I contacted you through author/playwright Tony Sokol who I recently interviewed. How long have you been acquainted and are there any projects you and he have worked on together?
Tony and I should have met in the early 90's. While he was doing Vampire Theatre I was on camera as the first "Vampire Expert" for Entertainment Tonight around the buzz for Coppola's Dracula. When he contacted me for Alt Variety in April 2016, we found that connection and he first used me in a quote for his article on Anne Rice in Den of Geek. Since then we became fast friends since we have so much in common. He has quoted as an expert on the occult and metaphysics in his Den of Geek coverage for such shows as "Penny Dreadful," "Game of Thrones" and "Salem" to name a few. Professionally, we are also a good fit because before I became a Celebrity Psychic I was the PR for a Beverly Hills Couture Accessories Designer off and on for 15 years and specialized in getting clothes on the red carpet with Oscar Winners and Nominees. Both of us have built careers on celebrities and pop culture content, but privately we're both "bats" so to speak and have a simpatico in that respect. Our "incubator" Entertainment 2morrow hatched "Hollywood Tomorrow" which was broadcast last year in November on NBCs EXTRA WEEKEND EDITION. On that broadcast I predicted that Moonlight would win best picture and it did. Tony is my personal "Psychic Whisperer" and has been extremely instrumental in promoting me and keeping me grounded since I'm a triple air sign. Musically, we connect because I am the first wife of Oscar Winning, Emmy winning record producer John King aka King Gizmo of the Dust Brothers. John won the Oscar for scoring FIGHT CLUB and a Grammy for producing Beck's ODELAY. Although I lived and breathed in another area of the music biz, as you know that is a very small fraternity of insiders and I felt safe in getting close to Tony because he's real and raw and I knew he wouldn't use me just for my connections. We're real friends and that is so important to me because I have so few. People try to use me for my contacts and connections all the time. With Tony I'm a respected partner, friend and bestie. In this world full of fakes and users that means a lot.
How much info did you provide on Vampire Theatre when it was featured on Entertainment Tonight?
I didn't cover it all beyond a mention. At the time I think Tony and I actually spoke once or he heard me on the answering machine but we never connected. He dealt with ET in NYC and let them on a merry chase. I think that's why they did the whole segment on me. I was the protégé of Greg Bismark aka RAT BASTARD who was the King of the Goth Scene at the time. We thought of ourselves as aristocrats. Years later Greg was confirmed at the hereditary heir to the title of "Baron Von Bismarck" but for me he will always be Le Barone. He worked at Pan Pipes Magickal Marketplace during the time it was owned by Fairuza Balk. I worked at 20th Century Fox so I was not out of the bat cave, however, Greg took great pride in knowing that I was chosen as the Vampire Expert from castings done on both coasts. Back then I was thinner and gorgeous. Ah ... that's showbiz. In the scene I was "Claudia" to Greg's "Lestat." I believe that Greg was in high position at the Ordo Templi Orientis. I am not at liberty to discuss what kinds of magick he taught me although you can venture to guess. New York was another planet for us or at least for me. Greg was also an actor at the time who had just starred in a horror movie and I was working as an executive assistant to a Vice President at a studio so vampires, magick and entertainment were part of the mix. Greg kept me protected and isolated from the rest of the scene. He took care of me in so many ways. I believe that Greg and Tony could have been counterparts on both coasts. While the wars were raging I was hidden, protected and safe. Today I look back on those days with an appreciation for how protected I was. I never thought I'd meet Tony who is of course your "Armand" because as you know Armand destroys Claudia. Funny how things worked out don't you think? Claudia and Armand are now besties. Last year it was fun connecting with Christopher Rice. He's definitely on our list to interview because of the book and the TV series.
Did you meet Fairuza Balk when she was the owner of Pan Pipes Magickal Marketplace? If you saw The Craft, how accurate was it? Was there more realism or sensationalism? What was the nature of your work with 20th Century Fox?
I met Fairuza Balk in passing during the early days of Pan Pipes. She was friendly, but aloof because of her star status. The Craft was about 50% real and 50% Hollywood, but the interest in witchcraft exploded onto the radar because of it. I love that movie because it brings back so many memories. I was an executive assistant at 20th Century Fox. It was a dream job for this kid right out of film school.
What quote of yours did Tony Sokol borrow when he penned his article on Anne Rice?
"Only the genius of a woman exorcising her own demons could have created a vampire rock star to whom the modern woman would willingly offer her tender throat,” Marie Bargas, aka King, who was the Vampire Expert on Entertainment Tonight in the nineties, said after an impromptu interview. "Akasha's unbridled madness is an aphrodisiac to Lestat until he is figuratively under her feet and he becomes the Shiva in supplication to her Kali."
"Our love affair with the handsome Trickster began with Rice's Vampire Lestat and continues today with Marvel's Loki. Generation after generation, we swoon at the embrace of the bad boy who cannot be reformed, because we know intuitively know that he is better in bed," Bargas told us. "The bite of a vampire and the commingling of pain and pleasure is penetration in a world teeming with limp dicks."
At the time of the interview Tony and I were just getting to know each other and I presume that he published my comments without taking out a single word because they were provocative to say the least. From then on we've had some pretty interesting conversations. As a Kashmir Shaivist and psychic, my love affair with the Dark Lord Shiva, who in my experience is THE Vampire God was reflected in my words. I love God, more deeply and more intensely than any nun in a convent.
How extensive has your research been on Shiva? How much knowledge have you gathered through your research?
Shiva, otherwise known as the "outlaw," is the benevolent Destroyer who is worshiped at midnight in graveyards by his most extremist cults. The long haired muscle bound Lord of Yoga (Yogeshwara), Lord of Tantra, Creator/Preserver/Destroyer has been in my life since day one. I was born on the first day of Navaratri (dedicated to Kali) and came out of a near fatal car accident with a scar in the shape of a crescent moon and a star on my left hand. His favorite consort Kali is a vampire goddess created from the Divine Feminine in order to "suck the life" out of demons in order to protect humanity. In my faith the vampire queen is a savior and redeemer not a monster or an outcast. Kali is celebrated for her capacity to destroy and Shiva adores her because she is fierce. Classic depictions of the pair show Shiva laying prone underneath her feet, but the misinterpretations of this have a decidedly Western, misogynistic viewpoint. I was taught that he is laying underneath Her in order to calm her rage. Magickally, the image is very similar to the diagram of an electric circuit. Shiva is the grounding and Kali is the active energy once grounded that produces light and POWER. Shiva is inactive in this dimension unless and until he is "mounted." And then their sexual union transfers His powers of creation to Her and she returns that Power to him in order to "give him life." But in my view, lacking a penis She penetrates Him with her fangs ... and he loves it. In His form as the wrathful Bhairava He has fangs himself. Together they are a remarkable vampire God and Goddess. Their sexual union because of the intensity of the exchange of energy is palpable and trans-formative every single time. Kali's body is an alchemical vessel that transforms whatever she takes into Herself whether it be the blood of demons or the semen of her consort into something else of Her own creation. The metaphor resonates in the collective unconscious.
In the context of the modern world where men are emasculated by anti-depressants, anxiety and over stimulation by free internet pornography women long for an erection that isn't fueled by Viagra in order to realize their inner Goddesses whether they admit it or not. The Vampire Goddess, Mistress of Time, Lady of Death is the ultimate femme fatale who is the sexual Stepford Wife of the Destroyer ... and yet ... Shiva is faithful, devoted, appreciative and supportive. She is His Equal and He not only loves Her for what She is, He celebrates Her. I have to admit that months after Tony and I had that conversation I left my boyfriend of 8 years and have since moved on to another committed relationship. Tony has that effect on me. He influences me. He's my "Psychic Whisperer."
