Sunday, February 16, 2020

NEW FROM HADEAN PRESS!

OPUSCULA CYPRIANI:
Variations on the Book of St. Cyprian and Related Literature
Translated and with Commentary 
by José Leitão





Fine hardcover edition. List Price: $124.95 
968 pages.
290mm x 195mm
Covered in recycled leather with gold foil stamp.
Black endbands, black ribbon. Pearlescent gold endpapers.
Colour interior.










Paperback edition. List Price: $58.95
968 pages. 297mm x 210mm. Black & white interior. 













FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Presented as a sequel to his first work, The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure, the Opuscula Cypriani is José Leitão’s most extensive and detailed exposition of the tradition of the Portuguese Cyprian Books to date.


Covering a time span from the 17th century until the late 1920s, this work contains an unprecedented amount of Portuguese Cyprian-related material. From the records of the Inquisition to anonymous prayers, from elusive and previously unpublished manuscripts to printed books, and from pamphlets to periodicals, José takes us through a history of Portuguese sorcery and its various books, all of which, in one way or another, are branded with the name of the sorcerer Saint.

Throughout its 968 pages, one can identify the mechanisms of folk composition of prayers and incantations, and identify the cultural, social and political forces which have stood as either opposers or instigators of Portuguese written magical culture. Through this the concreteness of José original work can be seen to gradually dissolve into a restless sea of melding titles and compositions, whose only determining factors are the circumstance of their immediate present.

The Opuscula Cypriani is composed of three parts. The first, reaching the farthest into the past, analyzes variations of the magical and religious composition known as the Prayer of St. Cyprian, presenting several instances of this complex prayer, as well as other smaller compositions which call on Cyprian in his quality of healer, diviner, and dominator.

The second part focuses on variations of the very Book itself, offering the translated contents of five different Books of St. Cyprian, presenting various arrangements echoing their own times and circumstances, from French to Afro-Brazilian cross-pollenizations. Here, for the first time, an 18th-century Portuguese manuscript Book of St. Cyprian is presented, and the shadows of many others are followed throughout 19th century scholarship and ethnography.

Finally, the third part offers the largely unknown underground children of these same books - small pamphlets and almanacs, which constantly circle around the contents of their larger fathers, but ultimately blossom into uniquely local expressions of magical conceptualization. Love and domination sorcery, harmful and demonic malefica, constant variations and new systems of cartomancy and Cyprian divinations are here presented among hundreds of prayers, sorceries and incantations, until it all fades into the dark shadow of the Portuguese dictatorship of the Estado Novo.

The Opuscula Cypriani stands not only as a tour of the past of the book currently known as The Book of St. Cyprian, but it is, much more importantly, an invitation towards the future of a centennial and unregulated magic tradition. Along its many pages a clear image of the Portuguese Books of St. Cyprian is created: that of a continuous and ever changing tradition, constantly revolving around itself, interacting with its environment and its temporal preoccupations, taking in and apart both local and external expressions of magic and religion, and where only the recognition of the imminently pressing present matters.








Saturday, February 1, 2020

BLESSED IMBOLC!!!

St. Bride by John Duncan


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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THE MAGIC OF MARIE LAVEAU:
Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
by Denise Alvarado, Carolyn Morrow Long (Foreword)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2020)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The life and work of the legendary “Pope of Voodoo,” Marie Laveau―a free woman of color who practically ruled New Orleans in the mid-1800s.

Marie Laveau may be the most influential American practitioner of the magical arts; certainly, she is among the most famous. She is the subject of songs, films, and legends and the star of New Orleans ghost tours. Her grave in New Orleans ranks among the most popular spiritual pilgrimages in the US. Devotees venerate votive images of Laveau, who proclaimed herself the “Pope of Voodoo.” She is the subject of respected historical biographies and the inspiration for novels by Francine Prose and Jewell Parker Rhodes. She even appears in Marvel Comics and on the television show American Horror Story: Coven, where she was portrayed by Angela Bassett.

Author Denise Alvarado explores Marie Laveau’s life and work―the fascinating history and mystery. This book gives an overview of New Orleans Voodoo, its origins, history, and practices. It contains spells, prayers, rituals, recipes, and instructions for constructing New Orleans voodoo-style altars and crafting a voodoo amulet known as a gris-gris.

Who is Marie Laveau?
"Marie Laveau is no myth; she is no mere legend. While her reputation precedes her as the notorious Voudou Queen of New Orleans, in reality, she was a free woman of color who ruled the city during antebellum New Orleans. This was no small feat. She was a devout Catholic, an independent businesswoman, a mother, and healer who lived her life in accordance with the corporal works of mercy. Stories abound about her magickal prowess, freeing men from the gallows and healing the sick from the brink of death. Her belief in Catholicism guided her life as well as her magick in such a distinct way that people from all over the world are inspired by her spirit and her story.

