A Chat with V ~
We're here with V (Ivy Taroc), aka: “Princess V”
Proj-Illu: We asked V ~ to provide us with a brief synopsis of her journey so far.
V ~ : First of all, I want to thank you ladies for including me in the launch of your new publication! I was already excited to watch Project-Illuminati take flight, and soar... so to be sitting in the backseat here as you test drive your 'baby', is really an honor. Thank you both so much!
My journey leading up to the base of the Illuminati's Pyramid was a bit like wandering in the wilderness with a lot of really heavy luggage. I was literally running around in the wild without any well thought out direction at all. Often feeling as if I was being blown about by unseen winds. I seemed to go from pillar to post like a tumble weed covered in tinsel, broken bulbs, and inadequate lighting. I wandered around for so long, I ended up having to ditch the baggage and the burnt out bulbs I was draped in... in order to keep going.
However, I can tell you my primary mental focus was always on spiritual things. I had a true heart for seeking out divine knowledge. One might even say I was stalking god relentlessly... when I wasn't resting in the absolute mystery of it. That part was a constant for me, regardless of where I roamed. I actually wanted to be a Tel-Evangelist at one point. But as time progressed, I discovered I had researched my way out of all things 'religious', and what I was left with was pretty much godless and dreamless as a result.
As it is with most Initiates, hindsight allowed me can easily see that everything I experienced prior to arriving at I▲AM's doorstep, was by design. I absolutely KNEW I had found the 'real deal' when my long dead dreams were resurrected as a result of their writings. Everything I have done since meeting them, is a love song of profound gratitude and loyalty ~
Proj-Illu: I-M▲rk Radio™... Your vision for this endeavor. How did it come about? What were some of the growing pains it experienced? What do you hope to accomplish with it? And where you see it going in the future?
V ~ : The journey to I-M▲rk™ actually began with Council 22. It was something we started as a team, and wanted to do all along... but just couldn't seem to get it going.
We really wanted to shine a spotlight on the artistic Initiates from the creation of C22. After our attempts to hold a Festival fell through, Amber Jewel and I tried to get it going yet again - but it was not timed out right and became a full blown fiasco. I cannot think back to that early stage of progress and not laugh out loud. We were put through a kind of virtual hell, both by fellow members as well as Initiates who were supposed to be "helping" us. So we shelved the project it for awhile.
When I finally had I-M▲rk™ in my sights, my partner/associate at the time decided to go MIA. I was left scrambling to pull it all together a mere 5 days before it was supposed to launch. This and a series of other let downs from various people have taught me the value of having a back up plan with this crowd. Even well meaning and industrious people sometimes have issues with follow through. The ship wouldn't fully sink (it just wound up leaking a bit).
That is when Christine Cruz stepped in and stepped UP. She literally saved the day. If it wasn't for her and her ability to quickly respond in a crisis, I-M▲rk Radio™ would still crawling and not walking upright.
Proj-Illu: Quick update on C22... We see that you have turned over the reigns of C22 and stepped down. Most of us in the Member's Portal thought this was going to be 'your baby' permanently. Would you mind breaking that down for us?
V ~ : Contrary to popular belief, C22 was never created for my own personal glory. It would be more accurate to say that I used my unique position to unite other Initiates who were wanting to help bring much needed order, to a chaotic situation. It was always my intention to move on to other projects once it stabilized. Most do not realize that I turned C22 over completely when Richard Scherer (aka Papa Fred) took the helm in January of this year (2018). I've been serving on the Apex Advisory Board since, strictly as a mentor/advisor when needed.
Trust me when I say, Papa didn't need my input! (V laughs). Neither does their current Capstone CEO Christine Cruz (aka Nikki Cee!) I tried to step down entirely, but Brad Adams (head of the Anti-fraud Dept for C22) pointed out I couldn't just bounce, as I had more than earned the right to be on Apex. So I've chosen a completely INACTIVE ROLE that allows me to focus on I-M▲rk™ and on myself”.
Proj-Illu: Those of us who only came into the Member's Portal when it reopened last year are interested to know what differences there are between what things were like for members who were involved in Illuminatiam before July 2017
V ~ : To my knowledge, there were no official forums/portals for Initiates prior to July 2017. Thankfully I was invited to a secret FB room, along with a dozen or so others, and that served as a great touchstone for me. That initial group is still quite close, though largely inactive since the Members Portal opened. I cannot speak to the experience of others, but it was a quite a lonely journey for me overall. At least it was up until The Illuminati brought us together and provided us with our own community.
Proj-Illu: What one piece of advice might you want to leave our readers with?
V ~ : I encourage the Initiates to recognize this is an initiation process, and that they can absolutely count on being challenged with hardship, six ways to Sunday ~
Folks can find supporting evidence regarding the importance of hardships in Illuminatiam. My favorite at is at the end of page 119 and top of 120.