How did you begin your journey into Tarot? When did you feel ready to teach tarot to others? (I took her 3 part series at Otherwild and highly recommend taking any of her courses.)
I got into Tarot in my early twenties, like a lot of people. I felt ready to teach when I made myself ready! Ya know? We hold ourselves back sometimes because of imposter syndrome and the like. I'd been reading cards for people for 12 years, reading books, had taken workshops and classes, and had also worked as an adjunct professor at Scripps, Otis, and FIDM. Teaching workshops on Tarot combines a few of my loves: Tarot, teaching, and knowledge sharing. It is so important that we pass along our learning to others, so that they may learn and be empowered.
How do you balance and prepare yourself before a tarot reading?
Practicing a really high level of self-care is integral for me when giving readings to others. It is hands down the reason I don't do it full-time, as it is so much upkeep. I don't drink within 24 hours of a reading, I must have a good night's sleep, be well-fed, and have my channel clear of stress, be grounded, etc. I meditate for long periods of time and drink specific teas and tinctures to facilitate both grounding and opening up to messages. That's just me—I really truly look up to the amazing readers I know who do it full-time! They deserve your respect, and your $$$! :-)
There are so many sources and modalities out there to pull from. Where do you draw your energy and inspiration?
My main inspiration comes from Feminist Witches of the Pagan tradition, like Z. Budapest and Starhawk. Currently I am reading Laurie Cabots: Power of the Witch. I love invoking the elements, and thinking of those as energies we work with, and pass through.
I love Pema, Rumi, poetry, and artists who you just know were/are channelling something vibrant like Frida Kahlo, Marisol, Alice Neel, Kuniomi Uematsu, and Dorothy Iannone. I truly look up to the work and writings of Bruno Munari: he was influenced by industrial design and astrology alike.