We had the good fortune of connecting with Ma’Riece Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ma’Riece, how do you think about risk?
I think that risks are necessary contributing factors to any situation in life. I believe that they should not be taken lightly depending on the circumstances but every once in a while, they are important. Taking risks has not only helped to boost my confidence in my life and career, but has also encouraged me to step into territory that is not always well known. I took a chance and began my company by giving readings and sharing my rootwork practice with close friends of mine and realized that by going public about my services, I would reach people of different backgrounds that also had interest in partaking in my services. Taking risks helped me to realize that I could work in the public eye and run my business in the public eye as well. Taking risks takes courage, patience, and proper planning.
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.
My company, SoCal Cauldon, is unique in the way that my services are are spiritual but produces physical effects. Clients often approach me for services such as readings to take a look into their lives. With every reading, My goal is to ensure that I can help my client in the way that they need. Sometimes the reading is what they want to hear, sometimes its not but either way, when the client leaves, they have a better idea of what path they should or should not take. This can also be said about providing rootwork services to them. What makes this unique is that there is a spell or several spells for handling certain situations. Those usually range from protection, love, money, job, success, spiritual cleansing, path-opening, self- empowerment and more. This was not necessarily an easy path given that there is so much to learn externally and internally. Finding a way to involve the public in this was difficult because this is an unknown practice to many people so there tends to be a vast amount of misconceptions but once they see that this is a peaceful practice, they see the beauty in it. Working with other people and the issues in their lives has actually taught me more about myself in the way of helping me to realize that public service is one of my callings. I enjoy helping others because I know what its like to feel lost and need guidance or a door-opener. I would like that the world know that my brand is based completely off of truth, authenticity, and love. It is not an evil practice as many would gather from watching hollywood productions (which tend to overexaggerate and falsify magical practices for monetary gain) but a practice to help and heal the community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friends to Veganic Thai Restaurant in Hillcrest (most of them are vegan and vegetarian), Pho Van, which is my favorite pho spot, located on El Cajon Blvd and also to Hi Poke in downtown San Diego as its my favorite Poke spot that accommodates vegetarian diets as well. As far as drinks go, I would take them to Number 1 on 5th ave, Flicks, the alibi, and Rich’s. To hang out, I would take them to Black’s Beach so they could enjoy a beach that doesn’t have a commercialized feel but more of a natural feel. I would also take them to Ocean beach to experience the locally owned shops and the relaxed environment it offers. On a more chill day, I would take them to Balboa Park to visit the botanical gardens as well as their museums. The city is full of so many interesting and entertaining places to visit but those are a few.
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 like to give a shoutout my Mambo Julie Valdivia of K.C Conjure in Kansas City, MO who is my Mambo and mentor of our Vodou house Sosyete Anba Fey Ayizan. Not only has she been a guide to me but has welcomed me into her community and has allowed me to help our communities.