I’m Paige Zaferiou (zah-FAIRY-oo), an eclectic shamanic artist.
The OED defines art as being “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.”
My art’s purpose is to expose and reflect the true beauty of things.
Things like our emotions, bodies, and souls; the world of which we are a part; and the other beings in the world to whom we are connected, whether they be plant, animal, object, place, or human.
Some of the eclectic media, technology, and tools I use in my visual and sacred art:
- watercolor painting
- pen and ink drawing
- 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 always been labeled as one with a vivid imagination and plenty of creative skill. As a child, I used those creative and imaginative skills to cope with a difficult world. Being skilled at fine art, I painted and drew pictures. Being clever with story, I told lies. Being ambitious and imaginative, I created a better life in my head and heart — or sometimes, created a worse one in order to protect myself both from the pain of rejection and the pain of getting what I wanted.
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.
Then I was plunged into the intensity of involuntary shamanic initiation.
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 experience and an initiatory helping spirit or spirits 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, to do this work, and to 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.
In my mind, 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!
HERE’S A HAIKU I WROTE
It’s about me, and also you.
Wild witch baby girl
You smile exactly like you’re
Going to eat the world.
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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.