If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.
— Joseph Campbell
Even in childhood, Mariana held a devotion to the divine. She was fascinated with the reality of magic, the creative power of imagination, and the exquisite wilderness of the human heart. And at 12 years old, when Mariana’s grandfather gifted her his home-taped copy of Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth series, the little mystic that lives in us all awoke vibrantly within her.
As she grew and discovered her musical talents, eventually earning her bachelor of music degree and initiating a career as a musical theater performer, the little mystic became more muted. Over time that voice of wonder, the love for magic, became a vestige of her past. And then one summer, while rummaging through her grandfather’s attic library, she found a tiny book called The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung, and that mystical passion flashed alive in her once more.
Mariana began her study of analytical psychology and soon after started Jungian analysis. After a couple years’ immersion in Jung’s psychology of soul—in a true Tower blast—she decided to leave the world of performance and enrolled in the Graduate Institute of the City University of New York, studying Western Intellectual Traditions. There, she focused on philosophies of occultism and magic, transformations of the archetypal Feminine, and the application of Jungian theories in Western thought. At the same time she began exploring the world of divination, and found her gift for interpreting the symbolic language of the tarot.
With this education and renewed connection to the inner mystic guiding her, Mariana launched Persephone’s Sister, a platform for both spiritual learning and personal guidance. In her tarot counseling practice, Mariana uses the cards as psycho-spiritual mirrors, illuminating the depths of her clients’ psyches. In her teaching work, she opens her students to the powerful and transformational knowledge of hermeticism, mysticism, mythology, and depth psychology.
Mariana prides herself on working always in service of the soul, following and encouraging the mystic yearning to awaken within us all. In her private life, she lives with her husband and two feline familiars in New York City. She is a lover of the music of Hildegard von Bingen, the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, and the fantastical worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien.