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EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS NEWSLETTER


The Dance in Cupid's Alley 1904 by Arthur Rackham 1867-1939



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.


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
Call: 206-PAN-1999


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We are also now on Facebook:
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JANUS
By Loudon Dodd - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7404342

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (/ˈdʒeɪnəs/; Latin: Ianus, pronounced [ˈjaː.nus]) is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. It is conventionally thought that the month of January is named for Janus (Ianuarius), but according to ancient Roman farmers' almanacs, Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.






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BETWIXT & BETWEEN:
Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft
By Storm Faerywolf
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2017)
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Storm Faerywolf deftly shares powerful teachings and techniques for those who would seek to know the way of Faery, helping Witches on any path find their way deeper into the mysteries.”―Christopher Penczak, author of the Temple of Witchcraft series

Faery (also known as Feri) is a tradition of great power and beauty. Originating in the West Coast of the United States separately from the Wicca tradition in England, Faery’s appeal is grounded in its focus on power and results. This book provides the tools you need to begin your own Faery-style magical practice. Discover the foundational mythology and rites of the Faery tradition as well as steps and techniques for:

Creating an Altar • Summoning the Faery Fire • Engaging the Shadow? • Exploring the Personal Trinity • Purifying the Primal Soul • Working with the Iron Pentacle • Aligning Your Life Force • Developing Spirit Alliances • Journeying Between the Worlds • Exploring Air, Fire, Water & Earth • Enhancing Faery Power

Personal experimentation and creative exploration are the heart and soul of Faery. The rituals, recipes, exercises, and lore within will help you project your consciousness into realms beyond this world, opening you to the experience of spiritual ecstasy.




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THE TAPER THAT LIGHTS THE WAY:
Robert Cochrane's Letters Revealed
By Shani Oates , Robert Cochrane
Hardcover: 476 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford (June 21, 2016)
List Price: $35.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Those that speak of secret and secrecy, and not of discretion or wisdom, are those who have not discovered Truth."

Subject to continual speculation and study, the enigmatic words of this erstwhile poet have touched the Craft, influencing all called to it, irrespective of their path or journeying. Such was his genius, such was his unique gift, ever the barb of fate, he was beyond his era. His legacy has enriched the tone of all seekers and all pilgrims who would cast aside the veil of illusion in favour of the 'Real.' For the first time, his own Clan are able to offer clarification on the mystery of his Faith through his evolving Craft, begun officially at the onset of the decade that witnessed his tragic death. Finally, through the gift of several early letters, now brought together with those already published, their message is consciously revealed. Under a carefully constructed chronology, this is 'his' story, unfurled through his words and works.

As the 'Order of the Sun, ' his People of Goda, of the Clan of Tubal Cain, we continue to hold aloft his brave taper, that for the 'Hound' and 'Pale Guiden, ' in the Great Hall of Caer Ochran, is 'worth a light!'




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IFÁ:
A Forest of Mystery
By Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold
Bibliothèque Rouge paperback edition
400 pages, 18 original pen & ink illustrations by Childerico
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Ifá: A Forest of Mystery by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is a major study on the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination system of Ifá, written by a tradition holder and member of the council of elders, known as the Ogboni society, of Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Ifá – an alternative name for its prophet Òrúnmìlà – is a religion, a wisdom tradition and a system of divination encoding the rich and complex oral and material culture of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba culture is grounded in memory, an ancestral repository of wisdom, that generates good counsel, advises appropriate ebo (sacrifice) and opens the way to develop a good character on our journey through life and in our interactions with the visible and invisible worlds.

