In Spandakarika Section III Verse 15, Page 162, it says:

Svarupävarane câsya saktayah satatotthitäh!

Yatah sabdanuvedhena na vina pratyayodbhavah/ 15

"Brahmi and other Powers are ever in readiness to conceal his real nature, for without the association of words, ideas cannot arise."

Who is this Brahmi and other powers mentioned here in this verse?

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First, note that the word Brahmi is not found anywhere in the Sanskrit verse. It was inserted by the translator.

But, anyway, it's talking about BrAhmi, the foremost among the Ashta Matrika Shaktis. And, "the other powers" are the remaining 7 Shaktis of the group (names of whom are given later in this answer).

We find their mentions throughout Tantras and mentioned in the following verse as well:

MulAshtakantu brAhmadyAshcha-asitAnga-adi-bhairavAh |
Mangaladaishcha mithunair-ashtabhihi shavidatah priye ||

O Beloved - BrAhmi etc. 8 Shaktis and asitAnga etc. 8 Bhairavas constitute the MulAshtaka. They are known Mangala etc. 8 couples (the ashta mithuna).

KulArnava Tantram 10.84

The commentator provides the names of the 8 MAtrikA Shaktis and their 8 consorts (Bhairavas) in his commentary and which is as follows:

BrAhmAdyA ---- BrAhmi etc. Ashta MAtrikA Shaktis. They are -- BrAhmi, NArAyani, MAheswari, ChAmundA, KaumAri, aparAjitA, varAhi and NArasimhi.

(He refers to the Brihat Tantrasara, 10th Edition, p-537 for this quote).

asitAngadibhairavAh ---- asitAnga and other Bhairavas. They are -- asitAnga, Ruru, Chanda, Krodha, Unmatta Bhairva, Kapali, Bhishana and SamhAra.

(And for this quote he refers to Purashcharjarnava, 2nd Khanda, 6th Taranga, p-473)

The Asta MAtrikAs, of which BrAhmi is the foremost, are Avarana Devatas. They conceal the true nature of ParA Devi from the SAdhaka. They remain surrounding the Supreme Goddess and have their respective shares of worship in the Yantras.

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