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Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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



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


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
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ALEISTER CROWLEY IN AMERICA:
Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World
by Tobias Churton
Hardcover: 768 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (December 5, 2017)
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An exploration of Crowley’s relationship with the United States

Details Crowley’s travels, passions, literary and artistic endeavors, sex magick, and psychedelic experimentation

Investigates Crowley’s undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI

Includes an abundance of previously unpublished letters and diaries

Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowley’s three sojourns in America sealed both his notoriety and his lasting influence. Using previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowley’s extensive travels through America and his quest to implant a new magical and spiritual consciousness in the United States, while working to undermine Germany’s propaganda campaign to keep the United States out of World War I.

Masterfully recreating turn-of-the-century America in all its startling strangeness, Churton explains how Crowley arrived in New York amid dramatic circumstances in 1900. After other travels, in 1914 Crowley returned to the U.S. and stayed for five years: turbulent years that changed him, the world, and the face of occultism forever. Diving deeply into Crowley’s 5-year stay, we meet artists, writers, spies, and government agents as we uncover Crowley’s complex work for British and U.S. intelligence agencies. Exploring Crowley’s involvement with the birth of the Greenwich Village radical art scene, we discover his relations with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler while living and lecturing on now-vanished “Genius Row.” We experience his love affairs and share Crowley’s hard times in New Orleans and his return to health, magical dynamism, and the most colorful sex life in America. We examine his controversial political stunts, his role in the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania, his making of the “Elixir of Life” in 1915, his psychedelic experimentation, his prolific literary achievements, and his run-in with Detroit Freemasonry. We also witness Crowley’s influence on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and rocket fuel genius Jack Parsons. We learn why J. Edgar Hoover wouldn’t let Crowley back in the country and why the FBI raided Crowley’s organization in LA.

Offering a 20th-century history of the occult movement in the United States, Churton shows how Crowley’s U.S. visits laid the groundwork for the establishment of his syncretic “religion” of Thelema and the now flourishing OTO, as well as how Crowley’s final wish was to have his ashes scattered in the Hamptons.


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SIGIL WITCHERY:
A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2018)
List Price: $19.99





FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the Power of Line and Symbol~

Visual Magick for Everyone~

Sigils are magical symbols that are designed to influence ourselves and the world around us. Tracing through history, art, and culture, this illustrated book offers an innovative and fresh approach to sigil magick that is accessible and intuitive. You don't need a degree in art or magick to make effective sigils!

Learn how to manifest your will through your very own designs. Explore traditional and modern meanings of shapes, symbols, numbers, letters, and colors, while receiving guid- ance on how to add personal meaning to your marks. Sigil Witchery includes methods of application, tips for choosing materials, and important considerations for both temporary and permanent sigils. This book helps you improve your drawing techniques, use sample exercises to challenge yourself, and gain deeper metaphysical insight and inspiration―all to guide you to develop your own powerful sigil magick.


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JOURNEYS IN THE KALI YUGA:
A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe
by Aki Cederberg
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (December 12, 2017)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A beautifully evocative account of one man’s odyssey to discover authentic and unbroken magical traditions in the East and reawaken them in the West

Details the author’s encounters with the Naga Babas, his initiation into their tradition, and his experience at the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth

Shares the similarities he discovered between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons

Introduces a wide cast of characters, including Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, a “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva

Beautifully detailing his spiritual pilgrimage from West to East and back again, in the age of strife known as the Kali Yuga, Aki Cederberg shares the authentic and unbroken magical traditions he experienced in India and Nepal and how his search for a spiritual homeland ultimately led him back to his native Europe.

Cederberg explains how his odyssey began as a search for spiritual roots, something missing in the spiritually disconnected life of the Western world, where the indigenous traditions were long ago severed by the spread of Christianity. Traveling to India, he encounters the ancient esoteric order of mystic, wild, naked holy men known as the Naga Babas, the living source of the Hindu traditions of magic and yoga. Immersing himself in the teachings of the tradition, he receives an initiation and partakes in the Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering on Earth. With his evocative descriptions, Cederberg shows how traveling in India can be an overwhelming, even psychedelic experience. Everything in this ancient land is multiplied and manifold: people and things, sights and sounds, joy and suffering. Yet beyond the apparent confusion and chaos, a strange, subtle order begins to reveal itself. He starts to glimpse resemblances and analogies between the teachings of the Indian tradition and the Western traditions of magic, alchemy, and pagan pantheons. He meets a wide cast of characters, from mystical hucksters in Rishikesh and the veritable army of naked, chillum-smoking mystics of Maya Devi to Goa Gil, the world-renowned guru of the Goa techno-trance scene, and Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, an urdhvabahu or “raised-arm Baba,” who for more than 40 years has held up one arm in devotion to Shiva.

After extensive traveling and immersing himself in the extraordinary world of India, Cederberg returns to his native soil of Europe. Traveling to holy places where old pagan divinities still linger in the shadows of the modern world, he dreams of forgotten gods and contemplates how they might be awakened yet again, reconnecting the West with its own pre-Christian spiritual traditions, sacred landscapes, and soul.


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THE THORNISH PATH:
A Neo-Tribal Tradition
by Jack Wolf
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (October 31, 2016)
List Price: $22.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From words of prophecy made in earlier times, to the newsfeeds of the today’s internet, more and more people are becoming aware of the changes taking place in the world. The old and much abused industrial model, driven largely by human ignorance and greed, has placed the future of both humankind and the Earth herself on a path to a questionable future. But there is hope.

Over the past handful of decades, a great many people have been awakening to the realities of the world but as well, also hearing – and heeding – the call from the wisdom that lies in the heart of all human beings. It is a call to an older way, a better way; a way of returning to the realms of deeper spirit; of magic and of tribe. As individuals and as groups, those who have heard this call of the heart are rising to once again take their place as true human beings: as stewards of the land.
Canadian author Jack Wolf brings us a collection of stories from one such group of Earth-stewards. He does so with the desire that what he shares will kindle the fires of awakening in the hearts and minds of those who are ready for the return of the primal spark-of-hope.

Told in the narrative form, The Thornish Path, is intended to provide the reader with an intimate glimpse into the workings and relationships found within this formerly secret society. It is also intended as an introduction to this unique tradition for those who may wish to explore further.

Thornish people believe that they are but one tradition of many emerging now, into the modern world in order to be of assistance in the ongoing battle to heal the Earth, and in the words of Jack Wolf: “The time has come for the folk of the green to come into their own – as protectors and managers of the Earth, not the despoilers of it.”



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CELESTIAL ARCANA:
Precession, Tarot & the Secret Doctrine
by Titus Salmon
Hardcover: 402 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (November 30, 2017)
List Price: $45.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This book is an in-depth study of Tarot symbolism that explores the Arcana’s mythology and how it relates to the phenomenon of precession and the Secret Doctrine of Aeonic succession. Much of the symbolism is shown to have been derived from ancient Egyptian, Celtic, Hellenistic, and medieval customs, rituals, and myths, which are traced at least as far back as the Age of Taurus (c. 4200-2100 BCE).

The annual flooding of the Nile River, and its connection to the star Sirius was of paramount importance to the equatorial cultures of this era, and it is demonstrated how much of the mythology and symbolism of later Ages are derived from this fundamental mythos – in which the Mother Goddess was revered rather than vilified, as the case has subsequently become during the Ages of Aries and Pisces.

The ancient Egyptians were quite aware of the phenomenon of precession well before it was “discovered” by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus during the Hellenistic era. Plato recounts how the Egyptian priests of the 7th century BCE maintained that they had knowledge of multiple precessional cycles, and the concomitant periodic destruction of humanity through various celestial cataclysms. Ancient Hindu knowledge of this cycle led to the development of the Yuga concept, wherein each Yuga represents a portion of the Great Year with unique celestial characteristics that influence the relative level of humanity’s spiritual advancement.

The structural components of the celestial sphere are shown to be keys to unlocking much of the symbolism behind various esoteric constructs and symbols, such as the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, the Enneagram, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Porta Alchemica. These keys are then applied to the Major Arcana in a multifaceted approach that considers astromythology, equinoctial precession, and ancient modes of chronometry in the examination of trump attributions.

Previous systems are discussed, drawing from various historical sources, such as Arthur Waite, Aleister Crowley, A. E. Thierens, Eliphas Levi, and Antoine Court de Gebelin. The tradition of ascribing a Hebraic letter to each of the 22 trumps is also addressed, and a new system is proposed. This system interprets the threefold categorization of the Hebraic alphabet into the “3 mothers,” “7 doubles,” and “12 simples,” according to the celestial mechanism of precession.





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SPIRITSONG TAROT
by Paulina Cassidy
78 cards and 108-page Guidebook; Boxed Set
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Pap/Crds edition (October 30, 2017)
List Price; $23.95

This Spiritsong deck is a melding of two traditions of divination: one in which animals are seen as guides between our world and the spirit world, and one that uses 78 cards as a tool to connect with our highest self. Each animal was specifically selected based upon Shamanic and Native American symbolism, merging each animal’s unique power with classic tarot practices. For example, the Spiritsong animal, Raven, has attributes such as ‘creation’ that parallels some of the same symbolic tarot attributes of the traditional Magician card, which is why the Raven is the animal representing that card.

The Spiritsong Tarot structure is based on the traditional tarot, containing the 22 Majors, the 56 Minors, and four suits: Acorns for Wands/Fire; Feathers for Swords/Air; Shells for Cups/Water; and Crystals for Pentacles/Earth.



