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Sunday, February 1, 2009

ISSUE 30,VOLUME FOUR: FEBRUARY, 2009

Happy IMBOLC ! Welcome to the 30th 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 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 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 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. ** In Memoriam : We'll miss you, Taz. ** We still have 2009 Moon Calendar Posters available! 2009 MOON CALENDAR POSTER Author: Kim Long The moon is our faithful companion, lighting our skies and always changing. Is the moon out tonight? One glance at this gorgeous calendar and you'll always know. Kim Long has charted our satellite's nightly appearance with 365 sketches of its phases. Full moon? Eclipse? Be in tune with the moon —you'll know all with this famous calendar. Posters come packaged in a sturdy cardboard tube that's suitable for mailing, and identified with a handsome sticker reproducing the calendar in miniature (with EAN code). List Price: $12.00 Width: 31.5 Height: 20.5 ** NEW DIVINATION DECKS: THE BOOK OF KAOS TAROT DECK By Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule FROM THE AUTHOR/ARTIST: Originally titled, 'The Bohemian Tarot' -(under which the original Major and Minor Arcana sets were published seperately as A5 limited-edition (100 copies) folios around 1991) I have redrawn about half of the major arcana in recent years to form the deck into 'The BOOK of KAOS', an inter-sect-ion of Chaos Magick and the aeonic double current of Horus and Maat. The introduction of these added layers of esoteric symbolism do not detract, however from the deck's original appeal of directly emotive, pagan and tribal imagery. FROM THE BOOKLET: Atu III – The Empress: She is Mother Nature, abundance personified, and as Goddess of Ma-tter she is also the Door (Hebrew letter Daleth)-way to and from the Stars. Nurturing and fruitful, The Empress blossoms with fertility, pregnant with potential, ever about to birth another new form into the world of Ma-nifestation. Her shield is the 7 stars of the Pleiades and of Netzach, sephiroth of Love and Victory, forming the seven-pointed Star of Babalon, the life-force. List Price: $33.00 Number of Cards: 80 Instruction Booklet included Publication Year: 2004 NEW BOOKS: VERITABLE KEY OF SOLOMON by Stephen Skinner , David Rankine BOOK BLURB: Completely new and richly detailed, this is perhaps the most comprehensive version of The Key of Solomon ever published. Based on one of the best-known grimoires of the Western world, The Veritable Key of Solomon presents all aspects of this revered magical system in one impressive source. Based on the original Key of Solomon manuscript, this brand new text features never-before-published material and added detail. Over 160 illustrations beautifully complement the elements of this complete and workable system of high magic, from a broad range of talismans and techniques to magical implements and procedures. Also featured is a commentary by two of the best-known scholar magicians alive—Stephen Skinner and David Rankine—who offer a full survey of all extant manuscripts of this famous grimoire and an exploration of how they interrelate. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interest has always been Western magic. During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies. Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on Feng Shui in the 20th century. Stephen has written more than 20 books, which have been published worldwide in 17 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars. Stephen lives in Johor Bahru near Singapore. List Price: $65.00 Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 1, 2008) ** HANDS-ON CHAOS MAGIC: REALITY MANIPULATION THROUGH THE OVAYKI CURRENT by Andrieh Vitimus FROM THE PUBLISHER: The Deepest Essence of Magic Is This the "Next Step" You've Been Seeking? Maybe you've been working magic for years. Maybe you've been practicing magic for just a few weeks. But what is at its heart? What is the very essence of magic? Certainly it's not wands or altars or robes. Natural magic shows that you can work successful and powerful magic without any of those things (though these tools can all enhance what you do). Certainly it's not herbs and simple spells. Ceremonial magic has shown that we can work powerful magic without either. So what is the essence of magic? After all, if you could discover its deepest heart, you could easily perform magic and get all kinds of fantastic results. There are three things. First, there's you. Somebody has to do the magic. Second, there is the achievement of a state of consciousness where the magic can happen. And third, there is the creation and manipulation of magical energy. Everything else are just additions that might add to these three things. There is a style of magic that focuses on just those basics, the essence of magic. It's popular just about everywhere in the world, yet still seems out of reach to many. But all of that changes with the first practical, clear, and essential book on the subject: Hands-On Chaos Magic by respected lecturer Andrieh Vitimus. Chaos Magic is absolutely non-dogmatic and non-sectarian. No matter your background, you can use Chaos Magic. But, the problem with some previous books on Chaos Magic is that they have been too theoretical and philosophical. When you get Hands-On Chaos Magic, however, the entire direction of this system changes. It finally becomes easy to understand, practice, and use. It becomes accessible to anyone willing to do the work, regardless of previous training. *The Ultimate Course in Chaos Magic* Hands-On Chaos Magic walks you through every step of learning the theory and practice of this system. If you've never done any magic at all, this is the course of magic for the coming millennium. If you're an experienced magician you'll learn many new practical concepts and techniques; the success and strength of your magic will soar. • Discover how the power of NLP is related to magic • Learn to test and verify your results • Practice using Chaos Magic techniques for real-world outcomes • Learn the power of memory and experience • Actually practice the techniques of Austin Osman Spare • Learn the theories of this system's innovator, Peter Carroll • Discover new methods of meditation through breathing, body postures, mudras, and more • Work magic using any system, even one inspired by popular culture, fiction, games, or TV • Discover the secrets of invocation and evocation, and how you can apply them for real change in your life This unique textbook expands upon what you may have read in other books on Chaos Magic and fills in what has been missing. It teaches in the way people actually learn—you first learn the basics, and then you repeat it but in greater depth. By using repetition you automatically memorize the methods and techniques so you can use them any time and place. You'll even learn how to invent your own magical methods "on the fly." *From Pop Culture to Powerful Magic* Hands-On Chaos Magic includes information on virtually every aspect of magic as well as the most modern understandings of the mind and science. It's spun together into a fun book with an attitude. It's down to earth, practical, and it works. If you want a step-by-step training manual that teaches you how to actually use one of the most popular systems of magic in the world, this is that book. If you plan to get only one book on magic this or any year, make that book Hands-On Chaos Magic. BOOK BLURB: "Andrieh Vitimus is the real deal...honest-to-gods, in-your-face magic. Hands-On Chaos Magic is just what it says, and the next best thing to working with the master himself." —Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley "A must-have for any magician." —Taylor Ellwood, author of Multi-Media Magic "Written with intelligence, experience,and a genuine desire to empower readers." —Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium "A usable introduction to the concepts and practical techniques of chaos magic." —Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick "A well-considered and thorough contribution to the chaos magic current." —Dave Lee, author of Chaotopia This irreverent guide to chaos magic emphasizes experimentation and finding out what works best for you. Andrieh Vitimus presents a revolutionary hands-on course of study for the average Jane or Joe. Vitimus banishes the severe tone of other esoteric orders, offering an accessible and practical approach that makes it easier to perform successful chaos magic that is uniquely your own. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrieh Vitimus (Ohio) has been a practicing magician in multiple systems for over twelve years. He has taught metaphysical classes at Alchemy Arts in Chicago and at conventions including Aeon, Ancient Ways, Real Witches Ball, ConVocation, and Sirius Rising. He is a member of the prestigious Illuminatos of Thanateros (IOT), one of the most difficult magical organizations to enter. List Price: $27.95 Paperback: 408 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 1, 2009) ** DRAGONS BLOOD ISSUE 6 – LILITH (Periodical) Author: Lodge Magan Dragon's Blood is an esoteric magazine issued by Lodge Magan, the Polish branch of the magical order of Dragon Rouge. The magazine contains both essays on chosen Left Hand Path subject and many practical rituals and meditations. The sixth issue contains the following articles: The Living Death: Two Faces of the Feminine - Lilith and Az (Jeh) by Pairika; - The Ritual of Az by Pairika; - Meditation upon the Congress with Az by Pairika; - Vama Marga - The Left Hand Path Tantra by Aer; - In the Shadow of Lilith by Klaudyna Raszkiewicz; - The Awakening of the Vampire through the Teaching of Lilith by Svava AĆ«glun VB and Aaron Azared AC; - On the Altar of Saturn: Blood in the Rites of Death by Asenath Mason; Invocation of Lilith by Daemon V. List Price: $13.50 59 pages A5, softcover, perfect bound, black & white illustrations. ** DRAGONS BLOOD ISSUE 7 – SAMAEL (Periodical) Author: Lodge Magan The sixth issue of Dragon's Blood magazine presents chosen aspects of Lilith and related themes. Contains the following articles: -The Living Death: Two Faces of the Feminine - Lilith and Az (Jeh) -The Ritual of Az -Meditation upon the Congress with Az -Vama Marga - The Left Hand Path Tantra -In the Shadow of Lilith -The Awakening of the Vampire through the Teaching of Lilith -On the Altar of Saturn: Blood in the Rites of Death -Invocation of Lilith List Price: $13.50 59 Pages A5, Softcover perfect bound, black and white illustrations. ** WITCH SCHOOL: LIVING THE WICCAN LIFE by Debbe Tompkins BOOK BLURB: The Witch School teaching series prepares students for initiation into Correllian Wicca, one of the largest and fastest-growing Wiccan traditions in the world. Discover what it means to be Wiccan with this easy-to-follow course on Wicca from Witch School. From energy and consciousness studies to casting spells and making magic, this Wicca book presents the fundamentals of everyday Witch life in an engaging and straightforward manner. You'll learn about Wiccan ethics, gods and goddesses, sabbats and esbats, magic wands, herbal concoctions, altars, pentacles, totem animals, and a variety of divination practices. Previously available only through Witch School, this introductory guide to Wicca is designed for those new to this nature-based spiritual path. As an additional bonus, WitchSchool.com offers many optional interactive features to enhance your textbook learning experience. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Her work within the Wiccan community has been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. Originally a native of Oregon, she makes her home in Rossville, IL. List Price: $21.95 Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd Ed edition (January 1, 2009) ** CALENDAR: FEBRUARY February 2nd, 7PM-9PM ATC Presents: IMBOLC Public Ritual, Free For More info: http://www.aquariantabernaclechurch.org/ FEBRUARY 9th, 7-9PM CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP For More Information: http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/ FEBRUARY 11th, 18th, 25th (Wednesdays) 7PM-8:30PM Psychic Development Class With Amy Call: 206-726-1999 for more information. 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 by 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 March. Happy New Year! Sincerely, Raven Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter golanv1@yahoo.com

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