I'll tell you a funny story. Weeks ago, my current flame who I'll call "Blue" had an out-of-body experience after trying to repair a vape cartridge filled with grade A Sattiva. He's got a prescription of course. After the Sativa saturated his fingers and hands he literally felt himself leave his body. When he woke me up at 3:00 am he was babbling about seeing a tall blue guy in the astral and complaining about a huge unblinking eye in the middle of a vortex in the ceiling of our living room. Blue is not magickal in the least. He has Buddhist leanings, but he grew up Christian. It did not surprise me that he saw Shiva because we have a fully charged black Shiva lingam from Mt. Kailash in the altar in the living room. A lingam in this case is a black stone representing the phallus of Shiva. Admittedly, I worship an erect black dick. Haha. Back to the point ... It was up to me to literally "mount" him and bring him back to reality ... and then I told him ... very gently ... that he had seen a God ... uh huh ... things get pretty damned interesting at my house. Anyway Tony was the first to comment that I've been subliminally calling Shiva to enter "Blue" by giving him that nickname months ago because of his blue eyes. And Tony also reminded me that marijuana is a typical offering to Shiva. Things like that would slip through the crack if I didn't have Tony around.
Have you heard many stories about out of body experiences similar to the account you described above?
I've never heard of an out of body experience happening quite like what happened to Blue. There were several mitigating factors. I work regularly from home so the "portal" to the other dimensions is very accessible. And I have a fully charged black Shiva lingam on the altar. And finally, although cannabis is used in the worship of Shiva the typical way of imbibing it is in a drink made with milk and honey called Bhang. I've never heard of anyone going into trance because of topical exposure, but I guess there's a first time for everything. Please note that we only buy top shelf so I'm sure that the concentration of THC was above average.
Where do you usually shop for the ingredients used in your Shiva rituals? Do you go to local herb shops in the village?
In Los Angeles there is a wealth of East Indian groceries and markets. I also live near Artesia which is a substantial East Indian Community. My prize which is a fully charged Shiva Lingam from Kashmir was purchased from the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Tarzana.
Tell the readers about the radio program you’re going to be doing with Tony Sokol, Magick Lab Academy which will air on Spiritualists Online radio. How was it born and what do you plan for it?
By popular demand Magick Lab is shifting gears and focusing on the non-secular mechanics of manifestation, preservation and disintegration with an emphasis on spell work that is fast, easy and brings desired results. Magick Lab is friendly to all spiritual paths based on the premise that there is no “dark” or “white” magick and that all Gods, faiths and practices lead back to one. The bigger purpose of Magick Lab is to unite the community, not separate it based on conflicting ideologies. Magick Lab teaches us that the nature of any magickal work is solely dependent upon the intent, karma and spiritual motivations of the practitioner. The force or the energy itself is neutral.
Likewise, the formulas for manifestation are represented in many paths and many cultures. Magick Lab simply distills these formulas into basic elements that work universally. You do not require an extensive background in the occult or witchcraft. You do not require experience in working with “The Secret.” Since Magick Lab is non-secular you are not required to convert or believe in anything that you don’t believe in, hence the name “Magick Lab” vs. “Goddess … or Temple of …” Magick Lab makes magick accessible to everyone.
Magick Lab is non-secular because the basic formulas for manifestation, preservation and disintegration are present in almost all religions and spiritual paths. But, instead of recognizing the similarities our current society chooses to recognize the differences. This causes separation, strife and war. The purpose of Magick Lab is to strip away the boundaries between each of us so that we can come together as one. In this way Magick Lab strives to encourage peace and unity within the magickal and mystical communities.
Who are the first interviews you featured on SOC Radio? How much information were you able to share with your listeners?
Our first interviewee is an old friend who aside from being a very talented hoodoo man is a rising reality show star. Caiza del Shadeo is a pseudonym. Like me is half-in and out of the broom closet. Our premiere broadcast was in karma because in the "Magick Lab" system is checking the balance of your "karma bank." I teach that karma works like a bank account. Magick demands that we make "withdrawals." If good karma earned equals the amount of the withdrawal then magick is successful and there is no blow back. If good karma is lacking then you can become "overdrawn" which causes spiritual and magickal "late fees" and penalties.
