1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? My favorite food in the world is a Jewish breakfast spread: Bagels, lox, whitefish, sable, bialys, fresh cream cheese, tomatoes, and onions.
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Hard to narrow down, but the book I’ve given away most often is When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner.
3. What makes you laugh? My spouse, Melissa, has an uncanny ability to crack me up.
4. Song that never gets old: "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" by the Police
5. Drink of choice: Black coffee or a mojito, depending on the time of day.
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? I’m drawn to the desert, but Melissa’s favorite place is the beach, and so that’s where we always go.
8. Favorite color? Pink. I’m very girly.
9. Best movie line: “I don’t remember yesterday. Today it rained.” -- Three Days of the Condor
10. Last thing you splurged on? I pre-ordered two books yesterday: What Happened by Hillary Clinton and Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding
Bonus Q: How does Tarot enrich your inner world? I tend to use Tarot as an outer tool; I’m very much of the school that uses Tarot for readings, as opposed to for meditation or inner work. Not that it can’t do both! So the biggest way that Tarot has always enriched my inner world is by giving me such confidence. Every time I pick up a deck, I know I can read it, and that centers me and makes me feel so whole, and so much myself. I feel like Tarot and I are telling a story together, and that sort of sharing is what I want to give to the reader of Tarot Interactions.
Deborah Lipp’s most recent books are Magical Power for Beginners and Tarot Interactions. Her earlier works include: The Study of Witchcraft, The Elements of Ritual, The Way of Four, The Way of Four Spellbook, Merry Meet Again and The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. One of these things is not like the other.
Deborah has been teaching Wicca, magic, and the occult for over 30 years. She became a Witch and High Priestess in the 1980s, as an initiate of the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca. She’s been published in many Pagan publications, including newWitch, The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, PanGaia and Green Egg, and has lectured on Pagan and occult topics on three continents.
As an active “out of the closet” member of the Pagan community, Deborah has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, including Coast-to-Coast radio, an A&E documentary (Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America), television talk shows, and the New York Times.
In “real life” Deborah is a Business Analyst. She lives with her spouse, Melissa, and an assortment of cats, in Jersey City, NJ, three blocks from a really great view of Freedom Tower. Deborah reads and teaches Tarot, solves and designs puzzles, watches old movies, hand-paints furniture, and dabbles in numerous handcrafts.