Brujo Community

In the British Isles, witches tended towards a solitary practice. This is also true of some north-eastern European witches. In modern times, witches from England tend towards either solitary or coven practice. Irish witches tend to be, in this regard, very similar to the Hispanic ones.

In Spain and Latin America, the family is very important in the culture. Witch knowledge is passed down from older members to the younger. Often witches are hidden even within their own immediate families. For instance, a grandmother, uncle and grand-daughter might be witches, and the grand-daughter’s mother, father and siblings might be totally in the dark about them. Other times, where it is tolerated by the community or the family, they are open.

Either way, those that are not witches stay away from the teaching times, gatherings and so on. Although, non-witch family members often serve as helpers, such as when a witch performs healing.

The communication between witches of different families varies. Brujos do enjoy gathering together, especially for celebrations or festivals. However, competition or suspicion of each other can make some witches living in the same village stay clear of each other. It really is the same as anywhere, if you trust your neighbour, you’re more likely to visit and share information about yourself. If you don’t trust your neighbour, you keep away.

So unlike British witches, Hispanic witches tend to have family around and while they gather together, they are not members of an established coven (noun). They coven (verb) in the traditional sense – meaning to come together.

The gatherings are known by the term aquelarre (also akelarre). It is translated into English as coven. It is originally a Basque word, but it has filtered into all of Spain and even into some most Spanish-speaking countries. It is derived from the Basque words aker (male goat) and larre (field). 

El macho cabrio (the male goat) is a symbol of fertility, amongst other things, which is shared by other cultures. The goat, as many know, came to symbolise satanism, and anything with a horn is feared by most secular people, especially in Christian protestant countries. But it is an important symbol to witches and to many pagans.

These aquelarres are often for women only, and sometimes there is nudity – less so in modern brujaria forms. As mentioned, they were opportunities for celebration, but smaller aquellares are ususlly for working together or for safe ‘hedgeriding’.

Brujos that have separated from family, such as moved country, usually become solitary workers.


~ by sandra on August 17, 2005.

One Response to “Brujo Community”

  1. Becoming a Practitioner makes one no longer a victim of your own self pity. We must recognize that to take responsibility for what we say and do is fundmental.Whether you stand alone or with a group matters little.Should you choose to associate with others,then you must accept the differences and love them as real manifestations of another reality.Respecting another person’s reality is accepting and knowing that your own reality is indeed unique

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