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Blue June

Blue June is a highly intuitive reader, witch and business owner who conveys genuine compassion to her clients while still maintaining a no-nonsense style of counsel. She first began studies with Courtney Weber, author of “Tarot For One: The Art of Reading For Yourself” and has been a professional reader for five years. She now teaches two tarot courses, yet she herself also remains a devoted student of her craft. Blue is the creator and curator of the celebrated curiosities and magick-themed Full Moon Market, owner of Magick Talismans Tarot and of wellness focused brand, The Broom Closet. Specializing in tarot, crystal casting, and tea leaf reading – Blue offers solid insight on what to expect in the year to come, as well as focused readings on a specific question, and offers spell work consultations to those in need of magical assistance.

Using crystals or tea leaves in tandem with tarot cards, Blue will help resolve any obstacles in your path focusing on any of your personal issues: matters of the heart, career, or just checking in on your spiritual wellness. No subject is off limits.

Blue has a Candle Magick Class at The Footlight Bar (465 Seneca Ave. in Ridgewood) on January 30, from 8 pm to 10 pm, during the full moon. They will be making love spell candles. For more information about Blue and her services and products, visit www.magicktalismanstarot.com.

QG: Tell us more about your tarot business. How did you become a witch?

BJ: I’ve been a professional tarot reader for about five years now. I believe I’ve found my calling, and that I found it at exactly the right time in my life. It’s very rewarding knowing that I am able to help people for a living. I’ve been a witch for five years also, because one thing truly led to the other and I was quickly “out of the broom closet” as we say. It all began with Raymond Buckland’s affectionately nicknamed “blue book,” “The Complete Book of Witchcraft,” which I intended to read as an academic study to better understand this religion. I believe this book is loosely based on Gardnerian Wicca which is not my practice, but I chose it because of its workbook questionnaires at the end of each chapter. As I turned each page I couldn’t deny my connection to everything I was learning. I then took loads of classes, as many as I could find really, and read even more books over the next year. When it came to taking my first tarot class, things just clicked and fell right into place. My mentors and teachers guided me along the way, eventually referring clients to me and giving me recommendations for positions. I wouldn’t be here without them, and now I teach two separate tarot courses of my own.

QG: How long have you been teaching classes in Queens?

BJ: I’ve been teaching tarot classes for a little over two years, but this past month was my first time teaching it in Queens. The owner of The Footlight and I had discussed bringing a tarot class to the venue for quite a while and when we finally booked the classes we also brought in an event for Full Moon Market.

QG: Tell me more about your Full Moon Market at The Footlight Bar in Ridgewood.

BJ: Full Moon Market has been running for over two years in Bushwick and made its first appearance in Queens on December 10. The tag line is “A market of curiosities and magick” and I curate the event to represent vendors of oddities and witches selling their spell work and health and wellness brands. The inspiration for the theme came to me while attending the old Morbid Anatomy Flea Markets, those events were always such a sensation, but I felt that if I could bring in the element of magick and the spell work aspect it would encompass all the things I loved most, as well as give some amazing witches a chance to sell their incredible work. It worked and here we are two years later, still growing and building our community. Working in Ridgewood was surprising because there was a lot of help from the venue owner, a sponsorship from Downeast Cider and a lot of support from the community in getting the word out about it. The next market will be February 11 and you can join the Full Moon Market group on Facebook or follow us @fullmoonmarketnyc on Instagram for all the details.

QG: What are some of your favorite places to eat and hang out in Queens? What other magick/witch things are happening in Queens that readers should know about?

BJ: I haven’t spent nearly enough time in Queens in the past 12 years I’ve lived in NYC, but when I first arrived I ventured to all the classic diners I could find out here. Some of the best classic diners in the country are unique to this neighborhood – I would know; it’s an obsession of mine. Neptune’s is one of my favorites, but I am also obsessed with Valentine’s BBQ, a food vendor in the Ridgewood area. You can follow them on Instagram to see where they will be next – the pulled pork is worth the trip! They are most often at The Footlight, which is where I plan to spend a lot more time in the upcoming year as I am launching a series of candle magick, tarot and various other magical classes there throughout the year. I plan to host a candle magick class that focuses on love spells at the end of January. For more information on those, you can follow @bluejunetarot on Instagram.

QG: What role do you feel graveyards play in the psyche of Queens?

BJ: I really couldn’t say what role graveyards play in the psyche in the whole of Queens, but I do plan to visit more graveyards in that area in the upcoming year. There are several I’ve not even been to, and generally speaking I try to read cards in a cemetery at minimum once a year, because it yields so much elevation.

QG: What makes one a good reader?

BJ: Practice is what strengthens your intuition as a reader, intuition is a muscle and we must utilize it to strengthen it. I think some of the key components of making a great reader is being able to read the fundamental meanings of the cards, but also reading them intuitively and having a personal relationship with each card. Because tarot is a personal practice that constantly evolves for each reader, one should not get too attached to any one idea or they risk missing opportunities for growth.

QG: What do you say to the skeptics?

BJ: Some readers decline to read for skeptics, but I am not one of those readers. When a client sits with me and says, “I don’t believe in this stuff,” I offer that I believe enough for both of us, but that I’m not here to prove anything to them. My job is to help people find or stay on their path, not to actualize their very misconstrued idea of what tarot is supposed to be. I will say though, most of the time they don’t leave my table a skeptic.

QG: What advice do you have for people hoping to learn more about magick?

BJ: The best advice I have for anyone beginning their journey with tarot studies, or any aspiring witches out there is to keep reading, as many books as you can. It’s a journey of constant study, so taking classes also helps facilitate learning things a little faster. Be cautious who you choose as a mentor, always be mindful of your ego and anger getting the better of you, and maintain a healthy sense of humor. Laughter is magick, after all.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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