So, how does one begin to describe the legacy left by a legend? If the power of a person’s life is in the stories they leave behind, then Marie Laveau has the market cornered as the most storied woman in the history of New Orleans." - Denise Alvarado, from the Introduction


Becoming a Devotee of Marie Laveau
It’s a powerful thing to witness someone doing Madame Marie’s work. When it’s real, there’s no denying it. It is something that can be felt within the core of your being. Devotees have presence. When you become a devotee—when you are aware of your spiritual lineage, learn about it, and live it—then you can fully embrace your new identity and Marie Laveau, the loa, spirit guide, and elevated Ancestor—can descend and work through you.

Devoting yourself to someone or something requires a conscious decision to do so followed by deliberate actions that display your utmost loyalty to the focus of your devotion. Becoming a devotee is not a decision to be made lightly. It can change your life for better or worse, depending on the sincerity of your commitment. If you are ready and you are open to receiving her as the Mother of New Orleans Voudou, the Spiritual Mother of Louisiana, the Boss Woman and Queen, your life will change dramatically for the better.

BASIC GRIS GRIS RITUAL FOR HEALING
This is a very basic gris gris ritual for healing. It is good for mending a broken heart or helping to heal from grief of any kind. And it only requires four ingredients:

Snakeskin
3 copper pennies
Rose petals
Lavender flowers
Wrap everything in a chamois cloth and place in a flannel or leather bag. Then say the following petition to Papa Legba (He is called Papa Labat/Lebat by older folks in New Orleans) to empower the bag:

Papa Labat, yay yay yay Papa Labat, yay yay yay Papa Labat,
yay yay yay Papa Labat, open the door and let the spirits through,
Bless and empower this bag for your faithful servant,
Bring him/her all good things in this life and in the life to come In God’s name,
Ashé ashé ashé!

Touch the gris gris to the top of your head, your heart, then your mouth, kissing the bag.




Reviews:

Anthropologist and Louisiana folk magic “rootworker” Alvarado (The Voodoo Doll Spellbook) rejects the sensational accounts of voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1801–1881) to present a comprehensive, intensely researched, and imminently readable narrative of her life and spirituality. The book contains spellwork, including candle magic, Catholic conjure, fetishism, gris gris, and water rituals—for purposes including keeping a lover, finding a lost person, healing, and attacking enemies. This insightful resourceful is a thorough examination of Laveau’s legendary status and will be an invaluable reference for devotees of the Laveau voodoo tradition.” - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Publishers Weekly

Denise Alvarado has successfully combined both history and practical magic into one accessible book, making it possible for those far and wide to reach the Great Queen. The Magic of Marie Laveau brings Marie Laveau to life” - Voodoo Queen Bloody Mary, author of Bloody Mary’s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors, and Dancing with the Dead: True Stories from the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

The Magic of Marie Laveau is the ideal blend of the academic and the mystical. Denise Alvarado creates a historic understanding of how Mlle. Laveau not only shaped the traditions and culture of New Orleans Voodoo but also influenced all Hoodoo and Conjure practices around the world. Through the biography of Mlle. Laveau, Alvarado teaches that your daily spiritual practice and compassionate works are integral to your magical prowess. There is so much to learn in this book, reading it a second and third time is a must.” - Jacki Smith, author of Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs, founder of Coventry Creations.

This book will become definitive in the continually growing legacy of the greatest Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. A must have for your collection and a truly wonderful read.” - Witchdoctor Utu, author of Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad.

This book is a celebration of the divine feminine as it manifests in a much-misunderstood form of spirituality. Denise Alvarado’s love for Marie Laveau’s work is evident. I am sure that Marie Laveau, the Mother of New Orleans Voodoo, returns the sentiment.” - Louis Martinié, author of The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot and Waters of Return: The Aeonic Flow of Voudoo.


"New Orleans native Denise Alvarado brilliantly crafts a spiritually delicious reference book combining extensive historical research with a lifetime of personal experiences! Filled with snippets from the past, pearls of wisdom, and a detailed outline of Alvarado’s “Laveau Voudou” tradition to which many readers will feel an immediate connection,The Magic of Marie Laveau is a valuable addition to any practitioner’s bookshelf, especially those called to serve.” - Cairelle Crow, founder and coordinator of the New Orleans Witches’ Ball

"Whether you’re a Marie Laveau devotee or are only beginning to learn about her, this is the book for you! Brimming with little known facts about her life, her relationships, and her charitable works, The Magic of Marie Laveau is much more than a well-researched biography. It also offers a plethora of valuable information for magical practitioners, including detailed instructions for not only working with her spirit, but for performing many of the rituals and spells for which she is known. Reading this book truly changed my life – and I have no doubt that it will change yours as well.” - Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked


The Magic of Marie Laveau includes practical workings and "gris-gris" that provide a "hand up" to the reader in addition to lyrically presented and well-informed information about Ms. Laveau and the world in which she walked.” - Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery


About the Author:
Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the rich Creole culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over 4 decades and is the author of numerous books about Southern folk traditions. She is a Rootworker in the Louisiana folk magic tradition, a spiritual artist, and a teacher of Southern conjure at Crossroads University.