Connected to the portals of higher worlds, the 78 Spiritsong animals are mentors of divine guidance. Bearing their own Shamanic powers, they’re forever open to providing their energy when called upon. They’re always available to help you attain your greatest spiritual potential. If you ask, they will provide guidance needed to assist you in finding the best remedy for any situation. Set includes 78 cards and 108-page guidebook.




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MARGARETE PETERSEN TAROT
by Margarete Petersen
A.G. Müller-Urania, 2017
78 cards, book ad deck set.
card language: English, booklet: English, 78 pp.
Margarete Petersen Tarot
List Price: $39.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In her own ingenious way Margarete Petersen has created and lived the Tarot cards since 1979. The Berlin based artist succeeded in creating archetypical motifs, although or perhaps because she has often broken with traditional imagery. Various forms of contemporary art and spirituality as well as the traditional structure contributed to the paintings.







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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again FEBRUARY 1st, 2018!!!!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



















Monday, December 18, 2017

NEW: FROM HELL FIRE CLUB BOOKS

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING 
NEW TITLES FROM
HELL FIRE CLUB BOOKS



SCIENTIA DIABOLICAM
Collected Essays of Humberto Maggi
Standard Edition of 190 copies bound in one eighth inch smooth snakeskin and emerald silk with black Ortiz endpapers.
List Price: $71.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Sixteen erudite full length essays expanded and illustrated in colour, over 390 pages with numerous
charts and diagrams

The essays in the book form part of a remarkable personal journey around the world from South America to Europe and Africa, into the realms of magic, ancient grimoires mixing with modern practise, the sorcery of Exu jostles against the Goetia, Faustus finds a bedfellow with Saint Cyprian and Solomon with the Devil…..

In the authors introduction we find immediately the struggle between the trained scientific mind and the magicians yearning for supernatural, daemonic experience, an ecstatic awakening which is the key feature of Humberto Maggi’s endeavours. For thirty years he has dug deeply into the textbooks of magic and into the layers of his own psyche, showing throughout these essays a profound grasp of both the esoteric literature of magic and the subtle nature of our relationship to the spirits.

The sixteen lengthy essays in the book are:

Daemonic Knowledge:
an intimate discussion of the prime feature of magical experience as described in ancient literature and the philosophy of magic

The Lesson of Phenex:
conjuration of the Goetic spirit with proofs of the objective nature of spirits and their effects upon us

The Tree of the Grimoires:
the survival of shamanic iconography and ecstatic experience echoed in grimoire literature

The Language of the Birds:
on the true nature of magical language, the subtle communications of spirits being the prime material of communication and thus facilitating human evolution as shown in the authors invocations of the Angels in the ARS PAULINA

Crossing Worlds:
dissolving the apparent dichotomy between Goetic and Theurgic magic, Maggi discusses the facility for both angelic and demonic discourse within the self and as expressed in ones personal experiences including the invocations of the Seven Great Princes

The Solomonic Spirit:
concerning Humberto Maggis personal invocation of The Holy Guardian Angel, the parallels with other forms of magical practise and the assertion of scientific method to the communion of spirits

The Lord of the Good Tree:
Babylonian and Sumerian legends are woven together with those of the biblical Satan and the gnostic allegory of the shadow cave, a dissertation on the nature of magical perception

The Gnosis of the Devil:
The past and future practise of Quimbanda with some personal observations and encounters with EXU, the spirit chiefs of the GrimoiriumVerum aligned with the hierarchy of the Exus

The White Snake:
On the nature of the wisdom tree and its powerful energetic revealer deity the Serpentine God of Magic and the deities of Vision and Rainbow

The Great War of Magic:
The impact of the Renaissance of occultism and the return of Hermes Trismegistus in the early modern period redefining the nature of the Magus and the creation of our esoteric utopia

The Saint, the Magus, and the Devil:
The inheritance of the conjurers craft, shamanism and the Knowledge and Conversation of Spirits, the torments of St.Anthony and the lessons learnt from explorations into the world of the demons

Ars Moriendi:
The arts of necromancy, magical eschatology and the ArsMoriendiMagicae, survival of the consciousness after death

Faustus’s Good Friend:
Being an archaeology of late antiquity magical techniques obscurely found in in Christian legends; Simon Magus, Mephistopheles and Faustus, the Sanctum Regnumof the Dragon Rouge and the ‘paredros’ of the Papyri GraecaeMagicae with a disquisition on conjuring the magical assistant

The New World of Saint Cyprian:
Contact with the grimoire of Cyprian in Brasil and Angola, a discussion of the transformation of Cyprian the Mage and his influence on sorcery

The Spirit of Saint Cyprian:
The Black Pilgrimage to Sintra, Toldeo and Paris, with a vision of the Devil…






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PAEAN TO HECATE
by Shani Oates
Standard Edition of 77 copies in vintage vellum and green cloth with marbled endpapers
List Price: $56.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:






‘O Magnificent dark Mother of all,
Come thou from the midst of Celestial Glory
Thou whose form hides life within…
O thou re-birther of souls,
Life and Death are thy twin gifts.
Brilliant is thy primordial realm.
Time has no place in thee!’

