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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ISSUE 32,VOLUME FOUR: APRIL 2009

Welcome to the 32nd 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. ** Robert's excited about: NEW PENDULUMS! We're also carrying NEW rough crystals, and terminated point crystal and gemstone pendants in Quartz, Citrine and Amethyst. ** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BACK IN PRINT QUTUB, OR THE POINT by Andrew D. Chumbley Publisher: Xoanon Publishing Ltd List Price $98.00 Binding: Hardcover Second Edition. STANDARD EDITION (New) The standard edition is limited to 700 copies, and is hardbound in black cloth with blue endpapers. FROM THE PUBLISHER: Xoanon, Sole Publisher of the Sabbatic Craft Tradition, announces publication of the Second Edition of Qutub or, The Point, by Andrew D. Chumbley, late Magister of the Cultus Sabbati. Marking the 13th Anniversary of its original release, the Second Edition has been newly typeset and bound by Xoanon. Long out of print, Xoanon is proud to re-release this classic and long sought-after volume. Qutub defines and illustrates the Design of Crooked Path Sorcery through a series of 72 poetic verses, each representing a specific arcanum of Draconian Gnosis. Arising from diverse initiatic currents and spiritual streams, this Wisdom encompasses the ancient Persian sorceries of the Maskarae and Yatukan; the pure mysticism and beauty of the Sufi Way; the Yezidis, collected Kurdish tribes comprising the "People of the Book", and the modern-day exemplar of the Witches' Sabbatic Cultus. Together, these sources inform and inspire the verses of Qutub, Point and Axis f the World, weaving a rich tapestry to which is appended a scholarly commentary. This Illumination ultimately comprises the body of the Dragon of Eld, the Ancient Serpent of Light whose totality manifests within the microcosmic earth as the Great Opposer, whose Rite is included in the book. ** NEW BOOKS: VOUDON GNOSIS by David Beth Introduction Michael Staley List Price: $48.00 Hardback Scarlet Imprint Publishing FROM THE PUBLISHER: Finally, a clear exposition of the Voudon Gnostic system of Michael Bertiaux and the work of La Couleuvre Noire. The thriving multiverse of artistic imagination which this current represents has been explored by Kenneth Grant, but this is the first text giving the inside experience of an initiand. A fascinating and challenging glimpse into the Voudon system, it is both a gateway for students and an inspiration for those looking for a more creative occultism. This book is a perfect introduction to the complexities of that strangest of all modern grimoires, Bertiaux'sVoudon Gnostic Workbook. Expanding upon the groundwork of his essay in Howlings, David Beth guides us through this eclectic, syncretic and highly personal system of sorcery which nevertheless has come from a genuine Haitian lineage. Those looking for the wilder atavistic energies of sex magick, as we find embodied in the art of Austin Osman Spare, will find much of interest in this book. Voudon Gnosis outlines a more complex and highly developed system of sex magick than is found in the secret grade papers of the Western magickal tradition. VOUDON GNOSIS COVERS: Las Prise des Yeaux Points Chauds Spider Sorcery and Time Travelling Elemental Sex Magick The Grimoire Ghuedhe With appendices on: Nganga and the Fetish A-Mor, an initiated analysis of Love David Beth is the Sovereign Grand Master for the international Voudon Orders and is the Presiding Bishop of the Ecclesia Aeterna. A tireless ambassador, teacher and speaker, David is one of the key players and most charismatic characters in the modern occult revival. ** KISSING THE HAG by Emma Restall Orr List Price: $24.95 Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: O Books (February 25, 2009) BOOK BLURB: Based upon the old tale of The Marriage of Sir Gawain, Kissing the Hag brings us face to face with the nauseating horror of the hag - the raw side, the dark side, the inside of a woman's essential nature. Here we find the untamed soul, the wild, angry, selfish, lustful, manipulative and incomprehensible elements of woman: all that makes us unacceptable and badly behaved. Too often we have been guided to point a finger of blame, accusing our parents, society, our partners of being dysfunctional. Here Emma Restall Orr doesn't allow us that option. As a Druid and animist, she takes the negative stereotypes of the irrational, emotional woman - feisty bitch to shameless whore, smothering mother to grumpy old bag - and finds the archetypes behind them, the faces and forms of the dark goddess.Instead of dismissing these as unacceptable, she encourages us to ride their wild emotional currents, surfing the awesome tides that threaten to overwhelm us. In Kissing the Hag, we come to accept the fullness of our nature, celebrating the deep mystery, the magic and power of all we are. Kissing the Hag is a book written for women who long to loose the