TABI’s annual conference is coming up, and this time it’s online! In the weeks leading up the conference, we will feature a short interview with each of the guest speakers. Getting excited? You can register right here!
TABI Conference Speaker Profiles: Sasha Graham
Which card would you choose to describe yourself, and why? (If it is deck-specific, which deck would it be from?)
Mmmmm, I feel a combo of the Strength Card from my Tarot of Haunted House with Lo Scarabeo and the Hermit from my Dark Wood Tarot with Llewellyn.
The combination of the two are most representative because Strength and power is something I have grappled with my entire life. I grew up feeling quite powerless as a child and as I evolved into adulthood – issues of power and control – the dichotomy of effort and ease, continued to confound me.
It is inside the occult, the supernatural and through yogic work that I continue to hone Strenth in all things, physical, spiritual and in character. The Hermit takes these lessons and continues on her singular path to unravel more and more of the mystery of herself and thus the world around her. In a sense, Strength is fuel for the Hermit, for with Strength one could never traverse the wonders of the soul and the universe at large.
When, how, and why did you start to use the tarot?
I bought my first deck in 1983 when I was 12 years old. A Born-Again-Christian found them the same day and burned them saying they were the “Work of the Devil.” I knew I was on to something gooooood!
Please give a short bio of yourself. You could include family, hobbies, work, pets, achievements, favourite food/movie/music, tarot… whatever you think is good to know about you!
Star Wars, every Stephen Speilberg movie, Nancy Drew, Stephen King and Sting were my biggest influences growing up. I moved to NYC in 1988 (it was amazing back then) at age 17 and still keep an apartment near the Empire State Building, but my husband, daughter and I also live in a haunted old farmhouse in upstate New York. I LOVE to travel around the world, have adventures, and eat amazing food. I practice Ashtanga yoga, love to garden, write and read stories and tarot cards. I think life is mysterious and exciting. Magic is real and all around us all the time!
Please give a short summary of what you are going to speak about at TABI’s Online Conference!
My topic is Narrative Storytelling Using the Shadow Self and a Dangerous Deck of Cards. We spin tales and tell stories when flipping cards for ourselves and others. We’ll examine narrative storytelling structure using the cards, only this time, you’ll be speaking from a previously unknown aspect of your Shadow Self to tell the story!