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Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Welcome to the 26th 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 Magical Pagan store. Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm. Call: 206-PAN-1999 ** 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 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. *** NEW BOOKS ** THE MAYAN AND OTHER ANCIENT CALENDARS by Geoff Stray List Price: $12.00 Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: Walker & Company; 1st edition (November 13, 2007) BOOK BLURB: The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars. The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya discovered many strange numerical harmonics. Their lunar calendar was extremely accurate—far more so than the Greek Metonic cycle; they tracked Venus to an accuracy of less than a day in five hundred years and their tables could have been used to predict eclipses seven hundred years in the future. This book will provide a much needed compact guide to the Mayan calendar systems as well as covering the essentials of calendar development throughout the world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Geoff Stray is a leading researcher on the Maya Calendar. He is the author of Beyond 2012, a book examining the Mayan “end of time” calendar date of December 21, 2012. He lives in England. Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: Walker & Company; 1st edition (November 13, 2007) ** MAGIC WORDS: A DICTIONARY by Craig Conley List Price: $24.95 Paperback: 360 pages Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2008) BOOK BLURB: Magic Words: A Dictionary-- is a one-of-a-kind resource for armchair linguists, pop-culture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More than seven-hundred essay style entries describe the origins of magical words as well as historical and popular variations and fascinating trivia. With sources ranging from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern stage magicians, necromancers, and wizards of legend to miracle workers throughout time, Magic Words is a must have for any scholar of magic, language, history, and culture. ** UPCOMING NEW BOOKS: LIBER FALXIFER by N.A-A.218 FROM THE PUBLISHER: Liber Falxifer is the long awaited book that reveals, for the first time, the secret teachings of the Necrosophic Cult within the Current 218. This ‘book of the Scythe-Bearer’ provides a solid theoretical, historical and mythical foundation for the Cult of the Left-Handed Reaper, and offers clear instruction for ritual practice connected to both the folk-magical tradition, as well as the more sinister, hidden line of traditional witchcraft connected to the Cult of the Skeletal Lord of the Bloody Scythe. The basis for the various forms of magic presented in Liber Falxifer is a dark form of telestic fetishism steeped in the forbidden and concealed traditions of both necromantia and necromageia, as practiced within the many clandestine magical paths connected to the Lord of All Graves. The grimoire is broken out into two parts, the first of which is a discussion of the relevant aspects of the exoteric Latin American Cult of the Lord of Death. Topics offer insight into the origins of the Cult and the different forms of the ‘open’ and ‘closed’ Cults of the Master, the various altar setups and their significance, the specific traditional offerings given to the Lord of Death, the empowered talismans and fetishes used within magical practice, the different methods of consecration, traditional spells and rituals for magical protection, revitalization and malediction, and a curse to bring death to one's foes. The second part of Liber Falxifer focuses entirely on the more esoteric aspects of the Hidden Cult of Death, first noting that its essence is partially expressed through some of the same symbolism used within the folk-magical practice, but then taking matters much deeper into the darkness of the mysteries of the Sinistral Death, presenting not only an esoteric crossing between the two cults, but a complete system of practical Necrosophic Sorcery. Amongst the topics discussed are the pagan roots of the Master of Death, His true identity as it is understood within the Templum Falcis Cruentis, His many names of power and various aspects and manifestations, the Formula of Calling and Invocation to the Lord of the Scythe, the esoteric ritual for the ensouling of the altar statues of the Left-Handed Harvester, the workings with the altars used within the esoteric line of practice, the many different talismanic symbols, sorcerous insignia and the Key Sigils of Death, the buying of soil from the dead, the mysteries of Death's fell garden, the creation of fetish-skulls and the many different ways that they can be employed within the Necrosophic practice, the magic of tobacco and the secret tincture of its great daemonic shade, the Rosaries of Death and their construction, the Altar of the Dead and the veneration of the shades of the True and Secret Ancestry, the Sigil of Resurrection and instructions for the creation of a Spirit Box used to house the shadow of the dead, the Sceptre of the Shadow of Death and its creation and consecration, and much more. Written by the Magister of the Temple of the Black Light and the Templum Falcis Cruentis, and illustrated with selected original artworks depicting the esoteric manifestations of the Lord of Death, Liber Falxifer presents a unique and powerful system of both ‘low’ and ‘high’ Black Magic based on a valid synthesis of folk-magical sorcery, antinomian Gnosticism, the telestic arts of ensoulment and fetishism, kliffotic Kabbala, and anti-cosmic Luciferianism. Regular Edition First Edition of 500 copies, of which 434 copies are hand numbered. Hardbound in black cloth with a full-color dust jacket. Octavo (234 x 156). Front cover and spine blocked with silver foil. 212 pages. ** BANEFUL MAGICK by E. A. Koetting FROM THE PUBLISHER: First edition of 500 copies. Hardbound in black cloth, Octavo (234x156 mm). 176 pages. Front cover and spine blocked with silver foil. The secret art of magickal destruction is revealed in its fullness in E.A. Koetting’s most recent unveiling: Baneful Magick. Baneful Magick guides and instructs in the most effective methods of Baneful or Destructive Magick, the end of which being to cause severe harm, illness, disease, malady, and death to the subject of the curse. While subjects such as Hoodoo and other diasporic practices are entered into in depth, as well as Norse Magick and Western ritual, the meat of the material are those Operations which have never before been practiced or even discussed outside of the walls of the Ordo Ascensum Aetyrnalis, and which have been found by those who have laid their hands on this Magick to be ultimately effective in exacting physical result. E.A. Koetting carefully dissects the motivations behind murder, the internal impediments to action, and the rites which can serve to bridge the gap between rage and revenge. Although the rituals are presented in detail and examined in completeness, Baneful Magick pushes further and deeper, peering into the dark radiance within that drives the Sorcerer to take up this magick, into the essence of the power that floods the Temple when the death command is given, and into the aftermath which is shown to devastate not only the victim, but the whole of creation with the Operation of every curse. “Secrets are given here which will enable you to harm, to infect, to inflict, to torture and to kill by nonphysical means. This is a dangerous power and a forbidden knowledge. Both the power and the knowledge, however, are yours.” ** K O S M O L O G Y Luciferian Philosophy by Jeremy Christner FROM THE PUBLISHER: Kosmology emerges with a new, coherent take on Luciferian Philosophy, fusing Gnostic Theogony from antiquity and modern Theoretical Physics, as well as a number of sources of Classical Philosophical thought to be used as a metaphor for the illusory veil of matter and the true nature of the Demiurge's law. Lucifer grants his students fragments of Truth throughout their lives, fragments which ultimately culminate into one grand picture. Kosmology is but a recording of the Truth granted to the author thus far in his life. Softcover booklet. 48 A5 pages. C L A V I C U L A N O X : A Z A T H O T H Esoteric Magazine by Various authors FROM THE PUBLISHER: The Third Key is revealed. Azathoth delves into the prophecies hidden in the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, into deep esoterics of the Necronomian gnosis. The issue is based on practical workings and artistic forms flowing from the source of Cthulhu mythos, the 23rd current. Book of the Sentient Night by Stephen Sennitt, The Mad Poet Dreams True by Johannes Nefastos, The Art of Sacrifice: Blood Magic in the Necronomicon Gnosis by Asenath Mason, The Key and the Gate by Glen Westall, At the Center of Sleep by J. Stark, The Mythos of Madness by Von Sanngetall Softcover booklet. 44 A5 pages. ** CALENDAR: OCTOBER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Witchcraft and the Tree of Life: Free Lecture and Book Signing with Christopher Penczak Join author and teacher Christopher Penczak for a free lecture on Witchcraft and the Tree of Life. Many witchcraft practices are drawn from the traditions of “high” magick, also known as ceremonial magick. Often called the “yoga of the west” by modern mystics, the Qabalah is a rich system of spiritual development drawn from the Jewish esoteric tradition and fused with pagan Hermetic philosophy, alchemy, ceremonial magick, and even modern witchcraft. Qabalah plays an immense role in our modern New Age thought, though few take the time to study its complex and fascinating lore. The Qabalistic Tree of Life, depicting ten levels of consciousness and twenty-two paths of transformation, is used as a map of consciousness and initiation, to help you better understand the divine and your relationship with it. Join us for an exploration of the Tree of Life and its history and application in the traditions of witchcraft. A guided meditation will be a part of evening’s activities. Christopher will also be signing copies of his latest release, The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres and the Witch's Qabalah. For more information call: 206.PAN.1999. Author Bio: Christopher Penczak Christopher Penczak Christopher Penczak: Christopher Penczak is an eclectic witch, writer, and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of modern Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe. Formerly based in the music industry, Christopher was empowered by his spiritual experiences to live a magickal life, and began a full-time practice of teaching, writing, and seeing clients. His books include the The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation, and Psychic Development, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft CD Companion set, City Magick (Red Wheel/Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser), Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel/Weiser), the award-winning The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells, and Rituals, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft CD Companion Set, The Witch's Shield, Magick of Reiki, Sons of the Goddess, and the new Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft. Titles by Christopher Penczak: * Ascension Magick: Ritual, Myth & Healing for the New Aeon * The Inner Temple of Witchcraft Meditation CD Companion: Meditation CD Companion * The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development * Instant Magick: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Spellcraft * The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volume One: The Descent of the Goddess * The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volume Two: The Journey of the God * The Living Temple of Witchcraft, Volume One CD Companion * Magick of Reiki: Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual, & Spiritual Development * The Mystic Foundation: Understanding and Exploring the Magical Universe * Outer Temple of Witchcraft Meditation CD Companion * The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells and Rituals * Sons of the Goddess: A Young Man's Guide to Wicca * The Temple of High Witchcraft Meditation CD Companion * The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres and The Witches' Qabalah * The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft CD Companion * The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft: Shadows, Spirits and the Healing Journey * The Witch's Shield: Protection Magick and Psychic Self-Defense Website: ** MONDAY, OCTOBER 13th , 7-9 PM Celtic Reconstructionist Group FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th , 7-9 PM OLOTEAS presents… Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope: A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything The fall session of 2008 will be held on three consecutive Saturdays: October 18th, 12:30pm - 3:30pm October 25th, 12:30pm - 3:30pm *Please see location information below* November 1st, 12:30pm - 3:30pm The first and third classes are held at the Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E Pike on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The second class falls on the OLOTEAS event day for October and will take place at the same location as our event, which is the Longhouse. The longhouse is located on Redmond-Fall City road about 10 minutes east of Redmond. Please see our current monthly event notice and look for the same labeled section for driving directions. The street address for the longhouse is 23301 NE Redmond-Fall City Road - Redmond 98053 Enrollment is open to all, but we ask that no new students attend after the first class date. 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. Please send email to jayson(at)oloteas(dot)org to let us know if you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out!). This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented twice a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events. Many thanks to Edge of the Circle for offering us free space for the class! Visit the classes page soon for more info, including directions to the store, class schedule, and 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 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 The next session will be in the spring of 2009 Our Lady of the Earth and Sky PO Box 20032 Seattle, WA 98102 Website: Email: oloteas(at)oloteas(dot)org ** FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 7-9 PM, Aquarian Tabernacle Church Presents: Samhain Ritual, Open to Public, Free ** ONGOING: HOLY WELL CIRCLE Open Circle, Wiccan Meets at the Edge every Sunday from 5PM -8PM 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 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 November. Sincerely, Raven Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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