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Thursday, September 30, 2010

SAMHAIN 2010

HAPPY SAMHAIN!!!! 

Samhain is a festival held on October 31–November 1 in Celtic cultures. The name Samhain is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end". It's also celebrated as the Witches New Year.
Samhain is sometimes considered sacred to Hecate and other Dark Goddesses.


WELCOME to the 48th 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 your ideal Magical Pagan store.

Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm.
Call: 206-PAN-1999
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We are now on Facebook:

Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!



NEW PUBLICATIONS:
HEX MAGAZINE 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

HEX is a bi-annual publication and an online community radicalising European traditions and giving voice to the modern Heathen household. We are here to explore and celebrate the European peoples’ ancestral traditions and beliefs. Hex strives to recall the evident truths of the seasonal cycles, the folk ways & rites of our cultural heritage, earth stewardship, self-sufficiency, and sustainable living. By making old world knowledge and wisdom available for use in our everyday lives, we aspire to bring continuity to the present and heart to future generations. HAIL!

At present Edge of the Circle Books has ISSUES 6 & 7 in Stock.




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VOUDON GNOSIS 
By David Beth
Fulgur Limited Publishers

Standard edition
Limited to 800 copies only in blood-orange cloth, dust-jacket
Illustrated by Jonas Sen, Hagen von Tulien and Marlies Beth.
8vo, 230mm x 140mm
176 pages
$49.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
We are delighted to announce this new and substantially revised edition of David Beth’s acclaimed first book, Voudon Gnosis. Now expanded to over 170 pages and fully illustrated, with an introduction by Michael Bertiaux, this new edition is the first comprehensive treatise of the fascinating spiritist realms which constitute the highly practical system of Voudon Gnosticism.



From sexual magic to fetich sorcery, from the qliphotic realms on the Tree of Death to Esoteric Love and Time-Travelling, David Beth leads us towards making contact with the darkest levels and most ancient forms of consciousness and power. 

New material includes:
A foreword by Michael Bertiaux
Mo Ayon: The Dark Doctrine
The Cult of Juju Rouge
Appendix II (Rituals) comprising:
Time travelling using Le temple des Houdeaux
An Empowerment Rite of Voudon Gnostic Sorcery
A Voudon Gnostic Group Ritual
An enhanced ritual of Lucky Hoodoo

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ARCANA 
Authors: The Black Quill Element (of the Temple of Set)
Waning Moon Press
List Price:$19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
First book by the Black Quill Element of the Temple of Set and the culmination of its Arcana Project which contains fictional stories, prose, and inspired artwork influenced in some way by one of the cards of Major Arcana of the Tarot.
Originally created for limited private distribution for Temple of Set members, the Black Quill Element is pleased to finally make this work available to the public for those who would benefit from the Initiatory value of this collaborative work.

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THE BLACK SHIP 
Author: Malphas
Waning Moon Press
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"As the building and piloting of a ship represents the culmination and synthesis of numerous arts and sciences, so it is with this work. And yet, as the building and launching of a ship is just the beginning of the journey to explore new worlds, so it also is with this work..."
Part grimoire and part manifesto, The Black Ship presents the vision of the Pandemonium Mandala, teaches the lore of the emergent Daemonic race and is the blueprint for a culture based on Left-Hand Path principles. It begins with such basics as the invocation of the personal Daemon and new ways of consecrating working tools and personal space before exploring work with Ancestral spirits, the Mysteries of the Lesser and Greater Sabbats, the Sacrament of the Royal Blood of Chaos and the techniques of Transmogrification. It then explores the Daemonic rationale underlying new conceptions of politics, law and the evolutionary implications of space migration. Finally, The Black Ship concludes with a Chaosmological vision of this universe that both relates to and differs from ancient Gnostic teachings, with some new elements that may surprise.
And as the quote given above says, all of this is just the beginning.

Contents
BOOK ONE: THE ABODE OF ALL DAEMONS
I. The Pandemonium Mandala
II. Calling Forth the Daemon Within
III. Tools and Formulae
IV. Taking Dominion
V. Concerning the Ancestors
VI. The Lesser Sabbat
VII. The Work of Book One

BOOK TWO: THE ROYAL BLOOD OF CHAOS
I. The Black Sun
II. The Most Sacred and Royal Blood
III. The Role of the Sovereign
IV. Celebrating the Sacrament of Blood
V. The Work of Book Two

BOOK THREE: TRANSMOGRIFICATION
I. A Bridge Across the Abyss
II. Preparing the Vessel
III. The Cultivation of Virtue
IV. Daemonic Integration
V. The Magical Race
VI. The Work of Book Three

BOOK FOUR: CHAOSMIC ALCHEMY
I. The Foundations of the Work
II. The Greater Sabbat
III. A Sovereign Company
IV. The Dominion of Eternal Night
V. Chaosmology
VI. The Work of Book Four
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ETHICS AND THE CRAFT: 
THE HISTORY, EVOLUTION, AND PRACTICE OF WICCAN ETHICS
Author: John J. Coughlin
Waning Moon Press
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
With all the aspects of Wicca that have been misunderstood, ethics has been one aspect which has moved to the forefront, sometimes taken to the point of fundamentalism. Yet for all the attention, it seems that few really understand or appreciate the depth and complexity of Wiccan ethics today. This book hopes to encourage a better understanding and appreciation for Wiccan ethics and encourage ethical thinking.

