Witchcraft is definitely not the first thing we think of when we have a problem with modern technology. Silicon Valley companies though don't seem to think this way. They recently employed a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic possessions.
Computer programmers, software designers and engineers are dealing with issue that appear to be supernatural in nature. The solution was calling a Marin County-based witch with absolutely no experience in technology. With more than 40 years of experience in the field, Reverend Joey Talley, a witch of the Wicca faith, is an expert in dealing with the occult and holds three Master’s degrees.
“Most people want me to protect their computers from viruses and hacks”, she says. “So I’ll make charms for them. I like to use flora". If plants fail, she turns to Jet, a black gemstone that acts as an energy blocker, ideal for debugging office hardware. However, larger or more vulnerable computer networks often require “a rainbow of colors to divert excess energy". And to keep things going smooth, she can also cast a protection spell over the entire company.
Her field of expertise is dealing with evil spirits. “I really like dealing with demons", she says. One of her first tasks in this new field has been helping a startup whose office alarm was infected by what she defined an “invasive species”. All electricians failed to fix it, so the company called her and she solved the issue, “I don’t know anything about electronics, but I got the spirit out”.
To eradicate entities from an electronic machine she uses a variety of techniques: from placing stones on the computer, to cleaning the negative energy by imposing one's mind. The time necessary for the virus to be eliminated varies according the kind of evil entity, she says that sometimes it just takes an hour, sometimes even four.
"When I go into the room where somebody’s computer is, I go in fresh, I step in like a fresh sheet, and I’m open to feel what’s going on with the computer".