The Official Witch of Los Angeles

The Official Witch of Los Angeles

Tinder says Los Angeles is their largest market, so when Louise Huebner cast a sex spell on the area, it must have worked. In the glorious free-love 60's and 70's when occult was cool, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided they needed their very own official witch.

Louise Huebner, a sixth generation witch, was the Cultural Chairman of the 14th district of Los Angeles. In 1968, after producing a highly successful LA city birthday celebration, the county asked her to kick off their new “Summer Sunday Concert Series” at the Hollywood Bowl. The first Sunday, July 21, 1968, was Folk Day, and Louise felt that the best way to whirl up a storm of publicity was to encourage 11,000 people to help with a spellcast to “increase the romantic and sexual vitality within Los Angeles County.” Chairman Ernest Debs bestowed upon her title of “Official Witch of Los Angeles” and gave her an official certificate with the county seal

That glorious Sunday, Louise showed up draped in a sexy floor-length silver robe. She handed out red candles, garlic and chalk and instructed everyone to draw a chalk circle around them and chant thrice, “Light the flame, bright the fire, red the color of desire.” Eight other “real live witches” assisted in her spellcast and the public was allowed to place slips of paper in a large cauldron with their problems and wishes written on them. Pets and husbands were encouraged to be brought for “charming,” and the witches would demonstrate how to make potions and amulets.

Already a syndicated radio astrologist and book author, Louise continued her witchy career by promoting various events while using her new Official Witch title. In 1969, she even hosted an event at Cal State University LA (then known as California State College, Los Angeles) where she and 400 students cast another sexual vitality spell. She now was featured in 21 newspapers nationwide with a column on herb magic and astrology.

On Halloween of '69, she gave instructions for another odd love spell: Draw a chalk circle and place three kidney beans in it. Sprinkle wheat flour over the kidney beans to summon demons. Burn three red candles on one side of the circle and stand on the other side with a bell. Ring the bell three times, throw rose petals in the air and shout “Sakra El Marid,” which is the name of the king of demons. Apparently, the demons can't leave your circle until they grant your wish. (Alexa! Place an order for chalk and kidney beans!)

The county council decided they'd had enough of this Official Witch nonsense. Councilman John D. Maharg wrote Louise a letter asking her to stop using the title because she wasn't a government worker, witchcraft isn't real, and it was all just a gag for promoting the Hollywood Bowl. Displeased, Louise wrote back a letter and issued a press statement when the story went viral: If Supervisor Debs persists in asking the Department of Parks and Recreation to unload me ~ or, Mr. Maharg to intimidate me, that will only create bad feelings in me and I will be forced through an act of pride to take back the Los Angeles County Spell for increased Sexual Vitality. What with smog and freeways being what they are, I shudder to think of what the De-Spelling could do to devastate the County. Surely in these critical times, there are other areas that should capture the attention of both Supervisor Debs and our Mr. Maharg. To think that good and valuable County time and effort could go into getting rid of happy publicity and good clean fun in the County Parks fascinates me." 

Afraid of bad press and a future of Viagra, the council never responded. Until her death in 2014, Louise remained the first and only Official Witch of Los Angeles. Maybe Mayor Garcetti would be willing to designate a new one. How about Elvira?

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