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

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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

golanv1@yahoo.com


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We're Open For Business, and We Have GREAT New Stuff!

Edmund Dulac

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.

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

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

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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OF BLOOD AND BONES:
Working with Shadow Magick & the Dark Moon
by Kate Freuler, Mat Auryn (Foreword)
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2020)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Learn to Work with the Magick of the Dark Moon~

Shadow magick occupies a critical but often misunderstood role in the rich history of witchcraft. This book explores topics such as the ethical use of animal parts and bones, blood magick, dark moon energy, and other rarely discussed aspects of witchcraft.

With a focus on ethically sourcing materials and suggestions for plant-based substitutions, author Kate Freuler provides much-needed information and hands-on techniques to help you strengthen your witchcraft practice, connect to nature, protect yourself (and your kith and kin), and know yourself in a deep way. Within these pages, you will also discover methods for hexing, scrying, sex magick, and working with dark deities in addition to the magickal use of graveyard dirt and performing spells to assist the crossing of a dying loved one. The shadow work explored in Of Blood and Bones reminds us that not everything is love and light, and that facing the dark side supports the quest to achieve spiritual wholeness.


Reviews:
"Witchcraft is not tame. We do a disservice to our craft in thinking so. Of Blood and Bone is an excellent introductory guide to exploring the depths of Withcraft and finding value in its darker side. Freuler leads readers through difficult topics in an approachable and authentic way. A good resource for anyone working with this side of magickal practice."―Stephanie Woodfield, author of Dark Goddess Craft

"Witches are light, dark, and everything in between. This impressive piece of work both guides and encourages modern Witches to reach into the deeper wisdom of their sacred hearts to uncover genuine healing and self-awareness. The book's original recipes, brilliant insights, and damn-potent spells can be utilized by occultists of all varieties. This is the real deal. Written with intelligence, integrity, and sincerity, Of Blood & Bones is a brave exploration into the beautiful shadowscape of magickal work and personal development."―Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium & Esoteric Empathy

About the Author:
Kate Freuler has practiced witchcraft for over twenty-five years. She has written for Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, Sabbats Almanac, and Spell-A-Day Almanac. Kate owns and operates an online store called White Moon Witchcraft. She lives in Ontario.






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GOD IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE GODS:
A Case for Polytheism
by Gus diZerega
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
God is Dead, Long Live the Gods shows how polytheism―unlike monotheism―fits with the revolutionary ideas found in quantum physics, biology, and ecology. Beginning with the Enlightenment and the roots of what we now know as science, Western thought has generally turned away from religious belief. But what if the incompatibility of science and religion only applies to monotheism?

Gus diZerega explores contemporary science to show why consciousness is a fundamental aspect of reality, why the universe is alive at all levels, and why polytheistic experiences are as varied as the enormous array of life forms that enrich our world. This fascinating work develops a bold new vision for polytheism's evolving role in our society and in our individual and collective spiritual experiences.





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THE MYSTERIES OF MERLIN:
Ceremonial Magic for the Druid Path
by John Michael Greer
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2020)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover Your Path of Self-Initiation through the Union of Druidry & Ceremonial Magic~

This innovative system of self-initiation into ceremonial magic provides you with powerful rituals based on the life stages of the great wizard Merlin. Featuring eight full ceremonial workings to perform throughout the year for each of the three degrees, this exceptional guide deepens your spirituality and connects you to mysteries passed down across the ages.

Join John Michael Greer as he presents a wealth of information on Merlin's life and legends. Explore ancient initiations and how they're connected to Celtic deities. Even if you have no experience with Druid magic, Greer's detailed instructions, meditations, and exercises make it easy to start your journey or enhance your spiritual path in exciting ways. By marrying Golden Dawn magic with Celtic Paganism, this impressive work unlocks vital wisdom for your modern practice.

About the Author:
One of the most respected writers and teachers in the occult field today, John Michael Greer has written more than fifty books on esoteric traditions, nature spirituality, and the future of industrial society. An initiate in Druidic, Hermetic, and Masonic lineages, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). He lives in Rhode Island, USA with his wife Sara. He can be found online at www.EcoSophia.net .





