Witches and workers of color deal with the realities of existing in today’s world and speak from a place that uses healing practices as a way to combat oppression while reclaiming heritage.
By Donyae Coles
The world of online witchcraft and paganism can be very white-centric. Thankfully, online spaces have increased the visibility of practitioners and healers of color who are coming out from the shadows to embrace their magickal heritage on their own terms.
For POC practitioners, the focus tends to be on healing and processing energy to increase protection and self-care. Witches and workers of color deal with the realities of existing in today’s world and speak from a place that uses healing practices as a way to combat oppression while reclaiming heritage.
Here are eight healers of color you can follow online:
1. Brianna Suslovic: Brianna is a writer who is focused on racial and reproductive justice and LGBTQIA+ rights. Her work is often very topical and deals with what is happening the world today while also examining the practices of the past and how we can heal those injuries. For people who are new to the path, she is a good, slow introduction into the reality that this work is not all moonbeams and flower cuttings.
2. Madame Omi Kongo: Madame Omi is a rootworker, she uses hoodoo practices to heal and help those who call on her. She comes from a long line of women who were in touch with their spiritual gifts and is carrying on the tradition. She uses and speaks on a brand of magickal traditions that have influenced her practice.
3. This Black Witch: The Black Witch deals with social issues and calls out mainstream paganism for its white bias. This blog addresses culture with craft which is very important for people who are just getting started on their journey. Reading the work here can help people see that issues with racism and sexism are valid and real. She also conducts question and answer sessions.
4. Traci Medeiros-Bagan: Traci is a therapist and educator who incorporates spiritual practices into her work. She is a QPOC and works with the LGBTQIA+ community to help them find healing and support. She writes about using tarot as a tool for self-care.
5. The Hoodwitch: Bri Luna is one of the first names to pop up when you’re looking for healers and magick folx of color online. She works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and sells supplies for cleansing and other spells through her online shop. She is also very vocally encourages POC to claim their roots and display their practices with pride.
6. Black Witch Chronicles: This Facebook page is the social media offshoot of Black Witch University, a school that teaches traditional African American spiritual practices for those that are interested in following that path. The social media page shares insights, articles, and knowledge that are important to POC. Their content includes notable witches of the past, rituals, and current news that affect communities of color.
You can follow them on Facebook.
7. Black Femme Witches Brew: This magazine is full of mystical personal journeys, spells, and history all written by people of color. It features witchy art that depicts Black and Brown bodies in magical situations, poetry and creative nonfiction that speaks to various writer’s lives and their relationships with magick. This platform provides a much needed space for non-white practitioners to share their experiences.
8. Asali Earthwork: This community healer works with tarot and herbalism to help people heal themselves as well as their communities. Her work is a mix of tarot information and hands on work with herbs but her voice is light and compassionate.
Author Bio: Donyae Coles is a freelance writer. You can find her work surrounding spirituality and witchcraft on Spiral Nature. She also been published on Resist and Guerrilla Feminism. You can follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @okokno. She blogs at www.freenightsandweekends.org.
Featured images: via The Hoodwitch and Madame Omi