From the mountains of West Virginia, I grew up surrounded by spirits as I was by trees. Descended from a mix of Irish and Romanian gypsies who have kept old-time family traditions alive and well.
My Grandmother relied on the land for most things, knowing which plant to use in just about any situation. Was she a witch as well? While we could sit and debate that, she certainly was a wise woman and the closest thing to a doctor we needed. My aunt, a mountain woman—as such free-spirited women in West Virginia are called—raised me close to the Earth and Mother Nature, with summers spent in the woods and riverbanks.
While Mountaineers believe that sons should follow in the footsteps of their fathers, daughters in those of their mothers. In Aunt Mary’s eyes, if you were a wise woman then your daughter was to be one as well. Without natural children of her own, she had in me a child for the summers and imparted as much wisdom as she had to me at every turn. As for me not being female, maybe she knew something no one else did. She passed on the traditions, knowledge, and memories of our family to me. A gift I will always be grateful for.
She was my first teacher, and she was able to see things that no one else could. From the plants around us, signs of things to come, and the art of card reading, those summers were spent drenched in learning and sweat.
My Grandmother, her mother, was a tarot card reader and dedicated years to helping others through in-person and typed readings. In concert with Aunt Mary, she gave me an admiration and respect for tarot cards and their power to use them to provide a reading for others.
Growing up with these two women gave me a charmed childhood, a gift I with always treasure. Their wisdom combined had helped to guide me to where I am today, and I’m eternally grateful for their open hearts and their open minds. After I was of age, I started reading for others while working in the health care field. Guided by the spirits, I eventually began providing tarot readings and became a professional psychic once it became evident that my part-time job was demanding my full-time efforts. This has been my path in life, an amazing trip, and I look forward to what spirit has in store for me as the journey continues!