The work is a presentation of the first sixteen odù of the Ifá corpus of divination verses explained in stories, allegories and proverbs reflecting the practical wisdom of Ifá. The work is both a presentation of Ifá for those with little knowledge of it, and a dynamic presentation of the wealth of its wisdom for those already familiar with Ifá. The deities and key concepts of Ifá metaphysics are discussed, including: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and orí (head/consciousness/daimon). Notably, Dr Frisvold has created a work which celebrates the Yoruba wisdom tradition and makes a bridge with the Western world. It is of value for the light that it casts on the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and an important source for those practicing Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. Yet its lessons are universal, for it is the art of developing character, of attracting good fortune and accruing wisdom in life. As Nicholaj writes:

‘…Ifá is a philosophy, a theogony, theology and cosmology rooted in a particular metaphysic that concerns itself with the real and the ideal, the world and its beginning. It is rooted in the constitution of man and the purpose of life and the nature of fate. Ifá is a philosophy of character. The philosophy of Ifá lies at the root of any religious cult or organization involving the veneration of òrìsà. […] Through stories and legends, divinatory verses and proverbs, this philosophy will be revealed piece by piece until the landscape has been laid open before you… ’


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part I · A Philosophy of Character

The Timeless Wisdom of Ifá
Òrúnmìlà & the Secret Structure of Odù
The Art of Divination
The Cosmology of Ifá

Part II · A Forest of Mystery

Èjì Ogbè · The moist air of consciousness
Òyèkú méjì · The mother of the spirit of death
Ìwòrì méjì · Celestial agriculture in the land of transformation
Òdí méjì · The house of deep comfort
Ìrosùn méjì · The rivers of consciousness
Òwónrín méjì · The sweet and bitter track
Òbárá méjì · The fork in the road
Òkànrán méjì · The crossroad the heart gave
Ògúndá méjì · The relentless pathmaker
Òsá méjì · The mysteries of the birds of night
Ìká méjì · The wicked cobra of fire
Òtúrúpòn méjì · The secret path of truth
Òtúrá méjì · Love’s gentle harmony
Ìretè méjì · The author of fate
Òsé méjì · The sweetness of mystery
Òfún méjì · The calabash of character
Òsétúrá · Èsù & the design of the world



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THE BOOK OF RUNES:
Interpreting the Ancient Stones
By Francis Melville
120 page paperback book and 25 Rune Boxed set, with drawstring bag
Publisher: Wellfleet Press; Box Bag Pa edition (September 29, 2016)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Uncover the mysterious powers of the runic alphabet with The Book of Runes.

The history of the runes is mysterious. According to Norse mythology, Odin, the chief of the gods, sacrificed himself for nine days and nights in order to receive cosmic wisdom, which was granted to him in the form of the runes. These runes make up an alphabet that was used across most of northern Europe from pre-Christian times until the thirteenth century.

Complete with 25 runes, a drawstring pouch, and a 120-page book, The Book of Runes explains the meanings of the runes and the Norse mythology that underpins their basic concepts. Discover the powers these symbols contain by creating your own rune stones and using them for divinatory and magical purposes, from making talismans to petitioning the Norse gods.



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SOLA-BUSCA TAROT MAYER’S 1998
By Giordano Berti
Rinascimento Italian Style Art
Full 78 Card Deck,
3”-1/4” wide by 6” tall cards in Faux Book Box
Publisher: Rinascimento and Araba Fenice, Italy, 2016
Circulation: 700 copies numbered and signed.
Deck: 78 cards + 1 Warranty with handwritten number and signature of Wolfgang Mayer.
Artbox designed by art Letizia Rivetti..
Packaging: "Renaissance - Italian Style Art". Handmade. A book form. Outside in blue marbled paper. Velor interior.
Presentation: edited by Giordano Berti. Leaflet 3 doors with historical information on this deck and symbolic meanings.
List Price: $138.50



FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The only deck of the 15th century Tarot arrived to our days complete with all 78 cards.

The first deck alchemy of history.

The deck, four centuries later, inspired the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot .

All cards are illustrated, for the first time in history, with dynamic characters.

The 22 Triumphs depicting heroic leaders of ancient greek-Roman and in two, cases, the history of biblical: Nenbroto (Nimrod) and Nabuchodenasor (Nebuchadnezzar).

