Hello! I’m Paige Zaferiou (zah-FAIRY-oo), an eclectic shamanic artist.
I’m a queer weirdo and I live in Salem, Massachusetts on occupied Naumkeag land.
I believe in magic, Indigenous sovereignty, the fundamental interconnectedness of everything, and the power of art.
When I say I’m an eclectic shamanic artist, I mean that I am both a visual artist and a sacred artist. Here are some of the media I use:
- watercolor painting
- pen and ink drawing
- shamanic journeying
- active imagination
- tarot cards
- Pokémon cards
- dream interpretation
I believe in the power of these things that I do. These things help us to do what we came here to do — and to understand what that is.
I’ve been blessed to study with some of the finest teachers this side of the astral plane. Among them:
- Briana Saussy, sacred artist. I’ve taken more of Bri’s classes than I can count over the years, including Diagnostic Tarot, Spinning Gold, The Miracle Tree Sessions, and Called To The Crossroads.
- Theresa Reed, The Tarot Lady. I was the winner of Theresa’s 2014 Tarot Apprenticeship contest, and studied 1:1 with her for an incredibly enriching year.
- Alexis Cunningfolk, herbologist. The Lunar Apothecary is a wonderfully rich resource for herbalists and moon-lovers.
- Richard Yarde, master watercolorist. I was extremely fortunate to study with Richard during his last years. He helped me become the watercolorist I am today.
Some of my greatest influences as a visual and sacred artist include painter and poet T.C. Cannon, author Tamora Pierce, graphic novelist Will Eisner, the cartoon Steven Universe, the original Star Trek series, and a book of medicinal herbs I apparently demanded as a child and have treasured ever since.
My relationship with divination began when I was 15 and my mother taught me to read the I Ching. I did the usual teenage dabbling in witchcraft and the occult, and read mostly fairy tales and magical fiction since it was much more interesting than the non-fiction.
Big ole HAIL YES to fairy tales and mythology!
I went to school for fine art. I learned how to be better at relationships and telling the truth, both to others and myself. I learned how to read Tarot. I began studying astrology and the sacred arts in earnest.
Then I was plunged into the intensity of involuntary shamanic initiation. There’s a book in that – and it’s coming, hear ye, hear ye!
YES MY SPICY SHRIMPS
In 2015 I experienced the first wave of shaman sickness that initiated me into my shaman-hood. I wish I had a better word to use than “shaman” but for the moment, it’s the best I’ve got. This word, as I understand it, means “one who has been initiated by a death or madness experience and is now able to perform deep healing work in the spirit world for both the living and the dead, and does so in service of their local and global community.”
I value my shamanic experiences. I value those who came before me who enable me to be here, do this work, and do it for the benefit of others.
I also value adventures and adventurers, helpers, the dead, the living, our allies of the physical and spirit worlds, and the importance of living a magical life.
A magical life is one that practices right relationship with ourselves, our bodies, our communities, our allies, and our land.
Here’s a little bit more about me:
- I’m a published author and illustrator.
- I’m a New Englander and a rabid traveler.
- I’m an animist.
- I’m an Aries with Taurus rising and a Gemini Moon.
- I’m a Fire Rabbit and an INFP.
- I’m the bright happy fire between the sweet dark earth and the laughing sky.
- I’m here to make your fucking day.
Let’s make magic!
And now – 10 strange, delightful, and totally true things about me:
- My last name contains all of the vowels – in order!
- My ancestral homeland is the Greek island of Lesbos and my grandfather’s name is Socrates.
- If I could only have one book to keep me company, it’d be Women Who Run With The Wolves.
- My first divination tool was the I Ching.
- Some of the places I’ve lived include San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Cambridge England.
- I was born during an April Fool’s snowstorm!
- I have a Japanese Pokémon card collection.
- Once in college I skipped classes for a week so I could go on tour with my favorite band.
- While studying abroad at Oxford University, I busked for beer money as one-half of a ukulele/penny whistle duet called Pennylele.
- This message will self-destruct.