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Saturday, May 27, 2017

NEW FROM ANATHEMA PUBLISHING: ENTERING THE DESERT

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COLLECTIBLE TITLE
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ENTERING THE DESERT
Pilgrimage into the Hinterlands of the Soul
by Craig Williams
Anathema Publishing.
Standard Edition (Limited to 400 copies): 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 160 pages. Hardbound Sierra Tan bookcloth, 100 pts (very thick) cover, with different Front AND Back symbols in Blind Deboss on Cover and Back Cover, Metallic Black Foil stamp on spine, Color Interior, and illustrated Endpapers featuring David S. Herrerías artworks. Fine typography, printed on Royal Sundance 160M paper, natural finish. Individually numbered.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"The landscape of the Soul is a feral hunting ground of shadows and light, each morphing into translucent bodies of nourishment or destruction, depending upon the topographic Vision of the desert dweller. Entering the Desert explores the Terra Incognito of the Soul and reveals a primordial vision of a Pagan Sacramental Gnosticism of alchemical nature which if understood can open up the doorways to the Inner Sanctuary of Sacramental Vision."




Monday, May 1, 2017

HAPPY BELTANE, BABY!

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS NEWSLETTER

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, Eden: Passion, late 1895



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.
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A SORCEROUS ANTHOLOGY:
Magical and Occult Writings from the Publications of Robert Cross Smith
Edited by John Madziarczyk
Publisher: Topaz House Publications (April 13, 2017)
530 pages
Hardcover: $54.00
Paperback: $28.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Robert Cross Smith (1795-1832) was an astrologer, magician, and geomancer. Smith founded the periodicals, “The Straggling Astrologer” and “The Familiar Astrologer”, which published magical material as well as astrological advice. The magical material dealt with topics as varied as alchemy, charms, the virtues of herbs and stones, invoking spirits into crystals, evoking demons, evoking spirits into circles, necromancy, invoking the fairy king Oberion, writings about fairies, geomancy, palmistry, physiognomy, divination by the “Wheel of Pythagoras”, and Behmenist Theosophy.
A Sorcerous Anthology” collects these writings, plus several pieces from Smith’s other publications, and presents them for the first time in one place. Certain of the writings have not been in print since the 1840s, and none have been presented without the other content of the magazines.
Divided into four parts, “A Sorcerous Anthology” contains sections on Divination, Low Magic, and High Magic, as well as selections on the history of astrology and the powers of the planets, Smith’s original introductions to the publications, and an obituary and horoscope for Smith written by fellow astrologer “Zadkiel”. Smith's life, writings, and place in the history of occultism is examined in the introduction to the volume.


Table of Contents:

Introduction

Part One: Introductions and Astrology
Biography and Introductions. 1
Astrological Writings. 17

Part Two: Divination
Geomancy 51
Physiognomie and Metaposcopy 173
Palmistry 207
Wheel of Pythagoras 225
Miscellaneous Divination 234

Part Three: Low Magic
Magical Theory 249
Charms 259
Talismans 272
Herbs and Minerals 285
Mysterious Writing 291
Moon lore 295
Fairy Lore 309

Part Four: High Magic
Raising Spirits in General 327
Nature and Appearances of Spirits 356
Incenses and Suffumigations 372
Rituals to Raise Particular Spirits 375
Necromancy 388
Magical Devices 397
Magical Biographies 401
Alchemy and Natural Magic 409
Behmenist Theosophy 431




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THE DOCTRINE AND RITUAL OF HIGH MAGIC:
A New Translation Paperback
by Eliphas Lévi (Author), John Michael Greer (Translator), Mark Anthony Mikituk (Translator)
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Tarcher Perigee (April 4, 2017)
List Price: $23.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Filling a huge gap in our spiritual culture, here--at last--is a comprehensive and elegant translation of the 1854 French masterwork of occult philosophy.

The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic reignited the esoteric spiritual search in the West and led to the emergence of Madame Blavatsky, Manly P. Hall, and the New Age revolution.

Lévi's study of magic is an absolute must for every seeker in occult, esoteric, and Druidic realms; but this need has been frustrated by dated and inaccurate translations--until now. Greer, a respected occult scholar, and Mikituk, a masterful translator, collaborate to restore this landmark work--complete with its original illustrations and symbols--to the center of the alternative spiritual canon.




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THE ACADEMY OF THE SWORD
by Gerard Thibault (Author), John Michael Greer (Translator)
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: AEON Books (March 1, 2017)
List Price: $60.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Four centuries ago, the famed swordsman Gerard Thibault d’Anvers wrote one of the forgotten classics of the Western esoteric tradition―a comprehensive manual of swordsmanship as a Western martial art based on Renaissance sacred geometry.

Rescued from oblivion and translated into readable English by widely respected modern occultist John Michael Greer, The Academy of the Sword is an astonishingly detailed instructional guide on the way of the sword as it was practiced in the age of the of Musketeers. It covers every aspect of sword training from stance and footwork and the development of sensitivity and timing to hundreds of detailed techniques for overcoming opponents armed with all of the standard weapons of the time.

This new volume also lavishly reproduces the beautiful 17th-century etchings that accompany the instructions, and which provide a compelling glimpse into the ritualistic world of duelling.

The Academy of the Sword will be invaluable to readers interested in historical Western martial arts, students of stage fight, and practitioners of sacred geometry alike.




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CRAFTING PAGAN RITUALS:
Constructing powerful rituals for modern Pagans
by Blacksun
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 9, 2013)
List Price: $7.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What is a ritual? How can we make one? What does a ritual do and how does it do it? These and many other questions are answered in Blacksun's new book, "Crafting Pagan Rituals." All rituals, whether religious or social, have the exact same internal structure and are based on the same principles. By learning the eight basic parts of rituals, you can produce new rituals that are both powerful and beautiful. Master this art and you will be able to construct rituals for any purpose and any spiritual group.




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CHATS FROM A COMFY CHAIR
by Blacksun
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 10, 2014)
List Price: $7.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This is a collection of articles and commentaries written by Blacksun, a Wiccan priest and theologian. These selected short pieces were written for a variety of Pagan magazines and newsletters over the last three decades and cover a wide variety of subjects of interest to Pagans of all sorts. They are billed strictly as one man's opinion but Blacksun has earned a reputation for being a thoughtful and respected elder of the Northwest's Pagan community.



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THE WITCH'S CAULDRON:
The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Series: The Witch's Tools Series (Book 6)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2017)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Explore the spellbinding history, tradition, and modern uses of the Witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual and divination to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this easy-to-use book provides essential information for Witches of all ages and skill levels.

The Witch’s Cauldron shows you the ins and outs of one of the most iconic tools in Witchcraft. Learn about the cauldron’s role in lore and mythology, its development through the ages, and old-world witchery. Discover how to choose, personalize, and care for your cauldron, and find unconventional ones already in your home. This entertaining book also features advice and spells from well-known writers, helping you delve into the endless possibilities for using a cauldron in your practice.





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THE PATH OF PAGANISM:
An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice
by John Beckett
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2017)
List Price: $ 19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture.

Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life’s inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life.




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THE MARSEILLE TAROT REVEALED:
A Complete Guide to Symbolism, Meanings & Methods
by Yoav Ben-Dov
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2017)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the Marseille Tarot! This book explores the fascinating history of this often misunderstood deck and provides practical insights into using it for readings on a variety of questions. Yoav Ben-Dov shares the meaning of the classic Marseille symbols and specific reading techniques that help you tap into your own intuition. The Marseille Tarot Revealed explains everything you need to know to start or deepen your Marseille Tarot practice, including:

Classic Marseille Decks
New Marseille Decks
The French School
The English School
Tarot and the New Age
Handling the Cards
Shuffling the Deck
How to Read
The Meaning of Cards
Basic Spreads
Reverse Cards
The Symbolic Language




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THE MINOAN TAROT
by Laura Perry
Box set with 176 page Guidebook and 86 Cards.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Ancient Minoans meet modern Tarot in this unique, vibrant 86-card deck and guidebook that call on archetypes of Tarot through the iconography of a civilization that flourished two millennia before the advent of Christianity. Using the Minoan palette from the ruins of the temple complexes and cities, the artwork was created entirely by hand, inspired by beautiful works of art from ancient Crete. Connect with the mysterious snake priestesses, labyrinthine temple complexes, and courageous bull-leapers. Explore gender-balanced face cards reflecting the egalitarian nature of Minoan society that makes this deck especially relevant for modern users: Priest and Priestess, Lord and Lady, Youth and Maid. Each card displays symbols from an ancient writing system and keywords reflecting literal image concepts or pointing to deeper meanings. This deck and comprehensive guidebook can also be used for meditation and personal growth. Experienced or new readers will find The Minoan Tarot a natural tool.



About the Author:
Laura Perry is an author and artist whose primary focus is ancient religions. The Minoans of Bronze Age Crete have been a particular passion of hers since a fateful art history class introduced her to the frescoes of Knossos.







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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JUNE 1st, 2017
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



















Sunday, April 16, 2017

NEW! FROM SCARLET IMPRINT!


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW TITLES
FROM SCARLET IMPRINT





THE GAME OF SATURN
by Peter Mark Adams
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint,
Limitation: 800 standard hardback exemplars
Dimensions: 280 × 222 mm
Extent: 320 pp
Illustrations: Full colour throughout.
Binding: Standard edition bound in black shantung cloth with imperial purple endpapers.

List Price: $100.50

Please note, due to the format there will be no paperback or digital edition of this title.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Game of Saturn is the first full-length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.



For the first time in over five hundred years, the clues embedded within the cards reveal a dark Gnostic grimoire replete with pagan theurgical and astral magical rites. Careful analysis demonstrates that the presiding deity of this ‘cult object’ is none other than the Gnostic demiurge in its most archaic and violent form: the Afro-Levantine serpent-dragon, Ba’al Hammon, also known as Kronos and Saturn, though more notoriously as the biblical Moloch, the devourer of children.

Conveyed from Constantinople to Italy in the dying years of the Byzantine Empire, the pagan Platonist George Gemistos Plethon sought to ensure the survival of the living essence of Neoplatonic theurgy by transplanting it to the elite families of the Italian Renaissance. Within that violent and sorcerous milieu, Plethon’s vision of a theurgically enlightened elite mutated into its dark shadow – a Saturnian brotherhood, operating within a cosmology of predation, which sought to channel the draconian current to preserve elite wealth, power and control. This development marks the birth of an ‘illumined elite’ over three centuries before Adam Weishaupt’s ‘Illuminati.’ The deck captures the essence of this magical tradition and constitutes a Western terma whose talismanic properties may serve to establish an initiatory link with the current.


This work fully explores the historical context for the deck’s creation against the background of tense Ferrarese-Venetian diplomatic intrigue and espionage. The recovery of the deck’s encoded narratives constitutes a significant contribution to Renaissance scholarship, art history, tarot studies and the history of Western esotericism.

Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction

I · Decoding the Deck’s Hidden Symbolism
The deck’s structure & major themes
Hidden meanings & ancient lore
The esoteric worldview of the Renaissance elite
Planetary powers
The Alexandrian theme
The Babylonian theme
The Carthaginian thesis

II · The Rites of Ammon & the Cult of Saturn
The rites of Ammon
The Ferrarese cult of Saturn

III · Theurgy, Ritual Magic & Sorcery
The theory and practice of theurgy and magic
Sexual magic and alchemy

IV · Art, Diplomacy & Espionage
The deck’s origins
Diplomacy and espionage

V · Conclusions

Appendices:
Evidence that the Sola-Busca’s design was derived from a literary rather than an artistic blueprint
Hidden codes and secret ciphers
Summary of the Doctrines of Zoroaster and Plato









IFÁ: A FOREST OF MYSTERY
by Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
Limitation: 736 standard hardback & 64 fine bound exemplars
Dimensions: 240 × 170 mm
Extent: 400 pp
Illustrations: 18 original pen & ink illustrations by Childerico.
Binding: Standard edition bound in vibrant red cloth, palm leaf stamped in green, embossed bitter chocolate endpapers.

List Price: $68.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Ifá: A Forest of Mystery by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is a major study on the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination system of Ifá, written by a tradition holder and member of the council of elders, known as the Ogboni society, of Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Ifá – an alternative name for its prophet Òrúnmìlà – is a religion, a wisdom tradition and a system of divination encoding the rich and complex oral and material culture of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba culture is grounded in memory, an ancestral repository of wisdom, that generates good counsel, advises appropriate ebo (sacrifice) and opens the way to develop a good character on our journey through life and in our interactions with the visible and invisible worlds.

The work is a presentation of the first sixteen odù of the Ifá corpus of divination verses explained in stories, allegories and proverbs reflecting the practical wisdom of Ifá. The work is both a presentation of Ifá for those with little knowledge of it, and a dynamic presentation of the wealth of its wisdom for those already familiar with Ifá. The deities and key concepts of Ifá metaphysics are discussed, including: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and orí (head/consciousness/daimon). Notably, Dr Frisvold has created a work which celebrates the Yoruba wisdom tradition and makes a bridge with the Western world. It is of value for the light that it casts on the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and an important source for those practicing Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. Yet its lessons are universal, for it is the art of developing character, of attracting good fortune and accruing wisdom in life. As Nicholaj writes:

‘…Ifá is a philosophy, a theogony, theology and cosmology rooted in a particular metaphysic that concerns itself with the real and the ideal, the world and its beginning. It is rooted in the constitution of man and the purpose of life and the nature of fate. Ifá is a philosophy of character. The philosophy of Ifá lies at the root of any religious cult or organization involving the veneration of òrìsà. […] Through stories and legends, divinatory verses and proverbs, this philosophy will be revealed piece by piece until the landscape has been laid open before you… ’



Table of Contents
Part I · A Philosophy of Character

The Timeless Wisdom of Ifá
Òrúnmìlà & the Secret Structure of Odù
The Art of Divination
The Cosmology of Ifá

Part II · A Forest of Mystery

Èjì Ogbè · The moist air of consciousness
Òyèkú méjì · The mother of the spirit of death
Ìwòrì méjì · Celestial agriculture in the land of transformation
Òdí méjì · The house of deep comfort
Ìrosùn méjì · The rivers of consciousness
Òwónrín méjì · The sweet and bitter track
Òbárá méjì · The fork in the road
Òkànrán méjì · The crossroad the heart gave
Ògúndá méjì · The relentless pathmaker
Òsá méjì · The mysteries of the birds of night
Ìká méjì · The wicked cobra of fire
Òtúrúpòn méjì · The secret path of truth
Òtúrá méjì · Love’s gentle harmony
Ìretè méjì · The author of fate
Òsé méjì · The sweetness of mystery
Òfún méjì · The calabash of character
Òsétúrá · Èsù & the design of the world