With nearly three decades of study and practice in the metaphysical arts, Melinda has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable, approachable, and highly inspirational tarot reader, author, and educator. She distills complex concepts into relatable wisdom and guidance, extending an open invitation to anyone who wishes to access their personal magick and transform their life.
Melinda had a challenging early life. She grew up poor, surviving on food stamps and school lunch programs. Her relationships at home were abusive. The idea of beauty and magick being part of her life seemed impossible, but she found hope and inspiration in the magick of tarot. With this new found guidance along with federal and state social programs and many amazing people who cared, she has become the person she is today.
Today Melinda owns her own eponymous beauty line, is the author of Your Magickal Year: Transform your life through the seasons of the zodiac, her own Elemental Power Tarot deck and guidebook, and the co-author of Divine Your Dinner: A cookbook for using tarot as your guide to magickal meals. She is currently working on a second tarot deck and a full-length book on tarot while working toward her MFA in creative writing.
Melinda has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, WWD, Conde Nast Traveler and the Hollywood Reporter. But even more importantly than the press she’s received, Melinda aims to encourage investing in others and to inspire recognition of the magick living inside all of us.
excerpts from Divine Your Dinner (Clarkson Potter 2021)
Tarot decks have been around since at least the mid-fifteenth century when wealthy families in southern Europe had fancy decks of cards hand-painted for fun and status. While these decks were originally made for card games, we now know them as a tool for divination—for gaining insight into situations through magickal means.
Tarot decks are made up of seventy-eight cards, fifty-six of which are organized by suits, similar to modern playing card decks. The playing card suits of hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds correspond to tarot suits of Cups, Wands, Swords, and Coins, respectively. These suited cards are collectively referred to as the Minor Arcana. The other twenty-two cards have no suit, but they do have formal names and numbers. These cards are called the Major Arcana. All tarot decks conform to this structure.
There is a growing movement of readers and mystics using tarot and divination for spiritual growth, personal empowerment, and even therapy! Instead of predicting a set outcome, these readers open up possibilities by unveiling larger truths, hidden gems, and pitfalls in the cosmic field.
excerpts from Your Magickal Year (CICO Books, 2022)
The practice of magick is as old as civilization and just as diverse. When you say “bless you” after someone sneezes, you are practicing a form of magick, reciting an incantation meant to keep that person safe from harm. Wear a special piece of jewelry to feel powerful for a big meeting? That’s a talisman. And the special soup you make when someone is sick is a kind of potion.
There is nothing inherently scary or dangerous about practicing magick. Just like most things in life, it’s all in the attitude. Approach magick with the intention of deepening understanding and encouraging empowerment of yourself and others, focus on your own work, and leave others to theirs. Magick is an expression of your personal relationship with yourself, your guides, the Earth, elements, universe, and all that is divine. Treat it with reverence and love.