This Wiccan holiday marks the first harvest of the year and is one of the Greater Sabbats in the religion. Lughnasadh is also known as Lammas Eve, Lady Day Eve or Feast of Bread.
Welcome to the 46th 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.
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler,
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 your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm.
We are now on Facebook:
Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!
NEW 2011 CALENDARS ARE IN!!!
We now have the new Llewellyn 2011 calendars and planners in stock, including the Sabbats Almanac which runs from Samhain 2010 through Mabon 2011.
Including Norse pendants from Dryad Design: Tyr, Frey and Loki-- and new pieces from Peter Stone including a Courtney Davis Viking Couple pendant and a beautiful Triskelion in gold and sterling silver.
We have procured a lovely statue of Filomena Lubana: Santa Marta Dominadora.
NEW CANDLES FROM COVENTRY CREATIONS!
We now carry Coventry Creation's Tarot and Witch's Brew Scented Spell Candles.
THE COMPLETE MAGICK CURRICULUM OF THE SECRET ORDER G.B.G.:
BEING THE ENTIRE STUDY, CURRICULUM, MAGICK RITUALS, AND INITIATORY PRACTICES OF THE G.B.G
(THE GREAT BROTHERHOOD OF GOD)
Louis T. Culling (Author), Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (Author)
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Exp Rev edition (August 1, 2010)
Founded upon the revolutionary premise that High Magick can be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps, Louis T. Culling’s original edition of this classic magick book broke all the rules.
Llewellyn is proud to present an updated and expanded edition of this pioneering work.
The G.B.G., or “Great Brotherhood of God,” was a magickal order founded by acclaimed magician Frater Genesthai. Louis T. Culling, one of the initial members of the G.B.G. in California, was instructed by Genesthai to reveal the Order’s magickal curriculum when the time was right.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling’s original edition of this book, offers illuminating commentary, definitions, and discussion points to render these profound magickal philosophies and practices even more accessible and relevant for contemporary magickal practice. This new edition is also an interesting philosophical commentary, answering a number of questions about historical occult orders and figures like Aleister Crowley. The techniques taught in this curriculum include:
—Dream Recall and Interpretation
—Functioning in the Borderland
—Finding One’s True Magickal Identity
—The Retirement Ritual
—The Invocation of Thoth
—Imprinting the I Ching on the Body
—The Three Degrees of Sex Magick
—Thelema and the Magickal Will
—Invocation of Human Quality
—The Rite of Transubstantiation
—Conversations with a God
—Magickal Offspring—the Familiar
—The Great Lunar Trances
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Louis T. Culling was a respected magician whose contributions to modern occultism are unique. One of the initial members of the Secret Order G...B...G..., he served as the head of the Southern California section of the Order. He is the author of many books, including The Pristine Yi King and Sex Magick.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (Minnesota) is the owner and chairman of Llewellyn Worldwide, the world's oldest and largest metaphysical publisher. He played a seminal role in the rise of Wicca and Neo-Paganism in the 1960s and 1970s and has been called "the father of New Age" for his public sponsorship of occult subjects. Weschcke also served as the 7th Past Grand Master Ordo Aurum Solis.
KITCHEN WITCH: A MEMOIR
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press, LLC (July 1, 2010)
A personal narrative filled with homespun wisdom, this memoir recounts the life and times of one of the founders behind the Feri tradition of modern Neopagan witchcraft. Revealing the author’s journey through an intriguing collection of challenging circumstances and memorable experiences, this account ranges from an impoverished childhood in rural Alabama during the Great Depression to her marriage to the blind poet, shaman, and cofounder of the Feri tradition, Victor H. Anderson. Warm, intimate, and bittersweet, this glimpse into the world of a true American “kitchen witch” includes recipes, personal spells, and poetry, demonstrating an extensive knowledge of a craft held in high regard by healers and folk magicians of the rural South.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cora Anderson was a contributing writer for Circle Magazine and Witch Eye magazine. Her recipes have been featured in Women's Circle and Potpourri of Cookery. She was the author of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition and the coauthor of Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel.
INSIGHTS INTO EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY
A DIVERSE COLLECTION OF ESSAYS BY PROMINENT ASTROLOGERS
By: Rose Marcus
Specs: Trade Paperback
English | 288 pages | 6 x 9 IN
Pub Date:August 2010
List Price: $29.95
Evolutionary astrology holds the key to life's most profound mysteries: Where does the soul come from? How can we grow spiritually? What are our intended life lessons?
Shedding new light on these vitally important questions, well-known astrologer Rose Marcus has compiled a collection of illuminating essays by today's foremost evolutionary astrologers. Each contributor offers fascinating perspectives on evolutionary astrology and explores various aspects of Pluto's role in determining the soul's evolving needs and desires.
Jeffrey Wolf Green, the world-renowned founder of this specialized field of study, begins the book with an exploration of the four natural evolutionary laws that propel soul growth. Deva Green continues with a discussion of how Pluto drives our evolutionary growth, illustrated with case studies and charts of notable figures such as President Barack Obama.
