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'Honey Spell' Goes Viral On TikTok, But It's Drawing Some Controversy

Because it's 2022 and all of our current trends come from weirdo TikTok influencers, we can add the "honey spell" to the list of bizarre things that TikTok has foisted onto the world.

Yes, if you had "witchcraft-inspired TikTok trend" on your 2022 bingo card, take a bow. The honey spell begins with putting honey on your tongue and ends with your crush falling in love with you...allegedly.

Step one: find yourself a #honeyspell video.

A close-up of honeycombs filled with honey
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Since this is a bonafide trend at this point, you'll have your choice of videos to choose from. Just search for the #honeyspell hashtag on TikTok, sit back, and learn how to manifest love through the magic of honey...allegedly.

Step two: get yourself some honey and know how to use it.

Still of TikToker doing a 'honey spell'
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Assuming you've picked up some honey, all you have to do now is put some on your tongue in the shape of a cross. Some TikTokers say you should recite a spell while you do so, but for the most part, all you have to do is draw the cross and think of your crush.

Step three: profit?

Still of TikToker doing a 'honey spell'
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At this point, your crush is supposed to fall in love with you...allegedly.

This is kind of where the honey spell videos drop off, because the final step of making someone who wasn't in love with you suddenly fall in love with you is tough to show on video.

What's it rooted in?

While the spell or incantation aspects of the honey spell point to Wiccan or neo-pagan rituals, it actually stems from an old-school Hispanic magical spell. Does that mean it's cultural appropriation for non-Hispanic individuals to try it? According to some TikTokers, it's dangerous to perform unless you're Hispanic yourself.

How is it dangerous?

Well, according to this video, bad stuff will befall any non-Hispanic people who try the honey spell. One of the twins in this video was apparently assaulted after doing the challenge, but he says his bad luck had nothing to do with any kind of honey spell.

Is it worth doing?

Comments on a TikTok 'honey spell' video
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Judging by the number of dire warnings about doing this if you're not of Hispanic origin, it might be a dicey proposition. Unless you're really, really lovesick, it seems like it's best not to tempt fate and try this one.

Would it actually work?

We've all heard the saying "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." It basically means that you'll do better with people if you're nice. The saying is not "you'll catch more flies by reciting a spell and putting honey on your tongue, but only if you're Hispanic."

In any event, it's caught on.

This is the true nature of social media: one minute you're blissfully unaware of a growing trend, while the next minute you're frantically Googling the viability of witchcraft as it pertains to cultural appropriation.

What do you think?

A jar of honey
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Honey is a miracle food, but making someone fall in love with you feels like one miracle too many. Would you try the honey spell? What do you think of the trend overall? Be sure to let us know in the comments!