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Saturday, June 18, 2016

SPECIAL ADDENDUM: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JOHN MADZIARCZYK, MAGITIANS DISCOVERED.


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS 
IS PROUD TO PRESENT:
Interview With John Madziarczyk,
Author of Magitians Discovered

By Michael Strojan




So, tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

Let’s see. I’ve been involved with magic and the occult off and on since I was a teenager. I’ve done stuff with Thelema, Chaos Magic, and throughout this off and on I’ve been involved with Wicca and other sorts of related Pagan practices as well as Ceremonial Magic. I also have a big interest in history, in particular intellectual history which contributed to my interest in the subject matter that I dealt with in the research and material Magitians Discovered.

When were you first exposed to Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft?
At first exposed to it just through doing general research about folk magic and ceremonial magic in the pre-Golden Dawn era, so probably five or six years ago. I had heard about Scot’s Discoverie but I never looked into it in its entirety and was a part of a lot of the other things I was looking into at the time as source material.

What inspired you to do the research in Magitians Discovered?

That really came about through work I did on this previous book published by Topaz House Publications called The Station of Man in the Universe by Ebenezer Sibly and the author’s work with A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology in which Sibly includes a thumbnail sketch of his understanding of things like the afterlife, the nature of ghosts, elemental spirits, and demons in order to round out the rest of his work. I learned out that he drew a lot of his material in particular the 1665 edition of the Discoverie of Witchcraft, in particular parts that had not been reproduced in the Dover Press edition that I was familiar with. I was interested in Sibly’s work because of my focus at the time on pre-Golden Dawn ceremonial magic and it looked like his writings contained a good summary of the beliefs about that were common in the late 18th Century.

So Sibly drew on the Discoverie, who else was influenced by his work?

Scot’s work was influential both in the literary world and in the spiritual world. His original Discoverie was drawn on by Shakespeare for material in Macbeth relating to the witches. As for esotericists, it appears that there were both cunning people in Great Britain as well as some of the more high magic oriented people of this time who were familiar with and used this work. The influence, particularly in the 1665 edition that contains things not present in the original, continued to influence people to the present day with people such as Paul Huson and his work Mastering Witchcraft.


When did you start collecting the information for what would become Magitians Discovered and what all went into that?

I started collecting preliminary research information for what would become Magitians Discovered in the Fall of 2013. I located the 1665 text and I found out that there were a number of selections that had been inserted in it not by Scot but by magicians of the time that I found extremely interesting, especially for the implications it would hold for the overall text. I tried to find out, if possible, who wrote it and what their likely worldview was and that really started a long, nine month, immersive research into magic, medicine and history in the 17th Century.

Whose hands do you think contributed this extra material in your opinion?
I think that the extra material was probably collected by two people: one of the authors I was able to identify was one Christopher Irvine who was both a Paracelsian physician who practiced in Scotland and for a time in London in the 17th Century; the other person, I suspect, was a Scandinavian who was connected to various strands of antiquarian thought present in Scandinavia in the 17th Century.

I think this is likely the case because it appears there are two main geographical foci in the Discoverie, one of which is Scotland – in particular northern Scotland – and the other which is Scandinavia itself. Many of the examples the authors use about spirits and examples of elemental spirits and ghosts come from these two areas and the rituals themselves that are included in it make reference to the northern mountains of Norway and the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland which had extensive Scottish and Nordic influence.

Irvine fits the bill as a contributor for a number of reasons, part of it is the Paracelsian material in the treatise concerning the nature of ghosts, and elemental spirits as well as the inclusion of sympathetic magic and nine chapters having to do either with rituals themselves or preparations that the magician would have to make in order to perform the rituals. Irvine was also an historian and expanded edition of a book that had previously been published on Scottish place names to three times its original length where he basically inserted his own historical research into the origins of the Scots as well as some accounts of Scottish folklore and I should say that the treatise material in its Scottish content includes an account of the Scottish fairy tradition which is very similar to that which Robert Kirk included about thirty years after in his Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies.

As for the material itself as a whole, I think what was added was a combination of the research done by Irvine and his presumed co-author as well as documents that I believe were copied from actual practitioners of popular magic of the time.



So you say that there may have been information supplied by popular magic practitioners of the time. What did that look like in this era especially with Jamesean prohibitions against magic?

Apart from the lengthy processes of doing devotion to God or Divinity, instructions on making circles and consecrating implements that seem to be fairly common in texts of this time, the material in the text has a number of unique rituals invoking different types of so-called aerial spirits. One such example in the texts concerns a ritual to call up thunder elementals thought to exist in the mountains of Norway and conjuring the fire spirits in a volcano in Iceland. There are other rites unique to this text that correlate to things found in other texts such as the Book of Oberon concerning the Wild Hunt who, in this text, are referred to as being “Great Hunters of the North” and come from Scandinavia.

