Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Ah, September!


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ELCOME 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. Call: 206-PAN-1999

From the The Lantern Oracle by Angelina Mirabito, PhD, Illustrated by Yuly Alejo





We are also now on Facebook:

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Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!


Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000179343332589/


If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.

Meetups, talks, book signings, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.

We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, or giving a workshop or talk, feel free to post your event.

This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.


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

http://edgeofthecirclebooks.tumblr.com/


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


CLASSROOM/RITUAL SPACE IS AVAILABLE-- PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS!

No charge if your class or event is free!


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Prices subject to change without notice.


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WEREWOLF MAGICK :
Authentic Practical Lycanthropyby Denny Sargent
Paperback : 240 pages
Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2020)

List Price: $18.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Unleash the wolf within you with the help of this empowering guide to lycanthropic magic. Denny Sargent shows you how to improve your confidence, authenticity, and personal power using werewolf rituals, spells, meditations, folklore, and more.


Werewolf Magick teaches you to shed the restrictive bindings of the modern world and answer the call of your feral side. Once you embrace the wolf within, you'll transform into your fearless animal self and enjoy a more honest, primal, and intuitive way of being. Explore the modalities and invocations of werewolf magick. Discover shamanic shapeshifting, wolf deities and spirits, and werewolf herbalism. This book reveals deep secrets of primal magick and encourages you to awaken your full potential.

Explore:

  • The modalities and invocations of werewolf magick

  • Shamanic shapeshifting

  • Wolf deities and spirits

  • Werewolf herbalism, and more...



Review:

"Denny Sargent's Werewolf Magick challenges us to own and master the liberating power and magick of our own primal roots."―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley


About the Author:

Denny Sargent (Seattle, WA) is a writer, artist, and university instructor who has a master's degree in history/intercultural communications. He has been an initiate of a number of esoteric traditions and groups, including Welsh Traditional Craft, CAW, CES, Voxas Rimotae, Voodoo Spiritual Temple, Shinto, and others. He has written for magazines and anthologies in the US and Japan, and has written books and articles on Paganism, Western Occultism, spells, folklore, magick, and tantra. Denny is the author of eight books and coauthor of two more, including The Book of Dog Magic. He is also Elder Guardian of the Horus Maat Lodge and has edited and written parts of two books for the organization.



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BADASS ANCESTORS:
Finding Your Power with Ancestral Guides
by Patti Wigington

Paperback : 256 pages

Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2020)

List Price: $16.99 (Llewellyn) 9780738764986 ,


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Cultivate Relationships with Your People for Empowerment and Healing...


This groundbreaking book shows you how to work with different types of ancestors to find, develop, and celebrate the personal power of your inner badass. By embracing the strength of your lineage―both blood relatives and those chosen by the heart―you can receive wisdom and guidance when you need it the most.


Badass Ancestors provides a compelling series of rituals, meditations, mantras, and exercises that connect you with ancestral guides. You'll discover advice on genealogy research, the history of ancestor veneration in cultures around the world, ways to deal with problematic ancestors, and how to leave your own legacy for future generations. Each chapter offers unique calls to action―including crafts and recipes―that help you build self-confidence and overall badassery with your ancestors' assistance. When you develop relationships with your relatives and with spiritual or archetypal ancestors, you engage the process of healing trauma and achieving a deep sense of emotional and spiritual well-being.


About the Author:

Patti Wigington (Central Ohio) is a Pagan author, blogger, and educator. Since 2007, Patti has been the host of About.com/LearnReligions' Paganism & Wicca website, which has hundreds of thousands of pageviews each month. She attends many Pagan festivals and presents workshops on a variety of Pagan topics. Patti is also a frequent guest on the podcast Lady Brigid's Ask a Witch.








THE LANTERN ORACLE

by Angelina Mirabito, PhD

Illustrated by Yuly Alejo

44 cards and 144-page guidebook set, packaged in a hardcover box.

Blue Angel Publishing, Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2020)

List Price: $25.95




FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Embark on a beautiful, soul-nurturing journey with the ever-present and loving light of the eternal feminine wisdom as your guide.


Ask a question and connect with the Maidens, Mothers, Guardians, and Crones of this profound and powerful deck for clarity, growth, assistance, and healing.


