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I was born in Lima, Peru, a place steeped in a form of Catholicism unlike any other, where African-Diasporic, Native South American, and Iberian traditions fused in order to provide a unique type of worship and magical system which is still being practiced 400 years later and where magic is as common as going to school or work. It was commonplace to witness a procession in October with thousands of attendees in purple surrounding the colossal icon of the Lord of Miracles, signifying that they themselves had witnessed something miraculous the year before, members of my family included. Miracles and mysticism were and still are everywhere. It was my mother who first introduced me to these authentic occult traditions. She was a part of the Hermanos Seguidores de Jesús, a Catholic-folk healing congregation. Among saint statues and rose colored light, the women would perform healing works through whispered prayer and enigmatic hand gestures which they call el fluido. It is this environment, and power that these women invoked, that mesmerized my fascination and began my journey. I sat and watched absorbing as much information as I could when my mother would divine with La Baraja Española, and it is her powerful and unique layout that I carry on through my work which gives me the ability to give extremely detailed readings.
From an early age I spoke to the dead through reflective glass. My mother would often find me staring out the window in the dead of night talking to unseen figures, able to recount loved ones that passed before I was born. In 1989 we moved to the United States, and after a period of culture shock, I began to reconnect with my spiritual roots and the wandering shades began to visit me again.
Although serving the lwa for many years, in the Fall of 2012, I formally initiated as a hounsi senp of Mambo Chita Tann and her Haitian Vodou house La Sosyete Fòs Fè Yo Wè; located in San Jose, California, a sosyete that is part of the lineage of the widely respected Mambo Marie Carmel Charles of Sosyete La Fraîcheur Belle Fleur Guinea of New Orleans, LA and La Pleine, Haiti. Alongside the lwa, in separate practice, I have received the gods of my Roman ancestors and maintain a traditional household cult in Their honor. These religions have woven into my observance and work with my ancestors, the saints, and the spirits of the places around me.
My magical practices have evolved over decades studying under Wiccan and Druid priests, Santeros, Mambos and Houngans, witches, and folk healers. While residing in the multi-cultural city of Chicago, Illinois, I was able to indulge in my spirituality and have developed a brand of conjure, hoodoo, and rootwork that marries my deeply ingrained religious upbringing fusing Peruvian mysticism with the practices of the United States. These practices also reflect my diverse cultural ancestry of African slaves, Spanish explorers, and South American witch doctors as well as family ancestors such as Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin Guerin known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, and the beatified Luisa de la Torre Rojas known as La Beatita De Humay.
Throughout the years I have always tried to keep my witch life separate from my mundane life, but with the polarized political climate that began in 2015 after receiving my degrees as a Master Mason, I decided to merge the two by creating The Sabbath Project, a photo series that captures the spirit of men in witchcraft. This project showcased the strength of the male form my photography is known for, but with the edge of dark, ethereal witchcraft that embodies who I am. The pinnacle of the project was the release of The Sabbath Tarot in 2020 which led to several other companion decks, calendars, and the project’s goal, a photogrimoire which features rites, rituals, history, lore, and the complete photo series of the original project.
After the success of The Sabbath Tarot, my husband and I purchased a house in Syracuse, New York. I still maintain my work with the dead, and am heavily involved in necromancy, able to see shades, and commune with the ghosts who haunt the land, the roads, as well as homes and cemeteries. I work conjure, hoodoo, and rootwork according to my specific upbringing, and am well known for my art of fortunetelling, attracting those who seek a glimpse into their past, present, and future. I am most sought for my work with lamps and candles, as well as the dead specifically. I have no problem getting my hands dirty and implore all tactics of Arte to achieve the client’s goal.
There are spirits who dance in the drum-beat, gods who stand at the doorways, and the dead are always around. Let us embrace their company and take the hand of our own Fate!