WELCOME to the 51st 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!
We now carry the following publications:
Idduna, Behutet and The Sound!
|Robert models the "Lam" t-shirt.|
The new “EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS” T-Shirts and “ARTEMIS, LADY OF THE BEASTS” T-Shirts are now available! We also have some of the Aleister Crowley “LAM” T-shirts still available.
NEW CALENDARS AND PLANNERS
Astrology's Finest . . .
Celestial Calendars by Jim Maynard
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celestial Influences®, Pocket Astrologer®, Celestial Guide® and the Astrologer's Datebook® are complete astrological calendars. Each version has an ephemeris and a basic introduction to astrology that includes: an explanation for each sign of the zodiac, the influences of the planet and aspects, the moon through the signs and phases, and a guide for planting by the moon. All four calendars give daily aspects with the exact times, when the planets go retro-grade or direct, and indicate daily moon signs and when the moon goes void-of-course.
A guide to the visibilities of the planets, eclipse information, an asteroid ephemeris, and tables of the sunrise and sunset, as well as holidays and celebrity birthdays are also included.
SPELL OF THE MONTH:
7-DAY CANDLE SPELL FOR MONEY
Take a green pillar candle (7 day pull out):
Ginger or Red Pepper,
a mixture of Money Stay With Me Powder/Money Drawing Powder
Fast Luck oil/ Prosperity Oil
Carve the candle with the dollar amount you need, plus your initials,and horoscope sign.
Dress the candle with Fast Luck oil, then roll in the combination of herbs/powder.
Place in a candle holder (glass jar), and place it on top of your written petition, to which you have attached a lock of your hair. Sprinkle herb/powder combination around the candle in a circle. Pray 23rd Psalm , or say words of affirmation over the candle. Burn until the candle goes out by itself.
May everyone be blessed with prosperity in the new year!
© Copyright Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, 2011All rights reserved.
FOR THE NEW YEAR: 2011
By Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
2011 is a “4” year.
This means that discipline, control and hard work will pay off. People seem a little more close-minded under this influence-- and conflicts on the world stage may develop over pettiness and territorial disagreements.
This is also a year to be patient and frugal. This may be a good year for construction workers-- a lot of building gets done under a “4” influence.
On the other hand, the economy may strengthen—this is a good year for building firm foundations. 4 is about being rational, sometimes being a bit rigid, and as the number of The Emperor Tarot card-- may point to world leaders becoming more important in our scope of vision.
The “2” in 2011 may bring the need for people to have more compassion and be willing to help others, to listen: to be peacemakers. The “2” Card in the Tarot is The High Priestess. She brings us the challenge to listen to our gut—and “feel” one's way through difficulty. There may also be slow, gradual improvement in people' s lives, overall.
The “0” brings spiritual gifts, but also a certain mystery – a sense of unknowing, so expect surprises this year. This is also the number of the Tarot Card “The Fool”, and brings new adventures, new and exiting paths and journeys and new and innovative ways of doing things.
“11” is a Master Number-- and heralds a year where visionaries take center stage. In our own lives it may mean that we must be willing to use more imagination to solve problems . Think outside the box! This could be a great year for entrepreneurs.
“11” is also the number of the the Tarot card “Justice” in some decks, in others, its the number of the “Strength” card. So, this may be a good year to put one's life in balance, create harmony and deal with difficult situations with diplomacy and tact. This is also a great time to focus on getting one's body into shape.
Spiritual people will also find opportunities to expand in new directions this year-- and their abilities to help others and “walk their talk” may be among the challenges they must embrace. Spiritual practices must be balanced with hard work, altruism, and vision this year.
Because “11” brings the energy of Illumination—many things may become clear to us that were previously obscured.
2011 magickal application:
Do magical work to bring about financial stability, to start a business,
to lay foundations for projects you want to “build on”.
Color : Green
Tarot Card: The Emperor
Color : Orange
Tarot Card: The High Priestess
Color : None
Tarot Card: The Fool
Color : Silver, Iridescent
Tarot Card: Strength, Justice
Gemstone: Platinum, Rainbow Moonstone, Fire Opal
HOW TO BECOME A WITCH:
THE PATH OF NATURE, SPIRIT & MAGICK
by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2010)
Set forth on the Witch’s path—this friendly introductory guide presents the key beliefs and practices of Witchcraft and offers step-by-step instruction on how to become a Witch. Best-selling authors Amber K and Azrael Arynn K have nearly fifty years of Craft experience between them. They’ve taught hundreds of students the basics of Witchcraft, and now they’re offering readers the same clear, structured guidance here. This Witchcraft book teaches you everything you need to know about Craft essentials:
- Ritual tools
- Daily practices
- Deepening your connection to nature
- Divination and dreams
- The Wheel of the Year
- Gods and Goddesses
- Pentagrams and other Craft symbols
- Training, initiation, and degrees
You’ll learn about Witchcraft as a way of life, how to locate a coven or work as a solitary, and—most importantly—how to grow magickally and spiritually.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Amber K is a third degree priestess of the Wiccan faith. She was initiated at the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago and served on the Council of Elders there. Her books on magick and the Craft have been widely circulated in the United States and Europe, and for nearly 25 years she has traveled across the U.S. teaching the Craft. She has worked with Circle and the Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, and served as National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess for three terms. She is a founder of Our Lady of the Woods and the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca, and currently is Executive Director of Ardantane, a Wiccan/Pagan seminary is northern New Mexico.