I also believe that certain parts of the instruction for constructing circles and implements appear to be much more influenced by Christian folk magic than, say, the Greater Key of Solomon. As for prohibitions on magic implemented by James I of England, the unique things about all these writings – Scot’s, Irvine’s, and possibly Kirk’s – is that they would have been illegal had anyone found them in their own private possession had they been convicted of witchcraft, but I think that following the English Civil War and the breakdown of state censorship of materials like this were able to be published more openly, as long as they were not saying it was okay to practice magic. . This time period also saw the first English translations of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy and the spurious Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy. I think also it’s hard to quantify its possible influence. One thing that might have contributed to these books being allowed to be published was the fact that the newly restored monarch Charles II had an interest in alchemy himself.

So right now there’s a growing interest in historical ceremonial magic practices. How would your work with Magitians Discovered relate to what’s being done by people with these types of practices?

I think it’s quite a bit to do with what people are doing in this kind of work at present! First of all, the text(s) itself come from the same era that these people who are reconstructing these practices are doing. What I go over in the first book, solely my own analysis of the work, is basically a reconstruction of a particular tradition that I believe existed in the Seventeenth Century that dealt with the evocation of aerial spirits where in this particular era the aerial spirits weren’t simply looked at as air elementals but as being intermediary spirits that were messengers between planetary spirits and the earth.

In this particular tradition where the material comes from, while it might have been difficult or impossible to call down the planetary angels themselves directly, I think it was assumed to be easier to call down the corresponding aerial spirits. The way that that worked these particular spirits were linked to the angels of the planets and were thought to carry their will and influence onto the earth in that the will of God or Divinity was thought to be transmitted first to the celestial spirits then to the aerial spirits that would then carry the will or actions to the various places of the earth.

So the magician, by accessing them, could influence events on the earth and work magic for particular ends that were in harmony with the various planetary spirits. For example a martial spirit it would be possible to call up an aerial spirit with the signature of mars and command it to work for you in terms that were martial – for instance destructive – or it could be possible to call up the aerial spirits related to Venus and use that for love magic, jupiterian ones for wealth and so on and so forth.

These spirits were looked at much more approachable than the celestial angels and as being ambiguous morally as well. Their status wasn’t really agreed on by a lot of the authors of the time. Some believed they were evil spirits that had been perhaps forgiven by God or Divinity and because of this, functioned as intermediaries between the planatery realms of the earth. Some believed they were neutral spirits that fulfilled the same function. I believe, actually, that in some of the grimoires produced at the time, particularly the Heptameron and some of the lesser known variants of the Greater Key, that it was these spirits that the magician was supposed to call upon to do his or her work.

I believe that the way that a lot of these magicians worked with these spirits was to do rituals where, after supplications to God or Divinity, they would call on the planetary angels and ask the angels to kind of direct the aerial spirits to come to them and after that the magician would talk with them and work out an agreement between them about what they wanted to do and what compensation they might want or require for that.

How would you summarize the content of your three volumes?

With the three volumes, the first volume is wholly my analysis of the material that was added to the 1665 edition of the Discoverie of Witchcraft. The second volume consists of the anonymous editions themselves and an essay by Reginald Scot that was unfortunately not included in the Dover edition, as well as the books from Reginald Scot’s original Discoverie that deals with magic and talismans, then added to that writings by works that were translated by Christopher Irvine that I feel shed some light on the anonymous material. These include a document called One-Hundred Aphorisms on Natural Magic, which deals with sympathetic magic and was included as the first book in a medical treatise but in practice deals with a variety of topics on how sympathetic magic works as well as the nature of magical energy as well as alchemy and how that relates to the human body.

There are also twelve conclusions based on the aphorisms that are more medical oriented but that also talk about the nature of the human body and the human soul in relation to sympathetic magic. Finally in volume two there are excerpts from the antiquarian work that Irvine prepared dealing with Scotland. With that I reproduced the entries that I believe either have esoteric content or have content that support the arguments I made in volume one. This also includes the preface and postscript from that work where Irvine makes reference to a grave series of slanders that have been made against him that he has reissued this work in response to where I believe that the slanders he’s referring to relate to his involvement in the anonymous material from the 1665 edition of the Discoverie of Witchcraft.

Volume three consists of primary source documents outside of the Discoverie that the text either references such as the Heptameron, selections from Agrippa’s Fourth Book and selections from Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy and material I feel backs up the analysis I put forth in volume one. This includes selections from John Dee and Edward Kelly’s MS as published in a True and Faithful Revelation by Meric Casaubon. One of the very fascinating parts of the anonymous Sibley material is that the names of many of the spirits that are listed actually appear to have been drawn from a True and Faithful Relation.

In volume three, I sketch out where those materials appear. People who read the anon material and come across the material can go to volume three and see the original place they appeared. IT also contains selections from Olaus Magnus’ Description of the Northern Peoples including the entire book dealing with Scandinavian and Baltic Paganism which is also where the name that one of the authors signs the material with comes from. At the end of the ritual material that was added to the 1665 ed the author says that it draws from the manuscript Vaganosthus the Magician and that is actually drawn from O Magnus’ text where V is described as being a giant that convinced people to worship him. He’s also described as being the father of a prominent witch who had various abilities like becoming very large and very small.

The treatise’s text also mentions Magnus in the chapter dealing with elemental spirits it was that OM’s work is a source to find more examples of what’s being talked about. Beyond that, I’ve included other examples of writings form the 17th Century that intersect with the Discoverie material such as a chapter from Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy which is a curious work that although on its face is about melancholy or depression, actually examine a lot of the medical lore about the subject in the 17th Century. As part of that, Burton has an entire chapter about elemental spirits as well as angels and demons which I also believe the authors used for at least one example of an elemental spirit they present in the anonymous treatise. Then there are also selections from Robert Kirk’s Secret Commonwealth where I reproduced the sections of the work that have similar material in the anonymous treatise dealing with Scottish fairy lore.

In fact, the anonymous material from the 1665 edition includes an account of a man’s encounter with Thomas Rhymer who was a figure who encountered the queen of faery, was taken to the realm of faery, and lived there before coming back to the surface world and was thought to have returned to that realm after his death. The treatise material accounts a story of an anonymous stranger who revealed himself to be Thomas Rhymer who took him to a mysterious realm where he sold his horses to a figure who appears to have been the queen of faery before returning to the surface. Volume Three also includes the balance of the text that the hundred aphorisms and twelve conclusions draw from. This is more straightforward medical text that actually uses preparations made from human blood to affect cures.

So, now that these are completed, do you plan on giving presentations?

I’m planning on doing a presentation of the work at Edge of the Circle but the date is yet to be determined.

And where can you find these texts?

Edge of the Circle stocks the paperback and hardcover. 


COMING SOON!

Friday, June 17, 2016

NEW FROM STARFIRE AND THEION: BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, THE BENIGHTED PATH



BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE.
By Kenneth Grant

London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. Limited Standard Edition.
A Fine Cloth Copy in illustrated dust jacket. Custom end papers. Colored frontispiece, and twenty-four-page plate section with the majority of the images being in color.

A new, enhanced edition of BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, fully corrected by Michael Staley using Kenneth Grant’s personal copy with his annotations.

The volume has also been re-set, and includes a new index that should prove most useful. 324 pages, indexed. Octavo. This is the eighth, and penultimate, volume of the Typhonian Trilogies. Octavo.
List Price: $59.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The programme of restoring to print all volumes of the Typhonian Trilogies continues with the scheduled release of this, the eighth and penultimate volume, in March 2016. First published in 1999, this sought-after volume has been out of print for many years now, and its republication has been eagerly anticipated.

Oblique to the path that give on to other dimensions, and beyond them, there lies a region which the author has termed the Mauve Zone. Mystics, magicians, sorcerers, artists of many kinds have - over the centuries - skirted it, stumbled upon it, and fled from it. Very few have penetrated beyond it and survived, or cared to leave any record of the experience. Those that did, have had to present their accounts as fiction, or discover a new means of communication - via wierd art, symbols, hieroglyphics, signs which fellow pilgrims alone might recognise.

Access to the Mauve Zone has been facilitated in more recent times by the use of magical systems developed by occultists such as Austin Osman Spare and Aleister Crowley, both of whom established contact with inter-dimensional entities possessed of trans-human knowledge and power. Both systems involve the use of sexual magick to open hidden gates that have remained sealed for centuries.

The present book contains references to these systems, as well as to the explorative work of skilled contemporary Adepts such as Michael Bertiaux, Margaret Ingalls (Nema), Jeffrey and Ruth Evans, and the Patriarch of the Ecclesia Gnostica Alba, Zivorad Mihaljovic, which places them in the forefront of present-day practitioners.

