I offer my services as a diviner (with Tarot, Astrology and Geomancy), as a Maker (bookbinder, quilter, and clothes-maker), a consultant, a freelance writer, and a public speaker and speaking coach.
Why such a diverse field of skills and studies? And why do I put them all out in the open like that? It’s a good question — but one which may make a lot of sense. Divination mostly consists of non-rational techniques for getting at hidden insights. Many of these methods have worked for 500+ years (in the case of Astrology for over three millennia), to get at the heart of what we experience as human beings.
Being an artisan and artist — a Maker, in today’s modern parlance — carries some of that same insight and power that comes out of doing what makes us human. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have made art: to wear, to adorn, to celebrate, to mourn, to engage in ceremony, to attract mates, to seek justice. I like being part of that tradition.
Which brings us to consulting, writing, and speaking. All of these skills go together, again as part of what makes us human. I am a gifted writer and speaker, and I can provide one-on-one coaching, problem analysis, and guidance in many situations.
Divination: Astrology, Tarot, and Geomancy
You can acquire my services as a geomancer and astrologer (and to some extent as a Tarotist), by contacting me.
You can order a Geomancy Reading from me for $40. This can be a live session if you live nearby, or by video, or I will write up a report: your choice.
I do tarot readings, by video or in person, for $60 an hour, and an additional $1 per minute thereafter.
For a first time natal astrology reading, which is two hours, I charge $250. (If you’re a RSPMer, I offer a special discount of $100 for this service— contact me as ABWatt there). You get both a natal reading, and a review of the Solar Return chart for the current year; this is a service to get near your birthday.
I write poems for specific occasions for a flat fee of $150. If you want to commission a piece, please contact me directly.
If you would like me to sew something for you — a banner, a robe, a costume for a particular occasion, a suit — anything at all is a combination of materials + time = I currently charge $20 an hour for my sewing skills. You can buy off-the-rack items from my Etsy shop.
Consulting & Institutional Development
Are you running a MakerSpace in your school, library, or other institution? Suffering from competence anxiety (can I really do this? Should I be running this program?)? Trying to get others involved? Hoping to build out your program to be a more effective MakerSpace? Wanting to know more about how to make your MakerSpace successful? Contact me.
Are you an administrator, trying to decide if you should start a MakerSpace in your institution? The answer is probably yes, but let me help you make the evaluation. Using proven methods, tested research, extensive reading, and field experience, I’ll walk you through the issues you should be thinking about, from personnel and staffing to insurance and training. Contact me.
Have you decided to build a MakerSpace in your institution? Galled by the price tag? Already have a MakerSpace but thinking about an upgrade? This is an advanced version of one-on-one coaching — but I’ll come and help you design and build your MakerSpace, probably at a fraction of your planned cost. Contact me.
Have a MakerSpace? Is it not used as much as you or your institution would like? How do you change that? How do you rethink your professional development program so that your whole staff develop the kinds of hands-on skills that MakerSpaces will create and improve in your clientele, whether students, library patrons or others? Contact me.
Need me to Make something? I work with fabric, mostly, but I also do bookbinding (for your specialty grimoire or book of poems). You can check out my Etsy site, Watermountain Studio, to see examples of the things I make.
Speaking to a Group
I’m a capable speaker, with the capacity to speak on a variety of topics — teaching, learning, usually education-related — for periods of time from 20 minutes to about an hour. I’m available in New England states quite easily and on short notice; farther afield requires travel expenses and more notice.
I’m a member of Toastmasters International, and three clubs within that organization. I’ve served as a District Program Quality Director, a District Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, and six of the seven club officer roles. Within the organization, I’ve given more than 100 speeches since I joined in 2013.
I’ve spoken to and run workshops for:
- CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools)
- Toastmasters (District 53 [New England])
- NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
- EarthSpirit’s A Feast Of Lights
Workshops & Classes
I have a full page of workshops and classes for viewing here.