What is your name? Do you go by any aliases?
I’m called to healing as Asali, which means honey in Swahili. It was gifted to me by Oshun, an orisha in my practice, who blessed my healing work and moved me to this journey. She asked that I always walk in healing sweetness, and what is sweeter and more healing than honey?
What is your cultural background?
I'm a Black queer femme and these identities absolutely influence my walk as a healer and the work I do.
Where are you currently living?
What type of divination and/ or magic that you practice?
My divination practice is primarily in cartomancy- Tarot, Oracle, and looking into Lenormand- and a growing understanding of dreamwork divination.
When did you first starting learning divination and/or magic?
The dreams have always been there, but working Tarot for others happened two years ago. About a year before that I finally gave in to my calling to work deeper with nature- I dipped my toe into aromatherapy and it was no time before I was working with herbs, crystals, and natural energy.
What obstacles did you face when you started practicing your divination and/or magic? How did it affect your cultural beliefs?
I was raised Christian, and while I haven't left that faith and don't plan to, reconciling these practices have been a challenge. However, discovering my own innate magic has taught me abundance. As a practitioner of Ifa, a practice that emphasizes ancestral connection, I have felt an even deeper connection with my culture and its histories and wisdom. There's been no deeper relationship formed than that of me and my ancestors and guides.
How do you bridge your cultural beliefs with the usage of divination and/or magic?
Ifa elders practice divination regularly so it's not at all separated. As a novice in this practice, I'm not yet trained in traditional Ifa divination. However, within this practice I've found brilliant teachers who have always nurtured me to access and trust my intuition and magic. Divination then became not so much about the mystery and more about a conversation with ancestors and guides. When I began to seek the cards for others, I noticed that this didn't change much. I was still channeling a conversation. Divination has become daily practice now. It informs my other healing work. When I work herbs or energy for my clients, it's natural for me to pull a Tarot or oracle card for additional guidance and support.