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10 Years of Haute Macabre: Exploring the Daydream Spaces of Scott Radke

by on Jan.10, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Scott Radke - Wax Wane Full

Maika: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2016, one of the very first things I wanted to do was share an essay I’d already been writing and rewriting for years. It’s about the work of artist Scott Radke, one of my favorite contemporary artists, who has since become a friend. Each time I revisited this piece, I found myself lingering over it once more, honing and adding to it. So, of course, I revised it yet again before it was first published here. I’m not going to do that this time. I’m sharing it exactly as it was when I debuted as a member of the Haute Macabre staff. 

There is one thing I’d like to add that you won’t find in the essay below: In addition to creating his marvelous sculptures, Scott Radke is also a wonderful nature photographer whose photos and videos are perfectly in line with the gentle, otherworldly tones of his art. He quite literally has birds eating out of the palm of his hand and the woods near his home are full of whitetail deer and wild turkeys. If you enjoy his art, chances are good you’ll likewise enjoy the natural world viewed through his eyes, especially if you’re a mycophile. I highly recommend checking out Scott’s other instagram account. While he posts nature photos to his primary IG account as well, this one is pretty strictly nature-focused and it’s one of my favorites. 


Cleveland-based artist Scott Radke creates beautifully haunting and utterly unique characters in the form of sculptures and marionettes made of wire, wood, epoxy resin, burlap, and acrylic paint. Some might be quick to describe his characters as otherworldly, but I find them perfectly at home here in this world; it’s just that they inhabit spaces most humans don’t even notice, let alone occupy. They dwell in the shadows of shadows, within the reflections of pools and puddles, or cloaked by the patterns in tree bark or sunlight filtered through leaves.

Scott Radke - Angie

Scott Radke - Angie 2

When asked to explain some of his artwork during an interview with Arrested Motion, Radke said,

“A lot of what I do is like daydreaming. If you’re a writer, I imagine you would daydream in stories and words, but mine are more image oriented — shapes, colors, animals, faces, and textures. I just clump them all together and add and subtract along the way until something feels balanced and complete.”

Scott Radke - Birth

Knowing this about Radke’s creative process, the most effective way for me to describe such exquisite creatures born of daydreams is to daydream about meeting them myself:

A firsthand encounter with one of these beings is most likely to occur in a natural setting, the wilder the better. Being alone is also essential — all alone and very quiet. Perhaps I’ve lost track of the trail while hiking in the woods or else I’m wending my way through an overgrown labyrinth. Maybe I’m out exploring some crumbling, mossy ruins in the middle of nowhere, as one does.

Scott Radke - cicadachaser

Wherever I find myself, Radke’s creatures won’t simply pop out of hiding and greet me. Instead, well aware of my presence from the moment I first set foot on their land, they carefully keep themselves out of sight. They peer out from safe shadowy spots and down from perches on high tree branches, observing me with interest to see if I merit concern or closer attention.

Scott Radke - closeup

Eventually I begin to feel like something or someone is watching me. Several times I just barely discern a presence or slight movement in the periphery of my vision, but see nothing when I turn to look, so I continue walking. Assuming Radke’s creatures find me sufficiently interesting, they’ll follow me discreetly for some time, studying me with care, taking time to determine if I’m worth approaching.

Scott Radke - Acceptance

Scott Radke - secret owl

I still can’t shake the feeling that I am not, in fact, alone, so I stop walking and stand quietly, watching the shadows and listening to the sounds of the forest as my sense of time slips away. Patience pays off as a few of them decide to make themselves visible, gradually emerging into lighter shadow and silently stealing closer. At last I can see them as all the while they continue watching me.

Scott Radke - woodspritesfollowing

Scott Radke - Yin Yang

Scott Radke - quintet

When not in some sort of animal or insect form (I believe these beings are fully capable of shape-shifting), Radke’s creatures often have simple bodies which tend to be rudimentary and small. If not a fish’s fins, bird’s talons, rabbit’s paws, or sprouting tree branches, they’re as likely to have small vestigial limbs as they are delicate elfin hands with which to gracefully gesture or tenderly wield a precious object.

Scott Radke - witchhands

Scott Radke - eggbearer

Scott Radke - corazon

My eyes are irresistibly drawn to their striking faces. Some have skin that looks more like wood, bark, or weathered stone than flesh. Their movements are sometimes so careful and slow as to be almost imperceptible. Their heads tilt and turn in an owl-like fashion as they quietly scrutinize me with shiny, coal-black eyes. Some blink slowly, some rapidly, some not at all. Meanwhile I’m doing my best to be calm and remain perfectly still.

Scott Radke - Empress detail

Scott Radke - Empress

I don’t imagine that Radke’s creatures are likely to speak to me. It’s not that I fancy them mute, but rather that speech is something reserved only for interactions with each other. Theirs is an arcane, earthy language that’s spoken softly and without hurry. For them, body language and the silences between words convey as much as words themselves.

Scott Radke - Horned Geisha

Because Radke’s creatures are so quiet, reading their facial expressions is very important. At a glance, one might find their faces quite similar to each other. Their features share a sage world-weariness or melancholy, but it’s important to examine every face carefully, because each actually has a very unique expression.

Scott Radke - precious object

Scott Radke - cocoons

Scott Radke - owl

Some are sorrowful or worried, while others wear less guarded expressions and appear inquisitive, amused, or even impish. Some have an open innocence about them that makes one hope they never experience the wider world beyond their wild environs.

Scott Radke - spiralsprites

Scott Radke - witt2

Whatever their facial expression, it’s clear that these beings are keepers of primeval wisdom. They are also keepers of secrets, both secrets that are theirs alone and confidences whispered to them by strangers such as myself. If I am very lucky, eventually one of these mysterious beings will decide to approach me directly.

Scott Radke - wingedwitchturns

They draw very close and look deep into my eyes, silently daring me to look away, if not flee outright. If I don’t, if I am able to stand my ground and hold their enigmatic gaze, then they will lean in even closer still and cock their head to the side, wordlessly extending the invitation of a patient and receptive ear.

Scott Radke - listener

I take a slow, deep breath, close my eyes, and begin to share my secret. I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going to say until the words leave my lips, almost of their own accord – as though my secret is being drawn out of me by the very presence of Scott Radke’s rare and wondrous creatures.

Scott Radke - Celeste detail

Scott Radke - Snow Witch

Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign run by Kasra Ghanbari in 2015, Scott Radke’s first book has just been published. Scott Radke: Antumbra is a limited edition monograph covering his work from 1995 to 2015. The book is now available for pre-order, to be shipped in January 2018. Every copy pre-ordered before January 5, 2018 will come with a signed/embossed print and a signed/numbered signature plate.

Find Scott Radke: Website // Instagram //Facebook // Twitter // YouTube

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AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

by on Jan.07, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.”

Most people no doubt find this topic unsettling and uncomfortable, but through her art AJ strives to use both science to shed light on the importance and complexity of decomposition, and a creative lens to help beautify the subject and engage viewers who might otherwise look away. In light of these aspirations, I can’t help but to think a cosmetics collaboration yielding a series of exquisite eyeshadows for which to perfect your posthumous peepers is a really creative and compelling way to open up the conversation.

Shares AJ about the Decomposition Collection:

“I think what’s most important to me about the project is that everything, the art and the makeup, is really inspired by the science of decomposition. I think it’s very easy, and not uncommon to find ‘dark’ things or beauty products that are leaning on gross out or shock value to sell…I really wanted this project to be a celebration of a part of nature we’ve lost touch with, and to both be informative and spark curiosity.”

The collection is available on the Detrivore site and features seven vegan, gore-geous (hee hee, sorry, AJ!) cruelty-free shades, in both sample-sized and full-sized options. The full sizes from this set feature special matte black lids decorated by AJ’s original art. And for collectors of artistic marvels and memento mori, a limited edition of twenty, with an exclusive gift box and sticker will be available in AJ’s shop this Friday, January 11th!

Available shades include:

  • Blowfly Wing: Bright shimmery silver with subtle indigo and violet shine.
  • Desiccated: Deep, matte bruised-red.
  • Hypostasis: Matte mid-toned rosy-pink.
  • Purge: Shimmery, slightly metallic balanced gold.
  • Rigor: Bright, matte, warm lilac-purple.
  • Sulph-Haemoglobin: Tarnished olive-green with strong metallic gold shine.
  • Vivianite: Bright, bold teal with a touch of shimmer.

Find AJ Hawkins: website // instagram // facebook


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AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

by on Jan.07, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.”

Most people no doubt find this topic unsettling and uncomfortable, but through her art AJ strives to use both science to shed light on the importance and complexity of decomposition, and a creative lens to help beautify the subject and engage viewers who might otherwise look away. In light of these aspirations, I can’t help but to think a cosmetics collaboration yielding a series of exquisite eyeshadows for which to perfect your posthumous peepers is a really creative and compelling way to open up the conversation.

Shares AJ about the Decomposition Collection:

“I think what’s most important to me about the project is that everything, the art and the makeup, is really inspired by the science of decomposition. I think it’s very easy, and not uncommon to find ‘dark’ things or beauty products that are leaning on gross out or shock value to sell…I really wanted this project to be a celebration of a part of nature we’ve lost touch with, and to both be informative and spark curiosity.”

The collection is available on the Detrivore site and features seven vegan, gore-geous (hee hee, sorry, AJ!) cruelty-free shades, in both sample-sized and full-sized options. The full sizes from this set feature special matte black lids decorated by AJ’s original art. And for collectors of artistic marvels and memento mori, a limited edition of twenty, with an exclusive gift box and sticker will be available in AJ’s shop this Friday, January 11th!

Available shades include:

  • Blowfly Wing: Bright shimmery silver with subtle indigo and violet shine.
  • Desiccated: Deep, matte bruised-red.
  • Hypostasis: Matte mid-toned rosy-pink.
  • Purge: Shimmery, slightly metallic balanced gold.
  • Rigor: Bright, matte, warm lilac-purple.
  • Sulph-Haemoglobin: Tarnished olive-green with strong metallic gold shine.
  • Vivianite: Bright, bold teal with a touch of shimmer.

Find AJ Hawkins: website // instagram // facebook


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Haute Macabre New Moon Shop Update: Crystals and Tarot

by on Jan.05, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I am so excited to share with you the latest additions to the Haute Macabre Shop: the new Crystal section, the newly released Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes, and Bakara Wintner’s guide, WTF Is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It? 


These crystals were all charged overnight in the full Cold Moon in November, in the New Orleans swamp. I placed these on an offering tray outside, allowing the dewy air in the silver light to bathe them. That night, a huge halo surrounded the moon, a perfect circle around her, and I truly believe that it amplified the effects of each of these crystals. I am almost reluctant to part with them, as I feel over the weeks since then they have been assisting me on my journey, but I know they are not meant to be my permanent companions, and I hope they find a true home with you. Find them all in the Crystal section in the Haute Macabre Shop.

Stormy Garden Quartz: A large, smooth silky white grey garden quartz, sometimes called Lodolite. 

This piece contains a cloud line within it, a horizon inside of a grey gradient. Use this to manifest your dreams, riding the grey scale within from the birth of your desire to its reality.

Garden quartz is a powerful meditative tool, accepting energies and moving them back into the earth, allowing it to flow through the cycles of nature.

Rose Quartz is the strongest emotional healer, dealing directly with your heart and feelings, the Cups of the Tarot, the love within. Unconditional and unassuming, rose quartz will hold your hand and mend your heart while you hurt, and calm you like a candle lit bubble bath while you indulge (I actually drop large chunks of raw rose quartz into the tub with me when I’m treating myself to relaxing soaks).

This perfect sphere contains a milky band within it, along with threads casting rainbows. I believe that these are past lives and loves, swelling its heart with an infinite capacity to heal and be healed. 

A stunning and soothing raw piece of aquamarine with pyrite naturally growing on it. Aquamarine is said to give sailors light in the dark, a stone of a sea goddess that lights the way through the pitch of night. Pyrite is believed to hold fire at its core, further amplifying the brightness of the beacon.

This specimen is a beautiful sea foam green with golden specks, and emits a calming aura. Being in its presence, you feel a its illumination, a calm focus, and a peaceful clarity.

Smokey Quartz Spheres: Smokey Quartz is believed to be a psychopomp, guiding souls to the underworld, and in that, assists you in letting go of what no longer serves you. A strong ally in psychic protection, smokey quartz is an extremely grounding stone and alleviates stress.

Three spheres are available, listed separately. Each contain a storm of rainbows within.

A serpentine feeling piece of Golden Calcite, the chevrons within reminds me of a serpent’s head. Holding this piece to the light reveals a formation akin to a snake jaw within the chevrons, a piece to literally point the way through the weeds of life and the cloudiness of the mind.

Calcite is said to stimulate the higher mind, linking spiritual guidance and grounding higher mental energies into the physical realm. Allow this piece to be the belly of your serpent spirit, flat on the earth while leading you into your highest self.

A ghostly cosmic egg containing within a perfect section of ectoplasmic rings. Milky Girasol Quartz is often a result of a clear quartz growing over the original interior, encasing itself and allowing its shadow self to become one within.

Girasol creates a quiet space, a place for your own ghosts to do their work. Not all hauntings are malicious, we all need our pasts to grow into what we are and what we will become.

Angel’s Hair Rutilated Quartz are powerful mood cleansers, soothing darkness and despair and releasing anxiety.

The golden threads throughout are believed to have the hair of Venus trapped inside, and I’ve found myself stroking this piece in particular the way you would soothe a loved one’s hair while they grieve. A warmth travels up my hand and wrist while I do this, something I didn’t notice at first, but now am very attune to.

An intensely high vibe Herkimer Diamond, this piece nearly shakes in your hand. The intricacies within in are hypnotically energizing, containing rainbows at every angle. It casts a disco ball effect around you, physically surrounding you in its pure energy.

Herkimer Diamonds are said to be one of the strongest crystals for clearing electromagnetic pollution, and assist you in recognizing blockages. An extremely powerful metaphysical stimulant.

Visit the Crystal section of the Haute Macabre Shop


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

A 78 card Tarot deck with a complete Major and Minor Arcana.

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


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.

WTF Is Tarot?… & How Do I Do It? in the Haute Macabre Shop


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Haute Macabre New Moon Shop Update: Crystals and Tarot

by on Jan.05, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I am so excited to share with you the latest additions to the Haute Macabre Shop: the new Crystal section, the newly released Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes, and Bakara Wintner’s guide, WTF Is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It? 


These crystals were all charged overnight in the full Cold Moon in November, in the New Orleans swamp. I placed these on an offering tray outside, allowing the dewy air in the silver light to bathe them. That night, a huge halo surrounded the moon, a perfect circle around her, and I truly believe that it amplified the effects of each of these crystals. I am almost reluctant to part with them, as I feel over the weeks since then they have been assisting me on my journey, but I know they are not meant to be my permanent companions, and I hope they find a true home with you. Find them all in the Crystal section in the Haute Macabre Shop.

Stormy Garden Quartz: A large, smooth silky white grey garden quartz, sometimes called Lodolite. 

This piece contains a cloud line within it, a horizon inside of a grey gradient. Use this to manifest your dreams, riding the grey scale within from the birth of your desire to its reality.

Garden quartz is a powerful meditative tool, accepting energies and moving them back into the earth, allowing it to flow through the cycles of nature.

Rose Quartz is the strongest emotional healer, dealing directly with your heart and feelings, the Cups of the Tarot, the love within. Unconditional and unassuming, rose quartz will hold your hand and mend your heart while you hurt, and calm you like a candle lit bubble bath while you indulge (I actually drop large chunks of raw rose quartz into the tub with me when I’m treating myself to relaxing soaks).

This perfect sphere contains a milky band within it, along with threads casting rainbows. I believe that these are past lives and loves, swelling its heart with an infinite capacity to heal and be healed. 

A stunning and soothing raw piece of aquamarine with pyrite naturally growing on it. Aquamarine is said to give sailors light in the dark, a stone of a sea goddess that lights the way through the pitch of night. Pyrite is believed to hold fire at its core, further amplifying the brightness of the beacon.

This specimen is a beautiful sea foam green with golden specks, and emits a calming aura. Being in its presence, you feel a its illumination, a calm focus, and a peaceful clarity.

Smokey Quartz Spheres: Smokey Quartz is believed to be a psychopomp, guiding souls to the underworld, and in that, assists you in letting go of what no longer serves you. A strong ally in psychic protection, smokey quartz is an extremely grounding stone and alleviates stress.

Three spheres are available, listed separately. Each contain a storm of rainbows within.

A serpentine feeling piece of Golden Calcite, the chevrons within reminds me of a serpent’s head. Holding this piece to the light reveals a formation akin to a snake jaw within the chevrons, a piece to literally point the way through the weeds of life and the cloudiness of the mind.

Calcite is said to stimulate the higher mind, linking spiritual guidance and grounding higher mental energies into the physical realm. Allow this piece to be the belly of your serpent spirit, flat on the earth while leading you into your highest self.

A ghostly cosmic egg containing within a perfect section of ectoplasmic rings. Milky Girasol Quartz is often a result of a clear quartz growing over the original interior, encasing itself and allowing its shadow self to become one within.

Girasol creates a quiet space, a place for your own ghosts to do their work. Not all hauntings are malicious, we all need our pasts to grow into what we are and what we will become.

Angel’s Hair Rutilated Quartz are powerful mood cleansers, soothing darkness and despair and releasing anxiety.

The golden threads throughout are believed to have the hair of Venus trapped inside, and I’ve found myself stroking this piece in particular the way you would soothe a loved one’s hair while they grieve. A warmth travels up my hand and wrist while I do this, something I didn’t notice at first, but now am very attune to.

An intensely high vibe Herkimer Diamond, this piece nearly shakes in your hand. The intricacies within in are hypnotically energizing, containing rainbows at every angle. It casts a disco ball effect around you, physically surrounding you in its pure energy.

Herkimer Diamonds are said to be one of the strongest crystals for clearing electromagnetic pollution, and assist you in recognizing blockages. An extremely powerful metaphysical stimulant.

Visit the Crystal section of the Haute Macabre Shop


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

A 78 card Tarot deck with a complete Major and Minor Arcana.

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


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.

WTF Is Tarot?… & How Do I Do It? in the Haute Macabre Shop


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Haute Macabre New Moon Shop Update: Crystals and Tarot

by on Jan.05, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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I am so excited to share with you the latest additions to the Haute Macabre Shop: the new Crystal section, the newly released Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes, and Bakara Wintner’s guide, WTF Is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It? 


These crystals were all charged overnight in the full Cold Moon in November, in the New Orleans swamp. I placed these on an offering tray outside, allowing the dewy air in the silver light to bathe them. That night, a huge halo surrounded the moon, a perfect circle around her, and I truly believe that it amplified the effects of each of these crystals. I am almost reluctant to part with them, as I feel over the weeks since then they have been assisting me on my journey, but I know they are not meant to be my permanent companions, and I hope they find a true home with you. Find them all in the Crystal section in the Haute Macabre Shop.

Stormy Garden Quartz: A large, smooth silky white grey garden quartz, sometimes called Lodolite. 

This piece contains a cloud line within it, a horizon inside of a grey gradient. Use this to manifest your dreams, riding the grey scale within from the birth of your desire to its reality.

Garden quartz is a powerful meditative tool, accepting energies and moving them back into the earth, allowing it to flow through the cycles of nature.

Rose Quartz is the strongest emotional healer, dealing directly with your heart and feelings, the Cups of the Tarot, the love within. Unconditional and unassuming, rose quartz will hold your hand and mend your heart while you hurt, and calm you like a candle lit bubble bath while you indulge (I actually drop large chunks of raw rose quartz into the tub with me when I’m treating myself to relaxing soaks).

This perfect sphere contains a milky band within it, along with threads casting rainbows. I believe that these are past lives and loves, swelling its heart with an infinite capacity to heal and be healed. 

A stunning and soothing raw piece of aquamarine with pyrite naturally growing on it. Aquamarine is said to give sailors light in the dark, a stone of a sea goddess that lights the way through the pitch of night. Pyrite is believed to hold fire at its core, further amplifying the brightness of the beacon.

This specimen is a beautiful sea foam green with golden specks, and emits a calming aura. Being in its presence, you feel a its illumination, a calm focus, and a peaceful clarity.

Smokey Quartz Spheres: Smokey Quartz is believed to be a psychopomp, guiding souls to the underworld, and in that, assists you in letting go of what no longer serves you. A strong ally in psychic protection, smokey quartz is an extremely grounding stone and alleviates stress.

Three spheres are available, listed separately. Each contain a storm of rainbows within.

A serpentine feeling piece of Golden Calcite, the chevrons within reminds me of a serpent’s head. Holding this piece to the light reveals a formation akin to a snake jaw within the chevrons, a piece to literally point the way through the weeds of life and the cloudiness of the mind.

Calcite is said to stimulate the higher mind, linking spiritual guidance and grounding higher mental energies into the physical realm. Allow this piece to be the belly of your serpent spirit, flat on the earth while leading you into your highest self.

A ghostly cosmic egg containing within a perfect section of ectoplasmic rings. Milky Girasol Quartz is often a result of a clear quartz growing over the original interior, encasing itself and allowing its shadow self to become one within.

Girasol creates a quiet space, a place for your own ghosts to do their work. Not all hauntings are malicious, we all need our pasts to grow into what we are and what we will become.

Angel’s Hair Rutilated Quartz are powerful mood cleansers, soothing darkness and despair and releasing anxiety.

The golden threads throughout are believed to have the hair of Venus trapped inside, and I’ve found myself stroking this piece in particular the way you would soothe a loved one’s hair while they grieve. A warmth travels up my hand and wrist while I do this, something I didn’t notice at first, but now am very attune to.

An intensely high vibe Herkimer Diamond, this piece nearly shakes in your hand. The intricacies within in are hypnotically energizing, containing rainbows at every angle. It casts a disco ball effect around you, physically surrounding you in its pure energy.

Herkimer Diamonds are said to be one of the strongest crystals for clearing electromagnetic pollution, and assist you in recognizing blockages. An extremely powerful metaphysical stimulant.

Visit the Crystal section of the Haute Macabre Shop


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

A 78 card Tarot deck with a complete Major and Minor Arcana.

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


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.

WTF Is Tarot?… & How Do I Do It? in the Haute Macabre Shop


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Prêt-à-Portend

by on Jan.04, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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From the “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like it” files: all signs point to this being a recent photoshoot for Financial Times magazine, suggesting that the prognostic practices of astrology, palm-reading, and other forms of divination are on-trend in terms of sartorial inspiration for 2019 (and I don’t mean to brag, but of course you know I do, and you saw a very similar suggestion here, first!)

At any rate, in this “Your Future And How To Spend It” spread, I am presuming that the rune-faced seer symbolizes the Dow Jones Industrial Average and a key turning-point for the market, the tasseomancy tea leaf reader is predicting something dire regarding the EU financial crisis, and there’s a tin-foil hat prophet forecasting hostile takeover by our shadow spooder overlords. It could be, right? But I’m not about to ruin the fun I’m having with this gorgeously ridiculous editorial by Sandrine and Michael by actually learning something, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

 


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