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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

EOTC NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER, 2011

WELCOME to the 60th 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

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!

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








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POMBA GIRA 
AND THE QUIMBANDA 
OF MBUMBA NZILA 
By Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold
A strict edition of 769 copies
with a further 70 fine bound.
List Price: $82.50

A significant study on the cult of Pomba Gira, this is the most comprehensive work in the English language on the Devil's mistress, whose Brazilian cult has bewitched so many.

It is a book that those seeking congress with the current of strong female magical sexuality have long desired.

The hardback Salve Regina! edition of Pomba Gira is an octavo book of 232 pp lavishly illustrated with thirteen erotic studies in pen and ink and over forty of her Pontos Riscados. The lively typography and design capture the energy of this most feminine and coquettish of spirits.

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The boards are extravagantly dressed in red moire silk with a sunken letterpress panel depicting one of the Queens. 
A beguiling spirit, Pomba Gira gives solace to the broken hearted, vengeance for the wronged, and a fierce path for those that would take her as muse.

In Pomba Gira, Frisvold gives explicit workings, baths and waters, her songs and chants. Her plant allies among the nightshades are described in a full herbarium.  The attractions and dangers for both men and women who make cult to her are presented, as are her many faces. Pomba Gira has origins in the witchcraft of Portugal, the Basque Country as well as Congo and the native influences of Brazil. The witchcraft fusion makes her cult particularly accessible to Westerners whose own traditions share much ground with Quimbanda. 

Frisvold carefully unravels the skeins, revealing her origin in historical figures such as Maria Padilha, but more deeply still through archetype and myth to the very essence of her skin shedding nature.

He finds the origin of her name in Congo, the cult of divine possession amongst the slave camps of Brazil, and brings us through to her more modern manifestations and his personal work with the Queen of the Fig Tree in Hell. As an initiate and devotee, he gives an insider's view with the same respect and experience he demonstrates in Palo Mayombe: The Garden of Blood and Bones.

We walk through the Queendoms of Lyre, Cemetery, Sepulchres, Streets, Crossroads, Wilderness, Soul, Oceanshore and Calunga. The workings of twenty four different Pomba Giras are given, from Cigana the Gypsy to the split skull face of Rosa Caveira. Through the razor blades in honey, the cigarette smoke and the sweet anisette spilt in the graveyard, Pomba Gira takes seductive shape.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an anthropologist and psychologist who over the course of the last fifteen years been studying, both academically and practically, African and Afro-derived cults in the New World. This has led to a multiplicity of initiations into Vodou, both from Benin and Haiti, Santeria, Kimbanda, Palo Mayombe and Ifá. He makes part of the council of elders in the Ogboni society of Abeokuta, Nigeria. This is a significant expansion of the material first presented by Frisvold in his early work on the subject Kiumbanda which focussed on Exu. He has for the last decade lived in Brazil where his studies and involvement in traditional forms of metaphysics, faith, cult and witchcraft is a constant theme in his life.

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THE DRUG AND OTHER STORIES 
(Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
By Aleister Crowley
Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. (September 15, 2010)
Price: $7.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
With an Introduction by William Breeze and a Foreword by David Tibet. This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875 1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the forty-nine stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time. Like their author, Crowley s stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story The Drug stands as one of the first if not the first accounts of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler s Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written. Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

