A Compendium of Witches is a fully illustrated artbook featuring the personal stories of 29 witches from all across the world and in various carefully researched historical settings, ranging from the Palaeolithic to the present.
136 pages long, in full colour, cased in a golden foiled Buckram hardcover.
The book was successfully funded in 2018 through a Kickstarter campaign, and is now available for purchase.
Let me tell you a bit more about how this book came to be…
In 2016 my anthropological fieldwork took me to the rural highlands of Bosnia with the objective of researching and learning as much as I could about traditional female tattooing.
I interviewed the elderly women who bear the last of these tattoos, the roots of which are embedded deep within a pre-Christian Illyrian past.
I collected not just symbols, but the stories and wisdom of strong and resilient women that had survived not one, but two wars.
All this made me wonder; if I could talk to the women of the past, what would I learn? And if I could talk to the wise women of the past – those who were familiar with a wider world, that of the spirits and the invisible forces hiding within nature – then what would they tell me?
Women were given little space in historical record, and wise women even less, often being from marginalised fringes of society.
My mind started to spin, and the idea for this book was born.
Through the years I have learnt so much about history, folklore, beliefs and customs, and this seems like the perfect project to put that information to good use.
I wanted to meet these witches, to give them faces and voices.
Weave their stories in the fabric of history.
A Compendium of Witches Oracle
From 2020, the witches from this publication are also featured in A Compendium of Witches Oracle deck. You can find more about it here.
The first edition is currently sold out (details and reviews viewable here). The second edition is published by Lo Scarabeo and available worldwide.
A NOTE ON COUNTERFEIT DECKS
How to report piracy and copyright infringement
Sadly, counterfeit decks are an ongoing issue for artists.
There have been reports of scammers stealing from creators, and ripping off customers by selling them fake, low quality decks.
This is especially heartbreaking with projects such as tarot and oracle decks, that take years to be painted. Not only we don’t see compensation for these fake decks, but our reputation is also tarnished when these low-quality rip offs are presented as the real thing.
HOW TO SPOT THEM:
– They have a QR code on the box (original decks don’t)
– They come without guidebook
– Low quality of materials used (poor printing, thin paper, flimsy tuck boxes)
– Usually sold from dodgy sites (Wish, AliExpress, Temu)