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Meet Mary Grisey of The Woven Tarot in East LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Grisey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mary. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was really young I saw ghosts. It was easy for me to connect with the “other side”, but mostly it was just terrifying to experience the paranormal as a young child. In my 20’s I decided to shut off my gifts because it was just too emotionally overwhelming and I had no idea what to do with it other than freak out. It wasn’t until I was 30 when a friend asked me if I wanted to be the resident Tarot Reader at her shop in Toronto. At the time I was familiar with tarot and read for friends for fun, but this would be the first time I would read the cards for money.

Looking back, reading tarot was a gradual return back to my gift of “seeing”. Sort of like baby-steps to where I am today. It was a tool to get back in touch with spirit but was never too invasive or scary. It wasn’t until I moved to LA in 2016 when my gifts started to expand. I was one of the readers at House of Intuition and had just finished my first Reiki attunement. Reiki was a game-changer for me. As soon as I was able to open up my channel without fear, I started offering Clairvoyant readings for clients.

Talking to discarnate entities is now a regular thing for me as I have the experience under my belt to feel protected and ready. My journey has brought me to a really magical space of working for myself, and in the next few months, I will be offering Mediumship readings and Reiki healings. When I am not giving readings, I am working in my art studio. I create large-scale handwoven and hand-dyed textile installations and smaller-scale jewelry pieces. My woven work is deeply rooted in mythological narratives and the human condition.

I am deeply interested in the soul and what is beyond our physicality. I like to put my materials through various processes of deconstruction that evoke the ephemerality and fragility of life. Whether I’m burning my work, burying it, dyeing it or unraveling it, my pieces go through a destructive process that mirrors our impermanent experience as a human. I would say my artwork definitely informs my spiritual work and vice versa.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The path of a healer and artist has its ebs and flows. It can be both a very lonely path and an incredibly enriching experience. To be able to do exactly what my soul is meant to do feels absolutely rewarding. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t fully support these modalities of work as much as you’d think, so I have had to get resourceful with where and how I am receiving support. Working in two fields that are essentially untraditional modes of employment definitely keep me on my toes. Luckily I have found an incredible community of other intuitives and artists that have held space for me through this journey.

I love that I can create my work hours and that I don’t have to answer to a boss. But with that, comes the responsibility that when things fail or fall apart, I only have myself to blame. Self-care, self-compassion and mental stillness have been a challenge to balance because I tend to be a perfectionist and take on way too many things at once. Simplifying my workload and not committing to too many things are my current life lessons I am working through.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a woman of many hats. I am a clairvoyant tarot reader, an artist and a jewelry designer. I launched The Woven Tarot last Fall of 2017 and offer clairvoyant tarot readings, online workshops, one-on-one mentorships and handwoven jewelry and textiles. I will be offering new services in the next few months such as mediumship and reiki healings. I am also really excited to be working on a new tarot project that will be released sometime next year.

I would say my unique approach to reading the tarot sets me apart from others. My readings are clairvoyantly-driven and I channel my client’s spirit guides, ancestors and loved ones during the sessions. Sometimes I might see past lives, chakra points, spirit animals, elements or other specific images that are important messages coming through to the client. During my sessions, I reach into the client’s higher self to tap into their true path and focus. Holding this space requires complete selflessness, and to check my projections, bias or ego at the door.

I am acting as a vessel to channel exactly what I am seeing that will make sense to the client for their higher good. I listen to their guides and what they need to show me. What I am shown helps the client gain clarity so they can make the most informed decisions that put them back on their path. I read from a heart-centered and therapeutic place that is always for their highest good. I strive for each of my clients to walk away from a reading feeling full, satisfied and excited for the next chapter in their journey.

My art practice always comes from a place of truth. My handwoven textiles tell a story of the human condition and what it means to have a body that houses a soul. Working in an intuitive way has always been my strength as if channeling some higher source, and then funneling it into my art. If I didn’t have my spiritual practice, my art wouldn’t exist the way it does. They inform each other.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was definitely never afraid to be myself and oftentimes went against the grain. I found humor in most things, but there was also a serious, mystical side to me that I yearned to explore. I have often heard from others that I am an “old soul” in a young body. Since I can remember, I have been interested in anything esoteric, mystical or otherworldly.

I acquired my first deck of tarot cards as a teenager and practiced spells by myself. Art, adornment and other artistic expressions have always come naturally to me and have been a powerful tool to channel these interests. Art was and always will be a portal to truly express the things I can’t articulate with language.

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Meg Shoemaker, Toni Hafkenscheid, Yuula Benivolski, Grant Yoshino

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