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Sunday, March 1, 2015

SPRING!!!

SPRING EQUINOX!
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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We are also now on Facebook:
Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!

Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest.


If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.
Meetups, talks, book signings, etc are all welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, feel free to post your event.
This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.

..and check out our new TUMBLR Page!

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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!
No charge if your class or event is free!







Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.



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THE GREAT WORK OF THE FLESH:
Sexual Magic East and West
By Sarane Alexandrian
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (February 5, 2015)
List Price: $16.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An inside look at sex magic in Eastern and Western Mystery traditions--

Details the sex magic practices of P. B. Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, Julius Evola, and Maria de Naglowska

Includes a complete overview of love magic in the Middle Ages, with accounts of the use of potions, powders, spells, and enchantments

Explores sex magic techniques of the East, including Taoist sexual alchemy

Magic, almost in its entirety, is connected to sexuality. It is through the natural magic of love that sex magic operates, harnessing the forces that join lovers together. In this extensive study of sex magic in the Eastern and Western Mystery traditions, Sarane Alexandrian explains how there is a sex magic connected with every religion, spiritual belief system, and initiatory society.

Exploring sexual practices in folk magic, high magic, alchemy, and religion, the author begins with a complete overview of love magic in the Middle Ages, including accounts of the use of potions, powders, spells, and enchantments, and he reveals how these techniques related to the religious practices of the time. He introduces the Taoist sexual alchemy practices of Mantak Chia, the secret tantric practices of the Tibetan bons, sexual shiatsu, and a Vietnamese practice called “mouth moxa.”

Examining the sacred sexuality that arose in Western initiatory orders in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Alexandrian details the development of P. B. Randolph’s white sexual magic and the black sexual magic of Aleister Crowley, as well as explaining the practices of Austin Osman Spare, Julius Evola and the Ur Group, and Maria de Naglowska. He reveals the scientific principles underlying sex magic and how successful results are guaranteed by the influences of the heavenly bodies and the radiant powers of color, number, scents, and physical movements, which intensify the activity of the human bioelectric field. Alexandrian also details the tantra practices of Margot Anand, the sexual rituals of Wicca, and magical “sex aids,” including talismans and jewels.

Providing complete practical information, the author explains how, through sex magic, a couple can extract from each other what they are missing by way of virility and femininity, multiplying their energies tenfold and merging the carnal and spiritual worlds to experience transcendent adventures in the deepest depths of reality.

About the Author:
Sarane Alexandrian was a member of the surrealist group in Paris in the years directly after World War II. He is the author of more than 60 books, including novels, a memoir, and studies of occultism, eroticism, and art. He died in Paris in 2009.


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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO POSSESSION, DEPOSSESSION,
AND DIVINE RELATIONSHIPS
By Diana L. Paxson
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Bestselling author of several fantasy novels including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon, Diana L. Paxson now turns her attention to Trance Possession. Specifically, how to safely and effectively enter and to exit possessory trance. In possessory trance, one voluntarily offers one's body as a vehicle for spirit work. This differs from other forms of trance in that one's "normal" personality is replaced by a personality that is identified by oneself and one's community as a spirit or a god.



Here Paxson explores all aspects of trance possession, including:

  • how to prepare for possessory trance


  • how to enter and exit trance possession safely, and what to do if things get too heavy


  • connecting with Saints and Spirits, including those found in Afro-Diasporic religions


A practical book of particular interest to witches and pagans, each chapter includes two to five exercises that will assist you in your personal experiences with possession.

Diana L. Paxson is the author of nearly three dozen novels, including the bestselling "Avalon" series (ghostwriting for Marion Zimmer Bradley) and several works of spiritual nonfiction including Taking Up the Runes (Weiser Books). She has been a practicing priestess for nearly thirty years and lectures and conducts workshops in North America and Europe. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Visit her at www.diana-paxson.com.



