"The unknown, unseen and unspoken"
Well, that's how I started life in a small, working-class suburb of Toronto, by exploring the unknown, communing with nature, talking to spirits and drawing the things I saw. When I was about 11, a good friend gave me a deck of cards she didn't want. It was the Rider-Waite Smith or the Waite-Smith-Colman tarot deck and I started reading them.
It was in the 70's and my shadowy world of spirits was made comfortable with pop-culture shows like the Munsters and the Addams Family. I could relate to Creepella and Weirdly on the Flintsones cartoon and read and re-read one particular patchouli-soaked witchcraft book withdrawn from the local library on wheels.
The tarot cards were a natural conduit for information about the world and about my own thoughts and feelings, and, I was intrigued by the art. I began reading tarot, playing cards and oracle cards for others when at college studying illustration in the early 80's and have not stopped.
After many years of graphic design, illustration, writing, teaching, working in the First Nations community, witchery and tarot experiences, I have combined my art and spirituality and spend most of my time painting artwork for tarot and oracle cards.
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 artist for over thirty years with gallery shows in Toronto, Salem and New York. Her work is haunting yet optimistic, and draws inspiration from a diverse range of places from abstract collage to illustrative fantasy.
An activist is engaged in community work, she has been President and director on several boards and advisory councils. As a tarot and oracle reader she shares her forty years of experience of esoteric knowledge and Wise Women traditions. Both her art and writing appear in publications such as Cartomancer magazine, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Toronto, A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water and various blogs and journals. In 2015 she was nominated for the BLG Faculty Award for Equity. She offers an international annual earth-based spirituality and arts residency called Awakening, and is sessional faculty at OCAD University. She resides in Toronto with her lifelong partner Allan.