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Thursday, April 1, 2010

ISSUE 42,VOLUME FOUR: APRIL 2010

Welcome to the 42nd 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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THE REAL ASTROLOGY 
by John Frawley
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Apprentice Books (March 1, 2001)
Price: $35.00

BOOK BLURB:
Spica Award: International Book of the Year, 2001. The astrology that is ubiquitous today is quite different from astrology as practised throughout almost all of its long history. The dilute and distorted version with which we are so familiar is not the study that has fascinated so many of the finest minds in our culture with its intellectual depth and practical precision. John Frawley provides a searching - and often hilarious - critique of modern astrology, and a detailed introduction to all the main branches of the traditional craft. Accessible to those with no prior knowledge of the subject, yet sufficiently through to serve as a vade mecum for the student or practitioner.

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THE WAY OF THE HORNED GOD: 
A YOUNG MAN'S GUIDE TO MODERN PAGANISM
by Dancing Rabbit
Pub. Date: March 2010
Publisher: O Books
Format: Paperback, 196pp
List price $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
If you are the parent of a teenage boy, The Way of the Horned God will guide your son in growing to be a man who will be responsible, courageous, and true Son of the Great Goddess and Horned God. If you are a young man who is serious about Pagan spirituality and is interested in working toward harmony within yourself and with nature The Way of the Horned God is written especially for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dancing Rabbit is a practicing Pagan. He was co-founder of the Elder Grove and currently is co-facilitator of Rhythm of Life Chalice Circle, and holds a Master of Education.

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VODOU MONEY MAGIC: 
THE WAY TO PROSPERITY THROUGH THE BLESSINGS OF THE LWA
By Kenaz Filan
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (February 16, 2010)
List Price: $16.95

BOOK BLURB:
A working guide on how to achieve financial success by working with the lwa, the spirits of Haitian Vodou

• Provides spells and spirit work for job hunting, financial success, and career advancement

• Spells included are detailed and easy to follow--learn to Heat Up Your Business with Ghede or Peruse the Want Ads with Legba

Haitian Vodou is a very practical and scientific craft: either you please the spirits and get results or you don’t--often for good reason. The lwa--the spirits honored in Haitian Vodou--know that it is far more useful to find out exactly what is causing your money woes rather than receiving a quick fix.

In Vodou Money Magic, Kenaz Filan offers a path to long-lasting and pervasive changes in your financial situation. Filan describes the lwa who govern financial matters and explains what services each can provide in attaining wealth or finding a fulfilling career--and who will likely offer the best wisdom for your needs. If you are having trouble finding a job, Legba’s Perusing the Want Ads spell can resolve this difficulty. If you wish to curb impulse spending, then you should work with the Great Serpent Damballah. If you need emergency financial assistance, Mama Danto is there to help. Filan presents easy-to-follow instructions for numerous financial spells and also reveals how the lwa offer counsel for family burdens, getting along with coworkers, and planning your future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenaz Filan (Houngan Coquille du Mer) was initiated into Société la Belle Venus in March 2003 after 10 years of solitary service to the Haitian Vodou lwa. Filan is the author of The Haitian Vodou Handbook and Vodou Love Magic and the coauthor of Drawing Down the Spirits. Filan is the former managing editor of NewWitch magazine and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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THE TEMPLE OF HIGH MAGIC: 
HERMETIC INITIATIONS IN THE WESTERN MYSTERY TRADITION
by Ina Cüsters-van Bergen
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (March 9, 2010)
List Price: $19.95

BOOK BLURB:
A practical guide to pathworking and other esoteric techniques from the ancient mystery schools predating Christianity

• Explains the dynamics of both group ritual and solo practice

• Shows that temples of high magic are not mere physical structures but inner edifices created by sustained meditative practice

• Explains why this practice is sometimes called the Yoga of the West

Before the advent of Christianity, early civilizations had, at the heart of their spiritual traditions, mystery schools that offered a corpus of training methods in what is now called magic. The persecution of heresies that followed the establishment of Christianity as Rome’s state religion, a persecution that reached its high point during the Middle Ages, forced the degradation and disappearance of this training system. While the knowledge of these mystery traditions--jealously guarded by secret societies--has begun to emerge, the actual techniques and practices of spiritual magic have remained hidden.