Written as both an invocation and divine theurgic discourse this elegant and visceral volume is both a delight to the eye and a guide to the awakening soul.

Both famed and feared in antiquity, Hecate remains the goddess of deep witchcraft, occupying liminal spaces between the living and the dead, between worlds, between will and act.

Drawing upon her experience of Hecate in both ritual worship and personal gnosis, Shani Oates delivers here a holy book of theurgic craft, structured on the five points of the pentagram and informed as much by transcendental magic as by personal sacrifice, this is an oracular text prefaced by insights deeply rooted in the cabala of the western mystery tradition, in witchcraft and in reverence of the ever present mystery of Her Being.

Scholars of ancient magic, the Chaldean Oracles in particular, will see in this work a living example of that power of utterance long thought dead.

Shani Oates is a poet, writer, mystic and hermit living in the United Kingdom, as Maid of the Clan of Tubal Cain she both speaks for and inspires a remarkable strain of Traditional Witchcraft which under her guidance, has spread across the world. Author of numerous books on witchcraft, essays and poems she has contributed to the literature of philosophy and the esoteric to a remarkable degree both in volume and originality.



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THE SWORD & THE SERPENT
by David Mattichak
Limited to 220 copies trade bound in mauve crocodile embossed with mauve silk endpapers,
covers stamped and titled in silver
186 pages printed onto fine cream book wove paper
List Price: $54.00




Being the Visions of the Twenty-two Paths of Sepher Yetzirah
A Record of the Traversal of the Paths of the Serpent

Limited to 220 copies trade bound in mauve crocodile embossed with mauve silk endpapers,
covers stamped and titled in silver
186 pages printed onto fine cream book wove paper

FURTHER DETAILS:
The Esoteric Secrets of Occult Symbolism~

Completed after nearly 30 years of astral journeys on the Tree of Life and occult experimentation guided with the symbolism of Aleister Crowleys magickal system enshrined in the ‘Book of Thoth Tarot’.


Aleister Crowley as ‘Ankh-af-na-Khonsu in 1910

"...Concerning thy Travellings in thy Body of Light or Astral journeys and Visions so-called do thou lay this Wisdom to thy Heart O my Son that in this Practice whether Things Seen and Heard be Truth and Reality or whether they be Phantoms in the Mind abideth this Supreme Magical Value namely: Whereas the Direction of such Journeys is consciously willed and determined by Reason and also unconsciously willed by the true Self since without It no Invocation were possible we have here a Cooperation of Alliance between the Inner and the Outer Self and thus an Accomplishment at least partial of the Great Work..." - Aleister Crowley 'The Book of Wisdom or Folly'.

‘The Sword & the Serpent’ follows the progress of the magician (in the person of Ankh-af-na-Khonsu) as he ascends through the astral planes that correspond to the Trumps of the Tarot and communicates with the spiritual beings, the bizarre, beautiful and sometimes horrific entities that exist upon the paths, to reveal the hidden natures of powerful occult symbols.

Crossing these Paths of the Serpent is a spiritual pilgrimage for the new age taking the traveller not to a place in the world but to a place in himself where the mystery of his being is revealed piecemeal in the procession of the Passion of the Aeon of Horus.

The Tarot Trumps are central symbols in the Hermetic system of ceremonial magick and the symbols that they employ tie together a wide variety of spiritual schools into one cohesive scheme. The twenty-two Tarot Atus represent universal principals of human consciousness but even these seminal occult symbols are only a façade for the spiritual perception which they symbolize. The visions of these paths are the personal experience of those spiritual perceptions in increasingly finer and more essential steps.

In the Golden Dawn system of magick each of the twenty-two Tarot Trumps also corresponds to one of the paths representing the essential spiritual energy that is expressed by the individual paths. The nature of these paths is determined by the numbers which they connect in the intricate pattern of the tree of Life giving each path an individual yet connected interpretation and taken together they represent a holistic image of self awareness. The Golden Dawn (and later Crowley's A. A.) presented the path of initiation as the incremental progress from the bottom number on the Tree of Life to the completion of the Great Work in the Unity of the Crown. This made the importance of the paths in the process of initiation patently obvious and the Golden Dawn Novice level initiations concentrated on making symbolic crossings of these paths to invoke the level of self awareness that they represent.

The journeys collectively represent the entire path of initiation into the mysteries of Hermetic Magick and the secrets of the Sepher Yetzirah (the ancient ‘Book of Formation’) perhaps the most important and influential text of early kabbalah.

a ka dua
tuf ur biu
bi a’a chefu
dudu nur af an nuteru

O High One!
May he be praised!
The one great of Power!
The Spirit great of Dignity,
Who places fear of himself among the gods!”


