The Kitchen Goddess

A look at the tradition of psychics and tea leaf readers.

In the chaos of the post-modern world we still need the village psychic. Throughout the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada, neighborhood fortune-tellers and village wise-women are alive and well, and their practices have survived intact. These women often work at the kitchen table–and today, they’re more sought-after than ever. They’re seemingly average people who don’t put on airs and affectations, but who go about doing some rather extraordinary things with very little fuss. Using herbal preparations, spells, astrology, or tools as simple as tea leaves and tap water, they look into the past, present and future — and offer tips on coping with what life throws our way. It’s a fascinating tradition–and director Donna Davies has been immersed in it since childhood. Join her in The Kitchen Goddess as she takes you on a personal visit into the worlds of seven Maritime psychics. (54 min.)

Produced by National Film Board