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Welcome, Spring!

Welcome, Spring!

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.

We are located at: 701 E. Pike St, corner of Boylston Ave., just two blocks west of Broadway, on Capitol Hill.

Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.

Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm.
Call: 206-PAN-1999

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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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SPECIAL EVENTS:


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENT:

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OLOTEAS PRESENTS:
SKIING THE MAGICKAL BUNNY SLOPE
A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything
This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.








The dates and times for the Spring 2014 Session of Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope are:
 Friday, March 28, 2014 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 4, 2014 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 11, 2014 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 18, 2014 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 25, 2014 7PM - 9PM

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Spring 2015. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events. Many thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:
Here’s where to go for links to download the materials for the class:

A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette
Some Tips for Aspiring Herbalists
Magical Ethics
Basic Circle Casting
Correspondences - Key of Solomon
Magickal Weapons and Tools
Spellcraft
The Oracle™
The Tree of Life
Temple Arrangement
The Wheel of the Year
Glossary
Recommended Reading List
Here’s where to go for links to download the materials for the class:







Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.



MAKING TALISMANS:
Creating Living Magical Tools for Change and Transformation
By Nick Farrell
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; 2 edition (December 21, 2013)
List Price: $23.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the secret keys and practical techniques to turn mundane objects into "living entities of power," bringing real change in your life. By pooling magical practices from shamanism, paganism, the Order of the Golden Dawn, and Dion Fortune, Making Talismans offers training and techniques for performing advanced magical talismanic operations. For many years, this occult classic has been "out of print" and now has been reworked by the author to reveal more detailed and advanced magical work. This book is nearly entirely practical and tells the reader how to create talismans which work and how this specialist form of magical work can be part of a spiritual path.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nick Farrell is the author is the Chief Adept of the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea which is a modern Golden Dawn dedicated to magical experimentation and development.


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ANGELIC CANDLE MAGIC
By Michael Howard
Paperback, 125 pages
Capall Bann Publishing, 2012, 2014
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a basic introduction to one of the simplest, yet most effective forms of magical practice. The true practice of magic is a well attested method for contacting the unseen world of spirits and attaining personal growth and spiritual development. At its highest expression, it is a gnostic path leading to self-enlightenment or illumination. It is written for the would-be magician of the second decade of the 21st century. Although its practice is timeless and ageless in nature, the Arte Magical has developed and evolved in accordance with socio-cultural and historical changes.


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PHI-NETER:
The Power of Egyptian Gods
By Mogg Morgan
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (December 21, 2013)
List Price: $23.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Phi-Neter, means 'Power of the Gods'.
In hieroglyphs, this is represented by the hind-quarters of a leopard, a "Typhonian" creature, a predator who exemplifies the driving force of magick. In this book, the author extends the core working material of Egyptian magick for himself and others to study and use. These techniques are manifest in the cult of Lord Seth - known as Typhon by the Greeks - and by all the other Gods of the Egyptian pantheon. The Egyptian magician wields a power that was ultimately created by the Gods for the use of anyone who wishes to do their work. It is the same underlying power whether manipulated by Gods, priests, aristocrats, the common people or even the criminal. Same power, different ends.
"Ancient Egypt is an intellectual and spiritual world that is linked to our own by numerous strands of tradition."
- Jan Assmann, The Mind of Egypt
Topics include: the False Door; Temple; Abramelin; Magick Squares; Aleister Crowley; The Heptagram; Vowel Song; Cardinality; Twilight Language; Seven Charaktêres for "Deliverance"; Ring of Power; Hermeticism; Colour Symbolism; Number; Egyptian "Kabbalah"; Hermeneia; The Star Goddess; The Book of Nuit; Ephemeris of Egyptian Decans; Books of the Nightworld (Duat); Book of Gates; Egyptian liturgy; a Greco-Egyptian dice oracle; Short Invocations, Prayers, Valedictions, Maledictions , etc.


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MAGIC OF THE NORTHGATE
By Josephine McCarthy 
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (August 31, 2013)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Magic of the North Gate is a focused look at magic that involves the body, the land, the living and the dead.
Written for magicians, occultists, pagans, priests and priestesses, this book looks in depth at the techniques, contacts, methods and ritual actions that can be undertaken when approaching Earth Magic. Working with land spirits and Faery beings, building shrines, living in a magical home, working with the magical elements, connecting with ancient deities, working with ancestral burials, understanding and living with resident ghosts, weaving power, plus learning how to connect and work with storms, are just some of the magical mysteries contained within the North Gate.
Foreword by Frater Acher.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 Josephine McCarthy is a seasoned occultist and author living in the Dartmoor National Park UK. She has taught and led magical groups in the USA and UK for over twenty years and has written a variety of books on magic/occultism including the Magical Knowledge trilogy, the Exorcists Handbook and The Work of the Hierophant.

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THE WAY OF THE ODIN BROTHERHOOD
By Jack Wolf
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (August 1, 2013)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
‘Would you know more?’

It began with a simple question, sent from an unknown e-mail address, and it kindled the fires of a quest that would take him on a journey of discovery spanning several years; a journey that would lead him closer to the enigmatic secret society known as the Odin Brotherhood.

Continuing a quest for understanding which had been started by his mentor years earlier, and following a trail of cryptic clues and mysterious lore, Canadian author Jack Wolf set out on a journey into the workings of this largely undocumented secret society. Accompanied by a mysterious informant known only as Crow, he embarks on a series of adventures that will ultimately draw him closer to penetrating the history, lore and secrets of this elder pagan fraternity – an entity which has existed for nearly six hundred years.

Mark Mirabello’s Foreword to Jack Wolf’s The Way of the Odin Brotherhood:

“I have sometimes wondered if it were possible that unrecognized forces of the past or present– or even the future– work through the thoughts and actions of living men.”
- Robert E. Howard, December 14, 1933

Mysteries have always intrigued me.

For example, Vallalar, also known as Ramalinga Adigal, disappeared from his one-room residence in Mettukuppam, India on January 30, 1874. After he had given his last and most famous lecture on the “nature of the powers that lie beyond us and move us,” he locked himself into his home and told his followers never to open the door. He said anyone entering would find nothing.

Vallalar’s seclusion generated rumors, and the British Government finally forced the door in May. They found an empty room and no clues. The facts were reported in the Madras District Gazetteer.

In my own life, I have experienced the enigma of the Odin Brotherhood. This secret society, composed of men and women who use darkness and stealth to preserve the lore of old gods and the purity of old ways, thrives on mystery.

Who are they? Why are they here? Why does legend surround their origin?

No one really knows the answers to such questions, but it clear that anyone who encounters the Brotherhood is never the same. Life has many moments of transformation–as an elderly Ethiopian woman once said to Leo Viktor Frobenius (1873 – 1938), the fabled scholar, when a woman is deflowered, or when a pubescent boy undergoes the ordeal of circumcision, each is changed forever–but when men and women encounter the Odin Brotherhood, they are transfigured.

Since publishing my little work on the Odin Brotherhood—in 1992—my contacts with the arcane have increased in number. I have been contacted by an alleged time traveler, I have been visited by a woman claiming to be from Odin, I have received cryptic verses (postmarked from Frankfurt, Germany) supposedly written by Odin himself, I have been offered membership in a French suicide cult, I have been asked to help with an exorcism of an adolescent deaf girl, and I have been visited by a traumatized woman who claimed to be a refugee from a subterranean world where humans are “bred like cattle and hunted like rabbits.” The list is extensive.

My hope was to be invited to join the Academy of Secrets, founded by Giambattista della Porta (1535? – 1615) and open only to those who had made important discoveries, but that has not yet happened.
Are any or all of these contacts connected to the Odin Brotherhood? As a believer in the process that Professor Karl Jung called “synchronicity,” or “meaningful coincidences,” I think that they are.
I cannot prove the linkage, but I do know that by publishing my slender book I did meet Jack Wolf. A Canadian, an acolyte of E. Max Hyatt, and an associate of Cassie Strong, a magician, Jack Wolf is the man who crafted the volume that you now hold.

And now, as my life has changed, so shall his.

After remaining hidden for so long, why is information on the Odin Brotherhood now emerging? Members still keep their involvement secret, but why is their “ancient lore” now appearing in books, articles, videos, and Internet sites?

Perhaps, as our civilization dies, we are being offered a “beacon of light.”

Many historians date the decline of the West from World War I, and is it a coincidence that weeks before the war, on July 20, 1914, that modern humans rediscovered Trois-Frères?

Used for 20,000 years as a religious site, this huge labyrinth, reached in total darkness via a narrow passage—only one foot high and 120 feet long—was dedicated to the old gods of Europe, when man hunted savage beasts, dressed in rawhide, and huddled around open fires.

Perhaps, in this time of distress, the old gods and goddesses from the era of the “Ice” are stirring once more.

And, they are using Jack Wolf to help us.

Mark Mirabello, Ph.D.
Year 591 of the Odin Brotherhood

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UP AND DOWN THE TREE:
Exploring the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil
By Runic John
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Capall Bann Publishing (May 1, 2013)
List Price: $ 35.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The ancient yew Yggdrasil holds within its roots and branches all aspects of reality, the Seen and the Unseen, the known and the unknown. Its vision was given to our ancestors, the ancient Seidrfolk who travelled through its branches and roots when the world was young. It is through countless generations of their lives that this mighty vision is bequeathed to us today. With myth and majik, song and ceremony this book will lead you into the otherworld as your ancestors once knew it. Relearn and re-tread the paths they once walked between the worlds, gain personal practical experience and intimate knowledge of each of the nine worlds and the beings that dwell within them. Eventually return to Midgard with symbols, objects of power and majikal songs through which you may manifest and ground the power of your inner experience in physical reality.

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BALDR'S MAGIC:
The Power of Norse Shamanism and Ecstatic Trance
By Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (March 3, 2014)
List Price: $18.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A guide to using ecstatic trance to connect with your ancestors, rediscover your extrasensory powers, and reclaim the peaceful nature of humanity

• Illustrates ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people, to journey to exact points in time, and to access powers such as seeing into our future

• Explains how the coming new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth was predicted in Norse mythology as the rebirth of the compassionate god Baldr

• Expands on the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda

Connecting Norse mythology, ecstatic trance, the Universal Mind, and the dawn of a new age of peace and veneration for Mother Earth, Nicholas Brink reveals how we can use ecstatic and hypnotic trance to learn more directly and deeply from our distant ancestors, rediscover our extrasensory powers, and reclaim the original magical nature of humanity. The imminent rebirth of a peaceful, balanced, connected world was predicted in Norse mythology as the return of Baldr, the gentle and compassionate Nordic god of truth, healing, and rune work.

Illustrating ecstatic trance postures to connect with the ancient Nordic people and their beliefs, to journey to exact points in time, and to access specific powers, such as seeing into our future, Brink explores humanity’s evolving cycle of consciousness from the era when the Great Mother goddess was the center of life through the transition to the worship of power and physical strength in the Bronze Age and the world of the Vikings. He explores the coming return of Baldr and the imminent new age of peace and respect for the earth. Through hypnotic divination, the author expands the stories of the early Nordic gods and goddesses from the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda, in particular the fertility deities of the Vanir, such as Freyr, Freyja, and Idunn, who came before the warrior deities of the Æsir, such as Odin, Thor, and Loki. He details the epic battle of Ragnarǫk and the birth, life, death, and rebirth of Baldr.

Brink shows how these ancient stories happen outside of time, in the past, present, and future, thus Baldr’s return is replayed in our death-rebirth experiences of life, in each dawn, with each spring, and now with the birth of a new age that we see happening all around us. Through the power of trance at this time of rebirth, we move full circle to reclaim the magic of the earliest times, the times of the Garden of Idunn.

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THE VATICAN HERESY:
Bernini and the Building of the Hermetic Temple of the Sun
By Robert Bauval  (Author), Chiara Hohenzollern  (Author), Sandro Zicari Ph.D. (Contributor)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (March 1, 2014)
List Price: $18.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Reveals how the largest Sun Temple in the world, built according to Hermetic principles, is located at one of Christianity’s holiest sites: the Vatican

• Shows how famous Renaissance philosophers and scientists called for a Hermetic reformation of Christianity by building a magical Temple of the Sun in Rome

• Explains how the Vatican architect Bernini designed St. Peter’s Square to reflect heliocentric and Hermetic principles

• Reveals how the design was masterminded by Bernini, Jesuit scholars, the mystical Queen Christine of Sweden, and several popes

In 16th century Italy, in the midst of the Renaissance, two powerful movements took hold. The first, the Hermetic Movement, was inspired by an ancient set of books housed in the library of Cosimo de’ Medici and written by the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus. The movement expounded the return of the “true religion of the world” based on a form of natural magic that could draw down the powers of the heavens and incorporate them into statues and physical structures. The other movement, the Heliocentric Movement launched by Copernicus, was a direct challenge to the Vatican’s biblical interpretation of a geocentric world system. Declared a heresy by the Pope, those who promoted it risked the full force of the Inquisition.