There is also included a detailed account of the Cosmic Energy in humanity, known anciently as the Fire Snake, the Kundalini of Oriental arcane tradition which it is necessary to awaken if access to the Mauve Zone, and beyond, is to be achieved successfully. The account is based upon a rare Tantric work which provides veritable keys to the Mauve Zone and to the magico-mystical formulae designed to surpass it.

Beyond the Mauve Zone paves the way for the final volume, The Ninth Arch, in a series comprising three Typhonian Trilogies.



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THE BENIGHTED PATH:
Primeval Gnosis and the Monstrous Soul
By Richard Gavin

Theion Publishing; 60 pages, 165 x 235 mm printed on high-quality cream paper (115 gsm)
Standard Edition: Bound in blood-orange fine cloth, front embossing, lettering on spine, headbands. Limited to 730 copies only. List Price: $62.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Twisting beyond the placid boundaries of civilization is an ancient path of nocturnal Gnosis. Its stalkers do not march the linear road of human progress but instead orient their souls to the luminous, haunted darkness of the Night Primeval. Many have glimpsed this eerie dimension, when sleep has delivered them onto the back of the charging Night-Mare, and recollections of these brief visitations survive in countless tales of terror and in the folklore of locales rumoured to be fey or cursed. Rare, however, is the individual who willingly pays the tariff and passes irretrievably through that twilight of existence in order to become Benighted.

As an exponent of a genuine left-hand tradition, Richard Gavin guides the reader on a katabasis into the dark realms of chaos where atavistic powers and daemonic initiation await the wayfarer in all forbidden splendor. Drawing on the shadow aspects of a variety of traditions, including the Death Cult of Ancient Egypt, Heathen biocentrism and folklore as well as David Beth’s pan-daemonic Gnosis, he distills them through his own initiatic esoteric praxis of more than two decades. The Benighted Path is an intense exploration in theory and practice of liminal and qliphotic in-between spaces through which surge the counter-currents that awaken the aspirant’s true Monstrous Soul. Only so empowered the Benighted may offer their adoration to the Gorgon and partake of the Sidereal Feast.

Enriched by appropriate conjurations, ritual instructions and a treatise on the Faustian pact this work is indispensable for any serious students and practitioners of the Left Hand Path.

About the author: Richard Gavin is a critically-acclaimed writer who works in the areas of horror and the primordial, oftentimes illuminating the nexus where these fields intersect. He has authored four books of macabre fiction, including At Fear’s Altar (Hippocampus Press, 2012), as well as poetry, criticism, and several occult essays for publications such as Starfire Journal and Clavis. The Benighted Path is his most substantial esoteric non-fiction work to date.





Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SUMMER SOLSTICE!!!


The Roses of Heliogabalus, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1888.

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

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

WE HAVE MOVED!!!!!
We are NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.
Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
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Call: 206-PAN-1999

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

..And check out the Edge’s new TUMBLR Page!

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

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EVENTS AND CLASSES:

Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM
ILLUSTRIS PRESENTS:

Our Summer Solstice ritual will be held Saturday, June 18th at 7pm at Edge of the Circle Books. The focus of this ritual will be on sweetening (creating ease). Our rituals are co-created with participants on site. Each can be very unique and different from others we have hosted depending on attendees. Please bring fresh flowers, greenery, art work, tiny figures of deities who play well with others, or other seasonally appropriate altar decorations. Whatever you bring, you will take back home with you. If you have any questions, we encourage you to ask.

Please join us as early as 6:30 for tea and pre-ritual discussion (bring your own reusable mug if you can). If this is your first ritual with us, please do try to come at 6:30 for orientation. Ritual will begin promptly at 7pm.


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INDIA AND THE OCCULT:
The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on Modern Western Occultism
(Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualties)
By Gordon Djurdjevic
Hardcover, 194 pages, First Edition.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2014
List Price: $95.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
India and the Occult explores the reception of Indian spirituality among Western occultists through case studies. Rather than focusing on the activities of Theosophical Society, India and the Occult looks at the 'hard-core' occultism, in particular the British 20th century currents associated with Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Kenneth Grant, etc.





TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  • Introduction:  The Idea of India in the Imaginary of Western Occultism
  • A Web of Relations: Interpreting Indian Yoga and Tantra as Forms of Esotericism
  • The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero: The Role of Yoga and Tantra in Aleister Crowley’s Magick
  • Solve et Coagula
  • The Dion Fortune
  • Secrets of the Typhonian Tantra: Kenneth Grant and Western Occult Interpretations of Indian Spirituality
  • When Yoga Becomes Magick: Dadaji Mahendranath, His Disciples, and the East-West Order
  • Conclusions




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THE PHYSICS OF TRANSFIGURED LIGHT:
The Imaginal Realm and the Hermetic Foundations of Science 2nd Edition
By Leon Marvell Ph.D., Arthur Versluis (Foreword)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2 edition (May 7, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Reveals the Hermetic underpinnings of modern scientific theories

• Offers a full reconsideration of the history of science from Newton to the present day as well as a Platonic-Hermetic perspective on modern technology

• Examines Hermetic resonances among the ideas of Gurdjieff, Robert Fludd, Marsilio Ficino, and cybernetics; Einstein and the Tibetan Bardo; Neoplatonism and artificial intelligence; and Rosicrucianism and the internet

• Shows how Hermetic doctrine is at the heart of what modern physics is now rediscovering: that consciousness permeates everything

Contemporary scientific disciplines such as chaos and complexity theory, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science treat themselves as new fields of inquiry, but many of these ideas can be traced back to Hermeticism, the European intellectual tradition sparked by the rediscovery of the Corpus Hermeticum and Platonic texts in the 15th century.

Building a map of the progression of scientific thought across centuries and continents, Leon Marvell examines the ancient roots of Hermeticism, its rise during the Renaissance, and its suppression during the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment. He reveals how three main Hermetic ideas--the divine spark within each individual, the subtle body, and the anima mundi or world soul--have continually emerged at the cutting edge of science and philosophy throughout the ages because these ideas represent universal truths recognized by each era of human civilization.

Marvell examines Hermetic resonances among the ideas of Gurdjieff, Robert Fludd, Marsilio Ficino, and cybernetic theory; Einstein and the Tibetan Bardo; and Neoplatonism and the work of AI scientist Christopher Langton. He reveals how the Rosicrucian description of the Invisible College also describes the instant availability of knowledge via the Internet, and he shows how Hermetic thought is at the heart of what modern physics is rediscovering: that consciousness permeates everything and the universe cannot be reduced to the random play of matter.

Offering a full reconsideration of the history of science from Newton to the present day as well as a Platonic-Hermetic perspective on modern technology, Marvell reveals the pattern that connects the sciences, philosophy, and ancient knowledge and opens a potentially rich field of inquiry for 21st-century science.


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THE WAY OF AWEN
By Kevan Manwaring 
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 16, 2010)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Awaken the bard within in this inspiring journey into your creative potential. Expanding upon the foundation of The Bardic Handbook, this volume explores the transformations the bardic initiate must go through to become a fully-fledged Bard. This originally took 12 years of study in the Bardic Colleges - but communities need bards right now, bringing healing and hope with their words and music and so the training process is accelerated over 12 months, echoing the 12 years of Taliesin's journey from Gwion Bach to the Shining Brow. Extracts from the author's notebooks and journals over 20 years illustrate his own journey - showing how this ancient wisdom has been gleaned and validated by powerful personal experience. The Way of Awen is a way of living creatively.




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A LEGACY OF DRUIDS:
Conversations with Druid Leaders Of Britain, The USA And Canada, Past And Present
By Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (April 29, 2016)
List Price: $25.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A book of conversations with prominent Druids from across Britain, the USA and other countries whose voices describe the basic beliefs, practices and struggles of the emerging Druid faith. Conducted in person and online in the late 20th century, these collected conversations provide a historic window into the movers and shakers of the modern Druid world.








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THE FAIRY REALM
By Ronan Coghlan
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (February 28, 2015)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
While examining various belief traditions across Europe and the United States, The Fairy Realm consults an assemblage of anecdotal evidence as to the existence of fairies and other creatures that appear in fairy tales - giants, ogres, trolls, mermaids, brownies, wildmen, kelpie, puca and other mythological beings. Ronan Coghlan, whose works include The Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends, Handbook of Fairies, Irish Myth and Legend and The Grail, examines an array of alleged fairy sightings in an endeavour to find where fairies fit into the modern scientific concepts of the universe. Unlike myriad books on ghosts and extraterrestrials, this book boldly tackles the possibility of fairy existence, and in doing so dares to approach all manner of sceptical argument.




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FAIRYCRAFT:
Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft
By Morgan Daimler 
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 24, 2016)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An in-depth manual for practicing Fairy Witchcraft including theology, fairy lore, rituals, holidays, and magical practices. This book aims to pick up where Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft leaves off and teach interested people the comprehensive practice of this system of honoring the Fair Folk and liminal Gods by blending the old Fairy Faith with modern paganism.