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ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE:
An Insider's Guide to the Occult
by Lon Milo DuQuette, Brandy Williams (Foreword)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2020)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A guided tour to the occult and esoteric worlds from a beloved author and scholar

For over 30 years Lon Milo DuQuette has written incisively about the tarot, magick, Qabalah, and divination and provided introductory material for the most renowned authors on these topics, such as Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie, John Dee, Frater Achad, Rodney Orpheus, H. P. Lovecraft, Phyllis Seckler, John Michael Greer, Susan Montag, Donald Michael Kraig, and many others.

Considered as a whole this collection of writings provides an invaluable introduction to many aspects and personalities of the occult and esoteric worlds by one of the foremost authorities on such arcane subjects.

Collected here are Lon’s best writings, each crafted with an eye toward the importance and immortality of the work with his studied insight and scholarship, along with his renowned sense of humor.

About the Author:
Lon Milo DuQuette is a bestselling author who lectures worldwide on such topics as magick, tarot, and the Western Mystery Traditions. He is currently the US Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orientis and is on the faculty of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y. and the Maybe Logic Academy.





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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT:
A Modern-Day Guide to Making Magick
by Anjou Kiernan
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press (January 7, 2020)
List Price: $26.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Written by Anjou Kiernan—named "One of the Magical Women You Should be Following on Instagram," by Refinery 29—The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft is a beginner's guide to the practice of witchcraft, providing a complete toolkit for cultivating your own practice.

Magic is not for the select few. We all have the ability to connect to the power of the natural and supernatural worlds to support our intentions. Blending ancient practices with modern context, this guide gives aspiring witches a practical, easy-to-follow path through the study of natural witchcraft and ritual.

Whether you are looking to commune with spirits across the veil, need an amulet for protection, wish to build your magical apothecary, create a grimoire, or curate a crystal collection for vibrational work, this guide will empower and inform your craft. Learn how to harness the power of the moon, elements, and seasons to amplify your spells and divination work.

Whether for personal development or spiritual enlightenment, The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft is the perfect guide for teaching you how to tap into your own magic and apply its alchemy to your life.






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THE CROOKED PATH:
An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft
by Kelden, Gemma Gary (Foreword)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Part the thorny bramble and take a walk along the bewitchingly mysterious Crooked Path.

Within these pages discover a wealth of hands-on tips and techniques to begin your journey into the realm of Traditional Witchcraft. Learn to weave a powerful personal practice that is informed by folklore and grounded in your own location and natural landscape. Along the way you will find valuable information regarding the tools, rituals, and spells of this fascinating tradition, together with lessons on connecting with deities, familiar spirits, ancestors, and the spirits of place. With supportive advice and encouragement, Kelden provides everything you need to successfully navigate your own path, helping you master even advanced practices such as hedge-crossing as you transform your day-today experience into a life filled with magic and spirit.


Reviews:
"Approachable and charming, Kelden is every bit as serious and thoughtful as Traditional Witchcraft's most respected teachers, but with a youthful, down-to-earth delivery that both newcomers and old-timers will appreciate. Whether you are interested in building your own path as a Traditional Witch or you are simply curious about this increasingly prevalent flavor of the Craft, this is the book you need."—Thorn Mooney, author of Traditional Wicca

"From roots and bones to moon workings and the Witch's Sabbath, this book is a treasure trove of valuable information and insight that no Traditional Witch should be without. Highly recommended."—Devin Hunter, author of The Witch's Book of Mysteries

"The Crooked Path offers a lively perspective of the principles and praxis of Traditional Witchcraft...[A] book that is a valuable link in a chain that draws Traditional Witchcraft into the modern day."—Nicholas Pearson, author of Stones of the Goddess


About the Author:
Kelden (Minnesota) has been practicing Traditional Witchcraft for more than a decade. His writing has appeared in The Witch's Altar, The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance, and Modern Witch magazine. Additionally, Kelden is the cocreator of The Traditional Witch's Deck and he authors a blog on the Patheos Pagan channel called By Athame and Stang.





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ELEMENTAL SPIRITS
by Jaq D. Hawkins
Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Goblin Publishing (November 7, 2018)
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The popular Spirits of the Elements series updated and combined into a single volume!

Discover the nature of the elements, types of spirits associated with each element, and correspondences in magical thought as well as rituals and divination methods in an animistic world of nature magic.Included in Elemental Spirits are types of natural objects, and sometimes man-made objects, which attract nature spirit inhabitants as well as methods to see or communicate with these elemental spirits, places of worship or invocation, and the nature of thought-form spirits associated with the basic four elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as well as the element of Spirit called Aether. From fanciful fairies to guardian spirits of stone circles, Elemental Spirits is a 'must have' for anyone who has an interest in nature spirits.





