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Welcome to the 35th 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 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 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. **

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: A Magickal Life Presents:

M A X I N E S A N D E R S Learn more about the history of modern Wicca from a Priestess who lived it. SAVE THE DATES August 21 - Booksigning at Edge of the Circle Books August 23 - Special Lecture by Maxine about the Craft August 23- Sponsors special event: A Magickal Life Party with Maxine Sanders A Magickal Life is the sponsoring group for Maxine Sanders visit to Seattle Washington in August this year. Folks are arriving from around the country to meet her, come to the booksigning of Firechild, and attend a once-in-a-lifetime lecture about the origins of the Alexandrian Tradition. A MAGICAL LIFE: MAXINE SANDERS Maxine was initiated into the Circle of Witchcraft in 1964. The High Priest of that Coven was Alex Sanders, known throughout the world as 'King of the Witches'. Maxine and Alex were Handfasted in 1965, and legally married in 1968. The Sanders became household names during the sixties and seventies, dramatically bringing Witchcraft, its practices and reality into global consciousness. It is widely acknowledged that the intense publicity surrounding the Sanders precipitated those with a leaning towards Paganism to break away from the bonds of the then rigid Christian ethic. Despite the extreme interest of the paparazzi, the many sincere Initiations performed in Maxine and Alex's Covensteads during and since that period, saw the inception and fashioned a lineage of Witchcraft that has since spread throughout the world. Maxine is a highly respected Priestess of the Sacred Mysteries. She has encouraged, enabled and inspired students of the Priesthood to take on the conscious mantle of their spiritual potential. She believes the catalyst for that inspiration comes from the Cauldron of the Goddess in all its guises. Among Maxine's students and Initiates are those who have written authoritative books and informative works on Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Gods and Goddesses, Seasonal rituals, Sabbats, Ceremonial magic, Cabbala and The Sacred Magic of the Angels. Several of Maxine's pupils have become accomplished teachers of esoteric knowledge and work internationally. However, most follow the traditional path and pass on the Sacred Mysteries within the hidden Inner realms of the Temples of the Goddess. MORE: A Magickal Life is the sponsoring group for Maxine Sanders visit to Seattle Washington in August this year. Folks are arriving from around the country to meet her, come to the booksigning of Firechild, and attend a once-in-a-lifetime lecture about the origins of the Alexandrian Tradition. Events include a book signing, the lecture, and a party for sponsors and staff. An interview with Maxine is also planned, and will be published in Shadowplay. VOLUNTEERS For more info visit our volunteer page, or e-mail SPONSORS Visit our sponsorship page, or e-mail OR HOTEL INFO AND CRASH SPACE If you need help finding a hotel or BB or just crash space in a living room, e-mail or ** ROBERT'S EXCITED ABOUT: NEW 2010 CALENDARS AND PLANNERS FROM LLEWELLYN ! NOW IN STOCK: LLEWELLYN'S 2010 WITCHES' DATEBOOK

Discover the gifts and magic of each season as you follow the Witches' Wheel of the Year. This trusted datebook brings you Moon lore and facts—her names, signs, phases, and times of change—as well as the movements of the planets. You'll also find magical color correspondences for each day, Wiccan and Pagan holidays, seasonal recipes and herb lore, the best days to plant and harvest, and articles by your favorite authors:

The Birdbath Faerie Garden by Ellen Dugan Spellbound! by James Kambos Computers and the Craft by Magenta Griffith Portable Altars by Tabitha Bradley Re: Mercury Retrograde by Diana Rajchel Llewellyn's 2010 Witches' Datebook also includes Sabbat musings by Cerridwen Iris Shea, Moon rituals by Elizabeth Barrette, Sabbat recipes by Nancy V. Bennett, Celtic tree lore by Mickie Mueller, and beautiful original artwork by Jennifer Hewitson. ~ 11th Year of Publication! ~ LLEWELLYN'S 2010 WITCHES' COMPANION: AN ALMANAC FOR EVERYDAY LIVING

