I am Natalia and I was born in a small island in the Caribbean, surrounded by the crashing waves of the ocean, the swaying of palm trees, and the sounds of music. Although, I have been living in the United States for most of my life. I have an M.A. in Literary Theory and Criticism and I am, first and foremost, a lover of books and literature. This is what drew me to the visual world of tarot, the semantic adventure, and I have been reading the cards ever since I held the first pack of cards in my hands, the black and white Hermetic Tarot deck. Since then, a few years have elapsed and I have transitioned into the Marseilles and playing cards tradition. I have also enjoyed taking classes with the wonderfully insightful and wise Camelia Elias.
I believe reading the cards is an empowering and revealing adventure, the images and the symmetry allow for the imagination to flourish. The next step in this journey of mine with the cards is to share my vision with others, to help paint stories, answer queries and help others gain clarity through the cards.
I believe in the power of storytelling to help clarify the complex world we live in. I believe stories help anchor us, give us identity, and allows us wade to through the murky water of reality and non-reality more effectively. I extend this passion for stories to the charm of cartomancy. Reading the cards is storytelling. Life is never quite what we imagine, and the cards help illustrate the nuances, the poetry, the word that forges life. Tarot aids in defining vague concepts, of life, love, money, in the language of images, while also bringing transparency into our lives, our losses, our fears, our loves, our preoccupations. I also believe in the power of service and community. I am here to serve you, to illuminate like the Hermit’s lamp the areas that lie obfuscated, the dark corners, the shadows. With the cards I read and construct a narrative that opens doors, windows, and clears rooms. I also believe in the power of magic and fate, do I bring this into my readings? Magic is all around us, it is palpable and it goes by many names.
It is only the story that outlives the sound of war-drums and the exploits of brave fighters. -Chinua Achebe