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THE CHAONOMICON:
Quintessential Chaos for the Serious Magician
by Jaq D. Hawkins
Paperback: 201 pages
Publisher: Goblin Publishing (June 26, 2018)
List Price: $13.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What is chaos magic?

Nearly forty years after its beginnings, Pagans and magicians are still asking the question, or finding conflicting information online. Jaq D Hawkins was the first chaos magician to write of the history and elements of chaos magic for a widespread audience. Now, in this new volume, that history is expanded and the concepts, specialist terms and culture associated with chaos magic are clarified for a new generation of magic users.Basic concepts and methods, associations with Discordianism and the teachings of magicians of the past, advice on how to survive the natural chaos that plagues those who choose the magical path ... or more precisely are chosen by it, combine with an insightful perspective of the perversities of magic and the convoluted landscape of life through which the magical path leads us. With some practical advice and basic spells designed to work within the very world of chaos wherein magic finds its direction, this book is a simple yet unequaled sourcebook for dealing with the unpredictability of magic in a multiverse of natural chaos.

Excerpt from review by Peter J. Carroll:"Jaq D Hawkins’ Chaonomicon gives a fair sketch of the general history of Chaos Magic without going into excessive detail about the personalities and the inevitable personal squabbles involved. She shows the history and genesis of many of the ideas that came together to create a new way of thinking about magic and new ways of doing it. The book contains a particularly good analysis of the historic and current functions of the Gods and Goddesses of Chaos, and the relationship between the Chaoism that began in the UK and the Discordianism that began in the USA. The Chaonomicon also describes many of the basic techniques of Chaos Magic in simple terms free from occult obscurantism, so readers new to the subject can find much to try out experimentally."

Excerpt from review by Ray Sherwin:"If this were a film it might be described as “a roller-coaster ride” and, as might be expected, the views from the top, panoramas of magick, chaos science, chaos literature and the mythos itself are replete with comprehensive detail and a profound understanding of the subject. Those looking for a “How to…” manual should go elsewhere. I referred to “Tertiary Chaos” as early as 1987 and chaos magick has matured even more since then, as is evidenced, in part, by this book. I recommend it highly."




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INTENTIONAL TAROT:
Using the Cards with Purpose
by Denise Hesselroth
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Move Beyond Divination and Into Empowerment with this Beginner-Friendly Guide to Proactive Readings

This innovative book shows you how to become an active participant in your tarot readings by consciously selecting the cards that will fulfill your intentions. Intentional Tarot encourages you to engage with your life's purpose and strengthen your sense of self as you perform readings. With this new approach, you'll learn to get "off book" and add a proactive element to your practice.

Author Denise Hesselroth shows you that divination is only the first step―once you have the information from your reading, what will you do with it? She presents effective techniques and spreads from both traditional and intentional reading methods, making it easy to discover which ones work best for you. Designed with different learning styles in mind, Intentional Tarot provides everything you need to understand the cards, develop your personal style, and take action for a successful future.


Review:
"This tarot book is a refreshing change in so many ways...Hesselroth's revolutionary method of Intentional Tarot is amazingly potent...The bulk of the book is a strong outline of suggestions in using each card within the four part Intentional spread: My Understanding, My Goal, My Promise, and My Gratitude. Also, the organic approach to the classic Fool’s journey is simply awe inspiring."―Nancy Antenucci, author of Psychic Tarot

About the Author:
Denise Hesselroth (Minneapolis, MN) has been a student of tarot for more than forty years. She is an active member of the Minnesota tarot community and presents at the North Star Tarot Conference.





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TRIONFI DELLA LUNA-2nd Edition 2019
by Patrick Valenza
Publisher: Deviant Moon Inc
List Price: $45.95

Cousin to the Deviant Moon Tarot-A Fenwood Asylum Exclusive self-publication!
  • 90 Card Marseilles Styled Tarot Deck by creator Patrick Valenza (Includes "The Lightning" bonus card & 10 Oracle cards!)
  • English Text/boxed deck.







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Dragged straight out of the rubble!

Patrick Valenza's

ABANDONED ORACLE
Publisher: Deviant Moon Inc
FULL DECK
52 Horrifying Oracle Cards/Boxed
List Price: $44. 44

The Abandoned Oracle began as a small collection of inked nightmares pulled from the pages of Patrick Valenza's dream diaries, however, the deck was abandoned in 2015 in favor of more urgent projects.
Soon, the discarded images were cannibalized and re-imagined into several cards to be featured in the upcoming Deviant Moon Oracle.
Regardless of the neglect, the deck never stopped SCREAMING to be born...

WARNING! NOT FOR THE WEAK AT HEART!

Special initial print run of only 999 copies!




MORE FOR THE DISCERNING COLLECTOR...