The ‘Stele of Revealing’ venerated 
by Aleister Crowley as the priest Ankh-af-na-Khonsu



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The late David Mattichak
author of ‘PYRAMIDOS: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus’
(Published by Hell Fire Club Books)
David Mattichak was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and passed away on the 26th January 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. David immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated Melbourne's Essendon Grammar School before studying art at Preston College.

David had been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and became well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered a "key to the order & value of the English alphabet" from Aleister Crowley's Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick, and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right.

After almost three decades of study and development David Mattichak was able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a manuscript, his own ’Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law’, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley's magnum opus, the Book of the Law.

David is perhaps best known for his remarkable ‘PYRAMIDOS: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus’, a detailed and original work of over 400 pages on the origins and development of Aleister Crowleys ‘Liber 671 vel Pyramidos’, the main ritual weapon in the armoury of any true magician.
David was an exceptionally kind and gifted man, artistically and musically inclined he also excelled as a sportsman, a chef and married a career as a writer with his magickal and mystical studies.

During the publication of his major work ‘Pyramidos: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus’ he was suffering an aggressive cancer but still managed to find the time both to teach his own students and to finish editing his book. Shortly after we delivered the first finely bound copy of ‘Pyramidos’ to David, he succumbed to his illness and on the 26th January 2015 he quietly passed away.



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GENESIS OF THE BOOK OF THE LAW: The Complete Texts
by David Allen Hulse
Standard Edition of 222 copies bound in quarter tan kidskin with Egyptian papyrus, light ochre hemp embossed endpapers.
New edition, single volume of 170 pages
List Price: $54.00



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Complete Texts

Part One: The Cairo Working (1875-1904)
Part Two: The Birth of the A∴A∴ and the O.T.O. Legacy (1905-1917)
Part Three: The Coming of the Magickal Childe (1918-1962)

GENESIS OF THE BOOK OF THE LAW is an intricate study of the magickal events in the life of Aleister Crowley specifically leading up to the reception of The Book of the Law and its aftermath over decades.

We have presented the work in a square format with wide margins, it is our hope that earnest students will take the opportunity to make their own notes in their books in order to analyse the countless numerical and qabalistic ciphers which appear both in Crowleys life and in their own magickal work.

The work is presented as a timeline which concentrates in a scientific manner upon the temporal events, mystical and psychic transformations and qabalistic ciphers that indicated clear magickal or multi-dimensional activity in the life of the Great Beast 666 and beyond.

Examining Crowley in this disciplined and almost mathematical manner allows the reader to perceive in a remarkable fashion the precise intersections of different realities or planes in the life of Aleister Crowley and the manner in which his personal work (and the work of his orders of A∴A∴ and O.T.O. fixed such spiritual energy upon the material plane.

This study is a step above and beyond the merely intellectual, past the ordinary mindset of the biographical narrative and into the very magickal reality active in the life of Crowley and beyond into the foundations of modern occulture.

Unicursal Hexagram of the Beast: 
the six dimensions of Space emanating 
from the No-Reality of the Point

Like many great philosophers Hulse realises the omniscient power of number and the presence of the laws of physics in the peculiarities of human behaviour and the manifestations of our occult personalities.


Looking behind the mesh of matter and the constructs both of the conscious mind of Crowley, and even the ‘magickal mind’ of the Great Beast 666 (by which Crowley both fixed into reality and interpreted his own great initiation as Ipsissimus, the highest of all the ten occult Grades on the Tree of Life) David Allen Hulse seeks to reach and interpret the very essence of the Aeon of Thelema as it appeared secretly manifested in number in the life of one man, then exploding like a lightning seed upon his consciousness, until finally and steadily blooming like a vast universal lotus.

We have presented the work in a square format with wide margins, it is our hope that earnest students will take the opportunity to make their own notes in their books in order to analyse the countless numerical and qabalistic ciphers which appear both in Crowleys life and in their own magickal work. The manifestation of the Law of Thelema is a perpetual and symphonic utterance of the Will of the One through the True Will of the many, each person who engages in an active way will feel the immediate effects.

The Law of Thelema resounding through the Universe


As it is necessary to maintain and analyse a clear magickal record to see a temporal progression, it is also necessary to view that record as an organic ‘fourth dimensional’ reality where the future both influences and determines the past, where all points are equal and where all numbers are infinite.

The life of Aleister Crowley, the organic life of the Current of Thelema, is one from which we cannot distinguish ourselves, it is Number, Harmony and Truth, now and forever.

David Allen Hulse is also the author of ‘New Dimensions for the Cube of Space’ an advanced analysis of the multi-dimensional magickal universe of the Tarot and the Tree of Life
& ‘The Key of it All’ a vast two volume synthesis of Eastern and Western magickal systems &‘The Truth about Numerology’.





Friday, December 1, 2017

KRAMPUS TIME IS NEAR...

BLESSED YULE!!! 


