In our third interview of our 5 Questions Series we are lucky enough to chat with Marty Windahl of the ever enlightening Tarotscopes. Every week we look forward to her insight! In this series we are posing a set of 5 Questions to healers and makers that we love and admire. They are two different sets of questions accordingly, but both have in common an exploration of plants, intention and creative/healing practice. Do comment below to particiapte in the conversation and please share this interview!
1. What motivates you to work within the health field?
1. What motivates you to work within the health field?
It is kind of a long meandering story, so I will just try stick to a few key points. I really relate to what Sara Seinberg said in her response to the same question, that she spent most of her adult life wishing her body was different than the way it was. I felt this way not so much about my body, but about my being. I found myself cruelly trying to shove myself into situations or jobs that trampled my spirit. I came into this world an extremely sensitive kid. Being sensitive I've come to understand is a lot like experiencing changes in weather. When it is sunny and 75 degrees your body feels comfortable and relaxed. When it is negative 5 degrees and windy your muscles tense up. As a kid I was experiencing changes in weather several times a day, in different places and with different people. Adults used to get frustrated with me because I had trouble answering apparently simple questions. For me the questions were not simple because they were always submitted in the context of a certain set of distracting conditions. The more impatient they became the harder it was for me to answer the question because, for me, the weather kept changing. Pressure makes it difficult to listen to intuition or instinct. Over the years I've observed that the best way for me to understand all the information I'm receiving is by being patient and allowing the feelings to settle before I try and make sense of them. My intention, through the healing work that I do, is to help create a similar space for others to connect with their intuition and voice and hopefully inspire an appreciation and respect for the unique being found within each of us.
2. Is there a certain piece of advice you find yourself giving to your clients often? If so, what is it?
Go with your gut! Trust your intuition! This sounds simple, but we carry so many voices inside ourselves that have nothing to do with our intuition. All these voices make it extremely difficult to hear where that one voice, the one that has our best interest in mind, our intuition, is pointing us. When I'm working with a client I try to help uncover and peel back some of the conversations that might be blocking intuition.
3. Favorite books within your healing modality?
Motherpeace by Vicki Noble, Spiritual Astrology by Jan Spiller and Karen McCoy, the words of Dori Midnight (Dori's words are always an inspiration, even if not in book form), Birds of North America: A Golden Field Guide (Okay, this isn't specifically within my healing modality, but I included it because, to me, part of reconnecting with yourself, your intuition, your intuitive voice, higher self, etc. happens through observation and connection with nature. Also this particular guidebook belonged to my grandmother and still has her scratchy notes in the corners, which I feel like adds another element of magic.)
4. Are plants part of your practice and if so, which do you find yourself using the most and for what reason?
I use herbs if someone needs a spell or a little magic. The plants I use vary depending on the needs of the client, but I find myself using fennel and rosemary a lot. One reason is that both are pretty hardy and accessible in the Los Angeles area. I like fennel because it encourages and opens up all forms of communication. And I like rosemary because it is a feminist protection herb.
5. Please include 1 recipe (which could include remedies, exercise, art methods, food, visualizations, etc - please interpret recipe in your own way)
Because the next big lunar phase will be a full moon on February 14th (St. Valentine's Day) I thought I would recommend a variation on a traditional love spell/ ritual/ intention. I really like making little bags of magic because I think it is nice to have a tangible reminder of what you are welcoming. I usually use those cotton bags that are sold as reusable tea bags in health food stores or online.
Bag of Magic- For Self Love/Appreciation and to Strengthen Intuition
1 small bag* big enough to hold the following:
-STONE/ ROCK: Go pick your favorite. Think about what you want the stone to do. Then go for a walk or hike and pick up the first stone that jumps out at you. It doesn't have to be pretty or remarkable in any way, just somehow special to you. (If you are having trouble finding a stone because you are in an urban setting you can do this at a gem shop and just pick the first stone that jumps out at you.)
-APPLE SEEDS: Eat an apple, the whole apple, enjoy it. Think about the good things the apple is doing for your body, think about the ways it is nourishing you. Keep a few of the seeds from the core and put them in the bag with your stone.
-HERBS: Pick some herbs to put in your bag. If it is winter and there aren't any herbs to pick, you can use dried herbs. Again I recommend, rosemary (for protection and empowerment), fennel (for communication), rose petals (for love), cinnamon sticks or powder (for self love), bay leaves (for intuition) etc.
-A LIST: Make a list on parchment paper (you may have to use a permanent marker, ballpoint pen doesn't usually work very well.) of all the things you like, love and enjoy. This list could include, people, places, things, animals, a particular time of day or night, etc. Then on the night of the full moon- blow on the list 3 times, pass it over the flame of a candle 3 times (feel free to singe it a little bit), sprinkle 3 drops of water on the list, and finally sprinkle a little dirt on the list 3 times.
PUT EVERYTHING IN THE BAG. TIE IT SHUT WITH THREE KNOTS AND SAY:
Of the stars,
And of the earth,
My voice is strong,
My guide since birth.
By the power of three times three
*I like to boil the bag first in water with fennel flowers (for communication), or rosemary (for protection), or rose petals (for love) etc.
Marty Windahl has a very special practice. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose current body of work is a marriage of many, many of her interests. It’s part writing project, part clairvoyant performance. It’s part lifestyle assistance, part metaphysical forecasting. It’s part public service, part benevolent future gazing witchcraft. Her current project is Tarotscopes, a weekly guide to life based on her readings of horoscope and tarot cards. It’s a very cool public project that seeks to help you navigate your every day by way of a little magic.
Marty is a little lady who lives in Silver Lake. She recently moved into a glowing white space that is where she makes the weekly Tarotscopes. The space has a very nice connection to the outdoors, something that is very important to Marty. You actually hear about her tie to nature very much in her writing.