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Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW COLLECTIBLES: OUROBOROS, PETER J. CARROLL, GOLDEN DAWN TEMPLE DECK

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING COLLECTIBLE TITLES 
AND DECK SETS





THE ESOTERICON
Being the Esotericon Book and The Portale of Chaos Card Deck
By Peter J. Carroll and Matt Kaybryn
Publisher: Arcanorium College, 2014
List Price: $62.95

Covering 212 pages and a spacious 270mm x 230mm format, this large, superbly produced hardbound book contains extensive text by Peter J Carroll and over 50 large full colour illustrations from Matt Kaybryn.

Carroll's text begins with a historical resume of magical and esoteric thought (where it came from and where it may go) before moving on to present the reader with three complete grimoires.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The first grimoire of Elemental magic deals with modern practical magical techniques and the classical and modern interpretations of the traditional elemental symbolism.

The second grimoire of Planetary magic deals with the Pagan and Neo-Pagan magical archetypes or 'god-forms', their contemporary roles in the human condition, and how the magician can access them for their inspiration and to borrow their abilities.

The third grimoire of Stellar magic deals with the 'Elder Gods', those foci of awesome and dangerous extraterrestrial knowledge and power that await us in the vast deep reaches of the cosmos. This grimoire constitutes the latest upgrade to the ever evolving Necronomicon.

Complementing and supporting the grimoires, further chapters deal with the history of symbolism, the creation and/ or the evolution of gods and goddesses, and the physics of parapsychology and extraterrestrial communication. All in all this book contains enough to keep any wizard, magician, esotericist or natural philosopher entranced and busy for quite some time to come.






GOLDEN DAWN TEMPLE TAROT DECK
By Farrell and Wendrich
Wendrich artHouse, 2014
List Price: $64.95

Specifications: The set comprises of a boxed 80-card deck with accompanying booklet (Note that this booklet is not the handbook which accompanies the Meditation Set). Cards are sized 95mm x 135mm with curved corners. A silk finish minimizes glare and allows for ease of handling/shuffling. The deck is shrink-wrapped.



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Wendrich artHouse is proud to announce the publication of The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot, which has taken seven years to complete.

The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot is a modern deck resulting from the collaborative working of a triad. Occult author and Golden Dawn magician and researcher, Nick Farrell, worked alongside artist, adept and experienced meditator Harry Wendrich in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, before establishing the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea. His decades of experience and research of Golden Dawn ritual and symbolism illuminated the specifications laid out in Book “T” of the Golden Dawn manuscripts, upon which
this deck is based.

Harry and Nicola Wendrich used meditations specifically developed to engage and communicate with the archetypal forms and forces within the Tree of Life. They then pictorially translated and incorporated the material received to build upon the framework provided in the traditional documentation, which included revising and updating traditional colour assignments.

A unique feature of this deck is the vivid borders that connect each card with its placement on the Tree of Life glyph with a visionary updating of colour attributions to include the primary colour Magenta, which was unavailable as a non-fading pigment at the time the original Golden Dawn colour theory was recorded. The inclusion of Magenta in this deck brings an exciting, evolutionary step to the colour magic of the Tarot, and also brings an increased accuracy and vibrancy to the flashing colours used in both borders and images.


Thus the archetypal frequencies had their own input regarding the composition of the images, both from that which has been recorded and referred to since the earliest days of the Golden Dawn, to that which is communicated within our modern Temples. For the Golden Dawn is a living and vibrant tradition, developing and enlarging, as our consciousness expands, our visual capability increases, and modern technology enhances and facilitates the revelation of things perhaps known since the dawn of antiquity… perhaps even now just coming to light.







GOLDEN DAWN TEMPLE TAROT DECK: MEDITATION SET
by Nick Farrell and Harry Wendrich
Wendrich artHouse, 2014
List Price: $94.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Golden Dawn Temple Deck Meditation Set comprises a full set of A5 Major Arcana Keys from the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot Deck –23 cards in all, including the two versions of the Temperance Key – with a handbook by Nick Farrell and Harry Wendrich. This 100-page A5 handbook is exclusive to this Meditation Set and is not a component of the 80-card (green) deck; neither is it sold separately.

The handbook provides an introductory study of the attributions of the Major Arcana, including full descriptions of the traditional symbolism incorporated within each Key:

Number + Hebrew Name + Colours + Astrological Associations + Archetypal Symbolism + Specific Symbolism = the Key.

Preparatory exercises and a consecration ritual are followed by several tried and tested meditation techniques whereby you, the reader, can explore how the archetypal Tarot energies function in your life, their relationships to your natal astrological chart, with opportunities to balance energies, learn from past-life scenarios, and also investigate how archetypes function within couples and groups, finishing with a sequence to assist in understanding the process of one’s spiritual unfoldment.


The original paintings were purposely sized 70 cm x 100 cm – large enough to generate astral doorways to assist the artists in the creative act of capturing archetypal energies on canvas. The cards themselves are in A5 format (15cm x 22cm). The larger format of these bordered cards replicates the sense of entering a doorway into the inner realms and brings the reader a fuller impact of the magic within the images. As such the entire deck can be utilised as a set of meditation portals into the archetypal worlds of the Tarot. They are also suitable as Keys for Golden Dawn initiations, and for Major Arcana divinations.

Unlike the full deck of 80 cards with a back cover of racing green, the image on the back of the A5 Mediation Cards (left) depicts the Ankh and the Rose, incorporating the 22 Major Keys of the Major Arcana and their Titles, and the Four Elements of the Minor Arcana, symbolizing the Tree of Life before the Fall.

