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 with my woo, launching Self Service, a top-ranking podcast about spirituality and self-care, on the Girlboss Radio network. (If you want a weekly dose of tarot forecasts and interviews with the world’s most preeminent new age thinkers and spiritual thought leaders, subscribe here).
Now my life’s mission is to harness all that I’ve learned, and use it to inspire and heal others, as I 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 and tarot deck creator behind Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach To Self-Care, Healing And Empowerment (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 spiritual mentor.
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 self-development, and spiritual gifts cannot be contained in the after-hours.
Jerico is uniquely positioned in the wellness space: a successful young woman in media, 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, levelling up, or slowing it down, her intuitive approach is grounded in real world practicality, and importantly, in lived experience.
Jerico has been a featured speaker and panelist on stages such as the Girlboss Rally, Teen Vogue Summit, Pinterest’s In The Making conference, and Girl School, as well as guest-appearing on podcasts like Ctrl Alt Delete, RN Drive and ABC’s Download This Show. Her writing has appeared on and in The Guardian, Mashable, Dazed Digital, V Magazine, Girlboss, ASOS, MTV, and many more. She’s been profiled in publications such as Refinery29, Brit+Co, Bust Magazine, MyDomaine, The Guardian, and 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.