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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

THE COMING OF SPRING--HAPPY OSTARA!


WELCOME to the 53rd 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:

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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-- please call for details.



NEW PRODUCTS:


Tree Of Life Pentacle Glass Top Ouija Board ;
A true work of Arte! 

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:
According to some Pagan beliefs, the roots of the tree of The Tree of Life extend in to the spirit world, so the tree serves as a pathway for communication with the dead. This octagonal Tree Of Life Ouija board, comes with a thick piece of circular glass that covers the board, providing an ultra smooth planchette surface. The planchette has a hole in the center for selecting individual letters, words or numbers. The board is purportedly protected from evil by the power of the pentacle and has an inscription on the underside explaining how to take further protective measures to guard against evil. It measures about 13 inches by 13 inches. This Tree Of Life talking board makes a great gift for friends. It's made of cold cast resin.

List Price: $98.50



NEW BOOKS

VISIONS & VOICES: 
ALEISTER CROWLEY'S ENOCHIAN VISIONS
WITH ASTROLOGICAL & QABALISTIC COMMENTARY
By James A. Eshelman
Hardcover: 588 pages
Publisher: The College of Thelema; First Edition edition (December 21, 2010)
List Price: $49.00

BOOK BLURB:
In 1909, Aleister Crowley and his protégé Victor Neuburg obtained a series of 33 mystical visions. At once beautiful, horrible, and inspiring, these inner world explorations (and two earlier ones) were published in 1911 as The Vision & the Voice.

A classic, both of the Enochian magick of Elizabethan wizard John Dee and of Crowley's then-emerging Thelemic magick, The Vision & the Voice remains a living work, its value increasing with each generation.

Astrologers also will find a previously unexploited treasure in this collection: Most of the visions include exact dates, times, and places they were received, providing a unique opportunity to study astrology s relationship to magical vision.

This research bonanza lay untapped for nearly a century.

In Visions & Voices, James Eshelman joins the text of Aleister Crowley s Enochian visions with horoscopes for each. To this he adds a masterful astrological and Qabalistic analysis, expanding and deepening his original landmark study (1997- 2001). It is his most mature work to date, blending rare expertise in many subjects.

Preliminary chapters provide a valuable introduction to Qabalistic and astrological topics including: the Four Worlds, the Tree of Life, Qabalistic psychology, Enochian magick, the Three Æons, the Holy Guardian Angel and the Abyss, the impact of astrological factors on deep psychological states, and induced mystical vision as a means of exploring the personal and collective unconscious.

The lengthy Glossary will be a standard reference on many an occultist's bookshelf for decades to come.

Visions & Voices will be of considerable interest to astrologers, ceremonial magicians, devotees of mythology and comparative religion, and all who are interested in the operation of symbols (and the archetypes that engender them) in the workings of the human psyche and in crises of transformation.

This book also describes historically rare, extraordinary spiritual states that are becoming increasingly accessible to living women and men. By its words and images, it engenders a contagion of a higher mode of consciousness spread by sympathy. Reading this book mindfully will provide one form of spiritual initiation.

Additionally, it portrays an eclectic spirituality that enthuses our universal need to intimately connect with our own spiritual ideals, rather than dictating what that ideal should be.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
JAMES A. ESHELMAN has been a writer and teacher of occult and metaphysical subjects for over 35 years, including astrology, magick, yoga, Qabalah, tarot, occult psychology, and related Hermetic subjects.

His many writings include The Mystical & Magical System of the A.'.A.'. and 776½: Tables of Correspondences for Practical Ceremonial, plus numerous astrological books and articles. This is his first new astrology book since Interpreting Solar Returns in 1985.

Mr. Eshelman is Chancellor of College of Thelema and Prolocutor General of Temple of Thelema. He edited, and was a major contributor to, C.O.T. s biannual journal, Black Pearl for its six year run 1997-2002.

He has served as president of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), Deputy Grand Master General of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and Grand Imperator of Fraternitas L.V.X. Occulta (F.L.O.).

He accepted ordination in the Gnostic Catholic Church in 1979 and celebrated its Mass for 11 years. He was consecrated a bishop in the Vilatte succession in 1985.

He lives in Los Angeles, California.


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THE OCTAVO: A SORCERER-SCIENTIST'S GRIMOIRE 
By Peter J Carroll Product Details
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; Roundworld edition (October 25, 2010)
List Price: $20.00

BOOK BLURB:
A sorceror-scientist's grimoire (Roundworld edition). Every universe potentially has its own Supreme Grimoire containing the spells which define its reality and the magic which you can perform within that reality. In this Octavo we have assembled scattered secrets for a Supreme Grimoire forRoundworld, the universe in which you're standing. To this end we have taken some inspiration from Pratchett's Discworld, and a lot from Theoretical Physics and Practical Chaos Magic. "The most original, and probably the most important, writer on Magick since Aleister Crowley." -Robert Anton Wilson, author of the Cosmic Trigger trilogy. Peter J. Carroll is one of the founders of the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT) which he led for a decade. He has spent thirty-seven years in research and experiment and is the author of three other books Liber Null & Psychonaut, Liber Kaos: the Psychonomicon, and Psybermagic, and The Apophenion.

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THE VENGEFUL DJINN: UNVEILING THE HIDDEN AGENDA OF GENIES 
Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Author), Philip J. Imbrogno
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

BOOK BLURB:
If you fear one thing in life, fear the Djibouti. This groundbreaking book presents the findings of Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Philip J. Imbrogno’s investigation into the powerful and mysterious interdimensional beings known as djinn or genies. It reveals what the djinn are, where they can be found—and their hidden agenda against the human race.