Use this deck to draw lessons, solutions, and insight from the shadows and be empowered to walk in truth and shine your light in the world. The 44 cards feature key phrases for immediate answers, and the guidebook offers further meaning so you can integrate a deeper understanding of the messages. With guidance for every stage and phase of life, "The Lantern Oracle" is a go-to deck for tapping into the supportive, caring, honest, and timeless divine sisterhood.





NEW CALENDARS & PLANNERS FROM LLEWELLYN





LLEWELLYN'S 2021 ASTROLOGICAL CALENDAR

by Llewellyn

List Price: $15.99


88TH EDITION OF THE WORLD'S BEST KNOWN, MOST TRUSTED ASTROLOGY CALENDAR

Since 1932, Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar has been the best-known, most-trusted astrological calendar. This gorgeous calendar features evocative artwork, monthly horoscopes, best days for planting and fishing, rewarding and challenging days, travel forecasts, and an astrology primer. Everyone, from beginners to advanced astrologers, will benefit from a wealth of astrological wisdom, tips, advice, and awe-inspiring illustrations. This edition includes essential astrological information and major daily aspects, and features stunning original art by Jason Juta.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2021 ASTROLOGICAL POCKET PLANNER

List Price: $9.99


DAILY EPHEMERIS & ASPECTARIAN 2020-2022

A favorite resource for beginners and advanced astrologers for more than twenty years, Llewellyn's Astrological Pocket Planner shows you how to pinpoint the perfect times for any activity or event. This convenient, pocket-sized planner helps you choose the best dates for vacations, business meetings, birthday parties, and everything in between.


Providing cosmic wisdom in a compact form, this planner is your key to a bright year full of success. Explore daily signs, Moon phases, aspects, and the best days for planting and fishing. Discover how to avoid planetary pitfalls by following the easy-to-read retrograde and Moon void-of-course tables. You’ll even find space to write in your daily appointments.



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LLEWELLYN'S 2021 DAILY PLANETARY GUIDE

List Price: $12.99


COMPLETE ASTROLOGY AT-A-GLANCE

The most trusted and astrologically detailed datebook available, Llewellyn's 2021 Daily Planetary Guide makes it easy to plan your days using powerful cosmic energies. This essential datebook helps you find the best time to do anything on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis…even down to the minute.


With weekly forecasts and Opportunity Periods—times when the positive flow of energy is at its peak—to guide you, you’ll know exactly when to plan a vacation, sign a contract, schedule a party, or ask for a raise. Get ahead of the game in everything you do using this guide's valuable information on aspects, ephemerides, retrograde planets, and eclipses for 2021. Even beginners can plan wisely with explanations of the planets, signs, houses, and more.


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LLEWELLYN'S 2021 MAGICAL ALMANAC

List Price: $14.99


PRACTICAL MAGIC FOR EVERYDAY LIVING

Enrich your magical practice and expand your mind with Llewellyn's 2021 Magical Almanac. For more than twenty-five years, this almanac has provided useful spells, rituals, and ideas that inspire all levels of practitioners to improve their connection to the elements. This year's edition features dozens of compelling articles, grouped by element, on mythology and symbolism in art, tantric kundalini magic, home protection, color magic, vision board magic, shamanic cleansings, weather magic, the magic of touch, and much more.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2021 SABBATS ALMANAC:

Samhain 2020 to Mabon 2021

List Price: $12.99


SAMHAIN 2020 TO MABON 2021

Bring more magic and enjoyment into the eight Wiccan holidays with this practical almanac's fun and fresh ideas for rituals, rites, recipes, and crafts. Featuring some of the best writers in the Witch and Pagan community, Llewellyn's 2021 Sabbats Almanac shares articles that provide new perspectives on each sabbat, complete with hands-on rituals and activities to help deepen your practice and sense of the sacred.


Discover different types of flowers for Litha and what they attract to your life. Explore toasting rituals for Mabon from around the world. Learn how to reach your full potential with powerful Yule traditions. Make a wide variety of sabbat treats, from pumpkin pie to mimosas and milkshakes. With this almanac's impressive collection of articles, crafts, and spells, your year will be filled with amazing celebrations and wonderful memories.



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LLEWELLYN'S WITCHES’ CALENDAR 2021

List Price: $14.99



Since 1998, Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar has been a favorite way to mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year. This beautiful calendar features magical wisdom, astrological data, and Witch's holidays, making it the perfect choice for bringing more happiness and enchantment into your year.


Each month features beautiful, original art by award-winning illustrator Jennifer Hewitson as well as an inspiring article and spell or ritual that explores:


  • Sigil Magic (Laura Tempest Zakroff)

  • Finding Your Crystal Allies (Devin Hunter)

  • Astrological Liminal Space (Monica Crosson)

  • Storm Gods and Protection (Stephanie Woodfield)

  • Kitchen Magic for Positive Relationships (Emily Carlin)

  • Sailors' Valentines (Natalie Zaman)

  • Celtic Cat Spirit (Mickie Mueller)

  • Creating a Blessing Gesture (Barbara Moore)

  • The Lore of Evergreens and Pines (James Kambos)



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LLEWELLYN'S WITCHES’ DATEBOOK 2021

List Price: $12.99


Live better, stay organized, and celebrate your Craft every day with Llewellyn's 2021 Witches' Datebook. This wonderful tool features beautiful illustrations from award-winning artist Jennifer Hewitson, a variety of ways to celebrate the Wheel of the Year, and powerful wisdom from practicing witches.


Learn about social media spellwork (Mickie Mueller), a four part spell for charming your datebook (Natalie Zaman), Celtic tree months (Blake Octavian Blair), nine seasonal yoga poses (Jilly Shipway), plus Sabbat musings, spells, recipes, and more than 100 magical tips. This indispensable, on-the-go tool will make all your days more magical.


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LLEWELLYN'S 2021 WITCHES’ COMPANION

List Price: $12.99


A GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY LIVING

With more than two dozen enlightening and inspiring articles that explore modern Witchcraft topics and magical techniques, Llewellyn's 2021 Witches' Companion is a must-have for today's practitioners. This collection presents some of the finest writers and compelling subjects that will empower your life and improve your community.


Deborah Lipp discusses what the fictional witch communicates to the modern Wiccan. Raven Digitalis shares fascinating techniques for performing magick using animal parts. Monica Crosson shows you how to heal by seeking beauty in nature and within the self. Astrea Taylor encourages you to take time for spirit each morning while Melissa Tipton helps you build positive, magical habits.






SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS



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


We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.


Need Spell advice? Just ask!


We have Seattle's best Psychic Readers, in house, 7 days a week, from 2pm—8pm.


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.

Look for us again on OCTOBER 1st, 2020!

Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

golanv1@yahoo.com






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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Blessed Lughnasadh 2020!

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.

Call: 206-PAN-1999


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We are also now on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edge-of-the-Circle-Books-Events/106285532728383

Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!


Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000179343332589/


If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.

Meetups, talks, book signings, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.

We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, or giving a workshop or talk, feel free to post your event.

This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.


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

http://edgeofthecirclebooks.tumblr.com/


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


CLASSROOM/RITUAL SPACE IS AVAILABLE-- PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS!

No charge if your class or event is free!





Prices subject to change without notice.


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ARADIA

A Modern Guide to Charles Godfrey Leland’s Gospel of the Witches

by Craig Spencer

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2020)

List Price: $17.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A Revelatory New Approach to the Influential Witchcraft Classic~


First published in 1899, Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is Charles Godfrey Leland's fascinating record of folk magic, said to have been revealed to him by hereditary witches of Italy's Romagna and Tuscany regions. Celebrating the goddess Diana and her daughter Aradia, this seminal work presents a rich and complete methodology of practice for those who are willing to engage its unique wisdom.


Aradia presents Leland's original English manuscript with new interpretations and translations, including forty lines never before rendered in English. Craig Spencer provides in-depth commentary that reveals the rich historical context of this profound work and provides revelatory analysis that makes the true heart of the original come alive. You will also discover hands-on instructions for a unique magical practice based on Leland's remarkable glimpse into nineteenth-century craft lore. This magical guide is designed to help you expand and enhance your own modern-day journey through the enchanted realms of witchcraft.


