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Friday, July 16, 2010

ADDENDUM


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE JUST PROCURED THE FOLLOWING TITLES:  

HEKATE, HER SACRED FIRES 
By Sorita d'Este , Raven Digitalis,Vikki Bramshaw 
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (May 27, 2010)
Price: $39.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Hekate Her Sacred Fires is an exceptional book for an extraordinary, eternal and universal Goddess. It brings together essays, prose and artwork from more than fifty remarkable contributors from all over the world. Their stories and revelations are challenging, their visions and determination in exploring the mysteries are inspirational, and their enthusiasm for the Goddess of the Crossroads is truly entrancing and sometimes highly infectious. Hekate is a Goddess of great antiquity. She is primordial, powerful and sometimes animalistic - and yet, she is also sophisticated, modern and capable of adapting to different cultures. She is the Torchbearer, the Cosmic World Soul, the Guide and Companion. She is Mistress of the Restless Dead, who rules over the Heavens Earth and Sea. 
She is the Keybearer and so much more. 

Her devotees today, as throughout the ages, include philosophers, poets, sorcerers, theurgists, witches, root-cutters, enchantresses and ordinary people. In her introduction, the author and priestess Sorita d'Este brings together an exciting wealth of material on the history and development of how the goddess Hekate has been seen through the ages. As well as a fascinating discussion of her possible origins and mythological connections, the introduction also includes a timeline providing glimpses into her portrayal through the ages, with extracts from literature and examples of amulets, coins and art. The spectrum of material covered in this anthology is as diverse as the forms of Hekate herself, emphasising her role as lightbearer, keybearer, initiatrix, world soul, child's nurse, mistress of crossroads and serpent mysteries. Her devotees describe her role in traditional witchcraft and initiatory Wicca, healing and paganism, her approachability through her angels and trance oracles, her assistance in overcoming traumas and helping the dead continue their journeys. From the reestablishment of the ancient worship of the great mother goddess as Hekate in Thrace (Bulgaria) to meteorites and pilgrimages, Hekate's presence around the world and beyond is vividly described and illustrated 
by her torchbearers.



THE BOOK OF GOLD : LE LIVRE D'OR 
A 17TH CENTURY MAGICAL GRIMOIRE
OF AMULETS, CHARMS, PRAYERS, SIGILS
AND SPELLS USING THE BIBLICAL PSALMS 
OF KING DAVID
By David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Le Livre d’Or (The Book of Gold) is a unique 17th century French magical work comprising numerous amulets, charms, prayers, spells and sigils for working with the Biblical Book of the Psalms of King David. Written in a simple style akin to a medieval Book of Secrets combined with magical practices from the ancient world, Le Livre d’Or brings together practices which have their roots in major works from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah, to the Greek Magical Papyri and Sepher Shimmush Tehillim (Magical Use of the Psalms).

Now translated into English for the first time, this exceptional text demonstrates the significance of the Psalms as a unifying and vital thread throughout the development of Western magic. From Sweden to Syria, Britain to the Baltic, the use of appropriate Psalms has spread as a significant part of popular folk and religious magic, and Le Livre d’Or is an inimitable example of the transmission of divine power through the written and spoken word. Le Livre d’Or was originally bound as part of Lansdowne MS 1202 with a 17th century French copy of the most important of grimoires, the Key of Solomon.

The extensive commentary by David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron emphasises the place of the Psalms within the Grimoire tradition, detailing their extensive apotropaic, amuletic and coercive uses in works such as the Book of Abramelin, the Key of Solomon and the Goetia. The editors also illustrate how the magic of the Psalms has underlain and cross-fertilised numerous traditions over the last two thousand years, from Hellenic magicians, early Christians and Jews of the ancient world to practitioners of the medieval Grimoires and Renaissance Cunning-folk.

Whether it was for benevolent or malefic results, Le Livre d’Or provided the appropriate Psalm verses and relevant techniques. This previously ignored work is an outstanding example of eminently practical magic which not only draws on such major works as the Heptameron and the Steganographia, but also many of the divine names found in the Kabbalah. From Saints to spirits, characters to Creeds, Le Livre d’Or shines forth as a significant and reclaimed chapter in the Western Esoteric Traditions.

This book is available in two editions, being a perfect bound paperback at $29.00, or a cloth hardback with dustwrapper at $69.95.



QUESTING AFTER VISIONS: MAKING CONSCIOUS CONTACT 
E.A. Koetting
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Eternal Ascent Publications, LLC (March 1, 2010) List Price: $24.00
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"We are blessed and we are cursed. We exist in a realm further from the Source than any other, only inches from the border of oblivion. Yet even in this physical perdition we are surrounded by light and power, and with only a few steps inwards we find ourselves not as slaves in a prison of flesh but as Gods over it, no longer trapped but capable of leaving the cage altogether. And yet we remain, for the simple sake of the experience itself." - Questing After Visions, Chapter Thirteen


Questing After Visions: Making Conscious Contact examines the nature of revelation, the mechanics of Seership, and the methods of prophecy, not from the armchair of hypothesis, but from the ritual chamber of application. E.A. Koetting shares his most profound visionary experiences and the insights that he has gained as his own quest after visions has brought him into direct conscious contact with the spiritual and the Eternal.

CONTENTS
Introduction

Part I - The Nature of Visions
Chapter One: The Vision Within
Chapter Two: External Visions
Chapter Three: Degrees of Revelation

Part II - Beginning to See
Chapter Four: Dreamscapes of Prophecy
Chapter Five: Entering the World Within
Chapter Six: Scrying Eyes
Chapter Seven: Bodies of Spirit
Chapter Eight: Crossing the Threshold

Part III - Stimulating the Sight
Chapter Nine: Coercing the Vision
Chapter Ten: Forcing the Vision

Part IV - The Prophet's Mantel
Chapter Eleven: The Knowledge and Conversation
Chapter Twelve: The Fury of Faith
Chapter Thirteen: Pure Vision




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