Divination Space Station: Bernadette Montana

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Women’s History month is still upon us, so I figured I would take this opportunity to spotlight a great woman and a great friend. Bernadette Montana has over 25 years in teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American practices. She considers herself a progressive witch under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. She is a 3rd degree High priestess in the Alexandrian tradition, an ordained Interfaith minister, a tribal member and pipe carrier of the Sun Bear tribe (an all nations tribe) , and a tribal member of the Baramaya tribe (Taino bloodline).Bernadette Montana is also the proprietor of Brid’s Closet, located at 296 Main St., Cornwall, NY 12528

When did you start divining?

I started in the late 80’s. My own Grandmother read the Spanish cards and would read for my mom!

With what method?

I started with the Rider Waite tarot deck.

What method do you use most often now?

My preferred method has always been with the tarot. It really resonates with me. I sometimes think of the tarot as a doorway. Once that doorway has opened all sorts of information comes in! I have also branched out into mediumship, pendulum (love this method), Lenormand oracle decks and tea leaves (Which the author Judika Illes taught me)

How important is the question?

Extremely! I work with the tarot in 2 ways. I ask the client if they would like a “cold” reading or if they would like to ask the question beforehand. It’s up to them. The cards can have many different meanings! It all depends upon your intuition or the question being asked.

Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?

For Yes or No questions? I use my pendulum.

Lilith Dorsey and Bernadette Montana at NY Pagan Pride 2013.

Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?

Give yourself plenty of time to learn “your” deck. Make sure that you pick a deck that really resonates with you! The artwork is important. I guess that takes care of the fallacy in which a deck must be given to you. That you should never purchase a deck! If the artwork does not call to you-then how can you come to understand what the symbols mean?

I would also take the time to understand the symbols on your deck. For instance-The Rider Waite-Smith deck has a lot of Judeo Christian symbols in it. It would help to do some research into it. Keeping a journal is another great and helpful way to keep track of your experiences with the tarot and of course, the readings that you have completed.

For more information about Brid’s Closet and their upcoming amazing  7th Annual Beltane/Spring Festival- I’ll be there offering a Voodoo workshop, please Check out their website 

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.