Truth be told, if anyone would've told me at 18 that I'd end up leaving university and my pursuit of a career as an international human rights attorney to work for myself, I would've looked at you sideways. Why not throw on being a professional seer-sorceress, heaux, and writer/artist babe on top, no?
There’s a lot about my life that didn’t end up where I thought it would. I’ve been a Pagan and a witch since my pre-teens, but I never really connected with spirituality as an alive, benefic path until I was into my early 20s. I began reading Tarot to help me process the grief of the unexpected death of a custodial parent, which I then turned into reading for tips at parties (which is how I met the Miss Cleo, may Youree’s soul rest in peace). From there, when I found myself out on my own - with absolutely nothing but a couple of boxes and the clothes on my back - I started reading part-time on psychic chat lines and through my own website to make ends meet while I launched my second business as an virtual assistant and online business manager. I’m now in my late 20s and have been practicing some form of magic or spiritual craft for almost 15 years. It’s an integral part of my life and inseparable from my beingness as an individual, as a creative, or as a community member.
Theologically, I would be considered a monotheist. My cosmological and theological understanding of the Universe are influenced by my current traditions and will continue evolving as I grow, mature, and study. I believe in an originating Divine Intelligence (God; Spirit) from which all beings and things reflect and come from. As a result, I am also an animist, meaning I believe all things have the capacity to develop a spirit (artificially or organically) or are possessed of a spirit naturally, and therefore deserve respect and recognition in our day-to-day and magiospiritual interactions. I believe all gods and other mystical spirits are reflection of the Divine in their own way, whether we can comprehend their existence, personalities, agendas, or not, they all factor into the sacredness of Life. I currently have a spiritual practice & life that is informed by several traditions, as well as including the practical application of magic. These influences reflect not only my familial, cultural, and ethnic background, but some traditions I was called to from afar.
My background in the magical and occult arts is extensive, well-rounded, and getting a bit hard to track at this point. As you may have been able to tell, I have a particular interest in mythology and divination, in addition to practical enchantment. That being said, outside of my own scholarly research and specific course working, I am a spirit-led practitioner: my relationship and ability to communicate will always trump a book or other resource, although I often use those sources of knowledge as a starting point.
While I am progressively working to obtain hands-on training, my body of wisdom comes from an active learning practice where I have gained experience through community support and service as matches my current level of understanding and practice. I strive to learn about cultural traditions that are not ethnically my own through primary source materials (when possible), oral transmission & direct accounts, and through traditional observation with direct oversight from the community of origin.
New Orleans/Family Vodou
Southern Conjure & Hoodoo
Espiritisma Criolla and La Mesa Blanca
Middle Eastern Folk Magic
Astrology (Western; 9 Star Ki)
Abrahamic Ceremonial Magic
Kemeticism & Egyptian Theurgy
Greco-Roman Paganism & Theurgy
Feng Shui & Chinese Folk Traditions
This section does not include the countless hours of research and active practice of my craft(s) and skills. It simply documents some - but not all - of my formal training as a magical practitioner.
Worldwalking & Land Spiritism - Ms. Flora
Usui & Tibetan Reiki Levels I, II, III - Naware Danaus
Usui Reiki Levels I, II, III - Lisa Powers & Naware Danaus
Psychic Development Training - L. Wechtenhiser
Psychic & Mediumship Development Training - Karen Hager
Curanderismo: Traditional Healing in the Southwest & Mexico - University of New Mexico
Elemental Energy Clearing Practitioner & Teacher Training - Megan Potter
Astrology for Beginners - Benebell Wen
Tarot as a Tool for Craft - Benebell Wen
I Ching and the Practitioner - Benebell Wen
Tarot and Shadow Work for Activating Craft - Benebell Wen
Strategic Business Sorcery - Jason Miller
Strategic Sorcery Course - Jason Miller
4 Skills Leadership Training (in progress, 2018) - Dr. Jenn McCabe
Divination 101 (in progress, 2018) - Fabeku Fatunmise
Quareia Training (in progress, 2018) - Josephine McCarthy
Healthy Boundaries for Kind People Facilitator Training (in progress, 2018) - Randi Buckley