This article originally appears in the May/June issue of Latina magazine.
With her hugely popular social media following, Bri Luna, aka The Hoodwitch, shares her love of eclectic spirituality while inspiring young women everywhere to rediscover their culture—and themselves. "I want women to know that they are inherently magical," she says. Get to know more about the Mexican-African American mujer below.
Her own enchantment: I’m not a traditional healer in any sense. I work with Reiki and healing crystals and stones, as well as Tarot. I’m very intuitive. I also teach meditation and have a holistic skin care business. My practices may not be for everyone, but I want to share part of my journey so I can help people tap into what’s being presented to them and what’s inside of them. There’s so much more happening than what we can see with the eye.
How she found her path: Growing up, I was always interested in magic, but I thought my family’s practices were old- fashioned. When I got pregnant with my son, my intuition turned all the way up. Having a baby connected me to my ancestors. That’s when I started learning and incorporating more traditional methods of healing.
Why she does what she does: I like helping people get grounded and centered. We live in such a fast-paced world. In the middle of this rat race, I like to help women to trust their intuition, their own ancestral medicine. They can live their best lives exactly where they are right now!
Her background: My mom is Mexican and my dad is from New Orleans. Growing up, my grandmother was a curandera, and my dad’s mom practiced southern style conjure and healing remedies. I took my grandmothers’ gifts for granted … I learned so much from them, and I’m just coming into my own.