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THEURGY AND NUMBERS 
Author: Frederick J. Veldman, Ph.D.
Waning Moon Press
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
As a writer I thought that magical arts were language driven. I mean, we call them "Spells." We have "Words of Power," mantras, chants, and invocations. But with mathematics we have something else entirely. If I write down I saw three bluebonnets blooming today, you know exactly how many (even if you don't have the pleasure of knowing that is the state flower of Texas). In fact, you can know the number even if you do not know English. You can know the number even if every single human perishes and you are some visiting alien from Tau Ceti. This would be true as your ability to grasp the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus or the quadratic formulas or (amusingly enough) Göedel’s Incompleteness Theorems. Mathematics is where the mind can grasp the stuff of the Cosmos. We need only think of the terrible flash seen on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, or the beauties of the Mandelbrot set, or watch children play at cutting Möibus, to understand that math is at the secret heart of the physical world. And that math is the key to "wonderworking."
-Don Webb,
Author of Mysteries of the Temple of Set
and Seven Faces of Darkness

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PERDURABO, THE LIFE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY 
Revised and Expanded Edition
By Richard Kaczynski
Hardcover: 720 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Rev Exp edition (August 10, 2010)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, editor/annotator of a forthcoming edition of Crowley’s Sword of Song, and co-editor with Hymenaeus Beta of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. He has been a student of the Western hermetic tradition since 1978, and has lectured internationally on these topics since 1990. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines (High Times, The Magical Link, Neshamah, Cheth, Mezlim, Eidolon, Different Worlds) and books (Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema, The Golden Dawn Sourcebook, Rebels and Devils, People of the Earth). A research scientist and statistician with the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, Kaczynski is also affiliated with Yale University’s School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry). He lives in Ellicott City, MD.

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RED MAGICK: 
GRIMOIRE OF DJINN SPELLS AND SORCERIES
Egyptian Sorcerer Al-Toukhi (Author)
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Ishtar Publishing (March 15, 2010)
List Price: $55.00

BOOK BLURB:
Infamous Egyptian sorcerer al-Toukhi wrote more than 30 books on magick, astrology, geomancy, and spirit evocation. Red Magick was one of the last titles he composed before his death. He compiled many power-house methods of sorcery from the archives of his manuscript collection and from the manuscripts preserved in Egyptian libraries. Red Magick is a book for sorcerers looking for results at all costs. In its pages, scholars and researchers will find compelling insights into Djinn-based sorcery. Practitioners of witchcraft, sorcery, practical magic, voodoo, and other spell-based arts can find inspiration and techniques to take them to the next level of causing reality to conform to their will. Red Magick takes its name from the Red King of the Jinn and focuses on works of sexual arousal and domination and works of destruction and conquering all obstacles in one's path. Use at your own discretion.

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GRAND KEY OF SOLOMON THE KING: 
ANCIENT HANDBOOK OF ANGEL MAGIC AND DJINN SUMMONING
By Pseudo Asaph Berechiah
Hardcover: 222 pages
Publisher: Ishtar Publishing (November 27, 2009)
List Price:$59.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Important: Be aware that it this title is different from the Lesser and Greater Key of Solomon.

The enchanting tales of 1001 Arabian Nights and the mysterious magical societies of the Moors share a legendary figure. He is no other than Asaph Ben Berechiah, the Vizier of King Solomon himself. According to Islamic tradition, this Arabian Merlin bested a djinn in a magical contest, teleporting Queen Sheeba’s throne in the blink of an eye, using his knowledge of the Great Name. Through the ages masters of the forbidden art of djinn evocation have shared with their disciples in secrecy an extensive oral tradition of rituals, incantations, and magical implements belonging to Asaph Ben Berechiah. Fragments of these arcane mysteries could be found in the writing of master occultists from the Middle Ages, the likes of Ahmed al-Buni. Few and far between, many have treasured what little fragments of this oral tradition could be found. There were also whispers of a grimoire compiled by an anonymous Arabian wizard brimming with secrets of the magic of Asaph Ben Berechiah. Known only as Ajnas, its reputation grew, but few possessed it. It has resurfaced in recent years and remains one of the most popular guides to angelic and djinn evocation in the land of the Arabian nights.