Yule, by Alphonse Mucha


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



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


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
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THE WITCHING-OTHER:
Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch
By Peter Hamilton-Giles
Standard Edition: 160 pages, Evergreen colorset dust jacket, two colour foil block, red and gold, foil block to front case, head and tail bands, Napura endpapers bordering 100 gram munken cream paper, ribbon. Ltd to 891 copies.
List Price: $66.95




FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch, by Peter Hamilton-Giles instigator and co-founder of the Dragon's Column, this being the body of initiates that went on to contribute material that would eventually be featured albeit in edited form in Andrew Chumbleys' Dragon Book of Essex. Also Peter Hamilton-Giles has authored The Afflicted Mirror: The Study of Ordeals and Making of Compacts and The Baron Citadel: The Book of the Four Ways both of which were published by Three Hands Press.


To propose there is something ‘other’ to the witch might seem counter-intuitive, especially so since conjugating the witch into witching suggests particular agentive actions and decisions have already been made about the topic. One where the action of witching is then further hyphenated with the other must then result in increasing this level of obfuscation to new heights. Yet in Peter Hamilton-Giles’ most explorative book to date he suggests by explicating the Witching-Other a wholly new and more profound way for understanding the witch is revealed, one which opens up the possibility for establishing an altogether more intimate and innovative relationship. This has the potential to liberate the witch icon from the shackles of history and practitioner narratives, and because of this Hamilton-Giles has preferred to concentrate on metaphysical absences than physical presences. Why this is an important re-directive proposition is that it allows individuals to move towards creating an identity which does not necessarily rely on historical location or accounts alone, but rather looks to the person’s ability to unfix or unsettle the taken for granted so as to discover progressive ways for developing a new rationale about the witch.

The Witching-Other concentrates on how witchcraft, and in particular the archetypal Witch, are used as conduits for understanding that which remains remote to us. Historical records and the workings of practitioners are inordinately connected to what is available. This book contends that what we read, see, experience only takes us so far when trying to comprehend the witch, and that there is something else dwelling beyond the veil, a daemonic intelligence compelling us to approach the witch with an already pre-scribed fascination. Accordingly, the Witching-Other appears as the absence of what is considered to be present. This sense of absence resonates with the associated silences contained within narratives, or the lack in descriptive quality, but once realised the witch becomes something more than the category to which she or he has been assigned.

Empowering the attributes of witchcraft, this explorative journey takes the reader down a path of reflection which leads to endorsing the contingency of the metaphysical and it is through this process that The Witching-Other becomes the quintessential emanation of Otherness. How we then relate the witch to ourselves is one where the grounds for engagement are exposed to scrutiny. From this position Hamilton-Giles proposes that any undertaking to know more must involve the candidate grasping the extent of division between being in the world and that of the Other. As a metaphysical emanation the Witching-Other encapsulates all that cannot be contained or limited by definition. In this way, the witch becomes more than a witch, while witching or similar agentive practices become more than a conjuration. Instead by acknowledging the Witching-Other the practitioner and researcher alike are confronted by unfathomable opportunities for expanding the way they come to know about the witch.

The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch not only looks to increase the dialogue between practitioner and academia, but offers the means by which to delimit our understanding of the Other and therefore the Witching-Other. Across three primary chapters the relationship to the witch is explored through aesthetic expression, intentionality and imagining. This book is then applicable for an occult philosophical audience, for practitioners who wish to expand or find the means by which to articulate their relationship to the witch, and those other interested parties who have always wondered what might be missing when it comes to understanding witchcraft. It should be understood therefore that The Witching-Other is a text that contains within it the grimoire like workings of a witch grammar. Found therein the metaphysical Witching-Other manifests significant qualities which if comprehended have the ability to exponentially expand the occult knowledge of the beholder..... for it only takes the journeyman or woman to step across the threshold towards the Witching-Other for the path to appear. While being both challenging and engaging this first of three volumes on the Witching-Other encourages the reader to transcend their own understanding of the witch. By finding new ways of knowing, The Witching-Other presents the opportunity to encounter that which has been hidden beyond the veil for far too long.




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BIBLIOTHECA VALENCIANA
Trans. José Leitão
Paperback, 626 Pages
Hadean Press: Published September 2017
List Price: $35.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Bibliotheca Valenciana contains translations of three of Jerónimo Cortez’s great works: the Non Plus Ultra Do Lunario, the Physiognomy and Various Secrets of Nature, and the Treatise of the Animals, presented and compiled for the first time into one English language volume.

The Lunario is an early almanac, full of astrological and astronomical information, prognostications of the weather, descriptions of the various winds, information on bloodlettings, and includes remedies for a variety of conditions such as windy inflammation, gout, cataracts, and mange.

The Physiognomy is part medical treatise covering the humours, the qualities of the astrological signs, the physiognomy of each part of the body, and part astrological text, describing the properties of the elements and their regions. It also includes sections on the many uses of rosemary and aguardente.

The Treatise is a bestiary covering the land and air animals, and includes mythical beasts such as the unicorn and the dragon.