Azrael Arynn K is a third-degree Wiccan Priestess and High Priest of the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods, and has also held offices in the Covenant of the Goddess. She resides in New Mexico, where she is both Facilities Director and Dean of the School of Sacred Living at Ardantane Pagan Learning Center. She co-authors books on the Craft with Amber K, and travels and teaches widely throughout the United States.
MAGIC'S IN THE BAG:
GRIS GRIS BAGS & SACHETS
Jude Bradley and Cheré Dastugue Coen
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2010)
List Price: $18.95
What if you could carry a prayer or spell with you all the time? With a specially crafted gris gris bag at hand, you hold the power to attract love, protection, good fortune, and anything you wish into your life.
Magic’s in the Bag is the only book that teaches you everything you need to know about creating and using gris gris bags. It takes you on a fascinating and fun exploration of the history of mojo bags and charms, from ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Celtic beliefs to early Native American and African spiritual practices to modern voodoo in New Orleans.
You’ll find more than 75 simple spells to empower your gris gris bag, including enchantments for beauty, fidelity, and creativity, contacting spirits, safe travel, and sweet dreams. You’ll get tips on growing your own gris gris garden. Alphabetical lists of magical correspondences for moon phases, herbs, crystals, stones, and shells make it easy to determine the best time and the optimal ingredients for making your wishes come true.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Jude Bradley (Palmdale, CA) is a writer, editor, designer, and teacher. She also works as a spiritual consultant, using tarot card readings, mediumship, and energy guidance in her practice.
Cheré Dastugue Coen (Lafayette, LA) is a freelance journalist, teacher, and author of nonfiction books and historical romance novels. Read her articles online at www.louisianabooknews.com.
NEW TAROT/ORACLE DECKS
ASK THE QUEENS: ADVICE CARD DECK
by Kris Waldherr (Author & Illustrator)
Cards: 40 pages
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Crds edition (June 1, 2010)
IT’S NOT EASY BEING QUEEN.
Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di
“A queen who is not regent ought, under these circumstances, to remain passive
and prepare to die.”
—Marie Antoinette (d. 1793; beheaded)
“[The executioner] shall not have much trouble, for I have a little neck.”
—Anne Boleyn (d. 1536; beheaded)
The Ask the Queens Advice Cards are adapted from Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di by Kris Waldherr. Ask the Queens Advice Cards offers wisdom for women who want to get ahead without losing their heads.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR:
Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose work has appeared in the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC). She is the author of The Lover’s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
THE SHAMAN'S ORACLE:
ORACLE CARDS FOR ANCIENT WISDOM AND GUIDANCE
By John Matthews and Wil Kinghan
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Watkins; Har/Crds edition (March 2, 2010)
List Price: $19.95
This innovative oracle is the first to connect us directly to the wisdom of our prehistoric ancestors. Modern-day shaman John Matthews and shamanic artist Wil Kinghan have created a special deck of 52 cards inspired by cave art from around the world, and their unique system can help us find answers to life’s most vital questions. The cards represent five archetypes—Spirits, Ancestors, Hunters, Dancers, and Shamans—each intimately connected with a different aspect of human experience. The evocative images touch on our ancestral memories and subconscious forces that influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions at the deepest level of being.
By John Matthews and Wil Kinghan.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The underlying principle is that the human hand is an ideogram for the Cave Dweller’s world through which the Seeker journeys, or from which the spirits emerge. The 52 cards are divided into five tribes – Spirits, Ancestors, Hunters, Dancers and Shamans – each representing a different aspect of human experience. As the cards are drawn, they reveal an oracle that will help to guide the Seeker on his quest for answers.
The images are not only very beautiful, but they also touch on the deepest memories we possess. The cave art is found all over the world; in Europe, China, the Americas and Australia.
AN ILLUMINATED NEW APPROACH TO THE I CHING
by Ma Deva Padma
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 18, 2002)
List Price: $24.95
The Tao Oracle is a visual I-Ching- a beautiful and dazzling new tool for self transformation, enlightenment, and personal growth.
"Meditation is that hundred and eighty degree turn that strengthens our capacity to trust, as it puts us in touch with a silent, guiding force that is far greater than ourselves in its wisdom, support and sustaining capacity. To relax into the flow of the Tao in its unfoldment is to experience being 'at home in life.' This meditation takes us to what has been called the still point, the center of the cyclone, the great silence, the inner Himalayan peaks." --Ma Padma
The Tao Oracle is a "visual I-Ching." It features no coins, no sticks, but cards featuring paintings, symbols, colors and key words, along with a clear, simple book to help you interpret the results. The Tao Oracle speaks to the individual through a language of archetypes and symbolism that can expose a deeper truth of the dynamics of change as it impacts our daily lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ma Deva Padma is a painter, illustrator, and designer. She is the creator of the best selling Osho Zen Tarot and The Tao Oracle: An Illustrated New Approach to the I Ching. Padma lives and works with her artist husband, at their studio in Australia. Her fine art has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is a lecturer on tarot art as a means for meditation and self awareness.
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2nd
(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, JANUARY 3rd
(Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:
MONDAY, JANUARY 24th
(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, JANUARY 27th
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM
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 THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM. Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM
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.”
This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again FEBRUARY1st 2011!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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