The Court Cards and Numerali show scenes of everyday life, fantasy images and allegories alchemical.

The symbols are slightly different from the traditional ones: Of Risks instead of Coins, Bats instead of Sticks; Amphorae instead of Cups. The Spade remain Lamps.


The Sola-Busca Tarot remained for nearly 420 years in a private collection, as long as the Italian state in 2008 bought the deck and in storage assigned to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, where in 2012 he was made a stunning display. In 1908 the English esotericist Arthur Edward Waite was inspired by the Sola-Busca Tarot to create the Rider-Waite Tarot painted by Pamela Colman Smith.



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TAROCCHI SOLA BUSCA XV SEC.
Special Edition Major Arcana Set
By Osvaldo Menegazzi
Limited to only 400 hand-numbered copies
Size: Same as original cards (144 x 78 mm.) 5.7 x 3 inches, 14.5 x 7.5 cm.
Osvaldo Menegazzi was granted exclusive rights to reprint the deck directly from the original cards.
Reverse Side: Same unique reddish hue of original deck (shown below)
Cardstock: Like the original Text in Italian, *but a new, full version English book also available upon request!
*Note the new Sola Busca book written by Cristina Dorsini & Morena Poltronieri,
Hand-crafted Box by Osvaldo Menegazzi
List Price: $87.50



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
By meticulously recreating this deck Osvaldo Menegazzi hopes to give the Tarot historian, researcher and collector an authentic experience both tactually and visually. The size, cardstock, coloring and even the back of the cards is remarkably similar to the deck created in 1491 during the Italian Renaissance.

Morena Poltronieri, director of Museo dei Tarocchi (Tarot Museum) who has seen both versions; the original cards and Osvaldo's reproduction shares this: It's incredible...I looked at the originals and there is no difference at all between these two decks! That is the genius of Osvaldo! You could probably have it tested for smell too. A work of art, a masterpiece!

il Meneghello was granted the sole permission to reprint this deck directly from the original cards by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Pinacoteca di Brera (where it is housed) and that makes this version unique in the world.

It is important to note that Sola Busca does not follow the same card meanings as traditional Major Arcana Tarot. Most of the Trumps are inspired by Roman mythology with a couple cards based on biblical sources. Each card has alchemical symbology, numismatics, and classical historical references.

This deck is considered the oldest complete 78 card deck of the Renaissance era, however this publication focuses solely on the Major Arcana. Sola Busca is also the oldest deck in which imaginative scenes grace each card (not only the Major Arcana but also the pip or ‘numbered’ cards) and it is believed Pamela Coleman Smith studied it while creating the Waite-Smith Tarot cards for Arthur Edward Waite (centuries later, around 1909.)

"This new Sola Busca book in English, offers details on the historical characters & backgrounds associated with each of the 22 Major Arcana as well as symbolic details pertaining to the alchemical symbols & nuances found in these cards. A new theory is posed about who the actual artist of this deck may have been with facts & details supporting the hypothesis and other interesting commentary pertaining to the Sola Busca Tarot and Renaissance era in which it was created." 

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MINCHIATE FIORENTINE (FLORENCE), 1850
97 Full Color, (originally) Hand Painted Cards
By Osvaldo Menegazzi
This is a Limited Print of 1500
Card size: 3 3/4'' x 2 1/4 inches, 9.53 x 5.72 cm.
Publisher: Il Meneghello
Price: $32.95




These beautiful cards have an old world look and feel to them and are made of sturdy card stock (matte). The original etchings were painted by hand. There are astrological cards along with other Tarot related archetypal images for the Majors and the Minors have symbols on the cards.

Tom Tadford Little notes: ''Minchiate was a very popular game, eventually supplanting the 78-card tarot not only in Florence, but throughout most of Italy.... it continued to be played in Genoa until the 1930s. Like other Italian regional tarots, the Minchiate of Florence celebrates civic pride. The graceful, artistic designs recall the role of Florence as the center of Renaissance art...''