Contributors also explore Pluto's influence on the sexual and relationship characteristics of each zodiacal sign, the fulfillment of human potential, the dynamics between twins, past life regression, the interpretive importance of planetary nodes, and the cultural significance of Pluto entering Capricorn.
Features original essays by Jeffrey Wolf Green, Deva Green, Kim Marie, Maurice Fernandez, Kristin Fontana, Patricia L. Walsh, Mark Jones, and Rose Marcus.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rose Marcus (Vancouver, British Columbia), a certified astrology professional, is the director for the Canadian School of Evolutionary Astrology and has written forecasts for numerous publications and projects. She also hosts her own TV show, AstroLink.
Visit her online at www.rosemarcus.com.
THERE'S SOMETHING UNDER THE BED:
CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCES WITH THE PARANORMAL
Ursula Bielski , Jeff Belanger (Foreword)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 5, 2010)
List Price: $14.99
Why do infants and toddlers seem to have a heightened awareness of the paranormal--and an often marked ability to interact with the unknown? And why do these qualities and abilities seem to mysteriously disappear during adolescence?
There's Something Under the Bed! explores the often complex relationships between children and the paranormal, and focuses special attention on the sometimes startling realities behind children's "imaginations." This book will help you:
Distinguish whether your child's imaginary friend is the product of his or her mind, a harmless spirit in the house, or something more malicious.
Trace the links between children's ever-changing beliefs and folklore, fairy tales, and popular culture.
Understand the real phenomena behind ghosts, fairies, angels, and possessions.
Foster a healthy relationship between your child and the paranormal.
Protect your children from fear and danger.
TWILIGHT OF THE GODS: THE MAYAN CALENDAR AND THE RETURN OF THE EXTRATERRESTRIALS
Erich von Daniken
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (July 29, 2010)
High up in the Bolivian Andes-4,000 meters above sea level-lies Pumapunku, an ancient ruined city that simply could never have been constructed by its Stone Age inhabitants."Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Daniken.
"In Twilight of the Gods," says von Daniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.
"I will also prove that Pumapunku was not built by any Stone Age people.
"And in December 2012, the gods will return from their long journey and appear again here on Earth. At least that is what the Mayan calendar would have us believe.
"The so-called gods--the extraterrestrials--will come again. We're headed for a 'god shock' of major proportions.
"But doesn't anyone with half a brain know that interstellar travel is simply impossible because of the sheer distances involved? And that extraterrestrials would never look like us?
"Well, dear readers, I destroy these preconceptions. Systematically. One bit at a time."
In his own inimitable way, Erich von Daniken picks these preconceptions and prejudices apart with a clarity no other author could manage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erich von Daniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and most well-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. It was a worldwide best-seller and has been followed by 31 more books including the recent hit History Is Wrong (New Page Books). His works have been translated into 28 different languages and have sold a total of 63 million copies. Several of his books have also been turned into films, and Erich's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's smash hit special, "Ancient Astronauts." He is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit. He lives in Switzerland.
NEW TAROT/ORACLES DECKS
SUN AND MOON TAROT
List Price: $18.00
Cards: 78 pages (Cards)
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems; Crds/Bklt edition
(May 30, 2010)
With fresh, contemporary artwork, Sun and Moon Tarot gives a modern twist to ancient spiritual symbols.
By playfully incorporating mythology and astrology, Vanessa Decort brings unique interpretations to traditional tarot, presenting a deck that is both insightful and accessible.
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
SUNDAY , AUGUST 1st
(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, AUGUST 2nd
(Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:
MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd
(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.
Blacksun and Shadowhawk
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26th
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM
AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
TAROT READINGS /SPIRITUAL ADVICE
Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
“ I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for nearly a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical (hence the name) and are geared toward helping the client circumvent the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring.”
Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except TUESDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 3:30-8:30 PM
TAROT BY COMPASS
Every TUESDAY from 12:30-8:30 PM
“I've been reading cards for 20 years and doing readings professionally for nine. I've been reading cards at folk life and Bumbershoot for nine years along with various fairs and festivals on the west coast.
I believe the tarot works as an interpersonal growth tool that on some levels works like the childhood game of "broken telephone." Everyone of the 78cards in a tarot deck have a central meaning. Depending on where they fall in a spread, how they are dignified, and any colloquial non-sequiturs that happen to come out of my mouth create a personalized story of what's going on in ones life. The cards are great about "speaking" of the past and present. They can pick up on energies that are starting to manifest in ones life but ultimately after a reading is over everyone has free will and it is their choice how they deal with those energies. My job as a reader is multifaceted, from channel to help alleviate blocks; to sounding board as a listener. I've found that I get a wonderful thankful response from people I've given readings to.”
TAROT READINGS BY SHAYE
Sundays from Noon—3:30pm.
Poet-Priestess, Tarot Reader, Spiritual Counselor. Specializing in working with the healing and empowering energies of the Divine Feminine.
Offering Respect, Presence, Experience, Insight and a Playful Spirit.
This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again SEPTEMBER 1st 2010!
HAPPY HAPPY LUGHNASADH!
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter