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Bernadette Montana

Magickal Path: Alexandrian/Progressive
Age Group: Adult
Occupation: Store owner
Gender: Female
Relationship Status: Married
Located in: Cornwall, New York

Likes: Music-Rock, metal, industrial, goth, PUNK, hardcore (mainly) -like some PsyTrance and crossover music. MONTY PYTHON, comedy, Joseph Campbell, Jung, TAROT, SPIRITUALITY, WICCA, READING, tattoos, animals, MY SONS, MY COVEN, art, indie films, Quentin Tarentino films PULP FICTION-too much to list!

Dislikes: Gangster Rap-not a fan of country unless it's Johnny Cash, fundamentalism, big egos, macho attitudes, clicks, BILLS, witch wars

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My Bio

I thought about doing this page for a while now. Was it egotistical, or informational. Should I put this up and why.

Anyone can put stuff up on the web and start certain facts. Can any of this be proven? How can anyone surfing around, find the right store, teacher, and reader?

Is there one way? I really don't think so, but, in regards to myself, I will put up honest and accurate information about me and what I do. Please feel free to call me, write to me, or do a google on me, in order to give you the information that you need in order to make a decision about me or the store "Brid's Closet".

From the beginning!

I was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in NYC. The eldest of 4 girls. I have a wonderful half brother who lives in CA. My mom and dad still live in the same apt I was raised in since I was 5.Raised very strict Roman Catholic. My dad is Native American, Spanish and Italian (his family is from Puerto Rico) . Mom is Mostly Sicilian and part Irish. I'm a mutt!

I became interested in spirituality when I was little and very "Mary" orientated. When I graduated from High School, I began to study other world religions and stumbled across Native American Spirituality. This really hit home, because at this same time, I was doing research into my own background. I started to go to events and seek out others of like mind. While studying, I came across the Wiccan religion, and it all kind of came together for me. I had a grandmother who read the tarot, an aunt who was very "superstitious", my mom was was very intuitive with her dreams, Italian customs etc!

Being I was living in the city, it was easy to find stores that were metaphysical (the village area) and books that allowed me to study. I went to alot of ceremonies that were put on by Enchantments, in Central Park. It was then, when I took up the study of the tarot. In all this time, I got married and had 3 magnificent sons!

I moved to Orange County NY, and sought out pagans in this area. It was then, I found Rozaliza's store in Sugar Loaf NY. I was "outer court" with this group. Here is were I found other people with whom I wound being in a coven with. We were a group, with Alexandrian/Gardenarian/Thelemic tendencies. We were together for a few years. I became interested in natural healing, got my NASM certification, and started working as a "special needs" personal trainer. While at this gym, I met my High Priestess, who trained me in the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca. This is how I was degreed as a 3rd degree High Priestess. At the same time, I started reading the tarot at various shops and healing centers. Windows to the Sky healing Center in Chester NY (tarot and wicca) , Sugar Loaf Inn (tarot) , Sunshine Studio (wicca and tarot) , and The Owl and the Serpent (wicca and tarot) .

I started to rent space from The Owl and the Serpent, calling my business Brid's Closet, because I literally rented a space the size of a closet. I sold homemade jewelry and bath items, while still reading the tarot.

We moved both businesses to Newburgh (the landlord sold the building we were in) , and set up shop. The building we were in was promoted to be the beginnings of a new kind of shopping mall. This did not happen, and we were told that we had to move again (all the other businesses had to leave as well) . My business partner decided not to continue with The owl and the Serpent anymore, so she left the business to help her new husband with his chiropractic practice. I wound up selling my car, buying her stock and wound up moving the entire business to Cornwall, were we are now!

I also started The Newburgh and Cornwall Witches Meetup (which is now the largest pagan meetup in Orange county NY) started a little internet radio show, became a Rev. in the United Life Church (I can perform Legal Marriages) put on various festivals (The Brid's Closet Beltane Festival) and events in Orange County and continue to study and practice Wicca, the tarot and Native American spirituality. I also teach at various festivals (Starwood festival '07, '08 & '10 & Earth Warriors in "10) , and became a Pipe Carriers (under Wind Daughter) in the Sun Bear Tradition. I also have a coven called The Star and Crescent Moon, which is a rather large teaching coven Alexandrian/progressive tradition.
Teaching and writing is another aspect of what I do. I now teach an extensive class on the art of the tarot for Sacred Mists (an online wiccan college) and do interviews of Pagan author, teachers, musicians and elders for Sacred Mists, as well as write articles for various pagan orientated websites such as, The Witches Voice, Weiser Books, Pagan World, Satori Nation and others.
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