“What card did you choose to shoot?”
The High Priestess. The reason I chose it was because I was born intersex, and usually in ancient cultural societies the high priestess is usually intersex, and that’s why I chose that particular tarot card. It resonates with me because people come to me for advice and they trust in me. It’s always resonated in me all my life. I suppose being born intersex – it’s in me. It’s there. It’s like a spiritual presence in my life, and around me.
I would say to my younger self: I have no regrets. I’d still do the same things I did as a young person. I would say to them: go with your instincts, believe in yourself, and never let other people put you down. Because the moment you let other people put you down, then you’re only failing yourself, you’re not failing everyone else.
I also would say to young intersex people: stand up for yourself, and if someone does put you down, just walk away. There’s no need to fight. And if you want to educate a young person, or another person – if you can change one person, then that’s better than changing a thousand or a million people in the world.
Why do you think a queer tarot deck is important?
A queer tarot deck is important because it gives meaning to the queer community, and it’s important that queer tarot cards are for queer people. And to be given this opportunity and to be a part of this experience, and to be a part of this journey that could in time expand, is important. I always see that in the future that it can always develop into something even bigger.
For me the High Priestess is one of power, as well as balance and trust. And that’s important in society and in culture. And being Wiccan myself and practising witchcraft, that’s also important for me.
If a baby queer pulled the High Priestess in a tarot reading, what message would you want them to get
from their reading?
I would say I would give them the opportunity to open their eyes, open their minds, to all sorts of possibilities in life.
All I can say is this experience and this photoshoot has been a journey of mine. And I’m still rediscovering myself right now. And for those who are intersex out there: never give up on your identity. Be who you are, and just never give up.
Fight the red tape.
Not necessarily fight the red tape, but just be who you are. And that’s the most important thing in life.
Don’t be something that you’re not. Be true to yourself. That’s the most important thing in life.*
Transcription from Audio Interview*
This was a beautiful shoot at one my favourite waterfalls in Victoria, Australia, Olinda Falls. Thank you so much to Dakota for coming on this adventure with me and doing their first erotic / nude / semi-nude shoot with me. This took allot of courage and openness on your part. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it was a fun shoot.