We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Venegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I am a queer non-binary bruja who provides sliding scale oracle card readings for community. I work hard to make sure my readings are accessible for different folks. I try to use inclusive language and practices that are affirming and healing, rather than judging or inauthentic.
I have been practicing reading for over five years. I connect with ancestors and/or spirit guides in my readings, which lends a personalized touch for each reading. I provide the guidance that I receive and each reading is tailored to the individual person.
I have helped folks find guidance with self-identity, grief, careers, love, mental health, LGBTQ-issues and more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began reading cards over five years ago. First for myself, then for friends and now for anyone who will allow me to read for them!
I don’t often see queer non-binary brujas doing spiritual work but I get so excited when I find someone who is doing similar work as I am. We deserve space in the spiritual world which is typically flooded with white appropriating cis folks.
I am still learning how to craft the practice of my dreams within my limitations. I am low-income and disabled but I refuse to let that stop what I have to offer to my community.
Oracle card reading tends to help the folks I read for but it also strengthens my gratitude practice. This has been a profound experience for me and my clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If Aria was visiting LA, we would for sure visit the Huntington Library and Gardens. We’d hit up Sage Bistro for some yummy vegan food. I would take Aria to Mickey Hargitay Plants to pick up a new houseplant or two for each of us. I am for sure taking her to Botanica San Antonio in Pasadena – my favorite botanica for some new candles, oils, and other bruja and witchy tools.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have always known there was something different with me. I was raised Catholic and in my late teens, realized that no longer resonated with me. I became an Atheist.
A few years later, I met my best friend, Aria Serpa. She is a self-identified witch, artist and creator. We quickly bonded over joy and creativity but it wasn’t until she spent a few months living in my home that she started to teach me new ways of viewing the world. Or maybe it was reawakening ways that I had buried.
Either way, she began to help heal my spirituality. We did tarot and oracle card readings for each other. She shared esoteric resources and knowledge. The more I soaked this in, the more my own spirituality, my Mexican-American brujeria combined with my Catholic upbringing began to evolve.
I owe a lot to her. Healing your spirituality is no joke and I credit her with so much of the guidance I needed as I took on that healing.