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WHITE LIGHT ORACLE
Enter the Luminous Heart of the Sacred
by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by A. Andrew Gonzalez
Blue Angel Publishing. (November 8, 2019)
44 cards and 240-page guidebook, packaged in a hardcover box.
List Price: $23.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
You have a light within you. Trust in that light and in your own courage. The light is strong enough to guide, support and empower you to fulfil your sacred purpose of healing and soulful manifestation.

White light holds all the frequencies needed for healing ourselves, each other, our planet and all her precious creatures. It is divine medicine for the soul, empowering the heart, clarifying the mind, and awakening higher consciousness. This light is within you and all around you. You were born to be that light. The Universe rallies to encourage, inspire and embolden you to manifest your sacred destiny.


This 44-card and guidebook set features luminous imagery from visionary artist A. Andrew Gonzalez and enlightening messages with signature healing processes from bestselling author Alana Fairchild to help you integrate the loving soul medicine of white light.

Take your journey with complete trust, enjoying the divine beauty of your path, and knowing the light is always with you, revealing the way.






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THE CHARLES DICKENS TAROT
by Chris Leech
78-Card Deck and Guidebook
Publisher: Red Feather; 1st edition (November 15, 2019)
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Using art and symbolism from the Dickensian Victorian era, this rich and inspiring 78-card deck and guidebook draws on literary themes but remains rooted in traditional Tarot. The Major Arcana focuses on Dickens’s own life and history, including real-life people who were worked into his fiction. These include his father, John, as Wilkins Micawber in the Emperor card and his mother, Elizabeth, as Mrs. Nicklesby in the Empress card. The four suits—Fire, Water, Air, and Earth—are populated by a plethora of his best-loved characters and novels. The horizontal orientation of the cards invokes an open book, a vista, or even a panorama of Dickens’s scenes. The guidebook, written in Dickensian “shorthand,” provides keyword analysis of each card, making the meaning clear in both your own life and in relationship with Dickens’s characters.





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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again MARCH 1st, 2020!
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter





















Wednesday, January 1, 2020

WELCOME TO THE (NEW) ROARING 20'S!



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:
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.



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VISIONS OF ENCHANTMENT:
OCCULTISM, MAGIC AND VISUAL CULTURE
Edited by Daniel Zamani and Judith Noble
Hardcover: 208 pages, 1000 copies only, colour illustrations, textured tan endpapers; premium tan cloth, dust-jacket blocked gilt
Publisher: Fulgur Press (June 18, 2019)
List Price: $65.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

~Intersections of esotericism and visual art from Renaissance alchemy to Derek Jarman

Since Antiquity, the idea of the artist as a magician, trickster and powerful creator of new realities has established itself as a fertile idea in the discussion of image-making. The conjuring of illusions, the inherent link between the material and the spiritual and the wish to make the invisible visible are all part of this wider discourse. Visions of Enchantment looks at the fascinating intersections between esotericism and visual culture through a decidedly cross-cultural lens, with topics ranging from talismanic magic and the Renaissance exploration of alchemy, through to the role of magic in modern art and 20th-century experimental film. 



The essays offered in Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Magic and Visual Culture have been selected from papers presented at a major international conference at the University of Cambridge in 2014. It includes work by some of the leading scholars in Western Esotericism including Antoine Faivre, M.E. Warlick and Deanna Petherbridge. It attests to the vibrant role that magic and the occult play in cutting-edge research across a wide variety of the arts and humanities today.



CONTENTS


  1. Introduction: The Magic of Art – Judith Noble, Daniel Zamani and Gražina Subelytė
  2. Go Wherever You Wish, for Verily You Are Well Protected’: Seal Designs in Late Ottoman Amulet Scrolls and Prayer Books – Christiane Gruber
  3. Protection against Evil in Byzantium: Magical Amulets and Their Survival from the Early to the Late Byzantine Period – Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie
  4. Fascinated by Fascination: Female Privacy and the Leipzig Love Magic Panel – D. Lyle Dechant
  5. Leaking, Shrieking and Venomous Bodies: European Witch Imagery in the Sixteenth Century – Deanna Petherbridge
  6. Visual Art in Christian Theosophy: Engravings in Jakob Böhme’s Works (1682) and in the Eighteenth Century – Antoine Faivre
  7. Mercury, Venus and Alchemy in Rudolfian Prague: Bartholomaeus Spranger’s Variations on Correggio’s Education of Eros – Nikola Piperkov
  8. The Alchemical Androgyne: The Rewards and Pitfalls of a Feminist Approach – M. E. Warlick
  9. The Magician, the Mermaid and the Ouroboros: Franz von Stuck and the Iconography of Alchemy – Nathan J. Timpano
  10. The Devil’s Livery: The Role of Nudity in the Depiction of Witchcraft, Wicca and Satanism – Leo Ruickbie
  11. A Witch in Search of Myth: Enchanted Visions of Female Transgression and Empowerment in the Oeuvre of Leonora Carrington – Victoria Ferentinou
  12. The Wedding of Light and Matter: Alchemy and Magic in the Films of Derek Jarman – Judith Noble







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ALEISTER CROWLEY IN INDIA:
The Secret Influence of Eastern Mysticism on Magic and the Occult
by Tobias Churton
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (December 3, 2019)
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Follow Aleister Crowley through his mystical travels in India, which profoundly influenced his magical system as well as the larger occult world

Shares excerpts from Crowley’s unpublished diaries and details his travels in India, Burma, and Sri Lanka from 1901 to 1906

Reveals how Crowley incorporated what he learned in India--jnana yoga, Vedantist, Tantric, and Buddhist philosophy--into his own school of Magick

Explores the world of Theosophy, yogis, Hindu traditions, and the first Buddhist sangha to the West as well as the first pioneering expeditions to K2 and Kangchenjunga in 1901 and 1905

Early in life, Aleister Crowley’s dissociation from fundamentalist Christianity led him toward esoteric and magical spirituality. In 1901, he made the first of three voyages to the Indian subcontinent, searching for deeper knowledge and experience. His religious and magical system, Thelema, shows clear influence of his thorough experimental absorption in Indian mystical practices.

Sharing excerpts from Crowley’s unpublished diaries, Tobias Churton tells the true story of Crowley’s adventures in India from 1901 to 1906, culminating in his first experience of the supreme trance of jnana (“gnostic”) yoga, Samadhi: divine union. Churton shows how Vedantist and Advaitist philosophies, Hindu religious practices, yoga, and Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism informed Crowley’s spiritual system and reveals how he built on Madame Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott’s prior work in India. Churton illuminates links between these beliefs and ancient Gnostic systems and shows how they informed the O.T.O. system through Franz Hartmann and Theodor Reuss.

Churton explores Crowley’s early breakthrough in consciousness research with a Dhyana trance in Sri Lanka, becoming a devotee of Shiva and Bhavani, fierce avatar of the goddess Parvati. Recounting Crowley’s travels to the temples of Madurai, Anuradhapura, and Benares, Churton looks at the gurus of yoga and astrology Crowley met while revealing his adventures with British architect, Edward Thornton. Churton also details Crowley’s mountaineering feats in India, including the record-breaking attempt on Chogo Ri (K2) in 1902 and the Kangchenjunga disaster of 1905.

Revealing how Crowley incorporated what he learned in India into his own school of Magick, including an extensive look at his theory of correspondences, the symbology of 777, and the Thelemic synthesis, Churton sheds light on one of the most profoundly mystical periods in Crowley’s life as well as how it influenced the larger occult world.






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THE SACRED ALIGNMENTS AND SIGILS:
Angelic Magick, Renaissance Thought, and Modern Methods of Sigilization
by Robert Podgurski, Charles Stein (Foreword)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (October 29, 2019)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~A breakthrough in occult studies that combines modern sigil techniques with traditional Enochian Magick and appeals to all levels of ritual magick practitioners, explorers of consciousness, scholars, dowsers, and tantric yoga practitioners...

Author and magick practitioner Robert Podgurski shares his discovery and development of the Grid Sigil--a tool for exploring the mysteries of embodiment and unity that bridges Enochian Magick with Sparean sigilization. Properly constructed, it emanates the root energies of the four elements bound by spirit in the space/time continuum. This text offers readers a variety of techniques for using the Grid Sigil and is an essential guidebook for understanding the connection between Enochian Magick, geomagnetism, shamanism, and other facets of Eastern and Western esotericism. Close attention is paid to critical metaphysical thought through in-depth analysis based in science, metaphysics, philosophical speculation, and illustrations.




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OUTSIDE THE CHARMED CIRCLE:
Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice
by Misha Magdalene, Michelle Belanger (Foreword)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The intention of Outside the Charmed Circle is to help readers live as the truest expression of their gendered, sexual, spiritual self. It is designed to support you as you awaken to who you are, deepen your magical practice, and walk through the Pagan world. Author Misha Magdalene provides hands-on meditations, prompts, and magical workings to help you explore your identity as it intersects with your spiritual practice. With thoughtful insights on embodiment, consent, and Eros, as well as explorations of self-esteem, ability, disability, and your feelings about your body, this book helps those in the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies engage with a wide range of identities in a magical setting.

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so essential and insightful you actually resent it just a little for not having been there for you at an earlier point in your development. Outside the Charmed Circle is such a book—at least for me."

Michelle Belanger, foreword to Outside the Charmed Circle

Outside the Charmed Circle is a guide to negotiating gender identity and sexuality within Pagan and magical religious communities. It is designed to support you as you awaken to who you are, deepen your magical practice, and walk through the Pagan world successfully in an authentic way.

Author Misha Magdalene provides simple hands-on meditations, prompts, and magical workings to help you explore your identity. Whether you are straight or gay, cis or trans, witch or magician or devotee—you can use this book to develop and deepen your own magical or witchcraft practice.

