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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

HAPPY YULE!


WELCOME to the 61st 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

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

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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!

















CHILDREN OF CAIN 
By Michael Howard
344 pages, illustrated throughout, many in colour
Standard hardcover with dust jacket.
Three Hands Press

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The mid-twentieth century witnessed the birth of popular occultism in the West, including an interest in witchcraft. At the forefront of popular witchcraft was Wicca, a recension of ceremonial magic and nature worship advanced by Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders, now widely regarded as a religion. However, lesser-known streams of the witch-current thrived the shadows, having older historical roots, and linked to an ancient body of practice – witch-bottles, knotted cord spells, curses, exorcisms, sexual magic, and charms ranging from the conjuration of angels to protection of livestock and hearth.

This was Traditional Witchcraft, whose origin in part lies with the sorcery of the cunning-folk of Britain and Colonial America. Though largely avoiding the popular occult limelight, from 1970 onward, elements of Traditional Witchcraft experienced a partial emergence into the public through such publications as Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft, the writings of Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones, and Andrew Chumbley’s Azoëtia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft.

Based on over forty years of research and private collaboration with practitioners, Michael Howard’s Children of Cain is the definitive history of Traditional Witchcraft and its key operatives in Britain and the United States. Supplemented with diverse photographs and illustrations, many appearing for the first time, the book artfully encompasses the unique legacy of Traditional Witchcraft - those who bear the Mark of the Exile as a sign of hidden power: the Children of Cain.


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ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE BIOGRAPHY:
SPIRITUAL REVOLUTIONARY, ROMANTIC EXPLORER,
OCCULT MASTER AND SPY
By Tobias Churton
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Watkins (September 6, 2011)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In early 20th-century England, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was considered “the wickedest man in the world.” Today he's seen as a prophet, a master of the occult, and a spiritual pioneer--and his reputation just keeps on growing. This new biography, written with the cooperation of leading Crowley scholars and including new revelations from Crowley's grandson, displays the full scope of the man's many achievements as poet, explorer, spiritualist, wartime spy, and a thinker as significant as Jung, Freud, or Einstein.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tobias Churton is a world authority on Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Hermeticism and Gnosticism. Holding a Masters degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, Tobias is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University and Faculty Lecturer in Western Esotericism. An accomplished filmmaker and composer and the writer of the award-winning drama documentary series The Gnostics, for the UK's Channel 4, Tobias has also written a now standard biography on Elias Ashmole (1617-92). Please consult www.tobiaschurton.com for more information.

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A DICTIONARY OF WESTERN ALCHEMY 
Jordan Stratford, Jeffrey S. Kupperman (Foreword)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Quest Books (November 1, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From Arabic al-kimia (of Egypt) and old Egyptian keme (black, fertile soil), alchemy is the ancient science of elements and interactions in both the natural and the spiritual realms. Spanning 2,500 years and informed by Hermetic and Neoplatonist influences, it has been practiced in the classical Greco-Roman world, medieval Europe and the medieval Middle East and Orient, and up to the present in esoteric circles. Alchemists have three main pursuits:

  • The transmutation of base metals into gold by means of the lapis philosophorum, the philosopher's stone;
  • The concoction of the elixir of life, a universal medicine; and
  • The reconciliation between spirit and matter and direct knowledge of the divine.

This concise dictionary of alchemy provides clear access to one of the major roots of Western esoteric thought. Subjects include alchemical processes and procedures, the natural elements and apparatus used, major practitioners and philosophers, and concepts and beliefs. Distinguishing this guide from similar ones is the addition of etymology, connecting the language of alchemy to its Latin, Greek, and Arabic sources. Symbolic pictographs accompany half of the over four hundred entries, and a fascinating illustration from the long tradition of alchemical art introduces each letter of the alphabet.

Most important is the author Jordan Stratford’s unique perspective as both a modern Gnostic priest and a Freemason. He also brings to bear extensive knowledge of the depth psychology of C. G. Jung, who based his key concept of individuation on the premise that what the ancient alchemists truly sought was inner transformation.

FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:
The fascinations and wonders of alchemy have been with us for a long time. Jordan Stratford’s fine encyclopedic work on this subject is precisely what has been missing on the shelf of every student of the “great art.” Its content is accurate, insightful and accessible!
--Stephan A. Hoeller, author of Alchemy for a Volunteer Society, The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead and other works

A useful glossary of metals and minerals; black, red and green lions; alchemists; mythical beasts and mysterious processes. Discover the keys to the salt, sulphur and mercury of alchemy in this succinct dictionary.
--Andrew Phillip Smith, author of A Dictionary of Gnosticism

Stratford presents more than just a dictionary, but an impressive collection of concepts and ideas; a vocabulary for a living language. He often details his entries with notes from primary sources and biographical details of important contributors to the tradition, much to my delight. This book bids well to become a standard and a classic in the field.
--Brendan Myers, author of The Other Side of Virtue and Loneliness and Revelation

Read this dictionary! Doing so will allow you to see the world with new eyes.
--from the foreword by Jeffrey S. Kupperman, Ph.D.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jordan Stratford, author of Living Gnosticism, regularly contributes to blogs on Gnosticism, esoteric Christianity. Paganism, and the Independent Sacramental Movement.

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PHANTOM ARMIES OF THE NIGHT: 
THE WILD HUNT AND THE GHOSTLY PROCESSIONS OF THE UNDEAD
By Claude Lecouteux
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (August 16, 2011)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An exploration of the many forms of the ancient myth of the Wild Hunt and its influence in pagan and early Christian Europe

• Recounts the myriad variations of this legend, from the Cursed Huntsman and King Herla to phantom armies and vast processions of sinners and demons

• Explains how this belief was an integral part of the pagan worldview and was thus employed by the church to spread Christian doctrine

• Reveals how the secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions for soul travel and prophecies of impending death

Once upon a time a phenomenon existed in medieval Europe that continuously fueled local lore: during the long winter nights a strange and unknown troop could be heard passing outside over the land or through the air. Anyone caught by surprise in the open fields or depths of the woods would see a bizarre procession of demons, giants, hounds, ladies of the night, soldiers, and knights, some covered in blood and others carrying their heads beneath their arms. This was the Wild or Infernal Hunt, the host of the damned, the phantom army of the night--a theme that still inspires poets, writers, and painters to this day. Millennia older than Christianity, this pagan belief was employed by the church to spread their doctrine, with the shapeshifters' and giants of the pagan nightly processions becoming sinners led by demons seeking out unwary souls to add to their retinues. Myth or legend, it represents a belief that has deep roots in Europe, particularly Celtic and Scandinavian countries.

The first scholar to fully examine this myth in each of its myriad forms, Claude Lecouteux strips away the Christian gloss and shows how the Wild Hunt was an integral part of the pagan worldview and the structure of their societies. Additionally, he looks at how secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions through cult rituals culminating in masquerades and carnival-like cavalcades often associated with astral doubles, visions of the afterlife, belief in multiple souls, and prophecies of impending death. He reveals how the nearly infinite variations of this myth are a still living, evolving tradition that offers us a window into the world in which our ancestors lived.

FROM THE BACK COVER
“Claude Lecouteux marshals what must be a virtually complete recounting of stories from throughout Europe involving nocturnal sightings of the Army of the Dead, also known as the Wild Hunt, and traces their thematic origins from pre-Christian times through the filter of the medieval church.”
--James E. Cathey, professor of German and Scandinavian studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Once upon a time a phenomenon existed in medieval Europe that continuously fueled local lore: during the long winter nights a strange and unknown troop could be heard passing outside over the land or through the air. Anyone caught by surprise in the open fields or depths of the woods would see a bizarre procession of demons, giants, hounds, ladies of the night, soldiers, and knights, some covered in blood and others carrying their heads beneath their arms. This was the Wild or Infernal Hunt, the host of the damned, the phantom army of the night--a theme that still inspires poets, writers, and painters to this day. Millennia older than Christianity, this pagan belief was employed by the church to spread their doctrine, with the shapeshifters and giants of the pagan nightly processions becoming sinners led by demons seeking out unwary souls to add to their retinues. Myth or legend, it represents a belief that has deep roots in Europe, particularly Celtic and Scandinavian countries.

