Amalia Scott is an Astrologer, Tarot reader, teacher of the esoteric arts, and witch living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her work with clients is a practice in highlighting the tools they carry naturally and coaching them into a space of empowered action in the world. She is committed to ethical and practical service. She also publishes free blog updates that follow the lunar cycle.
Amalia holds a degree from Columbia University in New York City, where she studied Art History and Literature. She has worked in museums, co-operated community library, art, community education, and occult spaces in Brooklyn, NY, Oakland, CA, and Grass Valley, CA. She holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from the Niroga Institute in Oakland, CA.
She studies and is certified as an Astrologer through the Forrest Astrology Apprenticeship Program and has worked with the Tarot on her own for 10+ years.
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Why the Hare in the Moon? The hare appears in many folkloric traditions as the close associate of magic, witchcraft, and alchemy (tales included below). Ultimately, Amalia’s work is akin to just that: storytelling, folklore, and the alchemy of narratives. Through folkloric narratives, we gain access to the fairy tale qualities of our lives: symbolic meaning, synchronicity, and higher purpose.
In readings with Amalia, the archetypal and narrative conditions of your life become apparent: you are given the opportunity to reflect clearly on the work you need to do to fulfill your most authentic calling. She works to weave together the threads of meaning within your personal narrative so that you can arrive fully at an integrated vision of what your strongest and most authentic responses to life events might be. The goal is to come full circle: for you to feel confident that you may complete your narrative, beginning by experiencing its meaning wholly. A reading with Amalia is an opportunity for you to let your life's purpose sink in and develop the conviction and confidence to be and heal your Self.
HARE IN THE MOON // FOLKLORE:
In Chinese folklore, the Hare in the Moon was given a place on the moon by the Buddha after jumping into a fire for the sake of the holy man. Forevermore, the hare in the moon sits under an acacia tree as the companion of the moon goddess, ceaselessly grinding sacred herbs in its mortar and pestle to prepare the elixir of life.
British folklore holds that the hare was both the companion messenger of witches, as well as the preferred animal a witch would transform into for protection during magical enterprises. A witch disguised as a hare could only be killed with a solid silver bullet.
The hare is also associated with the messenger god Hermes, who rules communication, timely information, and guides the dead through the underworld. One fable claims that Hermes cast the hare into the sky as the constellation Lepus just out of reach of Orion, taunting the hunter by sending him after an animal that couldn't be caught.
In the Western Siberian Urgic mythology, Kaltes is a goddess often shown manifested as a hare. She takes the shape of the hare because the hare is understood as an intermediary between the moon and the humans who worship it. The hare takes on lunar qualities here so that it may pass on the sacred qualities of the moon to humankind. Kaltes is, ultimately, a fertility goddess called upon by women in labor, so she is associated with the beginning of life cycles. The hare then carries the association with that sacred capacity to begin a life. The courage to move into whatever unique path one has been called into in this iteration of Spirit.