Krista Schwimmer

Qabalistic Tarot
Animal Totems
Offers in-store readings

This reader is available for Phone or Skype consultation.

The Spiritual Owl is now offering her readings at Mystic Journey Gallery located at:

1702 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291


For over 23 years, Krista has been giving professional readings. Poet & vivid dreamer since childhood, she is highly intuitive. Krista is known for her deep insight, soothing presence, & uncanny predictions.

At 17, Krista began her metaphysical studies when her brother, David, was lost at sea during a kayaking program. Searching for answers & healing, she met the Reiki Masters Virginia Samdahl (1 of the 22 original students of Hawayo Takato who spread Reiki in the West) & David Jarrell. Krista received the first 2 degrees of the Usui style Reiki from them.

In 1983, while pursing her B.A. in writing & music at NYU, she met the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, a well-loved Tibetan Buddhist master & Abbot at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY. Over the next 10 years, Krista studied with many Karma Kagyu masters, learning through meditation, vajrayana practices, & direct teachings. She served as coordinator to one of the centers where she taught shamatha meditation. She is also a practitioner of the Long Form of the Classical Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan & Tai Chi Knife, as taught by Tim O’Connor, a 4th generation instructor from the Yang Ch’eng Fu lineage.

In her early 30’s, Krista met the wise woman, Old Crow, who taught her through mask making, dreaming, & animal totems. She moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, where she studied & practiced a magical celtic tradition. While there, she met her husband, Michael Wamback, who introduced her to the tarot. Together, they developed a unique system of the tarot that is based on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This system brings a greater accuracy to prediction, as well as a deeper understanding to life.

In 1997, Krista and Michael drove out to California for personal and professional reasons. Within a year, they helped establish the psychic reading program at the famous Bodhi Tree Bookstore. Until the store closed in 2011, Krista was not only a popular reader there, but also the manager of the psychic readers.

Krista's clients come from all walks of life. She has appeared on international TV as an expert, hosted the popular, Nova Scotian Pagan radio show, "The Witching Hour," & lectured for diverse audiences, including the Los Angeles Opera Company. Currently, she is the Co-Host of Sixth Sense Society's weekly show that explores topics on metaphysics, spirituality, religion, magic, & more with experts in these fields. The show is available on YouTube, & as a podcast on iTunes, Spotify, & Google Play.

Krista is also a writer whose articles, book reviews & poetry have appeared in the Poughkeepsie Newspaper, Densal Magazine, Witches & Pagans Magazine, & the Free Venice Beachhead. Her poetry chapbook, "The Lady Still Resides Here," is available in local bookstores & on Amazon. Krista resides in Venice with her husband & fellow reader, Michael Wamback, & her four delightful birds.

The reading - 5 stars - I went with Krista who told me things only someone close to me would know. She was specific enough that I knew exactly what she was talking about. I definitely plan on going back next time I want a reading!

Bernadette M., Los Angeles

Krista is amazing. A very knowledgeable and competent reader who combines years of skill with the art of her craft. She's a solid and honest professional, whom I've had the honor to know for more than nine years in Los Angeles. I highly recommend her to anyone.


Hello Krista - I've listened to the reading you did for me a few more times and wanted to drop a note of thanks. You have an intuitive gift for people and I appreciate the sincerity and thoughtfulness with which you brought to the reading. So you know, you were spot on. About a few of the themes that have shaped my life up to this point.

The Spiritual Owl is now offering her readings at Mystic Journey Gallery located at:

1702 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

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