The interview with @amethystscars
Sydney here from @amethystscars!
Here are my answers from the interview you sent over.
I hope they’re not too long – but feel free to shorten if you need!
I’ve also attached photos just of me, and some of my altar and tarot decks, again use as many or as little as you need!
Thanks again for the profile! Let me know if theres anything else you need!
All the Best,
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Do you have a “name” for your craft? Or do you follow a certain path?
Is it too millennial of me to say that I don’t believe in labels? (lol) I guess I can most closely relate to eclectic witchcraft. For me, it’s always about what I connect with. If I can’t feel or find that connection then I can’t authentically practice it, at least in that moment. Right now Tarot, Astrology, and Crystal Work are at the center of my craft. They’re the most guiding in my life and I strongly believe in their properties to maintain self-care. Self-care is the most important path I follow tbh.
How did you find your path? What called you to it?
I actually started by studying Wicca. I had gone through a HORRIBLE breakup and felt completely lost in who I was. Wicca and witchcraft had always been an interest of mine, but never something I spent the time to explore whole-heartedly and this turned into the perfect time to do so. However, I became disheartened after realizing that Wicca wasn’t for me early on. That said, I was lucky enough to come across a witch who told me that you don’t have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft and that changed everything. After recognizing that truth, I instantly felt that I had found myself. Raised in a Mexican-Catholic family there were just some beliefs I couldn’t fully hold in Wicca even though I don’t identify as Catholic anymore. And once that was let go of, I was able to embrace everything else that I had felt connected to. Basically it was a long journey that started with a shitty guy, but ended with an incredible part of who I am today.
Are you open about it with friends/family?
-I actually have a very small family. I just have my two moms, one is Catholic and the other actually claims psychic abilities but she works with Spirits. I really don’t share much with either but for very different reasons. As for friends, I have a small community that I can share it with openly, another batch that know its part of my life, and another that has really no idea. It varies depending on trust.
Why or why not?
-I don’t share much with my mother who is Catholic as she really fears it and I know she doesn’t want it to be something I “pursue”. My other mom’s abilities are one’s that I guess I in turn fear to engage in. I’ve had experiences with spirit work that I’m not very comfortable with still and she can tell when I’ve been practicing (literally anything) when I come to visit which totally freaks me out in terms of those experiences I mentioned. Even though she practices light work now, she’s had some very dark things happen to her and I feel the need to separate my practice in order to keep my energy and self safe.
When it comes to my friend group, the ones I share the most with are the ones who believe and practice too! They’re the best support system. From there I have friends who don’t practice anything but I know accept me so they get the inside scoop. And then there are friends who I don’t know well enough, trust enough, or simply don’t think would understand. I don’t always share with them. I believe in protecting your energy and its necessary for what we do. So if I feel that’s by not sharing this part of me, then I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
Are there any other crafts, or paths, that you’re interested in exploring?
-Astrology and moon rituals are two that I already work with, but would really love to dedicate more time into. Astrology is just such an expansive topic in general I truly believe it takes lifelong study. I also would love to get into herb work. I’ve always seen myself growing into an older woman with an apothecary living the recluse lifestyle we dream about.
What is your favorite thing to do? (Eh; Tarot, crystal work, herb work, or whatever)
-By far Tarot. I’ve always felt connected to it, and believe that I had a gift with it early on. I’ve only seen myself grow more and more and its something that I just love to do. I started my page just to share that passion with others because its just so overwhelming for me, it needs an avenue to flow through.
Do you practice with others or solitaire?
-Typically, solitaire. Although, recently, I’ve been able to connect with some incredible people who are all latinx and practicing in my area so we’ve started The Valley Brujas. It’s taken me a long time to be open to group work, and to a community for me. I have a large fear of controlling a practice to ensure spiritual safety so I do take a while to fully trust another’s intention before working with them. I’m an empath, I really hold tight to that whole self-preservation/protection theme in all areas.
Do you have a favorite author that is your go to for inspiration?
-Feminist literature. There is something about a feminist (of course female) author that honestly is the most empowering thing and emboldens me in my craft as an individual. I’ve been on the Janet Fitch, Roxanne Gay, Joan Didion, Chloe Caldwell, Rupi Kaur train. But god there’s so many more! Another recent great read was The Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Eses.
Do you have a favorite Instagram/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration?
There are so many! Jeff Hinshaw, of @brooklyntarot is by far one of my favorite tarot readers on IG. He’s a genuinely great guy who uses his practice so authentically. I have a few crystals from him actually. Favorite feminist witch doctrine goes to @witchdoctorpoet. Witchy woman fashion inspo goes to @bona_drag. And overall aesthetic and informational pages I love are @sabatmagazine @oldeways @theewhitewitch. To name a few…
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions?
Absolutely! I share what I know, and am always eager to connect with others who can share with me in all of this, and who can teach me even more.
Where do you hail from? *optional*
-Born and raised and thriving in Los Angeles.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
My path is always growing and evolving and I want others to know that theirs will too. We all could use a little more kindness in this world, and if you know a new witch, or newly practicing tarot reader – be supportive! That said, be mindful about your communities, aesthetic based practicers can often be a negative impact on your energies and protecting yourself is important.