Inside Llewellyn's Witches' Companion, you'll find rituals and spells, holistic witchery, lifestyle diversity, and much, much more. Get the latest witchy news and gain insights on issues relevant to you. Plus, glean some great tips and ideas for living your craft everyday: My Goddess Body by Gail Wood Mystical Lineage by Elizabeth Barrette Flying Solo by Jim Weaver Sustainable Witchcraft by Melanie Harris Giving Back to the Spirit World by Lupa An eclectic mix of provocative and practical articles, essays, how-to's, and lunar information, Llewellyn's Witches' Companion is the perfect complement to our Witches' Calendar and Witches' Datebook. LLEWELLYN'S 2010 WITCHES' CALENDAR

Align with nature, and celebrate the magic of each season with ritual and spellwork. Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar 2010 has all the information you need to live your Craft every day: Wiccan holidays; color correspondences; the best days to plant and harvest; the Moon's sign and phase; planetary motion, including retrogrades; and solar and lunar eclipses. Featuring original scratchboard art by Jennifer Hewitson, this indispensable calendar is packed with practical tips, invocations, folklore, and magical spells. Along with a seasonal essay for each month, a special back section offers even more articles by your favorite Pagan authors, including: Seasonal Acts of Kindness by Cerridwen Iris Shea; Oaths and Oath-Breaking by Luci Zain; and Slumps, Grumps, Stews & Brews by Sue Pesznecker. January: Resolute Actions—Taylor Ellwood February: Hindu Love Meditation—Sybil Fogg March: Egg Legends and Lore—Suzanne Ress April: Madness and Ecstasy—Danny Pharr May: May Flower Love Spells—Lily Gardner June: Cool Fruit Magic—Melanie Harris July: Five Egyptian Neteru—Denise Dumars August: Fair of Carmun—Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha September: Early September Energy—Dallas Jennifer Cobb October: Fall Ghost Cleaning—Ellen Dugan November: Everyday Gratitude—Barbara Ardinger December: Giving Away—Gail Wood * WE ALSO HAVE IN-STOCK: Llywellyn's 2010 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian2009-2011 Llywellyn's 2010 Daily Planetary Guide: Complete Astrology At-A-Glance Llewellyn's 2010 Herbal Almanac Llewellyn's 2010 Magical Almanac Llewellyn's 2010 Moon Sign Book: Plan Your Life by the Cycles of the Moon Llewellyn's 2010 Sun Sign Book Llewellyn's 2009 Astrological Calendar * WE ARE ALSO PROUD TO CARRY: THE SOUND MAGAZINE, Founded by the Bards of Caer Pugetia ** NEW BOOKS:

TO PERFECT THIS FEAST: THE GNOSTIC MASS by James Wasserman , Nancy Wasserman , Aleister Crowley

Product Info: List Price: $22.00 Paperback: 112 pages Publisher: Sekmet Books (January 5, 2009) BOOK BLURB: A Complete Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass Drawing on nearly half a century of regular performance of the Gnostic Mass--and the countless classes and training sessions they have conducted during their O.T.O. careers--James and Nancy Wasserman (Bishops Tahuti and Mara) offer a coherent look at the ritual described by Aleister Crowley as the central ritual of [the O.T.O. s] public and private celebration. With no attempt to improve upon the teachings of the Master, they elucidate a method of performing the Mass whose entire rationale is a strict adherence to the instructions given in Liber XV. The authors have striven to understand the meaning of Crowley s text penned in the white-hot fury of his 1913 inspiration and extract the relevant spiritual teachings embedded within this elegant ritual. A series of insights, beginning in December of 2005 e.v., revealed solutions to long-hidden performance mysteries. The authors were encouraged to share these with a broader audience. If you are interested in Aleister Crowley and the Gnostic Mass, this book will teach you how to perform it in a manner that conforms to his instructions. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: James Wasserman is the author of the bestselling study of the Crusades, The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven, A longtime student of the occult sciences, he has a played a key role in the publication of many seminal works by Aleister Crowley and is responsible for the widely acclaimed restoration of the Papyrus of Ani, The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day. Nancy Wasserman is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magicians. ** LOVE, SEX, FEAR, DEATH: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE PROCESS CHURCH OF THE FINAL JUDGMENT by Timothy Wyllie , Adam Parfrey

