Do you believe in alchemy?
Not long ago, I was exhausted, stuck, totally drained — mentally, emotionally, spiritually — and in physical pain.
In truth, I’d spent most of my life avoiding the call to understand my empathic abilities and depth of sensitivity. I delayed making sense of my intuition and capacity to know things without knowing why. I never asked what was behind my complete fascination with the world beyond the five senses.
My childhood was marked by sexual abuse and neglect, articulated later through mental illness, ADHD and chronic pain. I found strength through magic: in reconnecting to my higher self, and the universe of which we’re each a sacred part. But it was only after serious burnout and a lot of soul searching, that I started being more open about my spiritual life.
I’ve woven my professional life in media with my woo, launching Self Service, a top-ranking podcast about spirituality and self-care, on the Girlboss Radio network (subscribe here), and acting as a spiritual guide, holding intuitive readings and sessions on mindset and resilience with clients.
Now my life’s mission is to harness all that I’ve learned, and use it to inspire and heal others, as I continue to heal myself.
My challenges have become my gifts. Like lead turned into gold.
Jerico Mandybur is an accomplished writer, editor, speaker, podcaster, and the author/tarot deck creator behind Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach To Self-Care, Healing And Empowerment and Daily Oracle: Answers From Your Higher Self (both out via Hardie Grant and Chronicle Books, 2019).
By day, she’s the editorial director of an influential and award-winning women’s media company. By night, she’s a tarot reader, reiki healer, and mentor. She is also a legally ordained minister, and as well as continually studying various esoteric traditions, she has trained with spiritual teachers including Gabrielle Bernstein, Jeff Hinshaw, and Australia’s preeminent intuitive, Paul Fenton-Smith.
After working in media for a decade (you can view her professional portfolio here), Jerico came to realize that her passion for healing, love of spiritual interrogation cannot be contained in the after-hours.
Jerico is uniquely positioned in the wellness space: a young woman familiar with—and critical of—”the hustle,” a devoted mystic, and a dedicated mentor—helping birth the transformational shifts in the lives of people just like her. Whether it be offering guidance around manifestation, leveling up, or slowing it down, her intuitive approach is grounded in real world practicality, and importantly, in lived experience.
Speaking engagements: Girlboss Rally, Teen Vogue Summit, Pinterest’s In The Making conference, Dress For Success’ Empower series, and Girl School. Jerico has also moderated thought-provoking on-stage conversations with thought leaders ranging from Dr. Esther Perel, Elaine Welteroth, Norma Kamali, and many more.
Words published in: The Guardian, Mashable, Dazed Digital, V Magazine, Girlboss, ASOS, MTV, Hero Magazine, NITV, Oyster Magazine, Heroine Magazine, and a host of others.
Values & Inspiration
Jerico is inspired as much by storytelling and glimpses into the sublime amid the quotidian, as by her Egyptian/mixed heritage and genuine need to dedicate herself to continual healing.
In her work, she values honest reflection, self-compassion and self-care, radical vulnerability, intersectional approaches to healing, queer and trauma-informed modalities, non-hierarchical conversation, holding shame-free space, and raw feeling.