In his introduction, José provides a fascinating look at how this material passed into later grimoires, and back out again, weaving a tapestry of lore that sometimes was scientific, and other times magical, and at all times a little bit of both.

The Bibliotheca Valenciana contains translations of three of Jerónimo Cortez’s great works: the Non Plus Ultra Do Lunario, the Physiognomy and Various Secrets of Nature, and the Treatise of the Animals, presented and compiled for the first time into one English language volume.

The Lunario is an early almanac, full of astrological and astronomical information, prognostications of the weather, descriptions of the various winds, information on bloodlettings, and includes remedies for a variety of conditions such as windy inflammation, gout, cataracts, and mange.

The Physiognomy is part medical treatise covering the humours, the qualities of the astrological signs, the physiognomy of each part of the body, and part astrological text, describing the properties of the elements and their regions. It also includes sections on the many uses of rosemary and aguardente.

The Treatise is a bestiary covering the land and air animals, and includes mythical beasts such as the unicorn and the dragon.

In his introduction, José provides a fascinating look at how this material passed into later grimoires, and back out again, weaving a tapestry of lore that sometimes was scientific, and other times magical, and at all times a little bit of both.




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JESUS MALVERDE:
by Jamie Alexzander
Hadean Press Guides to the Underworld Booklet
Published in August, 2017
16 pages
List Price: $4.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Jesus Malverde, the Narco Saint, is a legendary folk saint and hero originating in Sinaloa, Mexico. Born into poverty, he became renowned for stealing from the rich to give to the poor until he was captured and executed. As with any folk personality, accounts of his life and death vary. Whether or not he is a historical figure does not factor into his enormous popularity with the people, and with those who call upon him for aid. This text includes a brief history of the folk saint, as well as spells, charms, and amulets for working with the Angel of the Poor.

Jesus Malverde by Jamie Alexzander is an expansion of his article which appeared in Conjure Codex II (Hadean Press, 2013).



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THE TRUE RED DRAGON:
by H.M.
Hadean Press Guides to the Underworld Booklet
Published in August 2017.
20 pages
List Price: $4.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Rewritten under magical inspiration as a rudimentary Operation to achieve the Knowledge and Conversation of Lucifer Rex and the Star and Serpent Spirits, The True Red Dragon rescues the first chapters of the original grimoire in a spirit friendly approach intended to be performed as a presentation of the magician to the spirits.




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TRADITIONAL MAGIC SPELLS FOR PROTECTION AND HEALING
by Claude Lecouteux
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Translation edition (November 7, 2017)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An in-depth collection of ancient spells and magic practices drawn from rare and newly discovered texts...

Presents more than 600 magical prescriptions for healing and protection from both pagan and Christian sources

Examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and explores ancient beliefs about curses and other evil spells and about devils, demons, and ghosts

Includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials

Since the beginning of history, people have sought remedies for the many ills that have beset them, from illnesses afflicting the body to threats posed by evil and hostile individuals. In many folk healing and pagan traditions, it was believed that one must gain the assistance of the guardian spirit of a healing plant or substance through prayers or offerings before its chemical properties would be effective. The Church decried these spells and practices as pagan superstition but did not seek to exterminate these beliefs, instead transferring the responsibility for their healing powers to the apostles and saints.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of ancient texts, Claude Lecouteux presents more than 600 magical prescriptions from both pagan and Christian sources from the last 2,000 years, covering everything from abscesses and shingles to curses and healing animals. He examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and looks at the origins of disease according to the evolving beliefs of magic practitioners over the centuries. He explores ancient beliefs about curses and about devils, demons, and ghosts and provides an in-depth look at protection magic, including protection of health, animals, and cultivated land, protection against curses, witchcraft, bad weather, and beasts, protection of a home, and protection while traveling. He includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials collected by two Romanian ethnologists who lived and traveled with gypsies in Transylvania in the mid-19th century. The author also reproduces rare texts on magic healing from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Revealing the vitality of these practices in the remoter areas of Eastern Europe, Lecouteux shows how the influence of this pagan worldview is still detectable in the work of modern folk healers in France and Scandinavia. He also shows how the condemnation of unorthodox methods of healing has not vanished from the contemporary world: the medieval legislation against healing by wizards and bonesetters is echoed in modern health codes that challenge the authority of naturopaths and faith healers.




