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Monday, March 1, 2010

ISSUE 41,VOLUME FOUR: MARCH 2010




HAPPY OSTARA!! 

Welcome to the 41st 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
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New Products! New Pendulums, and...


New Statuary






































BIG NEWS: 




The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck  is now available and back in print!  



NEW BOOKS
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THE MAGICKAL ESSENCE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY
By J. Edward Cornelius
Please call for Price and availability.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Berkeley, CA: Privately published ( J. Edward Cornelius ), 2010. First Edition thus Hardcover. 8vo. x + 246pp. Black cloth with gilt titling to spine, b&w frontis, appendixes, index. New book thus Fine in fine dust jacket.
Edition limited to 777 numbered copies.

"The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley" focuses on the central philosophies and practices of Magick, in particular the "attainment of the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel," and the secrets that lie at the heart of Crowley's "Liber Aleph" and "The Book of Lies." The text has its origins in a series of instructions that Aleister Crowley gave to an American disciple, Grady Louis McMurtry, during the last years of the Second World War. McMurtry returned to the United States, and in his later years went on to head both the O.T.O. and his own lineage of the A.'. A.'. He became both friend and mentor to the author of this book, J. Edward Cornelius, to whom he confided the secrets and teachings that he had received from Crowley. Following McMurtry's death, Cornelius explored these insights in a series of "Epistles" that were privately circulated amongst his own students. In 1999, he made a synthesis of these teachings, which he published in the Red Flame series of journals under the title "The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley." It sold out rapidly, and soon became one of the most sought after modern explorations of Crowley's work. In the decade that has elapsed since the publication of the original Red Flame edition of the book, Cornelius has carefully reworked the text, removing sections that he no longer felt to be of relevance, clarifying passages that some of his students found difficult or perplexing, and extensively revising and augmenting the rest. In the process he has added fifteen new chapters, effectively reshaping the entire publication, and filling it with new insights for those interested in the Magick of "the Beast."

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THE MAGIC SEAL OF DR. JOHN DEE. 
THE SIGILLUM DEI AEMETH
by: Colin D. Campbell

Hardcover
Publisher: The Teitan Press; 1st, Limited edition (2009)
Please call for Price and availability.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Hardcover. 8vo. Small Quarto. 156pp. Bound in high quality black cloth, with a gilt sigils stamped on front & rear covers, blind rules, and gilt title etc. on the spine. Printed on acid-free paper, sewn, Color frontispiece and one colour plate, b&w illustrations and tables, appendixes, index. Edition limited to 777 numbered copies.

The book comprises a detailed examination of the history and structure of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth of the Elizabethan scholar and Magus, Dr. John Dee, as well as a study of its use in the practice of ritual magic. The appendixes include a new transcription and translation of Dee's Liber Mysteriorum Secundus, and an important new translation of the section of the famous grimoire, The Sworn Book of Honorius, that gives details of what is clearly an early form of the Sigillum Dei. The author has written that from the perspective of a practicing magician, the work has two principal aims: "to demonstrate the importance of the pattern established by Dee's Sigillum Dei as opposed to its implementation, and to bring the Sigillum Dei out of the limited confines of the Enochian temple and into its role as a powerful magickal system in its own right. The recognition of the patterns established in the construction of the Sigillum Dei allow us to view the seal in a new light, not as a static framework decided once and for all hundreds of years ago in the study of a Rennaissance magician, but as one that can be reconstituted in the light of modern interpretation. Furthermore, the seal is, in essence, a system of evocation - the very same method of communication used by Dee & Kelley in its reception. This book explains the nature and method of this approach and how the practicing magician is able to use the Sigillum Dei in the manner in which it was truly intended - as a powerful system of planetary magick."

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THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS 
by Dale Pendell

Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Three Hands Press, January 2010
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Chance, the great beloved of gamblers, lovers, generals and kings, has long held sway over mortal affairs. Whether assuming the form of the goddess Fortuna and her ever-turning Wheel, or the abstract mathematic of ‘randomness’ Her favor is universally sought, and Her displeasure feared. To the devotee of Chance, Divination may be regarded as Her secret liturgy, providing glimpses of the unknown to those she esteems.

Into the retort of the alchemist-poet, Pendell compounds portent, omen, oracle, and the art of prediction to distill The Language of the Birds, a reverie upon the nature of the Goddess of Fortune and the sacred function of Chance.

The Language of Birds is 72 pages, printed on heavy acid-free art stock, with ten illustrations. It was released in a trade paper edition, a standard hardcover edition with dust jacket limited to 250 copies, and a deluxe edition in quarter morocco limited to 50 copies.

