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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SPECIAL EVENT: EBENEZER SIBLY, BRITISH MAGIC, AND THE GRIMOIRE TRADITION

Saturday , November 22nd at 7:00PM
EBENEZER SIBLY, BRITISH MAGIC, AND THE GRIMOIRE TRADITION
Public · Hosted by John Madziarczyk
Cost: Free

Ebenezer Sibly was an astrologer, herbalist, physician, and magician who lived at the end of the 18th century. Although largely forgotten now, in his time he was noted for his prolific writings on astrology, “alternative medicine” , and his re-editing of Nicholas Culpeper’s work “The English Physician Enlarged”, the standard British herbal. A selection of his writings on the magical universe and on magic in general has recently been released in the book “The Station of Man in the Universe, Ebenezer Sibly on the spirit world and magic”. In his talk, John Madziarczyk will introduce Sibly, locating him within the occult context of his time as well as the greater world of British magic, both in the pre-Golden Dawn and Golden Dawn eras. The talk will point out how Sibly’s writings can be used to gain insight into the worldview of the grimoire magicians of the 17th century.



John Madziarczyk is the editor of “The Station of Man in the Universe, Ebenezer Sibly on the spirit world and magic”. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He lives in Seattle.




Friday, November 14, 2014

QLIPHOTH IV, THE ANGEL & THE ABYSS & THE GERALD B. GARDENER "YEAR AND A DAY" CALENDAR

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING OCCULT COLLECTIBLE TITLES



QLIPHOTH IV, QUINTESSENCE.
The Hidden Temple of the Blackened Serpent
( Opus IV, Esoteric Publication )
Edited by Edgar Kerval
Various authors & artists, including: S. Ben Qayin, Louie Martinié, Carlos Montenegro and Aion 131.


Publisher: Transmutation Publishing, 2014. First Edition Hardcover. 8vo. vi + 208pp. Full black leather illustrated and titled in metallic crimson, with raised bands to spine, thick black endpages, silk page marker.
Edition limited to 111 hand-numbered copies.
List Price: $152.95

Within the darkness of the Abyss, lies the whispered chant of the Blackened Serpent…”



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Through the sacrifice of blood and libations, the Blackened Serpent is called forth to guide the Initiate deep within themselves, to descend into the spiraling labyrinths of primordial sub-consciousness only discovered within the power zones of Chaos itself. The Serpent speaks of ancient wisdom through its writhing dance of ancestral rites…rites laced with carnal lust and shattered sanity.

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This transcendence of limitation, connects the Black Magician with the concealed regions of the Astral Plane, where the psyche is transformed into a representation of the Blackened Serpent itself, thus self sustaining through the creation of a universe in the deepest recesses of the human mind. At the core of this sinister process, the Black Magician begins to crystallize and perceive his own true essence, which is in itself, the center of the inextinguishable Black Flame of Chaos manifest…

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It is by true Intent alone, that the Initiate is able to traverse the hardened and lonesome path of illumination that lies in still darkness. It is by sheer determination and want of truth that empowers the Black Magician to explore the inner realms of self, which lie inside the mind and spirit.

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Within this dark anthology, one will find a collection of the many teachings of the Blackened Serpent, as can only be told by true practitioners of the LHP. These teachings take many forms, each unique to the Black Magician revealing their own hard and personal lesson…on the winding path of Midnight’s Serpent…


The Blackened Serpent lies coiled inside, ready to strike with deadly accuracy; the ignorance of the Initiate who wanders careless. If one is to walk this perilous path, it is best done with a sharp intuition and mind alike. For if this warning is not headed; Midnight’s Serpent will most certainly consume one from within…”

The Pieces And Authors Include:

“Nepsis” by, Tau Palamas ~

“The Spiritually of Nothing in the Voids Womb” by, Angela Edwards ~

“A Hieroglyphic Exegesis of the Gholem Gnozis” by, Sean Woodward ~

“The Rites of Wrath” by, S. Ben Qayin ~

“The Ybte Myth Cycle” by, Luckaz Grochocki ~

“The Path of a New Orleans Loa: Resurrection in Remembrance” by, Louie Martinié ~

“Golachab and Gasheklah: Severity and Mercy In Extremis” by, Cort Williams ~

“Rite of the Abyss” by, Chaos Therion ~

“The Quimbanda Goetia” by, Carlos Montenegro ~

“Honoring The Forgotten Ones Of Panphage” by, Aion 131 ~

With Visual Art By:

Hagen Von Tulien

Anderson Lucifero

Claudio Cesar Carvalho

Barry James Lent

Edgar Kerval

Sean Woodward

Tau Palamas







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THE ANGEL & THE ABYSS
The Inward Journey, Books II & III
By J. Daniel Gunther
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (October 1, 2014)
List Price: $40.00

A guide to the Great Work, Initiation, and Spiritual Evolution as taught by Aleister Crowley
Offers insights into the oral instructions of the modern A.’.A.’.
An examination of the more advanced Mysteries of Initiation.
The long awaited follow-up to the author’s ground breaking first book, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child.

In this companion to Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, author J. Daniel Gunther provides detailed and cohesive analysis of the two major spiritual crises in the career of the aspirant in the Aeon of the Child—the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Crossing the Abyss between the divine realms and the human. Expounding on the sublime Formulas of Initiation confronting those who would aspire to these Mysteries, the author draws deeply from Jungian psychology, world mythology and religion, and the doctrines of the classic Mystery traditions, explaining how the revelations of Thelema apply to the individual.

In 1904, The Book of the Law declared the advent of a new period in the course of human history—the Aeon of Horus or Aeon of the Child. The doctrine codified in the Book of the Law, and numerous other Holy Books, is known as Thelema (a Greek word meaning “Will”). Aleister Crowley was revealed as the Prophet of the New Aeon.

The Angel & The Abyss is written in clear, precise language that will aid those students who seek to navigate the difficult terrain of this advanced stage of the Spiritual quest. More knowledgeable students will find tantalizing clues to serve as guideposts and eventual confirmations of their direct experience.

The book offers copious illustrations (some in full color) and numerous diagrams. It features detailed references that encompass ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha, Greek Philosophy, Alchemy, Hermetic Qabalah, and Tarot, as well as the writings of Carl Jung, Eric Neumann. and Aleister Crowley.

About the Author
J. Daniel Gunther is a life-long student of esotericism, mythology, and religion. For over thirty years a member of A∴A∴, the teaching Order established by Aleister Crowley, he is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field, and serves on the editorial board of The Equinox, and as a consultant and advisor for numerous occult publications. He is the author of the Ibis Press title, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, now available in paperback, and has lectured worldwide on the doctrines of Thelema.




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GERALD B. GARDENER "YEAR AND A DAY" CALENDAR
DEUSA Enterprises
By Link


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FROM THE PUBLISHER:  
Since 2010, this unique calendar project has shared photos, news clips and quotes from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG), Doreen Valiente, Patricia Crowther, Eleanor Bone, Monique Wilson, Lois Bourne, Barbara Vickers, Edith Woodford-Grimes and others, covering over six decades of Craft history.

As something special for 2015 you may find some photos you have not seen before. None of the images repeat photos or articles used in previous GBG "Year and a Day" Calendars.


This year includes Edith Woodford-Grimes, the witch who first introduced Gerald Gardner to the Coven into which he was initiated. Dafo, a nickname which Gerald used fondly for Edith, was part of the Rosicrucian Theatre group near the New Forest, where Gerald made many discoveries that eventually brought him into the "Witch Cult." As Dafo touched Gerald's life, she in turn has also touched all of our lives too, and for that we honor her!

Special thanks to Philip Heselton for making several photos of Dafo and Gerald available, and to the Doreen Valiente Foundation as well for their support of this calendar project.

Hundreds of Pagan Feast Days are included from cultures around the world to help tailor your own rituals, learn more about specific deities, or to better sense the unique energies of that day. Full and New Moons are also shown, including the Zodiac sign where the Moon is for that day.

Image Descriptions
2015 shows images never used in previous year's calendars before.

The 2015 calendar includes:

- Gerald working with great care and precision on something mysterious.

- Doreen Valiente with her Tarot cards.

- Photos of Edith Woodford-Grimes (Dafo) at various phases in her life.

- Doreen wearing Dorothy Clutterbuck’s pentagram necklace.

- Gerald in full Scottish Regalia (and Kilt!)

- Doreen outdoors, communing with Mother Nature

....and other images, quotes and photos!









Saturday, November 1, 2014

SAMHAIN!

Happy Samhain Blessings to All!
From Women of Myth and Magic By Kinuko Y. Craft 2015 Wall Calendar
 

WELCOME to the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This newsletter has come about as an effort to reach out to the Pagan/ Occult community (particularly in Seattle where we are based) to inform the community of what events are happening at our store. Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy.
Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix- golanv1@yahoo.com

WHO WE ARE: Edge of the Circle Books is Seattle's resource for Paganism & the Occult. This newsletter seeks to provide the Seattle community with a place to list events, post articles, and do a bit of networking.

We are located at: 701 E. Pike St, corner of Boylston Ave., just two blocks west of Broadway, on Capitol Hill.

Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.

Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm.
Call: 206-PAN-1999

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REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays, and Sundays!

CLASSROOM/RITUAL SPACE IS AVAILABLE-- PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS!
If your event, class or ritual is free of charge, the use of our classroom space is FREE!







Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.




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THE COMMAND TO LOOK:
A Master Photographer’s Method for Controlling the Human Gaze
By William Mortensen, George Dunham
Essays by Michael Moynihan and Larry Lytle
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Feral House; Reprint edition (October 21, 2014)
List Price: $20.00
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
William Mortensen’s irreverent and revolutionary book on photography and psychology is available again after a 65-year banishment.

The Command to Look was one of William Mortensen’s most influential and sought-after books, and has been out of print for fifty years. Reproduced here in full, this book includes an essay by Michael Moynihan on how its images influenced the occult “lesser magic” of the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey.

The book reproduces sixty-six images of Mortensen’s best work and text by the wittiest and most biting writers on photography of their time.

MORE:
The Command to Look is considered one of Mortensen’s most momentous and rare books. Until now, copies on the antiquarian book circuit sold for many hundreds of dollars. It is a crucial book for understanding both Mortensen’s philosophy and his use of psychology in the making of his pictures. To illustrate the text Mortensen includes an amazing gallery of his best-known and most challenging images with explanations, by him, of what makes those photographs so compelling.

