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Thursday, January 15, 2015


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

By Carl Abrahamsson
Scarlet Imprint, 2014. Hardback, 163 pages. New. The Mercurial edition, 530 hand numbered copies bound in a mandarin cloth.
List Price: $74.50

Essays, lectures and interviews by Occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson, who has deep links with TOPY, Genesis P-Orridge, Anton LeVey’s Satanism and the counter-cultural strand of contemporary magic.

Reasonances is a collection of essays of Swedish occultist and artist Carl Abrahamsson, written over thirteen years exploring questions and problems of the occult and culture. The book includes also an interview with Sylvie Walder.

The unifying thread through Abrahamsson’s writing is: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist? He draws from TOPY, Thelema and Satanism, and proposes that boundless creativity is a necessary expression of Will. He suggests that we should be actively producing culture, artifacts, music, artworks, happenings. And that these ‘facts on the ground’ could be understood as a Gesamtkunstwerk, the Mega Golem, that will leak into popular and unpopular consciousness. Threads and themes in the essays include:

  • The formula of Babylon as supra-sexual transformation
  • The Mechanics of Magic
  • Vision of a Magician engaged with counterculture
  • Conversation with beat Avant-Garde filmmaker Conrad Rooks
  • His personal and lasting bond with Church of Satan founder Anton LeVey
  • His involvement with topyscan and topyeurope at the height of thee temple ov psychick youth
  • Working with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: psychic tv/thee majesty and his own White Stains project.

Abrahamsson is the founder of The Fenris Wolf journal and the publishing house Edda (with Fredrik Söderberg). He is a writer, curator, photographer and documentary film maker.


by Paul Holman
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
Illustrations 31 black & white photographs by Paul Lambert, 112 pp
Bindings Fine edition quarter bound in black morocco, silvered and marbled end papers, ivory cloth boards stamped with the device of the Blue She-Wolf: Standard edition bound in ivory cloth stamped with the Blue She-Wolf, embossed black end papers, dust jacket
List Price: $74.50

Tara Morgana is a work of pure magical writing. The title comes from the fusion of the Tibetan devi with Morgan Le Fay who is pursued as a mirage throughout this haunting text.
Part magical diary, part dreamscape, part Situationist dérive through the landscape, Tara Morgana is an enigmatic record of ritual practice from the poet, whose work has been described as: indefinable … laconic, occultist, and attached to the line of revolutionary and subversive yearnings. This is not a book about magic, rather, it is a magical book. Contemplation of the work reveals a wealth of hidden treasures, or as Holman says: each dreamed text is a terma in the mind.
Paul Holman is a lucid poet whose writing, with its concise yet elusive energy, takes us down into the tunnels, ghosts broken urban spaces where decay is overwritten with the ingress of the wild. He encounters denizens of the underworld, the magical subculture and down and outs. It is a work of echoes and memories whose reflections coalesce in dreams that can be recovered and manifest in the present. In his Afterword, Holman spells out aspects of the artistic and magical method he employs.
The book is splintered by a sequence of photographic images: glimpsed spirit portraits, apparitions captured in the play and decay of light, giving it an otherworldly aspect. Tara Morgana is a truly esoteric and numinous text, a beautifully realised work that leads us on two parallel journeys of poetry and image, through the world and work of living magical artists. Both poet and photographer are engaged in games of chance and fate, applied as a discipline to the creative process. It is precisely this rigour that gives both an intensity and a gnomic quality to their respective works.
This is a text to be spoken aloud. Mystical conjunction of word and image are resolved in the alchemy of breath. The act of anagnosis opens the reader to the magical operation through the transformative medium of sound, and returns us to the mystery of beginning(s) and becoming(s).

As Holman writes in The Memory of the Drift:

I had no choice
but to undo the spell
which language had cast
upon me when, in
the days of autonomia,
I first met one by whom I
was to be consumed
and then made
afresh: she taught me
that an operation
performed upon the
tongue must transform
the world.