Reviews:

"An important document in the history of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft. Craig Spencer's innovative interpretation builds on the original text to find in it a rich source of inspiration for personal philosophy and practice."―Dr. Vivianne Crowley, author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the Modern World


"Craig Spencer offers a fresh translation and re-exploration of perhaps the most important foundation text of the modern witchcraft revival, and from it draws inspiration for the creation of a workable new system of devotional and magical Craft."―Gemma Gary, author of Traditional Witchcraft

"Craig Spencer's new translation is a valuable contribution to the expanding canon delving into Leland's profoundly influential Aradia, Gospel of the Witches, with 40 newly translated lines, a sincere argument that Leland's errors and indulgences confirm the fundamental legitimacy of the text, and evidence of the survival of the worship of Diana amongst the Witches of 'Italy.' More remains to be discovered but ultimately the deepest and most profound mysteries can only be known through experience. Spencer focuses on how practitioners can work with Aradia, and offers a heartfelt collection of personal practices so the reader will discover that it is Diana's full moon illuminating the wisdom within every seeker's heart, where the mystery of Aradia resides."―Phyllis Curott, internationally best-selling author, attorney, activist, teacher, founder of the Tempio di Ara, and creator of The Witches' Wisdom Tarot

About the Author:

Craig Spencer is a Lancashire-born Anglo-Italian witch who practices Traditional Lancashire Witchcraft. In addition to practicing witchcraft and writing books, he is an integrated therapist and Reiki teacher. He earned a bachelor of science degree with honors from the University of Salford and a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Central Lancashire. Craig can be found on Instagram @WitchcraftUnchained and Twitter @CraigSpencer90.


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WITCHCRAFT AND THE GAY COUNTERCULTURE AND MOON LADY RISING

by Arthur Evans

Publisher: White Crane Books, 2020

Paperback

List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

In 1975 Arthur Evans presented a series of lectures based on his research into LGBT history and cultural roots in European societies of the medieval era. The ground-breaking work was subsequently collected into the 1978 publication of his book Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture.

Working with Arthur at the end of his life, White Crane Books convinced Evans to gather the remaining materials that had been edited from the original book —into a sequel to that book.


Arthur called it Moon Lady Rising.

We have combined this new, previously unpublished material with the original Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. The Evans Symposium, for the first time ever, represents the entirety of Arthur Evans material from those lectures.


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WALKING IN BEAUTY:

Using the Magick of the Pentacle to Bring Harmony to Your Life

by Phoenix LeFae

Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2020)

List Price: $17.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A Must-Have Guide to Embracing the Magnificence in Yourself and the World~


Using the pentacle as a magickal framework, this exhilarating book presents techniques and exercises that help you manifest joy, discover your inner and outer beauty, recognize blessings, and bring balance to your life. Phoenix LeFae presents a revolutionary approach based on the pentacle and the five points of beauty, devotion, desire, creativity, and expression.


Walking in Beauty awakens you to the splendor of the world; it is both a meditation tool and a key to greater awareness. Through exercises, rituals, affirmations, and guerilla acts of kindness, this excellent guide shows you how to run the energy of the pentacle through your body and clear any blocks that keep you from living a fully engaged and beautiful life.


About the Author:

Phoenix LeFae (Sebastopol, CA) is a professional reader, rootworker, teacher, and ritualist. She has been practicing witchcraft for twenty-five years, and her teachings are connected to the Reclaiming Tradition, Druidry, and Gardnerian Wicca. She is also the owner of an esoteric Goddess shop called Milk & Honey.


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SPELLCRAFTING:

A Beginner's Guide to Creating and Casting Effective Spells

by Gerina Dunwich

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2020)

List Price: $15.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A practical and accessible guide with everything you need to know to craft and cast spells that really work.


A spell, which some refer to as a Witch’s prayer, is something nearly anyone can learn.

One does not need to be initiated into any mystery cults, swear an oath of dedication to any god or goddess, denounce or convert to any religion, or even wear the label of a Witch or Wiccan in order to be a spell crafter. But among the things that are required, the most important ones are an open mind, true desire, and the will, patience, self-conviction, and courage to follow what is within one’s heart, and the maturity to take responsibility for one’s own actions.

Once you gain an understanding of how magickal energy works and learn the secrets to casting spells, you will be able to tap into your inner powers, focus, and direct them utilizing simple items found in the average home or easily purchased at the nearest occult shop. In fact, many of the herbs and other ingredients called for in spells can be found right in your very own kitchen!


The casting of spells is an ancient art that has played an important role in many of the cultures and religions throughout the world. This book is designed to be a guide to the history, philosophy, ethics, and practical application of spell crafting. Written with the novice-to-intermediate student in mind, it covers all areas of folk magick in an explorative and unbiased manner.

About the Author:

Gerina Dunwich is a professional astrologer, occult historian, and New Age author, best known for her books on Wicca and various occult subjects. She is also involved in paranormal research and is the founder of the Paranormal Animal Research Group, which investigates cases of alleged hauntings by animal spirits.