Product Info: List Price: $24.95 Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Feral House (June 1, 2009) BOOK BLURB: The Process Church of the Final Judgment was the apocalyptic shadow side of the flower-powered '60s and perhaps the most notorious cult of modern times. Hundreds of black-cloaked devotees, often wearing a satanic "Goat of Mendes" and a swastika-like mandala, swept the streets of London, New York, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto, selling magazines and books with titles like Fear and Humanity is the Devil. And within the group's "Chapters," members would participate in "Midnight Meditations" beneath photographs of the Christ-like leader. Celebrities like Marianne Faithful, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications, and Funkadelic, in its Maggot Brain album, reprinted Process' "Fear Issue." Process' "Death Issue" interviewed the freshly-imprisoned Charles Manson leading to conspiracy hysteria in such books as Ed Sanders' The Family and Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil. A lawsuit against Sanders' Manson book led to the removal of its Process-themed chapter by Dutton. Love, Sex, Fear, Death is the shocking, surprising, and secretive inside story of The Process Church, which was later transformed into Foundation Faith of the Millennium, and most recently as the Utah-based animal sanctuary, Best Friends. Included will be text by Timothy Wyllie, a formative member of the Process and Foundation Faith organizations; interviews with other former Processeans; rare reproductions of Process magazines; never-before-seen photographs; and fascinating transcripts from holy books and legal actions. The special limited edition will be hardcover, signed, numbered, and slipcased, and it will include a facsimile edition of the notorious "Death Issue." ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Timothy Wyllie was one of the first members of the Process Church and art directed the decades ahead of its time Process magazines. Wyllie says it required years to "decompress" from this one of a kind cult experience. Wyllie has also written two brisk-moving books on angels and spiritual intelligences. Since his influential collection, Apocalypse Culture, was first released in 1987, the award-winning writer Adam Parfrey has been credited for discovering and revealing the inner workings of cults and unusual pop culture histories. With "Love, Sex, Fear, Death," Parfrey has captured the cooperation of primary players in the most secretive and talked about cult of our time. ** HANDBOOK FOR REBELS AND OUTLAWS by Mark Mirabello

Product Info: List Price: $25.00 Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Mandrake (January 1, 2009) BOOK BLURB: The Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws is a book about freedom. Written for intellectual swashbucklers–-men and women who are radicals in politics and infidels in religion–-warriors who hammer the stake of fear into the heart of tyranny–-this volume belongs in select book collections, between the black magic and the pornography texts. FROM THE PUBLISHER: EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION This work--the Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws--is a book about freedom. Written for intellectual swashbucklers–men and women who are radicals in politics and infidels in religion–warriors who hammer the stake of fear into the heart of tyranny–this volume belongs in select book collections, between the black magic and the pornography texts. Designed as a reference book for the enemies of all orthodoxies and despotisms, the Handbook for Rebels and Outlawscontains much information that is not beautiful. The reader must remember, however, that brutality is a fact in nature. When the autumn comes--observe the Chinese--no leaf is spared because of its beauty, and no flower is spared because of its fragrance. The information detailed here has been excavated from diverse sources. I have quarried the writings of philosophers and fiends, saints and mass murderers, sages and madmen, beneficent societies and sinister conventicles, illuminated religions and blasphemous cults. Why have I used evil sources? According to a traditional teaching--this one found among Kabbalahists--the wise man can learn from any source--even a thief. The thief is ever watchful, he takes every opportunity, and he does not despise the least gain. Besides, as the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges pointed out, "In adultery, there is usually tenderness and self-sacrifice; in murder, courage; in profanation and blasphemy, a certain satanic splendor." CONTENTS INCLUDE: A-Z of Rebels and Outlaws covering: Blasphemy; Terrorism (History and Practice) Megaterrorism (Biological Weapons, Chemical Weapons, and Nuclear Weapons) Survivalism and Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-Violent Resistance (Hunger Strike, General Strike, Civil Disobedience) The "Temporary Autonomous Zone" Communications, Clandestine The Revolutionary Cell The Assassin in History; "Dirty War" and the State Coup d'Etat (Theory and Practice) Secret Police (Techniques and Tricks) Deception in War (Theory and Practice) Guerillas, Partisans, and Asymmetric Warfare (History and Practice) The Urban Guerilla The Bandit and Pirate in History and Legend Mafias and Organized Crime White-Collar Crime (Non-Violent Crime) Violent Crime; Tyranny in History (Four Types Of) The Police in History The Informant in History Evidence (Physical and Eye-Witness) State-Sanctioned Killing Torture (History and Practice) Prison and Punishment Escape form "Controlled Custody" Techniques of the Fugitive ** THE SPIRITUAL RUNES: A GUIDE TO THE ANCESTRAL WISDOM by Harmonia Saille List Price: $19.95 Product Info: Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: O Books (May 25, 2009) BOOK BLURB: Runes are a tool for personal growth and spiritual transformation. They can help you in your every day life and in your everyday decisions. When you cast the runes they will tap into your unconscious, they will talk to you, teach you and guide you. They will help you to get to know the real you, the whole you, by guiding you on a journey of self-discovery. Harmonia Saille will take you step-by-step in learning the wise and mystical arts of the runecaster. This guide to the runes of the Elder Futhark addresses all aspects of rune philosophy. Harmonia shows how you do not need to be actually psychic to read the runes, and explains how the runes will help you to develop your intuitive abilities. She discusses how when you become familiar with them, the runes begin to communicate with you, and you will learn how to interpret them using your intuition in combination with the symbolism. Included are chapters on: • The ancient historical and mythological origins of the runes. • Gaining a spiritual connection and enhancing your intuition. • Rune meanings. • Psychology and Cosmology • Practical exercises in making, empowering and casting your runes. • Rune magic. This is your complete guide to the ancient art of rune divination and magic. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Harmonia Saille is an English writer and researcher with a BA (hons) degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature. A practicing Hedge Witch, she is a lecturer of Modern Pagan Witchcraft and holds workshops in the runes and other subjects both locally and at international spiritual events. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in the Netherlands ** GOTHIC CHARM SCHOOL: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR GOTHS AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM by Jillian Venters

