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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

HAPPY IMBOLC!


WELCOME to the 52nd 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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REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!

We also have classroom/ritual space available-- please call for details.
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NEW CALENDARS, ALMANACS AND PLANNERS

CELESTIAL FORECASTER 2011 
Annie Bones
Perfect Paperback
Publisher: Loon Feather Publications (2010)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Celestial Forecaster offers:

Daily forecasts for every day of the year
Definitions of terms and glossary of symbols
Times for all major planetary aspects, retrogrades, and void of course moon periods
Mercury retrograde periods for 2011 with commentary
Monthly overview of significant aspects
Built-in ephemeris for 2011

Unique Table of Aspect Influence periods that gives you an instant overview of what’s going on daily.


This is a detailed daily astrology guide by author and astrologer Annie Bones. It gives a forecast for each day of the year based on the dominant planetary aspects of the day.

Most daily planetary guides only list planetary positions and aspects. Most horoscopes give interpretation without explaining why, and most books on astrology explain theory without applying it to daily examples. This book combines all three into an exellent and handy daily guide, suitable for beginner or veteran.”
- Paul Clark – President, BIMC



SPELL OF THE MONTH: 

NINE OF PENTACLES SPELL 
FOR WEALTH 
By Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler

The Nine of Pentacles tarot card is wonderful for attracting wealth,
particularly for people who'd like to have their own business,
or just would like to be financially independent.

Spell ingredients:
  • Photocopy of the Nine of Pentacles
  • Nine Sacajawea Dollars
  • Nine metallic gold mini candles
  • Wealth or Prosperity Oil
  • Wealth or Prosperity Sachet Powder
  • Wealth or Prosperity Incense
  • A picture (photocopy) representing the method you wish to use to attain your wealth,
(ex. A musical instrument for music, a computer for a tech job, a comb for a hairstylist, and so-on)
  • An Extra Large Lodestone
  • Gold Magnetic Sand
Additional Supplies:
  • A large brass plate (white or clear glass will do in a pinch)
  • A gold altar cloth
  • (optional) a large covered bowl
  • A pen with green or red ink
  • A red mini candle
Instructions:
Light the Wealth or Prosperity Incense

Lay your gold cloth on your altar. Put the brass plate on the altar, anoint it in the center with Wealth or Prosperity Oil.
Place the Nine Sacajawea Dollars on the plate in a circle about a ½' from the edge.
Anoint the Lodestone with the oil and place it in the center of the plate.
Take up your photocopy of the object representing your means of gaining wealth. With a red or green write on the back of it exactly what you wish to happen: (example;I earn wealth through my music.) Anoint it with oil and place it under the lodestone, with the photocopy of the Nine of Pentacles covering it.

Anoint all of the gold candles with a little oil; rub the oil upwards towards the wick to bring wealth to you. Roll each candle in the Wealth or Prosperity sachet powder. Light the red mini candle and drip a little melted wax onto one of the coins, and stick the bottom of one of the candles to it. Repeat this procedure , working clockwise until all the candles are mounted to the dollars.
Take a little of the magnetic sand and sprinkle it over the lodestone, and do the following:

Tell the lodestone to bring wealth by the means you have specified,
Pray the 23rd or the 111th Psalms or both.
Compose Words of Power statement: (Based on Marion Weinstien's Positive Magic)

There is one Power, which is perfect_____.
And I, ____, am a perfect manifestation of that Power.
I hereby draw to me only perfect ______, specifically as ____ resulting in ___.
I hereby release any cause, effect, form, manifestation, or essence of worry that may be preventing the free flow of ____ in my life,
And ultimate ____ is mine, here and now.
I work these words of Power
With perfect ease and perfect timing,
For the good of all,
According to the free will of all,
With harm to none,
And so it must be.

