I am delighted to introduce you to Annalee Jackofsky who I've known for many years through her goddess studies, yoga teachings and now, as a Lefty Oracle Deck intuitive reader. Enjoy!
What originally got you started as a healer, intuitive, spiritual guide?
I feel I was born with the natural ability to do hands on healing. I didn’t know what I was doing when I was younger, but it felt natural to me. When I was 21, a friend of the family, who was a Reiki Master, invited my mom, sister, and myself to take a Reiki 1 training with her. Over the next 4 years, I would take Reiki trainings with several different people, finally getting my Master/Teacher training at 25. I was also born an empath with the ability to feel other’s emotions, which helped with being a healer.
How does the Lefty Oracle Deck fit into your healing/spiritual/intuitive work with yourself and/or with your clients? What do you like best about this deck? How do you use this deck in your readings?
I like to use the Lefty Oracle as a clarifier and for advice in a reading. I use other decks to get the situation, but then use the Lefty for advice as to what to do in order to move forward from the situation.
How has the Lefty Oracle Deck helped you develop personally and/or professionally?
Even though I’ve been using tarot cards for 24 years and Oracle cards for 8 years it wasn’t until last year, when I bought Kathy’s Lefty Oracle, that I began reading the cards more seriously. Trusting my intuition when reading the cards without relying on a book's definition of the cards — the Lefty Oracle opened that door for me.
Spiritually, intuitively, or creatively, who has inspired you the most, and why or how?
I’ve had many spiritual leaders over the years. Years ago, when I was just starting my spiritual journey after having been in a bad relationship, I took a goddess empowerment course with Kathy Crabbe. That course really inspired me and helped me a lot on my journey. Also, the spiritual and written works of Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti yoga, have been fundamental in showing me how I can live my yoga. Combining my spiritual beliefs with my physical practice also inspired me to become a vegan. Lastly, my yoga teacher, Jackie Incorvia Corrigan, who I work privately with. She helps me connect mind, body, and soul when I start to lose my way.
How did you decide what specialty to focus on as an intuitive/healer/spiritual leader?
I’m not sure I ever really “decided” what specialty to focus on. I just follow the path the Universe puts out in front of me. One thing just leads to another. The path evolves as it goes along.
Have you ever thought about creating your own oracle or tarot deck? If you have created your own deck, tell us more!
I have thought about it, but unfortunately can not draw. Still trying to figure out how to work around that. Maybe one day!
If you had to choose a spirit animal to describe yourself, what would you choose and why?
I have two spirit animals. The first one has been with me since my first shamanic journey when I was six: the turtle — slow and steady wins that race! The second one came to me a few months ago, also during a shamanic journey. That’s a snake, which is a symbol of rebirth: shedding your skin to grow; spiritual journey; raising kundalini.
What advice do you have for others who are just starting to develop their intuitive, spiritual, healing side? (or, if you prefer) - What advice do you have for intuitives/healers who are considering taking it to the next level and becoming professionals?
I’m going to share a quote here that has become my motto. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” - Joseph Campbell. Have faith, take a chance. Believe in yourself.
My main focus right now is studying the chakras and how they relate to everything in life. I’m working on a workshop right now on manifesting the life you want with the chakras. I’m also working on a tarot/oracle card spread to get messages from the chakras.
Annalee is a yoga teacher in the tantra tradition, and Reiki master/teacher in both the traditional Usui tradition and the kundalini tradition. She is also a professional musician, works in the children’s room of her local library, has a booth at the local farmers market selling homemade soap, and is an activist. You can check out her work online at annaleejackofsky.com; @the_lotus_yogini; and @athenawatersong on instagram.