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Pagan Portals

RECLAIMING WITCHCRAFT

by Irisanya Moon

Series: Pagan Portals

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: Moon Books (July 1, 2020)

List Price: $10.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Reclaiming Witchcraft is designed to help the reader better understand the basic structure of the Reclaiming tradition, as well as discover how it has changed since its initial formation in San Francisco and subsequent journey out to the reaches of Canada, Australia, and Europe. From the basic tenets of what makes a Reclaiming Witch, to how rituals are performed, how lessons are passed on, and how magick is made around the world, Reclaiming Witchcraft seeks to welcome those who might be interested in learning more, while also directing them to resources and paths that can help facilitate their journey.

About the Author:

Irisanya Moon is a priestess, teacher, and initiate in the Reclaiming tradition. She has taught classes and camps around the world, including the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Irisanya has also contributed to a number of books including Elements of Magic, Naming the Goddess, and The Goddess in America. She is based in California, USA.


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THE SPIRIT OF THE CELTIC GODS AND GODDESSES:

Their History, Magical Power, and Healing Energies

by Carl McColman, Kathryn Hinds, Courtney Weber (Foreword)

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Weiser Books (July 1, 2020)

List Price: $16.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Brings the history of these gods and goddesses to life, along with visualizations, rituals, and exercises to help make them part of the reader’s spiritual practice.


Figures like Brigid, Cernunnos, Rhiannon, and the Morrigan are honored for their magic, their bravery, and their mythical deeds. Among pagans, the gods and goddesses of Gaul, Ireland, Wales, and the other Celtic lands rank with the most popular and influential of the Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian pantheons.

This book provides an accessible guide for readers to learn about and connect spiritually with the gods and goddesses of the Celtic lands:

  • Learn key features of each of the major Irish, Welsh, and continental Celtic deities

  • Discover the major myths and lore associated with each deity

  • Create rituals and magical work appropriate for each deity

  • Understand the psychological archetypes of each god and goddess

  • Forge true and meaningful relationships with the deities for our time

  • Relate the various gods and goddesses to the sabbats and holy days


Entering the Otherworld

We’d like to invite you into a fascinating world. It’s a world shaped by history and mythology, by ancient stories and modern spiritual yearning. It’s a mystical world where mortals encounter immortals, where humans live and love alongside powerful beings who can only be called gods and goddesses. It’s a world of magic and miracles, of heroes and heroines with extraordinary abilities who fight fearsome enemies and heart-stopping demons. It’s a world where virtues such as honor, hospitality, courage, wisdom, and sovereignty (freedom) matter—where both gods and mortals are willing to fight and die for such eternal values.

Indeed, both of us (Carl and Kathryn) have found our mystical center in this world and, through our visionary excursions there, embraced a spirituality of meaning, power, love, and joy. And now we invite you to journey there with us.

Magic and Mysticism

Much of the Neo-Pagan community has tended to approach the gods and goddesses from a primarily magical perspective. This involves relating to the deities in terms of spiritual power; in other words, focusing on the energies that the gods and goddesses provide for the manifestation and achievement of spiritual or mundane goals. Part of the beauty of Paganism is how positive and affirming it is in this regard—where other religions can sometimes be heavy-handed in their message of self-denial, Paganism condones and even celebrates the use of spiritual energy for taking care of oneself, just because it’s a good thing to do so.

On our journey exploring the world of the Celtic deities, however, we’d like to offer something beyond the traditional Pagan understand-ing of magic. That “something beyond” is mysticism, a practice that is centered not on personal fulfillment, but on devotion to the gods and goddesses for their sake.


Medb: She Who Intoxicates

One of the most colorful and striking figures in the Irish tradition appears as a scheming, manipulative harridan, who is almost single-handedly responsible for what is perhaps the most tragic event in Irish mythology, the great cattle raid of Cooley. As she is portrayed in the stories recorded in the Middle Ages, Queen Medb of Connacht doesn’t come off well. She is vindictive, aggressive, promiscuous, cold-hearted, ruthless, and willing to expend the lives of numerous warriors before sacrificing the smallest bit of pride before her royal husband.

