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I Moved (to Brooklyn! holy belt buckle, Batman!)

in the Green-wood Cemetery, a stone mausoleum with a peaked roof stands before a wall of green trees and overgrowth. its door, beneath a carved arch, is bricked over like some creepy Beetlejuice business

Paige smiles sheepishly at you, dear reader, with sunglasses perched on her head

Surprise! I moved to Brooklyn!

SWEET SPAGHETTI SQUASH, little kitty cats!

I’ve been keeping it sort of secret, the way you hold your breath on a wish for fear of bursting the magical bubble and having it all come crumbling down around you like precarious moss-and-pebble castles in a gust of winter wind.

You know what I mean?

But now I’m here, and more or less settled in, so it’s time to share the news.

YIPPEE

Truly, I couldn’t be happier to find myself here. It feels deeply, resonantly right – even though I always scoffed I’ll never move to New York, ha ha, what a joke.

Be careful what you say you’ll never, ever do.

ANYHOO

a stone mausoleum with a peaked roof stands before a wall of green trees and overgrowth. its door, beneath a carved arch, is bricked over like some creepy Beetlejuice business

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Be careful what you summon, too…


What does this move mean for Tarot and Tea?

A couple of things…

  1. You can expect to see and hear a lot more from me. My hermitish time has come to an end at last. I’ve done what I set out to do when I moved to the Berkshires last year – restore my soul in solitude between trees, hills, and gravestones. That work has been done and I’m coming back into the ring, eyes blazing and fists swinging (metaphorically; I’m not going to punch you. Promise). Over the next few months I’ll be unrolling some changes to the website, blog, and Etsy shop. I’ll also be posting with more frequency on Instagram @tarotandtea.
  2. Local readings ARE available! If you live in the New York area, or find yourself here on your travels, you may book a live, face-to-face reading with me. HOORAY! These readings are most often conducted at Milk & Roses in the lovely Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn or at The Green Fig down by Greenwood Cemetery (lots of green going on here, I sense a theme, howdy do!). However I am open to meeting you at your own favorite spot in Manhattan or elsewhere. To book a live reading in NYC, clicky clicky on over to the Readings page and scroll down to the bottom.
  3. You’ll find me leading the occasional class or event. For instance, on August 25 I’ll be teaching my Elements of Tea Magic class at Catland Books. This is the first time I’ll be teaching my own unique system of tea magic – gather around and hunker down! RSVP at the Facebook event page and while you’re at it, check out the Mad Tea Party event on August 19 at which I’ll be reading tea leaves! HUNKA MUNKA
  4. Moonblessed Tea Blends will be available again…soon. I hope. I made a small batch of Celestial Love tea beneath the Midsummer Moon and hope to have them available for purchase before the Autumn Equinox. Watch this space and the Etsy shop, currently empty, for future updates on physical goods for your magical life.

YOUR MAGICAL LIFE IS DELICIOUS

I’d eat it, if I were a life-eating troll.

Which I’m not.

Promise.

But if I were…

a cloudy morning sky swoops over a small stretch of Brighton Beach

I’d probably take your life to Coney Island for hot dogs and then we would be friends and it would be so nice, but then I would eat it because I am a life-eating troll in this scenario.


Moving house, I firmly believe, can be a gift.

It offers you the opportunity to take a look at your life:

at the possessions that burden or uplift you,

at your daily routine and whether it ought to be reset and refined,

at those in your life who support and uplift you (I’m looking at you, Dad),

and at the way(s) you handle stress.

When I looked at my life during this move, I saw…

  1. Animals. Stuffed, plastic, ceramic, metal, Beanie… I’ve got animals in frames on the walls and carved in wood. Their bones are strewn about my space – a wishbone here, a claw there, a bacculum in the back. Dear blueberry muffins, I love those animals.
  2. Boxes. Big ones and little ones. Fancy, plain, all sizes and shapes. I’ve got a box full of rocks and one that’s disguised as a book. Boxes that are full of sacred objects and boxes that are empty, waiting to cradle something within their confines. I suspect my strong Taurus influence is at work here…
  3. Books, which I assume goes without saying. In downsizing from a two-bedroom apartment to a single room I was forced to let go of several boxes of books – which ought to have been painful and distressing, but really wasn’t. It was a good opportunity to ask myself which books I really, really need and which ones I’d be able to check out of the library.
  4. Old shit. I mean, seriously: boxes of school notebooks, tests, and handouts. Hoarded memorabilia, some of it genuine and treasured but some of it musty and lifeless. My Younger Self held onto these things in pain and grief, and it was clear that much of it needed to be let go.

So before I moved, we had a fire.

outside. a handmade stone fire pit with a fire burning. white smoke plumes up from the fire, on which are piled old notebooks. in the background, greenery and two tree trunks

EAT ASH, math tests from the seventh grade! I do not understand why I kept you for all these years!


Here’s to new beginnings.

Here’s to healing and letting go.

Here’s to the cleansing fire and the sweet rain.

Here’s to you and me.

Here’s to Brooklyn, baby.

xoxo

Paige Zaferiou

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelby
    August 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats! Oh so very exciting! Welcome to my home state, Paige! Perhaps one of these days I’ll take a trip down to NYC and the rest and get a chance to meet you. :D

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      Paige
      August 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much, Shelby! That would be fabulous! :D

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    Jen
    August 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    This post fills me with so much joy! Congratulations on the move and I’m sending you many many hugs and sparkles for an extra sparkly new beginning! ✨✨

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    Nicole
    August 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

    This is all very exciting! Congratulations and I wish you the best on your move. I laughed pretty hard when you said you’d never move to New York City. I have been saying the same thing about moving back to Seattle, and well, now it looks like that’s where I’m headed for a few years. Life just works that way.

    I’ll let you know when I make it to the east coast this fall!

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