My name is Karen and I currently live in California but I am a Jersey girl at heart! I was born in Venezuela and my parents are both Colombians. It was on the East coast where my spiritual studies began. When I started this walk, I felt very connected to Wicca which led me to my Goddess studies. At 28 years old I was introduced to Tarot and after 3 years of studying, I was initiated and I chose the reader-name of Mia Fortuna.
I was then initiated in Toltec Shamanism and my given name is Yayauhqui, which means "Black-smoking-mirror", I scry using an Obsidian mirror. I studied with Irma Starspirit Turtle Woman in NYC. Truth be told, I prefer the term Curandera than Shaman.
I was also initiated in another form of shamanism where we worked with ascended masters, light language, gong-sounds and other modules.
To add more to my studies, I am a certified Herbalist (12+ years) and a Flower Designer. And of course, I am a proud plant and puppy mamma.
I have always been an Empath, my earliest memories of seeing Spirit, I was maybe 2- 3 years old. As a medium, I have the ability to see (clairvoyance), hear (clairaudience), smell (clairalience), and feel (claircognizance) Spirit and Animism.
These studies have led me to all the work I currently do like my candles, womb healing, baños, crystal-healing jewelry, Astro-Herbal grids, tarot, limpias and herbal medicine. For example, my womb offering is specifically created for women who have become disconnected to their creative cauldron, specially because of fear. If I can help at least one woman from experiencing what I did (partial hysterectomy) then I have served my purpose! I just finished a clinical herbalist program focused on the BIPOC community, which has been extremely helpful in connecting me to my PlantCestors. I also know how to guide past-life regressions by drumming and I am expanding the herbal offerings for you, my beautiful community. As far as the future, I am hoping to offer my first retreat in 2023. I also want to become a Death doula, work with a Colombian Curandera to connect deeper with my heritage, maybe become Reiki certified, continue to write until I can publish my book (folktales) and maybe open a physical shop! There so much more!
By the way, it doesn't matter how long one studies and practices, it's been 16 years for me, I learn every day from this amazing community. Personally, it is extremely important to support all those finding their own voices and path. I may be called a healer, but truthfully, I am a vessel for my ancestors, spirit and guides.
So welcome and muchas gracias for being here!