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THE WITCH'S MIRROR:
The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Looking Glass
Series: The Witch's Tools Series (Book 4)
By Mickie Mueller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2016)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the witch’s mirror. From choosing and making the perfect mirror to using it to boost self-esteem and prosperity, this book provides valuable information for witches of all levels. Fun and easy to use, The Witch’s Mirror features advice from well-known witches as well as spells and crafts to enhance your magic.

Explore the symbols and practice of scrying, uncover the portrayals of mirrors in legends and pop culture, harness the reflective power of mirrors with meditations, and much more. Mickie Mueller invites you to gaze through the looking glass and see your magical self wielding the mirror as a key tool to a successful, happy, and enchanted life.




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THE BIG BOOK OF PRACTICAL SPELLS:
Everyday Magic That Works
By Judika Illes 
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 1, 2016)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Practical, inspirational, and comprehensive, The Big Book of Practical Spells is a useful tool and resource for beginners and experienced devotees of the magical arts. Here in one majestic volume is a basic introduction to magic; a psychic glossary; a primer on the four elements, colors, and magical supplies (including minerals and botanicals); and a compendium of spells for any situation you may face.

With Judika Illes as your guide, you will learn how to enhance your psychic power, cleanse your aura, protect yourself from malevolent powers, and create and use a wide variety of spells. There are spells for marriage, fertility, pregnancy prevention, babies and children, money, healing, and transitioning to the next life. These are spells that will help make life easier, more productive, and stress free.

Previously published as Pure Magic.




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JAILBREAKING THE GODDESS:
A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
By Lasara Firefox Allen
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER/BACK COVER:
Jailbreaking the Goddess is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!"―Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physical stages of life, the fivefold model liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model.

In a woman's lifetime, she will go through several different cycles of beginnings, potential, creation, mastery, and wisdom. This fivefold model is not an adaption of the threefold. It is a new system that embraces the powerful, fluid nature of the lived experience of women today.

Join Lasara Firefox Allen as she explores the nature of the five archetypes; gives examples of what areas of life each might preside over; lists goddesses that fit within each archetype; suggests ways to begin building relationship with the different archetypes; and provides simple rituals for recognition, transition, and invocation.

Praise:

“This fiercely inspired body of work is art, theory, and passion. Genius.”―Rosa De Anda, from her foreword

“Lasara Firefox Allen delves deep into the ways in which colonialist language has shaped our experience of the divine feminine. . . . This is an innovative work that has the potential to change the face of modern feminist spirituality.”―Suzanne Sterling, founder of Voice of Change

“Moving beyond our feminine biology as a definition of who we are and how we relate to the divine feminine, Lasara Firefox Allen creates a whole new template more suitable for women today. It is a game changer.”―Anodea Judith, PhD, author of Wheels of Life and Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga

“Lasara has brought us the goddesses who speak across time and space, who invite us to be inclusive and intersectional in our worship. . . . They remind us that the survival of our species, of all species of life, requires that we create diverse, complex, dynamic communities.”―Mai’a Williams, journalist, teacher, activist, and editor of Revolutionary Mothering

“This book makes room for discussions that include colonization, appropriation, representation, binary gender concerns, sexuality, and many other elements of dominant culture. . . . Each section gives a wealth of information on the ways in which we can connect to the five archetypes that Firefox Allen has presented.”―Crystal Blanton, MSW, editor of Bringing Race to the Table

“Lasara Firefox Allen has liberated the divine feminine from her tired tropes and set her free in a single step toward our collective embrace of a decolonized spirituality.”―Darcy Totten and Jasper James, Activism Articulated

“Jailbreaking the Goddess is a journey into history, myth, and the inner planes. . . . [It’s] one of those rare Pagan books that will still be talked about in fifty years; it’s that groundbreaking.”―Jason Mankey, editor of the Patheos Pagan channel and author of The Witch’s Athame

“Lasara Firefox Allen has liberated the goddess from every possible stereotype: race, reproductive status, age, sexual preference―even gender identity. Jailbreaking the Goddess provides countless possibilities for everyone to meet and engage with archetypal feminine power on their own terms. I love this book!”―Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra

“For nearly fifty years I have been the consort of a most extraordinary Woman/Priestess/Goddess. Never in those fifty years (or in our childhood years that preceded them) has her divine and infinite person-hood ever allowed itself to be limited and taken captive by the simplistic classic model of maid, mother, and crone. Lasara Firefox Allen’s Fivefold Goddess model identifies and describes the Mysteries of Modern Woman, and comes dangerously close to allowing me to at least hear Her sphinx’s riddle.”―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Low Magick