Minchiate is an expansion of Tarot that most likely dates back to the sixteenth century. It came into being a hundred years or so later than the origin of Tarot (which is estimated to be around 1450, in Milan). Minchiate differs from the typical Tarot deck by having 41 Major Arcana cards rather than 22. Like the Tarot, there are 56 Minor Arcana (16 Court cards, and 40 Pips) , making a total of 97 cards in the deck.

The Minchiate adds the remainder of the virtues (Prudence, Faith, Hope, and Charity), the zodiac signs, the four elements and the Grand Duke to the Major Arcana. The Emperor has been replaced by a Western Emperor and an Eastern Emperor. And the High Priestess, Empress and Pope have been replaced, or perhaps renamed.



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LA CORTE DEI TAROCCHI
(The Court of Tarot)
Designed by Anna Maria D’Onofrio
A Limited, Numbered Edition of 1100
78 Card Deck
Size: 2'' x 5 1/4 inches, 5 x 13 cm.
Published by il Meneghello, 1999
Price: $.32.95



This is a favorite in any collection. The artwork is enchanting. It comes in a lovely sturdy box with a sample card from the deck and a hot wax seal on the cover (shown below) and the 78 cards are on sturdy matte cardstock. According to Osvaldo, the originals were engraved on zinc with a water dye technique and then retouched by hand.





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22 TALISMANI IN 22 ARCANI
A Limited Edition, Hand-Crafted Deck & Box Set
By Osvaldo Menegazzi
Published by il Meneghello



The word Talisman comes from Greek Telesma meaning to "initiate into the mysteries". A talisman is an amulet or sacred object considered to possess magical powers, placed on this object by an outside force. An inanimate object that one makes animate. In magic a talisman is endowed with magical properties or magical forces of a specific nature. It could also mean a sentimental object or souvenir that when revisited years later; evokes a certain emotional response...



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CAT TAROT
By Carole-Anne Eschenazi, Diana Cammarano
Lo Scarabeo, Llewellyn
Boxed Deck
Pub Date; February 2017
List Price:$22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover a world much like our own, where iconic people from history and literature come to life―not as humans, but as cats! Will you face the rage of Genghis Cat or be seduced by Catlyn Monroe? Will you fall in love with Cyrano de Bergecat or traverse new worlds alongside Christopher Catlumbus? With incredible artwork to bring each persona to life, the CatTarot deck invites you to take a wondrous journey of enlightenment through a fabulous feline dimension.






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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again February 1st, 2017
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



















Saturday, December 17, 2016

NEW FROM AZOTH, HERMES-

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW TITLES



GATEWAYS THROUGH LIGHT & SHADOW
By Frater Ashen Chassan
(Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Standard Hardcover)
Azoth Press, 2016.
1000 Signed limited edition hardcover copies. Individually hand bound with silver foil stamping, 70lbs acid neutral paper. Printed in two colors with over 140 illustrations!
List Price: $66.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Gateways Through Light and Shadow is the second book by Bryan Garner, known to his fellow ceremonial magicians as Frater Ashen Chassan, and in it we are again offered the illuminating opportunity to observe and learn from a practicing magus engaged in his Work. Once more he offers instruction in the processes of grimoric ceremonial magic and shares the insights he has gained from his ongoing research and operations. However, what may be most extraordinary about Gateways is that it allows us access to the detailed magical journal records of the communications received by Ashen Chassan and his gifted scryer, Benn mac Stiofán, during the evocations of such profound Spiritual beings as the seven Planetary Archangels, the seven Olympic Planetary Spirits, the four Spirit Kings of the Cardinal Directions, and the Supercelestial Angels Sandalphon and Metatron.

