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Friday, July 1, 2011

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS NEWSLETTER JULY 2011


WELCOME to the 56th 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,

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

We are also now on Facebook:

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

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays, and Sundays!

Classroom/Ritual Space is available-- please call for details!






QABBALISTIC MAGIC:
TALISMANS, PSALMS, AMULETS, 
AND THE PRACTICE OF HIGH RITUAL
by Salomo Baal-Shem , with foreword by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (April 25, 2011)
List Price: $24.95










FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:
Review
“What has been achieved here is a masterpiece of research and love of the subject itself. I give it my highest recommendation; I marvel at the dedication and scholarship that has gone into it. I predict that in the future it will become the definitive book on Qabbalistic magic.”
(Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, director of studies at Servants of the Light School of Occult Science )

“Qabbalistic Magic is an excellent twenty-first-century grimoire: a first-rate magical cookbook, which is both comprehensive and very practical.”
(Ronald Hutton, British historian and author of The Triumph of the Moon )

BOOK BLURB:
A comprehensive guide to practicing the magic of the Qabbalah

• Spells for everyday problems related to health, love, prosperity, and protection
• Rituals for advanced high-level magic, such as invocation of angelic powers or spiritual vision
• Explains how to make and design talismans, amulets, and magic bowls, including harnessing the power of Hebrew letters in their designs
• Details the magical uses of 150 psalms

The Qabbalah--the Jewish esoteric tradition--is richly woven with magical practices, from amulets and magic bowls to invocations and magical use of psalms. In this comprehensive and practical guide to Qabbalistic magic, Salomo Baal-Shem explains how to authentically perform rituals from the Qabbalistic tradition.

The spells and rituals included range from basic “everyday” magic for health, prosperity, love, protection, and prophetic dreams to advanced high-level magic such as invoking the highest angelic powers or creating an astral life-form, or Golem. Revealing the occult teachings of the 4th-century Book of the Mysteries, the magical uses of 150 psalms, and how to harness the power of Hebrew letters in talisman designs, the author also shows you how to contact the Maggid, or Divine inner teacher, or attain the spiritual vision of the Merkabah. A thoroughly accessible guide to the magic of the Qabbalah, this book also covers the underlying spiritual principles and history of these powerful magical practices.

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HOW TO SEE FAERIES 
By John Matthews , Illustrated by Brian Froud
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Abrams; Pop edition (April 1, 2011)
List Price: $24.95

BOOK BLURB:
International bestselling artist Brian Froud and New York Times bestselling author John Matthews come together for the first time to create a spectacular interactive book that opens the doors to the enchanted world of Faerie. How does one discover faeries in one’s backyard or a garden, forest, or meadow? Through insets, hidden messages, magical signs, reflective mirrors, and other paper mechanics, 

Froud and Matthews reveal how anyone may discover the way to the land of Faerie. All you need is to believe and to own this book!


ABOUT THE CREATORS: 
Brian Froud’s name is synonymous with faeries, and his books have been widely published. He is the author of Faeries, The Heart of Faerie Oracle, The Goblins of Labyrinth, and The Runes of Elfland. He lives in Devon, England. John Matthews is the New York Times bestselling author of Pirates. He is well known for his books on history and folklore. He lives in Oxford, England.

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THE KYBALION: 
THE DEFINITIVE EDITION
By William Walker Atkinson , Three Initiates, Philip Deslippe
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Tarcher (April 28, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

BOOK BLURB:
Here is the flagship edition of the most popular occult work of the past century, now published with a groundbreaking historical introduction that establishes its authentic authorship and a "lost" bonus work by the original author.
It is one of the most mysterious and hotly debated occult works ever written-and without question the most popular and widely influential book of arcane philosophy of the twentieth century: The Kybalion has been credited only to the cryptic "Three Initiates" since its first appearance in 1908. Debate rages over the identity of the Three Initiates, the origin of the book's mysterious title and insights, and the nature of the Hermetic teachings on which it is thought to be based.

Now the veil is parted.

The Kybalion: The Definitive Edition presents the first full- scale analysis of this work of practical occult wisdom. It features the complete text of The Kybalion and the first-ever publication of Atkinson's previously unknown post-Kybalion work: The Seven Cosmic Laws.

In an engaging introduction to this unique volume, religious scholar Philip Deslippe surveys the work's context, history, and impact (including as a source of spiritual insight to communities ranging from New Thought to Black Nationalism), and provides a biographical sketch of its elusive author, the New Thought pioneer William Walker Atkinson.

As valuable to new fans as it is to longtime readers who crave more knowledge about Atkinson and his work, The Kybalion: The Definitive Edition illuminates the remarkable history of this long-cherished text.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
The identity of Three Initiates has been the subject of much secrecy and rumor since The Kybalion first appeared in 1908. This comprehensive edition definitively establishes the book's sole author as William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932). Philip Deslippe--who introduces and annotates this edition-graduated with honors with a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut in 2001, and has a master's degree in American Religious Culture from the University of Iowa. He is conducting research for the first full-length biography of Atkinson.

