I'm Nicole, creator of things a bit wild and in-between. If asked to describe myself in fifteen words or less, it would read something like: wife and mom. also? tattooed, moon loving, storytelling, tarot-reading witch with a dirty mouth. My work walks just this side of dark, is quite distinctly grey, and it is my favorite sort of path.
W&W: Do you consider yourself a witch?
Put simply, yes. Though I was introduced to witchcraft as a young child (my biological father practiced), it wasn’t until around 2002--after years and years of dabbling--that I claimed the word for myself. It was at that time that I began studying, if I am being completely honest, and exploring what being a witch meant for me and my life.
However, it has only been within the last six years or so that I have been public about being witch. It was around this time that I was going through what I thought might be a miscarriage and begged the gods to help me. After that day, I was more steadfast with my practice.
W&W: What does your magical practice look like? (i.e. Solitary, Coven, etc.)
I identify as a solitary Heathen/Pagan kitchen witch, as most of my practice centers around the use of creating consumables (food and bath goods) to honor the sabbats and esbats, as well as the chthonic deities I honor (Hel and Persephone, with Circe and Freyja being the latest additions). So, I’ll use herbs or food stuffs that correspond with the holiday or season, often times including my children in the process of cooking or baking, and, basically, make a big production out of the meal.
W&W: How do you feel about the rise of witchcraft as a popular trend?
This is sort of a loaded question for me.
On the one hand, I can see how witchcraft being a trend makes it easier to reach people who may be interested but wouldn’t otherwise have access. On the other hand, I feel like it’s become this thing people do to sell an image, something Instagrammable and often whitewashed. The trend in its current form has taken on this “love and light” presentation that ends up excluding witches who maybe don’t practice Wicca or witches who do hex or witches who identify as witches but don’t want that “high vibes only” mentality attributed to them, etc.
I guess what I am saying is this current trend doesn’t seem as intersectional as it should to me. It’s taken witchcraft as a subculture and made it palatable and mainstream for the masses--which might save some of us, but ends up hurting the rest of us.
W&W: What drew you to practicing Tarot?
Oh . . . where do I start?
So, as I mentioned, I was introduced to witchcraft as a young child and tarot was part of that introduction. My father’s Rider-Waite deck became this holy grail of things to me, something magical and regarded with much reverence.
When I was almost 13-years-old, I had my cards read in a hollowed out tree not far from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu (as far fetched as that sounds) and the reading was so accurate that I decided that day I would learn to throw cards, too. I finally bought my first deck in 2008, and have tried to keep a fairly consistent practice ever since.
While I know some readers love to use complicated or large spreads, I tend to prefer the single card draw for daily throws and three to four card draws for the nitty gritty stuff because I like my answers fairly concise.
W&W: What influences your creative process?
Life, as cliche as that sounds. Much of my process centers around unearthing and healing personal traumas in as healthy a way as possible. Which usually means I am making something or photographing something or writing something.
W&W: Who is your favorite writer and why?
Ugh, don’t ask me this. That’s like asking a mom to name her favorite child. lol I’m a bibliophile from way back; books have been my constant companions. Some witches can talk circles around crystals and herbs, and I can talk for hours and hours about books.
I did recently get the chance to meet Maggie Stiefvater at a book signing in San Diego, and was giddy for days after. Her trilogy, The Wolves Of Mercy Falls, is one of my favorite trilogies and my youngest is named for the male protagonist from the the first book, Shiver. So, I guess if I was on a deserted island, I would want Maggie Stiefvater’s books with me. That said, I would also need all the works of Shakespeare, Poe, and Cummings as well as a large selection of Paranormal Romance (J.R. Ward is SO good!) and Young Adult authors (Gayle Forman! John Green! Lisa Mann!).
W&W: So other than being Witchy As Fuck, what do you do in the world of Muggles?
Write. And write some more. Chauffeur my three kids around. Write more. Take tons of photos, to include self-portraits, are a wonderful form of therapy. When I have the inclination and the time, I get down with a little bit of handlettering, too. But, really, mostly I spend my days writing since I am working on curating enough pieces for a book that I hope to publish next autumn.
W&W: Where to find you?