chains of insecurity, convention, guilt and self-negation, and rediscover the freedom and creativity of their true nature. It is also a book written for men fascinated but infuriated by the women they love. CONTENT: Based upon the old tale of The Marriage of Sir Gawain, Kissing the Hag brings us face to face with the nauseating horror of the hag - the raw side, the dark side, the inside of a woman's essential nature. Here we find the untamed soul, the wild, angry, selfish, lustful, manipulative and incomprehensible elements of woman: all that makes us unacceptable and badly behaved. Kissing the Hag is a book written for women who long to loose the chains of insecurity, convention, guilt and self-negation, and rediscover the freedom and creativity of their true nature. It is also a book written for men fascinated but infuriated by the women they love. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) is one of the most well-known Druids worldwide. She worked for the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, was Joint Chief of the British Druid Order for nearly ten years, and in 2002 created the international Druid Network. She is a practising priest and teacher, celebrated for her uncompromising views on ethics, environmentalism and personal responsibility. She regularly lectures at universities and within the Pagan community, and works as a media spokesperson for Druidry. She has previously published Spirits of the Sacred Grove, Principles of Druidry, Ritual: A Guide to Life, Love and Inspiration, Druidry, Druid Priestess, Living Druidry, Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future, The Apple and the Thorn, and Living With Honour: A Pagan Ethics (O Books). ** ADVANCED CIRCLE MAGICK: ESSENTIAL SPELLS AND RITUALS FOR EVERY SEASON by Kirk White List Price: $12.95 Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Citadel (March 26, 2008) BOOK BLURB: You hold in your hands a unique map--a map to the mastery of your own life. Kirk White, the dean of Cherry Hill Seminary and author of Adept Circle Magick, offers you the tools you'll need to take the next profound step in your journey to your ideal spiritual destination. By learning how to perform these essential circle casting rituals, you'll find full synchronization with the Universe is within your grasp. Each easy-to-follow chapter takes you through the process step-by-step with these indispensable elements: Meditation Divination Spells Healings Rituals With sections spanning the seasons--from Yule to Ostara and from Midsummer to Samhain--Advanced Circle Magick provides the magickal practitioner with the vital rites and spells to reach true mastery of a magickal, harmonious, and balanced life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: KIRK WHITE has been a practicing witch for more than thirty years. The past director of the University of Vermont's Parapsychology Program, he founded two pagan organizations, the Wiccan Church of Vermont and the Church of the Sacred Earth: a Union of Pagan Congregations. A longtime teacher of courses in Wicca and witchcraft, White is also the founder and academic dean of Cherry Hill Seminary, a professional pagan clergy education program. He lives on a spiritual retreat in Vermont with his wife and daughter. ** CRAFTING MAGICK WITH PEN AND INK: LEARN TO WRITE STORIES, SPELLS AND OTHER MAGICKAL WORKS by Susan Pesznecker List Price: $16.95 Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 1, 2009) BOOK BLURB: "With the help of this book, your writing and magickal skills will expand and grow...You will be a true magickal writer."—Richard Webster, award-winning author of Write Your Own Magic Put the "pen" back in pentacle! Would you like to craft your own Book of Shadows? Write a story? Create Pagan rituals or Wiccan spells for special occasions? And ultimately infuse your writing with added beauty, style, and power? Get your creativity flowing as you step into a boundless world where magick comes alive through the written word. Clear, step-by-step instructions will guide you through each phase of creating beautiful and powerful magickal works. • Drumming up ideas • Keeping a magickal journal • Freewriting • Choosing a composition form • Revising drafts to a refined polish This book on magickal writing offers an array of exercises, tips and terms, and writing samples to help you craft stories, devotional poems, spells, chants, prayers, blessings, meditations, and rituals. By mastering the techniques in this book, your every word will crackle with energy, vibrancy, and true power. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Pesznecker (Oregon) teaches writing at Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She also teaches online courses in magick through the Grey School of Wizardry. ** THE MAGICIAN'S REFLECTION by Bill Whitcomb List Price: $21.99 Paperback: 388 pages Publisher: Megalithica Books (September 29, 2008) BOOK BLURB: Increasingly we live immersed in a symbolic environment that mediates between ourselves and the world around us. Our modern use of symbols gives us great power, but only if we are aware of how we symbolise ourselves and our world. The Magician's Reflection helps us reveal the hidden nature of reality. This new expanded edition provides methods to create your own personal symbol systems enabling you to consciously use your symbols to better understand and manifest your desires. Written by the author of 'The Magician's Companion', this indispensable desk reference contains material for the working magician but will also be of value to writer, designers and artists of all types. Easy to follow exercises and procedures guide the reader through such topics as: Become more aware of your symbolic surroundings Working with archetypes Creating personal mythology Using metals, minerals and other substances as physical alphabets Developing your own dialogue with the world Assembling Custom Spiritual Guides Creating personal symbols for success ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bill Whitcomb is in his early 40s and has been fascinated by magic, symbols, and language since childhood. He is active in exploring the limits of consciousness and human potential and has plans for several more books in these areas. He also writes fiction and is an enthusiast of surrealism and fantastic literature. Bill presently resides in Oregon where he works as a technical writer. ** KISSING THE LIMITLESS: DEEP MAGIC AND THE GREAT WORK OF TRANSFORMING YOURSELF AND THE WORLD by T. Thorn Coyle List Price: $19.95 Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Weiser Books (February 10, 2009) BOOK BLURB: Kissing the Limitless is a manual for self-liberation through magic. By practicing the Great Work of the ancient alchemists and magicians, readers are guided into self-possession--constant communication with their divine selves-- and connection with the Limitless Divine. Using the tools of energy and breath, shadow and dream work, tarot and meditation, readers will learn to open up "life power" and access breath, will, and desire--the key components of effective magic--to, quite literally, reshape the world. This book was written to be used in concert with whatever pagan tradition you are currently involved in. There are at least three levels to it: part one will help you strengthen the foundations of your spiritual practice, part two will ensure that you are sound in body, mind, emotion, sex, and spirit, and have developed will and ethics, and part three will lead you further into connection with your Godhood. . .The goal of the book is to help guide you through the stages of personal consciousness that will then enable you to step into inclusive consciousness -- a consciousness that encompasses the personal, political, environmental, social, mental, and transpersonal. [It is this] inclusive consciousness [that] enables us to reach the limitless, the divine, Goddess or God. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected teacher and author. A spiritual seeker her whole life, she has studied the craft of magic for more than twenty-five years. Mystic, spiritual director, musician, dancer, activist, and author of "Evolutionary Witchcraft", she makes her home near the San Francisco Bay. ** CALENDAR: APRIL WED, APRIL 1st APRIL FOOL'S! BEGINNING FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd : FRIDAYS APRIL 3rd-24th OLOTEAS presents… Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope:A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything. The Spring session of 2009 will be held on five consecutive Fridays at Edge of the Circle Books: April 3, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM April 10, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM April 17, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM April 24, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM May 1, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM Edge of the Circle Books is located at 701 E Pike on Capitol Hill in Seattle. 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 dana@oloteas.org to let us know if you're planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!). 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! 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 Website: http://www.oloteas.org/ Email: oloteas@oloteas.org THURSDAY, APRIL 30th 7-9PM, BELTAINE OPEN CIRCLE Presented by: AQUARIAN TABERNACLE CHURCH For More info: http://www.aquariantabernaclechurch.org/ * APRIL 11th VOUDON STUDY GOUP 4-7PM APRIL 13th CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM For More Information: http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/ APRIL 30th ATC Presents: BELTAINE OPEN CIRCLE Public Ritual, Free For More info: http://www.aquariantabernaclechurch.org/ 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 May. Sincerely, Raven Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter golanv1@yahoo.com

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