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THOR: MYTH TO MARVEL 
By Martin Arnold
240 pages
Publisher: Continuum (June 16, 2011)
List Price: $29.95

BOOK BLURB:
This is an exploration of how the legend of Thor has been adopted, adapted and transformed through history. The myths of the Norse god Thor were preserved in the Icelandic Eddas, set down in the early Middle Ages. The bane of giants and trolls, Thor was worshipped as the last line of defence against all that threatened early Nordic society. Thor's significance persisted long after the Christian conversion and, in the mid-eighteenth century, Thor resumed a symbolic prominence among northern countries. Admired and adopted in Scandinavia and Germany, he became central to the rhetoric of national romanticism and to more belligerent assertions of nationalism. Resurrected in the latter part of the twentieth century in "Marvel Magazine", Thor was further transformed into an articulation both of an anxious male sexuality and of a parallel nervousness regarding American foreign policy. Martin Arnold explores the extraordinary regard in which Thor has been held since medieval times and considers why and how his myth has been adopted, adapted and transformed.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on proper nouns
  • Introduction
  1. The Giant Killer: Thor in Old Norse mythology
  2. Theorizing Thor
  3. Christ versus Thor
  4. Recovering the Past: Scholarship from the Enlightenment to National Romanticism
  5. Thor in Denmark: From Klopstock to Grundtvig
  6. Thor in Germany: From Grimm to Himmler
  7. Thor in America: From Longfellow to Lee \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martin Arnold is Professor of Scandinavian Literature at Hull University. He is the author of The Post-classical Icelandic Family Saga.



NEW TAROT/ORACLE DECKS:

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THE WILDWOOD TAROT: 
WHEREIN WISDOM RESIDES
By Mark Ryan , John Matthews , Illustrated by Will Worthington
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Sterling Ethos; Kit edition (June 7, 2011)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER: 
Based on the seasonal rhythms and festivals of the ancient year, "The Wildwood Tarot" draws its inspiration from pre-Celtic mythology and shamanic mysteries, placing mystical archetypes into a nature-based system rich in shamanic wisdom and forest lore. The archetypal forces of the deck act as both guides and interpreters, taking us on a spiritual, mystical and psychological journey deep into the labyrinth of primal Earth mysteries.. To walk among the age-old trees of the wildwood is to journey back in time. In this eye-catching deck, previously known as "The Greenwood Tarot", Mark Ryan and John Matthews reawaken the classic forest archetypes of the Green Man and Woman, the Archer, the Hooded Man and the Blasted Oak. Will Worthington's rich and vivid images bring this ancient world back to life and make it possible to feel the magic and power of the wildwood. 
The 160-page book comes with a 78 beautifully illustrated tarot cards.

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THE TRANSPARENT TAROT 
By Emily Carding
Misc. Supplies: 256 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (October 28, 2008)
List Price: $59.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Transparent Tarot is unlike any Tarot method you have used before! A must-have for both readers and collectors, this highly innovative deck consists of simple yet striking images displayed on clear plastic, which are designed to be read in layers. This method creates a new dimension to Tarot, revealing combinations of images that can be used to unlock intuition and help discover hidden depths as you read. The book offers in-depth definitions of the cards, original spreads, and suggestions for methods which have never before been possible. Whether a Tarot expert or total beginner, The Transparent Tarot offers a fun, original, and insightful tool for divination, meditation, brainstorming, magic, and more!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Emily Carding is a self-taught artist and author, as well as a Priestess, lyricist, actor, singer, and mother. Her inspiration comes from vibrant mythology in all cultures and reality in magic and the Otherworld. She is author of The Transparent Tarot.



JUNE CALENDAR:
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

QIGONG TAI CHI MEDITATION CLASSES
Noble School of TaiChi and QiGong Training

TUESDAY EVENINGS: 5:30PM—7PM (NO CLASS 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH)
THURSDAYS, 7PM—8:30PM
Internal Cultivation
Inner Strength
Overcome Fears, Anxieties, Stress
Rebuild Body and Mind
Inner Harmony (Yin & Yang)

Dates: Tuesday Evenings: 5:30PM—7PM (NO class 1st Tuesday of the Month)
Thursdays, 7PM—8:30PM,
Price: $10.00 (Intro Price)

Learn Ancient QiGong:Yi Ren QiGong
Improve Energy Levels, & Sleep
Activate Chakras & Acupuncture Pathways
Balance Hormones: Enhance Vitality
Self-Healing, Stay Healthy & Vibrant
Synchronize Mind/ & Much More...
Money Back Guarantee--
If you are not satisfied with the first class!

Work Trades and Discounts available!

Brendan Thorson, LMP, 10 Years teaching experience, student of YI Ren QiGong Master Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun

Phone: (206) 354-8216
www.TaiChiQiGongSeattle.com


QIGONG HEALING SESSIONS @ EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
By: Brendan Thorson LMP, of The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training

Benefits:
Balancing Hormones
Nervous System
Energy Levels
Stress
Sleep
Vitality
And much More...

Methods:
Chakras
Acupuncture Points
Yin / Yang
Five Elements
Acupuncture/ Organ Energy Pathways

$45/30Min & $90/1hr.All Sessions by Appointment only call Brendan at 206-354-8216

Brendan Thorson, LMP
Phone: 206-354-8216


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MONDAY, JULY 11TH
This month has been rescheduled to: 2nd Monday, July 11th
(Normally Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28th
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM

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MONDAY, JUNE 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

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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.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!

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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

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KELLY MARJORIE KELLEHER 
Daughter of the Ancients
Psychic, Healer, Muse...
Thursdays at Edge of the Circle Books 2-8:30pm

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QIGONG HEALING SESSIONS 
@ EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
By: Brendan Thorson LMP, of The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training

Benefits:
Balancing Hormones
Nervous System
Energy Levels
Stress
Sleep
Vitality
And much More...

Methods:
Chakras
Acupuncture Points
Yin / Yang
Five Elements
Acupuncture/ Organ Energy Pathways

$45/30Min & $90/1hr.All Sessions by Appointment only call Brendan at 206-354-8216

Brendan Thorson, LMP
Phone: 206-354-8216





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






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