Thursday, June 10, 2021



Keys to Chthonic Sorcery 

Frater Acher and José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal.

Colour illustrations by José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal.

Publisher: Hadean Press Limited (April 27, 2021)

Paperback: 142 pages

Hardcover edition limited to 400 printed copies, section sewn with graphite endpapers and endbands, covered in grey Kashgar Mineral cloth, foiled on spine and with artwork inset on cover.

Hadean Press, 2021

Hardcover $65.99 

Paperback $29.95


Clavis Goêtica presents a reference to the 16th-century tale of the first white magician, Johannes Beer, who is brought back from the dead in this book. And yet, the title as well as the essays united in this volume hold a deeper meaning: this key to the underworld is a living being, a spirit in its own right, that only comes to life when magic is performed as an act of co-creation of equals. In this book Frater Acher and José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal have joined creative forces to break through the perceived dichotomy of left-hand and right-hand paths of practical magic. Through careful historical research, concrete ritual analysis and their own experience as practitioners they show a path towards a more balanced way of approaching magic in the underworld, one where the chthonic spirits are invited to unlock what is theirs, while equally the magician is held accountable to contribute what is uniquely human about them. Only when both sides contribute fairly to the magical (p)act, can the key be turned that is the clavis goêtica.



An Edition and Translation of Excerpts from Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, MS Plut. 89 sup. 38

Translated and introduced by Brian Johnson

Foreword by Dr Alexander Cummins

Hadean Press, May,  2021.

144 pages.

Hardcover $58.95 

Paperback $29.95 


Necromancy in the Medici Library contains extensive excerpts from a necromancer's handbook, detailing both general methods and particular rites of spirit conjuration, along with a veritable pantheon of the demonic personages.

On the tumultuous eve of the sixteenth century, as Girolamo Savonarola preached apocalypse in the cathedral of Florence and his protégé, the neoplatonic philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, breathed his last under mysterious circumstances, all while the army of a French king marched on the Italian peninsula, an anonymous Roman scrivener was putting the finishing touches on his masterwork. But it was neither an illuminated book of hours nor an encyclopedic chronicle of kingly deeds to which he set his pen, for this copyist was a magician, and his humble notebook contained a treasure trove of arcane knowledge — knowledge that might bring him wealth, power, even love...if he could bear the risks it entailed.

Preserved in the Florentine Laurentian Library under the patronage of two Medici popes, published here for the first time are extensive excerpts from this Italian necromancer's handbook, detailing both general methods and particular rites of spirit conjuration, along with a veritable pantheon of the demonic personages upon whom one might call. Including the original Latin text in parallel with a new English translation, this edition is also furnished with a critical apparatus and introductory essay which illuminate this manuscript's place in a network of occult practitioners and texts that circulated all the way from the Papal States to the shores of England.




 Magic and Meditations derived 

from the first and greatest Qabalistic Work

by David Rankine

Publisher : Hadean Press Limited (October 13, 2020)

Paperback: 120 pages

List Price: $14.95



Sepher Yetzirah Magic is a stand-alone work which requires no previous knowledge of Kabbalah, and presents a collection of practical magical and meditational techniques for solitary and group practice.

The Sepher Yetzirah stands as the foundation work of Kabbalah, a mystical and magical text which establishes the cosmology and roots of the tradition. The Sepher Yetzirah emphasises the symbol set of the Hebrew alphabet and expresses language as the liminal medium which unites emanation and manifestation. The divine force is given form in written language, the glyphs of letters being divine forms which act as receptacles of divine force and gateways to creating change. The expression of spoken language activates this divine force in innumerable permutations, expounded in this work through magical practices and meditational techniques drawn from the text and expressed through the voice of the practitioner.

