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Thursday, March 1, 2012

MARCH, 2012! SPRINGTIME COMETH!


WELCOME to the 64th 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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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 NEW JEWELRY AND NEW STATUARY: 
New versions of the Maxine Miller TRIPLE GODDESS and HORNED GOD Wall Plaques,
and the new SACRED MAGICKAL HEARTH Altar Piece based on the work of authors Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor





STARFIRE: A JOURNAL OF THE NEW AEON 
- Volume II Number 4

Starfire Vol II No 4 is a substantial, riveting, and enlightening publication, 304 pages long and printed on Arctic Volume, a good quality coated paper. There is a sparkling diversity of content, including thirteen great articles and essays, two fascinating short stories, four arresting pieces of artwork, and a substantial section of book reviews.

Though Starfire is as Thelemic in focus as ever, this latest issue has an eclectic mix of articles and short stories, reflecting the richness and diversity of Thelema. The front cover design shown here to the left features a glorious image by Kyle Fite; click on the image for a larger view of the artwork. The contents of this issue are very diverse, and include:








Scintillations in Mauve: An Introduction to the Work of Kenneth Grant by Michael Staley – a preliminary survey of some key elements in the substantial body of mystical and magical work which Kenneth bequeathed us for further development;

Images of the Mystery by Gary Dickinson – a consideration of the origins and implications of Crowley's drawing 'The Way', better known simply as LAM;

The Ophidian Sabbat by Daniel Schulke – some considerations of the body of lore and sorcerous praxis which comprise the Sabbatic path;

Sermon from a Haunted Cellar by Richard Gavin – an essay on some of the implications of working within the Typhonian Tradition;

The Unity of Toltec and Thelema by Eric N. Peterson – a consideration of the common ground between the Toltec tradition and Thelema;

On Toltec Art by Koyote the Blind – an essay by a Toltec adept on the significance of art in the Toltec tradition;

Shades of Grey by Richard Gavin – a short story woven around Lam;

Maranatha and Beyond by Stephen Dziklewicz – a sequel to the author's essay on Maranatha in the previous issue of Starfire;

From Aiwass to Lam by Richard Ward – an essay on Crowley, praeterhuman contact, and the magical path of the Divine Fool;

Echoes of Silence by Alistair Coombs – an analysis of the background to Blavatsky's The Voice of the Silence and Crowley's Commentary on the book which he considered a masterpiece;

Grid Sigil Magick by Robert Podgurski – considerations concerning the ramifications of a sigil which was revealed several years ago to the author;

The Emergence of Lam by Michael Staley – some considerations of Lam from its emergence in the Amalantrah Working and beyond;

Sleeping Buddha by Hector Djoun – a short story about a Buddhist academic and his awakening following an encounter with a Pythoness;

Two Fragments on Ataturk by Ithell Colquhoun – reminiscences on the genesis and subsequent life of Crowley's son;

Book Reviews by various contributors. Reviews include Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley by Henrik Bogdan; Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski; Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus by Paul Weston; A Cockney Visionary by Jerusalem Press; Vudu Cartography by Michael Bertiaux; A Gathering of Masks by Robert Fitzgerald; Voudon Gnosis by David Beth; Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist by Phil Baker; and more.


Starfire Vol II No 4 is available in a robust, sewn-bound softbound edition for $52.95


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THE WAY OF THE ORACLE: 
RECOVERING THE PRACTICES OF THE PAST TO FIND ANSWERS FOR TODAY
By Diana L Paxson
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2012)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Throughout history, the uncertainties of life have driven people to seek counsel from prophets, seers, and oracles on everything from love to livelihood: people want to talk to their lost loved ones, heal old family traumas, find out about work, and determine what the future will bring.

In The Way of the Oracle, bestselling author, scholar, and priestess Diana L. Paxson offers a broad overview of the traditions of famous oracles in history: from the pythia at Delphi, the son of Beor, the Irish druidess, and the Greenland völva, to today's modern seers who are resurrecting ancient skills to serve their communities.

