Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Rose.
Victoria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I come from a line of Hungarian gypsies who have long since reclaimed their use of the, sometimes thought of as derogatory, term gypsy. Growing up, I saw the magic of the natural world around me and loved more than anything to travel as my family moved around so much and to listen to others stories. I have always been highly intuitive. When I was a teenager, I was gifted my very first tarot deck from someone who became my first mentor in the arts of divination, though I am mostly self-taught. Around this same time, I started taking an interest in the many wonders of our working minds and began studying psychology. I would start my days discussing Rorschach tests and Thematic Apperception tests in school and then end the evenings with lessons in tea leaf readings and tarot readings from my mentors. I couldn’t help but to compare and connect fortune telling tools with tools to uncover the unconscious mind. They were naturally combined into my rituals and guided me tremendously in my own self-discovery.
I then created this dream of a divination counselor of sorts to help others. I visualized clients entering a gypsy vardo decorated like an imagined fortune teller room to be greeted by a welcoming gypsy herself dressed in her bohemian fabrics of velvet, satin, and bells. Catching her in the middle of making you a cup of tea. Instead of an intimidating office and stiff dress suits of lifeless colors, unless that is your cup of tea. The only similarity in appearance might be that of a chaise lounge. Your session would begin with a guided tarot reading and end with a tea leaf reading from the cup you had been drinking from this whole time. And that is only the first visit. We’d expand further on into automatic painting, ancestors, etc. I’ve just noticed that oftentimes people feel more comfortable to express themselves and talk about deeper subjects in a fortune teller setting. Perhaps because it feels like a dream or a show to them.
Another wonderful guide in the direction of who I am today came from Atlanta’s Burlesque scene when my caravan finally rolled it’s way into Georgia seven years ago. Something about trying to build a character and conversation with my body helped me to understand that I am already exactly who I want to be and made the connection and understanding of my mind, body, and soul. And, of course, I am fascinated with any form of storytelling that also involves tassels.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Where is the fun in a smooth road? I’ve read somewhere before that it is the bumps and unexpected turns that make life an enriching experience!
I read tarot for myself and my friends for eight years before I ever got the courage to turn what I love to do into an actual business. I definitely believe I benefited from gaining that many years of experience with the cards first anyways. But it was after seeing the look on so many others faces time and time again when their stories unfold in astonishing ways, the clarity they experience, and all of the care, time, and energy I put into each person, I really knew this was something I was meant to do full time. My clients gave me the push to focus on my workings and just that. To resist continuing into the mold of working for another business and being too tired whenever I get home to put my energy in the readings that I really wanted to be working on all day.
Also finding the courage to trust my intuition took some time. I would get nervous about saying the wrong thing and try to do my readings by the book. The best experiences that I have had with others to this day came from just saying what comes to my mind during the reading. Now, from a single card pull I have been able to pick up from a client that they had just got a new labrador retriever puppy. My favorite story has to be when I gave a reading to a friend of mine whose life goal was to have a baby but many doctors had told her she was unable. Cards kept showing up with gardens growing and in my mind, I just kept thinking, “No way, she’s pregnant!” I almost didn’t say anything but I told her. She then told me that could not be and I felt like the worst reader ever for about a month. Until she, later on, revealed that she is and was, in fact, pregnant but did not want to jinx it. She now has a beautiful baby boy and I have full trust in my abilities.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I consider myself to be a Divinatrice, which is the French word for soothsayer or fortune teller, with an act for uncovering the unconscious mind. I chose this title for it seemed to grab the elegance of Vaudevillian Gypsy as well as the fact that I am not just a tarot reader, but that I work with many different forms of divination. I have also created The Velvet Vardo Society, a divination salon, devoted to the evolution of a higher spiritual consciousness through the psychological process and ancient ritual of divination. It is open to all artists, philosophers, witches, and gypsies alike to come together as a community and share our new ways and journeys. We have a patreon where most of our discussions have been held so far along with many different types of readings and dressed candles that I make for wax divination are offered. You can find me at many different events and conventions around Atlanta and I will be hosting workshops.
What were you like growing up?
When I was a little girl, I was very quiet and introverted though I asked so many questions. My interests would lie particularly in the Victorian era, goth culture, the workings of those like William Shakespeare to Carl Jung, antiques, books, faeries, and my cats. Not very different from who I am today. I’ve been told many times in my life that I am an old soul.
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