Indeed, this warrior queen is portrayed so unsympathetically, any discerning reader might wonder, Why? What motivated the scribes who first committed her story to vellum to depict her as such a wan-ton mistress of death and mayhem? Indeed, this question may be the single most important gateway into the mysteries of this hidden goddess. For beneath the capricious, overly aggressive queen, an older and more appealing figure begins to take shape—not a queen, but a goddess who may well have been the most sublime personification of sovereignty (the freedom of the land and the source of the king’s right to rule) in the history of Ireland.

The first clue to understanding Medb involves understanding her name. Like Brigit or the Morrigán, she is a figure whose name is actually a title—Medb means “she who intoxicates.” It’s a name etymologically linked to another word that will be familiar to modern readers with an interest in alcoholic beverages: mead. Indeed, a variant spelling of her name is Meadhbh. This in itself may not mean so much—after all, Medb is quite a sexy figure, and wouldn’t it make sense for a queen with an insatiable appetite for men to be an intoxicating woman? But her link to fermented honey long predates her role as a warmonger, for in many Indo-European cultures, rituals of inauguration for kings included the ceremonial sharing of a sacred beverage between a priestess (who represented the goddess) and the new ruler. In Ireland, such rituals were called banais righe, or “the wedding-feast of kingship,” and included sexual union between the king and the representative of the goddess, and his receiving a libation from her. The beverage typically used in such rituals was wine—or mead.

Indeed, the inauguration ceremonies indicate that the king’s ability to rule is bestowed upon him by the goddess/priestess; the sharing of the mead functions as a symbolic marriage between the king (as representative of the human community) and the goddess (who personifies the land). The land goddess herself is Sovereignty—the personification of freedom and the authority to rule. Many mythic tales depict the close relationship between the king and this goddess; one well-known legend concerns a fourth-century Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages. As a young man, he encounters a goddess in the form of an old hag guarding a well. When the youth agrees to mate with the crone in exchange for water, he is rewarded with a vision of her in her divineglory. She declares that she is Sovereignty, and because he has accepted her, she likewise accepts him as the one worthy to be high king.

About the Author(s)

Carl McColman is the author of several books on Christian mysticism, paganism, and goddess spirituality. Carl’s work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world’s contemplative traditions. He is a professed Lay Cistercian―a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks.

Kathryn Hinds (d. 2018) was a teacher, novelist, poet, and writer of more than 50 nonfiction books on world history and mythology, including The Celts of Northern Europe. Kathryn was a student of Norse, Irish, and Welsh literature and a priestess in the Welsh bardic tradition.

Courtney Weber is a Wiccan priestess, writer, tarot advisor, metaphysical teacher, and social activist living in Oregon. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself. Courtney is also the producer and designer of Tarot of the Boroughs.


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ASATRU:

A Beginner’s Guide to the Heathen Path

by Erin Lale

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2020)

List Price: $14.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A clear and simple introduction to the history, beliefs, rituals, and gods and goddesses of this popular form of Neo-Pagan belief drawn from ancient northern European traditions.

Asatru is a modern pagan tradition whose roots lie in the ancient myths, folklore, sagas, and historical artifacts of those who lived in pre-Christian times in what is now Iceland, Scandinavia, Scandinavian-influenced Scotland, Germany, and other parts of northern Europe. In Asatru, author and longtime practitioner of Asatru Erin Lale provides readers an accessible introduction to this heathen religion, one of the fastest growing religions in United States and Europe. The book includes these key topics:

    • A brief exploration of Asatru’s mythology and prehistory, its contact with Rome, and its history up to the present day

    • A comprehensive survey of Asatru’s many gods and goddesses

    • The rituals, including holiday celebrations, toasting rituals, weddings, and other life events

    • The moral virtues of a true Asatruar: courage, honor, loyalty, truth, hospitality, industriousness, self-discipline, self-reliance, and steadfastness

    • The magical practices of rune divination, spells, and bersarkrgangr (a form of trance magic)

    • A look at the “universalist” and “folkish” interpretations of the Asatru tradition and the “hijacking” of the symbolism of the northern European religions in the 19th and early 20th centuries

Readers new to Asatru and experts alike will find this book to be an invaluable resource in understanding this heathen tradition.

About the Author:

Erin Lale is the author of Asatru for Beginners(on which this book is based) and other books. She was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, was given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki). She is the former editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr magazine, and writes the Pagansquare blog “Gnosis Diary: Life as a Heathen.”