Working with material compiled from a variety of sources—including their own case files, Middle Eastern lore, the Qur’an, teachings of Islamic scholars, and the latest theories in quantum physics—the authors explore the relationship between the djinn, demons, fairies, shadow people, and extraterrestrials. They discuss the military’s interest in these clandestine beings, offer eyewitness accounts of modern human encounters with the djinn, and reveal the location of interdimensional entry points in North America.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph.D., is a leading expert on the paranormal and supernatural. She is the author of over forty books, including Faeries: Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena, Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters, and Ghosts and Haunted Places. Her work has been featured in numerous television programs and publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, the SyFy Network's The Possessed, the Discovery Channel's The Quest, and America's Most Haunted. A regular guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Guiley is currently a consulting editor at Fate Magazine and a frequent lecturer across the country. She lives in Connecticut.


Philip Imbrogno (Connecticut) is a recognized authority in the field of UFO research. He has been interviewed by The New York Times and Coast to Coast AM, has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been featured in documentaries on the History Channel, A&E, Lifetime, and HBO. Imbrogno worked closely with many top UFO investigators, including Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Bud Hopkins.

He has been a science educator for the past 26 years with a graduate degree in Chemistry and undergraduate degrees in astronomy and Earth science.

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THE POLTERGEIST PHENOMENON: 
AN IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION INTO FLOATING BEDS, SMASHING GLASS, AND OTHER UNEXPLAINED DISTURBANCES
By Michael Clarkson
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (January 20, 2011)
List Price: $15.99

BOOK BLURB:
A poltergeist is defined as a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an exciting, original look at an old subject by an award-winning investigative reporter.
The author has reviewed 75 cases and interviewed hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement officers, psychologists and skeptics to come up with eye-opening results:
  • The typical poltergeist case involves a young person from a repressed home who is going through puberty. He or she may have epilepsy, which produces recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, a state in which gravity is temporarily suspended.
  • A respected former Princeton University scientist believes he has proven in laboratory experiments that psychokinesis exists and that poltergeist cases are probably true.
  • This rare energy may be part of a person’s fight-or-flight system, which is hardwired into everyone and can erupt in certain conditions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Clarkson has written six psychology books, including Intelligent Fear and The Secret Life of Glenn Gould, and has won many newspaper awards for investigative stories, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a rendezvous with reclusive author J. D. Salinger. He is considered an expert in fear, producing new research and lecturing on the subject. While working in the Niagara region, he researched many ghost stories and got the only interview with a young man thought to have caused a poltergeist incident that affected an entire shift of police officers. He lives in Fort Erie, Ontario.

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YORUBA CULTURE: A PHILOSOPHICAL ACCOUNT 
(YORUBA CULTURE IN CONTEXT)
By Kola Abimbola
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Iroko Academic Publishers (October 1, 2005)
List Price: $15.00

BOOK BLURB:
This is a book about Yoruba/Orisa thought and practices. It gives a theoretical account of the nature, roles and functions of Yoruba beliefs in contemporary societies. The view is that the philosophical ideas implicit in Orisa Religion form the basis of Yoruba culture in West Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kola Abimbola is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester, UK. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Seattle University where he taught Critical Thinking, Philosophy of the Human Person, and Philosophy of Law. Dr. Abimbola is the Coordinator of the International Congress of Orisa Tradition and Culture, the Secretary of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, and he has held visiting professorships of religion at Amherst College MA, Haverford College PA, and Temple University PA.

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The Witches Almanac Presents:
ARADIA OR THE GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES 
By Charles Godfrey Leland , With introduction by Prof. Robert Mathiesen
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: The Witches Almanac (October 1, 2010)
List Price: $16.95

BOOK BLURB:
If Gerald Brosseau Gardner is the father of the religion that calls itself Wicca, then Charles Godfrey Leland is the grandfather of Witchcraft as a religion in the English-speaking world, and his small book, Aradia, is that religion's birth-announcement.



It is the first work in English in which Witchcraft is portrayed as an underground old religion, surviving in secret from ancient Pagan times.

Until now Aradia has been a work more often cited than read. Its first edition (1899) garnered only one review, and sank from sight like a stone cast into murky waters; it sold poorly and is now a rare book. By chance a copy fell into the hands of Theda Kenyon, who devoted a few pages to it in her sensational Witches Still Live (1929), thereby calling it to the attention of many readers. By the 1950s Doreen Valiente had read Aradia, and she incorporated some of its most beautiful passages into the Wiccan rituals that she wrote. In the '60s and '70s it was reprinted four times, but always from a defective copy of the first edition that had lost its last page. Only in the '90s did another reprint finally restore the missing page.

Aradia has always been a controversial work, among Witches and scholars alike. Scholars have questioned whether it may be a fiction or a forgery by Leland or by his principal informant, Maddalena (Margherita Taludi). Witches have objected to it on theological and ethical grounds, since some of the myths that it tells are about Lucifer and Cain as well as Diana and Aradia, some of its spells work by threatening or coercing the Deities and spirits, and in its revolutionary fervor it does not shrink even from teaching that the poor and downtrodden should use poisons to destroy their feudal overlords. Despite all that, it remains a beautiful and compelling work.

This edition has brought the format and typography up to date, while keeping the text unchanged. A modern reader will undoubtedly find this new edition of Aradia much easier to read than the original or any of its facsimile reprints.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903) was an American humorist, journalist, and folklorist. He is credited with being one of the main forces in the development of neo-paganism.


CALENDAR:
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS 


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

SUNDAY, MARCH 20th, OSTARA/SPRING EQUINOX 

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

MONDAY, MARCH 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

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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 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


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again APRIL 1st 2011!
HAPPY OSTARA!
Sincerely,
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter
golanv1@yahoo.com



1 comment:

Amy said...

Beautiful job, Raven. Thanks for the book reviews.