We can go ahead and blame the Super Wolf Blood Full Moon Eclipse for everything this week: my malaise, night terrors, messy house, missed calls and forgotten emails, and all of the other things that go along with feeling absolutely bonkers for a few days. So, in case you missed this morning’s shop update (I posted to the IG, but the non-chronological feed might mean that you see those posts at any random interval in the next 16 years), so here’s what is up and going in today’s additions to the Haute Macabre Shop:
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.
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.
Black Galaxy Amethysts:
*About half of these have already found a new home, so here are the remaining selections*
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 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 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.