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FIRST TEMPLAR NATION:
How Eleven Knights Created a New Country and a Refuge for the Grail
by Freddy Silva
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 2 edition (November 21, 2017)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Overturns the long-established historical narrative about the origins and purpose of the Knights Templar


Explains how and why the Templars created Europe’s first nation-state, Portugal, with one of their own as king

Reveals the Portuguese roots of key founding members, their relationship with the Order of Sion, the Templars’ devotion to Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist, and the meaning and exact location of the Grail

Provides evidence of Templar holy sites and hidden chambers throughout Portugal

Includes over 700 references, many from new and rare sources

Conventional history claims that nine men formed a brotherhood called the Knights Templar in Jerusalem in 1118 to provide protection for pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Overturning this long-established historical narrative, Freddy Silva shows that the Order of the Temple existed a decade earlier on the opposite side of Europe, that the protection of pilgrims was entrusted to a seperate organization, and that, in league with the Cistercian monks and the equally mysterious Order of Sion, the Templars executed one of history’s most daring and covert plans: the creation of Europe’s first nation-state, Portugal, with one of their own as king.

Including over 700 references, many from new and rare sources, Silva reveals Portugal, not Jerusalem, as the first Templar stronghold. He shows how there were eleven founding members and how the first king of Portugal, a secret Templar, was related to Bernard de Clairvaux, head of the Cistercians. The author explains the Templars’ motivation to create a country far from the grasp of Rome, where they could conduct their living resurrection initiation--whose candidates were declared “risen from the dead”--a secret for which the Church silenced millions and which the Templars protected to the death.

Placing the intrepid Knights in a previously unknown time and place, Silva’s historical narrative reveals the Portuguese roots of key founding members, their relationship with the Order of Sion, the Templars’ unshakeable devotion to Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist, and how they protected a holy bloodline in Portugal. He also provides evidence of secret Templar holy sites, initiation chambers, and hidden passageways throughout Portugal, often coinciding with pagan and Neolithic temples, and explains how their most important site forms a perfect triangle with the Abbey of Mont Sion in Jerusalem and the Osirion temple in Egypt. The author also reappraises the meaning of the Grail and reveals its exact location, hidden in plain sight to this very day.




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FORTUNE TELLER'S HANDBOOK:
20 Fun and Easy Techniques for Predicting the Future
by Sasha Fenton
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (December 1, 2017)


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
For those who have wanted to try their hand at fortunetelling, this comprehensive sampler of divination strategies offers a thorough introduction to a wide range of options.

From more elaborate systems such as numerology, palmistry, and the I Ching to simpler dice and tea reading, you'll come to understand the history and usage of these ancient arts. Learn to read futures in a crystal ball, tarot cards, runes, or your own visage. Predict ups and downs in love, career, relationships, and finances. Find meaning in dreams, the structure of a flower, and even the placement of moles on a person's body. Expert insights, sample readings, and instructive illustrations provide practical guidance for the budding fortune-teller.

This book is fun to use for yourself or with a gathering of friends. Techniques include: crystal ball reading, numerology, rune reading, using a pendulum, palmistry, tea leaf reading, and using the I Ching.

Are you destined for good luck, money, and a great career? Will you find love or travel to distant lands? The answers can be found in these 20 easy-to-use predictive techniques.



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LLEWELLYN'S COMPLETE BOOK OF DIVINATION:
Your Definitive Source for Learning Predictive & Prophetic Techniques
by Richard Webster
Series: Llewellyn's Complete Book Series (Book 11)
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2017)
List Price: $29.99



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Answer Questions and Predict the Future with this Comprehensive Collection of Proven Tips and Techniques~

Explore the Profound Wisdom and Fascinating Secrets of Divination~

Richard Webster, one of the world’s bestselling new age authors, explores the incredibly wide variety of divination systems from around the world. Discover in-depth information and how-to instruction for more than thirty divination practices, including:

Tarot • Astrology • Palmistry • Numerology • Pendulums • I Ching • Automatic Writing • Candle Reading • Coin Divination • Flower Reading • Dowsing • Runes • Scrying • Geomancy • Bibliomancy • And Much More

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination also features helpful tips for choosing the best form of divination for your specific needs and preparation methods to practice before a divination session. Learn about the history of divination and the historical figures who could see the future. Find out how raising your intuitive skills can improve nearly every aspect of your life, from relationships and health to money and career. Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned expert, this thorough guide holds sacred wisdom and wonderful surprises for you.










THE PROMETHEAN ORACLE
by Sophia Shultz and Mark Cogan
160 Page Paperback Guidebook, 50 Card Deck Boxed Set
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition (October 28, 2017)
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
When Prometheus stole the sacred Olympian flame and bestowed it upon humanity, he literally sparked the growth of civilization. Now Prometheus presents us with a different but no less significant gift: the guiding flame of insight, drawn from the stories and energies of the kings, gods, and heroes who complement history and mythology's great queens, goddesses, and heroines. This rich and lovely 50-card oracle deck and guidebook unifies male energies with those of the Chakras to create a unique and fresh approach to personal divination. You will be led by warriors like Odysseus, cunning kings like Hammurabi, quiet prophets like Elijah, and monsters like Pazuzu to strong intuitive wisdom that can be applied to your well-being and life's serious and day-to-day issues. The evocative portrait cards, each featuring a Chakra will, like Prometheus, bring the fire of knowledge and renewal to your soul.







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