The text is introduced by Andrew Duncan, a respected poet and cultural critic, and by Peter Grey, giving insights into both the literary and magical character of Holman’s work.


Designer: Anaïs Chareyre for John Logan & Co, Showtime
Set of 78 cards
DIMENSIONS: Each Card Is 4 3/4-in x 2 3/4-in
INCLUDES: Instruction Booklet
List Price: $14.99

Find guidance and divine meaning using this Tarot Card deck, composed of the same cards read by Vanessa Ives and seen in the new series, Penny Dreadful. The Tarot has been used for centuries to provide enlightenment and direction to anyone brave enough to seek its truth. Each card has unique symbolism and offers specific insight about one’s mental and spiritual pathways. Developed for Penny Dreadful, this deck, a sensual and mysterious interpretation of the traditional Tarot, includes all 78 cards of the Major and Minor Arcana and comes with an instruction card to help you navigate and harness the knowledge of the Tarot. Each card is made of smooth, laminated paper and measure 2.75” x 4.75”.

Designer: Anaïs Chareyre for John Logan & Co, Showtime
Set of 78 cards In Wooden Box
DIMENSIONS: Cards are 4 3/4-in x 2 3/4-in
Box is 5 7/8-inch tall x 4-inch wide x 3 1/8-inch deep
INCLUDES: 78 Tarot Cards, Velveteen Drawstring Bag, HInged Wooden Box with Engraved Logo
List Price: $54.95

Find guidance and divine meaning using this Comic Con Exclusive Tarot Card deck, composed of the same cards read by Vanessa Ives and seen in the new series, Penny Dreadful. The cards feature marvelous series-true artwork and an informative instruction book that will get you into the Tarot Reading action in no time. Also, this Convention Exclusive comes in a engraved wooden box!

Made of smooth laminated paper, each Tarot card measures about 4 3/4-inches tall x 2 3/4-inches wide, and the deck comes in a themed velveteen drawstring bag that fits very nicely into the 5 7/8-inch tall x 4-inch wide x 3 1/8-inch deep wooden box. The box has a hinged lid with the Penny Dreadful logo engraved in the top. Measuring about 4 3/4-inches tall x 2 3/4-inches wide, the instruction book contains card meanings, popular card layouts, and guidelines. It will introduce you to the Tarot and walk you through the information you need to conduct your own Readings!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


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-

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

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

Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.
Meetups, talks, book signings, etc are all welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, feel free to post your event.
This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.

..and check out our TUMBLR Page!


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

No charge if your class or event is free!



Our Lady Of The Earth And Sky (OLOTEAS) annually presents:


A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything

2015 Class Session will be held on:
January 30, February 6, 13, 20 and 27

Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM

Classes are held at:
Edge of the Circle Books:
701 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 726-1999

This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Winter 2015. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events.

Many thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

For more information and to download class materials, please visit

When we hold classes, we do request an email RSVP (to to let us know that you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).


Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

By Matthew Levi Stevens (Author), David Conway (Foreword)
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (October 31, 2014)
List Price: $23.00


In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen. The dogma of science is that the will cannot possibly affect external forces, and I think that’s just ridiculous. It’s as bad as the church. My viewpoint is the exact contrary of the scientific viewpoint. I believe that if you run into somebody in the street it’s for a reason. Among primitive people they say that if someone was bitten by a snake he was murdered. 
I believe that.”William S. Burroughs

Fully revised and expanded from the limited edition chapbook that first appeared in 2012, The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs is the first ever in-depth consideration of the significance of Magic and the Occult in the Life & Work of the writer and counter-cultural icon.

In Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs, his biographer Ted Morgan wrote:

As the single most important thing about Graham Greene was his viewpoint as a lapsed Catholic, the single most important thing about Burroughs was his belief in the magical universe. The same impulse that lead him to put out curses was, as he saw it, the source of his writing…’

To Burroughs behind everyday reality there was the reality of the spirit world, of psychic visitations, of curses, of possession and phantom beings…’

From the Introduction to The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs:

In talking about The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs I am really thinking of two things:

Firstly, and probably most obvious, is the material that appears in the output of Burroughs the Writer that can be seen as describing or referring to some magical, mystical or occult idea – Invocations of Elder Gods of Abominations, descriptions of Sex-Magick rituals, references to amulets, charms, ghosts, omens and spells – all the thematic set-dressing that we all know and love, from Hammer Horror Movies to Weird Tales, from H. P. Lovecraft to Dennis Wheatley and The X-Files…

Secondly, there is the personal interest and involvement of Burroughs the Man with belief systems and practices that come from those strange ‘Other’ territories that lay outside the bounds of either conventional mainstream religion or scientific materialism – explorations of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, Konstanin Raudive’s Electronic Voice Phenomena, Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Accumulator; also partaking of the Vine-of-the-Soul with Amazonian shamans, attending the Rites of Pan in the Rif Mountains outside Morocco, participating in a Sweat-Lodge with Native American Indian medicine men – and, latterly, an engagement with that most Post-Modern of Occultisms, Chaos Magic.

The material considered has been distilled from archival sources, correspondence, interviews, and of course, published works. As well as his own personal contact with Burroughs and his lifelong study of the Man and his Work, the author also draws from a wide range of former associates – collaborators, friends, lovers, and students – including C. J. Bradbury Robinson, Michael Butterworth, David Conway, Phil Hine, Graham Masterton, Malcolm Mc Neill, and others.

As well as his own contact with the likes of Genesis P-Orridge, John Balance & Peter Christopherson of Coil, and writer Terry Wilson, back in 1980s London, he has also had unprecedented access to the papers of Cabell McLean, a young writer who was William’s companion, lover & student, c.1976-1983.

Sometime in the nineteen-seventies, following a reprint of my book, Magic: An Occult Primer, a letter was forwarded to me by my then publisher. Poorly typed and in an envelope which, unless my memory deceives me, bore no postage stamp, it came from William S. Burroughs. I still have it somewhere. In it the writer made plain his interest in magic. In real magic that is, not the smoke and mirrors kind.

Given that Burroughs’ tireless ambition was to encounter a reality beyond that accessible to our five senses, with magic perceived as an effective means to that end, it is remarkable that the subject has hitherto received but scant attention.

This work, by Matthew Levi Stevens, who must have encountered Burroughs at around the time he wrote to me, sets out to make up for that deficit. In it he chronicles the man’s interest and examines the part magic and occultism generally played both in his life and in his work.

Stevens sets about the task with gusto, indicative of his respect and, indeed, affection for “Uncle Bill”, as well as his familiarity with the topic itself. He draws on Burroughs’ own writings, and on those of the growing number of people, supporters and critics alike, who have commented on him and his literary output.

It is a job well done. And one that is all the more welcome because long overdue . . .
- David Conway, 2014.


Edited By Joshua Buckley and Michael Moynihan
Volume 4, 2014, perfectbound, illustrated, 430 pages.
Publisher: Ultra (October 3, 2014)
List Price: $25.00

Alain de Benoist on "What is Religion?" Collin Cleary on "What is Odinism?" Nigel Pennick on "Traditional Time-Telling in Old England," Claude Lecouteux on "Garden Dwarves" and "Geiler von Kaiserberg and the Furious Army," Steve Harris on "Barbarian Suffering," Stephen Pollington on "Germanic Art in the First Millennium," Michael Moynihan on "Rockwell Kent's Northern Compass," and Christian Rätsch on "The Mead of Inspiration"; interviews with pioneering psychedelic explorer Ralph Metzner, Sequentia's Benjamin Bagby, and Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon; and much more.

About the Author:
Joshua Buckley was born in 1974 in Sharon, Connecticut. He has contributed to a number of music-related and other counter-cultural magazines, in addition to pursuing his own publishing ventures. In 2009, he relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to South Carolina, where he lives with his wife Liberty, three daughters, and a variety of animals. He works for an Atlanta-based law firm and teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu.