The Temple of High Magic provides the practical knowledge of these techniques for modern spiritual seekers who wish to incorporate the proven esoteric techniques of the magi into their lives. This book explains the dynamics of group ritual and solo practice as well as the critical role played by the kabbalistic tree of life--the key to inner knowledge. Ina Cüsters-van Bergen shows that temples of high magic are not mere physical structures but are the inner edifices willed into being by a sustained meditative practice and pathworking, using key symbols from ancient Hebraic and Egyptian traditions. Sometimes called the Yoga of the West, this spiritual magic is a system of esoteric development that seeks to create full union between the magician and the divine.

FROM THE BACK COVER
OCCULT / HERMETIC STUDIES

Before the advent of Christianity, early civilizations had, at the heart of their spiritual traditions, Mystery schools that offered a corpus of training methods in what is now called magic. The persecution of heresies that followed the establishment of Christianity as Rome’s state religion, a persecution that reached its high point during the Middle Ages, forced the degradation and disappearance of this training system. While the knowledge of these Mystery traditions--jealously guarded by secret societies--has begun to emerge, the actual techniques and practices of spiritual magic have remained hidden.

The Temple of High Magic provides the practical knowledge of these techniques for modern spiritual seekers who wish to incorporate the proven esoteric techniques of the magi into their lives. This book explains the dynamics of group ritual and solo practice as well as the critical role played by the Kabbalistic Tree of Life--the key to inner knowledge. Ina Cüsters-van Bergen shows that temples of high magic are not mere physical structures but are the inner edifices willed into being by a sustained meditative practice and pathworking, using key symbols from ancient Hebraic and Egyptian traditions. Sometimes called the Yoga of the West, this spiritual magic is a system of esoteric development that seeks to create full union between the magician and the divine.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ina Cüsters-van Bergen is the head of the Hermetic Order Temple of Starlight and was initiated by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. She lives in the Netherlands and gives lectures and workshops throughout Europe.

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THE INNER GUIDE TO EGYPT  
A MYSTICAL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME & CONSCIOUSNESS
By Alan Richardson, B Walker-John
Publisher: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738718750
English | 216 pages | 6 x 9 IN
Pub Date: March 2010
Price: $17.95

BOOK BLURB:
Step into the mystical Henu Boat of exploration and begin a spiritual journey into Inner Egypt through astral travel techniques. This unique book guides you on a powerful self-initiation into the Egyptian Mysteries. As you travel along a river of inner consciousness symbolized by the Nile, you will visit sacred sites and see how each is linked to psychological and physiological aspects within. Bring Ancient Egyptian traditions to life and infuse your soul with the potent energies of the gods through guided meditation, creative visualization, and other spiritually enriching techniques. Discover the dreamlike beauty and ageless wisdom of this magical land-and discover the divinity in yourself-as you learn about:

The Great Pyramids • Hieroglyphs

Burial rites • Ka and Ba, the Egyptian concept of soul

Isis, Thoth, Osiris, and other deities

Your journey is about to begin. The heart of Ancient Egypt, and your higher self, await you . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Alan Richardson was born in Northumberland, England, in 1951, and has been writing on the topic of magic for many years. He does not belong to any occult group or society, does not take pupils, and does not give lectures on any kind of initiation. He insists on holding down a full-time job in the real world like any other mortal. That, after all, is part and parcel of the real magical path. He is married with four children and lives very happily in a small village in the southwest of England.

B. Walker-John (deceased) was affiliated with the Mystery School and closely studied the Egyptian Mysteries.

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NEW TAROT/ORACLES DECKS  










THE HEART OF FAERIE ORACLE  
By Brian and Wendy Froud
Hardcover Book: 160 pages
68 Oracle Cards
Publisher: Abrams; Har/Crds edition (March 1, 2010)
List price: $25.00

ORACLE BLURB:
From the renowned team of Brian and Wendy Froud comes a delightful and spiritual guide that offer believers a chance to connect with and experience the love and wisdom that comes from the hearts of faeries.

