Interview: Bakara Wintner - Tarot Card Reader & Healer

Name: Bakara Wintner

What do you do? I am a tarot card reader and healer.

What does that mean exactly?

"The best description I’ve ever heard of what I do is a kind of cosmic mapmaker. A person will come with a question, or an area of life they want to look at, and the cards lay out the highest possible course of action and outcome that is available to them at that time."

The tarot is a deck of 78 cards and within those cards the human experience is captured though the images and archetypes. When a client comes for a reading, the cards they pull will reflect the experience they are having in that moment. From there, we can delve deeper into that experience and outline courses of action that will serve their highest and best interests.

What are you passionate about?

Interesting question. I guess I’m passionate about a lot of things, which I believe healers have to be in order to truly be of service to others. I’m passionate about making this world a more peaceful and less destructive place. I’m passionate about animal rights and showing mercy to those weaker than us. I’m passionate about the fact that everyone has within them a divine spark that makes them powerful, creative, and impactful beyond what we are taught to believe is possible. I’m passionate that magic is real and spreading that truth to as many people as possible as a form of empowerment. I’m passionate about sacred space, as I believe people are less likely to do their work in a chaotic or toxic environment. I’m passionate about people doing their best, whatever that means for them in any given moment.


"Because to live a life without passion is to essentially be dead."

Do you have a mantra?

It’s interesting, the first two years of building my business was nonstop movement, and it was such a blessing. I felt so met and seen in everything that I did, whether it was offering individual readings, events, teaching classes, putting out merchandise, or giving interviews, there was a natural momentum to it all that felt very reassuring and rewarding. I think I needed that, because I was so afraid that when I started reading tarot it would somehow collapse in on itself. I simply believed it impossible that someone could do something that they loved so much and make a living doing it. So I said yes, to everything. It got to a point where I had overwhelmed and overcommitted myself at the expense of my own self care and time. Now, I have more trust in what has been created. So my mantra lately has been Netflix & chill. I’m working on some pretty major projects this year, but I want it all to have a calm, settled, chill energy to it. Not the most high-minded mantra, but it’s been working.

Favorite health routine, habit or go-to:

The idea that has helped me the most is that the universe is rigged in our favor.

"If we take a risk, or move towards something that is aligned with our highest and best interests, chances are we will see success. If we are trying to do our life’s work, and fulfill our intended contribution to this world, there is a distinct ease and flow to life."

So whenever I am faced with a major choice, or risk, I cannot help but think that it will probably work out. Even if I seemingly have no idea what I’m doing. After taking that first big risk -- for me, it was quitting my job to read tarot full-time -- and seeing it work out the rest seem easier and more intuitive to say yes to.

What one or few thing(s) have most improved your quality of life? I don’t think there is anything a walk in the woods cannot fix. My go-to when I feel overwhelmed or uncertain is to get into nature. We’ve recently moved out of Brooklyn to Durham, North Carolina. So access to the woods is more readily available here.  To be in the presence of old trees, wild animals, and undisrupted land completely changes my energy. I rarely make a major decision without a trip to the woods first.

What matters most to you these days?

Lately, it is my home. We bought a house when we moved, and I’ve poured my heart and soul into making it perfect. I grew up in a very chaotic and violent home, so there is deep healing in cultivating a space that is sacred and light and beautiful and peaceful.

What have you learned recently that you’d like to apply to your life?

I don’t know if I’ve learned this recently, but what I’m constantly trying to do is listen to my body more. I spend so much time in my head, and the mind has the power to override the body if we let it. I’m working on dropping the energy from my head down into my body and listening to its impulses more.

What do you know that you wish more people did as well?

"I wish more people were aware of how much they matter. How deeply their choices impact the lives of others. That if they play it small in life, they are not just hurting themselves by doing so. Each person has the potential to create positive change and forward movement in the world, and when they say yes to that, other people will be better for it as well."

What do you wish you knew more about?

So many things. I’m very interested in Native American healing practices, as well as Voodoo and Santeria. However, these forms of magic are deeply connected to culture, and I have always felt like you need permission, or an invitation, to study them. So I am not in any rush, but if and when a door opens to any of them I will pursue it.

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Bakara and Z adie

Bakara and Zadie

Interview: Molly Elizabeth Burkett - Intuitive Artist and Priestess

Name: Molly Elizabeth Burkett

Profession: I work full-time as an intuitive artist and priestess.

What does that mean, exactly? As an intuitive I work mainly one-on-one using my ever-evolving “toolkit”: tarot cards, reiki, Goddess-centered ritual, etc., to get to the root causes of suffering and facilitate deep healing and transformation. As a Neo-Pagan priestess/witch, I teach women’s wisdom through my school the MysteryKeepers, and Venus Flow, a yoga/meditation class. As an artist, all my creative and performance work (dance, music, writing, mixed media visuals) is a self-healing, devotional practice.

What are you passionate about? Claiming my autonomy and my creativity has always been my #1 passion. Girls are historically expected to be fulfilled by taking supporting roles instead of leadership. There is nothing that makes me feel more fulfilled than doing what I love and being appreciated for what I bring to the table. My non-profit group, Sister Healing Exchange, is in the very beginning stages of providing a network of support and opportunity for up and coming healers, artists and entrepreneurs as well as community outreach.

I also love to reclaim the Artist archetype as someone who is an earth protectress and spiritual warrior as opposed to a self-destructive nihilist.

I wasted so many years drowning in self-pity and romanticizing my sadness. The marriage of suffering and creativity is a doomed one.

Art is a powerful way to transmute painful emotions – but the demons of the mind are not your muses, they are your undoing.

