She has a brilliant eye for retro femme archetypes, witchy aesthetics and irony. She intrigues the fuq out of me so i asked her some questions about her process – creative + magical – she responded fabulously.
Q: You clearly know your way around the occult – what was your introduction to the esoteric world?
A: I’ve felt like a witch from a young age. As a child, people were spooked by me because of my sensitivity and the way I could see through people. People who studied magic used to tell me I had an “old soul,” but others were not so kind and thought I was creepy. As a teenager and young woman I bewitched a lot of men almost by accident. I have intense eyes and strong intuitions, and for a lot of men if I was just being myself they felt like I was in love with them. When I became an artist I harnessed my power through that instead of through my personal relationships, and that helped me relationships to become calmer. I lost a twin sister when she was only a few months old, and she died next to me in the crib, so I think that part of my feeling of being a witch has to do with that connection to death and the worlds between. Since childhood I have dabbled in occult studies, but it was only in preparation for my film that I studied magic intensively.
Q: You don’t need to divulge birth details but what is your astral vibe? Sun Sign? Moon Sign? Rising Sign?
A: I’m a triple Aquarius – sun, moon, and rising all in Aquarius!
Q: Do you practice any form of basic house witchery? Feng Shui? An Altar? Space Clearing? Marie Kondo Japanese Juju?
A: I do have an altar at home where I perform basic rituals. Usually the spells are to bind negative energy, but sometimes they’re to give me personal strength. For awhile I was really into love spells.
Q: Top Tarot Tip?
A: Only consult the cards when you have a real problem. Be honest with yourself in readings. If you keep getting the same card over and over gain, it means you are not dealing with some aspect of your life that you need to pay attention to. When you are troubled, don’t pull too many cards at once; too many cards leads to too many possible interpretations, and you want less confusion and more clarity.
Q: Do you obey Mercury Retrograde religiously or loftily ignore it?
A: No, I ignore it. I’m too busy to put my life on hold for Mercury, although sometimes later I’m sorry!
Q: You’re partnered with a guy renowned for writing books on manipulation and seduction (I loved the 50th Law so this is not a critique) – did you cast a spell to ‘get’ him?
A: Yes, of course! He will say that he seduced me, which I let him think, but it was definitely a spell. It was through the eyes. He may eventually have pursued me, but he never would have done so had I not cast the spell first.
Q: What was the inspiration behind The Love Witch?
A: I wanted to make a movie of that feeling of being a witch that I’d always had, because I suspected a lot of my feeling of being “different” had to do with just being female, and witches are persecuted females. So I wanted to create this witch character that was powerful and crazy, the dark and light aspects of being a woman, or the inner and outer aspects of women (how they see themselves from the inside vs. how men see them). The figure of the witch is so imbued with hysteria about female sexuality, and I wanted to go into a period of cultural interest in witchcraft – the 1960s and ’70s – when there was all of this prurient interest around witches who were naked and sexually voracious, featured in films and pulp novels, and make my character like one of those characters on the outside, but also go into what she is on the inside. I also wanted to put the craft elements of being a witch in the film. Like so many witches, my main character creates her own world, painting, making crafts, soaps, and candles, lining her dresses, cooking.
While I was writing the script I was having a rocky period in my relationship, and I literally felt my heart breaking. It was such a period of darkness that I consulted the tarot every day, and no matter how many times I did it I kept getting the same card – the Three of Swords. I stopped getting it when the problems resolved, and have never gotten it since. Another goal in the film was to put that feeling of heartbreak on the screen, to make the audience feel it. And I feature that card in the film as well.
Q: Do you see ghosts/aura/UFOS?
A: I do see auras, but I have only seen ghosts twice. I can read someone’s essence very quickly. Sometimes I can see things about their past. Because I can see hidden things in people, I love most people.
Q: You’re obviously a successful creative with an interest in occult and alt-culture + aesthetics – does magical thinking inform your art at all?
A: Yes, I do engage in magical thinking. But I don’t see how you can be an artist and not do that. That’s what art is after all; you create things in your mind and they magically become real through your efforts.
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