In preparation for the Full Moon Haute Macabre Shop update, I wanted to give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the offerings in this release.
The update will be live tomorrow, Sunday, January 20th at 11AM CST.
Please note that the crystal specimens are of course one of a kind, so in posting this preview, I am hoping that you find a piece in advance that speaks to you. I am extremely grateful and humbled by the response that has been received since Haute Macabre’s expansion, and hope that I can continue to curate items that resonate with you all. Restocks of some sold out items are forthcoming, and shall be added to the selection as they arrive on hand.
Tomorrow’s update shall include:
The Road to Nowhere Oracle deck by Spirit Speak
A 60 card oracle deck by Spirit Speak, created in Joshua Tree, California, comprised of archetypal imagery. The oracle may be used individually or in conjunction with the Tarot: these cards are not directly related to tarot cards, but form themselves from their creator’s roots in work with the tarot.
My first personal reading with this oracle was frighteningly spot on. It was at a time that I was allowing the shadows to creep in, to take hold of me and drown me in doubt, and it felt that every moment was becoming more difficult than the last. It wasn’t a sense of despair or foreboding, it was an apathetic disgust, allowing only self doubt and misanthropy to guide me. The reading reminded me not to spiral, not to allow the darkness creeping in to possess me. This helped me in a huge way, and these were the cards I pulled upon opening the deck and shuffling for the first time – you may see the actual pull in the photographs I’ve included here.
Surrealism & the Occult
An art historian shows how many surrealists and their predecessors were steeped in magical ideas that were expressed in their art: the sorcery of Dali, the alchemy of Picasso, the Theosophy of Kandinsky, and the shamanism of Ernst and Carrington.
Written by Nadia Choucha, 152 pages
WTF is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It?
Written by Bakara Wintner in a straight forward and candid voice, WTF is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It? has become my most reached for tarot book over the last few months. Bakara guides us through the journey of the cards with her straight-forward and direct tone, yet remains approachable and accessible – each of the Major Arcana is accompanied by a personal anecdote in addition to its divinatory meaning, while the Minor is presented in familial personifications.
Encouraging us to acknowledge how deeply ingrained the symbology of the Tarot already is in our daily lives, WTF is Tarot shows us an intuitive approach to readings. On a personal note, I’ve been familiar with the cards since I was a teen, with a devoted study over the last decade, and I’ve found that since studying this guide my readings have reached a deeper and more intrinsic level. I highly recommend this for any person interested in the Tarot, whether you are a beginning reader or an expert.
You do not need to learn tarot because you already know it.
Published by Page Street Books, 159 pages.
Edward Gorey’s The Fantod Pack
Edward Gorey’s trademark sense of impending doom is nowhere more darkly humorous than in this, his version of a tarot card deck. Each of the 20 cards forecasts a list of outcomes for the user ranging from the merely unpleasant (loss of hair, breakage, thwarted ambitions) to the downright horrible (catarrh, spasms, shriveling). The 32-page booklet provides interpretation of the cards courtesy of one Madame Groeda Weyrd, who Gorey tells us “is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating Tambourines, a collection of esoteric verse, and The Future Speaks Through Entrails.” Who but Gorey to make mirth from a kaleidoscope of catastrophe?
The Tantric Dakini Oracle and Guide Book
The trippiest 70s vibe oracle deck I’ve ever come across. Each card in a reading from this oracle is pulled directly from the cosmic psychedelic sphere.
This deck has manifested itself into my life unexpectedly on a number of occasions: first, I was gifted two of the first printing of the cards by my oldest friend, and I could not find the original deck where they came from. Eventually, it fell out of my conscious thoughts, and it suddenly randomly appeared in a search for something else. Purchasing it then, I had to pack it up due to a move, where it remained unwrapped for at least a year. Last fall, a friend was showing me a card from it, and explaining to me how accurate she thought the readings where, I added it to a shopping cart & left it there for a later purchase. A few days later, I was searching (again, for something unrelated), in my closet, and found the set that I had bought myself in the year prior. This past December, at the Oddities Market, another friend was browsing the oracle cards we had available at the HM booth, and started describing these, without being able to recall the name of them: I knew instantly what she was talking about, and had them on hand at the market for her to show her companion.
The Tantric Dakini set includes 22 Major Arcana, 40 Minor Arcana representing the four elements, and three additional cards invoking Past, Present, and Future featuring collage art by Penny Slinger, and a full guide book for interpretations for each card, written by Nik Douglas, a scholar of both Sanskrit and Tibetan.
A selection of 5 glistening metallic golden spheres in various sizes and weights, believed to hold fire in its core. Use this fire within to assist in manifesting your deepest desires: Pyrite is a great motivator and energy shield, as it creates an immediate increase in vitaliy. Each sphere contains caverns of glittering golden yellow.