“Jailbreaking The Goddess is a delicious tool for dismantling (and reimagining) the way we think about women’s spirituality and power. [The] fivefold goddess model honors the divine nature in all women, regardless of age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and economic status. This is an exciting, smart, and practical approach to liberating the mind, body, and spirit.”―Laurie Lovekraft, Reclaiming Witch, priestess, and Huffington Post columnist

“Lasara is a dynamic and powerful woman who shows us that revolution starts within. This radical new way of looking at the divine feminine injects a much-needed freshness into Goddess spirituality!”―Sharon Knight, musician and priestess

“Yes and more yes to this new model, which moves us out of the expectation of conformation to outdated cultural norms. One of the things I love most about this book is how it allows for other forms to exist within it (and you!). It’s an opening of possibility for all women to re-divine all parts of ourselves.”―Jenya T. Beachy, teacher, blogger, and author of the forthcoming The Secret Country of Yourself

“A fantastic and sorely needed contribution to feminist spirituality discourse. It breaks open the tired tropes of maiden, mother, crone and makes more space for the variety of lived experiences of anyone who relates to the female experience.”―Niki Whiting, MA, co-founder of Many Gods West

“In Allen’s vision the goddess is young and old, creative and wise, and above all strong. This is a Goddess who can map onto our own journeys at any part of our life. Allen’s gentle, fierce, and wise work guides us through the process of rebuilding our sense of ourselves as holy through relationship to these new faces of the Goddess.”―Brandy Williams, author of For the Love of the Gods and The Woman Magician.

“Lasara Firefox Allen has created what may well be the definitive guide to feminist spirituality. . . . The depth of Lasara’s passion, knowledge, and skill allows her to reveal and reframe the fundaments of magick in a way that will have a lasting impact within the field of magick and throughout the wider culture.”―Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick

“Jailbreaking the Goddess is challenging, unabashed and wild, yet thoughtful and articulate. I found pieces of myself and my personal Goddess journey that have never been illuminated by any other text. Lasara Firefox Allen has truly broken the Goddess out of an antiquated jail. The world needs this freed Goddess. This book is part of that liberation.”―Courtney Weber, author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick

“Reading Jailbreaking the Goddess is a view into a world that but rarely exposes itself to the likes of me. The magic is classic, but updated to self-rooted authority, and the politics are heart-felt, leading to a vision of societal transformation centered on the Woman of Power, Wisdom, and Compassion.”―Sam Webster, PhD, MDiv, Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation

“Whilst honoring the roots of Goddess worship, Lasara has successfully opened up avenues of exploration for anyone who identifies with worship of the feminal divine in clear and loving guidance towards a stronger community of men, women, and all in between.”―Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, HPs/x, Wayfarer Tradition



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ISIS:
Goddess of Egypt & India
By Chris Morgan
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; Paper Original ed. edition (March 4, 2016)
List Price: $22.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
On India's south-western or Malabar coast is situated an ancient Hindu temple devoted to the famous god Shiva and his consort the fearsome Kali. But an earlier dedication was to the Buddhist/Jaina goddess Pattini, whose mortal husband was tried and killed in a series of brutal events still commemorated in the temple's ritual year. And before this the story gets even stranger, as there are said to be the remains of a secret, underground shrine, the home to a mystery cult dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. Greek, Roman & Near Eastern merchants travelled to India after a regular, if epic, sea journey of two thousand miles across the Arabian Ocean, making their first landfall at a port known in the ancient world as Musiris. The story begins on the banks of the Nile when Isis and Osiris were the beating heart of Egypt's most popular religion. I will trace their origins to the Egypt's pyramid age in the middle of the second millennia bce and even earlier. A great deal of this book is devoted to describing what is known about their cult from Egyptian records. This, I shall argue, is the basis for what comes later in the time-line, when Greek and Roman Empires dominated the Mediterranean world. Now Isis and Osiris become the focus of a global religion and the basis of the most popular of all classical mystery cults.