Light the first candle. Meditate on how you wish to bring wealth into your life. Do some goal setting and create a plan. Let the candle burn down completely. Then go on about your business until the next day. Repeat the lighting of the candles and sprinkling of the gold magnetic sand at the same time every day , if possible. It's very important to do this ritual nine days in a row. So, if you have to change times, that's okay-- just make sure to do the ritual every day until you've completed the nine day cycle.

When you have finished burning all of the candles, there are two ways to dispose of the spell. One, bury all the leftover spell materials in your front yard, to bring wealth and good fortune into your life. Save the plate and altar cloth for other rituals.

Urban method: place all the items from the spell except the plate and the altar cloth into a large covered bowl. Feed the lodestone with magnetic sand and Wealth or Prosperity oil every Sunday. You can also add Sacajawea Dollars (in groups of nine) every Sunday, to encourage your wealth to grow.

Much success in all your endeavors!
© Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, 2011, All Rights Reserved



KALI KAULA - 
A MANUAL OF TANTRIC MAGICK
by Jan Fries
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (September 8, 2010)
List Price:$39.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Kali Kaula is a practical and experiential journey through the land of living magickal art that is Tantra, guided by the incisive, inspired and multi-talented hands of Jan Fries. By stripping away the fantasies and exploring the roots, flowers and fruits of Tantra, the author provides an outstandingly effective and coherent manual of practices.
Acknowledging the huge diversity of Tantric material produced over the centuries, Jan Fries draws on several decades of research and experience and focuses on the early traditions of Kula, Kaula and Krama, and the result is this inimitable work which shines with the light of possibility.
Unique in style and content, this book is more than a manual of tantric magick, it is a guide to the exploration of the inner soul. It contains the most lucid discussions of how to achieve liberation in the company of numerous Indian goddesses and gods, each of whom brings their own lessons and gifts to the dedicated seeker. It is also an eloquent introduction to the mysteries of the great goddess Kali, providing numerous views of her manifold nature, and showing the immense but hidden role played throughout history by women in the development and dissemination of tantric practices and beliefs.
Jan Fries explores the spectrum of techniques from mudra to mantra, pranayama to puja, from kundalini arousal to purification to sexual rites, and makes them both accessible and relevant, translating them out of the Twilight Language of old texts and setting them in the context of both personal transformation and the historical evolution of traditions. The web of connections between Tantra and Chinese Alchemy and Taoism are explored as the author weaves together many of the previously disparate strands of philosophies and practices. This book challenges the reader to dream, delight, and develop, and provides an illustrated guidebook on how to do so.
Bliss awaits those who dare.

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SPIRITS WALK WITH ME: 
AN ENOCHIAN ODYSSEY
by Jonathan Back
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (September 8, 2010)
List Price: $16.99

BOOK BLURB:
Building on the foundations laid by John Dee, this book explores the significance of The Great Table and Enochian magick generally. The objective reality (or not) of spirits is also considered, using experiences from the author's life as a backdrop to this discussion. The book ends with a short story entitled 'The Stella of Revealing' which satirises magickal groups in an entertaining and instructive way.


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GODS OF THE RUNES: 
THE DIVINE SHAPERS OF FATE
Frank Joseph (Author), Ian Daniels (Illustrator)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (November 11, 2010)
List Price: $18.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The ancient origins and divinatory power of the runes

• Uncovers the original divinatory meaning of each rune through the myths of its corresponding Norse god or goddess

• Includes beautiful full-color illustrations of the runic gods and goddesses

• Presents rune-casting spreads for divination and character analysis

• Explores the controversial history of runes from the Paleolithic Stone Age to today

Invented long before the appearance of the runic alphabet Futhark less than two thousand years ago, the runes were originally created as symbols for specific deities. Representing the twenty-four Norse gods and goddesses from the Vanir and Aesir pantheons, the runes provide a way to establish direct contact with the divine shapers of fate.

