WELCOME to the 62nd 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.
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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!
By Austin Osman Spare
Two Grimoires is a sumptuous, sewn hardbound book, Octavo format, 156 pages, with a full colour dustjacket, and limited to 1000 copies.
Included is a 48-page section of colour plates, a colour frontispiece, and a black and white endpiece.
List Price: $59.95
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The core of the book is the publication for the first time of two elaborate book dummies by Spare which he produced during the years 1905 and 1906. Each consists of more than twenty finely-drawn pen, ink and watercolour images, in some cases accompanied by brief captions. Internal evidence suggests that they were intended for publication, but were never completed. Their publication here is accompanied by two finished pictures by Spare from the same period, incorporating elements from the grimoires.
Accompanying the grimoires are an Introduction by Michael Staley and two illustrated essays of commentary and preliminary analysis by William Wallace and Stephen Pochin.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The early years of the 20th Century were a time of great creative ferment for Spare, and amongst the items which survive from these early years are two intriguing and sumptuous grimoires, each of which is a notebook consisting of fine pen and ink and watercolour drawings. These notebooks were unfortunately not completed by Spare. There are a number of full-page and half-page paintings and drawings; other pages have embellishments, with spaces for text which was to have been inserted later. From the addition of his bookplate, it is clear that both notebooks were at one time the property of Spare’s patron Pickford Waller.
The first of these grimoires, entitled The Focus of Life & The Papyrus of Amen-AOS, is dated 1905-6. Much of the lettering remains in pencil, some of it giving clues to the underlying meaning of the imagery. An important element of this grimoire is that it features an early form of the ‘exteriorisation of sensation’ which Spare subsequently developed into the Sacred Alphabet which is a feature of The Book of Pleasure.
The second, slightly later notebook is The Arcana of AOS & the Consciousness of Kia-Ra, dated 1906. This is in some ways the more finished of the two notebooks, and picks up some of the imagery from the earlier notebook as well as adding some new elements.
These two grimoires by Spare are at once enigmatic and full of haunting beauty. The paintings and drawings from each notebook are here reproduced in full colour. With an Introduction by Michael Staley and analytical essays by Stephen Pochin and William Wallace, this publication adds to our understanding of Spare’s early years as an artist, mystic and philosopher and sheds light on the early development of his sigillisation techniques.
By Aleister Crowley
Publisher : Stockholm: Edda Publishing, 2011. Limited Edition of 418 copies only.
List Price: $83.95
A Fine Cloth Edition in dust jacket. Four color printing. Edited, with an introduction, by William Breeze. Illustrated with six color plates by Fredrik Söderberg. Originally issued in 1898, Crowley used the pseudonym of George Archibald Bishop (a Neuropath of the Second Empire) as a veil though the name was taken by Crowley from his mother whose maiden name was Bishop. Small Octavo.
FROM THE BACK COVER:
English poet-magician Aleister Crowley published White Stains in 1898, an era of intense creativity for the budding magus-to-be. The original edition of a mere 100 copies was printed in Amsterdam with the help of Leonard Smithers (publisher of Beardsley, Wilde, Burton et al).Part of the edition was later “appropriated” and destroyed by English Customs officers, due to the erotic nature of the poems. In a Victorian Zeitgeist that found Oscar Wilde intensely shocking, Aleister Crowley of course took everything one step further.
The virile force stemming from Crowley's pen is but one of his trademark traits here. In this early collection, we also find examples of his remarkable wit, a thorough understanding of psycho-sexual dynamics , bombastic expressions of lyrical love , as well as his beloved Swinburnean structures of classical poetry. White Stains really is Crowley at his youthful best.
IN ONE VOLUME
Edited by Carl Abrahamsson.
Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg.
Edda Bok/ICM, 2011. Softbound book, 312 pages.
Limited edition of 500 numbered copies.
List Price: $44.95
Carl Abrahamsson Editor’s Introduction
Carl Abrahamsson ‘Zine und Zeit (2011)
The Fenris Wolf 1 (1989)
John Alexander The Strange Phenomena of the Dream, Helgi Pjeturss The Nature of Sleep and Dreams, Tim O’Neill A Dark Storm Rising, Carl Abrahamsson Inauguration of Kenneth Anger, Carl Abrahamsson An Interview with Genesis P-Orridge, William S Burroughs Points of Distinction between Sedative and Consciousness-Expanding Drugs, Carl Abrahamsson Jayne Mansfield – Satanist, TOPYUS Television Magick, Anton LaVey Evangelists vs The New God
The Fenris Wolf 2 (1990)
Lionel Snell The Satan Game, Carl Abrahamsson In Defence of Satanism, Anton LaVey The Horns of Dilemma, Genesis P-Orridge Beyond thee Valley ov Acid, Phauss Photographs, Jack Stevenson 15 Voices from God, Jack Stevenson 18 Fatal Arguments, Tim O’Neill Art On the Edge of Life, Terence Sellers To Achieve Death, Stein Jarving Choice and Process, Tim O’Neill Under the Sign of Gemini, 93/696 The Forgotten Ones In Magick, Tim O’Neill The Mechanics of Maya, Coyote 12 The Thin Line, Genesis P-Orridge Thee Only Language Is Light, Jack Stevenson Porno on Film, Carl Abrahamsson An Interview with Kenneth Anger
The Fenris Wolf 3 (1993)
Jack Stevenson Vandals, Vikings and Nazis, von Hausswolff & Elggren Inauguration of two new Kingdoms, Tim O’Neill A Flame in the Holy Mountain, Frater Nigris A Preliminary Vision, Carl Abrahamsson The Demonic Glamour of Cinema, William Heidrick Some Crowley Sources, Peter H Gilmore The Rite of Ragnarök, ONA The Left-Handed Path, Zbigniew Karkowski The Method Is Science..., Fetish 23 Demonic Poetry, Ben Kadosh Lucifer-Hiram, Freya Aswynn The Northern Magical Tradition, Anton LaVey Tests, Austin Osman Spare Anathema of Zos, Rodney Orpheus Thelemic Morality, Nemo Recognizing Pseudo-Satanism, Philip Marsh Pythagoras, Plato and the Hellenes. Terence Sellers A Few Acid Writings, Hymenæus Beta Harry Smith 1923-1991, Andrew M McKenzie Outofinto, Beatrice Eggers Nature – Now, Then and Never
By Stephen Skinner
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2 edition (February 15, 2011)
List Price: $65.00
This is the first and most comprehensive book in English to cover the full history and practice of divinatory geomancy. While serving as a practical manual, it will be invaluable to all those interested in divination, magic, and astrology.
Geomancy—divination by earth—ranks alongside the tarot, astrology, and the I Ching as a major form of divination. Stephen Skinner explores the roots of geomancy, Islamic geomancy's impact on medieval Europe, its role during the Renaissance, and its use in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The book also gives practical examples for interpreting and practicing the art, and covers astro-geomancy, which combines astrology and geomancy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interest has always been Western magic.
During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies.
Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.
Stephen has written more than 20 books, which have been published worldwide in 17 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars.
Stephen lives in Johor Bahru near Singapore.
NEW TAROT DECKS:
By: Lo Scarabeo
Boxed deck (23/4 x 43/4) includes 78 full-color cards and instruction booklet
Pub Date: January 2012
List Price: $29.95
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This highly innovative and unusual version of the popular Universal Tarot offers a whole new tarot experience. Featuring clear panels, this fun deck invites you to explore fresh and imaginative ways of working with tarot. By superimposing the cards, up to six at once, you can put together a meaningful mosaic that reflects your own unique desires, choices, or actions. This wonderful tool give you the freedom to invent your own story. Examine the past, transform the present, and create the future you’ve always wanted.
NEW CALENDARS AND PLANNERS
By Annie Bones
Loon Feather Publications
List Price: $17.95
The Celestial Forecaster 2012 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.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 7-8PM
BEGINNING: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4TH, 7PM
Price:$40.00 for the month of January paid in full: $15.00 drop-in
No books are required for at least the first two weeks, but please bring a notebook and pen. You are also welcome to bring recording devices. This is a class for beginners, focused on conversation.
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
(first Sunday of each month, except this month, because of the holiday)
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.
They now meet on the 2nd Monday of the Month.
MONDAY, JANUARY 8th
(Every 2nd Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
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" I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally
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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."
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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again FEBRUARY 1st , 2012!
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