We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I started Metaphysical AF because I saw a space in the community that needed more inclusive and diverse voices talking about spirituality especially Metaphysics. My Nigerian and Creole roots led me to becoming a Rootworker and ancestral guide and expert across many fields including many esoteric practices. Metaphysics origin starts with “meta-” meaning “beyond”) which refers to the title given to a compilation of Aristotle’s works on the subject. I grew up in Southeast Tennessee in a Jehovah’s Witness household – I ended up leaving the church at 12 years old – I started much earlier than my peers when it came to learning the mystical aspects of the universe. I was questioning everythign and in the early years of the internet I always dreamed of creating a space where people could listen and learn about the things they didn’t understand. At first, I was an Astrologer doing detailed birth charts of my teachers, classmates, and family. Then after about 14 years, I started branching out into more expansion and created inclusive spaces for people in Boulder, Colorado. I began hosting educational wellness workshops in California in 2017 and contined with the foundation of Metaphysics education. In 2020, I was met with the opportunity to become the Chief Marketing Officer for the only Certified Kosher and Vegan edible in the state of California – Fruit Slabs and I was approached to create a tarot deck with a publishing house of the United Kingdom which comes out next year. Starting my business has awakened a whole new arena for my life that I am so thrilled to see how many more people I can help!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was always creating new ways for people to receive information as soon as I learned to code at the age of 11. My brother was a computer programmer and in the early days of Myspace, my page was full of astrology updates and inventive ways to get new information to people. I have always had a way with words and am able to present information in a very digestible format. It hasn’t always been easy but I am the type of person who looks at every challenge as an opportunity to grow and be a better version of myself. I started practicing Kundalini in early 2017 and this constant meditative mindset and chanting really solidified my drive to go with the flow and co-create what I really wanted in life. I’ve learned some pretty great lessons and one of my favorites is to let go of expectation and judgment. You may not be for everyone so it’s unrealistic to think everyone is going to receive the message you are trying to share – and two-fold having judgments and expectations on others or yourself can really lead to mental health issues and coping mechanisms that aren’t healthy for anyone. Meditation really can be your best friend when you realize how much of your daily routine is on autopilot and breaking that programming is vital to your joy, freedom, success, and gratitude. I want the world to know that we are all here to help each other evolve and simply repeating the same story isn’t the way to do that. We need to ask questions and dig deeper into ourselves to find the reasons we are afraid of whatever we are afraid of. When we build confidence and believe in ourselves to overcome any hurdle – we can still see the finish line clear as day and leap over the hurdles that present themselves. Metaphysical AF is a guidepost to push you to believe in yourself and find out your origins and truth. Sometimes that truth is harsh but it’s always an opportunity and that’s the best part of the journey. Our dream state can reveal so much for us including ways to handle or address situations that we wouldn’t normally know, that’s why we say “You should sleep on it.” Recently I posted a video on Tik Tok about our dreams and within days I had gained 16K new followers and listeners to my podcast resulting in it charting in the Apple Top 100 in the United States, Botswana, Vietnam, and Australia. You never know when sharing something can provide a lot of hope and inspiration for others.
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?
We would start out at one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles for sushi called California Roll Factory, the Turo is amazing and a must-have for sushi lovers – Wednesdays are the freshest day!. For other sushi, I would also come to Sushi Ai in Long Beach for their Bluefin Tuna with Cilantro, Jalapeno, and Ponzu. I am a huge foodie so we would make sure to check out Jeff Miller’s recommendations because they are always on point, Tatsu Ramen and Forma are hands down some of the best cuisine you can experience. Another amazing locations I would take my friends to would be 99 High Tide in Malibu because it is the best dispensary vibe I have ever witnessed The staff and owners are truly the nicest people and they have always supported my partner and I. We would stock up on the only vegan and certified Kosher edibles from the brand I am the Chief Marketing Officer for, Fruit Slabs, and head down to the beach that Baywatch was filmed for massive waves and wonderful scenery. I am a huge paranormal fan and true crime junkie so we would go to Griffith Park and Observatory, Crossroads of the World, and the infamous Roosevelt Hotel to talk about how the entirety of Los Angeles is probably haunted! Also, the Bradbury Building is an iconic piece of architectural history and a gorgeous site to experience. You can’t visit LA without seeing live music and my favorite shows I’ve seen have been at The Teragram, Novo, and most recently my own backyard in Long Beach with the super talented Brandon Coleman. Live music and food are my go-to LA activities with a sprinkle of the Metaphysical so we would go to some paranormal hotspots including some obscure places that aren’t popular haunted places but have really interesting energy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my extremely supportive mother who is non-physical but always with me, Joyce. When I chose to leave the church and asked her if I could stop studying with the “brothers and sisters” and stop attending the Kingdom Hall, she gave me the freedom to make my own choice. And it is that moment when I began awakening and understanding how important all our choices are. She nurtured my curiosity but set firm boundaries on what I could and couldn’t bring into the home which is why I started looking to Astrology, Quantum physics, and Metaphysics as an outlet for my continual need to learn about the unknown and teach others about it. I wish every parent has that relationship with their child to trust their choices when it comes to their spiritual compass. I was adopted by her at 3 years old and just recently found my paternal side of my birth family through DNA results after 6 years of searching. I actually got the DNA results within hours of Joyce passing. Shoutout to my older adopted brother who is a professor at the University of TN and who always treated me like a was a superhero X-men type of being and pushed me to be my best self.
Image Credits. Kayko Tamaki, Jamil Taylor, and Ben Hoffman