Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color (Hardcover)

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"Brujas, Witches of Color are ancestral magical beings and the world we live in has tried to silence our voices. . . . This book is such a beautiful tribute to the different stories and experiences we go through as brujas. . . . Amplify the voice of Witches of Color by reading their stories." Juliet Diaz, author of Witchery and Plant Witchery

There is a new kind of witch emerging in our cultural consciousness: the bruja.

Witchcraft has made a comeback in popular culture, especially among feminists. A growing subculture of BIPOC witches, led by Afro-Caribbean immigrants, Indigenous Americans, and other witches of color, is reclaiming their ancestral traditions and contributing their voices to the feminist witchcraft of today. Brujas chronicles the magical lives of these practitioners as they develop their healing arts, express their progressive politics, and extend their personal rituals into community activism.

They are destigmatizing the “witch” of their ancestries and bringing persecuted traditions to the open to challenge cultural appropriation and spiritual consumerism. Part memoir, part ritual guide, Brujas empowers readers to decolonize their spiritual practices and connect with their own ancestors.

Brujas reminds us that witchcraft is more than a trend—it’s a movement.

About the Author


Lorraine Monteagut is a Cuban-Colombian writer born in Miami, Florida. She holds a PhD in communication from the University of South Florida, where she began her research on bruja feminism and the reclamation of ancestral healing traditions. Inspired to the spiritual life by her great grandmother, who was an espiritista in Cuba, she facilitates astrology workshops and moon circles in her local community in Tampa, Florida. She loves hiking, gardening, and backyard beekeeping.

Praise For…


"Captivating, inspiring, and filled with tangible magick, Brujas offers a much-needed perspective that showcases the beautiful diversity of what it means to live a mystical life. Lorraine expertly weaves tantalizing narratives infused with love and hope, while guiding readers on a journey through often ignored histories, all while helping them establish a magickal practice that honors their own lineages and ancestors. A must-read for any witch." —Gabriela Herstik, author of Inner Witch, Bewitching the Elements, and Embody Your Magick

“This is an essential read for our community! This book approaches brujeria in such an inclusive and healing way.” —Valeria Ruelas, The Mexican Witch, author of Cosmpolitan Love Potions

"More of this please! Brujas, Witches of Color are ancestral magical beings and the world we live in has tried to silence our voices. There is a rise happening, a roar thundering through our veins and the world will hear our voices louder than they can ever imagine. This book is such a beautiful tribute to the different stories and experiences we go through as brujas. Lorraine is one of the most beautiful souls I've ever met and her passion to bridge us together is apparent in this must-have book! Amplify the voice of Witches of Color by reading their stories." Juliet Diaz, author of Witchery and Plant Witchery

"A necessary book that explores how brujas, no longer maligned, are in the midst of a huge comeback. The author explores their roots while recognizing the importance of their traditions and the cultural significance of witchcraft." —Boston Globe

"Important, informative, beautifully written, well researched, fun to read, practical, and mesmerizingBrujas will leave you spellbound. Highly recommend." —Amanda Yates Garcia, author of Initiated: Memoir of a Witch

"Brujas explores the liminal spaces between worlds: between the seen and the unseen, between identities and roles, between borders. Through her own family’s immigration from Cuba and the narratives of witches of color, Monteagut shines a light on the violent past and present for those who live in the in-between state. Blending memoir, narrative, history, and guidance, Brujas will inspire your personal magical journey and your spiritual activism. Brujas  is an act of reparation: Monteagut restores our connection to our ancestors, the land, ourselves, and to one another. Whether you’re new to magical work or a long-time witch, Brujas is an absolute must read. It will open your heart and deepen your practice." —Melissa Carroll, editor of Going Om
 

"Brujas is a book much needed in the magical canon. It weaves together memoir, practice, and many fascinating voices of the incredible brujas working today. Every witch, bruja, activist, and academic interested in reconnection with the self and creating the next world needs to read this book." —Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, author of The Moon Book

"This is a spellbinding book—a magical, elegant study of the powerful and fierce movement that challenges capitalism's encroachment on spirituality, human rights, and the environment." Ben Montgomery, author of A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South

"A love letter to the ancestors, matriarchs past and present, and the new generation looking to connect." — Booklist

“This book is impossible to put down! The author’s spiritual journey is achingly authentic and poignantly unexpected. She takes the reader on a quest, not only to truly know herself, but to meet countless women of strength and spirit that are rising up to reclaim the idea of witchcraft and reforge it into a vehicle for self-care, healing, and renewal. Beautiful and Brilliant!!!” —Richard, Goodreads
Product Details
ISBN: 9781641603997
ISBN-10: 1641603992
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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