About Me

Galactic Mystic

 Rev. Ananda Sykes

Hi gorgeous soul! I’m Ananda and I’m multi-passionate.

I’ll be the first to say that understanding ourselves, our loved ones, and the twists and turns of life is like trying to draw a mustache on a frog. Just can’t sometimes! ...at least not on our own.

I’ve never seen a person’s natal chart and NOT fallen completely in love. My belief is that you are perfect as you are (unless you’re a serial killer or rapist, let’s be real). This acceptance opens the doors to our true greatness and I absolutely LIVE for helping my friends (I consider all my clients to be friends) find this door and peek inside… or smash it with a bulldozer so there’s no going back. Either way!

“The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light...” Cheryl Strayed

I do like to get weird, I can’t lie. I’m a mystic and “see” and “hear” things that are hard for me to explain. I’ve understood metaphysics since I was a very young child and have had one foot in the non-physical world my whole life. But I’m also a staunchly practical Virgo who likes to be real.

I was born into the weird and woo. While other kids were reading Dr. Suess, I was reading about reincarnation, the light and sound of God, and dream interpretation. The New Age environment of my family life naturally led me to study astrology and tarot at a very early age. I still have my first astrology book (which I bought for 25 cents at an Appalachian flea market) which is filled with the astrology scribbles of every preteen crush, friend, and family member as I tried to see behind everyone's facades.

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I cast my knowledge net far and wide and have worn many hats as I tried to deny who I really am and why I’m here. Some highlights are decades of service in the healthcare field working with folks with developmental disabilities who exist with deafness and blindness, and 15 years as a licensed bodyworker and massage therapist where I got to use my skills as a Reiki and Huna practitioner and Aromatherapist… and tried not to tell my clients about the spirits, colors, and sounds I witnessed around them. I have a nursing degree (specializing in pediatrics and hospice) and a degree in Metaphysics and am an active Minister with the International Ministry of Metaphysics. I have also studied art, nutrition, and psychology. I have had previous businesses in Aromatherapy and Artisan Perfumery and even went to Real Estate school!

The truth is, my life has been full of trauma, drama, and magic. I had to learn boundaries, my worth, and how to say NO. Understanding my astrological blueprint removed much of the shame and confusion around the themes and cycles of my life.

My style is both mystical and practical and not unlike astro-therapy. You can think of me as a guide, cheerleader, and truth-telling friend and it is my deepest and most profound honor to be so.

It's true that we can talk about past lives, relationship karma, psychic abilities and how to harness them, Indigos, Blue Rays, spirit guides, star people, and ultra galacticness. I love all of that and these mystical topics are core to my work, but I find that if we can't take this information and GROUND it into this here and now, it is pointless, useless, and distracting.

This is my specialty. Redirecting all that magic into practical realness. Much love, mystical friends! xo

Ananda Sykes
And a more formal bio...

Ananda Sykes is a mystic, metaphysician, astrologer, dreamwalker, folk witch, guide, and mentor with a unique comedic warmth. Her love of myth, folklore, ancient history, and arcane knowledge and her awareness of the Otherworlds began in early childhood as she befriended trees, sky, fire, and the spirits that surrounded her in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

She began learning from spiritual teachers and indigenous elders at the age of 14 and spent weeks at a time in the wilderness, in ceremony, and journeying the Realms.

As a curious and passionate being, she has dedicated her life to spiritual, emotional, and personal development and now holds space and serves as a teacher, reader, and creator of new modalities for seekers around the world.

Ananda holds professional licenses and certifications in Nursing, Massage Therapy & Bodywork, Reiki, Aromatherapy, and is currently working on her PhD in Metaphysics and Relationship Dynamics, while serving as an active minister for the International Ministry of Metaphysics. She is the creator of Navigational Astrology, owner of Galactic Mystic, a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and specializes in fostering radical and expansive awareness and visceral self-acceptance in ways that are both practical and mystical, using a vast variety of tools and skills she has practiced and developed over the past 30+ years. She has served her local community as a volunteer Master Gardener and the wider world as a crisis counselor.

She lives with her partner and teenager in the rural expanse outside of Asheville, North Carolina where she spoils her 4 dogs and 6 chickens rotten and spends as much time as possible gardening, from-scratch cooking, crafting, floating down the river, laughing, and speaking in southern colloquialisms.

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