About the Author:

David Rankine is an author, esoteric researcher and magician who lives in Glastonbury, England with his partner, artist and tattooist Rosa Laguna. He has been making major contributions to the modern occult revival since the 1980s, through lectures, workshops, presentations, articles and books. His esoteric expertise covers a wide range of topics, including the Western Esoteric Traditions, especially the Qabalah, the Grimoire tradition, Greco-Egyptian magic and Ceremonial Magic, as well as British Folklore and European Mythology. David's esoteric knowledge and scholarship can be seen in the thirty books he has authored, his essays in various anthologies, and hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, international part-works and websites. His published work in recent years has been characterised by the publication of previously unavailable or inaccessible material on the grimoires and other areas of magic. David has given lectures and facilitated workshops around the UK and Europe for the last three decades, concentrating on the subjects closest to his heart, including the Grimoire Tradition, Angelic Magic, Greco-Egyptian and Celtic Mythology and folklore.



James Udung (Deillumine Ra)

Cover image and interior artwork by Louis Solomon-Felix 

Part of the "Guides to the Underworld" series 

Hadean Press,  Dec. 2020

Staple bound booklet, 20 pages.

List Price: $4.95


The Graveyard is a place of power in Hoodoo Folk Magic. It is a place of spirit contact between our ancestors and us the conjurers. Within this amazing temple we are set apart from the everyday hustle and bustle of life, more connected with the spirits of the Dead and of Nature. As with every temple there are rules and regulations on how to enter, work and exit. In Hoodoo Graveyard Sorcery, James Udung discusses entering and exiting the graveyard, how to ritually collect graveyard dirt, and how to create an ancestor altar. Included are recipes for Incense of the Dead, a protection mojo bag, and Goofer Dust.




Tuesday, June 1, 2021



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-

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Tapping into the Power of String, Yarn, Twists & Knots


by Brandy Williams 

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.

Publication date: 05/08/2021

Pages: 304

List Price:$17.99 


Blessed Threads & Magic Twists…

Cord magic is one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to make magic. This book shows you how to quickly and effectively twist your own magical cords, with specific tips for choosing colors, setting your intention, charging the cords, and incorporating powerful knot spells. You will discover dozens of hands-on instructional worksheets and specific projects for a myriad of magical purposes, including protection, transitions, finding new love, improving your creative life, celebrating a handfasting, and many more. Author Brandy Williams also includes guidance for working with embellishments, capturing the power of astrological signs, unmaking a cord, and choosing the best materials.

Cord magic is portable and versatile—you can twist a cord in a matter of minutes, whether you're at home or out in public. You can wear a magically charged cord as an accessory or simply carry one in a pocket or bag. This book explores the history of cord magic and it teaches everything you need to know about the tools and techniques you need to create your own magical twists and knots.


Pagan Portals  


Rituals to the Goddess Hekate

by Jennifer Teixeira

Publisher: (Moon Books)

Publication date: 05/28/2021

Pages:    112

List Price: $10.95 


The Temple of the Bones is a gathering of witches, priest/ess/xes, and pagans under the dark of the moon to honor Hekate through public ritual. This book contains information on witching herbs, daily practices, moon magic and how the Temple seeks to strengthen community through the honoring of the dead. As they are, soon we shall be and their message often is to not waste your precious time on the things that do not serve your highest purpose. The Temple of the Bones encourages you to look into your own power. What wants to be brought to the surface? Are you using your strengths, or are you feeding your weakness? How are you creating magic in your own life with the wisdom of your bones?


Pagan Portals 


Meeting the Many-Skilled God

by Morgan Daimler

Publisher: Moon Books

Publication date: 05/01/2021

Pages:    112

List Price:10.95 


Lugh is a God of Ireland who is also found in other Celtic language speaking cultures, popular historically and just as well loved today. A deity of kingship and battle, he led his people out of oppression. A God skilled in magic, he used his power to bless and curse. Multifaceted and known as the 'many-skilled', Lugh is an intriguing member of the Tuatha De Danann and we can learn a great deal about him through his mythology, by looking at his cognates in other related cultures, and his modern appearances. In this book we will seek a deeper understanding of this well known yet mysterious figure



