Home is literally my home, in Brooklyn. I absolutely have a deep connection to the centre of my being, and can find home anywhere, but my life’s journey in finding a safe and beautiful place to live has been an extremely intense one, so I cherish every minute that I am in my space with my little family. Home is my actual living space, and it is anywhere that I can relax into my centre.
What first led you to embark on your journey into Tarot?
I bought my first deck and a few Tarot books when I was 12 because I thought it was cool and interesting, and I secretly hoped it would connect me to something larger than my very difficult upbringing. I had no idea what it would become! I’ve been reading Tarot for other people since I was 12, and truly never thought that it would be my career and a part of my soul’s work in this lifetime.
How did you first become aware of your Guides?
I didn’t know that my Guides were my Guides until I was in my 30’s. A lot of things had to happen to quiet my mind enough for me to recognize that subtle whisper. In retrospect, I look back on so many experiences where I recall just knowing something, or hearing someone in my ear, that I now understand was Guides. I was so traumatized and had such a noisy brain, I didn’t really understand that’s what they were for most of my life.
When and how did you begin first sharing your Tarot knowledge and experiences?
My journey with teaching and sharing my Tarot knowledge happened really randomly. Someone asked me to teach them privately, and it went so well that I opened it up to others, and I started to get booked out almost immediately. I did it out of my apartment for a long time, and toured giving workshops around the country for a year or so. My teachings with Soul Tarot have continued to evolve over the years, and it’s been beautiful to see it grow.
What was it like to mentor with Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women who Run with the Wolves?
I learned so much from Dr. Estés during that week-long mentorship. I literally filled up an entire notebook! I just wanted to get every word down. One thing that made a big impact on me was how much she stressed the importance of energetic boundaries. She advised all of us to “post the property, so that our back door wasn’t open and flapping in the wind.” I think about that all the time, and it’s become an extremely cherished and important check point in my own work as a healing professional. The other amazing thing that she shared with us was how to interpret dreams, which is one of the richest teachings that has ever been passed down to me. Every moment that I got to sit at her feet felt like a huge honour.
What does the concept of self care mean to you?
To me, self care means quality of presence. The practices that I lean into to nurture and take care of myself ebb and flow constantly, dictated by my quality of attention and presence with my body, truly asking her what she most desires from me at that time. Self care is synonymous with deep listening, unconditional love, and willingness to be flexible. It’s about offering my vessel and spirit what it most needs and craves, rather than what I think she should need, crave, or want. If my body wants a nap in front of the TV, I don’t try to give her a yoga class and a kale smoothie. If she wants a walk, or a work out, I will not off set that with a passive activity — even if I would prefer to just be lazy. It’s taught me to be very humble, and very holographic with what the definition of self care could or does mean to someone. It’s true love, big surrender, and a lot of curiosity.
What are your favourite skincare and hair care regimes?
My skincare regime is one of my favourite ways to take care of myself. Every morning, I wash with an oil cleanser, rinse with a hot washcloth, and deeply moisturise with an elixir and face oil. At night, I repeat that, and end my day with a luxurious round of gua sha, which is such a nice way to transition into the evening. I don’t do much with my hair, but I do make time to brush it deeply every night, and usually do a little selenite clearing on my scalp and head. I am an Aries with a very open crown, so energetic debris usually tends to collect on my hair follicles and scalp.
Do you work with any other mind/ body/ spirit/ holistic practices for your health and wellbeing?
My Tarot practice is the most precious thing to me, which is a flexible combination of intuitive receiving, prayer, seated meditation and journaling with my deck. That sets the tone for my day, and really puts me in touch with Source.