"I see painting, writing, and sharing stories of our ancestors and own experiences to unite the past, present and empower future generations as spellcasting. May the circle be open but never broken."
Monica Bodirsky is an artist, illustrator and published author who holds a bachelor's degree in design from OCAD University. A first generation Canadian, she has been an exhibiting fine artist and commercial art for over thirty years with gallery shows throughout Canada and the US. Her work is haunting yet optimistic, and draws inspiration from from dimensional mixed media works, abstract collage to illustrative fantasy. Her most recent endeavour was the self-published Lucky Lenormand Oracle deck, a well-received art deck now in it's second, limited edition.
As an activist, she is engaged in community work and has been president and director on several boards and advisory councils. As a tarot and oracle reader she shares her forty years of esoteric knowledge and Wise Women traditions in her Dark Moon Wise certification course and is the founder of the Dark Moon Coven and Witch City Arts, a collective dedicated to empowering women in the arts. She has been featured in the Toronto Star as well as Toronto Life Magazine. Both her art and writing appear in publications such as A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water, Writing the Roma, Cartomancer magazine, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Toronto, and various blogs and journals. In 2015 she was nominated for the BLG Faculty Award for Equity. She also offers an international annual earth-based spirituality and arts residency called Awakening, and currently works as sessional faculty at OCAD University. She resides in Toronto with her lifelong partner Allan.