Reviews:
"Outside the Charmed Circle can guide you outwards and inwards to expand your experience of yourself and your understanding of others. The ideas, viewpoints and practices are offered with a proper balance of challenge and reassurance that truly engage contemplation and action. This book is for anyone who dares to know themselves and to walk the ever-growing edges of awareness."―Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of Keys to Perception

"Outside the Charmed Circle is a page-turning, thought-provoking delight from start to finish. Misha Magdalene has written a '101 and beyond' user-friendly handbook for magical and social change. As a sexologist, it's now one of my top ten gender education books. As a polytheist pagan, one of my top five magical treatises. I won't leave home without it."―Amy Marsh, EdD, DHS, CH, CI.

"The depth and heart that Misha Magdalene has put into this work is a triumph for this topic. This is a voice and perspective that's not only sorely needed but proves once and for all that the circle is truly big enough for all of us."―David Salisbury, author of Witchcraft Activism

"Absolutely filling the void, Outside the Charmed Circle is a much-needed, magical exploration into gender and sexuality that is quintessential for the times we live in. Beautifully balanced and thorough research combines with accessible exercises and rituals that are suitable for a wide variety of humans―engaging body, brain, and spirit throughout. From diving into queerness, tackling consent, and addressing body awareness to demystifying sex magic and adjusting traditions, this book smoothly tackles many complicated issues that newcomers and experienced practitioners alike will appreciate and learn from."―Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft


About the Author:
Misha Magdalene (they/them) is a multidisciplinary, multi-classed, multiqueer witch. They are an initiate of three lineages of traditional witchcraft: Anderson Feri, Gardnerian Wicca, and Central Valley Wicca. They hold a degree in gender, women, and sexuality studies from the University of Washington. Misha is the recipient of the Leslie Ashbaught Feminist Praxis in Education Award. They live near Seattle, Washington.






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TRUE MAGIC:
Unleashing Your Inner Witch
by Cyndi Brannen
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (November 1, 2019)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch goes beyond everything you've ever tried before. Combining traditional magic and modern strategies, you will transform your life through spells, practices, rituals, and journeys, unlocking the power of your true self. True Magic takes the best parts of witchcraft, shamanism, occult and mystical paths from the ancient to the contemporary so that you can wield their wisdom. You will learn how to use plant magick, animal spirits, words of power, alchemy, ancient philosophy, the chakras and more to unleash your Inner Witch. Revealing the secrets of healing, great relationships, personal power, maximizing your potential and connecting to the universal energy flows, True Magic gives you the tools you need to achieve abundance and wholeness using the energies of the moon, the elements, and the three worlds. Are you ready for True Magic?

About the Author:
Dr. Cyndi Brannen is an outlaw witch devoted to Hekate and witchcraft. She teaches The Sacred Seven: A Course in Applied Modern Witchcraft. Cyndi has enjoyed a varied life as a psychologist, spiritual teacher and healer, social justice advocate, policy consultant, relentless outdoor adventurer and incurable optimist. Her blog, Keeping Her Keys, is a mixture of all these things with an emphasis on personal growth through Hekate and witchcraft, and it is this blog that inspired her new book of the same name. Cyndi lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.







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THE GREAT WHEEL:
Living the Pagan Cycles of Our Lives & Times
by Jo Graham
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Open a Road Map to the Future By Embracing the Cycles of Life and Time...

Take your Pagan practice into exciting new territory through an exploration of circular time and the cycles of life that are woven into it. The Great Wheel incorporates meditations, rituals, and exercises that align you with the patterns of time expressed in the ancient Etruscan concept known as the saeculum, or great year. Connecting to the saeculum helps you prepare for and prevent tragedies, navigate life's challenges, and change the world for the better.

Jo Graham first guides you through the Wheel of the Year and the Wheel of Life, including the eight phases in a person's life span. Then she reveals how the Great Wheel has influenced past events and what that means for the future. Using these ideas together will help you live more fully, find peace, and uncover powerful ways to benefit both yourself and the generations to come.


About the Author:
Jo Graham (Durham, NC) has practiced in Pagan and Hermetic traditions for more than thirty years. She has studied Classical traditions, Celtic reconstruction, and Wicca, and she is the co-founder of the Cult of Isis.





