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From Glow Necklaces That Detect Ghosts To Prayer Beads, These Are The Items You Didn’t Think To Pack In Your Brujeria Kit

When you’re a bruja, you know that a big part of your lifestyle is all about the swag. From the perfect incense to the best sage smudge sticks, brujas need it all. So, what’s on your brujeria kit wish list?    Here’s a list of 13 amazing and unique products for all your witchy needs, from finding ghosts to connecting with your inner self.  Let the magic begin!

A Unique Wooden Box to Carry All The Sacred Things

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Every bruja-in-training needs a special box to hold all of her sacred objects and witchy tools, especially a bruja on the go. Keep all of your stones, card decks, herbs, and more safe and sound in a box that is both beautiful and useful. Not only is this one easy on the eye with a Tree of Life design, but it’s also good for the planet; it’s hand-carved in India by skilled artisans from eco-sustainable mango wood as well as recycled wood. Next time you’re headed to a seance or moon circle, you won’t have to wonder where your favorite crystal or special feather went. Just pick up your bruja box and go!

This “Ghost-Detecting” Stone That Turns Red If A Ghost Appears Nearby

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If you’re into the paranormal, consider this stone that supposedly picks up on paranormal activity.

Songs To Raise Your Vibration and Connect With Your Inner Goddess

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What better way to connect with the universe–and yourself–than through sacred song? Hailing from the southern end of the American continent, Loli Cosmica has been sharing her sweet sounds with the world for quite some time. Songs like “Yo Soy Diosa” and “Sagrado Feminino” are perfect to share during your next women’s circle or even simply while singing in the shower. You’ll be sure to fall in love with her pure voice and sacred message. 

Do Like Beyonce and Channel Yoruba Goddess Oshun

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Beyonce doesn’t have to be the only goddess channeling the powers of Yoruba orisha, Oshun. With this bright yellow necklace, you can do your part to honor the water goddess of female sensuality, love, and fertility. She was known to be both benevolent and malevolent, prone to a hot temper that Beyonce leaned into as she smashed cars and stores in her video, “Hold Up.” It’s up to you to choose: which side of Oshun do you want to honor today

A Candle For Haters to Shut Up

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There’s a candle for every day of the week– and every possible occasion. Light this blood-red candle when you need protection against the haters–people who are trying to bring you down with vicious rumors and gossip. Indio products also have candles to help a bruja out if you’re looking for Fast Money or sweet loving with their Come to Me candle. These candles will burn for 120 hours–plenty of time to get rid of the negative juju and conjure up the good stuff. Once you get your hands on these energetic bombshells, the haters will never mess with you again!

Dispel Negativity and Ground Your Soul With These Spiritual Cleansing Concoctions

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Are you feeling dragged down by negativity or sapped of energy? It’s time to create a new self-love ritual with Art of the Root’s Cleansing Pure and Natural Ritual Kit. The kit comes with a smoky quartz infused soy candle and all-natural roll-on perfume that will be sure to purify and revive. But the most exciting part of this kit is the luxurious bath tea bags that are chock-full of everything you need for a deep soul reboot: herbs, dead sea salt, and oatmeal. Next time your nerves are feeling frazzled, slide into a tub infused with one of these Pure & Natural tea bags and watch your worries wash away. 

Inspiration for the Salty Brujas In Your Life

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Not all brujas have to be holier-than-thou. Roxan McDonald, of the hit Instagram account @spiritual_AF, created these “super-salty, ultra-inspiring” cards to help you make your life go from sh*tty to shiny in no time flat! With cards like “LOOK AT THE F***IN’ MOON”  and “DANCE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO **** THEMSELVES,” they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. But behind the F-bombs, there are some true words of wisdom, with real-life advice like how to stop from participating in the toxic gossip mill. The deck even includes a stand for you to display your favorite profane phrases!

