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Saturday, September 1, 2018

NEW IN HERBALISM, CONJURE AND DIVINATION DECKS!

From the Druid Plant Oracle, 
By Phillip Carr-Gromm and Bill Worthington

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



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


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
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!
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HELLENISMOS:
Practicing Greek Polytheism
by Tony Mierzwicki
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2018)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Heed the Call of the Greek Gods and Goddesses

The religion of the ancient Greeks has lain dormant for too long. In Hellenismos, Tony Mierzwicki shows how to bring it back in all of its primal glory. Learn how to forge personal relationships with the ancient Greek deities. Recreate the practices of the Greeks and enjoy the richness of their spiritual practices. Explore this accessible introduction to Greek reconstruction and discover:

  • Ancient Greek history and culture
  • Deities, Daimones, and Heroes
  • Simple daily observances and personal practice
  • The lunar cycle and festival observances
  • Controversial issues regarding Greek reconstruction

Praise:

"I, for one, welcome Tony Mierzwicki's marvelous work, Hellenismos. In a single volume, it not only fills a vacuum in my education, it clearly and concisely provides fascinating insights into a world to which we are all indebted―a world of gods, and heroes, and spirits, and magick, and all that is great, judicious, and distinct in the western soul."―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Homemade Magick and Low Magick

"Communion with the gods is grounded in everyday practice. Hellenismos provides the reader with the necessary tools to quickly enter into Pagan Greek religion. The book combines an accurate historical understanding with practices updated for today's needs."―Brandy Williams, author of For the Love of the Gods and The Woman Magician

"Mierzwicki has succeeded in combining fine scholarship with deep vision to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of Grecian polytheistic theory and practice. His offering brings to life an ancient tradition made relevant for modern times."―Kristoffer Hughes, author of The Book of Celtic Magic, From the Cauldron Born, and The Journey Into Spirit

"Hellenismos is an excellent guide to practicing ancient Greek polytheism. Advancing from daily, personal practices, to the sacred lunar month, and finally to the annual festival cycle, Tony gently draws the reader deeper into Hellenic polytheism."―John Opsopaus, author of The Oracles of Apollo and The Pythagorean Tarot

"Hellenismos makes an open and shut case for the need to modify the ancient Greek religion to suit the modern world, rather than recreating it faithfully. . . . The author provides a wonderful guide to crafting your own personal path of venerating the ancient Greek gods and goddesses while remaining true to the spirit of the time."―Karen Tate, author of Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth

"In Hellenismos author Tony Mierzwicki provides an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced practitioners of ancient Greek religion. . . . With instructions for holding daily, monthly, and annual observances, this book is nothing less than a toolkit for building your personal Hellenic path."―Alaric Albertsson, author of A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery and Magic and To Walk a Pagan Path




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BLACKTHORN'S BOTANICAL MAGIC:
The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing
by Amy Blackthorn
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2018)
List Price: $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Here is the first contemporary guide to the transformative powers of essential oils for use in spellcraft and the cultivation of ritual power. From rose-scented rosaries to the lingering aroma of frankincense, and the cleansing energy of white sage, Amy Blackthorn-- the woman behind Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends --will take you on a journey beyond the soothing, healing power of scents into their hidden realms and their use in prayer, meditation, and shamanic journeying. One of the very first of its kind, this book includes:

  • The rich history and lore of scent-related magic
  • Over 135 essential oil recipes and craft projects
  • An explanation of how magical aromatherapy can enhance divination with tarot and runes
  • Practical information regarding the purchasing, blending, and storing of essential oils







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THE BOOK OF HERB SPELLS
by Cheralyn Darcey
Series: Spellbook Series
Spiral-bound: 200 pages
Publisher: Rockpool Publishing (September 1, 2018)
List Price: $14.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Herbs can heal, comfort, and nourish, and they hold ancient energies that people have used throughout time to create magick spells. This same magical power in nature is yours to explore through the use of everyday sacred herbs to facilitate change and find the support and inspiration you are seeking.

Along with 60 sacred herb spells from Cheralyn's personal nature grimoire, The Book of Herb Spells shares with you spell casting and spell crafting basics, magical gardening, supply sourcing, and dedicated lessons on how to write and cast your own spells. To complete your treasury of herb nature magick, a beautifully illustrated personal grimoire journal section is provided as a place for you to keep your herb spells.




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WORKING CONJURE:
A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic
by Hoodoo Sen Moise
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2018)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Conjure, also known as Hoodoo or Rootwork, is an old, powerful, and increasingly popular system of North American folk magic. Conjure's roots derive primarily from West and Central African spiritual traditions, but it has also been influenced by Christianity, Jewish mysticism, and Native American practices.

Hoodoo Sen Moise has been studying this tradition and working with Conjure for over 35 years. Here in Working Conjure, he explores Conjure's history, principles, fundamentals, and ethics, while simultaneously providing a practical how-to guide to actually "working" Conjure and making Conjure work for you.

This book:

  • Explores the primary materials of Conjure
  • Features spells, rituals, and workings for various purposes
  • Guides readers to learn how to bring this profound school of magic to life




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PAMELA COLMAN SMITH:
The Untold Story
by Stuart R. Kaplan, Mary K. Greer, Elizabeth Foley O Connor, and Melinda Boyd Parsons
Hardcover: 440 pages
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (July 15, 2018)
List Price: $45.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story brings together the work of four distinguished scholars who have devoted years of research to uncover the life and artistic accomplishments of Pamela Colman Smith. Known to millions as the creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951) was also a stage and costume designer, folklorist, poet, author, illustrator of ballads and folktales, suffragette, and publisher of books and broadsheets.
This collaborative work presents: a richly illustrated biography of Pamela's life with essays on the events and people that influenced her including Jack Yeats, Ellen Terry, Alfred Stieglitz, Bram Stoker and William Gillette. There is also a chronological survey of her folktales, art and poetry and an exploration of her lasting legacy.

Over 400 color images of Pamela's non-tarot art have been curated from her publications including A Broad Sheet, The Green Sheaf, Blue Beard, Annancy stories, Russian ballet, costumes, stage designs, Irish magazines, book illustrations, posters and much more.

This 440-page volume also includes:

  • Select pages including autographs with sketches and scribblings reproduced from Pamela s 1901 1905 Visitors book
  • Pamela s personal documents, correspondence, portraits, and photographs
  • Rare archival material from several leading museums and libraries
  • Extensive Bibliography of 525 entries and Index with over 2,000 listings
  • Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story is the most comprehensive and exhaustive collection of works by and about Pamela Colman Smith published to date.




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BIANCO NERO TAROT
by Marco Proietto
Size 80 cards measure: 2.75” x 4.75”, 64-page booklet.
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (July 11, 2018)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Bianco Nero (Black & White) Tarot blends the classic iconography of Visconti Tarot with modern, hand-drawn ink illustrations inspired by antique engravings and woodcuts for a truly timeless look. Includes 64-page booklet with a custom Goals Spread.




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NEW ERA ELEMENTS TAROT
by Eleonore F. Pieper
Includes 80 cards and 116-page guidebook.
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems (July 11, 2018)
List Price: $21.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Uniquely relevant and accessible, New Era Elements replaces the esoteric symbolism of traditional tarot with intriguing images of 21st century global life. Pieper's four tarot suits are explicitly connected to the four elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth), and the court cards represent four distinct world cultures. Includes 80 cards and 116-page guidebook.









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THE DRUID PLANT ORACLE:
Working with the Magical Flora of the Druid Tradition
by Philip Carr-Gomm (Author), Stephanie Carr-Gomm (Author), Will Worthington (Illustrator)
36 Card Deck, and Guidebook.
Publisher: Eddison Books (September 15, 2018)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Bring ancient Druid plant and herb lore into your life.

The Druids revered certain plants--trees, herbs and fungi--and attached special meanings to them. This stunning deck of 36 cards presents many of the most significant plants and describes their associated folklore and mythology.

Will Worthington's rich images depict each plant in its natural habitat in exquisite detail, while Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm's enlightening text reveals the virtues and qualities of each species and shows how the cards can be used as an oracle from which you can gain wisdom, guidance, and inspiration.



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





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Thursday, August 16, 2018

NEW CALENDARS, PLANNERS AND DATE BOOKS FOR 2019!


NEW CALENDARS, PLANNERS
AND DATE BOOKS FOR 2019!




LLEWELLYN'S 2019 ASTROLOGICAL CALENDAR:
86th Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Wall Calendar,
by Bruce Scofield, Tracy Quinlan
Calendar: 40 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 86 edition (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Published since 1932, Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar is the best-known, most-trusted astrological calendar sold today. Everyone, even beginners, can use this beautiful and practical calendar to plan the year wisely. Includes monthly horoscopes, best days for planting and fishing, rewarding and challenging days, travel forecasts, and an astrology primer. More advanced astrologers will find major daily aspects and a wealth of other essential astrological information.


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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 DAILY PLANETARY GUIDE:
Complete Astrology At-A-Glance Calendar
by Paula Belluomini, Jim Shawvan, Pam Ciampi
Calendar: 208 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Pag edition (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $12.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Use the Power of Astrology to Plan Your Year~

Using the energy of the cosmos to plan your year is easy with Llewellyn's 2019 Daily Planetary Guide, the most trusted and astrologically detailed guidebook available. Determine the best time to do anything on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis—and even down to the minute. Before setting up a job interview, signing a contract, planning a vacation, or scheduling anything important, consult the weekly forecasts and Opportunity Periods—times when the positive flow of energy is at its peak. Plan your year wisely according to aspects, ephemerides, retrograde planets, eclipses for 2019, and more astrological information. Even beginners can use this powerful planner, which explains the planets, signs, houses, and how to use this guide.



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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 MAGICAL ALMANAC:
Practical Magic for Everyday Living
(Llewellyn's Magical Almanac)
by Charlie Rainbow Wolf, Deborah Blake, Diana Rajchel, Elizabeth Barrette, Kate Freuler, Stephanie Woodfield, Tiffany Lazic, Natalie Zaman, Chic Cicero, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, James Kambos, Suzanne Ress, Autumn Damiana, Justine Holubets, Monica Crosson, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Raven Digitalis, Estha K. V. McNevin, Mickie Mueller, Jason Mankey, Dallas Jennifer Cobb, Blake Octavian Blair, Alexandra Chauran, Storm Faerywolf, Charlynn Walls, Melissa Cynova, Deborah Castellano, Najah Lightfoot.
Series: Llewellyn's Magical Almanac
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Explore new ways to deepen your magical practice with Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac. For more than twenty-five years, this almanac has provided useful spells, rituals, and ideas that inspire all levels of practitioners to improve their connection to the elements.

This year’s edition features nearly three dozen compelling articles, grouped by element, on working with ancestors, processing grief, using scissors as a magical tool, making magic accessible to those with disabilities, creating an urban elemental garden, improving home security, sigil witchery, healing circles, the archangel of magic, and much more.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 WITCHES' CALENDAR
by James Kambos, Lupa, Mickie Mueller, Natalie Zaman, Deborah Blake, Deborah Castellano, Raven Digitalis, Autumn Damiana, Elizabeth Barrette, JD Hortwort, Charlynn Walls, Diana Rajchel.
Calendar: 28 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Wall edition (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celebrate 2019 with Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar~

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

Each month features a beautiful, original scratchboard illustration by award-winning artist Kathleen Edwards as well as an inspiring article and spell or ritual. Discover a May flower spell for rebirth, a personal ritual for shadow work, a prosperity spell for the holiday season, how to perform bibliomancy, how to employ gnomes as home guardians, and more. Magical correspondences are also included.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 WITCHES' DATEBOOK:
Day to Day Calendar, Engagement Calendar
by Mickie Mueller, Natalie Zaman, Raven Digitalis, Autumn Damiana, Elizabeth Barrette, Charlynn Walls, Diana Rajchel, Blake Octavian Blair, Monica Crosson, Estha K. V. McNevin.
Calendar: 168 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Pag edition (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $12.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Stay Organized as You Celebrate the Year~

Live your craft throughout the year and stay organized while you do it. Llewellyn’s 2019 Witches’ Datebook features beautiful illustrations from award-winning artist Kathleen Edwards, a variety of ways to celebrate the Wheel of the Year, and powerful wisdom from practicing Witches.

Find fresh ways to celebrate the sacred seasons and enhance your practice with sabbat musings (Raven Digitalis), tasty sabbat recipes (Estha McNevin), Witchy tips (Elizabeth Barrette), and the Witch’s tools (Mickie Mueller). Also included are fascinating articles on connecting magically with birds (Monica Crosson), prioritizing spells and rituals (Diana Rajchel), ethically disposing of offering items (Blake Octavian Blair), visualizing with all five senses (Autumn Damiana), and changing your body to match the energy of your goal (Charlynn Walls). This indispensable, on-the-go tool will make all your days more magical.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 WITCHES' COMPANION:
A Guide to Contemporary Living
by Deborah Lipp, Susan Pesznecker, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Raven Digitalis, Rev J. Variable x/o, Kerri Connor, Elizabeth Barrette, Melissa Tipton, Tess Whitehurst, Melanie Marquis, Monica Crosson , Charlynn Walls, Ash Wennsday Everell, Lexa Olick, Emily Carlin, Peg Aloi, Deborah Castellano, Alexandra Chauran, James Kambos, Charlie Rainbow Wolf, Michael Furie, Stephanie Woodfield, Estha K. V. McNevin, Devin Hunter, Lisa Allen MH.
Series: Llewellyns Witches Companion
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $12.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Live your Craft every day with Llewellyn's Witches' Companion. This indispensable guide will keep you one step ahead of the latest witchy trends, practices, and issues.




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LLEWELLYN'S 2019 SABBATS ALMANAC:
Rituals Crafts Recipes Folklore
by Michael Furie, Peg Aloi, JD Hortwort, Dallas Jennifer Cobb, Suzanne Ress, Deborah Castellano, Melanie Marquis, Susan Pesznecker, Natalie Zaman, Linda Raedisch, Blake Octavian Blair, Mickie Mueller, Charlie Rainbow Wolf.
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2018)
List Price: $12.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Rituals, Recipes, Crafts, and More for Your Sabbat Celebrations~
Make your seasonal celebrations even more magical with Llewellyn’s 2019 Sabbats Almanac. Packed with rituals, rites, recipes, and crafts, this helpful guide offers fun and fresh ways to celebrate the eight sacred Wiccan holidays and enhance spiritual life throughout the year.

Get a new perspective on honoring the Wheel of the Year from your favorite Wiccan and Pagan authors. Plan spiritually uplifting celebrations and sustainable seasonal activities. Perform Sabbat-specific rituals and family activities. Create tasty treats and crafts as reminders of the season’s gifts and lessons. Also featured are astrological influences to help you plan rituals according to cosmic energies.





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WOMEN OF MYTH & MAGIC 2019
Fantasy Art Wall Calendar
by Kinuko Y. Craft
Calendar: 28 pages
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing; First edition (July 1, 2018)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From mythical archetypes to historical figures, women have inspired great literature, poetry, and, above all, magnificent works of art. Among contemporary artists inspired by ladies of legends, none shines brighter than Kinuko Y. Craft. In this elegant calendar she presents 12 opulent and richly detailed portraits of enchantresses, goddesses, brave warriors, and fairy-tale princesses, each weaving a spell of breathtaking feminine beauty.

  • 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open).
  • A year of Kinuko Craft's exquisite artwork on your wall.
  • An extraordinary fantasy art gift.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.

Published by Amber Lotus, an independent carbon-negative US company that has planted more than half a million trees since 2008.
This calendar features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions.
Craft is one of the world's most widely respected and well-known contemporary fantasy artists. She has published eight major illustrated fairy-tale and mythology hardcover picture books, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Cinderella. She has illustrated many children's books, and her work has graced more than 100 book and magazine covers. Craft is a storyteller, and her paintings reveal new layers of wonder with each viewing. Her work can also been seen in prestigious galleries and museums.




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LUNARIA 2019 LUNAR ASTROLOGY WALL CALENDAR
by Vicki Leppek
Calendar: 36 pages
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing; First edition (July 1, 2018)
List Price: $14.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Lunaria wall calendar is the perfect instrument to help us live in harmony with the powerful effects of the moon, planets, and seasons.

  • 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open).
  • The Lunaria utilizes 13 lunar months, each beginning with the new moon.
  • A year of lunar lore and stunning artwork on your wall.
  • The perfect gift for those interested in the lunar calendar.
  • Monthly tips, clues, and insights on the best lunar times for planting, gardening, spirituality, and creativity.
  • Features daily visual moon phases and moon signs, void-of-course times, and eclipses.
  • Showcases phases of the moon in a year-at-a-glance lunar calendar.
  • 13 classical paintings are paired with an eclectic mix of romantic-era literature, poetry, mythology, esoteric texts, and folklore treasures.
  • Illustrated with stunning masterworks such as The Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau and Luna by Edward Burne-Jones.
  • Includes Pagan, Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, and other world-religion holidays.
  • Framable artbook-quality printing.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Published by Amber Lotus, an independent carbon-negative US company that has planted more than half a million trees since 2008.




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WE'MOON 2019 DATEBOOK
Calendar: 240 pages
Publisher: Mother Tongue Ink (July 1, 2018)
List Prices:
Spiral binding: $21.95
Paperback: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This iconic astrological datebook is a best selling moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms and visionary collection of women’s creative work, now in its 38th year of publication. Week-at-a-glance format with daily astro data, moon phases, yearly predictions for each of the Sun signs, and an abundance of art and writing by women from around the world. Fanning the Flame honors Mother Sun as the source of all life, and sparks our passion for revolutionary change in the world. Urgency blazes here about protecting Earth, liberating creativity, insuring peace and justice. Sunfire inspires us toward clarity, truth-speaking, abundance, joy -- and challenges us to gather Her power for healing a damaged planet. Celebrate the Light!



"The gardens, fields, meadows and woods are ripe with abundance. Preparing for
the lean time, we harvest the fruits of our labor in gardens and fields. We
dance, cook up family and community feasts. We find ways to share food for
body and soul with those who are hungry and without hope…
...We are now gatherers, harvesting the fruit of our year's work as what we have given returns to us. We weave garlands of story, song, poetry, dance, memories of spiced days of love, banking flame at the heart's core to see us through winter nights. Bountiful harvest is the same in any language, and celebrated with joy and thanksgiving the world over."
excerpt Sherri Rose-Walker © Mother Tongue Ink from We'Moon 2018: La Luna p. 123










Wednesday, August 1, 2018

BLESSED LUGHNASADH!


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS NEWSLETTER


An altar depicting a three-faced god
identified as Lugh/Lugus
BLESSED LUGHNASADH!

Gule of August ,Gŵyl Awst, feast of August, Lammas, Lughnasadh.



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



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


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
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.






THE VISIONS OF THE PYLONS:
A Magical Record of Exploration in the Starry Abode
by J. Daniel Gunther
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (June 18, 2018)
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Here is a modern grimoire and record of a vision quest utilizing Aleister Crowley’s instructions for astral exploration as given in “Notes on the Astral Plane,” published in Magick in Theory and Practice.

Daniel Gunther provides a detailed account and interpretation of a series of visions exploring the Pylons of the Duat, or “Starry Abode.” To the ancient Egyptians, the Duat was the place where the sun god Ra made his 12-hour nocturnal journey through the underworld.

The Visions of the Pylons describes a perilous journey where the gate of each hour is protected by a fearful guardian or “watcher.” In modern Jungian psychology terms, the Duat is a representation of the unconscious of mankind, inhabited by gods and daemons, the living symbols called primordial images or archetypes.

The author’s study of the ancient texts led him to suspect that these Pylons were also hidden gateways to the higher planes of the Tree of Life, possibly including secret entrances to the thirty Aethyrs as described by Elizabethan magician John Dee.



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LIBER 420:
Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult
by Chris Bennett
Paperback: 777 pages
Publisher: Trine Day; 1 edition (April 20, 2018)
List Price: $34.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Although little known, cannabis and other psychoactive plants held a prominent and important role in the Occult arts of Alchemy and Magic, as well as being used in ritual initiations of certain secret societies.

Find out about the important role cannabis played in helping to develop modern medicines through alchemical works. Cannabis played a pivotal role in spagyric alchemy, and appears in the works of alchemists such as Zosimos, Avicenna, Llull, Paracelsus, Cardano and Rabelais. Cannabis also played a pivotal role in medieval and renaissance magic and recipes with instructions for its use appear in a number of influential and important grimoires such as the Picatrix, Sepher Raxiel: Liber Salomonis, and The Book of Oberon. Could cannabis be the Holy Grail? With detailed historical references, the author explores the allegations the Templars were influenced by the hashish ingesting Assassins of medieval Islam, and that myths of the Grail are derived from the Persian traditions around the sacred beverage known as haoma, which was a preparation of cannabis,opium and other drugs. Many of the works discussed, have never been translated into English, or published in centuries.

The unparalleled research in this volume makes it a potential perennial classic on the subjects of both medieval and renaissance history of cannabis, as well as the role of plants in the magical and occult traditions.




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SHARDS OF A BROKEN MYSTERY:
Restoring Hekate and Our Divine Feminine Soul
by Shira Marin
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: Mute Swan Publishing (September 17, 2017)
List Price: $35.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Shards of a Broken Mystery: The Restoration of Hekate records the real-time unfolding of the relationship between the author and a Titan Greek goddess, Hekate: denigrated, discarded, and all but forgotten during the rise of the patriarchy in millennia past. The work could be called a psychoactive memoir as page after page seeds and grows a sense of inner process. This book supports the evolving nature of full, true psychological development, including a fresh perspective on the often discussed shadow aspect of the human condition.




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THE SECRETS OF SOLOMON:
A Witch's Handbook from the trial records of the Venetian Inquisition
by Joseph H Peterson
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Twilit Grotto Press (May 26, 2018)
List Price: $23.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A witch's handbook from the trial records of the Venetian Inquisition.

This grimoire, or handbook of magic, was confiscated by the Venetian Inquisition in 1636 from practicing witches. After decades of searching for this elusive text, I now have the pleasure of presenting and translating it here for the first time. It contains their secret techniques for dealing with the more dangerous spirits or daemons, intentionally scattered and hidden within a collection of “secrets” comprising many detailed examples. Together these provide enough clues to enable practitioners to create their own spells for working with all the spirits cataloged.

It distinguishes itself as a supplement to the better known Clavicula or Key of Solomon; whereas that text focuses on aerial spirits, this one focuses on chthonic spirits.

This text is one of the primary original sources for the popular Grimorium Verum.




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A WITCH'S NATURAL HISTORY
by Giles Watson (Author, Illustrator)
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Troy Books (February 1, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A Witch’s Natural History, originally published as a series of essays in The Cauldron, is a meditation on the relationship between folklore and nature. The world’s dogmatic religions all have their devotional texts, and biological science, too, has its own rationalistic equivalents, from Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle to Richard Dawkins’s The Ancestor’s Tale. Natural historians have written their works of devotion to the works of nature: a genre which has been recognisable ever since Gilbert White wrote The Natural History of Selborne. It is at work in the poems of John Clare, and the essays of W.H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies and Richard Mabey, but it also stands at the centre of the beliefs and practices of modern pagans. A Witch’s Natural History is intended as a small contribution to modern witchcraft’s own devotional literature of nature, drawing on scientific, folkloric and experiential sources.

Giles Watson explores the lore, legends and life-histories of a selection of animals which are commonly employed as motifs in the history of witchcraft: culturally maligned creatures such as reptiles, amphibians, crows and rats. He also casts light on the magical significance of more commonly neglected birds, spiders, insects and snails, before turning his attention to plants, and whole ecosystems which have cultural associations with witchcraft. He combines a call for a new reverence for nature with a fascination for some of folklore’s strangest representations of our dependence upon it: from the toad-bone amulet in East Anglian witchcraft to the seductive Queen Rat of the Toshers in Bermondsey. This is a book not only for those practitioners of the Craft who wish to be more informed in their response to the natural world – but also for anyone who is interested in natural history and its impact on folkloric beliefs and practices.

Contents:
  • Pagination: 174 pages, plus 18 illustrations by the author.
  • Preface
  • Unfamiliar Spiders
  • The Witch and the Insect
  • Slugs, Snails and Sorcery
  • The Curse of the Oracle: Corvids in myth and lore
  • Yaffles, Gabble-Ratchets, Wudu-Snites and Assilags
  • Foul and Loathsome Animals’: Amphibians and the Lore of the Witch
  • Adder’s Fork and Blind-Worm’s Sting’: the Magical Reptile
  • The Queen Rat and the Hanoverian Curse
  • Cryptogams: The Spore-Bearing Plants
  • Through the Lychgate
  • The Witch by the Hedge
  • The Witch by Moor and Wood and Shore
  • Beyond the Crooked Stile 139
  • Epilogue ~ The Living Bones: A Meditation




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THE DRUID REVIVAL READER
by John Michael Greer
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Lorian Press/ Starseed Publications (July 28, 2011)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In the midst of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, a handful of British intellectuals turned their backs on the social and cultural trends of their time and set out to reinvent the spirituality of the ancient Druids. The movement that rose out of this effort played a central role in struggles for cultural identity in most of the Celtic nations of Europe, provided inspiration to such world-class creative talents as William Blake and Frank Lloyd Wright, and inspired an innovative tradition of Western nature spirituality that remains active to this day.

The Druid Revival Reader provides the first collection of original writings from that movement. Its selections, beginning with William Stukeley's survey of Druid theology from 1743 and ending with Ross Nichols' 1947 essay "An Examination of Creative Myth," cover two centuries in the life of an evolving tradition.

Edited and introduced by contemporary Druid John Michael Greer, The Druid Revival Reader is essential for understanding the sources of modern Druid and Pagan traditions, and offers a wealth of insights relevant to the ecological and spiritual crises of our own time.





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DICTIONARY OF GYPSY MYTHOLOGY:
Charms, Rites, and Magical Traditions of the Roma
by Claude Lecouteux
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (July 10, 2018)
List Price: $29.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A comprehensive A-to-Z reconstruction of the oral tradition of the Rom--gypsies--based on sources never before available in English

Presents the origin myths and magical traditions of the gypsies, including their legendary ties to Egypt, animal ancestors, and tree spirits

Examines the three major settings of gypsy folktales--the forest, the waters, and the mountain--and shows how their world is full of spirits

Shows how the religious concepts of the Rom testify to a profound syncretism of the pagan traditions and Christianity

Although their own myths and their common name point to Egyptian origins for the gypsies, the Rom, as they call themselves, originated in India, as evidenced by studies of their language. They arrived in Europe in the ninth century and spread across the continent from East to West, reaching England in the 15th century and Scandinavia by the end of the 16th century. A nomadic people, these wanderers were reviled by local populaces wherever they went and regarded as misfits, intruders, foreigners, and thieves.

Drawing on a number of sources never before available outside of Eastern Europe, Claude Lecouteux reconstructs the gypsy oral tradition to provide a comprehensive A-to-Z look at gypsy mythology, including their folktales, rites, songs, nursery rhymes, jokes, and magical traditions. His main source is material collected by Heinrich Adalbert von Wlislocki (1856-1907), an ethnologist who lived with gypsies in Romania, Transylvania, and Hungary in the latter half of the 19th century. He presents the origin myths of the gypsies, legends which form the ancestral memory of the gypsy tribes and often closely touch on their daily life.

Lecouteux explores the full range of supernatural beings that inhabit the gypsy world, including fairies, undines, ogres, giants, dog-people, and demons, and he examines the three major settings of gypsy folktales--the forest, the waters, and the mountain, which they worshiped as a sacred being in its own right. He also reveals how coexisting with peoples of different religions led the gypsies to adapt or borrow stories and figures from these groups, and he shows how the religious concepts and sacred stories of the Rom testify to a profound syncretism of pagan traditions and Christianity.

Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their forgotten gypsy heritage.





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EGREGORES:
The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny
by Mark Stavish (Author), James Wasserman (Foreword)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (July 10, 2018)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The first book to explore the history and influence of egregores, powerful autonomous psychic entities created by a collective group mind

Examines the history of egregores from ancient times to present day, including their role in Western Mystery traditions and popular culture and media

Reveals documented examples of egregores from ancient Greece and Rome, Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, modern esoteric orders, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Grant, and the followers of Julius Evola and Aleister Crowley

Provides instructions on how to identify egregores, free yourself from parasitic and destructive entities, and destroy an egregore, should the need arise

One of most important but little known concepts of Western occultism is that of the egregore, an autonomous psychic entity created by a collective group mind. An egregore is sustained by belief, ritual, and sacrifice and relies upon the devotion of a group of people, from a small coven to an entire nation, for its existence. An egregore that receives enough sustenance can take on a life of its own, becoming an independent deity with powers its believers can use to further their own spiritual advancement and material desires.

Presenting the first book devoted to the study of egregores, Mark Stavish examines the history of egregores from ancient times to present day, with detailed and documented examples, and explores how they are created, sustained, directed, and destroyed. He explains how egregores were well known in the classical period of ancient Greece and Rome, when they were consciously called into being to watch over city states. He explores the egregore concept as it was understood in various Western Mystery traditions, including the Corpus Hermeticum, and offers further examples from Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, modern esoteric orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn and Rosicrucianism, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Grant, and the followers of Julius Evola and Aleister Crowley. The author discusses how, even as the fundamental principles of the egregore were forgotten, egregores continue to be formed, sometimes by accident.

Stavish provides instructions on how to identify egregores, free yourself from a parasitic and destructive collective entity, and destroy an egregore, should the need arise. Revealing how egregores form the foundation of nearly all human interactions, the author shows how egregores have moved into popular culture and media--underscoring the importance of intense selectivity in the information we accept and the ways we perceive the world and our place in it.




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HEART VISION:
Tarot's Inner Path
by Michael Orlando Yaccarino (Author), Nomandi Ellis (Afterword), Rachel Pollack (Foreword)
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford, (December 21, 2017)
List Price: $22.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Each of us is traveling upon an ever-evolving path toward greater illumination. The Tarot can provide deep awareness on many levels. Performed effectively, a Tarot reading encourages individual strengths, while proposing options to overcoming unhelpful blocks. Revelation unfolds within the open heart. The mystical deck has fascinated both nonprofessional and paranormal scholar alike since its early development in the 15th century. Today, a myriad of books on using the cards’ to read for others is readily available. However, few works focus exclusively on the process of self-reading. Heart Vision: Tarot’s Inner Path is your in-depth, hands-on guide for a balanced path of discovery through the art of the solitary reading.

Highlights include card-by-card message interpretations; a special focus on self-contemplation; the step-by-step process of self-reading unique to this work; and a variety of simple yet powerful spreads utilizing no more than six cards original to this book, many illuminated by actual self-readings. World-leading Tarot authority Rachel Pollack provides an insightful foreword. Award-winning author and specialist in Ancient Egyptian spirituality, Normandi Ellis offers an illuminating afterword. In addition to the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions, the text includes exclusive comments by a variety of contemporary luminaries in the realms of the mystical and magical. And acclaimed artists Scot D. Ryersson, Gary Lund, and David Palladini all contribute to the book’s stunning illustrations. Enriched throughout by the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions, in these pages you will find an innovative pathway to inner transformation.

The author has read, taught, and written about the Tarot for many years. He holds degrees in psychology and film studies from New York University. Previous books co-authored with Scot D. Ryersson include: Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati, The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse, and The Princess of Wax: A Cruel Tale. Also with Ryersson, he co-edited Spectral Haunts and Phantom Lovers. Visit marchesacasati.com to learn more.









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