A practical, hands-on guide to Mexican-American folk magic.


American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently practiced by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. The author, who has named this tradition "American brujeria," explores this magical system, while also offering practical advice on using it. American brujeria is a living, vital tradition that -- while it shares things in common with other folk magic traditions, such as American Conjure--also features its own unique traditions, as well as familiar ones, such as the veneration of saints, both canonized, such as Guadalupe, and folk saints like Santa Muerte.


American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (spiritual cleansings), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, crafting protective charms from saints' medals, and more.


"J. Allen Cross opens a box of secrets and spells, deeply linked to the culture, myth, history, and blood of his ancestors. American Brujeria explores folklore as well as history, and guides readers through spells and rituals. Learn how to do a limpia in the morning, afternoon, night, or anytime you are drinking your cafe con leche."--Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags and Manifestation Magic


"A landmark book that blends the living traditions of folk magic, culture, and modern spiritual belief, American Brujeria is cross-cultural and deeply impactful. J. Allen Cross has made sure that this work will be accessible to not only this generation but future generations, as well. The magic is potent, raw, and real. Each page had me more excited and energized than the last." --Temperance Alden, author of Year of the Witch


"A treasured volume packed full of magic and deeply steeped in the history and lore of J. Allen Cross's rich culture, American Brujeria is packed full of folk stories, saints, and spirits alongside prayers, spells, baths, floor washes, and cleansings. A much needed and long-awaited guide that is sure to be a foundation for young witches while still providing deep knowledge and practices for advanced practitioners, Cross's dedication to his path and culture comes across beautifully in this book, which is sure to be an instant classic." --Annwyn Avalon, author of Water Witchcraft and The Way of the Water Priestess

American Brujeria: Modern Mexican American Folk Magic

  • Weiser Books 2021

    New paperback

    240 pages