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THE TAO OF CRAFT:
Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition
by Benebell Wen
Paperback: 616 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (September 27, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
For the first time in English, Benebell Wen reveals the rich history and theoretical principles underlying the ancient practice of crafting Fu talismans, or magical sigils, in the Chinese Taoist tradition and gives detailed instructions for modern practitioners who would like to craft their own Fu. Fu talismans are ideograms and writings typically rendered on paper and empowered by means of invocations, ritual, and transferences of energy, or Qi. Talismans can be used for many purposes, such as strengthening or weakening personality characteristics, finding love, earning more money, or easing emotional tensions in the home. The Tao of Craft shows how metaphysical energy can be harnessed to amplify, strengthen, weaken, dispel, or block other metaphysical energy and to rectify perceived imbalances in the material plane. Supported by an abundance of detailed charts and images, this book serves as a step-by-step handbook that gives readers the knowledge and confidence to craft their own Fu talismans for personal empowerment.
Wen, author of Holistic Tarot, delves into historic and cultural contexts of the Fu, from the neolithic period of Chinese history to contemporary practices of esoteric Taoism. Providing a solid foundation in the principles of Eastern spellcrafting, she highlights the blending of Taoist metaphysical practices with Western approaches to magic by pointing out eclectic, integrating, and harmonizing facets from other cultures and religions.
Historically, Fu talismans were used by medieval Chinese for alleviating illness; averting misfortune, magical attacks, and curses; defending against assaults; and avoiding poverty. This book shows Western practitioners that the skill and knowledge to develop an interactive relationship with spirit realms are still available to them today and serves as a practical handbook for accumulating Qi energy from sources in the environment and channeling it in concentrated form into their own Fu talismans.


Reviews:

Benebell Wen has gifted us with an amazingly rich resource for a life of magic and fulfillment, revealing the sacred and empowering why behind the ancient Taoist art and practice of talisman crafting. Read and remember where you are and why you are here.”
Phyllis Curott, priestess, attorney, and author of Book of Shadows, WitchCrafting, and the Love Spell
The publication of any book in English on the creation and use of Fu talismans—among the most useful and accessible parts of the rich heritage of Chinese magic—is welcome, but when that book turns out to be readable, thoughtful, and eminently practical, that’s cause for celebration. Benebell Wen’s The Tao of Craft is all that and more, and deserves the attention of any reader interested in the theory and practice of operative magic.”
John Michael Greer, author of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and The Celtic Golden Dawn

About the Author:
Benebell Wen is a practitioner of various metaphysical arts. She studies Tarot, Feng Shui, the I Ching, Numerology, and both Chinese and Hellenistic Astrology. Wen is the author of Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth (North Atlantic Books, 2015). When not lecturing, teaching, or writing on metaphysics, Wen practices law in California and New York. She is of Taiwanese descent and currently lives in Northern California with her husband, James, and their beloved cat.





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WIENER SECESSION DECK:
Series: Anima Antiqua Cards
by Lo Scarabeo /Llewellyn Publications
Pub Date: December 2019
Boxed Deck.
List Price: $34.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A premium, limited-edition deck lovingly recreated from originals found in the greatest tarot collections in the world. Printed on premium-quality card stock.







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TAROT DE MARSEILLE:
Anima Antiqua Cards
by Nicolas Conver
Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2020)
78 cards, 62x120 mm.
Numbered edition, limited to 2999 copies.
Instructions. Multilingual edition.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The fifth in our Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), this deck features wonderful cardstock and packaging. The deck is a philological reproduction of Nicolas Conver’s 1760 celebrated Tarot of Marseille. Don’t hesitate because this is a limited edition and each deck is numbered. A must-have for Marseille lovers and tarot collectors.





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MYSTIC MONDAYS TAROT:
A Deck for the Modern Mystic
by Grace Duong
78 cards with hardcover guidebook
Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 23, 2018)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Mystic Mondays provides you with a stunning tarot deck that is vibrant, beautifully illustrated, and ready to help you connect to your intuition.

Includes 78 brightly designed cards with hardcover guidebook: This deluxe tarot deck offers fresh interpretations of each of the major and minor arcana in a standard tarot deck. Mystic Mondays is full of positive vibes that invite you to start fresh any day of the week and helps you connect to your intuition.
This vibrant tarot deck features bright artwork, holographic card edges, and foil exterior to help you create an experience that is visually appealing and all your own.
A full color guidebook that describes the symbolism of each card is also included.
Mystic Mondays was created by Grace Duong who is a multidisciplinary artist and visual designer.

This tarot card set features the strikingly perfect balance of vibrancy and minimalism and is perfect to use however you see fit.

Cards are large enough to appreciate the lively images, but still easy to shuffle and work with.

Makes a delightful and mystical gift for any tarot card and arcana fan.





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OLD STYLE LENORMAND FORTUNE-TELLING CARDS
by Alexander Ray
38 card deck with 92-page illustrated booklet.
Box measures: 2.6" x 4", cards measure: 2.5"x 3.75"
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc., (August 7, 2019)


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Old Style Lenormand brings charming, vintage-looking illustrations to a modern Lenormand audience. The simple and concise imagery provides highly specific answers to your questions. Playing card insets increase the divination power of the cards. Old Style Lenormand is comprised of 38 cards (including two Man and two Lady cards). A 92-page illustrated booklet accompanies the deck.

About the author/artist:
Alexander Ray is a popular Russian psychologist, writer and illustrator who creates divinatory tools that help people find their place in life.





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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again FEBRUARY 1st, 2020
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter






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