Paxson identifies the core elements of prophetic practice, her belief in probability rather than predestination, and offers exercises and examples to demonstrate how anyone can be trained to do oracle work. Her methods focus on trance skills and improving communication between one's unconscious and conscious mind to encourage self-knowledge and decision making.

The Way of the Oracle introduces the practice of oracle work to a wider audience, and shows how exploring the potential of other minds can expand our own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Diana L. Paxson is the author of nearly three dozen novels, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon and several works of spiritual nonfiction, including Taking Up the Runes. She has been a practicing priestess for nearly thirty years and is well known as a spiritual leader and teacher. She lectures and conducts workshops in North America and Europe. She lives in Berkeley, CA. Visit her at www.diana-paxson.com.

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UNDINES: LESSONS FROM THE REALM OF THE WATER SPIRITS 
By William R. Mistele
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (July 6, 2010)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Undines—from the Latin root unda, which means “wave”— are water elementals, or spirits of the water world. Like their fellow elementals—salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), and gnomes (earth)—undines are united with, and personify, their element. First mentioned in the alchemical works of medieval botanist Paracelsus, undines appear throughout European folklore. Who are these mysterious creatures of lakes, oceans, and waterfalls?

Undines takes readers directly into the water spirits’ realm through stories, personal encounters, and interviews with such luminaries as Istiphul, the undine queen whose presence embodies the magical essence of the feminine. Whether seen as fact or fairy tale, Undines presents archetypal truths and insights into human nature. The powers and abilities that undines display are latent in us all and crucial to humanity’s evolution (or mere survival): harmony with nature, empathy and compassion, a deep capacity to love, and a cooperative rather than combative relationship to the world. Undines will appeal broadly to readers of mythology, fantasy, and fairy tales, particularly to practitioners that work with nature spirits and elemental beings—Druids, Wiccans, pagans, and those interested in magic and mysticism.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William R. Mistele has devoted himself to the study and practice of many of the world’s spiritual traditions. Since 1975 he has been a student of Franz Bardon’s teachings on Hermetic magic, a system of training that includes the evocation of and communication with nature spirits. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Wheaton College and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Arizona. He
lives in Honolulu.

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PRIESTESS OF THE FIRE TEMPLE: A DRUID'S TALE 
By Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2012)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Priestess of the Fire Temple follows Princess Aislinn, red-haired wild child of the High King of the Central Kingdom, as she makes her way in a world increasingly hostile to those who are not Christian. Raised in a community that observed both Pagani and Cristaidi mores, Druid-trained Aislinn is married off at age fourteen to a prince from Irardacht, the Northern Kingdom. Escaping her unhappy marriage, Aislinn finds herself engaged in a series of dangerous adventures and fateful encounters on her quest for true love. This uniquely Pagan novel explores the basic beliefs of the Indo-European Celts and the Druid path in an engaging and powerful way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has contributed to several Pagan journals and is a popular author of Druidry-related titles. A former teacher at the Grey School of Wizardry, Hopman has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, co-founder and former co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a master herbalist, and a registered herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild.

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THE CLAIRVOYANT PATH: 
FOLLOW YOUR INNER WISDOM TO HEALING, EMPOWERMENT & CHANGE
By Michelle DesPres
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2012)
List Price: $14.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A new era of enlightenment is upon us. The Clairvoyant Path offers a golden opportunity to join the global spiritual evolution and build a new life of peace, purpose, and higher consciousness.

Discover how to access inner wisdom, higher dimensions of the self, and the power to change reality—all by using your innate clairvoyance and intuition. Explore the wondrous connections between the body, spirit, and quantum science, the personal energy climate, and the nature of the soul.

Progressive psychic exercises and stories from the author’s life as a clairvoyant medium combine to help you cultivate higher senses, explore your soul’s history, and work with your personal energy. A life of greater awareness, self-authority, and higher purpose is available to you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle DesPres (Fort Collins, CO) is a clairvoyant medium with a private practice. She gives readings, teaches classes and workshops, and provides seasonal energetic forecasts. DesPres is the former host of Insight, a community talk-radio show dedicated to providing a conscious perspective on today’s issues.

