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Hi, I’m Mallory!
I’m an intuitive tarot reader, writer/editor, artist, performer, theatre-maker, teacher, dungeon mistress, and witch.
After receiving a BA in Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies in 2008, I went on to complete a Master’s degree in Social Work. I spent six years working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and children and adolescents in foster care in rural Michigan and Chicago. As a Virgo Rising/Moon, I have always been driven to service. And as someone who experienced chronic and terrifying exposure to domestic violence throughout childhood, I have spent the past several decades in various healing cycles, a process I expect to last my lifetime. I relate to those who describe themselves as “wounded healers.”
I first learned of magic when I was a teenager and later at university when a friend gifted me The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. When I was 19, I was sexually assaulted by a friend in my home. Almost immediately, I turned to activism, organizing Take Back the Night events and poetry readings and co-creating a psychoeducational sexual assault prevention program at my university. These communities and programs nourished and protected me, lit sacred fires of rage and truth-speaking within me.
In 2013, I moved to South Korea with my beloved. Stepping away from my home culture and embarking on such a major adventure brought a renewed sense of freedom, courage, and self-reflection. At the same time, l began to feel disconnected and lost. I realized how dissociated I had been since childhood, how my body had learned to wisely care for me by numbing out and disconnecting. I saw a therapist trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and started working with plant magic and the tarot as tools for my healing and transformation. As a writer, I immediately found a well of healing in blending tarot and poetry, storytelling, and mythic imagination.
I have been working with the tarot for five years and giving readings professionally since early 2020. My practice is heavily influenced by my professional background, my belief in self-determination, and my lived experience with trauma, abuse, depression, and anxiety. As an intuitive reader, I blend divination with creative and collaborative exploration of the archetypes and images presented in the tarot. My readings focus on healing and personal transformation (cauldron) and aim to hold space for seekers to explore their inner worlds in a supportive and nurturing environment (hearth).
I want to help you see how radiantly you shine.
I want to offer the light of clarity so that you can see how powerful, creative, and connected you are.
I want to help you return home, find what has been lost, and set out on the journey led by that voice deep within that whispers and howls and so wants to guide you.
I want to hold space that is creative and playful, nurturing and accepting, and deeply magical.
I want to see you shape-shift.
My offerings are influenced by my training in clinical and community social work, including the values of self-determination and unconditional positive regard. I aim to offer a creative, supportive, and non-judgmental space for exploration and insight. Much of what I know about the tarot has come from the work of Mary K. Greer, daily practice and personal relationships with the cards, and the frameworks and reinterpretations offered by the marvelous Lindsay Mack. I am currently studying with Alexis J. Cunningfolk’s Lunar Apothecary and Katja & Ryn at the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism. I have been deeply supported and guided by Celeste, intuitive coach and creator of the Celestial Collective. I am in the midst of a year-long training with the World Tree Lyceum, learning the ways of the Reclaiming tradition of witchcraft. The moon is one of my wisest teachers and guides, reflecting what is so often hidden and ushering me into ever-shifting evolution, healing, and awareness.