List Price: List Price: $13.99 Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (June 23, 2009) BOOK BLURB: An essential, fully illustrated guidebook to day-to-day Goth living... There's more to being a Goth than throwing on some black velvet, dyeing your hair, and calling it a day (or a night). How do you dress with morbid flair when going to a job interview? Is there such a thing as growing too old to be a Goth? How do you explain to your grandma that it's not just a phase? Jillian Venters, a.k.a. "the Lady of the Manners," knows how to be strange and unusual without sacrificing politeness and etiquette. In Gothic Charm School, she offers the quintessential guide to dark decorum for all those who have ever searched for beauty in dark, unexpected places, embraced their individuality, and reveled in decadence . . . and for families and friends who just don't understand. TABLE OF CONTENTS: An Introduction Chapter 1: Am I a Goth? Chapter 2: I'm Not a Goth, But I Have Some Questions About Them … Chapter 3: Babygoths Chapter 4: Help! I'm a Goth and My Parents/Friends/Significant Other/Co-Workers Don't Understand Me! Chapter 5: Gothy Clich├ęs and Why They're So Pervasive. Chapter 6: Goths and Romance. Chapter 7: Socializing, Cliques, and Gossip. Chapter 8: Fashion: One of the Great Goth Obsessions Chapter 9: Dance the Ghost With Me: Music, and Gothy Club and Concert Etiquette. Chapter 10: Where Do We Go from Here? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jillian Venters was a fairly spooky and morbid child. When she discovered the existence of the whole Gothic sub-culture, she clapped her hands with glee and fell upon it like a babybat upon a box of Count Chocula cereal. Since then, the Lady of the Manners has spent a not inconsiderable amount of time trying to gently persuade others in her chosen subculture that being a polite Goth is much, much more subversive than just wearing T-shirts with "edgy" sayings on them. She lives in Seattle. *



Product Info: List Price: $28.95 Paperback: 312 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 1, 2009) BOOK BLURB: Your happily ever after awaits . . . Transport yourself to a faraway land of enchantment—a magical world where wondrous fantasies abound and anything is possible. Created by internationally renowned tarot artist Lisa Hunt, this unique tarot deck brings to life our most beloved fairy tales from around the world. See the cunning Puss in Boots as the Mentor (High Priest), Little Red Riding Hood as the Fool, and the Fairy Godmother as the Empress. Built within the Rider-Waite tradition, The Fairy Tale Tarot invites you to call upon your imagination and find your own adventures. ~ Charming and evocative artwork in the tarot card deck and book vividly portrays each fairy tale ~ Delightful retellings of the stories and an explanatory discussion of the symbolism ~ Suggested tarot card spreads and layouts for divination ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa is an internationally known tarot artist whose work includes The Shapeshifter Tarot, the bestselling Celtic Dragon Tarot (Llewellyn), and Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games 2007); voted a top 10 tarot deck for 2007 by Aeclectic Tarot. She is the creator of the award winning Animals Divine Tarot (Llewellyn 2005), earning her a 2006 COVR visionary award. Lisa is also the author of the fully illustrated meditation book Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn 2001). Lisa loves to read and has an impressive collection of books. She has spent her life studying and sketching fairy tales, myths, legends and other fascinating subjects that have driven her muse. She also holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology/Art & Drawing. Lisa lives with her family in Florida. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting her website. ** CALENDAR: AUGUST

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15th 2-6PM TAROT LOVER'S WORKSHOP THE FIFTH TAROT Join with a group of tarot lovers for an enlightening workshop delving deeper into the sacred mysteries of tarot. Martien & Teressena, creators of The Fifth Tarot, offer profound insights bridging the ancient teachings of tarot with the energies of today. Experience the archetypes of the major arcana through sound, movement and essential oil blends. Explore the element of ether and open to the expansive energies emerging in our consciousness today. Truly a multi-dimensional experiential workshop! The Fifth Tarot deck set is available for purchase at this event. Martien and Teressena will be available for book signing as well. ABOUT THE PRESENTORS : Teressena Bakens, the creator and illustrator of The Fifth Tarot is a visionary artist and intuitive. Her drawings help awakens one's inner knowing and wisdom of the sacred. Teressena works as a spiritual midwife, helping people heal and transform through shamanic ceremony. Martien Bakens, the author of The Fifth Tarot, is an energy healer, aroma therapist and alchemist. His intuitive writings offer profound insights into the spiritual laws of the universe, creating a greater understanding of our multidimensional gifts and possibilities. Together they facilitate sacred journeys to the Maya and Olmec lands. ** MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd , CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM For More Information: ** WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th, FULL MOON (LUNAL ECLIPSE) ** WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 12th , TAROT for CONJURATION as well as DIVINATION A WORKSHOP BY ORRYELLE DEFENESTRATE-BASCULE (Australia) From observation in the present, our future is not a set definitive, but an array of probabilities. A belief in Destiny does not preclude free Will and the ability to consciously Co-create this Fate. What is the use of divinatory arts if they merely give us glimpses of where we are headed, yet we are powerless to then affect this? Even just by looking at the current pattern of our lives, we may effect where we are going -so why not consciously craft our path? In this 3-hour interactive workshop, Orryelle presents some practical techniques for Tarot 'writing' as well as reading, to alter the course of our destiny by changing ourselves and our lives in the present to affect future outcomes. Cost: $25 Contact for more information: 501-318-4545 * FRIDAY , AUGUST 21 – A Magickal Life Presents: BOOKSIGNING WITH M A X I N E S A N D E R S Learn more about the history of modern Wicca from a Priestess who lived it. A Magickal Life is the sponsoring group for Maxine Sanders visit to Seattle Washington in August this year. Folks are arriving from around the country to meet her, come to the booksigning of Firechild, and attend a once-in-a-lifetime lecture about the origins of the Alexandrian Tradition. ** ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS THURSDAYS: 6:00-7:30 PM HEALING HANDS REIKI Bringing a healing hand to the community... Classes and services provided. Contact: Khephra and Ayoka at Or call: (206) 898-0419 or (206)421-5319 SEATTLE CHAOS MAGIC We meet at 3:33 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, at Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122. Anyone practicing, curious about, or otherwise interested in Chaos magic is welcome to attend. HOLY WELL CIRCLE No longer an Open Circle, please contact for information. 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 Thursdays, 12:30-8.30PM. Sundays 3:30-8:30 PM * KELLY MARJORIE KELLEHER Daughter of the Ancients Psychic, Healer, Muse... Thursdays at Edge of the Circle Books HEALING SERVICES THURSDAYS, 6:00-7:30 PM HEALING HANDS REIKI Bringing a healing hand to the community... Classes and services provided. Contact: Khephra and Ayoka at Or call: (206) 898-0419 or (206)421-5319


This concludes our Newsletter for this month. Look for us again on the first of September. Sincerely, Raven Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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