I've been practicing "occult" arts and various forms of divination since I was a little girl. I grew up in a household where the things you can't see are just as important as the things you can see and feel. Energies, intuition, and the spirit world were an everyday part of my life.
Although my mother was very encouraging of my affinity toward my alternative practices, she immersed herself heavily in Christianity. After losing my father when I was eight, she turned to the church for support and guidance. I think that she encouraged me so much because I offered her consistent proof that there was something else. There was much more to the world than meets the eye. There was more to the afterlife than the judgment of a wrathful god. Most importantly, I offered her a connection to the other world... the world where her husband now lived. She saw my heightened intuition and my ability to walk between the worlds as a gift from God. Her community, however, didn't quite agree.
I learned to keep my practices hush-hush. I developed the idea that my abilities were taboo and that I couldn't share them with anyone. I continued practicing divination with a deck of playing cards, communing with the spirits, teaching myself the art of Astral Travel (with the help of a few books written by Sylvia Brown that my mother had bought), and working with crystals. And I felt like I was a total freak for it.
Fast forward a few years, I was perusing a bookstore while visiting my sister at college. I accidentally stumbled on a book called "Witchcrafting" by Phyllis Curott. I HAD to get it. I didn't even know why. At the time I didn't know that witchcraft was an actual thing, let alone that I had been doing it for years! I honestly thought that it was a novel. But when I got home and started reading, it was like I finally found something that resonated. I was reading my own beliefs in that book, and I was learning ways to deepen a practice that I had been working on (and hiding) all my life. I suddenly felt like I wasn't alone, and I began to feel that maybe I wasn't such a freak because of my out-of-the-norm ways.
From there, I began to study Wicca, Witchcraft, Hoodoo, and as many other occult traditions and variations as I could. After many years of study and practice, I have forged a craft of my own that pulls from many different traditions.
My craft is founded on the principle that energy plays a huge role in our world, whether we can see it or not. Knowing how to manipulate your own energy and the energy around you is what makes all the difference! That, along with my sharp intuition and my close connection to the spirit world is what makes me good at what I do.
My biggest traditional influences are Irish Folk Magic (from my father's side of the family), and Native American spirituality (from my maternal grandfather, a member of the Yurok tribe in Northern California).
I live in Scotia, California (we just moved in!) with my fiance and our Siberian Husky, Lexa. This is my full-time job, and I absolutely love every minute of it.
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