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Thursday, May 1, 2008

ISSUE TWENTY-ONE,VOLUME THREE: MAY 2008

Welcome to the 21st 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 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 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 ** NEW BOOKS: ** ON BECOMING AN ALCHEMIST: A GUIDE FOR THE MODERN MAGICIAN by Catherine Maccoun Book Blurb: Many regard alchemy as a metaphor for inner transformation. But this is only half the story. According to Catherine MacCoun, alchemy is no mere metaphor. It’s real magic. Transforming the inner world is, for the alchemist, a way to transform the outer world. Through studying the principles of alchemy, we can achieve extraordinary effects from ordinary actions by understanding how the world really works. We can perceive the hidden connections between the spiritual and the material worlds. Knowledge of these connections enables us to influence external phenomena through the powers of heart and mind alone. Yet alchemy is not, like some forms of magic, the exercise of mind over matter. It is the art of taking what already exists—whatever presents itself—and transmuting the harmful into the helpful, the useless into the valuable.On Becoming an Alchemist initiates us into these secrets, showing us how to think, perceive, and operate as an alchemist. It offers practical advice and exercises that will help the modern magician to: ● Understand and apply basic principles of alchemy ● Transmute setbacks, failures, and losses into sources of magical power ● Navigate one’s inner world with poise, confidence, and common sense ● Intuitively show up in the right place at the right time to benefit from magical coincidences ● Discover the potentials latent in any situation by awakening subtle perception Product Details Hardcover: 272 pages List Price: $21.95 Publisher: Trumpeter (February 12, 2008) ** WITCH SCHOOL FIRST DEGREE: LESSONS IN THE CORRELLIAN TRADITION (WITCH SCHOOL) by Don Lewis-Highcorrell Book Blurb: The Correllian Nativist tradition is one of the largest and fastest growing Wiccan traditions in the world! This three-volume teaching series will prepare you for initiation into all three degrees of Correllian Wicca. The first book introduces Wicca as a spiritual path and what it means to be a Witch. In twelve lessons, you'll learn about magic, ritual, divination, crystals, and more. From magical alphabets to energy working, the second volume builds upon this foundation and discusses the duties of second-degree clergy. Every lesson in these first two volumes features study questions, a glossary, and exercises to develop your psychic and magical skills. About the Author: Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell (Illinois) is First Priest and Paramount High Priest of the Correllian tradition. As Chancellor, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the tradition. Rev. Lewis-Highcorrell is also a co-founder and officer of the Pagan Interfaith Embassy, serving as Pagan Interfaith Ambassador to the U.S. Over the years, he has edited several magazines, including The Round Table magazine. He has also co-hosted Chicago's The Witching Hour radio program and appeared regularly as a guest on the Telepathic Radio program. Paperback: 260 pages List Price: $19.95 Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2 edition (April 1, 2008) ** WITCH SCHOOL SECOND DEGREE: LESSONS IN THE CORRELLIAN TRADITION (WITCH SCHOOL) by Don Lewis-Highcorrell (Author) Paperback: 460 pages List Price: $24.95 Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2 edition (April 1, 2008) ** WITCH SCHOOL THIRD DEGREE: LESSONS IN THE CORRELLIAN TRADITION (WITCH SCHOOL) by Don Lewis-Highcorrell (Author) Book Blurb: Witch School Third Degree is for those who are called to Wicca as a vocation. This text explores Wiccan mysteries and spiritual concepts in depth and explains the responsibilities of the High Priesthood. About the Author: Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell (Illinois) is First Priest and Paramount High Priest of the Correllian tradition. As Chancellor, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the tradition. Rev. Lewis-Highcorrell is also a co-founder and officer of the Pagan Interfaith Embassy, serving as Pagan Interfaith Ambassador to the U.S. Over the years, he has edited several magazines, including The Round Table magazine. He has also co-hosted Chicago's The Witching Hour radio program and appeared regularly as a guest on the Telepathic Radio program. Product Details List Price: $29.95 Paperback: 456 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd Ed edition (April 1, 2008) ** WITCH SCHOOL RITUAL, THEORY & PRACTICE by Don Lewis-Highcorrell (Author) Book Blurb: From the Dance of Death for Samhain to fire jumping for Ostara, ritual is at the heart of religious devotion. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell, author of the Witch School series, is back with an in-depth exploration of ritual from the Correllian perspective. The Wheel of the Year is an ideal backdrop for mastering the art of ritual. Revolving through the sabbats, Lewis-Highcorrell examines every step of formal ritual—casting the Circle, invoking the quarters, acts of power, and so on—along with traditional Correllian practices. Encouraging improvisation and innovation, Lewis-Highcorrell also offers tips for keeping ceremonies fresh. There are suggestions for decorating, costumes, colors, props, and more. Sample ceremonies and dialogue are also offered as templates for creating your own ritual. About the Author Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell (Illinois) is First Priest and Paramount High Priest of the Correllian tradition. As Chancellor, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the tradition. Rev. Lewis-Highcorrell is also a co-founder and officer of the Pagan Interfaith Embassy, serving as Pagan Interfaith Ambassador to the U.S. Over the years, he has edited several magazines, including The Round Table magazine. He has also co-hosted Chicago's The Witching Hour radio program and appeared regularly as a guest on the Telepathic Radio program. Paperback: 240 pages List Price: $19.95 Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd Ed edition (May 1, 2008) ** FAITH AND MAGICK IN THE ARMED FORCES: A HANDBOOK FOR PAGANS IN THE MILITARY by: Stefani E. Barner Book Blurb: In April of 2007, the Veterans Administration recognized the Pentacle as a religious symbol and allowed its use on military graves. With this giant step forward, Pagans serving in the armed forces are becoming more visible than ever before and will need informed assistance as they continue to defend and practice their faith. Walking the minefield of sometimes-clashing religions and cultures, military Pagans and/or Wiccans need guidance and support as they proudly serve and sacrifice. Some of the many issues that face Pagan military members and their families—relocation, overseas deployment, preparing for combat, working for peace, returning as veterans—are given in-depth examination with thoughtful advice, helpful rituals and meditations, and suggestions for support. Religious freedoms, legal issues, and rights are clarified, and resources for help are provided. Written for members of the military, their families, and for any non-Pagan military personnel who want to become more sensitive to their fellow service-men and women, this essential and comprehensive guide offers practical advice in getting along in a predominantly Christian military. Faith and Magick in the Armed Forces provides practical guidance and genuine support to military Pagans and Wiccans as they proudly serve our country. Many issues that face Pagan military members and their families are explored in depth—practicing their faith, relocation, overseas deployment, preparing for combat, returning as veterans, working for peace. Religious freedoms, legal issues, and rights are clarified, and resources for help are given. Faith and Magic in the Armed Forces offers knowledgeable advice, helpful rituals and meditations designed specifically for the military experience, and candid interviews with Pagan servicepersons and their loved ones. Respectful and straightforward, this one-of-a-kind handbook is essential for Pagans serving in a predominantly Christian military. About the Author: Stefani E. Barner (Michigan), also known as Spiral, is the wife of a two-tour Iraq War veteran and a member of a Gold Star family. She is an active member of Military Families Speak Out and is a professional mediator specializing in community and family conflict. A featured columnist for The Pagan Activist website, she wrote a recent military affairs column called Boadiceas Children and is a freelance contributor to the Air Force Times newspaper. Paperback: 289 pages Price $15.95 Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 1, 2008) ** CALENDAR: MAY Thursday, May 2nd- Kelly Kelleher Haunted Healings Class 7-9 PM hauntedhealings@comcast.net Friday, May 9th Kelly Kelleher Haunted Healings Class 7-9 PM hauntedhealings@comcast.net Monday, May 12th Celtic Reconstructionist Group 7-9 PM May 22nd, ATC Class 7-9 PM ONGOING: HOLY WELL CIRCLE http://www.holywellseattle.org/ Open Circle, Wiccan Meets at the Edge every Sunday from 5PM -8PM cybra@earthlink.net Subject Line: Holy Well ** SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS TAROT READINGS /SPIRITUAL ADVICE 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. Kelly Marjorie Kelleher Daughter of the Ancients Psychic , Healer, Muse... Thursdays at Edge of the Circle Books ** CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Edge of the Circle Newsletter is looking for writers and artists! Our Focus has been on the Pagan community, Sabbatic Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Western Ceremonial Magic, African Traditional Religions, Asatru and Heathenry, Wicca, Celtic Paganism and more obscure aspects of the Occult. If you have an article or art to share, please email golanv1@yahoo.com with “Newsletter” in the subject line. Please send only original material. All Copyrighted material will be honored and credited to/as the property of the original writer. ** This concludes our Newsletter for this month. Look for us again on the first of June. Sincerely, Raven

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