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HOODOO CLEANSING AND PROTECTION MAGIC:

Banish Negative Energy and Ward Off Unpleasant People

by Miss Aida, Judika Illes (Foreword)

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2020)

List Price: $16.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Magical tips and techniques for keeping negative people and harmful forces at bay so you can take control of your destiny and live your best life.

Does your house feel a little wonky? Is someone giving you the evil eye? Are you just having a run of bad luck or have you been cursed? Miss Aida answers all these questions and more.

In Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic, Miss Aida offers sound, practical advice for all sorts of dicey situations, large and small. The book is filled with rituals, spells, and Miss Aida’s own personal magical formulas for removing negative energies, breaking malevolent spells, and banishing harmful people so that you can take control and live your best life.

A seasoned magical practitioner from an eclectic background, Miss Aida shares her own psychic and spiritual experiences in order to help you cleanse and protect your space, aura, and loved ones. Within these pages, you will learn how to:

    • Avoid and protect yourself from negative entities

    • Understand unpleasant, negative, and predatory people and take action against them

    • Break a cycle of bad luck

    • Distinguish reputable ghost hunters from frauds and amateurs

    • Recognize bewitched or possessed objects and remove their effects


It All Begins with Our Aura

Auras act as shields, protecting us from outside negative influences that might affect our psychological and spiritual well-being. In many cultures and traditions, it is also believed that the aura protects our physiological status. There are thousands of depictions, especially in Eastern cultures, of radiance emitting from the chakras.

We have a symbiotic relationship with our auras. If we take care of our aura, our aura will take care of us! A healthy and radiant aura will easily ward off minute undesirable forces and sustain our existing conditions, but we must, in turn, keep our auras healthy to maintain the protection that they provide. Therefore, it is imperative to be familiar with stimuli that may attack or even injure our precious shield.


The Protective Power of Amulets

Amulets are employed by almost every culture around the world and exist in many varieties. Most amulets are worn by the bearer and may include gems, coins, pendants, rings, written words, and plant parts, such as roots. Listed below are a few typical types of amulets.

      • Spiritual deities: The image of a sacred deity is said to be infused with their powers.

      • Religious or spiritual symbolism: Images such as a crucifix or any other sacred object that contains a representation of protection.

      • Hamsa Hand: Believed by many Jews, Muslims, and Christians to ward off the evil eye.

      • Silver dimes: If worn as an anklet, it’s believed the wearer cannot be affected by any negative spells cast by being stepped over.

      • Mirror charms: Worn or pinned to your garment, with the reflective side facing away from your body, these deflect negative energies back to the sender.

      • All amulets ought to be cleansed before wearing as we do not know who has handled them before they came into our hands.


Miss Aida’s Chinese Wash Recipe for Spiritual House Cleansing and Purification

      • One 32-ounce bottle of Murphy Oil Soap

      • One 1/2 bottle of quality Van Van Oil

      • 2 ounces of liquid pure castile soap (to dilute the Murphy Oil Soap)

      • One frankincense incense tear (to enhance the power of the formula)

      • 1 tablespoon of lemongrass

      • 13 new broom straws (aids in spiritual cleansings)

      • A little bit of your saliva

Remove about three ounces of Murphy Oil Soap from the bottle to make room then add the Van Van Oil and castile soap to the bottle. Agitate the bottle to disperse the liquids. Add the frankincense tear, followed by the lemongrass, then the broom straws. Replace the cap and gently shake the bottle. Once it appears that the lemongrass has been dispersed, remove the cap. Place your mouth close to the lip of the bottle and recite Psalm 23. Then respectfully release a little of your saliva into the bottle to activate or charge the ingredients. Your Chinese Wash is now ready for use. Use about one-quarter cup of Chinese Wash per bucket of water. A new mop is preferable to wash the floor, but a clean mop will suffice. You will also need clean rags to wipe down walls and other surfaces.



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TAROCCHINO MONTIERI: ANIMA ANTIQUA

Bologna - 1725 - Anima Antiqua Montieri

by Luigi Montieri

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications/Lo Scarabeo (September 8, 2020)

Boxed deck (2½ x 4¾) includes a deck and instructional booklet

List Price: $34.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Originally created in 1721, Tarocchino Montieri is one of the rarest tarot decks in the world after nearly all of the existing copies were burned due to the influence of the church. This limited-edition, numbered deck is part of Lo Scarabeo's bestselling Anima Antiqua (Ancient Soul) series that features premium reproductions of the most interesting and important decks in the history of tarot. This deck follows the reduced number of cards as in the Bologna variant and the cards feature fascinating indexes and notes by Montieri about 18th century society, politics, and geography in addition to ornaments and illustrations.





