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Saturday, March 1, 2008


Welcome to the 20th edition of 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. I've got great plans for this newsletter. Hopefully, as time goes by, it will only get bigger and better. Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy.

Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix


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 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 everything that you could want in a Magickal Pagan store.

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





An Investigation into the Sources of Gardnerian Witchcraft

by Philip Heselton

Book Blurb:

From the author of the highly acclaimed "Wiccan Roots", this book tells the story of how retired civil servant, Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) discovered a witch coven in the New Forest in the late 1930s. It contains much genuinely new material in its attempt to chronicle the origins of the modern witchcraft revival. It provides a fascinating insight for all who would like to learn more about the origins of what Professor Ronald Hutton has described as "the only religion that England has ever given the world".


Publisher: Holmes Pub Grou Llc (November 30, 2003)

List Price: $36.95


Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, Issue 4

by Various

Book blurb: A multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed print publication, covering all areas of magic, witchcraft, paganism etc; all geographical regions and all historical periods.


The Practitioner, The Priest, and The Professor: Perspectives on Self-Initiation in the American Neopagan Community/Laubach, Martinie’ and Clemons/

The Trinity of the Hebrew Goddess:

A Guided Presentation Of Goddess Narratives and Submerged Beliefs : DeMente

The Topography of Magic in the Modern Western and Ancient Egyptian Minds : Stannish

The science of magic:

A parapsychological model of psychic ability in the context of magical will : Luke

Is Magic Possible Within A Quantum Mechanical Framework? : Ash

Angels with Nanotech Wings:

Magic, Medicine and Technology in The Neuromancer and Brain Plague : Lord

Rowling’s Devil: Ancient Archetype or Modern Manifestation? : Lauren Berman

“Delivered From Enchantment”:

Cotton Mather, W. B. O. Peabody, and the Struggle against Magic : Sederholm

In a Mirror, Darkly : A comparison between the Lovecraftian Mythos and African-Atlantic mystery religions : Geall

The Journey of The Lion King and the Collective Unconscious : Marsh

The Third Time’s the Charm”: Mythic Operative Magic in the Merseburger Zaubersprüche : Moynihan

The Old Irish Impotence Spell:

The Dam Díli, Fergus, Fertility, and the Mythic Backround of an Irish Incantation : Bernhardt-House

Reading the Turkish Coffee Cup and Beyond: The Case of North Cyprus : Karimova



Mandrake Press

List Price: $40.00



by Rachel Mayatt

Book Blurb:

It is strange that so few good books on seasonal celebrations that include children. With three children and over 20 years experience as a Third Degree Wiccan, Rachel is well qualified to write this book. Rites of passage and seasonal celebrations are included as are thoughts on the wider aspects of bringing up children in a Pagan family. Ideas and suggestions can easily be picked out and adapted to suit particular situations.

Paperback: 98 pages

Publisher: Capall Bann Publishing (1 Aug 2007)




Nigel G. Pearson

Book Blurb: An original, practical and very effective book on traditional witchcraft rituals, spells and much more brought into the 21st century.

Introduction; Explanations, definitions, acknowledgements & thanks.

Chapter1. Crafting the Compass; Introduction, Crafting the Compass, Tools, Calling the Directions, Content of the Rite, Closing Statement & Thanks, Honouring the Directions, Opening/Dismissing the Compass, Place of Working,

Chapter 2. WandCrafting; What is a Wand? Aspects of Traditional Tree Lore, Dryads, Types of Wood, Tree Properties & Attributes, Cutting wood for magical purposes, Creating your Wand, Finishing off your Wand, A Hallowing Rite.

Chapter 3. Raising the Cup; Introduction, The Cup, Raising the Cup, Wines, The Recipes, Other Brews.

Chapter 4. Entering the Twilyte; includes techniques of focus, concentration, visualisation, raising energy, trance-work and projection.

Chapter 5. SpellCrafting; What is a Spell? Charms & Chants, Herbal Magic & Wortcunning, Simples Potions Oils & Lotions, Elemental & Nature Magic, On collecting plant materials for magical use.

Chapter 6. SpiritWorking; Introduction, Spirits of the Natural World, Spirits of Home & Hearth, Concerning Familiars, The Fetch Body, The Ancestors & The Mighty Dead, The Elvenkind or Faerie-folk.

Chapter 7. Approaching the Powers; Introduction, The God (King of the Woodland, Lord of the Mound, Master of Light), The Goddess (Bright Queen, Dark Queen).


TYR Myth-Culture-Tradition Vol. 3

by Joshua Buckley , Michael Moynihan (Editors)

Book Blurb:


Thomas Naylor on "Cipherspace,"

Annie Le Brun on "Catastrophe Pending,"

Pentti Linkola on "Survival Theory,"

Michael O'Meara on "The Primordial and the Perennial,"

Alain de Benoist on "Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power,"

Nigel Pennick on "The Web of Wyrd,"

Thierry Jolif on "The Abode of the Gods and the Great Beyond,"

Stephen Flowers on "The Spear of Destiny,"

Joscelyn Godwin on Philip Pullman's "Dark Materials" trilogy,

Ian Read on "Humour in the Icelandic Sagas,"

Geza von Neményi on the "Hávamál,"

Gordon Kennedy on the "Children of the Sonne,"

Michael Moynihan on "Carl Larsson's Greatest Sacrifice,"

Christopher McIntosh on "Iceland's Pagan Renaissance,"

Jónína Berg on Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson,

"Selected Poems" by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson,

Vilius Rudra Dundzila on "Baltic Lithuanian Religion,"

James Reagan on "The End Times,"

interviews with the stalwart folk singer Andrew King and the modern minnesinger Roland Kroell, Collin Cleary on "Paganism Without Gods,"

Róbert Hórvath on Mark Sedgwick's "Against the Modern World,"

and extensive book and music review sections.