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INCENSE MAGICK: 
CREATE INSPIRING AROMATIC EXPERIENCES FOR YOUR CRAFT
By Carl F. Neal
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2012)
List Price: $16.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Immerse yourself in the enchanting, sensory-rich world of incense and deepen your knowledge of a treasured and indispensable tool for your magickal life. Carl F. Neal, author of the popular book, Incense, offers this meticulously researched, globespanning guide to the magickal applications of incense. From “redecorating” a room with the perfect scent to performing intricate incense ceremonies, you’ll learn to create aromatic enchantments using pellets, seals, powders, and other incense forms in meditations, rituals, spells, and even games.

Take your practice to a deeper level as you discover burning techniques and mystical uses, both traditional and innovative.

—Rituals specific to different types of incense
—Guidance for selecting incense and charcoal
—An alphabetized list of traditional and modern incense ingredients, including rare botanicals
—Combustible: smudging, sticks (masala and joss), cones, cylinders, and dhoops
—Non-combustible: pellets (moist), loose incense, and powders
—Incense seals, trails, and chains
—Correspondences for the elements, seasons, particular intentions, and more

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carl Neal has been a student of incense since 1977. In 1995 he became a professional incense maker and has avidly researched incense ever since. He eventually set aside his retail incense business and focused on bringing an expanded awareness of incense to everyone who would read or listen. Networking with incense makers and users from around the world has given him a very different view of incense.

He is a self-professed incense fanatic who has been lucky enough to learn from a variety of incense makers from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. He has traveled across America leading incense workshops and discussions. He has been a frequent guest at Pagan festivals and gatherings where he spreads his enthusiasm for incense with vigor.

A strong supporter of community, Carl loves teaching about incense at all sorts of community events. Carl holds bachelor degrees in History and Sociology. He currently lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Western Oregon.


DIVINATION 

NEW TAROT

THE MANDALA ASTROLOGICAL TAROT CARDS AND BOOK 
By A. T. Mann
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Sterling; Pap/Crds edition (October 6, 2009)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER: There are many tarot sets on the market—but not one like this! The first thing you’ll notice about this unique book-and-card set is the deck’s square shape, which allows each card to be positioned facing not just two, but all four cardinal points of the compass: this provides readings of great depth and accuracy. Then, the original design eliminates the conventional human figures of the tarot, replacing them with mandala images that aid meditation. What’s more, the 22 major arcane signs are divided into three groups corresponding to the signs of the zodiac, the elements, and the planets. This spiritually aware approach to the tarot provides a remarkable new set of tools for understanding the forces that shape our lives. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A. T. Mann is a noted astrologer, architect, artist, and prolific author. His books include The Divine Life: Astrology and Divination (2002) and The Future of Astrology (2004).


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NEW PENDULUMS

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CALENDAR: COMING IN APRIL!
MAGICKAL CLASSES


OLOTEAS annually presents Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope:
A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything
This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time. The dates and times for the Spring 2012 Session of Bunnyslopes are:

Friday, April 13, 2012 7PM – 9PM
Friday, April 20, 2012 7PM – 9PM
Friday, April 27, 2012 7PM – 9PM
Friday, May 4, 2012 7PM – 9PM
Friday, May 11, 2012 7PM - PM
Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Spring 2013. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.
This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events. Many thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!
These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:
A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette
Some Tips for Aspiring Herbalists
Magical Ethics
Basic Circle Casting
Correspondences - Key of Solomon
Magickal Weapons and Tools
Spellcraft
The Oracle™
The Tree of Life
Temple Arrangement
The Wheel of the Year
Glossary
Recommended Reading List
When we hold classes, we do request an RSVP to gasbarri@comcast.net to let us know that you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky
12345 Lake City Way NE, Box 195
Seattle, WA 98125-5401

ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY , MARCH 4th
(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, MARCH 12th
(Every 2nd Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:
http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/

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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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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again APRIL 1st , 2012!
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter




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