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SACRED KINK:
The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond
By Lee Harrington
Series: Sacred Kink
Paperback: 419 pages
Publisher: Mystic Productions Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2016)
List Price: $27.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Some of us have had a moment in the middle of fun and sexual exploration that lead to connecting with the divine or having an epiphany about life that was far from expected. Others have been drawn to the possibilities of finding universal truths between the sheets or in the dungeon for all of their lives. Some are aware that their bodies hold the key towards knowing their spirits, but don't know which doors of desire to unlock. Others have glimpsed the limitless where they have been told that only debauchery lives, and are looking to go back for more. 
This and more is Sacred Kink.
Modern tools of BDSM, fetishism, kink and erotic adventuring have roots that go far back into history, tools that have been used for reaching altered states of consciousness, creating spiritual epiphanies, and changing lives. Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond explores the sacred roots of kink tools, and the ways kink can be used today for sacred workings.
Explore and find practical tools involving: - Negotiation, Communication and Aftercare for Sacred Kink- Catharsis, Top Trances and Exorcising Personal Demons- Ordeals, Earning Leathers, and Ending Relationships- Energetically Transmitted Diseases and Solo Sex Magic- Creating Ritual Play Spaces and Dedicated Tools- Developing Rituals for Dominance and Submission- Pain Processing and the Dialysis of Desire- Erotic Shapeshifting and Possession Workings- The Spiritual Calling of Mastery and Slavery- Kink and Chemistry Ethics- . . . and so much more.
Whether you're a seasoned explorer or have never delved into the depths of adventurous sex and personal truth, you hold in your hand a roadmap, a set of keys, and an invitation to journey on your own path of Sacred Kink.









THE LINESTRIDER TAROT
By Siolo Thompson
Llewellyn Publications, May 2016
Boxed Kit, Paperback guidebook,  288 pages and 78 card set
Price:  $28.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Spun with soft strokes of vibrant color and intricate detail, The Linestrider Tarot features gentle yet evocative images that dance on the edge between magic and logic. With grace and innovation, Siolo Thompson’s captivating minimalist art will enhance your readings in powerful and profound ways.



Linestriding is about walking in two worlds—one foot in each to discover guidance. Drawing inspiration from the edge while still moving forward on the Fool’s journey, this Rider-Waite-Smith-based deck helps uncover the answers you seek about health, love, career, and much more.



“Linestrider is a tarot deck that dances on the edge of magic and logic, animal and human, the conscious and unconscious mind. Drawing inspiration from that edge while still moving forward on the Fool's journey that is line striding. Personally, the creation of the deck has been a journey for me as well. I've drawn each card several times until I felt that the right voice had manifested. I've come to understand the cards in a much deeper way as I sat quietly, with each one and tried to hear its voice. The deck is gentle and whimsical while not being overly superficial. The Linestrider deck features  a lot of animal imagery, many of the important archetypes manifested as animal spirits (for example the Hermit as a bear and the Magician as a monkey) an important reminder to listen to nature and seek guidance from her voice rather than only looking to the cold intelligence of man.”




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FALLEN ANGELS ORACLE CARDS
By Nigel Suckling (Author), Sarah Perkins (Illustrator)
69 Card deck, accompanying booklet.
Publisher: CICO Books; Crds/Pap edition (March 31, 2011)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A book and pack of 69 cards for insight and prediction. Every legendary villain has a story ultimately more fascinating than his hero counterpart. These fallen angels are no exception: cast out from heaven, the subversive spirits in this deck have committed at least one of the seven deadly sins to secure their place in the legions of the damned.
The cards in Nigel Suckling's oracle are similarly rich with experience, and devilishly direct: Zepar, the angel who makes women love men, reveals the complications of an affair; Gusion, who can discern the past, present and future, calls upon you to let intuition rule; while Shax, who has the appearance of a stork, warns you to protect your wealth.
Choose a card for daily insight, or lay them out for a reading, just like tarot...and you will find that your readings have depth and veracity. The accompanying book reveals the card's meaning, and explains the circumstances of each angel's history and wisdom teaching. The illustrations, by artist Sarah Perkins, have been specially commissioned to evoke the dark charm of these most fascinating, mysterious creatures, all of whom offer a special message for you.




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THE WILD UNKNOWN ANIMAL SPIRIT DECK
By Kris Krans
FIRST EDITION! A sixty three card deck that channels powerful animal archetypes.
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The creatures of the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck offer insight into relationships, personalities, behaviors and tendencies. Divided into five elemental suits of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether, these 63 vibrant and heavy-stock cards are hand-drawn by artist Kim Krans and can be used alone or alongside The Wild Unknown Tarot to add an additional layer of depth to your readings.

Each deck includes a fold-out poster and comes housed in a sturdy iridescent box with grey lifting ribbon. May your mind stay open and your winds span wide... and have fun on your journey.

Printed exclusively by The Wild Unknown. 


THE WILD UNKNOWN ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDEBOOK
By Kris Krans
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: The Wild Unknown (2016)
List Price: $20.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER
FIRST EDITION! A comprehensive field-guide to the inhabitants and elements of The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck.
Written and illustrated by Kim Krans, the The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Guidebook offers more than 200 pages of grounded, easy to understand explanations of the cards and a detailed look at the many spreads, practices and concepts that power the Animal Spirit deck.

Paperback, black and white, 200 pages. Printed exclusively by The Wild Unknown.











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