Hello! I’m Paige Zaferiou (zah-FAIRY-oo), an eclectic shamanic artist.
I’m here to guide you through weird transitions — and, yeah, sometimes death.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts on Naumkeag land.
I believe in magic, the fundamental interconnectedness of everything, and the power of art.
When I say I’m an eclectic shamanic artist, I mean that I work in a variety of disciplines in the sacred and visual arts. Some of the disciplines I incorporate into my work include:
- tarot reading
- shamanic journeying
- dream interpretation
- ritual, ceremony, and spell-work
- watercolor painting
- pen and ink drawing
- reading Pokémon cards like tarot cards, because why not
I believe in the power of the sacred and visual arts. These things help us to be who we are, to do what we came here to do — and to understand what that is and who we are, if we’ve forgotten.
I’ve been blessed to study with some of the finest teachers this side of the astral plane. Among them:
- Briana Saussy, sacred artist. Since 2013 I’ve taken more of Bri’s classes than I can count on my hands, 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, YA author Tamora Pierce, graphic novelist Will Eisner, illustrator Maurice Sendak, the original Star Trek series, and an illustrated book of medicinal herbs which I apparently requested as a child and have treasured ever since.
YES MY SPICY SHRIMPS
In my mid-twenties I began to feel the first stirrings of a calling toward shamanism. I mentioned this to my parents, who floored me with the news that as a baby I’d been baptized by a shamanic practitioner friend of theirs. Stunned and honestly a little shaken by the sign, I began to put out feelers into this world.
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 fundamentally changed by a profound illness or madness and is now able to travel to the spirit world and perform deep healing work 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 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 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.