Like all things that are fated in this life, Lindsay Mack came into my life in a very un-expected way. My friend Rawan mentioned that she had connected to a healer via instagram and before she could finish the sentence, I knew I had to meet this person. I reached out to Lindsay and requested a meeting, a Tarot session at a time that I really needed some guidance and trust in magic. Lindsay is a healer to her core. She can dive into the dark and find the light, find the magic, find the beauty. Her process of Tarot is so filled with empathy and wisdom, in fact, she communicates with the universe when giving readings. I urge you all to contact Linds, when you need hope, when you need magic and when you need a reminder that you already have all you need.
I'll leave you with a quote from Linds that I am reminded of every single day (I'm def butchering this quote but..). She said "before a Tsunami can surge forward, before there is an intense rush of energy, the waters need to pull back. There needs to be a period of dryness, quiet, sometimes even scarcity, to make room for big things.
Name: Lindsay Mack
Occupation: Intuitive Tarot reader, healer and teacher
What's your sign?: Aries
Where were you born: Northern New Jersey
How has this affected your aesthetic? And you as a person: I love and really cherish New Jersey. It's extremely magical, actually. Those who judge it or just see it from the Turnpike are really missing so much richness about the state. I mean, the Pork Roll! The tomatoes! The accents! Bruce! It's beautiful.
Where I grew up was about a 20 minute drive to Manhattan; the NYC skyline is the visual backdrop to much of the area. Knowing that Manhattan was right there was huge. I went there all the time through my life and was always comfortable there. That has shaped me enormously. There's a sweet straightforwardness to Jersey, as well as to me. An inner strength and a no-bullshit quality to my personality, which is a nice balance to my extremely gentle nature. Jersey doesn't really tolerate nonsense or bullshit; we are very straightforward, but warm and jubilant. It serves my work a lot, because people trust I am not lying to them -- which, of course, I'm not and would never do.
There's a true beauty, loveliness and sweetness about where I grew up, without it being simplistic or "small town".
In terms of my aesthetic, it's deeply influenced by my Nebraskan born Grandmother. She raised me in New Jersey, and she's a beautiful, amazing woman. Her home and her style consists of simple, clean, but striking neutrals with pops of color, flora, crystals and metals. I was SO over that as a kid (I wanted to dye my hair and wear my goth dresses); now it's the exact opposite! It took me a long time to really enjoy and sink into my very organic attraction to that cleaner aesthetic.
Favorite things you own: My beloved Motherpeace Tarot deck, the journals with the notes from my sessions with my mentor, the notes and letters my husband has written me over the years, the chunk of Rose Quartz given to me by this beautiful child in the Sierra Mountains.
Favorite thing about yourself: My compassion.
What was the last picture you took?: A photo of my candles that sort of failed.
How do you deal with the blues?: I sit down and hang out with them very presently, and give them the gift of my attention. Lots of love, attention, and gentleness. It took me a long time to not only learn and trust that everything passes, but that whatever comes is bringing a treasure. That treasure is why I sit with whatever arises in me. TV, beautiful baths and long, long walks with good cries are essential medicine, as well.
What did you eat for lunch today?: Indian
What is joy for you?: Splashing in ocean waves. There is no greater joy.
Advice for artists who are just beginning?:
Don't let your brain trick you into believing you aren't good enough, or that you can't do it! Don't worry about "the voices" -- they aren't true, you don't have to believe them. Keep going. Prove the voices wrong with your energy, your action and what you are feeding. Keep your head down, work, create, rest when you need to, and trust yourself. Even trust the disappointments. Someone firing me earlier in my Tarot career was literally the best thing that ever happened to me. Just keep going and foster belief in yourself -- if you've got that, you've got everything.
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