List Price: $24.99


Publisher: Ultra (2007)


Practical Enochian Magick

by Jason Augustus Newcomb

Book Blurb:

Enochian Magick is arguably the most intriguing and potent form of ceremonial magick available today. Dr. John Dee, a prominent philosopher in the Elizabethan court, literally received this system of magick from angels through the scrying mediumship of Edward Kelly. This book offers a complete approach to conducting this magical system for the modern adept. It contains instructions in the practical use of all three major parts of the Enochian system: the Four Watchtowers, the Thirty Aethyrs and the Heptarchia Mystica. Rather than a mere rehash of Golden Dawn material this book offers an approach that honors both the innovations of the Golden Dawn and the essence of the original Dee materials in an un-dogmatic and nonsectarian format that is extremely accessible. Although this book is particularly designed for students of the New Hermetics, any practicing occultist interested in the Enochian system will find this book incredibly useful.

Paperback: 328 pages

Publisher: The new Hermetics Press (December 7, 2007)

List Price: $26.95


The Book of Magick Power (Paperback)

by Jason Augustus Newcomb (Author)

Book Blurb:

This is the most comprehensive book on the subject of modern practical magick to date. Practical magick is magical work that makes real and observable changes in you and your environment through the invisible forces that manifest and transform your reality. Astral projection, telekinesis, clairvoyance, telepathy, weather magick, angelic and demonic conjuration, magnetism and fascination, manifesting love and prosperity, prophesying the future, communicating with the dead, these are just a few of the more than one hundred procedures clearly detailed in this manual. For centuries these techniques were guarded by their few masters. The veil has finally been lifted. This definitive work simply and clearly outlines the procedures necessary to open up the unseen world. Practical techniques have been broken down by step, providing an exact model for success. Unleash your limitless cosmic abilities today!

Paperback: 300 pages

Publisher: The New Hermetics Press (July 19, 2007)

List Price: $24.95





SATURDAY, MARCH 8th, Voudoun discussion group, 4pm-7PM , Free.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10th , Celtic Reconstructionist Study Group 7-9PM

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19th , Aquarian Tabernacle Church presents; Vernal Equinox Ritual,

7-9PM, Free.

FRIDAY, 28th , Skiing the Magickal Bunnyslopes 7-9PM

Our thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for providing class space

at no charge, allowing us to offer these classes for free!

Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope

A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick, and Everything...

Class includes instructions, exercises, and question-and-answer time. Note: Due to class structure and content, attendance on the first day's class is required. If you can't make it the first day, please catch us for the next session. These classes are offered twice a year.

Dates and times for Bunny Slope sessions are announced at our public rituals, on the OLOTEAS Community mailing list, and on the "What's Up?" page of this website as soon as they've been scheduled. Classes usually start in late March and late September.

This class is a very brief introduction to some simple techniques of magick, community ethics, and etiquette, and a chance to get answers to some of your questions. The class is free and requires no formal registration, and is provided as a community service of Our Lady of the Earth and Sky.

Class Materials

These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:

* A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette

* House Blessing

* 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 Chakras

* Curriculum for Wiccan First Degree

* The Wheel of the Year

* Glossary

* Recommended Reading List



FRIDAY, APRIL 4th, Skiing the Magickal Bunnyslopes 7-9PM , Free.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5th, Workshops by Lupa and Taylor Ellwood.

Tired of the usual 101 classes? Want to work with something different? Sick of spoonfeeding? Want some ideas that you can adapt to your own practice? Then come join Taylor Ellwood and Lupa for a day of unique workshops aimed at the intermediate to advanced practitioner! Here's what's in store.

Breathwork Intensive Workshop 3-5pm

In this workshop, you will learn different breathing techniques that are used to raise internal energy and promote a healthy conscious awareness of your body and your mind. I will explain the benefits of each type of breathwork and show people how to do the breath work, as well as explain how it can be used to change bad behavior patterns into positive, life affirming patterns. This is a two-hour class.

The Last Totem Card Deck You'll Ever Need 5:30-7pm

Totems aren't limited to Big, Impressive North American Birds and Mammals. However, commercial totem animal card decks tend to be primarily limited to these animals, and maybe a few others--which means that if your totem happens to be, say, Kookaburra, the decks won't work. Let Lupa show you how to construct a simple deck of thirty-three cards that can literally get you into contact with any totem animal.

Kink Magic 7:30pm-9pm

The use of primarily vanilla sex for magical purposes is pretty well covered, but what about those who like other flavors, too? Here we present how BDSM and other fetishes can be utilized in magic for both practical results and personal development. In this workshop, magic and kink are intertwined to reveal a world of possibilities that can be made manifest through play. Learn how energy work can be used to top someone, how you can invoke or evoke entities during play, use mirrors and sigils to manifest possibilities, use subspace for spiritual journeys, and much, much more. Safety issues in magic and kink are also covered.

Workshops will be $15 each, or $35 for the whole day. Robert and Raven will also have copies of Taylor and Lupa's books on hand for purchase and signing.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11th , Voudoun Discussion Group: 4-7PM.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11th , Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope, 7-9PM, Free.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18th , Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope, 7-9PM, Free.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25th, Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope, 7-9PM, Free.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th, Aquarian Tabernacle Church Presents: Beltane Ritual, open to all, 7-9 PM. Free.



Open Circle, Wiccan

Meets at the Edge every Sunday from 5PM -8PM

Subject Line: Holy Well




UnCommonSense Tarot

Tarot readings

Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler

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



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This concludes our Newsletter for this month. Look for us again on the first of April.