A Book of Invocations and Inspirations
By Romany Rivers
Moon Books (December 28, 2014)
PPages: 320
List Price: $26.95

This is a pagan tome of poetry and prose designed for rituals, festivals and celebrations.
Working with deities, Romany has chronicled invocations and evocations for many Gods and Goddesses, and created clear and crafty quarter calls, circle castings, celebratory prose and meditations. Ritual is broken into its component parts allowing for easy reference and personal adaptation, and the additional correspondences information benefits the creation of unique rituals and celebrations. Created for use by both solitary practitioners and covens, sample rituals are also provided for seasonal celebrations and life events. Romany’s personal experiences as a High Priestess give this book an enlightened view of the use of poetry in ritual, whilst her skills in classes, courses and workshops create a solid, practical foundation.
Pagans, Priests and Priestesses, initiates new to the Craft, RE teachers and students, and anyone who loves Romany’s poetry will thoroughly enjoy this latest work

About the Author:
Romany Rivers is a British Pagan Priestess and Reiki Master residing in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she offers pagan training and family support to local and online communities.


Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox
(Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
By Kerri Connor
List Price: $11.99

Celebrate the season of returning sunlight and the bursting forth of the birds, bees, and trees...

Ostara—also known as the Spring Equinox—is a time of renewal, a time to plant seeds as the earth once again comes to life. This guide to the history and modern celebrations of Ostara shows you how to perform rituals and work magic to renew your power and passion for living and growing.

  • Rituals
  • Recipes
  • Lore
  • Spells
  • Divination
  • Crafts
  • Correspondences
  • Invocations
  • Prayers
  • Meditations

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials explore the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones of the witch's year.

About the Author:
Kerri Connor is the author of The Pocket Spell Creator: Magickal References at Your Fingertips (New Page Books), The Pocket Guide to Rituals: Magickal References at Your Fingertips (New Page Books), The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions (Alpha Books), Goodbye Grandmother (Wyrdwood Publications) Spells for Tough Times (Llewellyn Worldwide).
Kerri is the High Priestess of The Gathering Grove, and has been practicing her craft for over 26 years.


Myth, Mystery, and Magick
By Katie Boyd
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 7/28/2011
Pages: 160
List Price: $16.99

Enter the world of the werewolf, where superstition abounds and shape shifting is possible! Find out what to do if you or a friend turns into a werewolf or other were-beast. Learn the differences between Therianthropy and Lycanthropy, discover the medical conditions such as hypertrichosis, clinical lycanthropy, hirsutism, and rabies that might cause you to think you are a werewolf. Meet real killers who thought that they had reign over the supernatural and could bend their bones! Take a fantastic journey through the transformation of the werewolf in the graphic novel industry and look into the darkest minds of those who claim to be flesh eaters. Come along for one wild ride and remember you too can bark at the moon!
About the Author:
Katie Boyd is an internationally known Demonologist and Occult Sciences/Crimes Specialist with over twenty-one years studying, training and experience, handling all types of cases from everyday spirit haunting, demonic entities, demonic haunting, exorcisms, possessions, and occult crime cases from around the world.


Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth
By Robert Waggoner, Caroline McCready
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Conari Press
List Price: $19.95

Aimed at beginners, "Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple" shows the reader how to enter and fully experience the lucid dreaming.

Among the amazing things Waggoner and McCready teach readers are how to:

  • consciously decide what actions to perform
  • explore dream space (or the contents of your subconscious)
  • interact with dream figures conduct personal and scientific experiments
  • be free of waking state limitations (e.g., flying, walking through walls, and discovering creative solutions to waking issues)

This book approaches lucid dreaming from a more cognitive psychology stance, and focuses more on how to lucid dream and how to use lucid dream techniques for personal growth, insight and transformation. Whether a reader is completely new to lucid dreaming or someone who has experienced that incredible moment of realizing, "This is a dream!," readers will learn valuable tips and techniques gleaned from scientific research and decades of experience to explore this unique state of awareness more deeply. (less)


Discover Your Erotic Gifts & Secret Desires Through Astrology
By Jessica Shepherd
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 1/8/2015
Pages: 264
List Price: $16.99

Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus sauntered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today long for connection with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess.

Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or could use a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you get in touch with your innermost desires and your sensual self. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and support your friends and loved ones.

"Reading about yourself in a good Venus book (something even seasoned astrologers love to do) should feel both pleasurable and startling—as though the author had been reading the diary of your secret thoughts. Jessica Shepherd has such a gift, seeming to know from the inside out just how it feels to have each Venus—and how it feels be in a relationship with each Venus sign. A wise and soulful coach, Jessica lights the way towards each sign’s most evolved (and happiest) expression. Her prose is fresh, supple and seductive, as though it was Venus herself who’d been doing the typing."—Dana Gerhardt, astrologer

"Jessica Shepherd's Venus Signs is clearly channeling straight from Love Central. A gentle, seductive smooch from Venus herself, with knowledge only she could know, the 12 faces of the Goddesses are exposed with utter purity and passion. If someone can introduce you to yourself, then miracles follow. Jessica left me feeling known, understood, appreciated and loved, just what you'd expect to find in a real cosmic caress from Venus herself. This is the ultimate self-worth booster. Loved it!"—Neil D. Paris, author of Surfing Your Solar Cycles

During Greek Mythology class in high school, I secretly yearned to transform into Aphrodite—sensual, sexy, desirous, and nobody's fool (except for love). She was off limits to my white Wonderbread Norwegian Lutheran self, as were nearly all of the Venus traits so brilliantly explored by Jessica. In the context of astrology, Jessica encourages us to embrace our "inner Venus," according to our sign, bringing forth the sensual feminine, artistic vixen, relationship artist that swirls inside, waiting. As I read her book, I had to wonder exactly what I've been waiting for? Maybe this book!”—Cyndi Dale author of The Subtle Body

Venus Signs will get you in touch with what generates and sustains your pleasure and happiness, both in lifestyle and in relationships. Through her keen insights, Jessica Shepherd is a distiller and blender of the true nature of our love desires and inclinations. By defining the influence of Venus through the looking glass of the Zodiac, Jessica sheds light on how the essential qualities of love and attraction are best fulfilled within us and within those whom we love and treasure.”—Annie Bones, author of Celestial Forecaster

"Jessica Shepherd has done it again. In Venus Signs, she writes in a way that makes the astrological neophyte feel welcome. Better, she does that without ever pandering or assuming such a person to be a ninny. Miraculously, there's also wise wolf hiding in the lamb's clothing—the advanced counseling astrologer can also learn some new tricks from this fine book's unpretentious wisdom and simple humanity. I know I did myself! I heartily recommend Venus Signs to anyone who loves astrology—or, simply, to anyone who loves at all."—Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky

Jessica has a gift for weaving together many intricate details into a powerful archetypal synthesis that is accessible and deep.”—Sherene Vismaya Schostak, author of Surviving Saturn Return


A User's Manual For Beginning and Intermediate Readers
By Jeanne Fiorini
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (February 1, 2011)
List Price: $14.99

Tarot spreads don't have to be complicated to be effective. This user-friendly manual is filled with simple methods and guidance to help you get the most from your deck. Topics are arranged by query, making this a practical and indispensable Tarot handbook
Easy-to-read, this manual provides methods to gathering useful information from your Tarot cards. Basic card meanings and principles of the Tarot are given and are followed by effective ways to use the cards. Gain reading tips and practical advice for beginning and intermediate-level practitioners. Learn suggested techniques for designing and expanding your queries. Create queries about relationships, money and work issues, health concerns, decision-making, and matters of choice; the big questions of life as well as the mundane. Readers are encouraged to blend intention, intuition, and a sense of adventure with visual images and card meanings to gain maximum benefit from this ancient system of wisdom. Take out your cards and be prepared to ask the right question and get the right answer!


by Andria K. Molina
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Paperback, Pages: 160
List Price: $16.99

Use the Tarot to bring about and enhance all of your relationships! Conscious thought process can be reflected through the symbolism and the language of Tarot - now, via your specialized card readings, you can identify key issues and helping aids to repair or improve your personal relationships. Enable patterns of constructive development into your psyche, find answers for love and self exploration, or discover time frames for events that affect your relationships. A Questions Statement is applied to each card to help you identify questions and to creatively form compelling answers. In addition to metaphorical meanings for each card, a general significance section is included for usage with other life issues.
Modern-style illustrations by artist Delores Fitchie accompany the instructions.



By Adrienne Trafford
46 cards, Companion Material: 96-page companion book.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Pap/Crds edition (February 28, 2011)
List Price: $24.99

Why am I here and what have I done of worth?
Find these answers as you explore emotions, fears, hopes, and self-realizations with this 46-card oracle depicting beautiful and strong women representing everyday issues.

Improve yourself, day-by-day, as you find answers to doubts in your heart or struggles along your path by allowing the oracle to help you see where you were, where you are now, and where you may be going. As you journey, you will find that though our paths may not look the same, we are all seeking the same truths. But your journey, through these cards, will reflect your personal pathway to those truths.

Whether the cards advise you to "Stand up, dig your heels in, and fight back", or that "Even on the dreariest day, the sun is still there behind the clouds," you will feel the pull of your heart-strings as you warm to the beat of a journey meant only for you.


By Mademoiselle Marie Anne Le Normand

Book Details: Illustrations: 22 b/w photos
52 color playing cards, dice, 1 foldout sheet
Pages: 148
Binding: Hard Cover/Boxed set
List Price: $24.95

Predict the future using Madam Le Normand’s oracle system. The fortune teller to emperor Napolean shared her secrets using playing cards, dice, and omens in her tell-all book published in 1866. Learn your fate using Napoleon’s Oraculum or increase your finances by playing Hymen’s Lottery. Learn 187 bad weather omens, get answers to 36 popular life questions, and use the Table of Celestial Signs to predict health, happiness, and fortune. The oracle system includes the 1866 guide-book of fortune-telling, 52 playing cards reprinted from the 1800s, dice, and a destiny layout spread sheet.


By Kathleen Jenks , Sandra Stanton
33 card oracle deck that comes with a 256 page paperback companion book (Boxed set)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; crds/pap edition (June 28, 2013)
List Price: $39.99

The Green World Oracle focuses on trees and plants as primal symbols of life.

Each has an oracular voice, as do the nature spirits, devas, and deities associated with them. Trees speak to us of living in balance with all of life. People often refer to their roots," the fruits of their labor, trees of wisdom, and trees of good and evil. Abused women in Greek mythology are rescued by being turned into trees; children are born from them; gods like Osiris are entombed in them; sacred fire is struck from them; the voice of Moses deity came from one. We plant a tree to celebrate a wedding, a birth, or to mourn a death. Humankind has always sensed the presence of spirits, or otherness, around trees. This oracle gives voice to their rich, caring insights. 

A beautifully designed deck of thirty-three cards offers access to these mysterious realms.


A Divination System
By Jim Edward Lucier
Size: 8″ x 8″ x 3/4″ boxed set | 1 Wheel | 4 pp/box set
List Price: $24.99
For more than 3,000 years, people have used the famous I Ching oracle, otherwise known as the Book of Changes and it permeates every aspect of Chinese culture, including Feng Shui, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Based on the divination of the Yin (masculine) and Yang (feminine) through 64 six-line figures, these hexagrams represent all possible changes in the universe and mankind. 

The I Ching has influenced the lives of millions; and now you, too, can be blessed by the dragon (Yin) and peacock (Yang) symbolizing good luck. By simply turning eight interconnecting I Ching wheels containing 8 hexagrams each, read the associated meanings. Discover an understanding of your past, present, future, ambitions, desires, hopes, dreams, strengths, and your question outcomes. A center piece including eight special figures used in Feng Shui gives you instant results in the Art of Placement. Attaining the fortunes of the I Ching has never been easier.



  • 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



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!



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


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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We're the place for you to find that 
hard-to-find item that they'll love!

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.

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The Sevenfold Mystery of the Ineffable Love
By Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie, Frater Achad, J. Daniel Gunther, James Wasserman
Publisher: New Falcon Publications, October, 2014
112 pages, Paperback
List Price:$21.95

Aleister Crowley considered AHA! “my greatest magical poem.”

This profoundly esoteric work highlights the two central experiences of the Path of the Wise—the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Crossing of the Abyss. It also marks Crowley’s final acceptance of the mysteries of The Book of the Law, and offers his overview of Initiation and the techniques by which Spiritual Enlightenment may be achieved. This expanded edition features a new analysis by esoteric teacher and author, J. Daniel Gunther, who provides Qabalistic insights into the poem’s extraordinary depth. James Wasserman, a well known writer and student of Crowley, has expanded upon the myth of Marsyas and Olympas, while placing AHA! within the context of Crowley’s overall life and teaching. Frater Achad, one of Crowley’s most important early disciples, wrote an excellent but little-known commentary on AHA! that is included here.

This volume also features an essay by Dr. Israel Regardie, a primary Crowley biographer and spokesman. The poem ends with -

“Blessing and worship to the Beast, the prophet of the Lovely Star.” Henceforth I must be no more an aspirant, no more an adept, no more aught that I could think of as myself. I was the chosen prophet of the Masters, the instrument fit to interpret their idea and work their will.” —Aleister Crowley


Hermetic Cosmology, Finance, Politics and Culture
In the Middle Ages through the Late Renaissance
By Joseph P. Farrell
Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press (September 10, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

What do the Fourth Crusade, the exploration of the New World, secret excavations of the Holy Land, and the pontificate of Innocent the Third, all have in common? Answer: Venice and the Templars. What do they have in common with Jesus, Gottfried Leibniz, Sir Isaac Newton, Rene Descartes, and the Earl of Oxford? Answer: Egypt and a body of doctrine known as Hermeticism. In this book, noted author and researcher Joseph P Farrell takes the reader on a journey through the hidden history of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early Enlightenment, connecting the dots between Venice, international banking, the Templars, and hidden knowledge, drawing out the connections between the notorious Venetian “Council of Ten,” little known Venetian voyages to the New World, and the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. That hidden role of Venice and Hermeticism reached far and wide, into the plays of Shakespeare (a.k.a. Edward DeVere), Earl of Oxford, into the quest of the three great mathematicians of the Early Enlightenment for a lost form of analysis, and back into the end of the classical era, to little known Egyptian influences at work during the time of Jesus.


by Dolores Fitchie

Hardcover: 208 pages (Book and Deck Set) 79 -6″ x 9″ cards
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition (June 28, 2014)
List Price: $45.00

A round, mostly black and white deck with two lurking splashes of color, The Gorgon's Tarot is an innovative and inspired way to read the tarot. With Dolores Fitchie's discreet, tongue-in-cheek humor, it's also engaging and fun to read! The traditional 78-card deck is complemented by an additional Major Arcana card, The Blind Gorgon. This card can be used in a reading as a "wild card," as what some Tarot authors call the significator, or as a general atmosphere-setting concept. Unabashedly feminine and a restrained paean of praise to the animal kingdom, it features a largely female cast, lots of animal companions, commentators, bodyguards and familiars, and a mixed bag of traditional and not-so-traditional imagery, with traces of unorthodoxy here and there. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced readers, and ideal for those who enjoy images with more than one meaning, who can make up their own stories by simply looking at the images. All you need is an uninhibited imagination.