I am blessed that now in my late 20s I have friends around me who prioritize their self-care and service to their community, and yes, they are still wildly talented and creative! The reality is that a lot of the artist’s pain is due to internalizing the way intuition/creativity is undervalued and disrespected in our culture, but that can only change if we step up and rewrite the stereotypes.

Why ?

To me the most sexy and rebellious thing someone can do is be healthy, sincere and happy. Society may reward greed and self-destruction, but nature sure as hell doesn’t. Everything we do, think, and say affects everything else in an intimate way – even if we can’t see it immediately.

(But if you’re paying attention, you can!) We are not separate from “The Environment”. We ARE the environment. And we are in deep trouble, at the same time as we have infinite potential.

Personal empowerment with a collective awareness is what helps lift people out of oppression and resigning themselves to victim status. My focus is on women because that's the experience I can speak to, but the same ideas can apply to any movement. For us to step up and recognize social injustices, and evolve beyond the mindset that one human deserves more than any other, we must first look inside. Raise your standards starting there.

Do you have a mantra?

For Earth Magic and resolving conflicts: “I am you, you are me, we are she, and she is we.”

Favorite health routine, recipe, habit or go-to: Meditation is my medicine, and one that neuroscientists and mystics are in agreement on. It has been proven to be more effective than anti-depressants. It actually changes the brain so you are more naturally inclined towards joy and compassion. Meditating has given me the presence of mind to shed 25 pounds, quit smoking and drinking, and completely transform my torrid relationship to food. I am now 100% sober and vegetarian, and I have never felt better in my life. I was lucky enough to go to an immersive yoga teacher training that got me into a daily meditation habit, and broke me of my long-time favorite, but less than sustainable therapies: Ben N Jerry's and Parliament Lights.

What one or few thing(s) have most improved your quality of life? I struggled with debilitating depression and anxiety for many years. I had what western doctors refer to as PMDD (pre-menstrual dysmorphic disorder) and eastern philosophy might call a “yin imbalance”, meaning for the last two weeks of my menstrual cycle, I became completely raw with emotions: uncontrollable tears, angry outbursts, constantly anxious, with regular migraines and panic attacks. The dark side of the moon, I’ll say!

The emotions and tensions improved as soon as I started monitoring my cycle religiously. I learned when I was naturally more social and playful and creative, and when I need to be more solitary and intense, and I don’t shame myself for these changing rhythms. I began meditating and yogue-ing daily, eating only real food with an ingredients list I could pronounce, and fully acknowledging my psychic/empathic abilities. (To make sensitivity your strength, you have to practice clearing, grounding and protecting your energy, otherwise you’ll be constantly swinging back and forth based on the people around you.)

Learning how to live in tandem with my natural moon cycles (“moon magic”!) feels like coming home. We are not meant to live linear 9-5 endlessly productive lives. We are meant to ebb and flow. It's easy to think the big changes (new job, new location) are what changes your life, but it's not. It's the small everyday choices that build confidence and change over time. So if you're struggling with where you are in your life, no matter what is going on, you have control over your self-care; then the big shifts will organically unfold as you change from the inside out.

What matters most to you these days?

Spirit. Giving back. Making art instead of just talking about it.

What have you learned recently that you’d like to apply to your life?

For a time I pressured myself to be universally likable with my ethos and take everyone with me for the ride. This only led to creative paralysis.

If you are evolving as a person there will naturally be people who fade from your life, you will have critics, you will be judged, you will be misunderstood. Not all pathways can be synchronized forever, in fact very few are. But when you’re truly confident and centered, you don’t have anything to prove to anyone. You just live it. The right people will get it, and those that don’t, can’t touch you.

What do you know that you wish more people did as well?

We are never alone, we are never separate, and if you sit and listen to a tree, it will tell you everything you need to know.

What do you wish you knew more about?

I am teaching myself how to draw! I’ve always loved tattoo flash and the art of illustration, so I'd love to learn how to draw and paint and even tattoo myself. I also play music and have performed in the past, but I’m a bit of a tech-phobe... I'd love to get over that and learn Ableton and all that good stuff. Also, putting all my mystical work online through livestreams and online classes and MP3s. So if anyone out there is a tech-savvy tattoo healer/singer, holla at me, I want to pick your brain.

Free space for drawing, writing, waxing poetic or leaving blank:

“The Third Eye Woman is the seer. The knower. She comes into things by intuition, by instinct. She is the receiver. She is the bridge. The one most whispered to. She cannot but hear the voices. She cannot but know their names. She is the one whose spirit is old. What she knows comes into her, formless. It is a languageless land. It catches her at the ankles and pulls her under. She cannot help but be a door. She has always been a door and it is always open.” –Dominique Christina



Today's Tarot draw: Strength

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"Under a golden sky, a woman gently pats a lion on its forehead and lower jaw. The woman gazes down at the lion with a peaceful smile on her face and appears to be successfully taming this wild beast. The fact that Strength is represented by a woman indicates that this card is not focused on pure physical strength. She has the infinity symbol above her head, the same symbol seen in the Magician. Her white robe is that of the innocent Fool, indicating a #purity of #spirit. The blue mountain in the background is the same phallic symbol seen in the #Lovers. The lion is a symbol of our animal passions and desires. The lion itself is sticking out his tongue. Animals that are preparing to bite do not stick their tongues out. This lion is happy to submit and surrender to the woman. The #woman overcomes the lion with a quiet strength that can only come from within. Her left arm represents mental effort, while the right arm represents physical effort. Her right arm is merely holding, while the left arm is exerting all the pressure. She wears a belt and crown of flowers and stands unprotected in an open green field. The crown on her head represents the fullest, most beautiful expression of nature and transient #life. The sign associated with the Strength card is #Leo."