Library Thing: Grimoires & Guides | Haute Macabre

Library Thing: Grimoires & Guides

New additions and restocks now in the Haute Macabre shop.

I would like to add a personal note to this offerings alert and say that it truly is an honor to carry these titles, alongside items already at home with us. These artists, writers, and witches that contribute their wisdom to the world and allow me to act as a conduit and carrier of their creations fill me with a great hope, and a huge sense of community.

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.


Priestess from Marcella Kroll

 A concept visual art book meets witch’s grimoire, filled with antidotes, spells, mantras, prose, and original art intertwined within the pages by Artist and Psychic Medium, Marcella Kroll. A biography of a witch without being a memoir, this is a modern book of shadows updated for a new era.

I had an intensely empowering and inspirational tarot reading with Marcella in the fall of 2018. At one point, I physically felt the presence of her spirit guides in the room with us. They were a palpable entity(ies?), alerting me to their space in the room, and Marcella read me raw, down to accurate date predictions. I am elated to have this grimoire in hand, to have a piece of her magic to reference at will.


Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes

The most popular divination deck to date in the Haute Macabre Shop. A vibrantly dark deck of Tarot cards featuring collage style art of the mysterious and the macabre. Incorporating classic paintings into eerie scenes and dark characters, the secret world of these cards unfold throughout your readings.


The Witches’ Almanac: Spring 2020-2021 Stones: The Foundation of Earth

Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world.

The theme of Issue 39 (Spring 2020-Spring 2021) is Stones: The Foundation of Earth, and among our lineup of obscurities is Hekate and the Twin TorchesCelestial Powers: Lightning Gods, Bolts from the BlueIntention, Attention, and Story-Telling – Notes Toward a General Theory of Magic Part IVStone Spelling: Delving Deeply into the Greek Alphabet Oracle and an in depth interview with Selena Fox.

Calendar pages date from December 21, 2019 – March 20, 2021.

I used to collect these as a young little witch in the early 90s, and came across it again on my first visit to Salem a few summers back. I am so happy to have started a new annual collection, wishing I still had my old editions with my notes in the margins.


Moon Lore

All hail to thee, Queen of heaven!

Thou showest two horns to mark six days,

And on the seventh will divide thy crown in two.

One the fourteenth day, turn thy full face unto us.

 As the largest and the brightest object in the sky, and the only one to appear in phases, the Moon has been a rich source of myth for as long as there have been myth-makers. 

Magic Spells and Incantations by Elizabeth Pepper

Words have magic power. Their sound, spoken or sung, has ever been a part of mystic ritual.

Chapters include Esoteric Magic, Natural Magic, Homage and Healing, Love and Divination, Curses and Bewitchments, Oddities and Adages, The Uses of Silence.


2020 Many Moons Lunar Planner (pre-order, limited supply)

This magical planner follows the Gregorian 2020 calendar year, with all magic holidays, observed holidays & bank holidays for the USA (Northern Hemisphere). It also has every Moon phase and sign the Moon is in for 2020, with monthly and weekly views. Within the planner, there is ample space to write, and along the way there are gentle reminders of activities according to each Moon phase.

Modern Women has commissioned 13 different witches, Tarot readers, astrologers, and herbalists to write an exclusive piece on how to harness the energy of each Full Moon of 2020. Contributor writings include either a custom spell, a Tarot pull, ritual, or journaling exercise. This year’s contributors include: Amanda Yates Garcia, Angela Mary Magick, Ariel Gore, Babette Burrell, Diego Basdeo, Edgar Fabián Frías, Grace Duong, Latham Thomas of Mama Glow, Maria Vashakidze of Seagrape bath + body, Mary Evans, Mystical Mandrake Root, Ylvadroma Marazanna Radziszewski, and Zaneta Sykes.

The Many Moons planners and workbooks are the work of Sarah Faith Gottessdiener, the monthly contributor of the Full Moon Tarotscopes here on Haute Macabre & through her newsletter, who also gave me a profound tarot & crystal reading last spring. I’ve referred back to my notes from that session repeatedly, and have used her books as guidance for years now. I am anxiously awaiting this new edition. *photos forthcoming


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