This week we're getting to know Kristina from Red Thread Tarot! I'm stoked to have this radical femme on the blog! I've been a follower of Kristina on Instagram for a long time and always love her posts - they are raw and down to earth. Reading through her interview was inspiring and really gave me a better sense as to who Kristina is as a tarot reader and radical babe... also, I think she may push me into buying the Slutist Tarot!
Hello, can you tell us about yourself? How did tarot find you?
I'm a radical English teacher by day & a high femme witch queen by night (in the afternoon, I'm usually just sleepy). I was given my first tarot deck for my nineteenth birthday, by a pal who said: "I thought you would like this because you like women and magic and stuff." He was right-- I DO like women and magic and stuff! I've been reading for over ten years now-- for myself, for friends, at parties, at markets, at Good Vibrations in Harvard Square, and at the Satanic Temple in Salem as part of the Sex Witch Tour.
If you could remove any card in the deck, which card would it be and why?
I probably should say something like, "Every card is sacred, we must experience pain to grow, the human condition is suffering," etc., etc., but honestly I would get the nine of swords out of there! I practice tarot as a path to radically vulnerable self-reflection, and I would love it if my querent's (or my self!) never saw themselves as trapped in a nightmarish cycle of anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.
What's in your tarot toolbox?
A little salt, sage, or palo santo, hand-sanitizer & tissues for my querent's, & an intersectional lens paired with an open femme heart. I think the space we create together as reader & querent is magical, & sacred practice in being wholly-holy present. Sometimes I appreciate the ritual of the candle, of the crystal, of the incense-- but all I need to practice tarot is my cards.
What do you think the Empress would say to the Emperor?
I told you, I'm with the High Priestess now! #boybye
What or who inspires you the most?
I am inspired every day by the women (trans & cis), femmes, witches & queers who came before me, & made me possible. I recognize that the space for my existence was carved out by their resiliency. A few months ago, I was reading cards for my mentor (who has broken about a hundred glass ceilings during her career as an academic), & she pulled THE TOWER, & just about every queen in the deck. She asked me to try reading for myself, keeping the cards she pulled out & to the side, as an exercise in imagining legacy. I think every generation before me (& folks I am in solidarity with, right now, in my much-maligned millennial generation!) has moved towers for me. It's my task to use my power & strength & magic to bring more towers down-- to make more space & more possibilities for the next generation of radical punk babes, artists, witches, & scientists.
If you could be any court card, which would you choose and why?
I imagine the queen of coins to be a "Strega Nona" type-- always making more delicious food, always pulling up another chair, always producing, as if by magic, just the thing you were looking for. She is absolutely generous and takes care of everyone, but never forgets to take care of herself, too. I'm all fire & water-- Leo Sun, Cancer rising, Scorpio Moon-- so I crave the stable abundance of the queen of coins!
Which deck could you absolutely not live without?
The Slutist Tarot-- created by femmes, for femmes. It was the first deck I ever bought myself (I followed the tradition of not buying your own decks for nine years!). When the deck arrived in the mail, I held it in my hands & cried. I slept with it next to my pillow. I fell absolutely totally in love. The Slutist Tarot is a celebration of queers, sluts, & femmes. I felt completely "seen," as a femme witch who is partnered with a queer trans man. I don't often see myself or my relationships reflected in the world around me, & that invisibility can be quite isolating-- to find myself in a tarot deck, nine years into my practice, was unbelievably energizing. Praise to Morgan Sirene!
If you could go back to day one of your tarot journey, what would you do differently?
I wouldn't spend so much time worrying if my interpretation was the "right" one. Tarot is more like cooking than baking-- it doesn't have to be exact to be delicious! I would spend more time developing my own practice earlier, instead of worrying about a "true" or "real" tradition. I would start looking for other queer readers & intersectional witches-- those who view their practice as a way to resist oppression & embrace connection, reflection, healing, & justice. That's powerful magic!
What tarot habits or quirks do you have?
For habits: like many readers, I pull a card every day-- if I can avoid the snooze button, I like to pull my card with my morning coffee. It's a grounding ritual that helps me enter the world of the waking (...I love sleeping in, and my middle-school teacher schedule is totally unforgiving about the morning!)
For quirks: the first thing I tell querent's is "Tarot can't tell you anything you don't already know." Some seem surprised when I say this, but I like to make it absolutely clear that the magic is between the two of us, with these cards as guides-- we are exploring what is the querent's heart & head.
If the Hierophant had a favorite curse word, what would it be?
Do you think the Hermit prefers decaf or regular coffee?
Regular, black-- sometimes with a little whiskey.
Lastly, do you have anything you would like to share? News? Event?
I will be back at Good Vibrations in Harvard Square April 13th, from 6:30-8:30. I would love for you to come through!
Where can we find you?
Are you a tarot reader? Want to be featured on my blog?
I'm currently accepting new reader interviews to share on the blog every Wednesday! This is a great way for you to share a little bit about yourself, promote your tarot services, and share events or news coming up!
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