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BIO

Bio of Toronto of artist and illustrator Monica Bodirsky BDes.

Shadows, quirks and oddities of life have always fascinated me, and as a practicing tarot reader and artist, I am passionate about creating innovative tools to assist people with empowerment through self-awareness.  Photo by © Lisa East 2019

Shadows, quirks and oddities of life have always fascinated me, and as a practicing tarot reader and artist, I am passionate about creating innovative tools to assist people with empowerment through self-awareness.

Photo by © Lisa East 2019

An artist, author, educator and cartomancer, she is an avid proponent of empowerment through self-awareness and creates tools that enable spiritual seekers to build bridges between the realm of the seen and unseen. The House of Shadows Lenormand was her first oracle deck to explore shadow work and the subsequent healing it can offer.

A professional tarot reader for over 35 years, her experience includes working as a tarot expert and consultant on the films 'At Risk' and 'The Front' where shared her knowledge with lead actress Diahann Carroll and provided set consultations.

Her desire to create visibility and foster community inspired her to create the WITCHfest North Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto with programming for the full month of October including the Toronto Witches’ Ball, divination events, art exhibitions, craft vending, rituals, workshops, and panel discussions. The festival’s vision is to unite witches of all ages, beliefs, nations and individual points of view to come together as a community once a year in October to share similarities and celebrate diversity.

She holds ritual retreats and international workshops regularly and has received media attention for her spirituality and artistic expression including CBC radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes, the Toronto Star, Vice, Toronto Life Magazine, Stylecaster, Spiral Nature, Canadian Culture Magazine, Now Magazine, Brit and Co., The Torontoist and CTV’s The Social.

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. She works as sessional faculty at OCAD University teaching 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 European Germanic, Eastern Slavic and Romani descent who identifies as a rootworking witch. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband Allan. When not reading for clients, creating artwork or writing, she is communing in the ‘conjure cabin.’