Bio of Toronto artist, author, and seer Monica Bodirsky
An artist, author, educator, seer and rootworking witch, she creates tools that empower and enable spiritual seekers to explore the realms of the seen and unseen. The House of Shadows Lenormand was her first oracle deck to assist with 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 she worked with lead actress Diahann Carroll and provided set consultations.
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, divination days, art exhibitions, craft vending, rituals, workshops, and panel discussions. The festival’s vision is to unite witches, pagans, rootworkers, ATRs, wiccans and earth based spiritual practitioners of all ages, beliefs, gender identities, nations and individual points of view to come together as a community 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, Germanic, Eastern European and Romani descent who identifies as a rootworking witch who practices ancestral veneration. 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.’