Rituals & Practices for Discovering 

Which Witch You Are

by Lidia Pradas

Publisher: Fair Winds Press

Pages:    176

List Price:$24.99  


Witchcraft is not one defined path; rather, it is a diversity of practices you can curate and align with based on your lifestyle and unique gifts. Do you have an affinity for working with plants and herbs for magic and medicine? You may be Green Witch. Are the Kitchen and home space sacred to you? Are you able to tap into the sensory and healing properties of food for spellwork? Is cooking an intentional act for you? You may be a Kitchen Witch. Are you able to elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit? You may be an Elemental Witch. Can you do many practice with ease? You may be an Eclectic Witch. The path of the Witch describes the many different types of witches, their gifts and abilities, and their practices. Each path shows you activities and rituals you can use to discover and explore that type of witchcraft and discern if it is a fit for you. Elegantly designed and gorgeously illustrated, The Path of the Witch presents the key paths and practices of witchcraft.



Using Common Plants to Create Uncommon Magick

by JD Walker

Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.

Publication date:05/08/2021

Pages:  288

List Price: $17.99


Use Common Plants to Create Uncommon Magick

You don't need a lush garden to begin wildcrafting; you can find plenty of magickal herbs growing just outside your door!

Filled with history and lore, astrological correspondences, common and Latin names, and hands-on projects, this book helps you develop a closer relationship with the enchanted world around you and with your own spiritual self.

Discover step-by-step instructions for dozens of hearth-and-home herb projects, including cleansers, powders, incense, talismans, sprays, jam, and much more.

A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft explores more than 30 common plants, providing tips for identification, gathering, and cultivation as well as specific rituals and magical uses.

The plants in this book are all native to North America and will lend sacred energy to spells and magical workings.

  • Boxwood

  • Cherry

  • Chickweed

  • Chicory

  • Clover

  • Club moss

  • Daisy

  • Dandelion

  • Ferns

  • Fleabane

  • Geranium

  • Grass

  • Holly

  • Honeysuckle

  • Ivy

  • Juniper

  • Mimosa

  • Morning glory

  • Moss

  • Mugwort

  • Mullein

  • Oak

  • Onion

  • Periwinkle

  • Pine

  • Plantain

  • Poke

  • Sweet gum

  • Thistle

  • Violet

  • Walnut

  • Willow



Working Domestic Magick with Hestia

by Raechel Henderson

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2021)

Paperback : 240 pages

List Price: $17.99 


Tending the Hearth and Home with the Magickal Energy of Hestia...

Based on the powerful energy and mythos of the goddess Hestia, the magical activities and workings in this book can be practiced by anyone, regardless of spiritual orientation.

Magic themes and techniques abound for each room of your home:

  • Love and transformation in the kitchen

  • Communication and friendship in the living room

  • Purification and health in the bathroom

  • Prosperity and sleep in the bedroom

  • Protection in the threshold

  • And much more

Discover recipes for food magic as well as tips for creating your own green cleaning supplies and tying your cleaning tasks to the lunar phase. Raechel Henderson also includes hands-on exercises for connecting with Hestia as a deity of bodily autonomy, racial equity, and social justice.

The Scent of Lemon & Rosemary is a fabulous book of magickal spells, crafts, and recipes for each room of your house. Based on the powerful energy and mythos of the goddess Hestia, these magickal activities and workings can be practiced by anyone, regardless of spiritual orientation.

Magick themes and techniques abound―love and transformation in the kitchen, communication and friendship in the living room, purification and health in the bathroom, prosperity and sleep in the bedroom, and protection at the threshold. You will discover recipes for food magick as well as tips for creating your own green cleaning supplies. Author Raechel Henderson also includes hands-on exercises for connecting with Hestia as a deity of bodily autonomy, racial equity, and social justice.