Gateways Through Light and Shadow is illustrated throughout with two-color line art of the talismanic magical implements used in the evocations, including sigils, seals, lamens, pentacles, and magic circles, along with new implements created by the magician under the guidance of the Archangels, as well as new portraits of the evoked Spirits.

Click to enlarge.
"This book is a major contribution to the study and practice of Western ceremonial ritual magic. This is a book that no serious practitioner of magic should be without."
from the Foreword by Dr. Stephen Skinner





THE MARZIANO TAROT
The oldest known Tarot Deck
Recreated by Robert M. Place
Hermes Publishing, 2016
List Price: $30.00

The Marziano Tarot is a recreation of the Tarot's oldest ancestor. The trumps are sixteen gods and the four suits are: eagles, phoenixes, turtledoves, and doves.

From the author:
The deck consisted of four suits, each with ten pips and a king and queen in the suit. The suit symbols were four different birds: eagles, phoenixes, turtledoves, and doves. According to Marziano, who wrote in great detail about the symbolism of the deck, each suit was intended to represent a life goal or desire, grouped in two contrasting pairs. As previously stated, the deck also contained 16 trumps composed of classical gods, which was not an unusual subject in Renaissance art. Besides forming a separate trump suit, four gods were assigned to each suit, with the gods representing appropriate qualities for each goal:

Eagles, representing the life goal virtue, were assigned Jove, Apollo, Mercury, and Hercules.

Phoenixes, representing the desire for riches, were assigned Juno, Neptune, Mars, and Aeolus.

Turtledoves, representing the goal of chastity, were assigned Pallas, Diana, Vesta, and Daphne.

Doves, representing the desire for sensuality, were assigned Venus, Bacchus, Ceres, and Cupid.

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THE HERMES PLAYING CARD ORACLE
Created by Robert M. Place
Hermes Publishing, 2016
List Price: $20.00


The Hermes Playing Card Oracle is the latest oracle deck designed by Robert M. Place. It is a standard game deck of 52 cards plus two jokers, but with the addition of symbolic images on each card, each providing a divinatory meaning. It can be used for card games, or laid out in the traditional pattern, known as the Grand Tableau, and used for divination.The cards measure 3.5″ by 2.5.” A small book explaining the oracle is included in the box.






Thursday, December 1, 2016

YULE!!!


BLESSED YULE!
John Albert Bauer (4 June 1882 – 20 November 1918)



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.

Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000179343332589/

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, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, or giving a workshop or talk, 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.



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



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Pagan Portals
PAN:
Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches
By Melusine Draco
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 96 pages
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Those who have grown up with Pan as a playmate remember how, back in the day, it would be possible for a young child to disappear into the woods with only a dog for company for hours on end without there being a hue and cry raised in its absence; and it was on those woodland rides and pathways - summer or winter - that Mélusine Draco often encountered Pan.



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OCCULT PARIS:
The Lost Magic of the Belle Époque
By Tobias Churton
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (November 3, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
How fin-de-siècle Paris became the locus for the most intense revival of magical practices and doctrines since the Renaissance




  • Examines the remarkable lives of occult practitioners Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Jules Doinel, and others\
  • Reveals how occult activity deeply influenced many well-known cultural movements, such as Symbolism, the Decadents, modern music, and the “psychedelic 60s”


During Paris’s Belle Époque (1871-1914), many cultural movements and artistic styles flourished--Symbolism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Decadents--all of which profoundly shaped modern culture. Inseparable from this cultural advancement was the explosion of occult activity taking place in the City of Light at the same time.

Exploring the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Époque, Tobias Churton shows how a wide variety of Theosophists, Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, Gnostics, and neo-Cathars called fin-de-siècle Paris home. He examines the precise interplay of occultists Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, and founder of the modern Gnostic Church Jules Doinel, along with lesser known figures such as Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Paul Sédir, Charles Barlet, Edmond Bailly, Albert Jounet, Abbé Lacuria, and Lady Caithness. He reveals how the work of many masters of modern culture such as composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, writers Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire, and painters Georges Seurat and Alphonse Osbert bear signs of immersion in the esoteric circles that were thriving in Paris at the time. The author demonstrates how the creative hermetic ferment that animated the City of Light in the decades leading up to World War I remains an enduring presence and powerful influence today. Where, he asks, would Aleister Crowley and all the magicians of today be without the Parisian source of so much creativity in this field?