Based on the work of Austrian mystic and runologist Guido von List and anthropologist Marija Gimbutas as well as the oldest rune artifacts to survive from pre-Christian Europe, this book reveals the long history of runes from their appearances in Paleolithic cave paintings through their rechristening in Medieval times to their modern resurgence as a popular tool of divination. It uncovers the original names and divinatory meanings of each rune by exploring the myths, personality traits, astrological periods, identifying colors, and gemstones of the rune’s corresponding god or goddess. It also illustrates and explains five ancient rune-casting spreads used by Norse adepts for divination as well as character analysis. By renewing their link with the divine, Gods of the Runes shows how working with the runes can be a genuine mystical experience, enabling a personal connection with the gods and a rediscovery of their perennial truths.

FROM THE BACK COVER:
At last we have a handy reference, lavishly illustrated, that tells the reader which god or goddess corresponds with which rune, for the entire Futhark. Gods of the Runes should be in every occultist’s library.”
--John Tiffany, editor of The Barnes Review

Invented long before the appearance of the runic alphabet Futhark some two thousand years ago, the runes were originally created as symbols for specific deities. Representing the twenty-four Norse gods and goddesses from the Vanir and Aesir pantheons, the runes provide a way to establish direct contact with the divine shapers of fate.

Based on the work of Austrian mystic and runologist Guido von List and anthropologist Marija Gimbutas as well as the oldest rune artifacts to survive from pre-Christian Europe, this book reveals the long history of runes from their appearances in Paleolithic cave paintings through their rechristening in medieval times to their modern resurgence as a popular tool of divination. It uncovers the original names and divinatory meanings of each rune by exploring the myths, personality traits, astrological periods, identifying colors, and gemstones of the rune’s corresponding god or goddess. It also illustrates and explains five ancient rune-casting spreads used by Norse adepts for divination as well as character analysis. Gods of the Runes shows how working with the runes can be a genuine mystical experience, enabling a personal connection with the gods and a rediscovery of their perennial truths.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
FRANK JOSEPH was the editor in chief of Ancient American magazine from 1993 until 2009 and is the author of many books, including Atlantis and 2012, Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America, The Destruction of Atlantis, and Survivors of Atlantis. He lives in Minnesota. IAN DANIELS has been a professional fantasy painter and illustrator since 1995 and lives in Kent, England.

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GODDESSES FOR EVERY DAY: 
EXPLORING THE WISDOM AND POWER
OF THE DIVINE FEMININE AROUND THE WORLD
by Julie Loar
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: New World Library (December 1, 2010)
List Price: $16.95

BOOK BLURB:
Throughout time, people have turned to goddesses as symbols of what they seek — from abundance to healing, from protection to passion. Building on the resurgence of interest in the Divine Feminine, Julie Loar presents the qualities and origins of an international array of these deities, along with powerful suggestions for putting their attributes to practical use. In a daily-reflection format, she gracefully aligns the goddesses with the cycles of nature and the signs of the zodiac.

If you are struggling to attain a goal, call on the Nepalese goddess Chomolungma, as the sherpas climbing Mount Everest have done for generations. Or, for good luck, invoke the Roman goddess Fortuna, the inspiration behind gambling’s wheel of fortune. With 366 goddesses to choose from, you will find a deity to call upon for every aspiration and need.

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NIGHT OF THE WITCHES:  
FOLKLORE, TRADITIONS & RECIPES
FOR CELEBRATING WALPURGIS NIGHT
by Linda Raedisch
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2011)
List Price: $15.95

BOOK BLURB:
"Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. ust overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows’ wings. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods?

"On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night."

The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the thirteen herbs that correspond with the Night of the Witches. Discover how this “lost” holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children’s night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Raedisch (New Providence, NJ) writes and lectures on a wide variety of arcane topics. She is a longtime library employee and professional crafts instructor who teaches classes on candle making, broom making, and other oldtime homemaking arts.