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THE VOODOO HOODOO SPELLBOOK 
By Denise Alvarado , Doktor Snake (Foreword)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2011)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Voodoo Hoodoo" is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a rich compendium of more than 300 authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success. Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. She traces the history of the African-based folk magic brought by slaves to New Orleans, and shows how it evolved over time to include influences from Native American spirituality, Catholicism, and Pentecostalism. She shares her research into folklore collections and 19th- and 20th- century formularies along with her own magical arts.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook includes more than 100 spells for Banishing, Binding, Fertility, Luck, Protection, Money, and more. Alvarado introduces readers to the Pantheon of Voodoo Spirits, the Seven African Powers, and other important Loas, Prayers, Novenas, and Psalms, and much, much more, including:
* Oils and Potions: Attraction Love Oil, Dream Potion, Gambler's Luck Oil, Blessing Oil
* Hoodoo Powders and Gris Gris: Algier's Fast Luck Powder, Controlling Powder, Money Drawing Powder
* Talismans and Candle Magic
* Curses and Hexes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Alvarado is a native Creole raised in the Voodoo and Hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans. She is a root worker in the New Orleans Voodoo hoodoo tradition, a medicine woman in the Native American tradition, a cultural psychologist, ritual artist, spiritual adviser, and seminar leader. Her provocative artwork has been featured on National Geographic's Taboo. Visit her at: www.planetvoodoo.com

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COVENTRY MAGIC 
WITH CANDLES, OILS, AND HERBS
By Jacki Smith
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 15, 2011)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Jacki Smith, owner of Coventry Candles, one of the largest suppliers of magic candles in the U.S., has been crafting magic candles for more than twenty years. In Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs, she shares the history of candle magic along with the recipes, spells, and divinations anyone can use to increase love, prosperity, luck, and abundance.
Coventry Candle Magic is not your mama's candle magic; this is candle magic for our complicated 21st century lives. Coventry Magic explores not only what color candle to use for a specific need but how to dig down deep inside and find out what that need really is.

So many times what we think is the problem is only the symptom of the bigger problem. Jacki Smith uses the humor of her own life experiences to show readers how to sort through the traps and tricks they've laid for themselves. Her self-evaluation system helps ferret out the underlying issues and beliefs that can often sabotage magical spells. The book helps readers get to the meat of issues and solve them in a magical, life-changing way. Coventry Candle Magic will be an invaluable reference for beginners as well as experienced magic practitioners--the ultimate candle magic reference book.

The book features hundreds of candles and how to use them in a myriad of ways.

Plus:
* An herb and oil encyclopedia
* Seven Steps to Personal Magical Evolution
* Basic how-tos for candle carving and using Tarot, gemstones, and elementals in candle spells.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jacki Smith has been a crafter of magical products since 1992 and an initiated Witch since 1988. The current trend in magical candles can be traced in part to the ground-breaking products that she developed over 15 years ago through her company, Coventry Creations, which makes magically charged candles that are sold around the world. Jacki's Blessed Herbal Candles are a staple throughout many spiritual communities and are quickly becoming commonplace in mainstream America. Visit her online at www.coventrycreations.com

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PAGAN RELIGIONS: 
A HANDBOOK FOR DIVERSITY TRAINING
(SHAMANISM PAGANISM DRUIDRY)
By Kerr Cuhulain
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press; 4 edition (August 23, 2011)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Series: Shamanism Paganism Druidry | Publication Date: August 23, 2011
Revised and expanded, this comprehensive manual clearly interprets neo-Pagan religious beliefs and practices for non-Pagans, such as professionals in law enforcement, education, social services, and the media. Educating the general public by providing a strong introduction to these alternative spiritual traditions, this updated reference explains the festivals, symbols, tools, and history of Wicca, presents new chapters on the practices of Druidism and Ásatrú, and demonstrates how oppressive religious doctrine has maligned modern Pagans. Written in an accessible style, this overview is tailored for believers as well as skeptics, scholars, and the idly curious. A glossary of neo-Pagan terms and an extensive bibliography are also included.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerr Cuhulain is a former police detective who was involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community for nearly 20 years. He is the author of Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World, Wiccan Warrior, and Witch Hunts. He lives in Surrey, British Columbia.

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NEW TAROT:

ALCHEMY 1977 ENGLAND 
TAROT CARD SET
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Divine your spiritual path through the esoteric wisdom of the Tarot. A fully illuminated oracle of classic Alchemy imagery.
With 78 uniquely different images.
Sizes: 78 cards plus booklet
List Price: $22.95











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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.
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Daughter of the Ancients
Psychic, Healer, Muse...
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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again DECEMBER 1st , 2011!
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter






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