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TOUCHSTONE TAROT

by Kat Black

Publisher: U S Games Systems, Inc. (July 17, 2020)

78 cards, 108 page Guidebook, Boxed Set

List Price: $25.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

For Touchstone Tarot, Kat Black created sumptuous tarot collages from Baroque masterpieces, bringing new layers of meaning to readings. The sensual portraits are imbued with subtle facial expressions and nuances that can help the reader intuitively connect with the cards. Familiar Rider-Waite-Smith imagery makes Touchstone Tarot accessible for readers at every level of experience. Presented in an elegant box, this deluxe 80-card deck with gold gilt edges comes with an optional extra Happy Squirrel card. The 108-page illustrated guidebook includes card meanings, card spreads and art references.


About the Author:

Kat Black has been an artist and performer for over twenty years using a wide variety of media. She exhibited as a painter before moving into digital art. Her main art forms currently are video projection, interactive installation and digital collage. Kat was born and currently resides in Australia, although she has also lived in the US and the UK. In collaboration with her partner Jasper Cook, she creates video projection and public art as VJzoo.


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PRIDE TAROT

A Collaborative Deck From 45 Diverse Artists

by U.S. Games Systems

79 Cards, 192 pg Guidebook.

Published by U.S. Games Systems, 2020

List Price: $22.95



FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Pride Tarot is a collaborative 78-card tarot deck inspired by Pridefest and the achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. U.S. Games Systems created this deck to show its support for the LGBTQ+ community, and to showcase the creative talents of LGBTQ+ members and allies. Pride Tarot features 45 diverse artists from around the globe who share their poignant and powerful stories. Pride Tarot follows the structure of Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, with some cards portraying real-life heroes, role models, and personal experiences. Included with the deck is a 192-page illustrated guidebook with card descriptions, artists' bios, and instructions for a Parade Card Spread. The deck includes an extra Pride Flag Rainbow card, which can also be used for a six-card reading. U.S. Games Systems, Inc. has made a contribution to an organization working to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. Since it is all too often young people who most acutely experience isolation and marginalization, we have chosen to donate to a group whose mission is to help struggling young people.


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MURDER OF CROWS TAROT

by Corrado Roi (Illustrator) , Charles Harrington

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications/Lo Scarabeo (August 8, 2020)

List Price: $26.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

As an omen bringer, messenger, and scavenger, the crow has no master. It brings you the answers you need, although not always what you wanted. This captivating deck by Corrado Roi presents crows in all their gothic glory. It awakens your soul, bringing enlightenment as well as fear and disquiet. In striking black and white, this deck is a necessary addition to your collection.


About the creators:

Corrado Roi is an Italian comic book artist and was a staff artist at Sergio Bonelli Editore. He's known for his work on Dylan Dog, Martin Mystère, Nick Raider, Zona X, Mister No, Magico Vento, and Julia.


Charles Harrington (Walnut Creek, CA) is a tarot expert based in California. He has been reading tarot professionally for several decades and is known for empowering, conversational, and solution-oriented readings.


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BEYOND LEMURIA ORACLE CARDS

by Izzy Ivy

56 cards and 148-page guidebook set, packaged in a hardcover box

Blue Angel Publishing 2020

List Price: $25.95

New-Earth Codes and Wisdoms For Our Ancient Future


Transform shadow into light, bridge duality, and inspire heaven on earth through practical and enlightening insight from Lemuria. Recall the past and glimpse the future. Expand your conscious awareness and behold the wonders of the greater world.

This uniquely stunning deck from artist and author Izzy Ivy is infused with loving guidance, greater knowledge, and encoded symbols to enliven the truth in you with the majesty of the Universe.

Fusing childlike innocence with all-knowing depth and strength in her characters, Izzy Ivy combines art with the spirit that dances her. Every image is seeded with subtle symbolism for the collective dreaming and keys to a deeper recall. Meet the Lemurians, connect with their energy and work with the macro-microcosm to reclaim wholeness, and step into your light.


It’s time for the remembering … it’s time to go Beyond Lemuria.


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.

Look for us again SEPTEMBER 1st, 2020!

Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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