Monday, October 18, 2010
Judika Illes (2009)On her personal website, Judika explains that her interest in divination began while playing with a Tarot deck at the age of six. Her first Tarot deck was the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA) deck, which she described in a 2005 interview as "formidable and very esoteric," an unusual starter for a child of her age.
In an interview with Facing North, she attributed a childhood spent in the culturally diverse Queens borough of New York City as a significant influence on her writing career. During her teen years, Judika frequented New York bookstores such as Magickal Childe and Samuel Weiser's, known for their metaphysical and occult collections, and Latino botanicas
She worked as a "telephone psychic" for Psychic Friends Network from 1991 to 1993.
Judika Illes has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Rutgers College and earned a Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (previously known as the Australasian College of Health Sciences) in 1999. Her writing interests include mythology, folklore, astrology, spellcasting, spirit-working, herbalism and traditional healing.
Her last name, Illes, is pronounced as you would with the "Ph" omitted from "Phyllis." Judith Illes was used as the byline for some of her Tour Egypt articles, rather than her Hungarian name, Judika.