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About Karma Zain

I'm a born and raised Southerner who grew up learning a dizzying list of Catholic patron saints, 75 ways to cook a plucked chicken, and a bunch of folk cures for getting rid of everything from warts to unpopular suitors. I grew up in Alabama and spent a lot of time in Florida and Louisiana, where many of my people live. My maternal great-grandmother taught me how to set lights for ancestor work, my maternal grandmother how to bury a statue of St. Joseph in the yard, and my mother taught me how to identify and harvest the herbs and roots that grew in our five-acre yard in the backwoods of Alabama. (She also makes a mean doll-baby, and a mean roux.)

My mama's daddy's mother only had a fourth-grade education, but she was a respected rural healer and midwife in central Alabama, in a tiny town with only one crossroads and a lot of hungry children. A Methodist, she made lovely hand-painted prayer ribbons for folks, painstakingly lettering psalms and Bible verses onto lengths of satin and embellishing them with flowers and crosses with her tiny paintbrush. I did not inherit her doctoring and midwifing skills, but I do believe my work with hand-made spiritual arts and crafts owes something to her influence and blessings, and I treasure her memory and those of all my ancestors dearly.

I am blessed to know many fine workers and readers and to count them as colleagues, including those at AIRR, of which I am a founding member, and especially cat yronwode, who helped me see that embracing the spiritual traditions of my ancestors and working with the spirits of the roots was not some unsophisticated backwoods stuff to be ashamed of, and not just part of my spiritual calling, but absolutely central to it. I am honored to be learning more about this work every day through the fine people I meet, and I learn a lot from my clients every day, and I am grateful for them.

I have been studying Southern-style herblore and folk magic for decades, and have studied art, religion, literature, theology, and philosophy at the college and graduate levels, holding a BA and an MA. In addition to a lifetime spent learning about and working with roots, saints, and spirits, I've spent over twenty years doing divination work and over 30 doing energy work in both Eastern and Western traditions. I am a student of Taiji and Qigong as well as more external martial arts, and began training in yoga in my childhood. I have extensive training and experience in many types of divination, though these days I pretty much stick to Tarot.

I do mostly short-term altar work, though I do take some longer term work after consultation. I regularly make mojos and set lights for clients, and these are considered shorter-term workings requiring only brief consultation.

I work regularly with ancestors and do a lot of graveyard work, and I am not afraid of some of the more visceral of curios, such as bones, blood, fur, and other bits. If I take a case, I will do what is necessary to see it through. Because I work whole-hog for the clients I do take, I don't take all that many long-term clients. But if I take your case, you can be sure you have my attention.

Devotionally, I work in a Franco-Haitian Gnostic Voudon lineage with full consecration as a Bishop, and I am especially grateful to Tau Allen Greenfield, Tau Dositheos, Tau Peristera, Tau Heosphoros, and Tau Thomas for their guidance and companionship on my ecclesiastical path. I work with an active group of fellow bishops, energy workers, rootworkers, and serviteurs of the loa on a regular basis, here in the Southeastern U.S.

Read what other people have said about me on my Testimonials page.

The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers

The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers (AIRR) is a gathering of professional practitioners of African American folk magic, hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork who provide psychic readings and spiritual root doctoring services to the public. AIRR promotes quality service and ethical conduct by means of accreditation and evaluation of our members. Unlike commercial online psychic reader services, AIRR is a membership-supported organization that receives no fees or kickbacks for referrals.