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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

HAPPY IMBOLC!!!

WELCOME to the 63rd 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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Note: To see a graphics version of this newsletter,please go to :

We are also now on Facebook:
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!

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We have great gifts for Imbolc! Goddess Brigit themed Chalices, Jewelry, Statuary and other items. Come to the store and see!

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BLOOD SORCERY BIBLE VOLUME 1: 
 RITUALS IN NECROMANCY
By Sorceress Cagliastro , The Necromancer
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: The Original Falcon Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2011) List Price: $18.95

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A grimoire to some, an anarchist's cookbook of Blood Sorcery and Necromancy to others, the Blood Sorcery Bible is the first book of its kind to openly discuss the intricacies of Blood Sorcery from the science of self-vivisection to the combination of sexual fluids and magnetics.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sorceress Cagliastro, The Necromancer Blood Sorceress, Necromancer, Mummifier, Magnetic Sorcery researcher, teacher, author, lecturer, embalmer, forensic reconstructionist, and consigliere to the disincarnate, Sorceress Cagliastro has spent decades in service to the Integrity of the Deceased as a trade embalmer and in years of work at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In an entirely different area, she has also worked directly with Sir Richard Branson as one half of his team of US publicists at Virgin Media.

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MEDIEVAL HERBALS: THE ILLUSTRATIVE TRADITIONS 
(The British Library Studies in Medieval Culture)
By Minta Collins
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1 edition (September 19, 2000)
List Price: $44.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Medieval Herbals: The Illustrative Traditions is a new, wide-ranging and generously illustrated study of manuscript herbals produced between 600 - 1450. The book examines the two principal herbal traditions of Classical descent: the Dioscorides manuscripts in Greek, Arabic, and Latin and the Latin Herbarius of Apulcius Platonicus. It shows how, from 1300, the illustrations of the de herbis Traetatus treatises, the first of which was British Library, MS. Egerton 747, showed a new observation of nature, paving the way in the fifteenth century for French Livres des Simples and the magnificent plant paintings of later Italian Herbals. Medieval Herbals provides one of the few syntheses in English of existing research on the subject and also addresses issues of dating, location, production and ownership of the individual codices. Minta Collins demonstrates how many herbals were not only codices for medical scholars but expensively illustrated books for bibliophiles, of equal interest to students of manuscripts, to historians of medicine and botany, and to art historians.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Minta Collins is an independent scholar with a PhD in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute.


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WINGS OF RAPTURE
by Nema
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Black Moon Publishing (May 25, 2011)
List Price: $22.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Wings of Rapture takes a nondenominational approach to mysticism. From the initial euphoric experience to the "dark night of the soul" and beyond, this book will serve as a guide as you seek your own path to enlightenment.

Learn methods of altering consciousness to open the doors of perception to the metaphysical realms. Discover techniques for creating sacred space conducive to successful meditation and contemplation.

If you're currently involved with an established religion, magickal order, coven, or popular guru, it can help you slice through the embellishments of other people's visions to find your own.

This is a revised and expanded re-print of the book originally entitled "The Way of Mystery: Magick, Mysticism and Self-Transcendence."

CONTENTS

• What Is Known Is Not Enough
• God-Hunger and Other Forgotten Ones
• Cosmophilia
• Maat Magick
• Emotions
• Temple-Time and Nature
• Inventory and Corrections
• Mantram and Silence
• Call and Forget
• Manifestations: Signs of Progress
• Unlearned Knowledge
• Astral Adventures
• Cosmic Visions
• Veils of Glory
• Self
• Shadow Mirror
• That
• The Inner Life
• Dark Night of the Soul
• Alone Together
• The View From Now
• N’Aton: Visions of the Major Arcana
• Appendix A: Liber Pennae Praenumbra
• Appendix B: Feathersong


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A PRIEST'S HEAD, A DRUMMER'S HANDS: NEW ORLEANS VOODOO ORDER OF SERVICE
By Louis Martinié
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Black Moon Publishing (December 1, 2011)
List Price: $15.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A Priest's Head, A Drummer's Hands is a complete-in-itself first volume in a series of teachings on Voodoo as it has and
continues to develop in New Orleans. It contains an Order of Service developed over hundreds of rituals at the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. This Order follows the steps of birth and can be used to bring honor and respect to the ancestors or to birth a "magickal child" of the voodoosant's choosing. Rhythms for the drums are given in the form of Drum Prayers. Rites and offerings to mark the passage of the Grande Zombie (Great Serpent) through the Seasons are outlined in a section on the Ophidian Year. A photographic record of the wake of Charles Masicot Gandolfo, the founder of the Historic Voodoo Museum, and a recounting of the line of Spiritual Doctors running back through the annals of New Orleans Voodoo is presented. Information and a working talisman for John Montanee, the original Dr. John, who conjured and drummed in the eighteen hundreds in New Orleans is included as well as a veve for the city of New Orleans as a spiritual entity.

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THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON:
FROM ANCIENT ISRAEL TO SECRET SOCIETIES
James Wasserman
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (November 8, 2011)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A fully illustrated history of the Temple of Solomon

• Examines the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings

• Explores its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and the teachings of Islam

• Explains the sacred nature of the Temple Mount--the site of the Temple of Solomon--and the secrets that may still be hidden there

• Richly illustrated, including many photos and images from rare archives

The spiritual heart of many esoteric societies, the Temple of Solomon was located atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site venerated by the three great monotheistic religions as the intersection of Divine and human. Built by King Solomon at the peak of ancient Israel’s power, the Temple of Solomon housed the golden Ark of the Covenant in its Holy of Holies, a sacred chamber where one could communicate directly with God. Centuries after the temple’s destruction, the Temple Mount was used as the headquarters for the Knights Templar during the Crusades, and countless legends have come down through the centuries about the secrets they may have uncovered there, including discovery of the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant.

Richly illustrated with biblical and Masonic illustrations, photographs, and ancient and modern paintings--many from rare archives--this book explores the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings as well as its role in the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and Muhammad’s visionary journey from the Temple Mount through the heavens. Seeking to understand the powerful desire of many religions and secret societies to re-create the temple through ritual and prayer, James Wasserman explains why it was built, the magical forces King Solomon may have used in its creation, what its destruction meant for Jews and Christians alike, and why the Knights Templar as well as several modern secret societies named their orders after it. Detailing the sacred architecture of this perfectly proportioned mystical edifice through words and art, the author reveals the Temple of Solomon as the affirmation of God’s presence in human affairs, the spiritual root of Western culture, and an important monument to the Divine nearly forgotten in today’s secular times but sorely needed to bridge the divide between our ancient past and our spiritual future.

From the Inside Flap
HISTORY / RELIGION

The spiritual heart of many esoteric societies, the Temple of Solomon was located atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site venerated by the three great monotheistic religions as the intersection of divine and human. Built by King Solomon at the peak of ancient Israel’s power, the Temple of Solomon housed the golden Ark of the Covenant in its Holy of Holies, a sacred chamber where the high priest could communicate directly with God. Centuries after the Temple’s destruction, the Temple Mount was chosen as the headquarters for the Knights Templar during the Crusades, and countless legends have come down through the centuries about the secrets they may have uncovered there.

Richly illustrated with biblical and Masonic illustrations, photographs, and ancient and modern paintings--many from rare archives--this book explores the Temple of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and Apocryphal writings as well as its role in the rites of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and Muhammad’s visionary journey through the heavens. Seeking to understand the powerful desire of many religions and secret societies to re-create the Temple through ritual and prayer, James Wasserman explains why it was built, what its destruction meant for Jews and Christians alike, and why the Knights Templar as well as several modern secret societies have centered their teachings around this vibrant archetype. Detailing the sacred architecture of this perfectly proportioned mystical edifice through words and art, the author reveals the Temple of Solomon as the affirmation of God’s presence in human affairs, the spiritual root of Western culture, and an important monument to the divine that may serve to bridge the divide between our ancient past and our spiritual future.

JAMES WASSERMAN is the author of several books, including The Templars and the Assassins and The Secrets of Masonic Washington. A longtime student of the occult and a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976, he lives in New York City.

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THE EIGHT-CIRCUIT BRAIN:
NAVIGATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR THE ENERGETIC BODY
By Antero Alli
Paperback
Publisher: Vertical Pool (2009)
List Price : $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

"Antero Alli is that special brand of human, a frontier scout for the species,
out there on the rim where the past and future intersect."
– TIMOTHY LEARY

This book advances the material in Alli's groundbreaking first book, "ANGEL TECH" (Original Falcon, 1986), a compendium of techniques and practical applications of Dr. Timothy Leary's 8-Circuit Brain model for Intelligence Increase. After twenty-plus years of research and experimentation, Antero's earlier findings have been significantly updated and enriched in this new body of work. Includes a comprehensive 8-week course of study and practice, the author's "Neurological Autobiography of Outside Shocks and Hedonic Upgrades," a forum featuring Alli's responses to questions from former students, accounts of his in-depth encounters with Christopher S. Hyatt and Robert Anton Wilson, and much, much more. Published by Vertical Pool.

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CASTING SACRED SPACE: 
THE CORE OF ALL MAGICKAL WORK
Ivo Dominguez Jr , T. Thorn Coyle
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2012)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The use of casting as a means of establishing sacred space is a common practice in Wiccan and Neopagan traditions. In fact it is widely considered the most important step in spiritual and magickal work. And yet few really know how to do it or do it well.

In Casting Sacred Space, Neopagan practitioner Ivo Dominguez, Jr., offers a comprehensive introduction to the techniques and rituals of casting, including:


* How to become grounded and centered before one begins
* The Proper timing for casting and ritual work
* How to open up one's psychic senses to work with subtle energies
* How to set the stage for magickal work both internally and externally
* Protection, symbols and meditations for maintaining sacred space.
* The Circle, the Quarters, and other modes of casting sacred space
* Quartering, energy work, and many cross-practice connections including Qabala and chakras.

This is a practical, accessible handbook for the beginner with cross appeal to seasoned practitioners of ritual magick.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is a writer, artist, and speaker who teaches workshops on divination, the chakras, ritual, astrology, herbalism, the Qabalah, and other occult topics. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Green Egg and Witches & Pagans.

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HAITIAN VODOU:
AN INTRODUCTION TO HAITI'S INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL TRADITION
By Mambo Chita Tann
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2012)
List Price: $15.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Deeply rooted in Haiti’s culture and held sacred by millions, Haitian Vodou is a joyous and profound ancestral practice descended from the Vodu priesthood of West Africa. This little-understood belief system is among the truest religions of the Americas—yet its essence has remained a mystery to outsiders.

Written by a practitioner of the highest initiatory rank, Haitian Vodou is the only book that offers a respectful, first-hand overview of the centuries-old indigenous tradition. From Haiti’s culture and history to the sacred beliefs, ceremonies, rituals, and practices grounded in ancestral communion, readers will get a rare look inside Haitian Vodou. Also explored: its relationship to other African diasporic traditions in the West; common misconceptions; Vodou magic and initiations; how millions survived slavery, betrayal, and revolution; and the twentyone nations of the Lwa, the spirits of Haitian Vodou.

ABOUT THE AUTHORL:
Mambo Chita Tann (Chicago, IL) is a mambo asogwe, the highest initiated rank in Haitian Vodou. She has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, published author, and lecturer on African religions. She is also a professional Egyptologist and the spiritual leader of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith, a modern form of ancient Egyptian religion, and has appeared in a History Channel documentary about Egypt under her given name, Tamara L. Siuda.

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SPELLS FOR TOUGH TIMES: 
CRAFTING HOPE WHEN FACED WITH LIFE'S THORNIEST CHALLENGES
Kerri Connor
Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2012)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Looking for some magical help for those unpredictable curveballs that life throws your way? Spells for Tough Times is a unique and comprehensive toolkit for coping with and rising above just about any difficulty—whether it’s a minor annoyance, embarrassing quandary, or unexpected crisis.

Refreshingly positive and practical, this magic book features over 150 easy-to-perform spells and rituals that address specific problems we all commonly face. Organized by major areas of concern, you’ll find customizable spells related to personal habits and emotions, family and children, relationships, pets, health, house and home, career, finances, legal disputes, world events, death, and handling grief.

Compatible with all spiritual paths and levels of spellwork experience, these simple yet potent spells will help you find peace, let go of stress, and survive every bump in the road.

—Reconnect with an estranged relative
—Banish an unwanted crush
—Speed recovery from a serious illness
—Move on after divorce or infidelity
—Heal from the loss of a loved one or a pet
—Manage the pressure of being overextended at work

From layoffs and foreclosures to child bullying and identity theft, this book combines magical and mundane solutions to help you navigate life’s hurdles and hardships with grace, serenity, and hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerri Connor (Chicagoland, IL) is the High Priestess of The Gathering Grove, and has been practicing her craft for twenty-five years. She is the author of three other books of magic, and her writing has appeared in The Blessed Bee, Sage Woman, PanGaia, and New Witch. She runs The Pagan Review, a website that provides reviews of Pagan products. She also recently started Nurturing Necessities, a non-profit charitable organization.





NEW TAROT DECKS:

DREAM FAIRIES INSPIRATIONAL CARDS


By: Lo Scarabeo
Imprint: Llewellyn
Pub Date: January 2012
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Unravel the mysteries of your dreams with the wisdom of the stars.

The Dream Fairies Inspirational Deck promises an enlightening inner journey guided by twelve breathtakingly beautiful fairies, each representing a sign of the zodiac. Evoking the ephemeral, emotionally rich essence of our dreamlife, this unique deck can help you gain rare access to your subconscious, where hidden talents, unspoken hopes, and unfulfilled desires can finally be awakened. Glow in the dark imagery allow you to enjoy the whimsical illustrations day or night. Another unique feature is the box which can be used to prop and display cards for meditation work, as a round-the-clock reminder of a faerie’s message to you, or as a unique frame for the enchanting art.

Boxed set (47/8 x 4 7/8) includes 12 full-color, glow-in-the-dark cards and a 192-page, full-color companion guide

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THE NEW MYTHIC TAROT  

Juliet Sharman-Burke , Liz Greene , Giovanni Caselli (Illustrator)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Pap/Crds edition (August 2, 2011)
List Price: $25.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From the time of its first publication in 1986, The Mythic Tarot has sold over a million copies in dozens of countries. Now, for this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, the text has been revised, brought up to date and the deck completely re-illustrated by internationally renowned artist, Giovanni Caselli.

The New Mythic Tarot brings together all the elements that made the original version such a necessary deck for all tarot enthusiasts—a deck that depicts the gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines of the Greek myths and a book that helps the reader explore them as familiar archetypal characters, whose experiences mirror the shifts and patterns of daily life.

This fully revised and updated edition of one of the few true classic book and card tarot kits breathes fresh life into this standard work and will be welcomed by long-time devotees and new fans alike.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
JULIET SHARMAN-BURKE is the author of several books and book and card sets including The Beginner’s Guide to the Tarot, The Complete Book of Tarot, and, with Liz Greene, the The Mythic Tarot. She lives in England. LIZ GREENE is the author of over twenty books, including the highly successful The Mythic Tarot. She currently lives in Zurich.




CALENDAR:

FEBRUARY:
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY , FEBRUARY 5th
(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.


THE CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP HAS CHANGED TIMES!!!!!
They now meet on the 2nd Monday of the Month.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12th
(Every 2nd Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:

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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
golanv1@yahoo.com

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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 MARCH 1st , 2012!
Raven

Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



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