In the past few years we've seen a significant amount of Latina feminists proudly reclaiming their inner bruja and embracing the spiritual practices of our African and Indigenous ancestors. For centuries, spiritual practices such as Santería, the Oshun faith, Yoruba, Macumba, Vodou, and more were highly stigmatized and demonized.
Spiritual beliefs outside of the Christian/Catholic faith pushed by our Spanish colonizers were seen as "evil." Spiritual healers or brujas were reduced to negative stereotypes and perceived as cruel, manipulative, and dangerous. The modern brujas or witches of today are not just embracing these practices, but they are also building community and providing healing and support during difficult times like today.
The global pandemic has left many feeling anxious and worried about getting sick, our loved ones getting sick, and even how we're going to pay the bills. Add social distancing to the mix and that's enough to impact our psyches and lead to feelings we have no control over.
Now more than ever is the time to care for our souls and prioritize not just our physical health but also our mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Fortunately, there are quite a few magical mujeres on Instagram who are making a point to provide content and support for anyone in need right now. They recognize that the spiritual effect of this pandemic can not be ignored and spiritual wellness is crucial.
From Reiki healers, to astrologers, and tarot card readers, here's a look at a few of our favorite Latina brujas who are helping us find joy in our darkest days.