MY STORY

I had my first Tarot reading at the age of 10 and knew it was for me. I got my first deck and was in trouble the next day for bringing the cards to elementary school. Witchcraft wasn’t as popular as it is now in the early 2000’s, especially in elementary school. But I persisted. I continued to study the cards (and still do!). They were my gateway into all sorts of spiritual and occult studies. This, among other unique interests, made me quite the outlier growing up. 

I graduated with a BFA in Dance at Rutgers University and started a multimedia dance company that explored occult philosophy. I began my professional tarot practice reading at gay clubs in New York City. (This is by far the most challenging atmospheres for psychic work, so from that point on, I could read anywhere). I started reading at private events and corporate events, including Facebook. I met one of my mentors, the brilliant Readings By Eva, through these gigs, who taught me a lot. 

 

I eventually manifested my two dream jobs. I've always wanted to work as a psychic at Earth Spirit New Age Center, (which is where I got my first deck). They hired me in 2018. My second dream job happened magically. I was walking through the New York Renaissance faire, thinking "one day, I am going to read cards hear". A few moments later, I passed the last psychic on "Mystic's Way" (where all the psychics work at the faire). We caught eyes and she asked me "Do you read cards?" I said yes, and she replied "give me a reading", so I did. After less than 5 minutes into the reading, she said "you're hired". Her name is Purim, and has since been a life-changing mentor.

 

From that moment, I learned more healing and psychic modalities. I studied Access Consciousness, and became a certified Bars practitioner. I found a mentor to teach me Reiki. I studied Lenormand, Astrology, Runes, and other divination systems.

 

I began teaching Tarot, holding workshops and lectures at the New York Pagan Pride Festival, Holistic Business Association, World Divination Association, The Readers’ Studio and more. I published 4 articles through Esotoracle Magazine. I recently received my Personal Training Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and am working on combining my mystical practice with fitness to create a holistic, energy based exercise program. 

In 2019, I slowed down my dance career to focus more on Tarot and to pick up fire spinning. I made my fire performance debut at The Great Circle at Burning Man 2019 with The Brooklyn Proposition. I continue to perform with fire professionally. My dance career has become purely ritualistic, and I only perform those pieces for magical communities as spell work.

All of this has been possible because of my loving parents and Betty Nelson, My grandmother, who was a Christian Scientist that performed miracles. She continues to guide me on my spiritual journey to this day. She passed on in 2016.

Tarot with joe
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