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WINTER:
Rituals to Thrive in the Dark Cycle of the Saeculum
by Jo Graham
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This book is a fascinating exploration of one of the four cycles in the ancient Etruscan system known as the saecula. Winter is the final cycle of endings before the time of renewal and rebirth. With hands-on exercises and rituals, author Jo Graham invites you to find the spirit of heroism within as you transform your life and soul in this challenging era.

Building on the foundation that was established in The Great Wheel, this book reveals how the energy of this era influences your spiritual life, your relationships, and your community. Welcome the classical deities including Diana Nemorensis, Mercury, Athena Strategos, Mars, Father Dis, and others as you:

Find your purpose when the world seems out of control
Create a haven for those who are in need
Protect yourself and your loved ones as the crisis deepens
Use your unique talents to help save your corner of the world
Preserve the things you treasure for the season of Spring to come

Exploring the powerful cycles of generations, life spans, and seasons, Winter offers specific techniques and support to help you see that the era of Winter is only temporary and Spring will come again.


Review:
"Graham, a pagan practitioner and cofounder of the spiritual organization Cult of Isis, explores in this evocative work what she sees as the effects of a cyclical system called the Saeculum. ... Readers with an interest in pagan traditions will enjoy this accessible guide for understanding the cyclical movement of time."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Jo Graham (North Carolina) has practiced in Pagan and Hermetic traditions for more than thirty years, including leading an eclectic circle for nearly a decade. Dedicated in 1989, she took her mastery in 2004. She has studied the Classical world extensively and today mainly works in traditions based on the Hellenistic Cult of Isis. Though she worked in politics for fifteen years, today Jo divides her time between writing and working as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and their daughters.





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HIGH MAGICK:
A Guide to Cannabis in Ritual & Mysticism
by Philip H. Farber
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Powerful Magick with One of the World's Most Potent Plants~

Elevate your magical practice with cannabis. Exploring everything from ancient elixirs to modern mystics like Aleister Crowley and Timothy Leary, High Magick is all about using cannabis safely and effectively in spiritual settings. You will find specific ways to use cannabis for:

  • Invocation
  • Evocation
  • Banishing
  • Meditation
  • Energy healing
  • Divination
  • Scrying
  • Chakra Activation
  • Toasting
  • Praising
  • Pathworking
  • Consecrating
  • Charging
  • Working with Ancestors
  • Making Change in the World

Filled with step-by-step instructions as well as helpful insights into some of the most famous ritual magicians and cannabis proponents in the world, this book helps you harness the spiritual power of this amazing plant. Within these pages, you will also discover how to conduct dynamic rituals like the Talking Joint, the Smoke of Excellence, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Leaf, and the Cannabis Magick Holon Ritual.


Reviews:
"I passed the first seventeen years of my life without so much as a moment of serious self-reflection. A few pleasant puffs from a clumsily rolled joint shared with my dear older brother changed that… Changed everything. Cannabis became for me a sacrament, and quite literally, the gateway to magick. Farber's High Magick is a most timely and comprehensive look at the evolutionary and magical potentials of this sacred, magical entity."―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Low Magick

"What an amazing book! A concise yet thorough, well-researched treatise weaving philosophical musings with useful exercises to enhance your enjoyment and utilization of all things cannabis. From dreadlocks to dishabituation, hypnosis to contact highs, I loved how this book kept coming back to the importance of ritual, and the art of always being open to possibility. High Magick is an important signpost on the road to the entheogenic revolution. Bravo, Phil Farber!"―Julie Holland, MD, editor of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

"Farber has provided us with a well-researched, intelligent, and playful grimoire for initiates of the Herb Dangerous, aka cannabis. From NLP savvy mind hacks to group ceremonial practice, High Magick details the history, pharmacology, and mythology of cannabis and brings it all to life with practical esoteric techniques. Highly recommended indeed!"―Julian Vayne, author of Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony

"Phil Farber's High Magick is an excellent and accessible introduction to the historical role of cannabis in the magickal tradition, and its practical application by today's modern magicians. Highly recommended."―Chris Bennett, author of Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs, and the Occult

"In the mind-expanding, interdisciplinary tradition of Aleister Crowley and Robert Anton Wilson, Farber explores the powerful interface between magick and the disciplined use of the cannabis plant. ... Overflowing with ancient lore, current science, effective exercises, and personal experiences that are at once practical and inspirational. Highly recommended!"―David Jay Brown, author Dreaming Wide Awake and The New Science of Psychedelics

"The magical use of cannabis is known among the Daoists and ancient Scythians. It is also a thread that connects the work of Francois Rabelais, John Dee and Edward Kelley, Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, and Timothy Leary. Phil Farber's High Magick represents a culmination of this lineage in the sense that the powerful and direct 'meta-magick' practices that Farber teaches will help you to further blow those older practices wide open or to entirely create your own―or both!"―Edward Pandemonium, author of Twilight Language and The Gospel of Pandemonium

About the Author:
Philip H. Farber is a magician, a teacher, and the author of Brain Magick and several other books on magical subjects. He has taught seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Europe and maintains a private practice in NLP and hypnosis. Philip lives in New York's Hudson Valley.




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PLAYING CARD DIVINATION:
Every Card Tells a Story
by Stephen Ball
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Turn a standard deck of playing cards into a colorful divinatory system filled with inspiration, adventure, insight, and advice. In Playing Card Divination, each number card represents a mythic role (Hunter, Lover, Healer, Trickster, etc.) and each suit gives an action for that role (Promise, Gambit, Folly, Triumph). Each card has a unique meaning―for example, the Healer's Triumph card represents gratitude, recognition, and teamwork―and a story that helps you develop a deeper understanding of the cards. With spread ideas, sample readings, and detailed advice, this book shows how to develop your own path of wisdom with a simple deck of cards.


About the Author:
Stephen Ball is the author of Elemental Divination: A Dice Oracle and has taught and created systems of divination for over twenty years. He previously published The Apple Branch: An English Shamanism as Stephen Blake, and contributed to Avalonia's anthology Horns of Power and to Steve Drury's Dice Mysteries. He lives in London.




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EDMUND DULAC TAROT
by Edmund Dulac, Giacomo Gailli
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2020)
78 Card Tarot Deck
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The enchanting art of Edmund Dulac elevates the tarot to new heights in this fascinating deck. Channeling the elemental power of beloved faery tales, these cards energize the reader's own sense of archetypal wisdom. Known as one of the top talents of the golden age of illustration, Dulac made his name with illustrated versions of Shakespeare, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allen Poe. This deck showcases his most magical and mysterious works, leading to profound readings that speak to the heart and the inner spirit.


About the creators:
Edmund Dulac (1882 - 1953) was a renowned magazine illustrator, book illustrator, and stamp designer. He illustrated special editions of many famous works, including some by the Brontë sisters, William Shakespeare, Hans Christian Anderson, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Giacomo Gailli is a tarot artist based in Italy.



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DARK WOOD TAROT
by Sasha Graham, Abigail Larson
78 Card Deck with 304 page Guidebook
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $31.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Dare to enter the dark wood and discover your shadow self with this enthralling Rider-Waite-Smith-style deck.

As you take on the role of a witch entering the wood, you'll find each card becomes a "vision" of legends (wands), fears (swords), animals (cups), and the natural world (pentacles). These visions offer you deep wisdom, providing a richer and fuller understanding of yourself. Examine your secret desires, your shadowy dreams, and the unknown recesses of your psyche. This deck is the key to your shadow side―the key to a quest through darkness and into the light that reflects your hidden talents and personal power.





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LIMINAL SPIRITS ORACLE
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
List Price: $23.99
Deck and Book Boxed Set
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Featuring the ethereal art of Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal, this deck can be used as a means to commune with liminal spirits, a focus for meditation, a tool for spellcraft, and a system of divination. Rooted in modern traditional Witchcraft and designed to help the reader explore the unseen world, the magical artwork of the Liminal Spirits Oracle connects you to the wisdom of the Witch so you can tap into the spirit realm and the deeper energies within yourself.


Review:
"The Liminal Spirits Oracle is an oracle deck with a great may layers. ... There are occult themes and beautiful art and a softness throughout the entire thing, deck and book. There isn't one single perspective to this deck, yet it feels very cohesive. It's that Liminal Space again, where you can make it what it is. ... This deck is one of tangible magic."―Indie Deck Review

About the Author:
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author of the bestselling book Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, as well as The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels, and The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey). Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is her fourth book.










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Look for us again AUGUST 1st, 2020!
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



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