The first scholar to fully examine this myth in each of its myriad forms, Claude Lecouteux strips away the Christian gloss and shows how the Wild Hunt was an integral part of the pagan worldview and the structure of their societies. Additionally, he looks at how secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions through cult rituals culminating in masquerades and carnival-like cavalcades often associated with astral doubles, visions of the afterlife, belief in multiple souls, and prophecies of impending death. He reveals how the nearly infinite variations of this myth are a still living, evolving tradition that offers us a window into the world in which our ancestors lived.

CLAUDE LECOUTEUX is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead, The Secret History of Vampires, and Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies. He lives in Paris.


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INVOKING THE EGYPTIAN GODS 
By Judith Page and Ken Biles
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Original edition (December 8, 2011)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Delve into the powerful undercurrents of Egyptian magick and be forever changed. This book presents authentic rituals to invoke the gods. Step into their hidden realm, where true gnosis and healing are found.

A deeply spiritual experience unfolds as you begin to invoke the deities of ancient Egypt. Discover your true magickal name, create a doorway into other dimensions, receive messages from the Neteru, and become one with the gods once again.

—Call upon Isis for boundless love
—Invoke the warrior goddess Sekhmet for protection
—Summon Nut to unleash your creativity
—Reconnect with Hathor, Osiris, and many other gods and goddesses

Combining elegant rites with an evocative description of each deity’s myths, this book invites you to begin a soul-level transformation and awaken to your own strength, power, and divinity.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Judith Page is a well known artist specializing in representations of Egyptian pantheon groups with a strong emphasis on astronomy. Her work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines and books. Visit her online at www.judith-page.com.

Ken Biles (Wheat Ridge, CO) is a writer and High Priest who has been practicing Witchcraft for nearly twenty-five years. Biles was co-host of Full Circle, the first Pagan radio show, for ten years. He now teaches the Craft both in person and online.


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SEASONS OF THE WITCH:
Poetry & Songs To The Goddess (includes double CD)
by Patricia Monaghan
Revised 3rd Edition
Publisher: Creatrix Books, Llc
List Price: $23.75

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From maidenly spring through abundant summer, then to blazing autumn and visionary winter, these poems trace the connections between the seasons of the earth and those of women's lives. The poems are often used in women's spirituality, as meditations and as songs. The book comes complete with a CD of the poems set to music in styles ranging from folk to jazz.

Widely recognized as an important spiritual teaching and ceremonial tool, Patricia Monaghan’s classic, Seasons of the Witch, is back in print. Seasons is filled with exquisitely fun, lusty and life-filled poems that teach both the cycles of the year and of women’s lives. This third edition adds a thematic table of contents to easily find whatever poem is desired, a double CD of gorgeous music by Arctic Siren, and intricate artwork by Goddesswoman Sid Reger. Seasons is a powerful resource of readings, poems and songs that will aid anyone who leads ritual, teaches classes, or simply desires to contribute meaningfully to spiritual gatherings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D. is a resident faculty member of DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

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TANTRIC TEMPLES:
EROS AND MAGIC IN JAVA
By Peter Levenda
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (November 1, 2011)
List Price: $65.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tantra is one of the most misunderstood of the esoteric disciplines. In order to get a clear idea as to the nature of Tantric ritual and belief it is necessary to go where Tantra is still practiced and from where important Tantric teachings originated a thousand years ago: the island of Java in present-day Indonesia.

