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Monday, April 30, 2012

HAPPY BELTANE!!!

WELCOME to the 66th 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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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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THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUES OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE
Compiled and edited by Robert Ansell
London: Fulgur, 2011. Standard Edition
Limited Edition; 700 copies bound in blocked grey cloth, dust-jacket.
Bibliographic Details: 8vo (210mm x 148mm) 280+ pages, including more than 64 of colour, grey endpapers
N.B. This volume is designed in format as a companion to Phil Baker’s recent biography of Spare.

During the course of his creative life Spare produced more than 2000 drawings, watercolours and pastels. His exhibitions ranged from the fashionable West End of Edwardian London, to the earthy characterful taverns of post-War Southwark. This volume gathers together his very rare exhibition catalogues: from his first show at the Bruton Galleries in 1907, to his last at the Archer Gallery in 1955.

These facsimiles present a wealth of scarce information, including:

1. Commentaries by Austin Spare.
2. Essays from Kenneth Grant, Dennis Bardens, Grace E. Rogers, John Smith, Oswell Blakeston, G.S. Sandilands and others.
3. Lists of pictures exhibited, each with a catalogue number, often with prices.
4. Dates and locations for his shows.

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These facsimiles are illustrated with more than 64 pages of colour plates, carefully selected to represent the  evolution of Spare’s work between 1902-1956, and his various styles throughout the period.

The original catalogues are also augmented with an introduction by Robert Ansell and several useful appendices, including:

1. Signatures and Monograms of the artist, 1902-1956
2. Notes on Framing by Austin O. Spare (1947)
3. Inventory of Pictures at 5 Wynne Road, 1956
4. Decorated Objects
5. Exhibition Invitation Cards
6. Hand out for the Guinea Exhibition (1932)

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There is also a comprehensive index, which lists alphabetically nearly 2000 picture titles for Spare’s output 1907-1955, denoting exhibition, date and catalogue number. 

This substantial volume represents an invaluable and essential resource for collectors of his work.





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A TEACHING HANDBOOK 
FOR WICCANS AND PAGANS:
PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR SHARING YOUR PATH
By Thea Sabin
312 pages
Pub Date: May 2012
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2012)

As the Pagan and Wiccan communities grow, so does the need for teachers, mentors, and role models. For those who want to share their knowledge, teaching can be a very empowering and spiritual experience. But practicing the Craft and teaching it are two very different things.

In this timely guide, popular Wiccan author and teacher Thea Sabin presents clear techniques for creating a curriculum, including sample syllabi. She also provides instruction and guidance on crucial aspects of becoming an effective and inspiring teacher of Wicca and Paganism.



—Develop teaching methods for adult learners
—Manage group dynamics
—Give great presentations
—Find and screen students
—Set up online classes
—Cultivate patience and humility

You will also find interviews and advice from several respected Pagan teachers, such as Patrick McCollum, Holli Emore of Cherry Hill Seminary, Christopher Penczak, and T. Thorn Coyle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thea Sabin is a professional editor and writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, both pagan and non-pagan, and is a former newspaper astrology columnist. A practicing Wiccan since her teens, the author received formal training in a British Traditional path and currently she and her husband run a coven of the same tradition. Sabin holds a Masters Degree in Education, is an avid organic gardener and lover of Hong Kong gangster movies. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.

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ENOCHIAN MAGIC IN THEORY 
By Dean F. Wilson
Price:$33.95

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Kerubim Press (February 29, 2012)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Publication Date: February 29, 2012
The first of Dean F. Wilson's eagerly awaited Enochian Magic series, detailing John Dee and Edward Kelley's magical system in extraordinary detail, from the Heptarchic system to Enochian proper. Wilson provides a unique mix of thorough research with his own experience and understanding from using the system for many years, resulting in a book that is both scholarly and insightful. He explores the history behind the famous magician and seer, shows how the system was delivered, explains why it is such a powerful magical tool, and answers many of the questions that people have asked about the nature of the angelic beings. Gain an indepth knowledge of Enochian magic. Learn how to derive the names of angels from the various tablets. Discover the purpose of the tools. Ponder the mysteries of the more obscure parts of the system, with Wilson's suggestions for what they might mean. This tome provides a comprehensive overview of the Enochian system for both scholars and magicians, with excerpts from Dee's diaries and insights from a number of Enochian magicians over the last century. Enochian Magic In Theory is the first of a two part series on Dee's angelic system, with Enochian Magic In Practice providing the practical instructions for how to put the magic into use.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland. He started writing around age 11, working on his first (unpublished) novel entitled The Power Source, which earned him a Trinity College TAP Award. Since then he has written numerous works, some of which he is preparing for publication.

He published a number of short stories, poetry and articles over the years, but his main pursuit has been several fantasy novels. He is awaiting publication of The Call of Agon, the first novel in his The Children of Telm series, and writing the sequel. He is also working on a spinoff novel and a number of short stories set in the same world. If that was not enough, another novel, tentatively titled The Regime, is also in the works, but is set in a new fantasy world.