Conveying the living energy of Paris in this richly artistic period of history, Churton brings into full perspective the characters, personalities, and forces that made Paris a global magnet and which allowed later cultural movements, such as the “psychedelic 60s,” to rise from the ashes of post-war Europe.


About the Author:
Tobias Churton is Britain’s leading scholar of Western Esotericism, a world authority on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Rosicrucianism. An Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is a faculty lecturer, he holds a master’s degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including Gnostic Philosophy and Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin. He lives in England.



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TANTRIC KALI:
Secret Practices and Rituals
By Daniel Odier
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (October 24, 2016)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The mythology, rituals, meditations, and practices used in Tantric worship of the goddess Kali in the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism

Reveals the practices of Vamachara, known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti

  • Includes a Kali ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra, translated here for the first time


  • Presents devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali


According to traditions going back to pre-Vedic times, Kali sprang from the third eye of the Goddess Durga as a destructive and terrifying manifestation of feminine power sent to lay waste to the forces of evil. Throughout India to this day, Kali is worshipped as the destroyer of bondage, capable of liberating her devotee from all rules and subjugation.

In Tantric Kali, Daniel Odier presents the mythology, practices, and rituals of Kali worship in the Tantric Kaula tradition within Kashmiri Shaivism. He reveals the practices of Vamachara, commonly known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti. In this tradition the body itself is Kali’s temple, and it is therefore unnecessary to reject or deny the body to know union with the divine. Instead, nothing is regarded as pure or impure and there is complete freedom from rules. Focused on working directly with forbidden emotions and behaviors, this path allows the seeker to transcend obstacles to liberation through sexual union. According to the Kaula Upanishad, “In your behavior do the opposite to what the norms dictate but remain in consciousness.” This is the essence of Tantra. Kali is absolute reality: manifested as woman intoxicated by desire, she frees the tantric practitioner from all desire except union with the divine.

The author includes an evocative ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra--never before translated into any Western language--containing devotions to the 64 yoginis according to Matsyendranath, founder of the Kaula path. Offering devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali, this empowering book provides practices and teachings for those on the Tantric path to liberation.



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LOVE MAGIC:
Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last
By Lilith Dorsey
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2016)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let's face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart's desire.


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RAINBOW BODY:
A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan
By Kurt Leland
Paperback: 500 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
If you've ever had questions about the inconsistencies between chakra systems or wondered where the names, colors, locations, and other associations came from--you'll find the answers here, along with 24 tables and 28 black-and-white illustrations showing how the Western chakra system developed from the mid-19th through the 20th century, many from rare and forgotten sources.

Based on the teachings of Indian Tantra, the chakras have been used for centuries as focal points for healing, meditation, and achieving a gamut of physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, from improved health to ultimate enlightenment. Contemporary yoga teachers, energy healers, psychics, and self-help devotees think of the chakra system as thousands of years old. Yet the most common version in use in the West today came together as recently as 1977.

Never before has the story been told of how the Western chakra system developed from its roots in Indian Tantra, through Blavatsky to Leadbeater, Steiner to Alice Bailey, Jung to Joseph Campbell, Ramakrishna to Aurobindo, and Esalen to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Brennan.



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THE KEY OF SOLOMON THE KING:
Clavicula Salomonis
By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Joseph Peterson (Foreword)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A magical grimoire of sigils and rituals for summoning and mastering spirits, The Key of Solomon the King is the most famous, or infamous, of all magick books. It has influenced everything from the revival of magick and the Western Mystery Traditions (tarot, alchemy, astrology, etc.) to fictional works such as Lovecraft's The Necronomicon.

Purported to have been penned by King Solomon himself, the book provides instruction for incantations, rituals, and sigils used to call upon and control spirits and demons. Those practicing magick have used it extensively through the centuries, but its true origins and purpose have been lost in the mists of time.

No library of the contemporary occult student or practicing magician is complete without this tome. It remains a standard of esoteric lore by which others are measured. This edition includes a new foreword by noted esoteric scholar Joseph Peterson.



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TECHNIQUES OF HIGH MAGIC:
A Handbook of Divination, Alchemy, and the Evocation of Spirits
By Francis King; Stephen Skinner
Paperback: 256 pages
Published by Golden Hoard Press Pte Ltd, 3rd Revised edition edition, United Kingdom (2016)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Self-initiation into practical magic with clear instructions on how to perform invocation and evocations, achieve astral projection, make effective talismans, or practice divination using either geomancy, tarot or I Ching. Useful for a complete beginner or those further along the path.

  • A complete beginner's guide to understanding and harnessing the mysterious forces of nature.


  • Provides tools for self-initiation into the ancient and secret traditions of ceremonial magic.


  • Explains various divination systems and how to perform ancient rituals that open the doorway to secret and arcane knowledge.


True magic can be defined as the art and science of using little-known or forgotten natural forces in order to achieve changes in consciousness and the physical environment. It concerns a wide body of doctrines and techniques, including the conjuring of spirits and non-human entities; the manufacture and consecration of wands, swords, talismans, and other tools of the magus; ritual divination; and the exploration of universes other than that with which we are familiar. The masters who taught others these ancient arts are gone, but Techniques of High Magic provides the practical and lucid instruction necessary for self-initiation into these secret traditions.

Emphasizing the ordered nature of the universe and the power of will directed by imagination, Francis King and Stephen Skinner introduce the reader to magical practices, rituals, and instruments that have been used for centuries. They explain systems of divination such as the I Ching, the Tarot, and geomancy, as well as techniques of astral projection and elementary alchemy. Their disciplined approach to magical practice includes easy formulas and diagrams that will help the initiate navigate an ancient and potent universe of gods, angels, and spirits--the world of High Magic.



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THE SEARCH FOR ABRAXAS
By Stephen Skinner and Nevill Drury
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Golden Hoard Press; 3rd edition (May 11, 2016)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An exploration of the connections between magic, the qabalah, psychedelic experiences, the world of Austin Osman Spare, astral projection, surreal fantasy art and the Gnostic meaning of the god Abraxas.



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THE SECRET OF THE TEMPLE:
Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Keys of Freemasonry Paperback
By John Michael Greer
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2016)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over thousands of years, the priests and sages of the ancient world discovered that the design and location of certain structures had beneficial effects on the crops that sustained life. A body of traditional lore evolved, using architecture and ceremonies that made use of these wholly natural but mysterious effects. In The Secret of the Temple, John Michael Greer painstakingly rebuilds a body of lost knowledge that has been used to accumulate and direct energy throughout history, and can be used again today.

The Temple of Solomon was only one of many ancient structures that drew on the temple tradition. The insights of this tradition have been passed down through those in society tasked with protecting ancient wisdom, secret societies like the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. But over time, as cultures and technologies changed, the meaning of these cryptic symbols and rituals became obscured . . . until now. This book explores the esoteric body of knowledge that shaped the world of our forebears, gave rise to the world’s most awe-inspiring temples and cathedrals, and continues to fuel speculation about powerful forces at work in our world.