Creating a harmonious environment that fosters feelings of acceptance, safety, and abundance is possible no matter what your living situation. With visualization, centering, grounding, and raising power, and tools like crystals and essential oils, this book guides you in balancing the energy of each room and turning your entire home into a sacred space.

Includes tools like:

  • Visualization

  • Centering

  • Grounding

  • Crystals

  • Essential Oils

  • Meditations

  • Rituals

  • And More



Working with the Magickal Powers of Earth, Air, Water, Fire

by Ivo Dominguez Jr., Foreword by Courtney Weber 

Publisher : Weiser Books 

Paperback: 240 pages

List Price: $18.95 


An in-depth exploration of the elements, their lore, history, correspondences, and use in spellwork and ritual. 

The four elements are the pillars that uphold the manifest world and anchor spirit to matter. They are associated with a wide range of spiritual entities, from small elementals to divine beings.

This book explores the consciousness of the elements, which provides a system of understanding that supports most of the magic of the West and paganism. The use of the elements in a wide range of systems and practices will be examined. Much has been written about the four elements already; this book offers new teachings for newcomers and long-time practitioners alike.

Each of the four elements is explored in depth, including how they interact and change as they rise on the planes. Practical applications for working with the elements are also woven throughout the book. The book concludes with the union of the elements that is more than just becoming Spirit, but the completion of their Great Work.



Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor

by Alice Sparkly Kat

North Atlantic Books (May 18, 2021)

Paperback: 336 pages

List Price: 17.95 


Tapping into the political power of magic and astrology for social, community, and personal transformation.

In a cross-cultural approach to understanding astrology as a magical language, Alice Sparkly Kat unmasks the political power of astrology, showing how it can be channeled as a force for collective healing and liberation.

Too often, magic and astrology are divorced from their potency and cultural contexts: co-opted by neoliberalism, used as a force of oppression, or distilled beyond recognition into applications that belie their individual and collective power. By looking at the symbolic and etymological histories of the sun, moon, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, we can trace and understand the politics of magic--and challenge our own practices, interrogate our truths, and reshape our institutions to build better frameworks for communities of care.

Fearless, radical, and fresh, Sparkly Kat's Postcolonial Astrology ushers in a new wave of astrology revival, refusing to apologize for its magickism and connecting its power to the spirituality and politics we need now. Intersectional, inclusive, and geared towards queer and POC communities, it uses our historical and collective constructs of the planets, sun, and moon to re-chart our subconscious history, redefine the body in the world, and assert our politics of the personal, in astrology and all things.



What Your Birth Card Reveals 

About Your Personality, Your Path, and Your Potential

by Mary K. Greer, Foreword by Theresa Reed 

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

Publication date: 06/01/2021

Pages: 288

List Price: $ 22.95 


A fantastic book that gives deep insights into your personality, life, and journey based on your birth card.” —Theresa Reed

The tarot cards associated with your birth date and name form a pattern of personal destiny. They describe the theme of your life—the challenges and the gifts. In Archetypal Tarot, popular tarot practitioner and astrologer Mary Greer connects astrology and numerology to the tarot to create an in-depth personality profile that anyone can use for self-realization and personal harmony.

Greer takes readers on a personal exploration of how the tarot can be used as a tool for learning more about themselves and others.

The book includes:

  • Detailed instructions, charts, and exercises on how to determine your soul and personality cards

  • How to determine your year card and name card

  • The opportunities and challenges you will face

  • Journaling and exploratory exercises

Archetypal Tarot is a valuable tool for anyone wishing to learn how to use the tarot to interpret their strengths, challenges, and innermost desires. All you need is a pen and your date of birth and you can learn to cast your own tarot chart.

This book was previously published as Who Are You in the Tarot.  This new edition includes a foreword by Theresa Reed, author of Tarot: No Questions Asked, and a new preface by the author.

About the Author:

Mary K. Greer is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant. She has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Central Florida where she also first taught tarot in 1974. For eleven years, she was a teacher and administrator at New College of California in San Francisco, including teaching tarot as an interdisciplinary subject integrating art, literature, history, and psychology. She is the author of eleven books on tarot and on magic.