I work with Pyrite alongside the Empress in the Tarot, calling forth the motivation and the prospects of abundance in all aspects of my life.
Black Galaxy Amethysts:
Staring into a Black Galaxy Amethyst is a hypnotic event: the blackness of each is a glimmering abyss. Each specimen creates a calm void, but not a cold one. A rare form of amethyst that is a relatively new discovery, there is little information available on their formation or their healing properties, but in my personal opinion, and how I have been working with them, is by accepting the soothing healing properties of amethyst themselves, and applying this to my Shadow Self. I feel a surrender when I am working with these, a wholeness and acceptance of my Shadow Self, the darker parts, those that I need to accept in order to heal.
Each of these Black Galaxy Amethysts hold a heavy gravity around them. They have been in my possession now for just about half of a complete lunar cycle, and the group of them together shifts the air in the room. I say this not in a negative way, but for you to be aware of the magnitude of these high vibrational formations: you may feel a change when you take them into your life, a shifting of the veils. I associate these crystals with The High Priestess card in the Tarot, the keeper of the mysteries, and the guardian of the threshold between this world and the mystical realm. Work with them, and her, in tandem, to begin to access this sacred Shadow space. I recommend charging them in both the Dark and the Full Moon, as they carry qualities of each, and allow the darkness and the light of the Moon’s phases to be absorbed into the glittering blackness.
Black Galaxy 1
This particular piece measures (approximately) 3.25″ tall and 3″ at its widest, and weighs approx 2/3 lbs. There is a subtle greenish-grey area of it, along with light striations across it that form a web-like map. This is the smallest of the selection, but its size does not reflect its magnificence. Use her when you are feeling tiny, to be reminded that you hold a galaxy within.
Black Galaxy 2
This specimen measures 4.25″ high and 3.25″ at its widest point, and weighs just under 1lb. It is truly a black and silver glittering masterpiece, with an ombre agate band framing the druzy and what looks like calcite growth amplifiers.
Black Galaxy 3
This particular piece measures 4.25″high and 2″ wide, with a stunning agate band that almost entirely covers the formation’s back. The agate looks reminds me of a swirl of emotion, something that swims together.
Black Galaxy 4
This piece measures almost 5″ tall and 3.5″ wide, weighing nearly 1.5lbs, with an ombre of grey to silver to black glitter.
Black Galaxy 5
This piece measures 3.5″ tall and 3″ wide, and weighs just over 1lb. She wraps around herself on one side, like a casually draped length of silk.
Black Galaxy 6
This piece measures 4″ high and about 2.5″ wide, and weighs just under 1.5lbs. She folds in on herself protectively, but is still stunningly beautiful within her cocoon. A silvery line traces inside her fold, an indication that this is the map to her inner sanctum, to where she finds her truest Self, even though the face she puts on the world is still a vibrant and faceted feature. I recommend this one to anyone feeling like they are perhaps leading a double life, someone that has to constantly switch from public persona to their private true form.
Black Galaxy 7
This piece measures 4.5″ tall and is about 4″ wide, weighing just over 1.5lbs. It holds a deep cavern that rolls forward like a soft wave, and has a series of web lines throughout its deep purple black stars – it was impossible to truly capture the color of this one in photos, as I write this the sunlight hit it, and threw silver sparkles all over my desk.
Black Galaxy 8
This piece measures 5″ high and about 3″ wide, weighing just under 2lbs. The growths on this remind me of someone reaching out in the dark, coming out of a cave into the silver light.
Black Galaxy 9
This piece measures 6″ high and 3″ across, and weighs just under 2lbs. A deep black grape in color, there is a web line that runs directly across it – this could have been a major life event, something that formed an entirely new version of yourself, something that you were suddenly forced to grow with. This piece makes me think of The Tower card: a card that I think has a terrible reputation, but I feel that can be extremely positive. Its sudden abrupt change can be jarring, but all of the Tower moments in my life have been beneficial to my growth. The transition periods may be difficult, but like in this crystal where it caves in on itself just above the web line, there is new and outward formations towards the top, and the color is deepest above it. Each Tower moment in my life, and in this piece’s, have created the perfectly imperfect being that we each are.
Black Galaxy 10
This piece measures 6″ high and 3″ wide, and contains the most web lines of today’s Galaxy group. These web lines look like a star map or a comet’s tail, streaks of shimmering silver white. They could also be considered thought groves, a stream of conscious actions or meditations on a certain goal or action.
Black Galaxy 11
This piece measures 5″ high and about 4″ across, and weighs just over 3lbs. When I handle this piece, I feel like it is destined to be a scrying tool. I find myself falling the deepest inside of this one, and my gaze is constantly drawn back to it. I get a bit tunnel visioned when I look at her, perhaps this is an indication that she is meant for a locus point in a meditation, to dive into her depths and access your Shadow.