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THE SECRET CHAMBER OF OSIRIS:
Lost Knowledge of the Sixteen Pyramids
By Scott Creighton and Rand Flem-Ath (Foreword)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company; First Edition edition (December 25, 2014)
List Price: $18.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Reveals the true purpose behind the pyramids of Giza and the location of the secret vault of Egyptian treasures hidden on the Giza plateau

Details how the first 16 pyramids represent the allegorical “dismembered body of Osiris” and the legendary missing part is a secret underground chamber


Explains how the pyramids were built as recovery vaults and with the secret chamber contained everything needed to rebuild civilization after the Deluge


Examines the technology used to build the pyramids and “fly the stones into place”

After nearly 200 years of the pyramid-as-tomb theory, a growing body of evidence suggests the first 16 pyramids of ancient Egypt were not royal tombs but nearly indestructible recovery vaults designed to revive civilization after an anticipated major catastrophe, the Deluge of Thoth.

Scott Creighton examines the prophecy of catastrophe and the ancient Egyptians’ massive undertaking to ensure the survival of their civilization. He explains how the pyramids acted as easily located storehouses for seeds, tools, and civilizing knowledge, yet they would have been too visible to house the precious treasures necessary to restore the rich culture of ancient Egypt. For this, the ancients created a secret chamber whose existence was hidden in myth and whose location was encoded in the Giza pyramids.

Creighton shows how, collectively, the first 16 pyramids represent the allegorical “dismembered body of Osiris,” the Egyptian god of agriculture and rebirth, and, as in the myth of Osiris, one part is missing or hidden--a secret chamber under the sands of the Giza plateau. Creighton reveals how the 3 great pyramids of Giza “point” to the secret location and how they were built with technology akin to modern hot air balloons, used to “fly the stones into place” as cited in Egyptian legends and shown in ancient art.

Offering a new understanding of this remarkable civilization, the author concludes with a startling revelation: shortly after he revealed the location of the secret chamber of Osiris--a location never before explored--it became the site of a major excavation by the Egyptian authorities, the results of which have yet to be made public.

About the Author:
Scott Creighton is an engineer whose extensive travels have allowed him to explore many of the world’s ancient sacred sites. The host of the Alternative Egyptology forum on www.AboveTopSecret.com , he is the co-author of The Giza Prophecy and lives in Glasgow, Scotland.



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ESOTERIC EGYPT:
The Sacred Science of the Land of Khem
By J. S. Gordon
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company; Reprint edition (February 2, 2015)
List Price: $25.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A study of the 100,000-year-old spiritual science of ancient Egypt

Examines the metaphysical structure of our universe as seen by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts, showing that each is based on the same central concepts from time immemorial



Reveals that the ancient Egyptians believed in reincarnation and a spiritual evolutionary process


Explains the connections between the movements of Orion and Sirius and the story of Osiris and Isis, the importance of the Pleiades and circumpolar stars to the Egyptians, and the fundamental unity of the Egyptian pantheon


Investigates the people who colonized greater Egypt 100,000 years ago, descendants of the Atlanteans

In Esoteric Egypt, J. S. Gordon reveals how the sacred science and wisdom tradition of ancient Egypt--the Land of Khem--stems from an advanced prehistoric worldwide civilization. Examining the metaphysical structure of our universe as seen by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts, he shows that each tradition is merely a variation on the central concepts of the precession of the equinoxes and the obliquity of the ecliptic pole. He explores the connections between the cyclical movements of Orion and Sirius and the story of Osiris and Isis, the importance of the Pleiades and the circumpolar stars, and the ancient tradition of man as a divine being “born from the substance of the stars.” He investigates the people who colonized greater Egypt 100,000 years ago, the progenitors of ancient Egyptian civilization descended from the 4th- and 5th-Root Race Atlanteans.

Gordon explores the magical and esoteric meanings behind Egyptian sacred ritual and temple art, drawing parallels to the Mystery School process of initiation. Explaining the fundamental unity of the Egyptian pantheon and the structure of the after-death state, he shows that the Egyptians clearly believed in reincarnation and a spiritual evolutionary process. Revealing the ancient sacred science of the Land of Khem, teachings passed down from the earliest times, he examines the psychospiritual nature of the human being and the function of our spiritual identity and our souls.

About the Author:
J. S. Gordon (1946-2013) held a master’s degree in Western esotericism from the University of Exeter and was a senior fellow of the Theosophical Society of England, where he lectured on ancient history and metaphysics. Known for his in-depth knowledge on the ancient Egyptian mystical tradition, he wrote several books, including The Path of Initiation and Land of the Fallen Star Gods.


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Pagan Portals -
THE MORRIGAN:
Meeting the Great Queens
By Morgan Daimler
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (December 12, 2014)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
On shadowed wings and in raven's call, meet the ancient Irish goddess of war, battle, prophecy, death, sovereignty, and magic.

This book is an introduction to the Morrigan and several related goddesses who share the title, including Badb and Macha. It combines solid academic information with personal experience in a way that is intended to dispel the confusion that often surrounds who this goddess was and is. The Morrigan is as active in the world today as she ever was in the past but answering her call means answering the challenge of finding her history and myth in a sea of misinformation, supposition, and hard-to-find ancient texts. Here in one place, all of her basic information has been collected along with personal experiences and advice from a long-time priestess dedicated to a goddess who bears the title Morrigan.

About the Author:
Morgan is an Irish Re-constructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the early '90′s. A wandering priestess of Odin and dedicant of Macha, she teaches classes on Irish and Norse magical practices, fairies, and related subjects around the northeastern United States. Morgan's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including 'By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan' and 'Naming the Goddess'. Morgan is also the author of nine books including 'Fairy Witchcraft' and the Urban Fantasy novel 'Murder Between the Worlds'.


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ALL ACTS OF LOVE & PLEASURE:
Inclusive Wicca
By Yvonne Aburrow
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (November 14, 2014)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals..,”
Doreen Valiente, The Charge of the Goddess

All Acts of Love and Pleasure is a companion guide to inclusive Wicca, which includes all participants regardless of sexual orientation, disability, age, or other differences, not by erasing or ignoring the distinctions, but by working with them creatively within initiatory Craft.

Tracing the development of Pagan and Wiccan ideas about gender and sexuality, authority and tradition, we can see that the Craft has evolved since the 1950s, and will continue to develop in the future. The Author examines different ideas in relation to initiatory Wicca, such as eco-spirituality, science, truth, the sacred, sexuality, consent culture, tradition, and magic, and how these concepts can be explored as part of a liberal religious tradition and training as a priestess or priest in Wicca.

Each chapter offers further reading, a meditation or visualisation, and practical ideas for rituals and discussions. By examining the origins and relevance of Wiccan concepts, the reader is challenged to explore their own views and how they express their own spirituality. Although the aim of this book is to act as a guide to existing initiatory covens who want to make their practice more inclusive, its scope is much broader as it deals with wide-ranging issues including group dynamics, coven leadership, ritual, ethics, and Wiccan theology and practice. It is sure to appeal to Pagans, Magicians, Druids and Witches, of all persuasions and views.

About the Author:
Yvonne Aburrow was initiated into Gardnerian Wicca in 1991. She is an author and poet, with an MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University. All Acts of Love and Pleasure is her eighth published work.


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BELTANE:
Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day
(Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
By Llewellyn, Melanie Marquis
Series: Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials (Book 2)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2015)
List Price: $11.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch’s year.

A well-rounded introduction to Beltane, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

In agricultural societies, Beltane marked the start of the summer season. We all have something we want to harvest by the end of the year—plans we are determined to realize. Beltane is the time to put our plans into action, and this book will show you how.


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EVERYDAY WITCHCRAFT:
Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World
By Deborah Blake
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2015)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Walk your personal Pagan path with grace and wisdom, integrating a spiritual practice into your life in just a few minutes per week. Simple, fun, and easy to follow, Everyday Witchcraft shows that, no matter how busy or hectic life is, even small acts can add meaning and depth to your life.

This remarkable book is filled with creative ideas and a variety of quick yet significant ways to connect with the rhythms of nature each day, not just on sabbats or the full moon. Make your home into a magickal place, work with the God and Goddess on a regular basis, and discover the magickal power of animals. From five-minute rituals and “hibernation vacations” to mini daily divinations, you can easily make the wisdom and practice of Witchcraft an enriching part of everyday life.



Praise:
This is a book that deserves a place on all shelves for it is pertinent not only to the Pagan-inclined but to all who look to better their lives.”—Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft

A must-have for any Witch looking to evolve their practice from a mere study of the Craft into a fully fledged lifestyle.”—Melanie Marquis, author of A Witch's World of Magick and The Witch's Bag of Tricks-


Deborah Blake is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007), Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008), The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch (Llewellyn 2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010). She has published numerous articles in Pagan publications, including Llewellyn annuals and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine.


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MAGIC MUSHROOM EXPLORER:
Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth
By Simon G. Powell
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2015)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A visionary guide to safely using psilocybin mushrooms to tap in to the wisdom of Nature and reconnect humanity to the biosphere

Explores the ecopsychological effects of wild psychedelic mushrooms, including enhanced biophilia, expanded awareness, eco-shamanic encounters, and access to the ancient wisdom that binds all life on Earth


Examines the most recent scientific studies on psilocybin in the U.S. and U.K.

Details the author’s work to keep the use of psilocybin mushrooms legal in the U.K. and shows that an irrational rejection of scientific evidence underlies the harsh war against psychedelic states of consciousness


Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in psychedelic mushrooms, is an invaluable natural resource for spiritually revivifying the human psyche and reconnecting us to the biosphere and the vast intelligence of Nature. Interweaving the most recent scientific studies in the United States and Britain, more than 25 years of sacred mushroom exploration, and behind-the-scenes details on the political wars against psychedelics, Simon G. Powell offers a guide to safely navigating and maximizing the healing and spiritual potential of psilocybin.

Powell explores the ecopsychological effects of wild psychedelic mushrooms, including enhanced biophilia, expanded awareness, mystical visions, and eco-shamanic encounters. He reveals how the beings and otherworldly teachers common in psilocybin experiences are actually emissaries from our higher consciousness that emerge when the floodgates of perception have been opened. He shares vivid descriptions from many of his own psilocybin journeys and shows how the mushroom offers a path of return to the ancient wisdom binding all life on Earth, a wisdom conveyed through tutorial visions and higher modes of perception. Illustrating psilocybin’s healthful properties, now acknowledged by mainstream science, Powell describes his activism in the fight to keep psilocybin mushroom use legal in the U.K. and shows that an irrational rejection of scientific evidence underlies the harsh war against psychedelic states of consciousness.

Laying the groundwork for a new relationship with our biosphere, Powell shows how the Earth’s psychedelic medicines can reconnect us to the spirituality and wisdom of Nature and bring the human race back from the brink of ecological and existential disaster.

About the Author:
Simon G. Powell is the writer and director of the documentary films Metanoia and Manna and the author of The Psilocybin Solution and Darwin’s Unfinished Business. He lives in London.


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90 DAYS TO LEARNING THE TAROT:
No Memorization Required!
By Lorri Gifford
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition (February 27, 2015)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Now you can connect to The Divine while learning the Tarot through this 90-day program that provides the tools to tap into your intuition.

The Tarot and stories told within the cards are magical and can apply to your personal, everyday experiences.

Through this plan, the images depicted on your favorite Tarot deck will provide an overview of current stories taking place in your life right now, and when combined with Divine Guidance, can provide transformation to a more fulfilling existence.

The daily lessons are broken into three sections: 



Getting to Know Yourself (days 1 through 14), Getting to Know Your Cards (days 15 through 75), and Sharing the Messages You Receive (days 76 through 90).

Illustrated with Ciro Marcetti s deck, The Gilded Tarot, you will find trust in your own intuitive powers with an insightful ability to answer questions, consider ideas, and access Divine knowledge. With simple instructions, explore within, work with activities, awaken your intuitive voice, and learn the Tarot without memorization!

About the Author:
Lorri Gifford has been giving Tarot readings for over 25 years. She is a Nationally Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, yoga teacher, and certified life coach. Her intention is to help others remember their connection to the Divine and, thereby, live a happier life.


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NEW IN DIVINATION:




CELTIC LENORMAND
By Chloë McCracken (Author), Will Worthington (Illustrator)
Paperback Book and 45 Card Deck Set
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (January 6, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This 45-card deck, with colorful artwork by Will Worthington, provides additional tree, animal and people cards for nuanced readings. Three different bird cards represent the triple goddess. In-depth descriptions for each card include keywords, divinatory meanings, suggestions for spell use, timing, spiritual messages, dark and light aspects, and affirmations. The illustrated guidebook also presents interpretations based on the phases of the moon and the Wheel of the Year. It includes card spreads and instructions for several different methods of reading with the Celtic Lenormand deck.





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TAROT DE MARSEILLE
Pierre Madenié 1709
(French Edition)
By Pierre Madenié
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Tarot Cards, Limited Edition (February 27, 2014)
Language: French

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
One of the oldest and most refined versions of the Tarot of Marseille, this deck was created in
1709 by master card maker and engraver Pierre Madenié of Dijon, France. The original engraved deck is preserved in the Swiss Museum of Zurich. This facsimile is printed as a Limited Edition 78-card deck with only 3000 numbered copies.

Each comes wrapped in a reproduction of the original packing sheet.








ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

  • 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.



  • Every 1st Monday of each month CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM


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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 April 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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Monday, February 16, 2015

ADDENDUM:February 2015- New from Aeon Sophia Press, Sefer Yeroch Ruachot

Edge of the Circle Books is Proud to Present 
This New Collectible Title 
From Aeon Sophia Press:




SEFER YEROCH RUACHOT
by G. de Laval

Sefer Yeroch Ruachot is an exhaustive treatise of 27 lunar spirits whose names form a complex cipher that is an explicit name of Satan, a previously unknown Shem ha Mephorash system pertaining to Satan, the opposer, the antagonist of the right-hand-path complex of Abrahamic religions. The demons of this grimoire, complete details of their alchemical construction, their relationship with dozens of other entities, conjurations seals and alchemical spirit signatures, as well as a full ritual system of working with them, is included. This work is the third installment of grimoires touching upon the world of greater Shem ha Mephorash entities: the book "Black Magic Evocation of the Shem ha Mephorash" and "The Explicit Name of Lucifer" are the first two books in the series, of which this work will be the largest and most comprehensive member so far with more than 300 pages in Royal book size, including 28 illustrations and countless sigils and mandalas.

300 pages, 120 grams paper book block
Hardcover, adorned with gold foil lettering to spine and front cover stamp

Black leather to the spine, blue silk front and back cover.
Standard edition limited to 200 copies, 
by G. de Laval
List Price: $66.95




























Sunday, February 1, 2015

IMBOLC!

From the Sacred Rebels Oracle, Blue Angel Publishing, 2015.
BLESSED IMBOLC!
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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We are also now on Facebook:
Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!

Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest.


If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.
Meetups, talks, book signings, etc are all welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, feel free to post your event.
This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.

..and check out our new TUMBLR Page!

**

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!
No charge if your class or event is free!






Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.







CLAVIS JOURNAL VOLUME 3:
A Journal of Occult Arts, Letters, and Experience
Edited by William Kiesel and Daniel Schulke
Publishers: Clavis Editions, Ouroboros Press, and Three Hands Press
Publication Date: November 20, 2014

Standard Edition — List Price: $40
192 pages, Softcover, sewn, heavy stock, full color illustrations, featuring the cover image Order of the Caryatids by Miriam Escofet.


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The third volume of Clavis: A Journal of Occult Arts, Letters, and Experience is now available for pre-order. Its contents concern the respective themes of ‘Cipher and Stone’. 

The journal is 192 pages, featuring the preternatural works of such esoteric artists as Miriam Escofet, Rory Alan MacLean, Austin Osman Spare, K. Lenore Siner, Claudia Avila, Mike Davis, J.G. Winther, Ken Henson, Benjamin Vierling, Mitchell Nolte, Joe McGown‏, Francisco D., and Gail Coppock.



Articles include:

Through the Gate of Horn: Occult Fiction and the Primordial Image’ by Richard Gavin, accompanied by the Esoteric Images of Scott Finch, ‘The Triangular Manuscript of the Count of St. Germain’, by Nick Koss, ‘Powers Secured and Sealed: Miraculous Rings in Occult Praxis’ by William Kiesel, ‘The Call of Fire: The Hermetic Quest of René Schwaller de Lubicz’ by Aaron Cheak, PhD., Stuart Südekum’s essay on the hidden Tarot of A.E. Waite entitled ‘The Secret Tradition in Silence’, Art Conservator Derek Elmore’s reflections on his work with the images of Austin Osman Spare, Andrew Larson’s ‘Opening the Oracular Eye: Bowl and Lamp Divination in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri’, Fredrik Eytzinger’s ‘The Incarnation of Denis Lindbohm’, John Major Jenkins writes of the Astrotheology and Magical Invocations in a 7th century Mayan text.

Additional works on alchemy, ancient astrology, and more are also included.



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BABALAWO, SANTERIA'S HIGH PRIESTS:
Fathers of the Secrets in Afro-Cuban Ifa
By Frank Baba Eyiogbe
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 2/8/2015
Pages: 264
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Cuban Ifá From An Insider-

Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, also known as Lucumí, there is a deep body of secrets and rituals called Ifá, divination practiced by priests whose title, Babalawo, means “Father of the Secrets.” This book pulls away the veil of secrecy to reveal exactly what Ifá is and how it works, exploring its history, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, offerings, and sacrifices. Join Frank Baba Eyiogbe in this fascinating introduction that discusses the functions of the Babalawo, the role of women, the future of Ifá, and much more.

A wonderful and much needed addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban religion. Engagingly written, scholarly while remaining accessible . . . it presents an up-to-date exposition of both the history and contemporary philosophy of one of the world’s most complex systems of divination.”—Stephan Palmié, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and author of The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion



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ATHANASIUS KIRCHER'S THEATRE OF THE WORLD:
His Life, Work, and the Search for Universal Knowledge
By Joscelyn Godwin
Quality Paperback — 1/1/15
Paper with French flaps
Page Count: 304; 9.88 (width) x 11.00 (height)
431 b&w illustrations
Imprint: Inner Traditions
List Price:$ 49.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
About Athanasius Kircher's Theatre of the World-






A major study of both the written and pictorial work of a neglected genius whose breadth of interest made him the last Renaissance man

  • Fully examines every area of Kircher’s wide field of study and accomplishments
  • Magnificently illustrated with stunning engravings from Kircher’s work


Jesuit, linguist, archaeologist, and exceptional scholar, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was the last true Renaissance man. To Kircher the entire world was a glorious manifestation of God. His exploration was both a scientific quest and a religious experience. Credited with being the first Egyptologist, his works on Egyptology, music, optics, magnetism, geology, and comparative religion were the definitive texts of their time--and yet they represent only a part of his vast range of knowledge. A Christian Hermeticist in the style of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, his work also examined alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the Egyptian mystery tradition exemplified by Hermes Trismegistus.

The Hermetic cast of Kircher’s thought, which was foreign to the concerns of those propelling the Age of Reason, coupled with the breadth of his interests, caused many of his contributions to be widely overlooked--an oversight now masterfully rectified by Joscelyn Godwin. It has been said that Kircher could think only in images. The stunning engravings that are a distinguishing feature of his work are included here so we may fully appreciate and see for ourselves the life work, philosophy, and achievements of “the last man who knew everything.”

About the Author:
Educated at Cambridge and Cornell, Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., is a professor of music at Colgate University and the author, editor, and translator of many books on Hermeticism and music, including Cosmic Music, The Golden Thread, The Harmony of the Spheres, Arktos, and Atlantis and the Cycles of Time. Known for his translations of the works of Fabre d’Olivet and Julius Evola as well as Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, he lives in Hamilton, New York.


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THE SECRETS OF TANTRIC BUDDHISM:
Understanding the Ecstasy of Enlightenment
By Thomas Cleary (Translator)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2015)
List Price: $ 18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Unlocking the secrets of Tantra--one of the most alluring forms of Buddhism

Often misunderstood, Tantrism focuses on a particular style of meditation and ritual. Having far more to do with the sacred than the sexual, Tantric Buddhism is believed to have originated around the 5th Century AD in the rich cultural basin of Bengal and spread throughout the Asian world. Today it is widely practiced in Tibet, Japan, and the West.

The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism presents accessible translations of 46 classic texts found in the Carya-Giti, a collection of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of the 10th and 11th centuries. Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them seem fresh and contemporary.

These teachings emanate from one of the most dynamic sources of Buddhism, at the height of its religious development. They are completely nonsectarian and will be greeted enthusiastically by those interested in spirituality, world religions, and classic Buddhism.

About the Author:
Thomas Cleary is an internationally known translator of spiritual classics from Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali, and Arabic. He holds a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.



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VISIONARY AYAHUASCA:
A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys
By Jan Kounen, Alejandro Jodorowsky (Foreword)
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (December 27, 2014)
List Price:$ 18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A “what to expect” guide for first-time ayahuasca users paired with accounts from the author’s extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon








  • Describes how to prepare for the first ceremony, what to do in the days afterward, and how to maintain a shamanic healing diet


  • Details some of the author’s own ayahuasca experiences, including an intensive trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies


  • Explores the many other plants that are part of the ayahuasca healer’s medicine cabinet as well as the icaros, healing songs, of the ayahuasca shaman


Since 1999 Jan Kounen has regularly traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. At first only a curious filmmaker, over multiple trips he transformed from explorer to apprentice to ayahuasquero and often found himself surrounded by other foreigners coming to the jungle for their first taste of ayahuasca medicine. Knowing how little guidance is available on how to prepare or what to expect, he naturally offered them advice.

Part visionary ayahuasca memoir and part practical guide, this book contains the same step-by-step advice that Kounen provides first-time ayahuasca users in the jungle. He describes how to prepare for the first ceremony and what to do in the days afterward. He explores how to deal with the nausea and details the special preparatory diets an ayahuasca shaman will put you on, often lasting for months but necessary for life-transforming results and teachings from the plant spirits. He also explains how it is far easier to maintain these restrictions in the jungle than in the city.

Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. He tells of his meetings with Shipibo healers, including Kestenbetsa, who opened the doors of this world for him, and Panshin Beka, the shaman to whom Kounen became an apprentice. He details the many other plants and foods that are part of the ayahuasca healer’s medicine cabinet, such as tond tobacco, as well as their icaros, or healing songs. A veritable “what to expect” guide, this book should be your first step prior to committing to ayahuasca.



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SEALING OF THE FIVE SENSES:
Advanced Practices for Becoming a Taoist Immortal
By Mantak Chia and William U. Wei
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; Reprint edition (December 19, 2014)
List Price: $ 18.95



FROM THE PUBLISHER:

An illustrated guide to follow the path to the Immortal Tao-






  • Reveals the 9 inner alchemy formulas for the Sealing of the Five Senses practice, including strengthening the senses and activating the Thrusting Channels


  • Explores how abuse of the senses leads to energy loss and degradation, for example, listening too much hurts the mind


  • Explains how to transmute warm chi into energy for the immortal spirit body, created through mastery of the three Kan and Li practices


In ancient times, the Sealing of the Five Senses involved both Taoist Inner Alchemy and physical sealing of the sensory organs to prepare the master for extended periods of astral travel and meditation, during which he would remain completely motionless for years at a time. In modern times, physical sealing of the senses with wax is no longer required; however, in order to accumulate profound energy and gather cosmic light for the immortal spirit body one must stop the energy losses that occur through the senses.

In this guide to energetic sealing of the senses, Master Mantak Chia and William Wei reveal the 9 inner alchemy formulas for the Sealing of the Five Senses practice, including strengthening the senses, connecting the senses to the organs, activating the Thrusting Channels, and harnessing the energies of the Big Dipper and the North Star. They explain how to stop energy losses through the five senses and transmute warm chi into energy for the immortal spirit body. The authors explore the importance of proper diet and eating habits in this practice, providing striking examples of World War II concentration camp survivors who were able to obtain energy from chewing water.

Revealing the benefits of Sealing the Five Senses for non-Immortals, the authors explain how abuse of the senses leads to energy loss and degradation, for example, listening too much hurts the mind and crying too much harms your blood. They show how sealing the senses allows one to create the Crystal Room cauldron, where fire and water energy can couple to generate a superior essence used to achieve greater awareness and “steam” all the body’s major organ systems.

An advanced practice for those who have mastered the three Kan and Li practices, the Sealing of the Five Senses is the final step on the Taoist path to Immortality.



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TAROT DESIGNS COLORING BOOK
By Adrienne Trafford
Age Range: 11 - 14 years
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Clr edition (May 21, 2014)
Language: English
List Price: $3.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Thirty original illustrations to color capture the magic and mysticism of Tarot cards. Full-page drawings cover the complete major arcana, including the High Priestess, the Fool, the Lovers, the Wheel of Fortune, and other trump cards. Additional depictions from the minor arcana feature swords, wands, cups, and coin suits.


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RUNES: THE ALPHABET OF THE GODS
(Library of Oracles for Guidance and Self Awareness)
By Guy Ogilvy
Series: Library of Oracles for Guidance and Self Awareness
Paperback: 160 pages ~ Boxed Kit
Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press; Box Bag Pa edition (October 15, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Runes are the magical alphabet of central and northern Europe. Though they were used as a form of writing, particularly for short magical inscriptions, their primary use was divination and decision-making. Meaning whisper or secret, Runes are a system of symbols that can connect you with your ancestors, spirits, and the living world. Today, we can still use these beliefs about ancient deities, and by accessing the magic of Runes we can address many of the challenges of daily life in the 21st century.

Guy Ogilvy, one of the world's best known Rune specialists, has created a wonderfully illustrated handbook full of detailed interpretations and advice, providing both the basics and advanced information to help you in your personal and successful use of this ancient oracle.

This beautiful set includes:

A 160-page full-color guidebook that includes powerful Rune interpretations, suitable for both beginners and advanced users
24 specially commissioned Birchwood runes from Northern Europe
A fabric bag to hold the Runes




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VINTAGE WISDOM ORACLE
By Victoria Moseley
Paperback: 80 pages, Boxed Set
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (November 30, 2014)
52 Cards measuring 3.75" x 5.5", Box measures 4" x 5.7"
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Vintage Wisdom Oracle deck presents 52 lavishly illustrated oracle cards infused with the beauty and inspiration of goddesses, divas and muses from bygone eras. Rich in symbolic detail, these nostalgic montages have been artfully crafted from French vintage postcards and sepia family photographs, embellished with delicate flowers and lace. This exquisite gift set includes an 80-page guidebook filled with evocative insights and timeless feminine wisdom, as well as five custom card spreads.


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SACRED REBELS ORACLE:
Guidance for Living a Unique & Authentic Life
By Alana Fairchild
Artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison
Boxed Set: 44 cards and 180-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/Llewellyn Publications; Box Crds/P edition (January 8, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

This stunning deck is dedicated to YOU – you who want to live your own, unique, inspired life, and share your light with the world as a sacred offering.

The 'Sacred Rebels Oracle' is for those that are ready to celebrate and nurture their individuality. When you are a Sacred Rebel you want to be fully alive and express your authentic truths. You want to help heal the world, even when that means shaking things up. Sacred rebels love life and refuse to believe that manifesting their dreams is impossible!



This oracle deck is filled with striking imagery and beautiful heartfelt guidance to support you in awakening your sacred rebellious heart, so that you will trust in your own uniqueness and authenticity, and honour your own creative power.


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MYTHS & MERMAIDS:
Oracle of the Water
By Jasmine Becket-Griffith, with Amber Logan & Kachina Mickeletto
Cards: 120 pages, 44 card boxed set.
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/Llewellyn Publications; Box Crds/P edition (January 8, 2015)
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The mystical element of water is both bringer of life and bearer of death, the herald of hope and the harbinger of destruction. It is in our nature to seek to understand it, to conquer it, and to sip its mysterious powers.

Who better, then, to ask for guidance and inspiration than the spirits of water themselves, the Water Fae? Mermaids, sprites, nymphs, and more — their wisdom and insight have been collected within this oracle to help us comprehend and embrace the enigmatic dichotomy that is water.



'Myths & Mermaids' features the artwork of world-renowned artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, paired with a guidebook channelling the wisdom, advice, and poignant poetry of Jasmine’s two sisters, Amber Logan and Kachina Mickeletto. Embrace the duality that is the element of water and prepare to plumb the depths of the unknown with guidance from the Water Fae!

44 cards and 120-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.


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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."

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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again March 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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