This Gemstone Pendant Has All Your Chakras Covered

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Raise your vibration on the daily with this wearable healing crystal. With 7 layers of gemstones, each one corresponding to a specific chakra, you can emit positivity and stay connected to your energetic centers as you go about your daily life. Made from high-quality materials, this necklace can also be used in divination, dowsing, meditation, and Reiki. Make a fashion statement while feeling fantastic–no matter what life throws your way. 

Magnify Healing Vibrations With Lavender Dragon Mist

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We can all benefit from a refreshing spritz to purify the air of stagnating energy and bad vibes. Whether you’re looking for a boost during meditation or to clear negative energy from a physical space, Moonwater Elixirs can get you feeling positive, peaceful, and uplifted. Containing the master of all healing crystals, quartz, this mist is charged with moon magic as well as Reiki energy. Also available in other scents such as sandalwood and frankincense. 

Want to Know What Your Great-Grandmother Has Been Trying To Tell You?

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You can’t be a real bruja if you haven’t tried communicating with the dead, and what better way than with the classic ouija board? You probably first learned about it in the classic teen movie, Now and Then, but you’re never too old to give it a try. Gather your coven and dare to ask the questions that have haunted you all of your life. There’s no need to fear–only to be open to what the spirits want to say. 

Find Out What It Really Means When a Black Cat Crosses Your Path

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Have you ever wondered what it means to find a snake resting on your car windshield or unexpectedly spotting an owl in broad daylight? Have you always connected to dolphins but were never quite sure why? Well, Kim Krans can share the spiritual world of animals with this beautifully illustrated card deck. Find out what’s your spirit animal and which energy is associated with each creature. Receive guidance from the special creatures that surround you. You might be surprised to find that the animal kingdom with whom you share the world becomes more alive and instrumental in your spiritual practice. 

No Spiritual Practice is Complete Without A Special Journal For All Your Revelations, Incantations, and Speculations

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Everyone with a spiritual practice needs a place to express their dreams, thoughts, revelations, and observations. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be to another person. Instead, we can roam across the blank page, completely free, and these gorgeous hand-crafted, ethically made leather journals are just the place. Perhaps you want to jot down a dream in the middle of the night or doodle a vision you had during a meditation. Keep your innermost thoughts safe in this old-fashioned journal, which comes with a handy strap to lock it all in. Take it with you on your journeys, whether those be of the mind or in the world. 

Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

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Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

Selena’s 1995 Houston Astrodome concert is iconic for so many reasons. It was during this show, that the queen of Tejano wore that beautiful sparkly, purple jumpsuit that every little girl that grew up in the 90s wanted to wear. She rolled into the stadium riding a white horse-drawn carriage like the total diva that she was. But most importantly, that night turned out to be the last concert that Selena would ever give, before her life was cut short in March of 1995. These are just some of the reasons why we’re very excited to know that the show is now available for streaming on Amazon.

The Queen of Tejano’s last concert is a gem that all her fans keep close to their hearts.

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Selena’s last show at the Astrodome holds a special place in all her fans’ hearts because it was the last time she was seen doing what she loved. During the concert she sang all her hits and some classic disco songs in English like  “I Will Survive”, “Funkytown”, “Last Dance”, “The Hustle”, and “On the Radio”, by Gloria Gaynor, Lipps Inc., and Van McCoy. 

Selena sang a selection of classic Disco songs as well as her own hits.

The show opens with a disco tune that morphs into “Amor Prohibido,” which in turn fades into “Baila Esta Cumbia.” Selena then went on to perform more of her own classic songs like “Tus Desprecios,” “Cobarde,” “Techno Cumbia,” “La Carcacha,” “No Me Queda Más,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Si Una Vez,” “El Chico Del Apartamento 512,” “Ya Ves,” and, of course, “Como La Flor.” 

Her 1995 concert would turn out to be her last, and a recording of it was released posthumously.

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Selena’s last concert took place in February 26 of 1995. It was televised live on Univision and a live album was recorded by EMI Latin which was released posthumously six years later, in March 27 of 2001. The singer shared her stage with fellow Tejano singer Emilio Navaira and they both performed in front of nearly 67 thousand people. 

The posthumous album was on top of the charts and garnered the artist many awards.

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The album recorded during the show “Live! The Last Concert,” peaked atop the US Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart in 2001, becoming Selena’s second number one on the chart since Dreaming of You in 1995. It also earned her a nomination for Female Pop Album of the Year, at the 2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Her performance at the Astrodome of Houston, Texas received  rave reviews.

Journalists at the time gave Selena great reviews. Critics have since regarded the concert as one of her best performances. The show was taken to the big screen in 1997 as a part of Selena’s biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. The famous jumpsuit is currently on display in a museum the singer’s family owns and operates in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The show broke ticket sale records that hadn’t been beaten even by Country music idols.

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Her Astrodome show in Houston went down in history for selling more tickets than any country legend ever had —including idols like Vince Gill, Reba Mcentire and George Strait. Even today, other celebrities continue to pay homage to the queen of Tejano’s show at the venue where she gave her last concert.  

Singer Kacey Musgraves famously sang “Como La Flor” earlier this year at the Houston Rodeo, and Prince Royce covered “No Me Queda Más.” Other artists like Cardi B and New Kids on the Block have also paid tribute during concerts in Houston. 

Although the concert is available for free on Youtube, the show that will be up for streaming on Amazon is a re-mastered ad-free version with great quality and no interruptions. Sounds way better right? So we’ll try the Qello subscription for a month, just to watch our Tex-Mex queen and we’ll take it from there. “Selena —The Last Concert: Live From The Astrodome” is now available for streaming on Amazon via de Qello channel. What’s more is that you can watch the concert for free with a 7-day subscription of the Qello streaming channel.

The Faces Of The Amazon: Here Are Some Of The Tribes Threatened By Brazil’s Dangerous Policies

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The Faces Of The Amazon: Here Are Some Of The Tribes Threatened By Brazil’s Dangerous Policies

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The recent fires in the Amazonian rainforest put this region under the spotlight. Most of the conversations revolved around the ecological damage that the catastrophic fires produced and the corruption that led to unscrupulous land clearings. However, there was a direct human cost as well. Various indigenous groups that have been decimated since their first encounter with European invaders are now facing the threat of illegal industries and governments, such as the Bolsonaro administration in Brazil. The destruction of natural resources is not the only threat they face. They are also at risk of losing their cultural and religious identity as they are forced to learn Spanish or Portuguese and evangelization efforts are stronger than ever from many denominations.

Here are some of the indigenous peoples that call the Amazon their home. Please do us un favorcito: if you visit the Amazon and encounter some of the original owners of the land, please approach them with the dignity and respect you would like to be treated with. Don’t go back home calling them “exotic” or “weird.” If you want to photograph them, please be respectful and ask for permission. 

The Amazon is home to indigenous communities that have survived traumatic processes of colonization by the Spanish and the Portuguese and then the mistreatment by governments that fail to protect their lands.

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The original owners of the land of what is now the Amazon in Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Guyana have a millenary relationship to the land and knowledge of the rhythms of nature from which we could all learn. However, they have historically been underestimated and controlled by governments and institutions that see them with a mestizo gaze.

Waorani peoples in Ecuador

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They are also known as Waos and they are an Amerindian group that has marked differences with other indigenous Ecuadorians like the Quechua. Their community is relatively small: about 4,000 individuals who live between the Curaray and Napo Rivers. They were a hunting and gathering society and now have to live in settlements due to the threats of oil exploitation and illegal logging, two practices that have decimated their lands. They speak Huaorani, which has no known relationship to any other language. 

The Waorani might be small in numbers, but they are combative and have recently filed court cases claiming the protection of their lands.