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TRANCE DANCING WITH THE JINN:
The Ancient Art of Contacting Spirits Through Ecstatic Dance
By Yasmin Henkesh
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Explore the living tradition of trance dancing, the practice of connecting with the subtle energies and secret knowledge of spirits through rhythmic movement to music. Written by an expert teacher who has trained and performed with top dancers in Paris, London, and Cairo, this meticulously researched, hands-on book delves into the history and modern practice of ecstatic dance. Discover a range of religious and spiritual trance dance traditions―from Egyptian zar ceremonies to Sufi whirling dervish techniques―and the entities you can contact through them. You’ll also find a detailed how-to section that provides a safe, effective, and fun way to connect with the ethereal realm from within your own home.

Praise:

This is a must-read book. Keep Ms. Henkesh’s book in your reference library for the well-researched richness of its information and its understanding of the many types of zar.”―Sahra C. Kent (Saeeda), dance ethnologist and founder of Journey through Egypt

Yasmin writes beautifully and with great joy. She has done impressive research . . . into the mystifying corners of the supernatural and into the remarkable interfaces between body and mind.”―Robert Lebling, author of Legends of the Fire Spirits

Through a deep exploration of myth and science, history and belief, [Henkesh] reveals a compelling insight into these unusual yet ancient practices. Definitely a valuable resource.”―Laura Tempest Zakroff, fusion and sacred dance pioneer, performer, instructor, and author of The Witch's Cauldron



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TAROT FOR ONE:
The Art of Reading for Yourself
By Courtney Weber
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Courtney Weber has been teaching Tarot and speaking at Tarot symposia around the country for a decade. In response to the numerous requests she has received over the years, Weber created Tarot for One, a personal workbook and resource guide designed to help form interpretations directly applicable to self-readings.

In Weber’s clean, clear style, this book explores the Fool, the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, as well as what she calls the tough cards, reversals, practice spreads, and next steps. She includes common associations as well as extensive exercises to unlock readers’ own interpretations for connecting personal journeys with the archetypal Tarot. Readers will learn to let the voice of the Tarot come through without overlaying too much of their own “stuff” during a reading.

Tarot for One includes dozens of original Tarot spreads and layouts, which have been repeatedly proven both fun and effective in Weber’s classes and workshops. It also contains tips on finding a deck, honing a Tarot practice, and avoiding common self-reading pitfalls. This is the essential guide for your personal journey with the Tarot.


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THE WISE FOOL TAROT
By Cade Burkhammer
Product Details:
Deck: 85 cards (Including a jester for every suit and extra Major Arcana cards)
Booklet: 140 pages, black and white.
List Price: $39.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Wise Fool Tarot by Cade Burkhammer is designed to evoke deeply personal contemplative stories that encourage awareness and influence the evolution of the psyche. The Wise Fool tarot exists to spark dormant wisdom, hidden truths, and to demonstrate the responsibility for new freedoms and the growing concept of life. It has 85 original cards painted by Cade Burkhammer, including a 140-paged book.

The Wise Fool Tarot (WFT) is based on the mysterious dogma of the traditional Tarot Major and Pip cards. It is a combination of beautifully detailed artwork and clever conglomerations of various esoteric and contemporary perceptions of the human experience. It consists of 88 paintings on 12x18 inch wood. WFT is a colorful, inspiring, funny, and dark contradiction. There are seven added cards: two Devils, two Worlds, and a “Muggle” card preceding the Major Fool. Four Pip Fools are added in order to keep in check the powerful suit and element they represent.


There is the Fool’s story running throughout both the Major Arcana cards and the four individual suites of Minor cards. The four suites have a list of about 20 characteristics unique to their suit such as direction, element, time of day, age, color, etc. The Minor cards are designed to play poker games with if so desired.








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AFTER TAROT KIT
By Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo, Giulia F. Massaglia
Publishers: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, 2017
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What happens to the Fool a few seconds after putting his foot over the cliff? Find this and many other answers in this revolutionary "After Tarot".

After Tarot explores what the cards would look like just moments after the usual scenes with which we are most familiar. For instance, what would happen to The Fool moments after putting his foot over the cliff? Find out in the revolutionary After Tarot.

Kit includes 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook.








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