The Heart of the Faerie Oracle box set includes 68 oracle cards, illustrated by Brian Froud. The accompanying book provides detailed instructions reading the cards and for the believer to relate to the Faerie World and learn valuable relationship information.
Readers have the opportunity to consult with the magical world of Faerie and gain useful knowledge that can enhance their own intimate relationships. Using the deck of oracle cards, believers conduct readings to interpret the cards and build a special connection with the faeries.
The oracle cards feature Brian Froud’s recognizable faerie images, such as the enchanting “Queen of Golden Bough” and the mischievous “Trickster.” Wendy Froud’s text describes the emotional and practical nature of the cards and offers a variety of techniques for using the set, which can open the door into the Enchanted Realm as never before.
ABOUT THE CREATORS:
Brian Froud is an illustrator, author, film designer, and faery authority. In addition to Faeries, his books include Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book, with Monty Python's Terry Jones, Good Faeries / Bad Faeries, and The Faeries' Oracle. He also served as the conceptual designer on two of Jim Henson's films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
Wendy Froud, has been a doll maker since the age of five. She worked as a sculptor and puppet builder for Jim Henson for many years, sculpting the characters “Jen” and “Kira” for The Dark Crystal and fabricating “Yoda” for The Empire Strikes Back. Wendy’s dolls and figures are highly sought after and are in many prestigious collections around the world. Brian and Wendy live in Devon, England.
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ORACLE OF THE DRAGONFAE 
by Lucy Cavendish
Features 43 cards and 164 page guidebook,
packaged in a hard-cover box set
List Price: $19.95

ORACLE BLURB:
In the not so faraway past, we were Gods and Goddesses...we dwelt in dimensional lands...Eden, Avalon, Ys, Atlantis and Mu...we were fully alive and fully magickal. We worked, loved and lived with all the elemental beings...but as time wore on, we were torn away from our strongest, most protective kin, the Dragonfae. Now they are returning to help us heal ourselves and save this sacred planet. This deck is a dimensional portal to allow them to re-enter our realm and deliver their powerful messages of love, healing and protection for a new generation of magickal beings...

Welcome to this journey through a world that has for too long been hidden from all but the most courageous of searchers and mystics. Within these pages, and on each of these magickal cards, you will be introduced to and given messages and wisdom from the boundless world of the Dragonfae, a world which is now ready to be seen by your eyes and experienced by your heart.

When we connect with the Dragonfae, we reconnect with the lost parts of ourselves, allowing us to fully explore the gift of life on this beautiful planet. They help us to access knowledge from deep within and reconnect us with the knowingness that we are all one.



















BEGINNING APRIL 3RD

OLOTEAS PRESENTS…
SKIING THE MAGICKAL BUNNY SLOPE:

A REALLY, REALLY INTRODUCTORY COURSE
ON WICCA, MAGICK AND EVERYTHING.

The next series of classes will be presented in April on the first three Saturdays at Edge of the Circle Books:

Saturdays, April 3, 10, 17 from 2PM - 6PM

Classes include instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Spring 2010. 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 an email to dana@oloteas.org to let us know that 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 Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

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

Our Lady of the Earth and Sky
PO Box 20032 Seattle, WA 98102


APRIL 23-25TH:
REIKI LEVELS 1 AND 2 CLASS

Class Schedule:
Friday, April 23rd 6-9pm
Saturday, April 24th 12:30-9pm
Sunday. April 25th 12.30-5pm

In this class students will be introduced to Reiki history, philosophy, hand positions, symbol work and meditation.
At the end of this class the studed will be attuned to first 2 levels of the 3 levels of Reiki practice. As so the student will have all the tools necessary to practice Reiki in him or herself, other people both physically present and absentee and have tools for physical, mental, emotional and spirtual wellbeing provided by Reiki.
As part of the class the student will recieve a 100 page class manual including all class information, a copy of the teacher lineage tracing back to Mikao Usui, and a certificate of completion. After this class student will qualify to register with institutions such as the International Association of Reiki Professionals which provides insurance and resources for a professional Reiki practice.
Fee for this class is $375, a $175 non-refundable deposit to register and the balance of $200 due on April 15th 2010. Reigstration is available through Pay Pal at the website below. Please use valid contact information so we can email you class details upon registration.
Space is limited so inquire now!
Registration for this Class will close April 15th 2010
Hope to see you there!
Reiki Level 1 and 2 Class Registration

For more information:



MAY 1st 7-9PM
AQUARIAN TABERNACLE CHURCH PRESENTS
PUBLIC BELTANE RITUAL
Free






ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY, APRIL 4TH
(first Sunday of each month)
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, APRIL 5TH
(Every 1st Monday)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:

THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND
(Every 4th Thursday)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM

MONDAY FEB 26, 7-9PM
(Every 4th Monday of each month)
BLACKSUN AND SHADOWHAWK PRESENT:
A NIGHT OF WITCHERY
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







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 2-8:30pm

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

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