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Professionalism in Readership: a Panel Discussion on Setting Your Practice Apart

You've read for friends and family. You've read at salons. You know how to interpret the cards or the stars. But as the popularity of card reading and astrology continues to escalate, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd of young readers hawking their insights in Brooklyn and all around New York?

Join us for a community discussion on how to conduct yourself professionally as a reader and spiritual practitioner, in which a few of Brooklyn's most established readers will share their insights on some of the following topics:

-Presenting yourself as a confident authority
-Maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients
-Balancing bedside manner with brutal honesty when delivering difficult messages
-Client retention
-Maintaining your energetic balance and not getting drained
-Scheduling, finances, self-promotion, and the business side of readership

Come prepared to discuss questions you have about the practice, or tough situations you've been in with clients, and be prepared to walk away with insights and practical advice you can use to differentiate yourself from the amateurs. Note taking is encouraged; sound and video recording will not be permitted.


Panel Members:

Damon Stang

‘A reader of cards and efficacious worker of root, candle, and charm.’

At the age of 12, Stang received his first ‘Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards’ from his grandmother (herself a spiritualist, cartomancer and Ouija Board enthusiast) and quickly worked himself up to becoming a passionate scholar of divination with a special focus on Tarot. He trained at street fairs, among Sangoma’s in the Maluti Mountains of South Africa, and in the New York Botanicas of Brooklyn and the Bronx.

He is a lifelong practitioner of witchcraft and root work and is a celebrated member of the New York City magickal community.

Damon’s special emphasis is on Urban Folk Magic. He is Magister of Kings County Coven #1 (as featured in the New York Post), an initiate of Lady Rhea, and a member of the Minoan Brotherhood.

Annabel Gat

Annabel Gat (you may know by her pen name, Licorice Root) is a tarot reader and astrologer certified by the International Society for Astrological Research. Her professional consulting practice began in 2009, and she taught at Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment from 2010 through 2012, before becoming the first resident reader at Catland when the shop opened in 2013.

She has a wildly popular daily and monthly horoscope column with Vice’s women’s interest channel, Broadly, and her horoscopes are a daily feature on Vice’s Snapchat channel. 

She’s the advising astrologer to, a Los Angeles based dating app that pairs singles based on their compatibility. 

Her writing on astrology and the occult has also been regularly featured on MTV News and MTV Hive. She was interviewed in Julie Tibbot’s Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults Exposed! and she’s been featured in publications such as Dazed and Confused magazine, and more.

Gary Suto

Gary Suto is a High Priest in the New York Coven of Witches and the Minoan Brotherhood. While he doesn’t call himself a hereditary witch, he’s about as close to it as one can get without the rituals. His Gypsy Grandparents took him in when he was 2 years old, and he was surrounded with Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Cartomancy and Old World Gypsies every week. He’s been reading tarot for 33 years and has done numerous workshops on the various aspects of Tarot. Gary also organizes Wiccan rituals in NYC and coordinates full moon meditations at various venues.


Brian Oaster

A grounded reader with practical spiritual advice, Brian O. is an independent mystic who strives to balance his readings with logic, compassion, intuition and realism. Over the years he has given thousands of readings to people all over the world, using the Tarot as a spiritual text for personal unfoldment as well as a divinatory tool to help others along their paths.

After meditating under the instruction of Buddhist monks in Chiang Mai, learning divination at a Goddess of Mercy temple in Singapore, and cutting his teeth as a professional reader at a little bookstore in Melbourne, Brian O. has now set up a practice in New York and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after spiritual consultants in the city. As owner of Catland Books, he is also a passionate servant of Brooklyn's mystical and occult community.