The world of healing is so expansive and crucial, but it can also be intimidating. I wanted to highlight four figures who have introduced me to the different healing practices that I use in my life today. I think their stories and blog posts will also help guide you in your own spiritual journey.
Like many of my friends, whom I consider my soul sisters and companions, healing has always fascinated me. Women of Color especially have shown that with attention to detail and honoring the knowledge passed down from their ancestors, we can better understand the Earth's gifts to us. Herbs, crystals, chakra balancing, meditation, and cosmic mastery are only some of the ways in which healing is practiced around the world. And I especially admire the Black and Brown women/nb people who continue to keep these traditions alive. There are four blog runners in particular who I deeply look up to and I really wanted to share their work with you. All images belong to the bloggers.
Bri Luna, best known as the Hoodwitch, is a crucial figure in my spiritual development. Her blog places an emphasis on "practical magic," which I think is super important. Today, so many spiritual healing practices like yoga and crystal work have been gentrified by white "free spirits." With this takeover comes the increase in prices, making what was once accessible to the People of Color who were responsible for much of these practices now inaccessible.
Her website has a series of regular categories, like the weekly horoscope that up until recently were run by Amelia Quint of the Midheaven blog, new rituals for different phases of the moon, and interviews with inspiring ladies in a category called Goddess of the Week. I strongly suggest reading up on Bri's old posts. I admire her so much and I can't even begin to explain everything I've learned from her posts. She definitely inspires me to become a better, more holistic healer both for my community and myself.
Bri is of Black and Mexican descent, which plays a huge role in the kind of healing that she promotes. The Hoodwitch discusses brujeria and her store features tarot cards with Latinx and Black art. That's what I'm talking about!
Like I said earlier, the importance of having Black and Brown women in the modern day healing scene is so crucial. It's really hard to easily find a blog that covers astrology, crystal healing, ritual practice, and meditation that isn't run by white women. Of course, I follow many blogs by these kinds of writers and I do believe that they have valuable things to say, but I respect Bri because she honors her roots. If you take a look at her Contributors page, you'll see that many of her writers are People of Color.
So as you can see, there are an infinite amount of reasons why I love the Hoodwitch. Keep up with Bri's website and Instagram. You can also stock up on sage, crystals, classic books, and her speciality - nail polish, here. And you can read features about her on Vogue, Broadly, and Black Girl in Om's websites.
C and T
I've learned oodles from these two somewhat anonymous witches, and I found their website about two months ago. They're definitely new sources to me, but I was so impressed and inspired by the variety of topics they educated me about that I had to include them! C and T are queer life partners, which is so freakin' cool because I identify as pansexual and I couldn't help but feel my heart soar when I saw this queer representation. They run a Tumblr called Recreational Witches, which you can and should follow here. They identify as "eclectic witches," essentially drawing inspiration from different kinds of healing and adopting their own beliefs. I like it.
I think the most game-changing thing about their blog are their directories. They have a spellbook index, which is a series of links from their blog and other people's, and a really lengthy FAQ section. The links that they share are so so so informative; one link in particular educated me about the culturally appropriative nature behind calling sage cleansing "smudging." Long story short, "smudging" is a practice that is a vital component to Native cultures, and it involves so much more than waving your burning white sage bundle around. There's nothing wrong with calling it "smoke cleansing" but to call your version of it "smudging" is highly disrespectful. And we want to be culturally sensitive witches. Read the post about that here.
C and T inspire me to really immerse myself in contemporary witch culture. There's much to be learned about witchcraft in the 21st century, especially when you incorporate elements of race, sexuality, and culture. I respect these two individuals immensely and I'm very grateful to have found their blog during this experimental (and hopefully lasting) period of my life.
Jaz is another lovely healer who's guided me in my healing journey. She is very vocal in her struggle with depression and anxiety, something that I know a lot of us can relate to. Jaz, who goes by J. Chavae or J, runs a blog and YouTube channel dedicated to yoga, crystal healing, and overall wellness.
My favorite part about J's blog, aside from her regular crystal write-ups, is the general fact that she's so honest. You can tell through her posts, like this recap of her chakra clearing experience, that she is still learning more about herself and her craft. She doesn't claim to be an expert and I think this humility makes her writing all the more powerful. And not only is her credibility expressed through the way that she writes, but she's even more badass because of what she writes about. Jaz has covered so many heavy topics like depression and abuse/assault; I have the utmost respect for her and I wish her so much love and support in her healing process.
Jaz also recently released an online store (formerly known as CanaBlends) called On Self Love. I ordered her herbal tea blends and the verdict? Yummy! You can keep up with Jaz by following her blog and Instagram.
Enjoy reading through these diverse blogs! There's so much to learn from them and many different ways to support them. Please follow their blogs and Instagrams, and if you can, buy something from their stores! I promise you won't be disappointed.
Peace and light to you.