Exploring the meeting point of these two movements, authors Robert Bauval and Chiara Hohenzollern reveal how the most outspoken and famous philosophers, alchemists, and scientists of the Renaissance, such as Giordano Bruno and Marsilio Ficino, called for a Hermetic reformation of the Christian religion by building a magical utopic city, an architectural version of the heliocentric system. Using contemporary documents and the latest cutting-edge theses, the authors show that this Temple of the Sun was built in Rome, directly in front of the Vatican’s Basilica of St. Peter. They explain how the Vatican architect Bernini designed St. Peter’s Square to reflect the esoteric principles of the Hermetica and how the square is a detailed representation of the heliocentric system.

Revealing the magical architectural plan masterminded by the Renaissance’s greatest minds, including Bernini, Jesuit scholars, Queen Christine of Sweden, and several popes, the authors expose the ultimate heresy of all time blessed by the Vatican itself.

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ESSAYS IN CONTEMPORARY PAGANISM
By Trevor Greenfield
Paperback: 127 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (December 7, 2013)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBISHER:
In this absorbing anthology, twelve Pagan writers from across the globe offer a unique perspective on Paganism today in both its theoretical and practical aspects. Each writer began with a blank canvas, other than their essay must reflect a contemporary theme. In turn, the essays are philosophical, practical, personal and reflective, with issues ranging from parenting to polytheism, from being a Pagan in London to the sacred landscapes of Australia, from mysticism to the World Wide Web. In their breadth, these essays reflect a concern with living in a modern world, with modern technology and with understanding oneself within a tradition that is evolving and adapting to meet the needs of its adherents whilst staying true to its fundamental principles.


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THE ESSENTIAL LENORMAND:
Your Guide to Precise & Practical Fortunetelling
by Rana George 
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2014)
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Master the keys of wisdom and insight

Lenormand is a 36-card deck with simple, straightforward illustrations that provide direct answers for the reader. For over 150 years, the Lenormand deck has been a popular divination tool around the world, and it’s rapidly becoming a phenomenon in the US. Providing step-by-step instructions and a guide to individual card meanings, leading expert Rana George shows how to use the Lenormand for predictions on any topic: relationships, work, finances, family, and more.

From simple inquiries to critical dilemmas, the Lenormand provides a glimpse of the future when you need it most. The Essential Lenormand includes traditional reading methods, Rana George’s personal techniques, tips for working with multiple spreads, and ways to use the Lenormand with the tarot. Use the Lenormand to unlock the secrets of your destiny, and reveal the knowledge hidden within.

Praise:
“You won’t find a better teacher than Rana George.”—Mary K. Greer 

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HOW TO CLEAR YOUR HOME OF GHOSTS & SPIRITS:
Tips & Techniques from a Professional Ghost Hunter
By Debi Chestnut
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2014)
List Price: 15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
When it comes to spirits and specters, knowledge is power and fear is the enemy

How to Clear Your Home of Ghosts & Spirits is a guide to everything you need to know to get rid of ghosts. Providing a brief history of haunts and delving into her own personal experiences, paranormal researcher Debi Chestnut sheds light on the different types of ghosts—from harmless spirits to destructive entities—and gives tips and techniques for clearing them.

Join Debi as she explores how ghosts and spirits can be accidentally invited into the home and shows how to choose a paranormal team for extreme cases. Written in a no-nonsense style by an author with years of experience, this guide is a must-have for those who prefer to live with the facts instead of living in fear.

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SPIRIT BOARDS FOR BEGINNERS:
The History & Mystery of Talking to the Other Side
By Alexandra Chauran 
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2014)
List Price: $13.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Answers At Your Fingertips

Get answers to your questions about relationships, school, and career. Communicate with your personal spirit guides. Contact loved ones who have passed to the other side. Whether you want to divine the future or just have fun, Spirit Boards for Beginners is an invaluable resource, with:

 • Step-by-step instructions for using the board
 • Techniques for self-protection
 • Tips to help you avoid being tricked
 • The controversial history of spirit boards
 • Dozens of true spirit-board stories

While spirit boards have sometimes received a negative reputation, they are a perfectly safe way to communicate when used properly. Sharing dozens of heartwarming tales and creepy encounters, silly games and life-changing occurrences, author Alexandra Chauran provides everything you need to know to make the most out of your spirit board experience.

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NEW DIVINATION TOOLS:

CLASSIC OUIJA®
Suggested Retail Price : $24.95
Special Introductory Price: $19.95
Whether you call it Wee-Gee or Wee-Ja, the Classic OUIJA® board spells fun! Just ask it a question and wait to see what the answer the Mystifying Oracle will reveal to you. Includes a THICK WOOD board!!

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NEW TAROT DECKS:




TAROT OF THE NIGHT
By Richard ShadowFox
Size: 11 3/4″ x 6″ | 78 art cards | 256 pp
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Har/Crds edition (January 28, 2014)
List Price: $45.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Journey to a three-dimensional world of the Tarot that blends a familiar and traditional style 78-card deck with ghosts, skeletons, and other creatures of the night. Everything is not as it seems in the dark of uncertainty, but if you look close, the details will come to life and the answers will be revealed. Included is an easy-to-follow, comprehensive companion guide that supplies a method of applying the Tarot to the questions you have about your life, offered in a conversational tone for the novice and experienced alike. Rounding out with a detailed understanding of familiar Tarot spreads, and a unique, original spread for self-evaluation (Vincit Omnia Veritas – Truth Conquers All), you will have a complete and enlightening experience. Don’t let the creatures of the night frighten you – in Tarot of the Night, they are here to help.





ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

·         EVERY WEDNESDAY: IRISH LANGUAGE DROP IN CLASS-7-9PM


·         Every first Sunday of each month--SEATTLE CHAOS MAGIC
We meet at 3:33 pm. on the first Sunday of each month, at Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122.  Anyone practicing, curious about, or otherwise interested in Chaos magic is welcome to attend.


·         Every 1st Monday of each month CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM




SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!

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TAROT READINGS / SPIRITUAL ADVICE

UNCOMMONSENSE TAROT

Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
"I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical. They are often geared toward helping the client deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy, self –affirming way, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM




This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again  May 1st 2014!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter




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Monday, March 17, 2014

NEW COLLECTIBLE TITLES FROM SCARLET IMPRINT AND AEON SOPHIA PRESS!

SPECIAL ADDENDUM II, MARCH, 2014
We are also now on Facebook:
Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT 
THE FOLLOWING NEW COLLECTIBLE TITLES!



THE TESTAMENT OF CYPRIAN THE MAGE
Encylopædia Goetica Volume III,
Comprehending The Book of Saint Cyprian, His magical Elements,
And an Elucidation of The Testament of Solomon
By Jake Stratton-Kent
Scarlet Imprint, 2014
Starry Heaven edition, Limited to 800 exemplars.
A pair of royal octavo books comprising 592pp bound in a lapis night sky cloth, spangled with stars, with dustjackets.
Printed in black and red throughout on archival paper, and finished with embossed endpapers.
List Price: $181.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a two-volume work by Jake Stratton-Kent, comprehending The Book of Saint Cyprian and his Magical Elements and an elucidation of The Testament of Solomon.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a two volume work of approximately 600 pages endowed with charts, tables, seals etc. and punctuated by specially commissioned pen and ink illustrations by Oliver Liebeskind. Lavishly bound and printed in red and black ink throughout, this is a work of enduring importance and a resource to accompany your ongoing study.

This is the final work in Stratton-Kent's acclaimed Encylopædia Goetica series which begin with The True Grimoire, a working reconstruction of the Grimorium Verum, and was followed by the monumental two volume Geosophia: The Argo of Magic which explored the necromantic Greek origins of Goetia.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a fitting climax to this endeavour which has placed the author at the forefront of modern magic with a body of work that is both scholarly and aimed at practical application. All are standalone texts though benefit from being read as aspects of a single thesis: the importance of Goetia as the oldest continuous tradition of Western magic.

As Stratton-Kent affirms, 'Goetic Magic ... if properly understood would regenerate Western magic and underline its immense cultural significance, on a level equal to any spiritual tradition in the world.'

This understanding is clearly given in two volumes of lucid and fascinating exegesis with clear extracts from all the necessary works.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is an ambitious and far-seeing work, addressing two ends of the magical spectrum: the Testament of Solomon and a version of the Iberian Book of Saint Cyprian. In doing so, key aspects of magical practice are revealed.

This work draws upon these texts to create a clear understanding of the practice of grimoire magic, not as a discrete or degenerate subset of ceremonial magic, but one which is integrated with folk magic and witchcraft. In particular we discover a shared dramatis personae, the infernal pact, and a common terrain of Wild Hunt and Sabbat.

Within the text we encounter the Chiefs, Kings and Queens of the grimoire tradition; the magical role of the Decans and their stones and plants; lunar magic and magical animals; the gods of Time; the Sibyl and the Hygromanteia; Asmodeus and Oriens; Angelology, Theurgy, Conjunction and the Pact, the Angelic Vice-regent and thwarting Angels; Asclepius, Iamblichus and Neo-Platonism; Paracelsus and the Elemental Spirits; Necromancy, and the principles of spell work.

As Jake writes, 'A primary purpose of this book is to explore the implicit mythology of grimoire spirits and the contexts from which it derives.' It does far more. This is a fundamental revisioning of magic with profound implications for the magical revival which we are all engaged in.

Jake Stratton-Kent has been a goetic magician since 1972, making more than forty years of continuous goetic practice. His practical work integrates the magical papyri, Italo-French grimoires in particular the Grimorium Verum and African traditional religions with a focus on Quimbanda and Magia Negra. His interest in magic spans the ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern as well as stretching from the West to the Middle East and crucially, the New World. His scholarly approach is backed with a personal relationship with the spirits, which is rare to find in the modern world.







LIBER THAGIRION
Draconian Grimoire of the Black Sun
By Asenath Mason
MONOGRAPHIC GRIMOIRE SERIES
“Veritable œuvres de la Magie” 4
Aeon Sophia Press, 2014
73 pages, 120 grams paper text block, cloth bound hardcover, sigil stamp on front cover
List Price: $56.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Liber Thagirion" is a small grimoire which was written especially for the Monographic Grimoire Series by Aeon Sophia Press. The book includes rituals and meditations that will guide the reader through the mysteries of the Black Sun from the perspective of the Draconian Initiate and are designed for a solitary practitioner of Draconian self-initiatory magic. Among them you'll find invocations of Sorath, Belphegor, meditations with the Black Sun and rituals of the Adversary.








CHTHONIC PROSE & THEORY
By Vadge Moore
Aeon Sophia Press
Paperback, 190 pages
List Price: $ 32.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
  From the pen of Vadge Moore, one of American counterculture's most notorious debauchees, comes a tome devoted to all the base, depraved, wicked and vile aspects of the animal Man. Asserting that the savage, primal elements of the human spirit are, in fact, the proverbial Lead from which spiritual Gold can be spun, Moore takes us on a tour through Hell; the passage of which - for those bold enough to undertake it - can lead to a Heaven of a decidedly different nature than that posited by orthodox religion.

    To achieve his aims of sanctifying the depraved, Moore takes as his starting-point the ancient Greek concept of the chthonic - a term denoting Hell, Hades or the Underworld, and all those aspects of Man himself which are associated with such places. To Moore, the chthonic is an impetus from which to trace the myriad manifestations of the primitive, primordial, uninhibited beast in Man throughout history; and also the means by which to tie them together into a cohesive, practical philosophy. Throughout Chthonic: Prose & Theory, Moore explores all things chthonic in the history of art, literature, philosophy and religion, tracing its lineage from the Bacchanalian and Dionysian cults of Ancient Greece and Rome, to Eighteenth Century France and beyond. He analyzes the chthonic in the works of the notorious Marquis DeSade, and its influence on the post-modernist muse Georges Bataille, as well as in the lives and philosophies of Twentieth Century icons such as occultist Aleister Crowley, psychologist Carl Jung and Church Of Satan founder, Anton LaVey.

    Through cross-disciplinary scholarly research, Vadge Moore presents a solidly-grounded philosophical worldview centered around the chthonic - an unapologetically dark, nihilistic mysticism which does not require the dependent counterbalance of a benevolent "God" to assert itself. Chthonic: Prose & Theory delineates Moore's idiosyncratic, previously unexplored means by which to approach an all-inclusive understanding of the Absolute; not by self-effacing penitence and sublimation to a supposedly munificent God, but through the sin-drenched Left-Hand path of the Devil. Join him in the descent!