A Compendium of Witches Oracle

Natasa Ilincic, a published author, has created this oracle deck in response to readers of her book, "A Compendium of Witches", some of whom were already using the book for bibliomancy (using randomly chosen passages from the book in the same way they would randomly choose oracle cards). A tool of self reflection and guidance, this deck would be a unique addition to any collection.

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Where in the world do you call home?

Home is many places. At the moment, home is Edinburgh, where I live with my partner and a little jungle of plants – but home is also the Italian Alps, where I grew up, and the Dalmatian coast, where my family is from.

What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

My first experience with decks was during my teenage years. At the time I was starting to learn about various methods of divination, including water scrying and bone reading. I was particularly interested in researching how various cultures around the world have different approaches to the art of divination.

What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?

The idea was sparked by the readers of A Compendium of Witches, a book I published last year. Many readers reached out to me after finishing the book and asked if I was ever going to make a deck; some of them also told me that they were already using the book for bibliomancy.

In 2020, whilst preparing the book for its second printing, I noticed how perfectly my witches embodied specific archetypes, so I decided to feature them in an oracle deck - along with 30 brand new additional companions with symbology derived from myth and folklore.

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

I do not collect decks, but I do have one that has been with me for a long time and that I really like - called Symbolon. It has an interesting approach that incorporates astrology, and rather than focusing on predicting the future it emphasises self-reflection, much like my deck.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

In tarot, I have always been very fond of the Fool. From my deck I think it would be the Crossroads – a card depicting Hecate. It is a card that invites us to reflect upon our journey – to pause upon reaching a crossroads, familiarise ourselves with the landscape around us, and sometimes retrace our steps. It encourages us to think about our options and choose the wisest path, without being afraid of changing our course.