Our second broadcast featured astrologer James David Wade in a discussion of the impact of the Venus Retrograde.
Artist and art curator Lisa Derrick, the ex-wife of Lee Arenberg, guested on our last show with Madame X. The two magickal practitioners, Lisa is (OTO among other things) and Madame X is vampiric had a meeting of the minds. The highlights included readings that I did for both women on two different decks. I have Lisa and Angel Oracle reading and Madame X got a reading from the Vampire Deck. And the readings ignited a discussion of the connection between the Divine Feminine Archetype "Babalon" and the emanations of Shakti, or She with 10,000 Names.
What’s this about a live chat show you will host on the Paranormal News Network?
Chickie Haute approached me to do a live show. I was inspired to do more on camera work because I have found that I connect better with my audience. Interestingly enough our first show exhibited a lot of orb activity I believe because I was under magickal attack. As you can see from the news stories about it the blue diamond for me was SHIVA. Shortly afterwards AMMA came to town and as I was watching her perform a fire ceremony that same blue aura appeared around her which confirmed for me that AMMA is a living saint. My protégé, Kolika Elle Kirk, guested on my second show. Aside from being a very talented witch Kolika is a gourmet chef who owns the Pistachio Bakehouse in Kansas City, Missouri. My plan is to continue to develop her media persona as a Kitchen Witch. I created the FB group "Witchcraft and Wellness" originally for Ed Fitch (author, Magickal Rites from the Crystal Well). Kolika has excelled at being the admin by combining her knowledge of the craft with her practical knowledge of cooking and nutrition. She helped heal her mom of cancer with nutrition!
As you can see, in this part of my life I am fulfilled by empowering young people, most notably witches/wizards who are in the mainstream arts: music, acting and even cooking to name a few. These young people incorporate "magick" with their talents in ways that are palatable for mainstream consumption. I'm very proud of them. They're my "kids.”
Kolika and I have known each other for at least a decade give or take. She is an amazing, powerful little witch. I'm so proud of her. She helped cure her mother from cancer by cooking her super nutritious meals. She was a natural at cooking school. Pistachio Bakery her own business is doing well.
Tell the readers about your work as a medium and how you have grown in this field since you started. How did you first get started as a medium, and how have you been mentored through The Spiritualists Online Circle of Mediums?
I've been a reluctant medium for the past twenty years. I am openly and unashamedly a "chicken shit." In the past couple of years I've matured enough to confront the dead on common ground instead of fleeing at the first sign of phenomena. Through my show at The Spiritualists Online Circle of Mediums I am being mentored which is something that I have needed since day one. These days when I pulled the "Death" tarot card in a reading, it's like the "Bat Signal" and within minutes or hours a spirit will reveal itself to me. The only thing is, I could really use my own sleek black "batmobile" these days. Now that I've said it, let's play a game and see how long it takes for my ghosts to deliver. You hear that guys? I'd be more amenable to being a medium with a black convertible Miata. "So Mote it BE." I began quite unexpectedly after my car accident and scared myself silly for years. Julie is just beginning to mentor me. In the meantime the dead insist on speaking.
What is "The Horsefly Chronicles” and what is your role and history with it? What subject matter is being discussed on the show?
I am the new consultant. In the past few weeks I've uncovered links to UFO's/Annunaki, the fact that the house is near a recorded ley line and the connection between the Ancient Egyptian connections is reinforced by the presence of two pyramids only thirty minutes away.
What predictions have you made in print or on TV that came true? Were these predictions about performing artists, actors or athletes?
I predicted that Kim Kardashian was going to have a meltdown I week before Kanye lost his mind and I predicted that Moonlight was going to win the Best Picture Oscar.
How do you see yourself evolving spiritually and professionally within the next three years? Are those goals within your reach?
Aside from being a celebrity psychic I would like to continue my career path as a producer/writer for TV.