Mihaela Minca is known as one of the most powerful and feared witches in the world. She boasts a rich clientele and has her own coven as well. In 2017 the group headed to California to work with some clients and Broadly took the time to find out about how it went. She discussed her work and how much she enjoyed the US–and spoiler alert: she seems like a really cool lady.
Witchcraft. When discussing the idea of witchcraft, most people in the US turn their nose up at the thought, believing it to be a bunch of nonsense. But in other parts of the world, it’s something that is still feared and believed in.
Romania. Romania is home to many superstitions and terrifying tales. It’s the home of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Vlad Dracula–the inspiration for the myth of vampires. In modern times, fortune tellers and witches have learned to make a living for themselves by casting hexes and reading clients’ fortunes.
New Taxes. In 2011, the Romanian government attempted to enforce a new tax code on the people in these “professions” that would force them to pay 16 percent of what they make to the government. Many witches and fortune tellers packed up and headed to the Danube River to protest.
Hex. A witch named Alisia told CBS News that the witches planned to hex the government officials so that “evil will befall them.” She continued, “This law is foolish. What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything? The lawmakers don’t look at themselves, at how much they make, their tricks; they steal and they come to us asking us to put spells on their enemies.”
Recognized. One witch had a completely different take on the possibility of being taxed. Mihaela Minca, one of the world’s most feared and powerful witches, told CBS News, “This law is very good. It means that our magic gifts are recognized and I can open my own practice.
Coven. Minca and her coven spent some time with the staff of Broadly in 2016, showing the news site how to create love potions and cast curses on those who wronged them. They also gave them a look at an exorcism ritual. It didn’t take long for Minca to become in high demand worldwide.
Request. Rich American clients began requesting her services stateside, so she and her coven packed up their belongings and headed to Los Angeles. It ended up being an incredible experience for the group, who opened up to Broadly about it.
California. Minca told the site that the coven had been invited out to California for work. Many of their clients needed help resolving their cases. She was busy working nearly the whole time they were there.
Sightseeing. During their time they were able to do some sightseeing though. Minca told Broadly, “It’s always been a dream of mine to go there. We loved the observatory and walking along Hollywood Boulevard, and we saw the Hollywood sign.”
Free. She revealed to the site that during their stay they met with many other witches from around the world, including ones from Cuba, Central America, and India. The reason for that? “In the US,” she explained, “they are free to practice witchcraft without having to explain anything to anyone, and it doesn’t matter where they come from or what language they speak.”
Appreciated. She continued, “They’re appreciated for their true value. I was surprised that they were so free to practice, like the Mexican witches doing palm readings on Hollywood Boulevard. Here in Romania, you can’t do that. We can’t even have ads on TV.”
Big Witch Community. She told Broadly that many celebrities work with witches. She revealed, “There is a big witch community there. There are a lot of celebrities, like Hollywood movie stars and singers, who use witches. I worked for some of the celebrities but they don’t want the press to know who they are.” I have a few guesses of who some might be…
Love. So why are celebs so big into witchcraft? Apparently they do it all for love. Minca told the site that she’s had to update her rituals to be more inclusive since some of her celeb clientele are part of the LGBTQIA community.
New Rituals. During her time here she was able to learn some new things as well. She told the site, “I learned a lot of new rituals. I can tell you about one that removes bad spirits from a person’s heart. The heart is the center of the body, the spirits get nested in there, so you have to pull the bad spirits from the human’s heart and transfer them into a buffalo’s heart.”
Similar/Different. According to Minca, nearly every culture’s form of witchcraft is pretty similar. She told Broadly, “American and Romanian witchcraft is similar. The only witches I met who are different are the Cubans because they practice voodou, mainly black magic, and they have very different rituals.”