Mary's books have pioneered entirely new techniques for learning about and working with the cards, including being the first to present in-depth techniques for reading for oneself. In 2007, Mary received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies. She also received the 2006 Mercury Award from the Mary Redman Foundation for "excellence in communication in the metaphysical field," and the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) award for best divination book. She is also an ordained priestess in the Fellowship and Church of Isis.

Mary has lived in Japan, Germany, England and Mexico and in six states within the U.S., and continues to travel around the world teaching. She currently produces "Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog" at  which focuses on tarot history and research, tarot in popular culture, and tips and techniques for reading the cards. Her blog posts are frequently translated into other languages and reposted on other sites.


by Nigel Jackson 

Boxed kit (5½ x 8) includes a 78-card deck (2¾ x 4½) and a full-color guidebook.

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2021)

List Price: $31.99 (Llewellyn) 9780738758541 ,


Open the Eye of the Heart with the Divine Wisdom of the Ages

This lovely deck is unique in the elegance of its linework combined with the richness of its iconography. Author and artist Nigel Jackson developed the Rose Tarot based on his unparalleled expertise in medieval hermeticism, symbolism, and alchemy. Well-suited for oracular readings, cartomancy, and meditation, this powerful deck blends elements that can be found in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot and the Marseille Tarot, and it will be a welcome addition to any collection.

Boxed kit (5½ x 8) includes a 78-card deck (2¾ x 4½) and a full-color guidebook.

About the Author

Nigel Jackson lives in Manchester, England, and is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator specializing in the symbolism of Western Esoteric Tradition. He is deeply immersed in the traditional Tarot of 15th century Italy, the magical teachings of medieval-renaissance astrological magicians such as Ficino, Agrippa and Bruno and in bringing to life the talismanic images inherited from ancient sources of arcane lore such as the Arabian grimoire The Picatrix. He has worked intensively in researching the magical system of the 28 Mansions of the Moon. Nigel has been involved for the last quarter of a century in pursuing the inner wisdom of the hermetic mysteries and in expressing the symbolic 'language of the gods' through his visual art which he views as a living 'alchemy of the imagination'.



by Minerva Siegel with art by Matthew Skiff 

78-card Tarot Deck with Guidebook, Boxed Set 

Published by Insight Editions

List Price: $24.99 


Join the hunt for answers with this collectible Supernatural tarot deck and guidebook, featuring Sam and Dean Winchester, their friends, their enemies, and all the angels, demons, ghosts, and monsters of the hit TV series.

The long-running television series Supernatural is now an illustrated tarot deck! Featuring original artwork inspired by classic tarot iconography, the 78-card deck includes all your favorite characters from Sam and Dean to Bobby Singer to Castiel to Crowley. The deck also comes with a helpful guidebook explaining the meaning of each card as well as a few simple spreads for easy readings. It’s the perfect gift for Supernatural fans and tarot enthusiasts alike!



A Sacred Animal Tarot

by Alba Ballesta Gonzalez

Sterling Publishing (NY)

Publish Date, April 20, 2021

List Price: $24.95



A beautifully illustrated and stunningly original tarot deck by Alba Ballesta González.

Inspired by ancient rituals and stories of sacred animal spirits, the White Numen forms a path to human reconnection with the natural world and spiritual realm. This uniquely beautiful tarot deck features sacred animal spirits (‘Numen’) interwoven into the classical imagery of the tarot to create cards that are both otherworldly and contemporary, with a fantasy style inspired by the likes of comic master Moebius. Most of the illustrations feature powerful women, including Death, draped in a black cloak, carrying her banner, and riding a white horse; the Queen of Pentacles, seated gracefully amid soft greenery; and the Sun striding across a desert-like landscape. 


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.

Look for us again JULY 1st, 2021!

Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter