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Brujas On Instagram Are Filling Your Feed With Spiritual Guidance And A Place To Relax

This story was updated on April 14, 2020.

Most Latinas were raised to quiver at just the mention of the word brujería. Many of us were taught that it was evil, a wild, crazy and ungodly practice that ensured our entry into the fiery gates of hell. But as the modern Latina embraces intersectional feminism, and its ideas of self-love and decolonization, many have found a heroine in the bruja foremother whose traditions were demonized because they could not be controlled.

Finding power and strength in natural healing, spiritual wellness and ancestral knowledge, a growing number of Latinas are reclaiming brujería and creating spaces online for education, health-giving and straight magia. Culture makers like Princess Nokia and Nitty Scott incorporate it into their music, platforms like La Brujas Club and Bruja Tip support those on their spiritual journeys and shops like Curandera Press and Brooklyn Brujeria sell goodies for the proud bruja.

Whether you’re just curious or are actively seeking mystical empowerment, here are some brujas who can teach you more about magia.

1. Tatianna Tarot

Tatianna Morales, more popularly known as Tatianna Tarot, is an intuitive tarot specialist, medium and ritual practitioner who uses her Instagram feed to share readings, inspiring messages and fun witchy memes. The New Orleans-based puertorriqueña’s approach to divination is highly accessible, and she has curated a profile that is as impassioned and encouraging as it is vibrant and beautiful.

Join her Virtual Spiritist Prayer Circle on Friday, April 17th from 9:30pm ct / 10:30pm

The virtual gathering helps participants elevate their ancestor and spirit communication. Expect prayers and messages and a ton of beautiful vibes.

2. La Loba Loca

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Feliz dia de las brujas! To all the femme + womxn that stay loving the earth, soil, water, air, non-human-beings, their communities and themselves fiercely. I am a flower bush in between elder and bladderpod flowers 🌺 thankful for all the resilient and rebellious spirits of muxer and femme brujas ancestors burned on the stake, killed by the heteropatriarchy, silenced by the church… we can never burn because we are 🔥! I got a 15% off my online store lalobaloca.bigcartel.com code:bruja + today is the last day to register for RADICALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY MENSTRUATING ONLINE COURSE (link in bio) + if you want extra perks and support this flower elf become my $$ supporter at Patreon.com/lalobaloca 👽 If you party today, don't forget to soltar un aullido or pour some water to the earth for all the so-called brujas, the hxstorians, the gardeners, the seed keepers, the midwives, the gaslighted bitches, the survivors that speak up and are not believed, the survivors that do magic w/o disclosing their experiences, the medicine makers, the mothers being nurse and doctor, the soil workers, the curanderas, the disposed, the care takers… all our ancestors whose magic organized religion, cisheteropatriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism tried to destroy and didn't. I sent this photo to my mom, tias, primas y abuelas today because it has been all their femme magic and labor that got me here. It has always been femme labor and brujeria feminista that makes this world go around. ALWAYS. #medicinafeminista #brujeríafeminista

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La Loba Loca is a queer yerbetera, seed-saver and doula. The Los Angeles-based perunx often shares tips on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health. Loba also provides positive messages on their Insta, home remedies and promotions for classes, consultations and items like moon pads and bruja feminist gear.

Eclass on April 18 for tending to your garden.

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Check my new e-class and sign up LINK IN BIO, the recording will be available and the early bird sliding scale starts at $18! This knowledge share is for those people interested on learning about starting a garden and keeping a garden using simple and accesible tools. I am going to share with you how I started gardening and how I have turned super sad LA city soil into a vibrant community of plants and microorganisms. I call my garden a "chacra", that is how we call the spaces we cultivate and love on back home in Arequipa. I come from a long line of soil workers, Abuelita seed savers and tias that love on their gardens like each plant was their wawita/baby. I have fallen in love with plants and gardens and I want to share that with you! In this knowledge share we will be focusing on: -the garden as a physical and spiritual space… also as a political space! -building soil and ways to do simple composting and repurposing food and waste to feed soil -how to grow directly in soil (even if it is a small space) -how to grow in containers -basics on growing seeds, choOsing what pants to grow and how to keep them alive -focusing on fast growing plants and strategies to grow medicine and food during a pinchi pandemic that feels like the end of the world as we know it but also finding hope in the plants thriving around us! Join us 🌿link in bio🌿 first group to sign up gets in the run for seed packets💕 #abuelitaknowledge #garden #urbangarden #urbangardening #plantconnection #plant #queer #femme #herbalism

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This class is for people interested in learning about starting and maintaining a garden using simple and accessible tools. According to La Loba Loca she started gardening by turning “super sad LA city soil into a vibrant community of plants and microorganisms.”

3. The Hood Witch

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✨"TheHoodwitch.com is a website/store/blog and community that I had been working on for the last 4 years. It started as a play on words, with roots to a deeper meaning: a reference to the very real "hood witches", healers, curanderas, wise women, priestess, and most importantly my grandmothers. In Black and brown communities brujas were and have been the healers. They are the shoulders to cry on, they could give you a recipe to clear up your colds, bring love into your life, or offer protection. They are the beacons of light for their community and that has always inspired me, knowing that this magic is in my blood. Yesterday, I released my very first recorded interview for @wearemitu as the founder and visionary behind my brand, I've always stayed lowkey, because I wanted to be known for providing tools and not my appearance. In fact, most people have come to only know me for my signature stiletto nails & hand tattoos. I felt it was important more than ever now to show that I am a real person a strong Black & Mexican woman and to put a face to what I've created. The Hoodwitch has been such a source of inspiration for many and this experience has allowed me to explore my understandings deeper of metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in ways I never thought possible. I have always believed my purpose in this life was to share, uplift, support, and spread love to the world around me. (Read more below)

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True to her motto, The Hood Witch, also known as Bri Luna, offers everyday magic for the modern mystic. The part-Mexican, part-African American serves her nearly 200K followers by blessing them with self-love notes, self-care tips, hilarious bruja memes and a series of items for sale, like crystals, sage, themed tarot decks and books.

Daily reminders of your worth.

The Hoodwitch has no scheduled events for the Coronavirus quarantine from what we can tell BUT she has a whole heck of a lot of daily advice and hype up.

4. Chiquita Brujita

Chiquita Brujita is a Brooklyn-based fortune teller and bruja dancer. The Boricua’s Instagram is a revolutionary, feel-good, spiritual experience, with posts about liberation, dance — particularly the Afro-Puerto Rican bomba — as resistance and love, and her stunning self-made candles.

Get in on her Magic Mondays

Join Chiquita every Monday for the ultimate house party.

5. Indijam

Agnes Ito, known on the ‘gram as Indijam, is a spiritual mentor, alchemist and light worker whose Instagram will brighten your newsfeed with positive affirmations and bruja tips. A self-described “recovering undercover over-lover,” the Peruana-Filipina often posts about self-love and self-pleasure as well as protecting the heart while allowing it to love after heartbreak.

6. Indigemama

Panquetzani, known more commonly on the interwebs as Indigemama, is a holistic womb counselor, wellness coach and full spectrum doula who uses her Instagram account to share posts about ancestral healing and learning to trust one’s self. With her work primarily focused on reproductive health and motherhood, the Los Angeles-based folk healer also uses her account to educate followers on Mesoamerican womb care techniques.

Go loca with her daily affirmations

Indigemama wrote these affirmations while breastfeeding my babies in quarantine. She wrote them while talking her eldest son through a meltdown on week two of no play dates and while playing with her “joyful toddler who has no idea about the global pandemic and both the ugliness + profound cooperation it’s brought out in people.”

READ: Poetry’s Been Called An Outdated Pastime, But These Latinas Are Breathing New Life Into The Art

Let us know the brujas you love to follow in the comments!

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From Castor Oil To Fermented Rice Water, Latinas Are Sharing Their Hair Growth Secrets

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From Castor Oil To Fermented Rice Water, Latinas Are Sharing Their Hair Growth Secrets

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When it comes to growing the hair on our head quickly, some of us take all kinds of desperate measures. From hanging our heads upside down to avoiding trimming our hair altogether, we often go to some pretty weird and extreme lengths for some length. We asked Latinas on FIERCE what tricks actually work for them and the answers pretty eye-opening.

Check out the tips below!

Castor oil

“Jamaican Castor oil. But it really did help with my alopecia.” – corazondemelon

Ashwagandha

“Take Ashwagandha as a supplement! I started taking for anxiety but a nice side effect is more healthy hair.” –iamsunshine78

Regular trims when it’s a full moon

“Trim/cut ends during full moon, ideally at midnight (I can’t stay up that late so as close as I can get).” – daleitzy

Coconut oil

“Jamaican castor/coconut oil when your hair is super dirty and a couple of hours before you wash it. Then argan oil after you have washed your hair and it’s still wet or damp.” –angiemhrndz

Rice water

“Fermented rice water.” – butterflydreams__

Prenatals

“Shampoo de ajo and prenatals.”- cynth.iaaa_

Collagen powder

“Collagen powder (unflavored) in my coffee every morning!” – pandacandee

Onions

“Rosemary water and onion hair mask.” –daniela.sp

Wild growth hair oil

“Wild growth hair oil you can find this oil at any beauty supply store.” –bonita_mantiago

Biotin

“Taking biotin pills daily.” – officialdarlin

Mayonaise

“Mayo in my deep conditioner i make my own makes my hair so soft.” –erika_kane__

Monat products

“Great hair care! Good for your scalp and hair and it’s already what you do. Monat has great shampoos, conditioners, styling products that are nontoxic, cruelty free, vegan. Would love to help anyone interested with recommendations.” – claudia__moreno__

Avocados

“My mamá always said that eating lots of avocados would promote hair and nail growth. Tbh I think it definitely helps!” – mandamonqiue

Rosemary

“A blended hair serum with Olive oil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint oil.” – thekittylounge

Spinach

“Spinach helps my hair grow.” – natalidamasphoto

Apple cider

“I have to add that garlic works magic and apple cider after washing your hair. And not washing your hair everyday with hot water.” – bonita_mantiago

Mamey oil

“I highly recommended castor oil, mamey oil, and ginger and onion 🧅 in the shampoo. They all work magic if you consistently apply them to your hair.” – bonita_mantiago

Olive oil

“Olive oil in your hair for shine and growth & mayonnaise mask to help with hydration and shine!” – d_amoree

Braids

“Braiding your hair before bed.” – veixaley

Cold-pressed oils

“Both my parents have thin hair my dad is bald! I have thin hair it’s in my genes. But these are the things I have tried that didn’t work cold-pressed castor oil, prenatal pills, not washing daily, biotin, collagen, mane and tail, tio nacho shampoo and I’m sure there is more. I started using Monat about 4 months ago and my hair has thickened and grown yes it’s super expensive I use the black shampoo and conditioner the mousse and hair spray and occasionally the root lifter if I want more volume!! NO I don’t sell it!! And I already have a person I buy it from!!! Again it’s hella expensive but it is working for me! Also when you first get it be patient cause I was like this stuff sucks I want my money back but the agent just keep saying give it time cause at first the shampoo didn’t even sud up now it does and if you are still using other products with them it won’t sud up as much either cause it is trying to remove the toxins from your hair!!!” – cindy_adame_cervantes

Fewer shampoo days

“Stop over-washing your hair. This quarantine has allowed the to go longer days without washing it. Now I only was my hair once a week and my hair has stopped falling in chunks and grown so much in length in a year. Ohhh I also have so much new baby hair! Waiiiit and my hair is less oily. Dry shampoo will be your new bestie.” –

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Sweet & Empowering Tattoo Ideas For The Latina Who Loves Herself

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Sweet & Empowering Tattoo Ideas For The Latina Who Loves Herself

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With so many types of tattoos out there, it can be easy to feel like its hard to find something unique. Especially when it comes to paying tribute to your Latinidad. Fortunately, we dug around Instagram and found some of the sweetest and hilarious tattoos that are perfect for Latinas.

Check them out below!

This one that has all of our names written all over it

For tequila and Grey’s Anatomy fans

And another tequila tattoo for good measure

For the spikey and sweet agave lover

This tattoo is perfect for Cubanas who love café

For la rosa at heart

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🌹 #tattoo #rosetattoo

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For the freedom fighter

These Taíno inspired tattoos

And these beautiful tattoos for Boricuas

For the rum lover

For the lovely minimalist with pride

And of course for the Frida fan

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