Please note that this special edition of the Major Arcana was published before the full deck of 80 cards, since when, a few alterations have been made in accordance with the insights gleaned throughout the progression of this project. The Judgement Key featured in this deck has the original Golden Dawn colour attribution of Glowing Scarlet-Orange. In the full Tarot deck, this Key has been updated according to the modernised colour theory which incorporates Magenta as the true primary for The Spirit of Fire. It is possible to meditate with either version of this Key: it would be of interest to note the differences that the colour makes to the meditation.








OCCULT PSALIGRAPHY
By Hagen von Tulien, Introduction by William Kiesel
Ouroboros Press, 2014
Specifications: Large format Quarto, 8 x 11 inches printed in Red and Black on 100 lb paperstock. Over 100 illustrations, many being full page papercuts. English and German text with introductions by the Artist and the Publisher.

Trade Edition:
888 High-grade black cotton Book-Cloth with blind-stamped device to front cover in black-foil stamped dust jacket.

List Price: $85.00







FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Hidden Art of Papercutting

Ouroboros Press desires every discerning Bibliophile to know that a new book by contemporary artist and occultist Hagen Von Tulien is now available. With more than thirty years of intense magical theory and practice, he has specialized in creating art as an expression and manifestation of magical states of awareness and its use as an esoteric tool. In Occult Psaligraphy Von Tulien expresses these magical states in a series of over 100 papercuts. The book, produced in large format and printed in Red and Black will be presented in a Limited but distinct Edition. This bi-lingual text in English and German, includes introductions by the Artist and publisher William Kiesel, who speaks to the practice of papercutting in diverse esoteric traditions worldwide, including China, Japan, Mexico, Europe, Indonesia and America. Von Tulien’s papercuts show a superior quality, the line work, fluidity and design elements reflect experience with both graphics and occult symbolism. The papercut images Von Tulien creates with his scissors are functioning sacred diagrams, Veves and potent effigies whereby congress with the spirit world may be actuated.


Amalgamations of eyes, serpents, horns, skulls and other sigillic devices, these scissor-cuts become embodied vessels of power. They assist the practitioner in concentration, may be used in meditation or evocation, or as objects of talismanic effect. Specific God-forms, Iwa, and Avatars of Revelation are exemplified, honored and called forth. Other diagrammatic examples of Von Tulien’s scissor-cuts show initiatory knowledge and act as veritable trestleboards of ritual arcanum. The intricate lines and visually striking forms of his cuts cause an immediate fascination in the viewer – a fixation of vision, a keyhole through which Keys are received. Like the emblem books of the Renaissance the Occult Psaligraphy is rich in iconic symbolism. The devices of esoteric tradition are recondite and explicit and the entities present are no less corporeal to the eye.


About the Artist:
Throughout the 1990s Hagen was a key figure in the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros (I.O.T.), serving as its section head for Germany. He is currently a Master-Initiate of the Fraternitas Saturni (F.S.) and an empowered adept of the Société Voudon Gnostique (S.V.G.), focused on deeply researching the Saturnian and Voudon Gnosis. La Société Voudon Gnostique is a selective group of initiates and artists dedicated to manifesting the more powerful, inner revelations and transmissions of the Gods of Esoteric Voudon, as well as to push evolution and research of Voudon Gnosis and sorcery freely beyond all frontiers of orthodoxy. As a Gnostic Priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna, Hagen von Tulien is dedicated to manifesting the supreme and divine Gnosis Aeterna within himself while assisting others on their own path to kosmic freedom and liberation. Hagen was a featured artist at the CLAVIS Journal volume 1 launch and the 5th annual Esoteric Book Conference.




ZOROASTER’S TELESCOPE
By André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat





Rendered from the German by Dr. Jennifer Zahrt, PhD
Ouroboros Press, 2014
Available in Trade Cloth Edition : Small octavo, full cloth over boards with gilt title and device. In a letterpress printed dust jacket. Illustrated with woodcuts, tables and a fold-out plate of THE URN.
Limited to 777 copies only $45.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER'S WEBPAGE:

Ouroboros Press is pleased to announce the first English translation of ZOROASTER’S TELESCOPE here rendered from the German by Dr. Jennifer Zahrt, PhD.








Introduction to Zoroaster’s Telescope
by John Leary

Zoroaster’s Telescope is a wonderfully strange book of oracle magic. Written in 1796 by André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat, a French author of Libertine genre, the text later appeared in a collection of German folk literature compiled by Johann Scheible from which this English translation was made. The 18th century was an active time for occultism; magicians and fortune tellers of note were spread throughout Europe, often playing significant roles in historical or political events. This was the era of the Count of St. Germain, Cagliostro, Antoine Court de Gebelin, Etteilla, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, Emanuel Swedenborg and Adam Weishaupt whom were known for their visionary and magical prowess or accuracy at divining the future. It is a curious fact that the two genres of eroticism and the occult often overlap as is the case of the author of the present text, but this did not prevent him from giving advice on bodily desires of food and love as well as moralizing on the disadvantages of non-restraint.



Original table from the
German edition of Zoroaster’s
Telescope. 
While ancient divination systems such as geomancy and hepatoscopy have been around for centuries the 18th century was giving way to new forms of occult sciences such as the Odic Light and Magnetism of Baron Carl von Reichenbach and Franz Mesmer. Tarocco the Tarot game from Italy was also just coming into its own as a system of fortune telling with the publication of Le Monde Primitif Analyse et Compare avec le Monde Moderne by Antoine Court de Gebelin in 1781, and the publication of Maniere de se recreer avec le jeu de cartes nomees Tarots by Jean Francois Alliette in 1783. Etteilla produced his own Tarot cards not long after after this publication. Even though the present author André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat seemed to hold a rather dim view of activities such as Tarot and Palmistry as revealed twice in his text, he appears to have high regard for his particular amalgamation of divinatory of kabbala and spiritual astrology. Some of his statements appear as though they might be in direct contrast to actual Jewish thought such as the day starting with the first ray of light, making one ponder what the sources for some of his ideas might be.

This unusual fusion of religious and mystical ideas presented within a divination system are illustrated in the text by various woodcuts and instructive Tables. These woodcuts have their own charm, with their visual “beehive” theme but are necessary for understanding how the oracle works. These woodcuts have names like The Great Mirror, The Great Guide, and The Urn which call to mind a romantic notion of Kabbala and magic.

The Zoroaster’s Telescope claims to be The Key to the Great Divinatory Kabbala of the Magi, and indeed within the text we find an eclectic mix of Angel Magic, Astrology, Divination, twenty-eight Mansions of the Moon, Kabbala, Zoroastrianism, Sacred Geometry, Numerology, reminiscent of the syncretism MacGregor Mathers employed in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn at the close of the 19th century.

Zoroaster’s Telescope was rarely cited in the English speaking countries which probably slowed its inclusion into the mainstream esoteric resources in those countries. Ernst Lehner mistitled the plates in his book Symbols Signs & Signets calling them Zoroaster’s Oracle and the similarity of that name with William Wynn Westcott’s book often issued under the name Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster, caused some confusion. And while the book is an oracle and does have the name Zoroaster in the title the similarity ends there.

It has been been noted by Stuart Kaplan and others of the similarity of such diverse games as cards, chess, draughts, dice and dominoes, a sort of thick card if you will, and their possible common origins. It is here we can see a cross over to the draught like pieces in Zoroaster’s Telescope which are laid out in specific patterns, each hexagonal piece showing its notation of rank, degrees and astrological correspondences.

With these compositions, referred to in the text as mirrors, the Kabbalist reads and interprets through their placement in astrological houses and lunar mansions in order to see into the future. As we peer into Zoroaster’s Telescope and the Great Mirror we indeed find ourselves gazing directly into a looking glass and the ancient concept of know thyself. There is little doubt that the author saw these activities as a spiritual practice.

The book opens with an explanation of how the oracle is composed and how the operator is to be inspired comparing its composition to music. Then text reminds one of the type of instructions one might find in a grimoire when mentioning the names of the principal pieces, how they are to be constructed, and what they are to be made of. The similarities continue with the designation of spirits, intelligences, geniuses, hours of the day and night, mansions of the moon and their angelic correspondences as well as the meanings of various numbers, spheres, and planetary forces.

All this makes it apparent that Zoroaster’s Telescope is an oracle, and divinatory tool, for bringing the operator closer to the Divine. A medium or agency if you will, for receiving messages and revelation directly from God i.e. Special Providence. This is an unusual but precise method to obtain answers to inquiries, to access occult knowledge and insight of a practical nature. Here is an attempt at divine communication, to see into future circumstances using the divine or simply as a guide to making the navigation of life’s obstacles a little easier.


Ouroboros Press is one 
of the main organizers of the 
Esoteric Book Conference, 2014. 

http://esotericbookconference.com/
http://esotericbookconference.com/

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New from Three Hands Press, Fulgur, and Hadean Press!

ADDENDUM, MID-AUGUST, 2014



Edge Of The Circle Books Is Pleased
to Present These New Collectible Titles:



Three Hands Press Occult Monograph No. 5
WISHT WATERS:
Aqueous Magica and the Cult of Holy Wells
By Gemma Gary

Three Hands Press, 2014

136 pages, with illustrations by the author.

Standard Cloth Hardcover with Letterpress Dust Jacket, limited to 1,000 copies: List Price$38.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Curse tablets, defixiones, were formed from sheets of lead, inscribed with the ill intent of the curse, and the name of the victim. The tablet would often be rolled, or folded, before being stuck through with a nail; a magical act of defigo; ‘pinning down’ or ‘fixing’ one’s will and intent upon the target of one’s work. Such an act is not isolated to malefic working, and is cognate with the ‘creative act’ and fertility; giving life unto the magician’s will. In curse magic however the act embodies the triune powers of torment, fixing and intent-enlivenment. The completed defixio was then, in further conjuration of the Underworld virtues and dark intent upon the victim, buried in the ground, or dropped into the chthonic waters of a well.

The sheer diversity of popular magic connected with sacred wells and springs is remarkable. Inseparable from the ancient cults of saints and spirits of place, the natural springs and wellheads of the British Isles have come to be famed loci of healing, divination, and spiritual revelation. Some, possessing long traditions of votive and sacrificial offerings, have assumed powers of spirit-guardianship, or, indeed, divinities of water. Other such wells are the repositories of eldritch lore connected with the cult of the skull and the Holy Head. Additionally, bodies of magical practice have developed around some wells, serving a variety of magical purposes, including blessings and curses, healings and the dispensation of prophetic power. In almost every case, there is a specific magical relation between the waters as a medium of spirit, and the surrounding features of the land.

Wisht Waters is the fifth book in the continuing Three Hands Press Occult Monographs series, and the first book for Three Hands Press by Gemma Gary. It examines both the lore of holy wells as well as their associated cultic activities, whether religious or earthed in the practical magic of folk-sorcery. While examining many a well in Britain and Ireland, much of the text focuses on the lore in the West Country and Cornwall.

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SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN.
By Jack & Marjorie Cameron Parsons

London: Fulgur Limited, 2014. Limited Edition.

A Fine Volume bound in premium custom blocked cloth, with special matching end papers, and printed throughout on an exquisite Italian paper. 176 pages. Colored illustrations and drawings. 4to.

List Price: $79.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Original material was inspired by the affair between Jack Parsons and his artist lover, and magickal confidante, Marjorie Cameron. For Parsons, Cameron was a muse, a fellow student of Thelema and magick, and a primal force of nature – a woman he proclaimed as his ‘elemental’ in a letter to Aleister Crowley.