About the Author:
Dolores, aka the Gorgon or Gorgs for short, was born in Spain at a time when the country was straddling a no-man s land between the late middle-ages and recalcitrant proto modernity. In due course she emigrated, travelled for a while and ended up putting down roots in London. To this day she is not sure why she picked London, or allowed herself to sprout roots, for that matter. She lives there with an exasperating chronic illness, two temperamental computers, the numerous creatures that emanate from them, more books than she has shelves for, and interesting wildlife in her garden. She is devoted to her graphics and to the few notions and principles that have survived a life-long habit of reconsidering, adjusting, readjusting and pruning the garden of her intellectual life. She loves animals, art, Flamenco music, good ideas, and the few friends that linger in her ecosystem.


The Marini-Scapini Tarot
By Marco Marini & Luigi Scapini

Hardcover: 160 pages (78-card deck and book set)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition (September 16, 2014)
List Price: $45.00

Explore the mystical esoteric tradition of the Kabbalah via this comprehensive study of the Tarot, using the Tree of Life and the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 78 beautiful Tarot cards are widely analyzed showing past, present, future, obstacles, final results, and other important divination symbols to help the reader understand practical solutions to their everyday questions and situations. An accurate and methodical companion guide brings those interested in the Kabbalistic discipline for the first time into the fold by linking Tarot’s key elements to the Tree of life and 22 Hebrew letters, thereby getting in touch with the archetypes contained in every single trump card. Develop your own body, soul, and spirit via the creative spreads included. Includes a Tree of LIfe Map. For both the novice and experienced reader.

About the Creators:
Marco Marini began his research in the esoteric field in London, where he studied in depth the Kabbalistic discipline and archetypal symbology, paying particular attention to the world of tarots and astrology. He has taught Kabbalah over the last fifteen years at Association and Cultural Institutes, in Italy and England. He regularly writes articles for several magazines in the holistic sector, with particular predilection for publications related to Numerology and its correspondences with the Hebrew culture. He is often a guest on Italian television programs as an expert of Kabbalah and Numerology. Luigi Scapini was born in Verona in 1946. He obtained a degree in architecture in 1971 in Florence. He has worked in the field of sacred art and is an academic professor of history of art, scenery and customs. He also works as an art therapist and an art therapy trainer, glass window and mosaic maker, painter and illustrator. He has created fifteen tarot decks distributed all around the world, such as the Medieval Scapini Tarot and 19 of the Cary-Yale Visconti tarot, edited in the U.S.A.


By Josephine Ellershaw (Author), Emily Ellershaw (Author), Claudia McKinney (Contributor)

Hardcover: 208 pages Size: 6″ x 9″ 61 cards/box set
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (October 28, 2014)

From ancient times, storytelling has been an engaging method to impart ageless wisdom through underlying meanings and morals of treasured tales. Step into the magical Enchanted Emporium and, through the Guardian of Books, work with 60 beautiful destiny fortune cards to find adventure, immediate insight, and guidance as you interact with an original, themed story. During your quest for answers to your most important questions, receive step-by-step instructions, keywords, in-depth meanings, exciting spreads, a timing method, cheat sheet, card combinations, and sample readings in an accompanying guidebook. No previous knowledge of cartomancy is necessary, and this deck and guide is also suitable for more experienced users. What will your destiny reveal? Don't miss the adventure...


By Austin Coppock
List Price: $25.00

The 2015 Astrological Almanac is a comprehensive guide to everything the skies will throw at you over the next year. Concrete, practical delineations are woven carefully into the broader context of sweeping themes. 

An introduction to practical astrology and thoughtful delineations make the 2015 Astrological Almanac accessible to laymen, but it’s scope and focus make it invaluable to the professional astrologer.

An epic pre-history of the year and a practical guide to the day-to-day, the 2015 Astrological Almanac is in a class by itself.

-Detailed Breakdown of All 365 Days
-Thematic Monthly Summaries
-Special Essays on Long Term Trends
-Overview of the Year’s Core Themes and Tensions
-Introduction To Practical Astrology
-Daily Ephemeris of Planetary Positions
-And More!


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