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KING OVER THE WATER: 
SAMUEL MATHERS AND THE GOLDEN DAWN
By Nick Farrell
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Kerubim Press (February 29, 2012)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over the years many myths have built up about one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, Samuel L. MacGregor Mathers. Many of these have been created by those who wish to damn the Golden Dawn and its system of magic or by those who want to naively believe a bogus magical story about the Order and its founders. In King Over the Water, Golden Dawn magician Nick Farrell paints a picture of the founders of the Golden Dawn becoming out of their depth as the Order began to create magicians. Rather than painting Mathers as an eccentric genius, Farrell sees him as an autocratic fantasist. He sees Mathers struggling to keep up as his students rapidly became better than him at the system he created, and shows how he was unable to raise his game to help the Order develop further. In what is a portrait of the problems that could befall any esoteric leader, Farrell (author of Gathering The Magic, a textbook on magical group dynamics) reveals how Mathers' later rituals were an attempt to remove the magic from the system he created so that he could milk it for money. Included are previously unpublished papers from Mathers' own version of the Golden Dawn, the Alpha et Omega, including the original Z documents, the full version of the Book of the Tomb (a key document for creating a Vault of the Adepts), the original method for the consecration of the sword, and much more. King Over the Water is the prequel to Farrell's groundbreaking exposé on the Alpha et Omega, Mathers' Last Secret, and provides another look into the mind of a magician that helped develop the magic we use today.

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THE HERMETIC LINK: 
FROM SECRET TRADITION TO MODERN THOUGHT
By Jacob Slavenburg
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (April 1, 2012)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Hermes is the Greek god of the Word, of thought and magic, the swift-moving messenger of the Divine and guardian of souls in the Afterlife. In Ancient Egypt he was the majestic god Thoth, the Recorder, the lord of measurement and science, the brother/husband of Isis. In Rome, he was of course Mercury, flying through the Empyrean at the speed of idea by the aid of his winged helmet and boots.

In this broad survey of the Hermetic arts, author Jacob Slavenburg brings an unparalleled depth of insight to the subject. He examines the historical Hermetic literature and details its relevance to modern occultism, from the symbolism of architecture and art to the mysteries of Freemasonry. The heavenly mysteries of astrology are explored as are the healing arts which derive from the spirit of scientific inquiry embodied by Thoth/Hermes. Slavenburg examines the magical writings of the Greek papyri and their development into the contemporary magical practices of modern adepts.

He sheds light on the workings of alchemy and the esoteric philosophy to the world of modern chemistry and physics. He explores the origin of evil and the realm of the afterlife, and the Hermetic doctrines of reincarnation and karma. In addition, the author provides a wealth of biographical data on the magi of Hermeticsm, from Ficino to Agrippa, John Dee to Giordano Bruno.

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AROUND THE TAROT IN 78 DAYS: 
A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE CARDS
By Marcus Katz , Tali Goodwin
Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2012)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Welcome to the land of tarot, where each and every card is an adventure of discovery

Journey into the exciting world of tarot with this comprehensive 78-day course. Uniquely presented in a one-card-per-day format, this workbook provides a solid foundation in tarot—and offers new ways to enrich your life using the wisdom of the cards.

Well-known tarot readers and instructors Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin take you through the symbolic landscape of tarot card by card. Progress through the exercises in sequence, or study the cards in whatever order you like. Casting traditional interpretation methods in a fresh and modern light, Katz and Goodwin teach you how to interpret spreads by experiencing them as meditations, activities, affirmations, and oracles. Discover the keywords of each card and how to use them. Delve even deeper with gated spreads—a series of spreads guiding you toward a powerful experience—and integrative lessons on magick and kabbalistic correspondences.

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NEW DIVINATION DECKS:

THE SPIRIT CARDS: 
Deck And Instruction Booklet Set
By The Occult Consultancy/Hadean Press
List Price: $24.95

The Spirit Cards is a limited edition hand-cut deck of 50 copies. Letters A-Z, numbers 0  –  9, Yes, No, Goodbye, a blank and a cover card make up the deck, which comes with a booklet of instructions. Each card was cut by hand, lending the deck a rustic appearance. This divinatory system was popularised in board form, but the cards allow for variable spreads and methods of exploration. This deck was co-produced by Hadean Press and The Occult Consultancy.




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CALENDAR: MAY 

Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair

SEVEN SESSIONS ON TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT
(Not Wicca)

WITH TRADITIONAL CRAFT INITIATE & SCHOLAR OF FOLK MAGIC,
NIKLAS GANDER, PHD

This series will explore authentic Traditional Witchcraft with one of its Initiates.

TOPICS IN THIS SEVEN-WEEK SERIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • A history lesson in Witchcraft, [ & differences between it and Wicca]
  • The Sight, traditions in how to foster it and when to use it
  • Spirits of the Dead and other Spirits, Puckerells ,Elementals and Land-Wights and their cooperation in Sorcery
  • Tools, their authentic construction and use
  • Power Spots, altars. Finding them, or constructing them for Sorcery
  • Charms, Spells for Luck, Long-Life and Healing
  • Ritual in Traditional Witchcraft

Sessions: To be determined when at least 15 students have committed.
To indicate interest, email niklas_gander@yahoo.com
COST: $15.00 Per Class, sliding scale

Niklas is a long-time initiate of the Anderson Faerie-Tradition of Witchcraft, as well as of traditional Gardnerian Wicca. Traditional European Cunning Craft is his primary focus both magically and academically.

Niklas Gander is the author of the academic work “Tidebast och Vändelrot:Magical Representation in the Swedish Black Art Book Tradition” ; and the forthcoming “Graveyard Wanderers: The Wise Ones and the Dead in Sweden”.


ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS 

SUNDAY , MAY 6th
(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.


MONDAY, MAY 14th
(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

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



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