Without doubt, Marjorie Cameron fascinated, troubled and inspired Parsons. This volume not only features the original verse written by Parsons to document his feelings toward his often absent lover, but, for the first time, the images from the hand of Cameron which illustrated and echoed the most intimate of themes.

After Parsons’ death in June 1952, due to misadventure, Cameron continues the notebook in which this work was recorded. Though bereaved from the loss, Cameron offers a hand-written diary of the magical working which took place at Lamb Canyon, California in the period after the loss of Parsons. In the stark desert, her words become a raw lament as she attempted to gain contact with her Holy Guardian Angel. Throughout the Working, the memory of Jack Parsons is never far from her mind.


Partial contents:
The poems, drawings and diary entries published together for the first time; A facsimile of the original 1950s notebook with text by Jack Parsons and illustrations in watercolor by Marjorie Cameron; The texts have also been corrected and typeset alongside a second suite of pen and ink drawings that Cameron produced for the work after 1952: Contextual commentaries from William Breeze, George Pendle and Margaret Haines.

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36 Faces:
The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans
By Austin Coppock

Three Hands Press, 2014

The book is 336 pages, available for purchase in two editions:

A trade edition paperbound, limited to 1296 copies: $25.00 each

A standard hardcover with dust jacket, limited to 432 copies: $48.50 each
There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture.

Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires.

Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics.

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EARTH MAGIC
By Rik Garrett

London: Fulgur Limited, 2014. Limited edition of 550 copies only. A FINE COPY.

Bound in premium Italian paper, custom end papers, and specially blocked cloth binding. Limited to 550 copies only. Large quarto, 70 pages.
Hardback Issue List Price:$69.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The first work from Fulgur of the Chicago-based photographer, Rik Garrett, which offers a glimpse into the earthy realms of magic populated by the mysterious witches of an otherworldly landscape.


First published as a small artist's edition – now long out of print – here Garrett's EARTH MAGIC has been expanded to include a range of haunting new images, and an introduction by Pam Grossman. Produced in both standard and deluxe issues, EARTH MAGIC evokes another world through the archaic processes of analogue photography. London: Fulgur Limited, 2014.



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THE BOOK OF ST. CYPRIAN:
The Sorcerer’s Treasure
A devotional work by author and Cyprianista José Leitão

(A translation with extensive commentary of the Livraria Económica edition of O Grande livro de S.Cypriano ou thesouro do feiticeiro, present in the Portuguese National Library in Lisbon — a book so dangerous it needs to be kept in chains.)

522 pages, available in both hardback and paperback editions.
Publisher: Hadean Press (May 29, 2014)

List Price: Hardcover Edition: $61.00
List Price: Paperback Edition: $25.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE:
In this book you will not find the evocations of glamorous demon princes or mighty and powerful angels. There is no high or low magic to be found here. This is a book of the ground, of the dirt, it is not of the mind, it is not of the spirit, it is not of the heart, it is of the viscera. It is the book of the empty stomach, of the bare feet of poverty, the broken heart, the foolish ambition, the maddening envy, the hard cock, the unwashed hands of labor, the agonizing afflicted and all the follies of the world of men. –José Leitão

“…522 pages of sheer awesome.” — Jason Miller (Inominandum)

José Leitão has taken the famed Book of Saint Cyprian from the shadows and put it within our grasp, setting ablaze the magical world.” — ConjureMan Ali

“…a magnificent compendium of Iberian folk magic containing a wealth of authentic Cyprianic lore from this important and under-appreciated part of the Western tradition.” — Jake Stratton-Kent

The book is quite simply a masterpiece endowed with St. Cyprian’s vitality. It is truly a Sorcerer’s treasure.” — Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

An extensively commented translation of one of the most complete Portuguese grimoires attributed to St Cyprian of Antioch. A labyrinthic unveiling and re-veiling throughout the history of Western Iberian Bruxaria and Feitiçaria, Catholicism, the blood war of Old and New Christians, the slave trade and the Empire.

In this work, The Book of Saint Cyprian is revealed as a manifestation of vaster and pre-existent magical and folkloric traditions and is inserted into its proper cultural background, providing the reader with the keys to its unwritten content including the Book’s connection to the vast mythical corpus of the Mouras Encantadas.

An essential read for all those interested in folk magic, be it diabolical or saintly, fey traditions, the largely unknown West Iberian magical current and its various traces and manifestations in the modern Ibero-African-American cults of Brazil.

To read this book is a sin, but who reads it will rise to the clouds without wings…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author and translator José Leitão has done the English-speaking world a great favour by not only translating the grimoire, but also by placing it in its proper context, in this way increasing its usefulness for the modern practitioner by treating it as a magical text as well as providing clues for its usage along with an analysis of its folkloric elements. Writing in a style that will educate, instruct, and amuse you, he provides a glimpse into the magical universe of rural Portugal, and follows the continuum of the Cyprianic current through the various manifestations of The Book, finally placing it firmly in the hands of the people: the rural folk, the poor and impoverished, the hungry — people who will do anything to grasp at power, even if that means making a pact with the Devil himself.

Publisher’s Note: Because of the scope of the Introduction to this work, we did index those references within the Introduction that we felt were of relevance to the reading of the text, or to the understanding of the material presented.

American English is used throughout: American punctuation however is not strictly adhered to — this because to Erzebet’s international eye, some US standards are simply wrong. If this offends anyone, we apologise. As much as was possible, we duplicated the layout of the Livraria Ecónomica edition of The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure, the same edition as is translated here.

We follow in the footsteps of Bernardo Barreiro, as you will see on page 257 of this book, in releasing the paperback edition as inexpensively as possible, so as to prevent anyone from “squandering all their possessions on the purchase of The Book”.

