We had the good fortune of connecting with Mai Berjaoui and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mai, how do you think about risk?
Risk in general as a word at first sounds a little scary, especially when you’re taking a risk on something you care about, but if you look at it from a different perspective, you start seeing the beauty in taking a risk on yourself. The rush you get when you first give it all in, the rush you get when you see yourself navigating any mishap or hiccup along the way, and of course, the rush you get when you see it all working out, all these are part of the journey (The Fool’s journey). For me, the risk I took was pushing against multiple factors including how being a Tarot reader in a society like Egypt’s would be taken, betting on myself to follow my dreams and be able to deliver a different image of Tarot to the masses than the typical “fortune-teller”, and letting go of a stable income to pursue a someone “freelance” income.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a 25 years old Tarot reader with a love for writing in which each has helped me develop the other deeper. My work is characterized around using the tarot cards for guidance more than for fortune-telling. I believe this is what differentiates me from other Tarot readers in the field, and especially in the Middle Eastern region, as I always attempt to use “self-help” wisdom to help guide my clients to their highest potentials on whatever path they are on, and it is always a moment of pride when I hear feedback on it as well. The road has been rocky professionally and there are still some challenges to overcome, however, along the way I have learned to keep pushing, holding on to what matters, which is the feeling I get knowing how my readings have helped someone. As for the lessons I have learned along the way, my biggest one was realizing my worth, it has definitely been something that I needed to learn along the way that has helped me understand my capabilities better.

Lastly, I want the world to know that getting a tarot reading is not as scary as it sounds, if you’re ready to face yourself and hear what the cards have to say to you, the cards will gladly show you the way.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely dedicate 2 days for Cairo, showing them all its sides, from the up-and-coming areas like in New Cairo, to the core and soul of it in Downtown where we get to eat the best oriental foods and of course see the Pyramids. The rest of the trip will be divided around either Aswan, Luxor and Fayoum or we spin it around and go to Sinai and Siwa, depending on the weather.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shoutout to Jessica Dore, and her book Tarot For Change. As well as, Nicholas Ashbaugh. I would also like to give credit and recognition to my close circle and loved ones for their full support in pursuing this path.

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