This book illustrates the history of Tantrism in Java with more than a hundred photographs of temples, statues and iconography dedicated to the system -- some rarely seen before, including the recently-excavated "white temple" of Yogyakarta -- and accounts of contemporary practices in the shrines, cemeteries and secret schools of Java

It is this Tantra -- the Tantra of Java -- that has influenced secret societies, mystics, alchemists, Kabbalists and magicians for hundreds if not thousands of years. This book tells the story of how human sexuality became a metaphor and a template for both spiritual transformation and the manipulation of reality; of how various sexual acts and psycho-biological states became the basis for a comprehensive cosmology that incorporates every aspect of human experience.

Sometimes the secrets are buried where you least expect to find them. Sometimes they are hidden in plain sight. Sometimes... they are both. In the largest Muslim country in the world we will discover a path of Tantra so unique, yet so vibrant and alive, that we will be astonished that no one had heard of it until now.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Levenda is a well-known author of many published works on esoteric subjects incuding: Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult, Stairway to Heaven: Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists and the Art of Spiritual Transformation, The Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries and the Founding of America and Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft. He has appeared numerous times in documentaries for The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and in TNT's documentary "The Faces of Evil." He has also appeared many times on podcasts and on Coast-to-Coast AM radio with George Noory and Ian Punett.



NEW CALENDARS AND PLANNERS
They're Heeeeeere.......

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JIM MAYNARD ASTROLOGICAL 2012 CALENDARS AND PLANNERS! 

CELESTIAL INFLUENCES 2012 PACIFIC WALL CALENDAR: List Price: $12.95
Celestial Influences® is an essential astrological reference. It’s the calendar to hang on your wall, opening to 12” x 18”. Each day gives lunar ingresses, lunar phases, void-of-course moon, planetary stations and ingresses, aspects, holidays, and celebrity birthdays. Celestial Influences® includes an ephemeris, an asteroid ephemeris, explanatory text, and sunrise/sunset times. The zodiac months are highlighted with a colored tint and the zodiac illustrations are in full color. Pacific time, 12" x 9", 48 pages, color cover, color illustrations.

ASTROLOGER'S DATEBOOK® 2012
Astrologer's Datebook® is another astrological, week-at-a-glance, engagement calendar. It has exactly the same information and design as the Celestial Guide® -- just in a smaller size. Just as in Celestial Influences and the Pocket Astrologer, each day gives lunar ingresses, lunar phases, void-of-course moon, planetary stations and ingresses, aspects, holidays, and celebrity birthdays. It also includes an ephemeris, explanatory text, an asteroid ephemeris, sunrise/sunset tables, table of ascendants, chart blanks, address book with space for birth dates and signs, and daily information for both Eastern and Pacific Time. Astrologer's Datebook® now has the most durable, flexible binding available. Pages are sewn together with a glued-on cover. It can be opened flat and pages will not fall out. Includes Eastern and Pacific times, 4-1/4" x 6-3/4", 176 pages, black & white illustrations, full-color cover.

POCKET ASTROLOGER 2012
List Price: $6.95
Pocket Astrologer is a small, easy-to-carry, pocket or purse-sized version of the Celestial Influences. It includes an introduction to astrology, the 2012 calendar, an ephemeris, an asteroid ephemeris, a table of sunrises and sunsets, a blank chart form.
Pacific time , 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 64 pages, full-color illustrations and cover.

CELESTIAL GUIDE 2012
List Price: $11.95
Celestial Guide® 2012 is an astrological week-at-a-glance engagement calendar. It has plenty of room next to the daily astrological data for your daily notes, reminders, and appointments. Just as in Celestial Influences and the Pocket Astrologer, each day gives lunar ingresses, lunar phases, void-of-course moon, planetary stations and ingresses, aspects, holidays, and celebrity birthdays. Celestial Guide® includes an ephemeris, an asteroid ephemeris, explanatory text, table of ascendants, sunrise and sunset tables, chart blanks, and an address book with space for birth dates and signs. Includes Eastern and Pacific times, 5-3/8" x 8-1/2", 176 pages, black & white illustrations, full-color cover, plastic-spiral binding.




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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.
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












This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JANUARY 1st , 2012!
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter
golanv1@yahoo.com


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