The Grimoire Projects is a publication project of Asteria Books & Events - a "sister" enterprise of Blade & Broom. (Both are run by Laurelei Black.) In 2012, Laurelei and her partners started producing Book of Shadows (or Grimoire) pages for sale in the Etsy shop. (It was Joe's idea, mostly-Laurelei's writing, and their now-ex-wife's design skills. That was before Etsy offered digital downloads, so Laurelei had to print and ship every order.
Since then, a lot has changed. Hooray for Etsy instant download!! (And also, hooray for Laurelei acquiring her own design skills!)
Features of the Grimoire Project
Our pages were among the very first to be sold on Etsy. There are lots of great sellers now, with so many styles, but our Grimoire Pages remain unique in some ways:
Unique, original -- Laurelei still writes the pages, with a few notable exceptions of poems, some chants, and other pieces of liturgy that are in the public domain.
TradCraft -- Most of the pages take a more traditional and folkloric approach to the Craft, rather than a Wiccan-derived one.
Unified theme -- All of our pages have a unified and thematic aesthetic, so they look AMAZING together in a collection.
Woodcut inspiration -- Our original theme is based on medieval woodblock printing.
Well-researched -- Laurelei is a stickler for providing high-quality information. These pages represent her 25 years of research, practice, and study of the Craft.
Future of the Grimoire Project
We are hoping to finish up the Grimoire Project by the end of 2023 (or very beginning of 2024). When we do, if such a thing is even possible, we will have close to 1,200 pages available for sale! (Laurelei keeps adding more, though, so who knows if this is a project that can ever really be "done.")
As certain sections are finalized, they will be published together in printed collections. In fact, the "Complete Herbal Grimoire" is already done and available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and hardback formats.
Collections we know are coming:
The Complete Conjurer's Grimoire - featuring conjuration notes and several spirit indexes
The Spiral Castle Grimoire - featuring the pieces of interest to Witches whose practice aligns with the Spiral Castle Tradition of American folkloric witchcraft
The Modern Witches' Grimoire - featuring the pieces of interest to Witches across traditions and practices
The Natural Witches' Grimoire - featuring natural magick notes and indexes related to animals, trees, stones, and weather
The Practical Witches' Grimoire - featuring practical magick notes and in-depth looks at talismans, charms, and the like
There may be other configurations and collections that arise out of this body of work. And ... we are thinking of re-printing some of the classical grimoires (which are works in the public domain) in our style for Witches who yearn for a deep (and aesthetically pleasing) library of occult lore.