Presenter Profiles

MONICA BODIRSKY

Monica Bodirsky is a professional artist and author of the Shadowland Tarot, The House of Shadows Lenormand, and the Lucky Lenormand. Her spiritual practice is a blend of what she has been taught as well as familial folk magic from her Scandinavian, Northern and Eastern European and Romany heritage. She is the founder of WITCHfest North Arts and Culture Festival, and, C.A.T.S. the Coffee and Tarot Society in Toronto, Canada. A successful professional tarot reader since 1989, she also offers tarot classes and international artist residencies that integrate spirituality and creativity. 

Presenter Profiles

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PRESENTER PROFILES

MONICA BODIRSKY

Presenting: Exploring Shadowland Tarot

Monica Bodirsky is an artist, author, advisor and a walker between the worlds. She has been a professional creative and reader for over forty years. Highlights have included creating the Shadowland Tarot, House of Shadows Lenormand and sharing her tarot skills with Diahann Carroll on the set of one of her many films. She lives with her husband Allan in their enchanted Toronto home.

EVVIE MARIN

Presenting: Tarot for the Creative Process

Evvie Marin (they/them) is a multimedia artist from Massachusetts with a penchant for watercolor and ink painting. As author/illustrator of the Interrobang Tarot blog, they teach solo divination tips for creative misfits, craft and share offbeat spreads, and interview innovative, occult artists and thinkers. Evvie has three original, indie decks in development. Process illustrations for their Black Ink and Spirit Vertigo Tarot decks were published in TAROT, by Jessica Hundley, from Taschen's Library of Esoterica series. As a nonbinary, queer spoonie, Evvie is passionate about reinterpreting and diversifying tarot while still appreciating its historical roots. 

TONI MAURICE-MILBURN

Presenting:  Energy Work  for Intuitive Development

Toni Maurice-Milburn or Mama Toni – as she is affectionately known within the spiritual community – is the owner of Ebony Sage Apothecary in Waveland, Mississippi, and is an initiated Oshun priestess in the Ifa tradition. She has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in rootwork, conjure and divination, and was raised in a family that considered Conjure a way of life. ​Mama Toni is known for her compassionate and empathetic nature and provides offerings such as custom teas, herbal baths, healing products, and services to support her clients' efforts. She holds several certifications and degrees, including Master Herbalist, Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Healer, Massage Therapist, an M.A. in psychology, a B.A. in early childhood psychology, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in education.

STACEY WILLIAMS-NG

Stacey Williams-Ng is a multidisciplinary artist who creates from her workshop La Panthère Studios in Memphis, TN, and is the artist and author behind The Southern Gotic Oracle.   Stacey's design practice centers around storytelling and intuition, and her work has appeared in children's books, murals, album covers, interactive apps, and, most recently— in The Southern Gothic Oracle Deck. She is a former design instructor at the college level and enjoys teaching art, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Stacey is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where her first teenage job was giving tours of a historic Victorian mansion.

Photo by: @2019 Margaret Muza

Presenting: Exploring The Southern Gothic Oracle

COBY MICHAEL

Presenting:  Ritual Entheogens for Divination

Coby Micheal is the lead poisoner and herbal practioner behind The Poisoner's Apothecary, specializing in ritual jewelry and herbal preparations using poisonous plants valued for their entheogenic and magical properties.  His background centers around religious studies, with a focus on folklore and magic. He is the author of The Poison Path Herbal and blogs for Patheos Pagan and The House of Twigs, where he contributes articles on a variety of occult topics.  Coby offers several workshops on magical practice, focusing on herbalism.

BIANCA BOOM BOOM

Performing: Season of the Witch

The Triple B With Double D's and A High C is a curvy, quirky, queer cutie with a fever for glamour and a fetish for beauty. A true triple threat treat, they have dazzled audiences from Toronto to Vancouver, from New York to L.A, and many places in between. In addition to their onstage escapades, Bianca is a tutor of tease and self-love sorcery.

They are a showoff showpony and cabaret creatrix of the highest degree, and as all who have seen them in action are sure to agree, will steal your heart and leave you spellbound. 

Photo credit: LA Photographie

KRIS GURKY

Presenting: Intuitive Tarot 101 

Kris is a natural intuitive, and magickal herbal practitioner with Lithuanian and Celtic roots. After a near-death experience at a young age, she appreacites the beauty of walking the liminal space between life and death.  Kris teaches tarot, intuitive development, and magickal herbalism workshops worldwide. Kris was an officer in the United States Air Force, earned an M.B.A. at Boston University, studied herbalism at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and is currently completing a Masters in Herbal Medicine. She founded Dark Moon Salem in 2010 and is currently renovating an old A-Frame into a witchy forest retreat with her one-eye familiar, Isis.

AURALIS FLORES

 

Presenting: Tools for Optimal Creativity and Intuition

Auralis Flores is an NYC based Artist and Mystic who has dedicated over 2 decades to honing her gifts and sharpening her skills. Also lovingly known as Lipstick Mystic, Auralis has a loyal clientele as a beauty expert and is the owner and head witch at The Moon & The Muse. As a descendent of Medicine Women, she practices various types of magick, including but not limited to Shamanism, Root Work, and good ol’ grandma things. Holding space, interpreting divine messages, hosting ceremony and creating custom products to aid in various mystical scenarios are among Aura's regular offerings. Her mission is to engage with the collective consciousness through the art of beauty and the elevation of spiritual connectivity. 

LORI LYTLE

Presenting: Tarot for Introverts

Lori Lytle provides mystical yet practical guidance with Tarot as Inner Goddess Tarot. She is a solitary witch, a priestess, a diviner, an ordained minster with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, and an introverted empath. Lori’s current work focuses on creating magical talismans with the support of the Tarot, as well as Tarot practices that are designed specifically to support the sensitive introvert soul. She is currently collaborating on the creation of the Unifying Consciousness Tarot. Read her blog and join her Tarot Circle at innergoddesstarot.com.

Photo credit: (c)2020, Matthew Brown

JUNE JENNINGS

Presenting: Candle Magick

June is a Priestess of British Traditional Witchcraft with Ukrainian and Scottish roots. She is a natural intuitive with a passion for candle magick and is the proprietress of Wicked Wax Candles. June is a master of her craft and creates handcrafted devotional and intention candles in ritual during the most auspicious planetary alignments. You can find her magickal candles on her website and in select shops in Salem.

CHRISSY VACCARO

Presenting:  The Ecology of Intuitive Plants and Divination Herbs

Presenting: Tarot Yoga  - Saturday & Sunday

One of Chrissy’s favorite things to say in her yoga classes is “ connect, integrate, and expand.”  In an attempt to lead a connected, integrated and expanded life, Chrissy spends her days as a marine biologist, while following her passions in music as the singer and guitarist of a punk rock band, as a visual artist using mixed media, and in human health and wellness as a yoga teacher and folk herbalist. A hedge witch since childhood, she spent long hours in the outdoors playing in the woods, fields, and the ocean waters, cultivating a fascination with and reverence for the natural world.  

AMI LAHOFF

Presenting: Healing & Alchemy Through the Tarot

As a student of the hermetic arts for over 25 years, Ami has a deep background in the Western Esoteric Tradition. Her study and practice includes, yoga and the Tantric tradition, Kabbalah, alchemy, Tarot and ceremonial magick. She is well-versed in many traditions, however, and holds the belief that ones spiritual practice can be an important part of their self care and healing process. Ami is the proprietress of STAR + SPLENDOR, a space to enliven each day with a sense of magick, beauty, and inspiration , located in Voorheesville, NY.

E. LUBANKO

Presenting: Making a Tarot Deck: Process and Mythos 

E. Lubanko is an artist, designer, tarot enthusiast, and creator of The Lubanko Tarot: A fully-illustrated 78 card tarot deck exploring the surreal, the intense, the queer, and the divine. They started reading tarot 18 years ago and have been hooked ever since. E.L.’s work runs the gamut from narrative illustration, occult art, erotica, natural media painting, and visual design.

 

 

PresentingTarot and the Magick of Mindfulness

Katy is a professional tarot reader with a background in holistic healing. She has been studying and reading the tarot since she was just thirteen years old when her grandmother introduced her to folk-magic styles of divination such as reading tea-leaves and fortune-telling with playing cards. This sparked a life-long love of divination, which she has been studying and practicing for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained as a Holistic Health Counselor. In both her coaching sessions and the courses she offers, she incorporates her knowledge of holistic health practices, divination, and the occult into a unique blend of studies that sets the foundation for what she defines as 'magickal wellness rituals.'

KATY CICCOLONI

MARY D'ALBA

Presenting: Trusting & Developing Your Intuition Through Hypnosis

Mary D'Alba is a registered, certified clinical hypnotherapist through The National Guild of Hypnotists.   A graduate of The Hypnotherapy Training Company and the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Mary was trained under direct supervision of renowned hypnotherapist Julie Griffin. She has worked with clients to stop smoking, play a better hockey game, self-confidence and medical issues. Mary also works with clients on a metaphysical level as a certified Past Life Regressionist and developing psychic ability.   Mary is also a Psychic Medium, Astrologer, Life Coach and Ordained Minister, serving clients all over the world.  You can check out all her services at www.marydalba.com.

ROBYN KNIGHTS

Presenting: Taking the Fool’s Journey with Major Depressive Disorder

Affectionately known as "The Sea Witch,” Robyn is an avid reader, and her favorite hobby is dissecting cultural studies about women in history and the political ramifications of the patriarchy on their work. In addition to smashing the patriarchy through her writing, Robyn is an animal welfare activist and is a gifted tarot reader. Robyn lives on the Cape in Massachusetts with her Baby Witch who is growing into her witchiness every day, White Rabbit the Hamster, and betta fish Alice. 

ROXIE ZWICKER

Presenting: Tarot Magick, Spells and Charms

Roxie Zwicker has been connecting with spirits all her life. A gifted reader and intuitive for over 30 years, she has been a sought-after speaker and teacher on metaphysical topics throughout the Northeast for over 15 years. Roxie is the proprietor of New England Curiosities, a tour and event company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She reads out of her space the Divinity Lounge and is the house reader for Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium, both in Portsmouth.   Featured on the Travel Channel, History Channel, NECN and Chronicle, she is the published author of seven books on New England folklore, as well as the hostess of the hit podcast “Wicked Curious Radio.”

 

MELISSA KEPLEY

Presenting:  Crystals  101 - You’ve Gotta Feel Them

Melissa Kepley, D.Div; C.Ht, holds a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from The College of William and Mary and a Doctorate of Divinity in Esoteric Christianity.  She is a licensed Interfaith Minister in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a practicing witch.  She has studied all aspects of the craft for a little over 30 years, with gemstones and animal communication as her areas of expertise. She resides with her husband and familiars in Newport News, Virginia, and is the Magickal Attic owner located in Historic Hilton Village, Newport News, Virginia. 

ALEXIS PHARAE

Presenting: Empowering Vampyric Divination: harnessing energy to increase your intuition and combatting psychic fatigue

Vampyre Soror Alexis Pharae of Witch City Halo (Salem, MA) is an ordained minister, an intuitive psychic, a second generation Polarity Therapist, and an energy healer. She is an initiated Calmae of the OSV (Orde Strigoi Vii) and a member of the Sabretooth Clan Brood of 2018. An entrepreneur with a passion for business and design, she owns several businesses in Salem. Vampfangs (28 Year old Vampire Shoppe), Dark Alchemy (an Occult inspired apparel, apothecary and lifestyle brand) and the new Maison Vampyre (an elegant and uniquely themed Vampyre psychic parlour). Alexis is also Co-Host and franchise holder of Endless Night Salem Vampire Ball, an internationally-attended event that serves as the central gathering for the Vampyre Culture (VC) of Salem, and the entire New England region. Her abilities and contributions to the Vampyre Current in Salem have been instrumental in the rise of the Vampyre Witch as an integral part of the fabric of Salem’s Magick Community.

 

TONY KAIL

Presenting: Spiritual Readers in Memphis Hoodoo History

Tony Kail is the author of 'A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers and Spirituals' and 'Stories of Rootwork and Hoodoo in the Mid-South' from History Press. He is a cultural anthropologist and has researched magico-religious cultures for over twenty-five years. He is the founder of the traveling West Tennessee Museum of Southern Hoodoo History. His work has taken him from Voodoo ceremonies in New Orleans to Haitian Botanicas in Harlem and Spiritual Churches in East Africa. He has lectured at more than one hundred universities, hospitals, and public safety agencies. Kail has been featured on CNN Online, the History Channel, and numerous radio, television, and print outlets. Kail and folklorist Jack Montgomery have an upcoming book focusing on folk magic and the paranormal. 

CARRIE MALLON

Presenting: Telling a New Story with Tarot

Carrie Mallon is the co-creator of the Spacious Tarot deck. Her blog posts on the cards are viewed over 70k times per month. She's been a featured presenter at the Light & Love Tarot Conference in Montreal and a teacher at the collaborative Tarot Summer School. Fun trivia: Carrie is the eight cousin three times removed of Pamela Colman Smith!

 

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