Exploring the hidden shops, quirky studios and art galleries inside The Nicholas Building. Muses of Mystery.
Go behind the scenes with some of Melbourne’s favourite makers, artists and designers as part of the Festival of Independents this Thursday.
Meet psychic reader Euphemia Blackthorne (Vikkhi)
If pressed, I’d describe myself as an intuitive, or psychic reader, but I don’t like titles. I don’t question my gifts – they just are. What I do is otherworldly, and how do you talk about the great unknown?
My parents were old-school and adamant that I needed a “proper” job, so I learnt shorthand and typing and was a legal secretary at a big law firm for a couple of years. They saw me as madly creative, which I thought was odd because I was just me.
Then I put myself through fashion school, but I was in fashion for far too long. Innately, I could feel that I was in the wrong place, and, eventually, the universe kicked me out. It was like the tower card in the tarot – there was an almighty bang, and I had a new life. I was shedding old skin that didn’t fit anymore. My parents’ reaction? Well, I’d already been a punk, and they were used to me changing.
When people come to see me, they’re generally intrigued. Often, it’s because they sense that something is little bit out of balance, or they’re fearful – even of their own hopes and dreams.
They come for direction, clarity, acceptance and safety. Some customers are hard to crack, but once we get in there it all starts to flow. Some people are quite, “I want to know, but I’m scared,” so they shut themselves off. It’s about making them feel comfortable.
I don’t tend to remember things from my sessions with customers. I let it go, because it’s not my journey. It’s lovely though when people come back and say, “Since seeing you, I’ve done this and that, and I’m feeling really good. You’ve helped me through something.” I’m not remotely in it for adulation, but that is satisfying.
Every morning when I wake up I do a ritual to get myself connected with the four elements and slough off the dreams, but otherwise I don’t have any expectations: every day is different. For instance, a couple of weeks ago, a Buddhist monk came in and we sat down and did a spell together.
When it comes to doing readings, there’s an appropriateness of language. I guess that comes from experience and life experience.
Customers are putting themselves in a vulnerable position, opening up to a stranger. You have to be sensitive to their circumstances. I had a reading once that still sticks with me, where I was told, “Get prepared because your father’s going to die.” He’s 92. Of course we’re all going to die, but that was completely inappropriate. I guess it made me confront my fears about it, though.
The Muses are seeking a casual sales assistant to be a part of our growing and exciting retail shop. If you are highly motivated in meeting sales targets, extremely organised, time flexible and passionate about all things occult, then we would be interested in hearing from you.
Relevant sales experience is absolutely essential.
Please email your resume with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!