Interview: Designer/Artist Kristi Prokopiak of Ritual Oracle

Artist Kristi Prokopiak

For the record, can you tell me the name of your business and a bit about what it is that you, personally, do?

To be honest, my business is me and I am my business. There’s no real distinction between the two, so Kristi Prokopiak is my brand! Essentially, I am a creator of sacred spaces. Those can be physical, visual, emotional or spiritual, hopefully all of the above! My technical background is in Interior Design, but my work is more a blend of art, spirituality and connection. My dream is to have my own physical space, which would be a manifestation of all the things I am passionate about: healing, spirituality, art, design and community. Currently I offer creative services (art installations, design advice, soft set design, visual display and custom paintings) as well as Tarot readings and my very own oracle deck, called the Ritual Oracle.

When and how did you know that this particular route was in fact your path?

Kristi of Ritual TarotWell I have always been a maker and an artist, but I didn’t figure out how to blend that with my spiritual side until I discovered Tarot. I was walking to work in Brooklyn one day and found this card on the sidewalk. Immediately I scooped it up and googled it the second I walked into work. It was The Tower! I didn’t know what that meant at the time, but it was all the sign I needed to dive into the cards. Later I found out The Tower is the card associated with the day I was born, August 16th, in The Book of Birthdays. Talk about goosebumps! It’s been a wild ride of passion and discovery ever since.

What did you do to get here? And where do you still aim to go?

I believe you just have to follow the breadcrumbs and take risks. I found myself linking up with people on Instagram when I couldn’t sleep at night. They would suggest something, a book, a teacher, a spell, a store… then I’d go check it out and that would lead to more connections and insights. It’s all about being very aware of the world, a sense of presence in this very moment that connects you to the divine.

Ritual Tarot CardsI’m still very much figuring out what it all means. How do I marry my creative abilities with the tarot and my passion for healing? Having a physical space is the ultimate manifestation of that. I can just see it so clearly in my mind’s eye. Healing through creativity, be it making art or making a story or making a tincture. It’s kind of all the same to me. That’s how the Ritual Oracle was born. I just published my favorite photos of all the different ways I’ve felt connected to a higher power. Then I journaled about what they meant to me, how they were significant in my process of healing and connecting. The natural next step was to share it with others, to find more of my tribe!

Even when living out our wildest dreams, bad days still come. How do you handle them?

Ritual Tarot DeckGreat question! I know the bad days very well. Some days I am graceful and flexible, allowing life to move through me and around me with a sense of “everything happens for a reason, babygirl.” Other days I kick and scream, freaking out like a jumble of anxious nerves on speed. I can be jealous, controlling, insecure, childish and fickle with the best of them. I’ve found shadow work immensely helpful when the bad days are a plenty and I think the world is out to get me. Accepting and integrating that which we find shameful and uncool about ourselves is very much the way to overcome their power. We all experience these feelings, and not rejecting those parts of ourselves, learning to be inwardly compassionate and loving, thats where the real magic happens! It’s a process that needs constant practice. It’s so worth it though!!

Do you have a current daily/weekly meditation or yoga practice? If so, which styles do you prefer?

Ritual Tarot CardsAbsolutely. It fluctuates (especially now, since I recently relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles). I just tried Kundalini Yoga for the first time and loved it! I have a weekly Sunday Sit that is a lifesaver. I’m looking forward to being more settled and having a stronger routine, because it makes a huge difference in my ability to show up for my clients and hold the space they need me to hold. Yoga changed my life and it is not getting the screen time it deserves right now!

Which spiritual tools (earthing, crystals, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, sound therapy, astrology, tarot, healing modalities, etc.) do you rely on?

All of the above! That’s kind of what the Ritual Oracle is, a visual catalogue of these different ways to connect with yourself and your tribe and your source. Having a lot of tools in your healing arsenal is crucial because the mind can get tricky and you need to be able to show up for yourself even when you don’t want to. I make sure to try to sit in silence, go for a run, lay with my legs up the wall, pull tarot for myself or listen to some dharma talks every day. There are so many great resources on YouTube for mediations, sound waves, tribal drumming, chimes and bells… it’s amazing! Sound baths, breathwork, crystals, sacred smoke, reiki, the list goes on. All worth investigating when you are called.

Anything else you wish to share?

Ritual-Tarot-ReprintJust that I have a lot of gratitude for this path. I have fear around being able to support myself doing this work, but everyday I am shown little ways that let me know I have to keep going. I wish I was the kind of person who could just work a nine to five, make six figures, numb out and have a false sense of security. I’m just not wired in that way. My soul gives me no choice but to keep seeking, continue growing and sharing the things I learn and experience. Sometimes I see this as a burden, this inability to make do with the status quo. Luckily, I have enough beautiful people that I have met through this work that remind me it’s a blessing and a gift. This interview in and of itself reaffirms that I’m on the right path and I am immensely grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts and views! If you’d like to know more about me and my work, feel free to find me using the links below.

Where you can find Kristi Prokopiak:

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Instagram: @ritualtarot and @kristiprokopiak

All images belonging to and provided by Kristi Prokopiak ©.

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