My name is Melissa Greener. When I was a child, one of the strangest questions I was asked with surprising regularity is, "what are you?" As a kid I didn't have the context to translate the question into what it really meant to ask: "Where are you from? What is your nationality? What is your ethnicity? Why do you look like that?"
Perhaps these questions laid the foundation for my life-long seeking quest. I still haven't landed on a conclusive answer, and while I don't believe that "checking boxes" delineates a human spirit cloaked in a personality, the following is what presently fits:
I am a certified professional astrologer, Jungian enthusiast, and personal-development junkie. I'm a contemplative in the traditional sense, with an artist's heart, inclined to relating deeply to everything and everyone in every sphere of my experience.
I'm a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and addiction recovery through self-knowledge, service, and mindfulness practices.
I am a first generation American (from my paternal refugee side) having all the privilege of Whiteness with none of the "glory." I am always forward, never straight, but rarely askew. I am 50% alien, 90% chameleon, and 110% supra-terranean. I am earnestly sincere and fiercely irreverent. I'm a shameless crier. But don't mess with me – I'm tough as nails.
I am a wanderer. I have sailed seas, trekked mountain ranges, and pedaled a bicycle solo across Canada. I've lived as the only westerner in a small village in rural China, yet I felt more a foreigner living in Lower Manhattan. Crete, Greece is my most sacred spiritual 'home-space.'
I write poetry and prose, as well as astrological commentary. I create photographic art prints. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts in ceramics and art history, and I worked as a studio potter for several years.
I find great comfort in diving head-first into most uncomfortable territory. My drugs of choice are; more, farther, deeper. I am a tinker'er, creator, maker, builder and manifestor. I delight in taking things apart to build them anew. That includes matters of matter, spirit, emotion, and thought.
In a former life as a singer songwriter, I toured internationally performing my music around the world. That chapter came to an abrupt end when a Neptunian under-toe dragged me down into its murky waters and eventually spat me out onto a rocky shore. It takes a dark, dark night to see the stars. And so it was by following my map of stars, connecting those twinkling dots in the heavenly spheres, that I navigated my way to the here and now. And now to you. Perhaps a similar story brought you here today. Welcome.