Any errors remaining in the text are ours.

By Hadean In Trade Editions


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SYZYGY:
Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays
by Tau Palamas
Full Color Hardback: 200 pages
Publisher: Hadean Press


FROM THE PUBLISHER'S WEBPAGE:
The two worlds of Voudon and Gnosis merged together within the unique expression of a religious community called the Monastery of the Seven Rays. Having a history that is as colourful and mysterious as the variety of individuals involved in this esoteric movement of the spirit, the Monastery stands apart from traditional expressions of monasticism in the East and in the West by existing on a physical plane, but more especially—by also being a psycho-spiritual locale, accessible to all who knock upon her celestial doors. For each Postulant of this Monastery, there is a particular work to do, a particular gnostic space to dwell within and a particular sacred injunction to fulfill for the betterment of the globe. Syzygy by Tau Palamas is one such legacy. It is simply the reflections of one student of this delightful and challenging superstructure of mind-stuff — The Monastery of the Seven Rays.


As interest in the growing fields of Voudon and Gnosticism increases, it becomes important to have works that explore these subjects from distinct angles and from diverse perspectives. From childhood, Tau Palamas has been steeped in traditional Christianity, and so this piece is coloured by that experience, exploring the differences and the deep connections between the Classical Monasticism of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches and the Gnostic and Magickal work of the Monastery of the Seven Rays. More than being a product of research, Syzygy is a result of experience and work within the Monastery. Lavish, full-colour illustrations by the author are further demonstration of the unity of both tradition and creativity within this supernatural cloister.

The hardback edition includes full colour artwork by the author, Tau Palamas.

Syzygy is a fascinating exploration of the Voudon-Gnostic philosophy of Michael-Paul Bertiaux and the Monastery of the Seven Rays. The author, a Gnostic Bishop, takes us through his practice and experiences, telling us about meditation and prayer, Saints and spirits, magick and healing and even death and the dead. In the second half of the book, he offers practical ritual techniques to experience what he calls ‘the Otherworld’ for oneself. I suspect students of the Voudon-Gnostic coursework will find this text an invaluable companion for their studies.”
Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires and The Essential Enochian Grimoire.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tau Palamas (Coptic Gnostic Church) is the founding Bishop of the Chapel of the Gnosis and the contemplative fraternity, the Order of the Three- fold Path. He is active in the Confraternity of Oblates of the Monastery of the Seven Rays and an Adept in the OTOA-LCN. A Freemason and Martinist for over a decade, Tau Palamas enjoys integrating diverse channels of the Western Esoteric Tradition with his writing, art and home life in the North Georgia mountains.

By Hadean In Trade Editions

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Friday, August 1, 2014

HAPPY LUGHNASADH!

HAPPY   LUGHNASADH!
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!

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SPECIAL EVENTS:


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENTS AND CLASSES:

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TAROT BY THE NUMBERS
Announcing a new Tarot class to be offered at The Edge of the Circle!
It will meet weekly on Tuesdays, beginning July 8, 2014, from 6:45 – 8:45 PM.
The cost is $7.00 per session.
Walk-ins are welcome, and you may join the class at any point.

The primary focus of this class will be the use of numeric and elemental symbolism to understand the traditional interpretations of the Tarot, putting this into use with personal insight and intuitive awareness to create a meaningful understanding of the Tarot as its messages provide guidance for daily life.

While the material will be presented at an introductory level, the intuitive nature of Tarot messages speaks to long-time Tarot enthusiasts as well as to those new to the Tarot, and all are more than welcome.  If you like, you may contact Kathy at kathytom@live.com to let her know you’re coming, but advance registration is not really necessary.  Anyone is welcome to drop in for one session, some, or all of them. 

The classes will be presented by Kathy Eckert, MSW, who is currently teaching this class series at the Seattle Metaphysical Library in Ballard.  Kathy has used Tarot in her therapy practice in addition to her seventeen years of Tarot reading experience.


This is what a current student has to say:

I started learning Tarot with Kathy last winter and can’t stop.  Her many years of deep Tarot study combined with her Graduate education in Social Work provides an educated knowledge base, but I really appreciate that it’s her own personality that provides the fresh and very approachable down-to-earth perspective.  Through her focus on group dynamics, her adventurous and courageous presentations and a hands-on-the-cards approach paired with a teaching style that is unassuming (humble and non-authoritarian), she weaves magical support for the developing student’s confidence and voice.
I’m learning to interpret the magical symbols in Tarot through multiple lenses: Jungian Symbolism, Integrative, Client Centered, Shadow Image (positive messages within the dark cards) as well as the traditional and esoteric knowledge base (numerology, elemental, seasonal, historical.)  Her Jungian class takes all the fear out of having to “get it right” by putting the process of interpretation back in the student’s lap.  I’m addicted! It’s become a year-round adventure.  I’m not going to say it’s an energy-raising coven, or group therapy…but like a good wine, her classes resonate with notes of both. 

Enthralled student – Orianna









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REDISCOVER THE MAGICK OF THE GODS AND GODDESSES:
Revealing the Mysteries of Theurgy
By Jean-Louis de Biasi
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2014)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The philosophical roots of much of Wicca and Paganism, as well as Western ceremonial magick, come from ancient Egypt. In this thoroughly researched book, the Grand Master of the Aurum Solis shares the history and evolution of the theurgic tradition—including the origins of Hermeticism in Egypt and the Mediterranean world, the birthplace of the theurgic tradition—and how-to instructions for discovering the presence of the divine in the world.

Providing a seven-step system of exercises and rituals to help the reader achieve higher levels of consciousness, Jean-Louis de Biasi also includes tips and techniques for working with sacred texts, information about the five temples of the human being, The Great Work, the three cosmic rituals, and the real planetary days. A valuable resource for those interested in the history and practices of the Western Mystery Tradition.

