Ghosts, spirits, energy, they all exist in some way or another, says Mache. ‘Tarot cards are my speciality. They allow me to access the divine forces in this world. ’
Mache was first accused of being a witch by a friend. The accusation was met with the complete, utter denial of a logically minded engineering student. “You’re a witch, you know” she remembers her friend saying to her. Mache told him that he was crazy.
But a dawning recognition of curious incidences from her past refused to be ignored. As she learnt more about certain overlaps between the world of reality and the mystical realms, she began to find more explanations for her past in the “witch world”.
There is no such thing as a Hippocratic Oath or Code of Conduct or even a screening test for the practice of witchcraft. ‘Though I wish there were. It would sift out all the bullshit that goes on in the witch world.”
In defence of witchcraft, Mache argues that pharmaceuticals once came under the purview of potion makers. All physical objects have been proven to possess tangible energetic forces, and thanks to advancements in science, radio frequencies can now be heard. It just so happens that certain energetic forces need a human go-between. Witches, psychics and yogis are the medium for these types of forces.
Mache’s own credentials as a witch include working with a doctor, treating people with terminal illnesses by using different techniques of energy healing and alternative therapies. As much as she would like the tarot cards to reveal a happy ending for all her clients, ‘life is not always happy.’
“More important than anything I’ve learnt as a witch, is how to communicate with people. Someone can think square, say triangle and the other person will hear circle. Still I am very far from being a perfect human being, of course. But I’m learning like everybody else.”
Every so often, the cards will dictate her to keep their premonitions a secret. In these situations, she must equip her clients with the emotional tools they’ll need to brace bad news. Most of the time, the problems she deals with are fairly trivial. On occasion, she will simply tell her clients to man up- something which she knows how to do very well, as evidenced by my own tarot card reading.
I have long since left the days where I would fantasize about witches, fairy godmothers and obtaining superpowers, but this is not to say that I no longer believe that there is not more to this world than what meets the eye. As for the tarot reading, my experience was more like talking to a wise sage than a supernatural- it’s hard to traverse the dictates of reality while in an establishment devoted to encouraging that special brand of profound idiocy that is known only by drunks.
Anyone curious to know what Mache’s forty-five minute tarot reading sessions are for, the answer is some wisdom and peace of mind.
Find Mache at Muya Bar on Wednesday evenings
[Image credits: Megan Conlin & Drocell2011