The Young Brujas Reclaiming the Power of Their Ancestors

The video for Princess Nokia’s “Brujas” opens with a striking yet intimate visual: A group of brown women clad in all-white wade in a body of water, tightly interlocking hands against the horizon of a gloomy sky. An indigenous song scores the cinematic scene as the camera hones in on a single figure veiled in blue, a reference to Yemayá, the ruler of the seas in Yoruba and Santería religions.

Then, the video cuts. The women reappear on screen—but this time, they’re modern-day brujas performing a seance in the woods.

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Brujería, the Spanish language word for “witchcraft,” is typically used to refer to various spiritual practices that have been used by African, Caribbean, and indigenous Latin American populations for centuries. The West-African Yoruba religion, for instance, is estimated by some anthropologists to have been practiced for thousands of years. And Santería (also known as Lucumi) is an Afro-Cuban religion that took shape alongside the rise of Spanish colonization—and the arrival of Roman Catholicism—in Latin America in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, brujería—and its accompanying bruja (Spanish for witch) title—are being taken up by a growing community of primarily Latinx women and femmes who want to tap into the mysticism of their heritage, often sharing images of their practice through social media or incorporating bruja culture into their creative pursuits.

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Who is Scorpio?

I’ve been thinking about doing this kind of series for a while now. I even made a go at it with one (!) video on youtube. They call me an over achiever! But seriously, a series on the astrological signs has been in my mind for months, and when you can’t stop thinking about something, I feel you must act on it.

Let’s start with the Scorpion:

If you were born post 2016, your astrological dates look like this:

  • Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 16
  • Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 – April 18
  • Aries: April 18 – May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 – June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 – July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 – Aug 10
  • Leo: Aug 10 – Sept 16
  • Virgo: Sept 16 – Oct 30
  • Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23
  • Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29
  • Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17
  • Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

With the notable inclusion of the zodiac sign Ophiuchus. You would have to be born between November 23rd and 29th to be considered a Scorpio. But if you were born before 2016, it’s October 23 and November 22nd. This is due to the change of position in stars in the heavens since astrology was created.

Its science folks. I don’t know what to tell you.

The Scorpion is a Water sign, ruled over by the “planet” Pluto. They are deep feeling individuals with mysterious minds and hearts, much like their ruler “planet” (don’t @ me Neil Degrass Tyson), they exist in the outer edges of the solar system enjoying their alone time but intriging the rest of the zodiac as to their real motivations and feelings.

Having a bad reputation the Scorpio is often misunderstood. I have often said that I don’t fuck with Scorpios myself but they deserve a deeper look. Scorpios can be very secretive and hold many of their desires close to their chest, they enjoy listening to people’s problems and issues but often so that they can store that intel for a future date, whether that be what kind of Christmas present to give you or how to completely destroy you for humiliating them. You never really know with a Scorpio.

They don’t attack unless provoked, and when they are provoked they aim to kill. It’s not like the other water signs like Cancer, who find defending themselves difficult or Pisces, who often tolerate much abuse before standing up, the Scorpio is known for it’s poison stinger. They are often unrelenting in their pursuit once they are offended, and will harm a person deeply if they feel it’s justified. Unlike the Ram Aries, they aren’t physically violent, they prefer more quiet and subtle ways of attacking, going after people’s emotional lives.

The Scorpio is also a deep lover, and once they decide who they love, they love that person completely, regardless of how the other one feels sometimes. They are capable of being very charming, funny, witty, and good looking, so many people fall hard for the Scorpio but they are really only looking for one special person, or maybe a few special people.

Be careful with their emotions and hearts, a Scorpio can be a deeply sensitive person, they don’t enjoy being played with emotionally and can retreat deep into their emotional selves if they are treated poorly.

So be nice to the Scorpio… or else.



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