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The Waorani have stood up for their rights recently, as the Ecuadorian government attempts to take control of their lands. As reported by U-Wire: “The legal battle over the rainforest was filed by the Waorani people in February. through the Ecuadorian parliament. Ecuador had been auctioning off blocks of the forest for logging or mineral extraction to international companies. According to Reuters, the tribe had been battling an on-going court case concerning the selling of sacred Amazonian lands to oil companies”. 

Yanomami peoples in Venezuela and Brazil

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This group is made up of approximately 35,000 people who live in the border of Venezuela and Brazil. There are between 200 and 250 Yanomami villages today. They practice shamanism, just like many indigenous Amazonian tribes that hold a spiritual bond with the flora, fauna, and soil on which they live. 

By the way, the lives of the Yanomami are currently being threatened by illegal mining operations.

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According to the BBC, “ there are ‘thousands’ of prospectors operating in the Yanomami indigenous land in Roraima.” The Yanomami have historically survived numerous threats, but their current situation is close to catastrophic due to lack of government protection under the Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil.

Tucano peoples in Brazil and Colombia

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The Tucano people live in the northwestern Amazon, alongside the Vaupes River. They are made up of different tribes. They have a particular linguistic practice: no man can marry a woman who speaks his language. This practice creates a network of linguistic exchange that is quite unique in the world. Rather than an ethnic group with a distinct identity, the Tucano is a group of tribes put under an umbrella term for being geographically close. 

Ticuna peoples in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru

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They are the most numerous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon with a population of approximately 36,000 individuals. There are about 6,000 Ticuna in Colombia and 7,000 in Peru. They only marry and procreate within their ethnic group, which makes them quite distinct from other groups. They also practice shamanism. Most of them are fluent in Spanish or Portuguese and some of them have converted to Christianity as there are strong evangelization efforts in their region. 

The Ticuna have suffered a lot since colonial times when they came in contact with the Portuguese.

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During the 19th century they were used as slaves by the rubber cultivation industry. They have subsequently suffered violence from loggers, fishermen and other groups that try to exploit their lands. They are currently facing another threat that has decimated indigenous populations throughout Latin America: drug cartels. As EFE News Service reported in June 2017: “Near the triple border of Peru, Brazil, and Colombia, many members of the Ticuna Indian tribe are working as laborers for cocaine drug traffickers, a business that has transformed their lives and supplanted the activities and customs that some of them are now trying to salvage by returning to legal pursuits”. It has been hard for many Ticuna to go back to legal crops since the gains minuscule compared to coca crops. 

Secoya peoples in Ecuador and Peru

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They are also known as AngoteroEncabelladoHuajoyaPiojéSiekopai. They speak Pai Coca and could be considered part of the Tucanoan group. They are a very small group compared to the Ticuna. There are about 400 Secoyas in Ecuador and 700 in Peru. Their culture is being decimated (some have the nerve to call this “assimilation” as if it was a positive thing) by the presence of oil companies, missionaries who convert them to Christianity and mestizos who occupy their lands. 

Cubeo peoples in Colombia

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The name “Cubeo” is a Spanish name used to call a group that calls themselves “people” (pâmiwâ) or “my people” (jiwa). They live in the Northwestern Amazon, alongside the Vapues river. There are between 3,000 and 5,000 Cubeo individuals. The Cubeo people, despite their low numbers, are outspoken when it comes to environmental matters. As CE Noticias Financieras reported back in 2018, a Cubeo representative told an assembly of European authorities: “It is not fair that we are looking for solutions to climate change and we are not thinking about how to protect the true forest keepers, who are us, the indigenous people”. That is absolutely right: the original owners of the land are the true and most knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the rhythms of nature and the best ways to protect it. 

Long story short, we better start listening to indigenous communities. They know the earth and its resources better than we do.

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Amazonians are fighting for the planet, not just for themselves. The idea that their future is also our future is absolutely right: the original owners of the land are the true and most knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the rhythms of nature and the best ways to protect it.

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