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LITTLE GIANT ENCYCLOPEDIA: 
TEA LEAF READING
by Jacky Sach
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Sterling (July 1, 2008)
Price: $9.95

BOOK BLURB:
The newest Little Giant® Encyclopedia is tea-licious—a tasty brew of tea information and history: an ABC of tea, from Assam and Black to Tikkam and Yunnan; tea ceremonies around the world; tips on tea’s health benefits; advice on preparing the perfect cup; and entertaining sidebars, quotes, and quizzes. Over half the book is devoted to a “How to Read Me!”—an instruction manual on tea leaf reading, with guidance on symbols, meanings, and omens, as well as on which type of cup to use, how to swirl the leaves properly, and hints for the novice. It will turn you into an enlightened tea master with a renewed appreciation for the drink that has warmed hands and hearts for generations.

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WYRDWORKING: 
THE PATH OF A SAXON SORCERER
by Alaric Albertsson
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

BOOK BLURB:
Within the pages of this magical handbook, you’ll find everything you need to know to practice Saxon sorcery. Alaric Albertsson once again uncovers the practices and customs of the Anglo-Saxons hidden in early charms and English folk traditions. His first book, Travels Through Middle Earth, taught readers how to connect with the Saxon cosmology, deities, spirits, and rituals. Now, Wyrdworking tells how to craft rune charms, brew potions, cast effective spells, and use magical techniques to find love and prosperity.

This guide explores the folklore, meanings, and magical properties of all thirty-three Old English Futhorc runes, classifying them by theme, such as animals or trees, to help you learn. Discover how to make a wand or staff, consecrate and use a seax (knife), and practice the herbal healing known as wortcunning. Design effective spells through the use of galdor (incantations), practice wiglung (the art of soothsaying), and create your own set of powerful divinatory runes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alaric Albertsson (Pennsylvania) is a founding member of Earendel Hearth, an Anglo-Saxon inhíred, and served as vice president and was on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Spiritual Alliance. He is currently a member of the Druidic organization Ár nDraíocht Féin and serves as the Anglo-Saxon Vice Chieftain for the ADF Germanic kin, Eldr ok Iss.

Albertsson first embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971. At this time he had the opportunity to talk with rural people in the Ozark Mountains about traditional moon lore, weather lore and folk beliefs and was strongly influenced by spiritist traditions. Over the past four decades, Albertsson's personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country folklore, herbal studies and rune lore.



NEW ORACLES/DECKS/CARDS


THE WISDOM OF AVALON ORACLE CARDS: 
A 52-CARD DECK AND GUIDEBOOK
by Colette Baron-Reid
Cards: 52
Publisher: Hay House (September 1, 2007)
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid is a 52-card divination system—an inspirational tool to bridge the unseen world of Spirit and the physical world of our day-to-day lives. Based on the rich mythology of ancient Britain’s Isle of Avalon and the wisdom teachings of its priestesses, these cards will help you find valuable and powerful insights in all aspects of life as you chart your path and manifest your destiny with clarity and purpose.
Their use will shed light on what has been, what needs illumination in the present, and what will weave patterns into the future. The deck will help you discover the potential of your own intuition as you follow the omens and symbols of the Goddess, the Kingdom of the Faeries, Merlin, and the Priestess of magical Avalon. See into the future . . . and discover that you are more than you know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colette Baron-Reid is an internationally acclaimed intuitive counselor with a client base spanning 29 countries. She has facilitated hundreds of her popular seminars and workshops on developing intuition and the art of creating reality worldwide. In addition, she’s a highly sought after and powerful motivational speaker, performer, and storyteller; is a popular guest on radio and television throughout the world; and is also a musical artist signed to the EMI Music label.

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CALENDAR: 
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd IMBOLC

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6th
(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, FEBRUARY 7th
(Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28th
(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 

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.

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 MARCH 1st 2011!
HAPPY IMBOLC!
Sincerely,
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter
golanv1@yahoo.com

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