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SÀNGÓ IN AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Edited by Joel E. Tishken, Toyin Falola, and Akintunde Akinyemi
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 1, 2009)
List Price: $27.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Sàngó's impact on the Atlantic world:

"From religion, history, and sociology, to culture and literature, this volume appeals to multiple disciplines as Sàngó is interrogated on several levels of complexity." —Niyi Afolabi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Elucidates the variety of views in circulation about Sàngó both in Nigeria and in the Yoruba diaspora." —Oyekan Owomoyela, University of Nebraska

Sàngó in Africa and the African Diaspora is a multidisciplinary, transregional exploration of Sàngó religious traditions in West Africa and beyond. Sàngó—the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning—is a powerful, fearful deity who controls the forces of nature, but has not received the same attention as other Yoruba orishas. This volume considers the spread of polytheistic religious traditions from West Africa, the mythic Sàngó, the historical Sàngó, and syncretic traditions of Sàngó worship. Readers with an interest in the Yoruba and their religious cultures will find a diverse, complex, and comprehensive portrait of Sàngó worship in Africa and the African world.

Joel E. Tishken is Assistant Professor of African and World History at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Toyin Falola is Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at The University of Texas, Austin. He has edited The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005) and Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (IUP, 2007).

Akintunde Akinyemi is Associate Professor of Yoruba Language and Literature in the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is author of Yoruba Royal Poetry: A Socio-Historical Exposition and Annotated Translation.

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FINDING PERSEPHONE: 
WOMEN'S RITUALS IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN 
Edited by Maryline Parca and Angeliki Tzanetou
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press (November 7, 2007)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Reveals women's active role in religious life and rituals in the ancient world:

"As the excellent introduction makes clear, there are good reasons why the study of women and religion is an exciting topic at this time." —H. Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University

". . . a good representation of the potential of the study of women’s rituals as a medium for relocating women to the center of ancient society from their long relegation at the edge." —Randall S. Howarth

, Mercyhurst College, H-Women, H-Net , January 2009
Drawing upon the latest research in gender studies, history of religion, feminism, ritual theory, performance, anthropology, archaeology, and art history, Finding Persephone investigates the ways in which the religious lives and ritual practices of women in Greek and Roman antiquity helped shape their social and civic identity. Barred from participating in many public arenas, women asserted their presence by performing rituals at festivals and presiding over rites associated with life passages and healing. The essays in this lively and timely volume reveal the central place of women in the religious and ritual practices of the societies of the ancient Mediterranean. Readers interested in religion, women's studies, and classical antiquity will find a unique exploration of the nature and character of women's autonomy within the religious sphere and a full account of women's agency in the public domain.

Maryline Parca teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is author of The Franchetti Collection in Rome: Inscriptions and Sculptural Fragments.

Angeliki Tzanetou teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published articles on women's rituals and politics in Greek drama.



CALENDAR: MARCH  

TUESDAYS, MARCH 2nd ,9th , 16th ,23rd ,30th , 7-8:30PM
Psychic Development Class by Amy

Psychic Development for Beginners will run 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 at Edge of the Circle Books.

We will cover chakra meditation, meet your guides meditation, meet your higher self, protection, grounding, and practice
seeing chakras and auras. There will be techniques for healing self and others, with and without the help of your spirit
guides. Other topics as time and the interest and abilities of the class allows. The chakra meditations are designed to
help open up, in a safe way, your natural abilities of clairaudience and clairvoyance.

Amy Wolf has been teaching this class intermittently for over five years. She was trained by several professional psychics in the Bay Area as well as one in Seattle, and has enough magical background and training to keep this class safe!

Please call to register or if you have other questions, (no text please) 206-349-9198 or email airmit108@q.com

The cost is $15-20 sliding scale per week.
Thank you.

SUNDAY, MARCH 21st , OSTARA


MONDAY , MARCH 22, 7-9PM
Blacksun and Shadowhawk Present:
A Night of Witchery
Every 4th Monday of each month:

For the past 30 years, we have been teaching the basics of Wicca, lecturing at festivals, writing articles and books on Paganism, and acting as priest and priestess of StarWyrm Coven. We are now starting a new series of meetings for the those sincerely interested in Wicca, open to all seekers.
If you are seriously considering making Wicca your own brand of spirituality but wonder what you might be getting into, this is a great starting point. This is NOT a recruitment or any sort of proselytizing device. The aim of these meetings is to give information and trade perspectives so you may make up your mind.

Blessed be,
Blacksun and Shadowhawk
THURSDAY MARCH 25th 7-9PM
Witch's Meet Up


ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS  

SEATTLE CHAOS MAGIC
We meet at 3:33 pm. 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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 4TH (Every 1st Monday)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:



THURSDAY, JANUARY 28th (Every 4th Thursday)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM

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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

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KELLY MARJORIE KELLEHER
Daughter of the Ancients
Psychic, Healer, Muse...
Thursdays at Edge of the Circle Books

TAROT READINGS BY SHAYE
Sundays from Noon--3:30pm.


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.  
Look for us again APRIL 1st 2010!
HAPPY OSTARA!
Sincerely,
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter
golanv1@yahoo.com

2 comments:

元素 said...

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方便 said...

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