The reprint of The Command to Look also contains two new major essays that assess the significance and impact of the original book. An introduction by Mortensen biographer Larry Lytle explores Mortensen’s use of Jungian psychology and also discusses new advances in neural psychology that confirm Mortensen’s methods of controlling the viewer’s eye. The second essay, by historian Michael Moynihan (author of Lords of Chaos), details a strange and unexpected reception of the book: how this small volume on photographic methods played a role in the creation of the modern Church of Satan and Anton LaVey’s theories about Satanic Magic.

About the Authors:

WILLIAM MORTENSEN was an American artist and photographer, born in 1897 and who died in 1965. He was part of a group of photographers in the first part of the twentieth century called the Pictorialists, known for their romantic subject matter and alternative photographic processes. Mortensen didn’t fit easily into that group, however. His imagery was highly manipulated and not particularly romantic—instead he created compositions exploring themes of the grotesque and the erotic.

From the late 1920s until the 1940s, Mortensen was one of the best-known and most successful photographers in the United States. He had begun his artistic life as a painter and etcher and carried that training over to his photographic work, which he began in the mid 1920s. He was known for his outré subject matter that had an unusual look—it is difficult to tell, at first glance, if his images are etchings, drawings, or photographs. This work made him well regarded by many but reviled by a group of photographers called the f.64 group, also known as “straight photographers.” This group consisted, in part, of Ansel Adams, and Edward Weston.

Mortensen, together with his coauthor George Dunham, published 9 books and approximately 100 articles on his concepts and processes. His books and articles were extremely popular. For the most part these were published by Camera Craft, but he was also a regular contributor to various other major magazines of the time such as Popular Photography.

GEORGE DUNHAM was born in 1896 in Riverside County, California. He went on to Harvard University to pursue graduate work in English and Music. At Harvard, Dunham attended the influential “47 Workshop” class taught by George Pierce Baker. Dunham returned to the seaside art colony then forming in Laguna Beach, California in 1923.

In the years that followed Dunham became an actor and director of the Community Players of Laguna Beach. Dunham was also an accomplished writer, who had provided articles on theater to the local newspaper.

In 1931 after leaving the Community Players, Dunham met and became friends with photographer and teacher William Mortensen. Mortensen had arrived in Laguna Beach in 1931 and opened the William Mortensen School of Photography. Dunham began posing for Mortensen in 1932, which yielded one of Mortensen’s most well known photographs, Human Relations 1932. Dunham also became the literary voice of Mortensen from 1933 through the late 1950s writing all of the books and articles attributed to that famous photographer.

Theirs was a literary collaboration, with Mortensen outlining the ideas and thrust of the book or article and Dunham providing the words and wit. However, Dunham’s contribution to Mortensen’s literary success was kept a secret from all but a few in the photography world and wasn’t revealed until the 3rd printing of How to Pose the Model. Dunham was finally recognized as coauthor of all of Mortensen’s literary works.

Their collaboration, but not their friendship, ended in the late 1950s with the last of the articles. Dunham died of cancer in 1976.

LARRY LYTLE is a commercial and fine art photographer in Los Angeles, and lecturer in Art at California State University Channel Islands. His writings have appeared in William Mortensen: A Revival and Original Sources: Art and Archive at the Center for Creative Photography (both published by the CCP), Black & White Magazine, Laguna Life, The Laguna Beach Independent, and The Scream.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN is the co-author, with Didrik Søderlind, of the award-winning music and crime book Lords of Chaos (Feral House, 2003) and has contributed essays to various anthologies (such as Apocalypse Culture II) and scholarly encyclopedias. As an editor and translator has collaborated on various books and journals dealing with the netherworlds where culture, religion, and art meet.





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IMAGES OF SET
Changing Impressions of a Multi-Faceted God
By Joan Ann Lansberry
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford
List Price: US$23.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The god Set (aka Seth) has been much of a puzzle to Egyptologists. If we go with the attitude of later Egyptians, we find Set blamed for every misfortune that can befall humanity. However, if we go with the attitude of earlier times, in particular the Ramesside period, when Egypt was at its peak in prosperity, we find a completely different picture. For we find a god who was very much adored. Most of the surviving imagery is from that period, although even in Ptolemaic and Roman times we occasionally find a piece that was a part of worship and magical rites. Set was always seen as ‘Great of Power’, even when he was feared. Putting all his imagery together, placing it in chronological context, sheds new light on the Dark god.

Joan Lansberry is a place where three roads meet: solid academic research, strong talent as a working artist, and a deep magical intuition for the magical current represented by Set. Her collection provides Keys to some doors long-unopened, and will prove invaluable to the modern Left Hand Path. I’ll be thumbing through this book for years to come.”

Don Webb
High Priest of Set (Emeritus)




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SPIRITS OF THE SACRED GROVE
by Emma Restall Orr
Paperback: 285 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (October 31, 2014)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
For many, the word Druidry conjures up images of white-robed figures involved in esoteric rituals.

But modern Druidry is not wrapped up in a veil of secrecy - it is celebrated openly, in the sunlight of the meadow or the shady leafiness of forest glade. Druids are passionate about the environment, and their worship is above all focused on Nature through the celebration of the changing seasons of the year. Spirits of the Sacred Grove is a very personal journey through the seasons seen through the eyes of a modern female Druid.

Emma Restall Orr takes the reader through the cycles of nature, from the chaos of Samhain or Hallowe'en into the dark of winter, through the energy of spring and into the bright summer months - then back through autumn to Samhain. At the same time she acts as a guide along the paths of the sacred rituals. Spirits of the Sacred Grove reveals Druidry as an accessible and compelling spiritual path that offers enormous potential for personal healing and empowerment.

Exploring rites of passage and weaving in references to many other spiritual traditions, this book is an intensely rich mixture of the ideas and images of a Pagan Druid priestess.


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CELTIC TREE MAGIC:
Ogham Lore and Druid Mysteries
By Danu Forest
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2014)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Explore the powerful magic of the twenty-five trees in the ogham tradition. Enrich your spiritual practice with authentic Celtic wisdom and practical techniques. Written by a Druid witch and Celtic shaman, Celtic Tree Magic shows you how to:

Practice Ogham divination, charms, and spells
Work with each tree’s magical correspondences and healing attributes
Make salves, tinctures, ointments, and green crafts
Find tree spirit allies in nature and the otherworld
Fashion wands and other magical tools

With exercises, hands-on tips, and an accessible exploration of folklore and myth, this lovely and lyrical handbook provides practical skills and deeper understandings for beginners and intermediate practitioners.

Praise:
A trusted and guiding hand through the Celtic forests of wisdom and magic.”—Kristoffer Hughes, author of The Book of Celtic Magic and founder of the Anglesey Druid Order

This lovely work offers a truly experiential journey . . . It offers the reader a richer understanding of nature and self.”—Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and author of Druid Mysteries

Danu Forest has made masterful use of the original sources . . . I heartily commend this book.”—Nicholas R. Mann, author of Druid Magic




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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WITCHCRAFT:
The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World
By Judika Illes
Hardcover: 887 pages
Publisher: HarperOne; Reissue edition (October 7, 2014)
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The author of the popular Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells and Encyclopedia of Spirits now explores the exciting magic and power of the mystical world of witches in Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, a comprehensive reference book that covers everything you ever wanted to know about this fascinating topic.

Folklore expert Judika Illes introduces readers to mythic witches, modern witches, sacred goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, witches from all over the globe. She takes readers on an enchanting tour through witchcraft’s history, mythology, and folklore, where they will discover a miscellany of facts including magic spells, rituals, potions, recipes, celebrations, traditions, and much more.

About the Author:
JUDIKA ILLES is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce).




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DMT AND THE SOUL OF PROPHECY:
A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible
By Rick Strassman, MD
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (September 18, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Naturally occurring DMT may produce prophecy-like states of consciousness and thus represent a bridge between biology and religious experience

Reveals the striking similarities between the visions of the Hebrew prophets and the DMT state described by Strassman’s research volunteers

Explains how prophetic and psychedelic states may share biological mechanisms

Presents a new top-down “theoneurological” model of spiritual experience

After completing his groundbreaking research chronicled in DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman was left with one fundamental question: What does it mean that DMT, a simple chemical naturally found in all of our bodies, instantaneously opens us to an interactive spirit world that feels more real than our own world?

When his decades of clinical psychiatric research and Buddhist practice were unable to provide answers to this question, Strassman began searching for a more resonant spiritual model. He found that the visions of the Hebrew prophets--such as Ezekiel, Moses, Adam, and Daniel--were strikingly similar to those of the volunteers in his DMT studies. Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a “prophetic state of consciousness” and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect.

Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls “theoneurology.” Theoneurology bridges biology and spirituality by proposing that the Divine communicates with us using the brain, and DMT--whether naturally produced or ingested--is a critical factor in such visionary experience. This model provides a counterpoint to “neurotheology,” which proposes that altered brain function simply generates the impression of a Divine-human encounter.

Theoneurology addresses issues critical to the full flowering of the psychedelic drug experience. Perhaps even more important, it points the way to a renewal of classical prophetic consciousness, the soul of Hebrew Bible prophecy, as well as unexpected directions for the evolution of contemporary spiritual practice.



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THE SACRED HISTORY:
How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World
By Mark Booth
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (February 11, 2014)
List Price: $30.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret History of the World, The Sacred History takes you on a captivating journey through the great myths of ancient civilizations to the astounding discoveries of the modern era.

The Sacred History is the epic story of human interaction with angels and other forms of higher intelligence, starting from Creation all the way through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world.

What emerges is an alternative history of great men and women, guided by angels or demons, and the connection between modern-day mystics and their ancient counterparts. This spellbinding historical narrative brings together great figures— such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus and Mohammed—and stories from African, Native American and Celtic traditions.

Woven into this is an amazing array of mystical connections, including the surprising roots not only of astrology and alternative medicine but also of important literary and artistic movements, aspects of mainstream science and religion and a wide range of cultural references that takes in modern cinema, music and literature.

This is a book of true stories, but it is also a book about stories. It shows how they can tell us things about the deep structure of the human experience that are sometimes forgotten, revealing mysterious and mystic patterns, and helping us to see the operation of the supernatural in our own lives.


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NEW DIVINATION BOOKS AND DECKS: 








THE COMPLETE LENORMAND ORACLE HANDBOOK:
Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards
By Caitlín Matthews
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (September 22, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A full-color guide to fortune-telling with the Lenormand oracle

Explores the meanings of the 36 Lenormand cards and their playing card insets to help build a resourceful, interpretative vocabulary






  • Provides instructions for many spreads, starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread, which uses all 36 cards


  • 416 pages and full-color throughout


  • Reveals the origins of the Lenormand oracle from both coffee-ground symbols and playing card cartomancy


More than 200 years old, the 36 Lenormand cards are an oracle combining standard playing cards with images from the everyday world, such as key, book, animals, and flowers. Their simple, predictive, and non-esoteric nature opens the realm of fortune-telling to all, offering a traditional cartomantic divination where card combinations fuse together to give clear answers.

In this complete guide to Lenormand card reading, Caitlín Matthews explains the multiple meanings for each card, providing keywords so the reader can quickly build an interpretive vocabulary for Lenormand fortune-telling. She details how to lay spreads, starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread, which uses all 36 cards. She explores the significance of the playing card pips and suits on each card and how cards combine to create a variety of meanings. Matthews enables readers to learn the Lenormand card keywords so they can both read for themselves and express their interpretations to clients. Providing real case histories for readers to interpret, she also includes self-tests and practice exercises with answers to check at the end of the book.

In addition to her comprehensive practical introduction to the Lenormand oracle, Matthews delves deeply into the history of cartomancy to reveal the mythic blueprint that underlies this simple deck, the key to which lies not in their imagery but in their connection to playing cards.

About the Author:
CAITLÍN MATTHEWS is the creator of 4 tarot decks and 5 oracles, including The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle, and the author of more than 60 books, including Walkers Between the Worlds. An influential teacher of divination methods, she is a cofounder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies. She teaches internationally and lives in Oxford, England.



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SOUL FOREST:
Twenty-Four Tarot Writings
By Rachel Pollack
Paperback: 137 pages
Publisher: Tarot Media Company (October 12, 2011)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"What is the Soul?" "What is holiness?" "What is the Tarot's origin?" Rachel Pollack explores these and other questions in what she calls "Wisdom Readings" - working with the Tarot to explore mysteries of our universe and ourselves. Covering topics as lighthearted as a celebration of May Day, and and as deep as the shadow of the Holocaust, Rachel's writings use the Tarot as a mirror, a magnifying glass, and as a telescope to view the world. Going beyond the traditional interpretation of symbols in the cards, Rachel delves deeply into the philosophical, mystical, elemental magic of the Tarot.

About the Author:
RACHEL POLLACK is the author of thirty-two books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, published in fifteen languages. She is a poet, an award-winning novelist, an authority on the modern interpretation of Tarot cards, and a Tarot card artist. She has published fifteen books on Tarot and divination, including 78 DEGREES OF WISDOM, often called “the Bible of Tarot reading,” read by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. SEEKER won the COVR Award at the 2006 New Age Trade Show. Her SHINING TRIBE TAROT, designed and drawn by Rachel herself, draws on tribal and prehistoric images from six continents and 50,000 years. She has had several shows of her artwork, both Tarot and other images. She has taught classes and workshops in Europe, North America, and Australia. Her novel GODMOTHER NIGHT won the World Fantasy Award. Her earlier novel, UNQUENCHABLE FIRE, won Britain's famed Arthur C. Clarke Award. Rachel grew up in Poughkeepsie, the setting for UNQUENCHABLE FIRE. After nineteen years living in Europe, she returned, in 1990, to live in the Hudson Valley. With Mary K. Greer, Rachel has taught at the famed Omega Institute for 23 years. She also is a senior faculty member for the Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College.



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TAROT FOR MANIFESTATION:
Use the Cards to Make Your Desires a Reality
By James P. Wells
Paperback: 57 pages
Publisher: Tarot Media Company (June 15, 2011)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tarot for Manifestation is a versatile map to help you plot your own journey.

With this book as your guide, you can use any tarot deck to stimulate your creativity to create a life worth living.

No more fortune-telling; welcome to the world of conscious creation! Providing a practical approach to Tarot, James Wells offers five methods of Tarot working to help you manifest your goals and live your dreams. The text includes full explanations of the spreads, illustrated with real-life examples from his client work.

Tarot for Manifestation by James Wells takes Tarot to the next level. The cards become personal tools for getting things done, practically and efficiently. This is applied meaning at its best – discovering specific actions for turning desire into reality. Learn how image can become 'imagic'. Your life will never be the same once you’ve tried the fun and creative processes in this book.”
~ Mary K. Greer, author of Tarot for Your Self and 21 Ways to Read a Tarot


About the Author:
JAMES WELLS is a Toronto-based motivational listener, consultant, teacher, and facilitator who is dedicated to merging soul and strategy. From childhood, he has been curious about what makes people and the Universe tick. Through tools and processes such as circle methodology, tarot, reiki, and journal writing, James and his clients and students are inspired to remember their creativity, resourcefulness, and wholeness. Whether at home or abroad, whether in personal sessions or in workshop settings, he provides an experience of council mind. In his “me time”, James enjoys reading, writing, music, walking, close friends, and good food.


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THE INCIDENTAL TAROT DECK


(Cards only)
By Raven and Rose Arts
Self-Published, 2014
List Price: $25.00

The Incidental Tarot is a self-published original art Tarot deck, full of gorgeous, esoteric images. Though based upon traditional wisdom, this deck reinterprets some key elements of Tarot imagery, using Arrows for the suit of Wands, Roses for the suit of Cups, Quills for the suit of Swords and Oaks for the suit of Pentacles. Also, several of the Major Arcana cards have been reinterpreted, such as "Gryphon" in place of Strength, and "Phoenix" in place of the Tower. The artwork of the Incidental Tarot has been widely praised and has attracted an enthusiastic audience of Tarot-philes in the year since it was first conceived and its publishing in February 2012.

The cards measure 3.25" x 4.75."

The abbreviated Keys** to the meaning of the cards are available in PDF form and may be downloaded here: http://theincidentaltarot.com/download-the-keys/




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THE HOLY CARD TAROT


By Patty Gallagher
Self-Published: dist. Devera Publishing, 2014
Includes book on DVD
List Price: $ 34.95

The Holy Card Tarot is a discovery of the common origin of spiritual themes and an opportunity to create a more inclusive religious symbolism of the west.

Based on antique holy cards ranging from the work of old masters to the soft focus imagery of the St.Sulpice style, this deck is a visual correlation of traditional tarot imagery and meanings with religious iconography. It makes the argument that both have a common origin. When the cards are studied, common spiritual themes are discovered, and a shared human view of the wold is revealed...giving an opportunity to create a more inclusive religious symbolism of the West. The Spiritual is encoded in the images the artists created, images common to Pagan, Christian, Gnostic and Orthodox.

This deck was created by artist Patty Gallagher and is dedicated to all those who seek common ground and a broader frame of reference.



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XIII TAROT
by Nekro
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo/ Llewellyn Publications; Box Tcr Cr edition (October 8, 2014)
78 card Tarot deck with booklet
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Experience the darkly beautiful art of renowned Gothic illustrator Nekro. With dramatic black-and-white esthetics and vibrant splashes of color, the XIII Tarot represents the shadow side of fantasy. Revel in the baroque ornamentation and elegant details of this unique and expressive deck.

Darkness has never been so moving...





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CECCOLI TAROT DECK
By Nicoletta Ceccoli
78 Cards/booklet
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo /Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds edition (October 8, 2014)
List Price: $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celebrated illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli draws in a style of provocative enchantment. Her tarot deck moves between harmony and madness, capturing a wholly unique element of eerie innocence. These cards provide insight into complex questions, where the dark mingles with the light and reveals the shades of gray that illuminate our most profound truths.




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NIGHT SUN TAROT
By Fabio Listrani (Artist)
78 Cards/Booklet
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo (September 30, 2014)
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Enter into artist Fabio Listrani’s rendering of the dance between the dark and the light, and begin a compelling journey into the realm of esoteric wisdom. Regardless of your level of occult knowledge, this deck will touch your soul and provide enlightening perspectives on the restless waters of the inner self. Filled with bold energy, rich art, and the passion of history’s spiritual seekers, The Night Sun Tarot reflects the teachings of Aleister Crowley and the great occult masters.











NEW CALENDARS







GODDESSES 2015 CALENDAR
By Susan Sedon Boulet
Calendar: 12 pages
Publisher: Pomegranate (Cal); Wal edition (July 15, 2014)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Goddess: the Paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet 2015 Wall Calendar--

Goddesses, for millennia revered throughout the world’s cultures as symbols of compassion, renewal, unity, tenderness, and strength, gradually retreated from our collective view. Yet in the realm of humanity'’s unconscious, the domain of myth and archetype, ancient memories survive of the goddess in her many forms and images that, in their ability to evoke these timeless states of being, have the power to nurture and heal.

Each of this calendar'’s twelve magnificent paintings is accompanied by informative text .



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WOMEN OF MYTH AND MAGIC 2015 WALL CALENDAR
By Kinuko Y. Craft
Calendar: 28 pages
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing; Wal edition (July 23, 2014)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From Cleopatra and Guinevere to Medusa and Cinderella, women are important characters in great literature, poetry, and, above all, magnificent works of art. Among contemporary artists inspired by ladies of legends, none shines brighter than Kinuko Y. Craft. In this elegant calendar she presents 12 opulent and richly detailed portraits of enchantresses, goddesses, elf queens, and fairy-tale princesses, each weaving a spell of breathtaking feminine beauty.



This calendar includes:

  • A year of Kinuko Craft's exquisite artwork on your wall.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • An extraordinary art gift.
  • Features exquisite fine-art prints celebrating fairy-tale heroines and goddesses gorgeously illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft.
  • Printed on FSC Certified Mixed Source Paper with soy-based inks.
  • Published by Amber Lotus, a carbon-negative US publishing company that has planted more than 330,000 trees since 2008.
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This calendar features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions.

KINUKO Y. CRAFT is one of the worlds most widely respected and well-known contemporary fantasy artists. Craft has published 8 major illustrated fairy-tale and mythological hardcover picture books, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Cinderella. She has illustrated many children's books, and her work has graced more than 100 book and magazine covers. She is a storyteller, and her paintings reveal new layers of wonder with each viewing.




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WE'MOON 2015 DATEBOOK
By Mother Tongue Ink

This earth-spirited astrological moon calendar is a visionary collection of women’s creative work. 240 pages of daily inspiration, offering provocative affirmations of trickster ironies, soulful activism & feral spirits.

Spiral Bound, Printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink , 240 pages in full color , 5 1/4” x 8” .

We’Moon 2015 Spiral Edition. List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
We'Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn, the iconic feminist datebook, is a best-selling astrological moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms, and visionary collection of women's creative work, now in its 34th year of publication. We'Moon 2015: Wild Card celebrates the precious energies of sensuality, mirth, freedom, earthly matter, woman—the Wild.
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"I have been using your calendar for years and years!!! Thank you for the incredible work We’Moon is doing. The much-needed shift in consciousness towards a more woman-honoring world is inspiring in so many of us." —Alice Walker, author & activist

Each year We’Moon features art and writing submitted by women from around the world in response to the theme announced in the Call for Contributions, and rooted in the archetypes of the Tarot's major arcana. For We’Moon 2015, we daredevil a provocative and complex theme—Wild Card. We’Moon artists and writers explore woman's free and feral spirit, endangered planetary life, the possibility of Change in every moment. They share reflections on hilarity as spiritual insight, on tragicomic dramas playing out on the world stage, on prayers offered and burdens released at the altar of Transformation.


The selected submissions are integrated into 13 Moon chapters exploring aspects of these central ideas, and shaped by the chosen work. Dedication to an interactive editorial process makes We'Moon a truly co-creative entity as well as an artful, focused exploration of women’s experience and perspectives. We’Moon 2015 gathers the creative offerings of over 150 gifted contributors, including writers Ann Filemyr, Carolyn Meyers, Karen Ethelsdattar, Marna, Mia Howell, Rose Flint, Sherri Rose-Walker, and artists Anna Oneglia, Autumn Skye Morrison, Carolyn Hillyer, Cathy McClelland, Denise Kester, Dorrie Joy, Hrana Janto, Jeanette M. French, Lisa Noble, Sophia Rosenberg, and Toni Truesdale.

Modern culture and the We'Moon calendar, as timely as ever. This is so much more than a calendar. It is a resource . . . a way of focusing the direction of your days on positive living. The poetry and art always inform, inspire, and profoundly impress." —Vision Magazine, November 2011
We'Moon accompanies us as we spin through solar, lunar, and astrological cycles, reminding us every year how we can use touchstones in the rhythms of nature as they arise—to connect with the natural world, our ancestors and descendants, and to ground, center, honor and grow ourselves. Moon chapters this year include focus on animals as teachers, children as liberated beings, women as empowered activists and community builders, on trickster allies, earthlings at risk.

We’Moon presents a comprehensive introduction to astrology, Sun / Moon / Earth cycles, and seasonal Holy Days, exploring the 13 moons of a lunar year in a week-at-a-glance format, with daily astrological aspects, moon phases and signs, complete ephemerides, astrological insights for each sun sign, month-at-a-glance and year-at-a-glance calendars, and blank pages for notes. We'Moon Astrologers—Gretchen Lawlor, Heather Roan Robbins, Sandra Pastorius, Beate Metz, Susan Levitt and Mooncat—offer clarifying summations of cosmic events and how they may affect our challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.





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THE '15 LUNAR CALENDAR
By Luna Press
List Price: $24.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Calendar description:

This easily read, yet informative and scholarly calendar is perfect for both the beginner and the seasoned moon-lover. The '15 edition features fresh work from 24 artists, poets, and writers, full astronomical and astrological data, the lunar year-at-a-glance, complete instructions, and an excellent bibliography.

THE LUNAR CALENDAR teaches the tree-alphabet as inspired by THE WHITE GODDESS by Robert Graves. Each of the 13 lunations (lunar months) is depicted in a unique spiral format, showing all the moon's phases, rise and set times, apogee and perigee, the transits of the zodiac, void-of-course times, earth festivals, and visibility of the morning and evening stars. 

32 pages with fresh works from 24 artists and writers, magazine-size opens to wall hanging 11x17"

Printed and published in the USA, using soy-based inks and top quality recycled paper.



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LUNARIA:
The Lunar Calendar
By Amber Lotus Publishing
List Price: $14.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Utilizing thirteen lunar months, each beginning with the new moon, the Lunaria wall calendar shows us how much the moon, planets, and seasons affect our lives. For everything we do — from planting and gardening to starting new adventures, there are ideal (and not-so-ideal) lunar times. The Lunaria, with its monthly tips and insights, is an invaluable resource that offers guidance so that we can act when it is most beneficial and exercise patience until a more prosperous time is upon us. Romantic-era literature, poetry, mythology, and folklore treasures and thirteen classical paintings complement the Lunaria's mystical and ethereal feel.

12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open)



  • A year of lunar lore and stunning artwork on your wall
  • Features daily visual moon phases and moon signs, void-of-course times, and eclipses
  • With phases of the moon in a year-at-a-glance lunar calendar
  • Includes Pagan, Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, and other world-religion holidays
  • Perfect for those interested in the lunar calendar and how to live in harmony with the universe
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions




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EQUINOX MOON CALENDAR 2015 -
Full Soli-lunar Cycle, Including Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde
By Equinox Astrology
Product Dimensions: POSTER: 12 x 0.1 x 30 inches
List Price: $13.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Moon Phase shown for every night of the year.
Astrological Lunar and Solar Ingresses included.
Dates and times of full moons, new moons, eclipses, and mercury retrograde periods.
Shimmery Silk Screen Printed Silver moons on night blue background.
Suitable for gardeners, fishermen, sailors, yogis, astrologers, moon lovers and more!

The Original Equinox Moon Phase Calendar for 2015.

Beautifully silk-screen printed in shimmering silver on evening sky blue. Set for Northern Hemisphere. Lunar phases displayed with timings of New & Full Moons, Eclipses and Zodiac sign changes. Each Lunar Calendar comes with a unique explanatory leaflet on the Moon Phases and Lunar Lore.

Moon Calendar Size: 12" by 32.5"

The calendar from Equinox includes a fact and folklore sheet as well as instructions for reading the calendar data.









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2015 MOON CALENDAR POSTER,
With Eclipses, Stars, Planets, & Fine Details
By Ashland Astronomy Studio
List Price: 14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Gorgeous 36" H x 18" W poster with excellent lunar images-not an artist's rendition.
Easy-to-read legend for easy reference. Advanced features are explained in User's Guide.
Optimized for North American users. Eclipses are also portrayed.
An attractive and practical tool for your home, office, classroom, or observatory!
Makes an impressive holiday gift! No other calendar of this kind features so many details!

This is the 2015 edition of the Moon Calendar poster that (in the previous year) has been acclaimed as The Best of Them All by astronomers, educators, and casual observers. The Ashland Astronomy Studio Moon Calendar poster shows in monthly columns how the Moon will appear to North American observers for every date of the year.

The Moon's path through the constellations is tracked daily, along with dates of close passages near bright stars and planets. Moon phases are depicted in fine photo-realistic images with shadowed craters. Lunar eclipses are spectacularly portrayed.



The calendar also depicts changes in the ~apparent size~ of the Moon, which varies (from perigee to apogee) in regular cycles. Each printed image is precisely calibrated to match the angular diameter of the Moon in the sky when the calendar is viewed from a distance of exactly eight feet. The enclosed Moon Calendar User's Guide explains how the various lunar cycles relate to how the Moon appears to us in the sky. Beautiful and informative, the Ashland Astronomy Studio Moon Calendar poster can be an impressive holiday gift or a practical tool for your own home, office, classroom, or observatory!



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SPLENDORS OF THE UNIVERSE:
2015 Astronomy Calendar with Daily Moon Images
by Ashland Astronomy Studio
List Price: $17.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Brilliant high-quality images with informative descriptions.
Daily moon images in panels colored according to moonlight.
Made in U.S.A. Federal holidays marked red. Historic dates marked with icons.
Ample room in all 2015 date panels for your handwritten annotations!

Splendors of the Universe is an expertly designed 16-month calendar which presents the beauty of the cosmos in a series of astrophotography from the Hubble Space Telescope and other major observatories.

Daily moon phases are depicted in the body of the calendar with realistic images showing actual lunar features, based on Ashland Astronomy Studio's best-selling Moon Calendar Poster.

Dates of astronomical events visible to North American observers (such as eclipses, conjunctions, and major meteor showers) are also noted. Important dates in the history of astronomy and space exploration are marked with icons and descriptions.

All these features are neatly formatted so that ample room remains in every 2015 date panel for your own handwritten annotations! Splendors of the Universe makes an impressive holiday gift or a practical calendar for your own home, office, classroom, or observatory!

Featured celestial objects include: globular cluster M15, the Horsehead, Crab, Helix, and Witch Head nebulae, Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the planet Saturn, the "Mystic Mountain," the Andromeda Galaxy, spiral galaxies M83 and M74, and more!












ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

WEEKLY, ON TUESDAY EVENINGS:
    TAROT BY THE NUMBERS

We passed the halfway point in our Tarot class last week, and now we’re loving the energy flow as we share the insights from our weekly spreads. What a fantastic experience for all of us! The more people that share in this experience, the more enlightening it is for all of us. It isn’t too late – you won’t be behind, Each week is a new and exciting growth experience, whether we have been here from the start or are new to this group. So, come and join in the magic!

My name is Kathy Eckert, and I have the honor of working with this great group of people! I’d love to hear from you, if you want to email me at kathytom@live.com, but advance registration is not really necessary. Anyone is welcome to drop in for one session, some, or all of them.

We meet weekly in the downstairs room at Edge of the Circle bookstore,
Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:45 PM. The weekly cost for this class is $7.00 per session.

The beauty of an intuitive approach is in the applicability of the course to everyone, whether you’re new to Tarot or a long-time enthusiast. This class is casual and curious. Join us for a week or two or for the rest of the course, which will wrap up in early December.

As we look at the numerological significance of the cards, we also apply that knowledge in spreads. So far, those spreads have been mostly about ourselves. Soon, though, we’ll be learning to apply our Tarot knowledge to reading for others. We’re learning already that human contact is the greatest gift of the Tarot!

Hope to see you soon!


  • EVERY WEDNESDAY: IRISH LANGUAGE DROP IN CLASS-7-9PM



  • Every first Sunday of each month--SEATTLE CHAOS MAGIC
We meet at 3:33 pm. on the first Sunday of each month, at Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122. Anyone practicing, curious about, or otherwise interested in Chaos magic is welcome to attend.






SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!

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TAROT READINGS / SPIRITUAL ADVICE

UNCOMMONSENSE TAROT
Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
"I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical. They are often geared toward helping the client deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy, self –affirming way, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM

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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again December 1st 2014!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



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