Reviews:

"Jean-Louis de Biasi's book is an excellent introduction to the spiritual practices of the Aurum Solis, which has its roots in Hermetic philosophy and the Pagan religions of ancient Greece, Egypt, and the Middle East. Blending history, philosophy, and detailed practical instruction, Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses presents theurgy in a ready-to-use system of spiritual development. Numerous diagrams and self-tests at the end of the chapters enhance the book's value for self-instruction."

Bruce MacLennan
Author of "The Wisdom of Hypathia" Llewellyn Publications


"This book is not just a good book...it is fantastic. It makes the topic, including the history--and many people are bored with history--fascinating to any reader and practical for anyone who wants to start using the system of Theurgy. Congratulations!"

Donald Michael Kraig
Author of "Modern Magick"

About the Author:
Jean-Louis de Biasi is a writer, speaker, and Hermetic philosopher who has studied the various topics of the Tradition since the 1970s, and who has been initiated into the highest degrees of several Western initiatic traditions. Introduced very early into the Ordo Aurum Solis, in 2003 de Biasi became the tenth Lifetime Grand Master. He is also in charge as Reverend of the religious expression of the Hermetic tradition called Ecclesia Ogdoadica.

De Biasi's philosophical and spiritual tradition is rooted in neoplatonic and hermetic affiliations, and includes masters of the tradition such as Plato, Proclus, Iamblicus, the Emperor Julian, Pletho, and Ficino, to name a few. He is also the Grand Patriarch in charge of the Ordre Kabbalistique de la Rose-Croix (the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross, O.K.R.C.)

He was initiated into Freemasonry and raised in 1992. He is a 32° Scottish Rite Freemason, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S., F.G.C.R., Royal Arch Mason. He is a specialist of Masonic Rituals and Esoteric Freemasonry.

He is invited regularly to various countries where he gives workshops, seminars, trainings, and conferences on philosophical and traditional subjects and expounds and expands on his writings.

He is the author of several books in French, published in several languages, and is now writing in English for Llewellyn Publications.



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THE MAGICKAL UNION OF EAST AND WEST:
The Spiritual Path to New Aeon Tantra
By Gregory Peters 
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2014)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Honoring the traditions of Eastern Tantric magick, author Gregory Peters has combined the insights of the East with the Western Thelemic tradition. Sharing the methods for integrating mind and body with the universal energy of the cosmos, The Magickal Union of East and West provides exercises, meditations, mantras, and rites, culminating with the ultimate magickal ritual, the "Diamond Sapphire Gem of Radiant Light."

In a style immediately accessible to all students, Peters shows how to work with magickal tools and how to create the protective magickal armor known as the "Thelemic Refuge." This book provides a modern view of Thelema that will lead to a New Aeon of possibility for all spiritual seekers.

About the Author:
Gregory Peters (Stanford, CA) has contributed scholarly articles on Freemasonry and Thelema in local and international publications. He has been a student and teacher of esoteric systems of self-discovery for twenty years, and has held offices in Western esoteric orders. A close student of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral) and a senior member of Crowley's magical fraternity the AA, Peters founded the Ordo Sunyata Vajra in 1999. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

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WITCHCRAFT TODAY - 60 YEARS ON
By Trevor Greenfield 
Paperback: 187 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 27, 2014)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In the sixty years following the publication of Gerald Gardner’s Witchcraft Today, new paths have appeared, and older ones emerged out of the shadow of repression and illegality, to express with a new and more confident voice their beliefs and practice, and share, with a steadily growing audience, their knowledge, their certainties, their questions and their vision. This book is a celebration of some of the many paths that Witchcraft/Wicca has taken and of the journeys that people have embarked upon.




Review:
Dr Vivianne Crowley, Faculty of Pastoral Counseling and Chaplaincy, Cherry Hill Seminary –
Sixty years after the publication of Witchcraft Today, we have seen Gerald Gardner's vision grow and evolve as it spreads around the globe. Witchcraft Today - 60 Years On is a fitting tribute, bringing together authors from different paths within the Craft, each with a unique contribution and insight to inspire those who are practising, teaching, and strengthening Wicca today and for the generations to come.

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ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE BEAST IN BERLIN:
Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic
By Tobias Churton 
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (June 26, 2014)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A biographical history of Aleister Crowley’s activities in Berlin from 1930 to 1932 as Hitler was rising to power

• Examines Crowley’s focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with magical orders

• Explores Crowley’s relationships with Berlin’s artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers such as Christopher Isherwood, Jean Ross, and Aldous Huxley



• Recounts the fates of Crowley’s friends and colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley’s lost art exhibition

Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion “Thelema,” he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city.

Known to his friends affectionately as “The Beast,” Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin’s artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Ethel Mannin, Otto Dix, Aldous Huxley, Jean Ross, Christopher Isherwood, and many other luminaries of a glittering world soon to be trampled into the mud by the global bloodbath of World War II.

Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley’s years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowley’s colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley’s lost art exhibition--six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents “the Beast” anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.

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THE BOOK OF PRIMAL SIGNS:
The High Magic of Symbols
By Nigel Pennick 
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 2nd Edition, New Edition (June 30, 2014)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An in-depth study of the sacred meanings behind ancient and enduring symbols

• Explains the multiple forms and uses of symbols from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in folk magic and the Western Mystery tradition

• Examines more than 40 glyphs, such as the cross, fleur de lis, and pentagram, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen’s marks and runes

• Includes more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced

From ancient rock and cave art to the contemporary brand logos of politics and business, human beings have always created symbols to denote specific ideas, groups, or important objects as well as to convey deeper information than can be communicated in words. Many glyphs have retained their meanings over millennia whereas some have modern meanings vastly different from the original connotation. In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations of some symbols, such as the swastika, have changed dramatically.

With more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced--Pennick examines ancient and enduring glyphs in detail, such as the circle, cross, eye, pentagram, fleur de lis, tree of life, and horseshoe, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen’s marks, runes, symbolic beasts, human heads and skulls, and the sigils of Mammon. The author explains the multiple forms and uses of each from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in the Western Mystery tradition. He explores the symbols of high magic such as the glyph of John Dee’s monad, those of folk magic such as the traditional cock on the weather vane, and the creation of modern glyphs such as the peace sign and the anarchy symbol.

Contrasting the hi-jacked use of power symbols in modern advertising with the vital role of symbols in traditional arts and crafts, Pennick reveals how symbols link the cosmic with the terrestrial and allow us to infuse the mundane with the numinous.

About the Author:
Nigel Pennick, trained as a biologist, has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States on sacred geometry, the spirit of place, spiritual arts and crafts, and labyrinths. He is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, including The Pagan Book of Days, as well as numerous pamphlets, scientific papers, and articles. A musician with the Traditional Music of Cambridgeshire Collective, he lives in Cambridge, England.

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EPHESIA GRAMMATA:
Ancient History and Modern Practice
By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Red Lotus Library, 2014
Publication Date: Jul 05 2014
Page Count: 136
List Price: $12.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Ephesia Grammata, the “Ephesian Letters” (also known as the “aski kataski formula” or the “Orphic formula”) are a set of well-known magical words from antiquity that appeared in spells, protective amulets, and other sources in the ancient and late antique Mediterranean worlds. This small volume will allow you to learn their history, see examples of their usage in ancient spells and lead tablets, understand their role as protective amulets, become familiar with the Ephesia Grammata as divine grammatical beings and methods to connect with polytheistic deities, and to establish a practice with the letters as a system of divination!

About the author:
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and is the founder and Doctor of the Ekklesia Antinoou--a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related divine figures--in addition to being a sacerdos in the public cultus of Antinous, a Lupercus, and the Mystagogos of the Antinoan Mysteries. Lupus has written several books devoted to Antinous, as well as a book of poetry, and essays, fiction, and poetry in a variety of anthologies.


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NOW AVAILABLE!

LLEWELLYN'S 2015 SABBATS ALMANAC
Samhain 2014 to Mabon 2015
Llewellyn, July 2014
312 pages
Price:  $12.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Festive Sabbats for You and Yours

Pagan Folklore • Rituals • Crafts • Recipes • Planetary Guidance

Now in its sixth year, the Sabbats Almanac features a wealth of recipes, rituals, craft projects, and lore. Filled with over fifty articles by your favorite Wiccan and Pagan writers, the Llewellyn's 2015 Sabbats Almanac provides welcome ideas and insights into each holiday on the Wheel of the Year. Plan spiritually uplifting celebrations and family activities. Perform Sabbat-specific rituals and world folk rites. Whip up tasty treats and crafts as reminders of the season's gifts and lessons. Also featured are astrological influences to help you plan rituals according to cosmic energies.

·       Creative, low-cost arts and crafts projects
Ideas for celebrating the Sabbats
Simple recipes for delicious appetizers, entrees, beverages, and desserts
Astrological influences with Full and New Moon rituals
Extended rituals for groups and individuals
Journal pages for keeping track of your festival plans and memories
Fascinating Pagan folklore and customs


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PAGAN PORTALS - BLACKSMITH GODS:
Myths, Magicians & Folklore
By Pete Jennings 
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 109 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 25, 2014)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Blacksmith Gods is a unique compendium of fascinating facts, fantasy and mystery relating to that universal archetype, the blacksmith. Covering many countries and cultures, the book explores charming folk tales and customs alongside the often cruel myths of the metal-working Gods. Discover the mysterious magic associated with them and their craft, from pre-history to the modern age.





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THE GOLDEN DAWN - A KEY TO RITUAL MAGIC
By Gordon Strong 
Paperback: 153 pages
Publisher: Axis Mundi Books (July 25, 2014)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Esoteric Order of The Golden Dawn was a school of magic, founded during the late nineteenth century, one vowing to reveal all manner of occult knowledge to its members. Celebrated among these were Florence Farr, W.B Yeats, Charles Williams, A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith. Its figurehead, the autocratic Samuel MacGregor Mathers, inaugurated ceremonies that melded Christian Mysticism, the Qabalah and Hermeticism. Such a potent brew would eventually ensure that the Golden Dawn would burst asunder in an esoteric apocalypse.




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WHEN A PAGAN PRAYS:
Exploring Prayer in Druidry and Beyond
By Nimue Brown 
Paperback: 207 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 25, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
When a Pagan prays, there are many uncertainties - who we pray to, what we pray for, and what might happen to us as a consequence. Not having the same structures as other religions, Pagans can't frame prayer in the same ways, and our experiences are likely to be wilder and more personal. This book is both a wide ranging exploration of what prayer means in different faith and cultures, and a personal journey into a spiritual practice.

About the Author:
Druid, author, bard and dreamer. Nimue Brown is OBOD trained, a founding member of Bards of The Lost Forest, Druid Network member and previously a volunteer for The Pagan Federation. She lives in Gloucestershire, UK.



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ALCHEMY AND THE TAROT:
An Examination of the Historical Connection
With a Guide to the Alchemical Tarot
By Robert Michael Place 
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Robert M Place (2012, 2014 updated edition)
List Price: $26.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The updated companion to all editions of the Alchemical Tarot, with an examination of the historic connection between alchemy and the Tarot. The book includes a history of alchemy, a history of the Tarot’s major and minor suits, an examination of the Tarot’s symbolism, a discussion of each card in The Alchemical Tarot with detailed explanations of the alchemical symbols, and a discussion of divinatory techniques.



A history of alchemy and the Tarot's major and minor suits with an exploration of the Tarot's symbolism and alchemical connections. It also contains the most up-to-date explanation in print of Place's unique divinatory techniques. This book is also the long awaited companion for any edition of the acclaimed Alchemical Tarot, discussing the symbolism of each card in the deck in detail, and it is an essential text for anyone who desires a deeper understanding of the Tarot's mystical heritage.

About the Author:
Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan and graced the covers and pages of numerous books and publications. He is the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim. He is designer, illustrator, and author of the award winning The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot and The Vampire Tarot. He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, "may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot." He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series. He has also created illustrations and authored articles for numerous books and magazines.

Robert has conducted lectures and workshops on the Tarot in education centers in the United States and Europe, including the Open Center, Omega Institute, The New York Tarot Festival and The Reader's Studio in New York, The World Tarot Congress in Chicago, The Southeastern Regional Tarot Festival in Florida, The Third International Conference of the Association for Esoteric Studies in Charleston, The Museo Dei Torocchi in Riola, Italy, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. He is the curator of the Fool's Journey, a Tarot Exhibition at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. He and his work have appeared on A&E, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel, the TV series Moonlight and Monk and were included in a documentary on vampires on Animal Planet. He was honored with the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of The Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy, in 2007 and his recreation of a historic 15th century woodcut Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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THE TAROT OF THE SEVENFOLD MYSTERY
By Robert M. Place (Author, Illustrator)
Cards: 78
Publisher: Hermes Publications (2012)
List Price: $30.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
a full color 78 card Tarot deck designed by Tarot artist and scholar, Robert M. Place, with a 22 page little white book, including divinatory meanings and descriptions of all symbols. The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery can be read on many levels, from the mundane to the spiritual, and it can uncover the longings of the soul.

FROM THE AUTHOR:
Burne-Jones based his tall female “stunners” and melancholy heroes on the paintings of Botticelli (1445-1510) and Michelangelo (1475-1564), two artists whose works are considered primary examples of Renaissance Neoplatonic mysticism. His work expresses the Renaissance ideal that physical beauty and spiritual beauty are linked in one continuum that can lead to the mystical experience of beauty itself, as a timeless, underlying reality. Plato (428/7-348/7 BC) described this reality as a radiant light that is the true food of the soul. He said that this light is made of the true essence of Virtue, a higher quality of Virtue, beyond mere codes of behavior. In the Renaissance, artists, like Botticelli, symbolized this spiritual essence as an ideal female nude and it is this ideal that allowed early Tarot artists to place a nude on the World card as a symbol of the primary beauty. 



Because Burne-Jones was inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the fifteenth century (the century in which the Tarot was created), it is not surprising that he painted many of the same themes that we find in the Tarot, such as Temperance, Lovers, and the Wheel of Fortune. It seemed to me that he was creating a Tarot but he never finished it. I started this deck with a desire to finish Burne-Jones’s Tarot for him. I wanted to see what a deck would look like if it were done in his style and with his sense of sensuality and symbolism. I also realized that it would express the Neoplatonic ideal that I believed was expressed in the Tarot from its origin. By proceeding with this intent, this deck became a bridge between the art and occult symbolism of the nineteenth century and the iconography and mystical philosophy of the fifteenth century. It shows that they are both rooted in the perennial mystery that is like a golden thread running through Western History.
Because Burne-Jones was inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the fifteenth century (the century in which the Tarot was created), it is not surprising that he painted many of the same themes that we find in the Tarot, such as Temperance, Lovers, and the Wheel of Fortune. It seemed to me that he was creating a Tarot but he never finished it. I started this deck with a desire to finish Burne-Jones’s Tarot for him. I wanted to see what a deck would look like if it were done in his style and with his sense of sensuality and symbolism. I also realized that it would express the Neoplatonic ideal that I believed was expressed in the Tarot from its origin. By proceeding with this intent, this deck became a bridge between the art and occult symbolism of the nineteenth century and the iconography and mystical philosophy of the fifteenth century. It shows that they are both rooted in the perennial mystery that is like a golden thread running through Western History.


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THE BURNING SERPENT ORACLE
By Robert M Place and Rachel Pollack
Paperback: 258 pages, Lenormand Deck
Publisher: Hermes (2014)
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Burning Serpent Oracle is the creation of Rachel Pollack and Robert M Place. It is an oracle deck based on the 19th century Lenormand cartomantic system but with a deeper spiritual dimension. It can be used like a traditional Lenormand deck and also allows for personal visionary interpretations. The deck is designed by Robert M Place, and the book is authored by Rachel Pollack, but the two are, in fact, a single work, created by Robert and Rachel together. The price includes the deck and book together as one set.



Rachel Pollack’s Statement of Purpose from the Introduction for the Burning Serpent Oracle



This is a book about meanings.  The meanings of a particular set of cards used for cartomancy—a term which means divination, or fortune-telling, done by cards that we mix or shuffle and then lay out in patterns. There are thirty-six cards in this deck, plus four variants, two of which are numbered 37 and 38, and two of which are simply alternatives to cards 28 and 29.  The name of this deck is The Burning Serpent Oracle.
This is a book about a tradition, and a particular set of cards that go back some 160 years, named for a woman who died before the cards ever appeared.  It looks at where those cards came from, their origin in a game, and how the game itself may have come out of fortune-telling.

It is a book about the whole tradition of what we call readings, and why we call them that.  It looks at images, and what they mean, and why they mean, why a Mountain means obstacles, or a Jumping Fish money, or a Book of Life secrets.  And it looks at how these images, these cards, speak to each other, how they come together to form stories, and how these stories can reveal things about a person’s life.





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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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  September1st 2014!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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