get in with the goths” was labeled as pathetic and lazy.
In a mind as chaotic and cryptic as the great Bjork’s, it makes sense that such a complex belief could exist in both silent and loud measures. Claiming that she, “Re-creates the universe when she gets up in the morning and kills it in the evening.” Bjork has always been on a level that supersedes the traditional approach to living.
In past interviews, Bjork has even referenced the goddess as she stated that she took her to all of the, “Occult creatures of Iceland.” Whatever that means. Upholding the central belief that nature determines the fate of all, it is not surprising to find that Bjork openly calls the coven home.
Former Republican Party candidate Christine O’Donnell fueled Saturday Night Live’s entertainment for weeks with her past “Wicca encounters” yes, but she managed to piss off the entire community when stating that she, “Dabbled in witchcraft but never joined a coven.” Claiming to have attended a satanic alter with a “witch” on their first date, O’Donnell made it clear that she could not confidently call herself a worshiper of the Goddess.
Apparently though, there is a huge Pagan community resting in Delaware consisting of different types of religions within the realm of paganism that O’Donnell could have had a brief part in. Said community had a major issue with her association toward Satanism as the rituals Satanists uphold are Catholicism-related; especially considering Wiccan followers don’t even believe in Satan.
Just like we remember the Valentine’s Day scene in Friends where we see Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel empowering their inner goddesses with an ex-boyfriend-diminishing bonfire, actress Heather Graham apparently delivers these sort of rituals in real life.
Exposing her witchcraft-related background in a past interview, Graham’s ideals rest with the power of her Goddess and the spirits of Earth, wind, air and fire, which are Wicca-related teachings. Graham even went as far to bring up Obama’s election in relation to her “wishings,” although she did not state that was the reason for his victory. As if that wasn’t open enough, the stunning actress even revealed her sidings with Hermetic magic on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Led Zeppelin guitarist and visionary magick worshiper Jimmy Page has never tried to push his personal beliefs on those that follow his work, or anyone for that matter. Page, as a child, was captivated by the early 18th century teachings of known magick-worshiper and occultist Aleister Crowley, so his relationship to the religion of Satanism is often confused, especially after he purchased Crowley’s mansion-like residence and opened an occultist bookstore inside of it.
For those that thought and possibly still think that Page is involved in Satanic worshiping and black magic, he would simply laugh off the ridiculous statement as he has his entire professional, fame-filled, rock-and-roll-fueled life. In what seems to be more of a pagan involvement in the magic community, Page’s talents are not a result of a sold soul to the devil like rumors may reveal. Just like Jimmy has always said, “If people want to find things, they find themselves.”
Having experimented with new age religions in the past, Courtney Love definitely seems like a great candidate to possess such a progressive and empowering religion like Wicca. Although Love currently finds herself taken by the intense and self-fulfilling practices behind Buddhism, she once was a follower, believer and truster of the goddess.
Shifting focus toward Earth-related matters, Love is considered to be somewhat of a sociopath due to the suspicion that she had something to do with her late husband’s death. But, considering her daughter’s interest in the Wicca religion, Love must have had something to do with that at some point.
Frances Bean Cobain
Famous daughter of Love and Cobain, Frances has since adopted her mother’s past affinity for the goddess through the worship of Wicca. She posts tweets about the religion like, “if you want to learn Wicca, read anything by Scott Cunningham,” uses crystals to ward off certain negative energies, and is constantly seen wearing the Pagan symbol; it is clear that Frances dabbles in the art of magic.
Often fans, just like with Page, will confuse her services toward the goddess for the worship of Satan, but Cobain is not a Satanist. She may be a dark presence bred from an even darker part of her parents’ history, but she seems to have found “love and light” regardless.
Popularly disliked for her personal morals and inflammatory personality, mainstream rapper Azealia Banks shook the world silent when she tweeted, “I’m really a witch.” Through a series of sentimental rants via social media, Banks claimed that she believed African Americans and Jewish people have been persecuted over the years due to their supposed affinity for magic.
“All I’m trying to say is that black people are naturally born SEERS, DIVINERS, WITCHES AND WIZARDS. we have REAL supernatural powers, and the sooner we ALL learn to cultivate them and access them, the sooner we can REALLY fix [explitive].” Generally the magic community frowns upon the publicity geared towards their beliefs and religion, so we wonder how they felt when they saw Banks’s ongoing Twitter rants.
Although My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way’s physical appearance and demeanor could possibly hint toward Satanic worship, he is in fact a believer in Paganism, specifically chaos magic apparently. With a “healthy” obsession with death at an early age, Way is not surprising anyone with these recent findings.
His now famous quote, “I feel that anything that helps you get through this, anything that helps you become a better person, it’s good for you. If the belief in a Star-destroyer sized planet-magnet is what gets you through the day, and helps you treat people good, and equally, then, by all means, worship the planet-magnet” rings in our ears as yes bizarre, but also very open-minded.