It’s that dichotomy — between the real and the trite — that inspired me to write "Witches of Miami: Meet the Women who Identify as Brujas and Healers" last October. We are lucky to exist among a thriving community of brujas and healers, who are relegated to this oft-unspoken and liminal space where their work has long been condemned as “black magic” or evil for reasons that are ignorant at best and racist at worst. I sought to profile six local women who embrace their mystical identities regardless of the consequences. While their connection to the spiritual and mystical world are unique to their practice, these women all seek to help others find answers and better themselves when life seems harsh and unforgiving.
Eleventh House, a queer astrological party held the Thursday nearest the full moon every month at Mama Tried in downtown Miami.
This event is intended to be a haven for people tired of the prepackaged mysticism on sale at Urban Outfitters and want to delve into the unique community that belongs to the Magic City. Our namesake, the Eleventh House, refers to one of the 12 astrological houses within your birth chart that rules over community and friends. The night of the event, everyone who checks in is given a complimentary astro name tag with their sun, moon, and rising signs on it (which we also hear is a subtle way to figure out your crush’s sign).
We shy away from the contemporary new-age vibe (though I’m the first to dive into a cloud of Nag Champa) and lean into the curiosity of earnest mysticism. We are excited to give hardworking Miami mystics an opportunity to share their craft. Though we all take astrology with a grain of salt, the world can be a scary place, and we welcome anyone looking to the cosmos for answers with wide-open arms.
Eleventh House. 7 p.m. till late Thursday, May 16, at Mama Tried, 207 NE First St., Miami; instragram.com/11thhousemia.