“O seeker of the art of the masters, you needn't wait centuries for this important grimoire to be available in English as has happened with Ghayat al-Hakim (Picatrix). Right now, you are beholding an accurate and complete translation of Ajnas waiting for its secrets to be unlocked by the disciples of today and the masters of tomorrow.”

"Heth Heth Sharet Maret Aeeret Ayolet"

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MAGIC SQUARES AND TREE OF LIFE: 
WESTERN MANDALAS OF POWER 
By Nineveh Shadrach
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Ishtar Publishing (May 1, 2009)
List Price: $19.95

BOOK BLURB:
Within the pages of this book lies one of the most powerful mandalas of the Western Mystery Tradition. For the first time in English, Nineveh Shadrach has lifted the veil on a magic square whose properties astonished Magi of an age long past. They hid this square from the uninitiated with arcane terms such as the red sulfur and great elixir. They attributed its power to the rise of figures such as Alexander the Great. For hundreds of years advanced adepts of Western Occultism had no inkling of the existence of such a powerful magical artifact. Now you do. You'll expand your knowledge of authentic ancient sacred magic when you get: a) A partial translation of an ancient manuscript, revealing some of its secrets b) The blueprint for constructing this mandala of power to awaken its energy in your life c) Advanced teachings of esoteric numerology that shed light on its mysteries d) Ten additional variations, each designed to fully manifest the spiritual power of the emanations of the Tree of Life. This book is not for beginners or for those looking for quick fix spells. Anyone who has dug in hidden places in search of secret knowledge that can change lives will find a master key inside. All that is left is for you to use that key and unleash the ancient power of kings.

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VAMPYRE SANGUINOMICON: 
THE LEXICON OF THE LIVING VAMPIRE
Father Sebastiaan , Konstantinos (Foreword)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2010)
List Price: $24.95

BOOK BLURB:
Since the dawn of civilization the vampire has danced through the dreams and nightmares of every culture, expressed in folklore, literature, and art. Today, this fascination resonates in pop-culture, through hit television shows and movies and bestselling books. But what does it mean to be a vampire, a living and modern vampire? What many do not realize is that the Living Vampire is on a serious, lifelong spiritual path.

Best known as Strigoi Vii, the Living Vampire is one who has embarked on a serious and lifelong spiritual path. Not just "kids in capes," the members of this magickal community seek to live in glamour and ritual every day. The Vampyre Sanguinomicon provides a profound perspective on the Vampyre culture, traditions, movement and philosophies, which are intended to challenge and inspire your views. Chapters include Vampyre Ritual, Vampyre Sensuality, Beginning Vampyrism, and The Vampyre Wedding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Father Sebastiaan has been at the center of the Vampyre/vampire subculture since 1992. He is an avid student of chaos magick and esoteric studies, and is the founder of SABRETOOTH™, a fansgsmithing company, as well as the event coordination company Endless Night Productions. Author websites: www.sabretooth.com and www.fathersebastiaan.com.

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NEW TAROT DECKS

TAROT OF THE CELTIC 
FAIRIES KIT 
Lo Scarabeo
List Price Book and Deck Set: $37.95
List Price Deck only: $22.95
From the Publisher:
Journey to a hauntingly beautiful faerie land steeped in Celtic lore. Vivid, luminescent scenes vibrate with significant detail, deep meaning, and sheer beauty. Not everyone is lucky enough to experience these magical creatures firsthand, but this tarot will draw you into a unique realm of fey wisdom and guidance.

The Tarot of the Celtic Fairies Kit includes a companion book by tarot expert Mark McElroy, which will guide you through this enthralling paradise to find the answers you seek.

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CALENDAR:





OCTOBER 




SAT, OCT 23, 4:00 PM 
SECRETS OF THE TREES; OGAM BASICS AND TREE WISDOM
Facilitator: Moss Magill

Develop your own Tree Ogam divination system as you learn about this ancient Irish alphabet and how to use it to simplify and understand the changing world around you. Divination can inspire you to comprehend the complexities of our modern world. The Ogam alphabet may have been originally used to record secrets, developed over the years into many divination systems. In this workshop, we will take a brief look at the history of the Ogam. We will then create our own way of working with these beautiful symbols to comprehend our changing world, simplifying our lives through the language of trees. You will be creating your own unique way of conversing with each letter of the Ogam alphabet and the trees that you correspond to each.

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ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY , SEPTEMBER 3rd 
(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, SEPTEMBER 4th 
(Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:
http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/








MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th 
(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





THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
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

“ 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 THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM. Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM

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TAROT BY COMPASS 
Every THURSDAY 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.”

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




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