Bio of Toronto artist, author, and seer Monica Bodirsky
“When I was young, I found the spiritual community and information nearly impossible to access. Now I would like to help people who want to learn about witchcraft and earth-based spirituality to feel that they have a space to be seen and heard. I also want to provide tools for divination, and use my gifts to help others.”
As an artist, author, educator, seer and rootworking witch, her desire to create visibility and foster community inspired the creation of WITCHfest North Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. With programming for the full month of October, events include the Toronto Witches’ Ball, Wickedly Divine, art exhibitions, craft vending, community rituals, walks, workshops, and panel discussions. The festival’s vision is to unite witches, pagans, rootworkers, ATR practitioners, wiccans and earth based spiritualists of all ages, beliefs, gender identities, nations and individual points of view to come together as a community to share similarities and celebrate diversity.
A professional diviner for over 35 years, her experience includes working as a tarot expert and consultant on the films 'At Risk' and 'The Front' where she worked with lead actress Diahann Carroll.
Her fine art and writing have appeared in galleries and publications such as A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water, Writing the Roma, Cartomancer magazine, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Toronto, Spiral Nature Magazine, and various blogs and journals. As sessional faculty at OCAD University, she teaches sustainability and design, as well as drawing to Material Art and Design Program students. She was a 2015 nominee for the BLG Faculty Award for Equity which recognizes distinctive and outstanding work in teaching, pedagogy, research or creative work and service. In 2018 she was invited to speak as a pagan delegate and panelist at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Bodirsky is a first generation Canadian of Scandinavian, Northern and Eastern European and Romani descent who identifies as a witch practicing a familial and syncretic practice which includes ancestral veneration, divination, folk magic, and advising. She inherited her gifts from her mother, maternal and paternal grandmothers and great grandmothers in Europe.