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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy July 4th !


From the Mary-El Tarot, by Marie White

WELCOME to the 68th 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!







NEW BOOKS

DILOGGÚN TALES OF THE NATURAL WORLD: 
HOW THE MOON FOOLED THE SUN AND OTHER SANTERÍA STORIES
By Ócha'ni Lele
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (September 21, 2011)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
With brilliant and beautiful narratives, Ócha’ni Lele skillfully navigates the complex stories of the ancient Yoruba people. The myths presented in Diloggún Tales of the Natural World are eternal; equally as profound as those of the Greeks and Romans. With a compelling power akin to the I Ching, this work is well overdue. Finally, we have an author willing to serve up the spiritual beauty of ancient Africa at the table of the modern world. Clearly, there is a legacy beginning to unfold. What a blessing!” --Iyanla Vanzant, founder of Inner Visions Spiritual Institute and author of Peace from Broken Pieces

Since ancient times the Yoruba of West Africa created sacred stories--patakís--to make sense of the world around them. Upon arrival in the New World, the Yoruba religion began to incorporate elements from Catholic and Native traditions, evolving into Santería, and new patakís were born, adding to the many chapters already found in the odu of the diloggún--the sacred oral teachings and divination system of the Yoruba, or Lucumí, faith. Comparable to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome and rich with jewels of wisdom like the I Ching, these Santería stories are as vast as the Hindu Vedas and as culturally significant as the parables in the Torah, Talmud, and Christian Bible.

Diloggún Tales of the Natural World presents more than 40 patakís that shed light upon the worldview of Santería. Each story in this collection, reassembled from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, is centered on a spiritual principle in nature: the waxing and waning of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, the phenomenon of shooting stars, the separation of sky and earth, and the origins of the animals and birds who play key roles in Santería symbology. Revealing the metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of the Yoruba people, this volume shows these stories to be as powerful and relevant today as they were to the ancient Yoruba who once safeguarded them.

ÓCHA’NI LELE has been immersed in the underground culture of orisha worship since 1989. He made Ocha in 2000 and was crowned a priest of Oya. His other books include Teachings of the Santería Gods, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santería, and The Diloggún: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santería. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ócha’ni Lele has been immersed in the underground culture of orisha worship since 1989. He made Ocha in 2000 and was crowned a priest of Oya. His other books include Teachings of the Santería Gods, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santería, and The Diloggún: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santería. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.

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CELTIC VISIONS: 
SEERSHIP, OMENS AND DREAMS OF THE OTHERWORLD
By Caitlin Matthews
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Watkins (March 6, 2012)
List Price: $14.95

Through prayers, chants, and practical exercises, Celtic Visions teaches readers how to tap into their inner spiritual power, enabling them to experience heightened perception and open portals to other realms of existence. Drawn from ancient Gaelic and Welsh sources, this visionary guide reveals the truth behind the prophetic visions of the druids and seers. It explains their methods for communicating with the Otherworld through omens and fairy lore and explores the Celtic gift of “second sight”--the ability to perceive both the visible and the invisible aspects of reality.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Caitlín Matthews is a co-founder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, and has written more than 60 books, including The Celtic Wisdom Oracle and The Celtic Book of the Dead, and co-authored The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom.

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MAGICAL KNOWLEDGE BOOK I FOUNDATIONS/ THE LONE PRACTITIONER 
By Josephine McCarthy
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (January 1, 2012)
Price: $23.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Here you have a book that will help you, and an author whose views you can respect. More than this, you may safely trust her practical guidance, which is drawn from a long and varied experience of working alone and with others. She is a gifted teacher, perceptive and critical: perhaps more important, she is also human . . . there is no question but that the magical path is a hard road that requires dedication, discrimination and a solid dose of common sense . . . if you are determined to follow the magical path, and if you employ these three qualities, you will be hard pressed indeed to find a better guide than Magical Knowledge."
--RA Gilbert

Magical Knowledge book I is the first in a series of three that takes the reader through the bends and twists of serious magical study. This book tackles some of the more pressing issues surrounding the early quest for knowledge from the world of magic, along with techniques, exercises and warnings for those ready to dip their toe in the scalding hot water of power. Using her usual no nonsense down to earth approach, McCarthy outlines in depth some of the rarely tackled issues and problems that face a serious modern magician, offering advice and reflections based on 30 years of practical work. The book follows no specific magical path; rather it takes the reader to the layers of consciousness beneath such paths and shows us the various techniques, powers and dynamics that underpin most Western Mystery schools and lodges. The reader is shown how ritual actually works, what an inner contact actually is, how to make visions work, how to turn an object into a magically charged implement, how to read tarot, how to clean and protect yourself, and most importantly of all, how to spot the bullshit. Josephine McCarthy is a seasoned occultist and author living in the Dartmoor National Park in the UK. She has taught and led magical groups in the USA and UK for many years, and has written a variety of magical fiction and non fiction. Her more recent publications include 'The Work of the Hierophant' and 'The Exorcist's Handbook'.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have been teaching and writing on Western Mystery themes, and working as a consecrator & exorcist in the USA and UK for the last two decades. I was birthed out of the cooking pot of my bizarre family (and trust me, by anyone's standards, it is bizarre), and the magical city of Bradford complete with its ritual lodges, Theosophical Society, Golden Dawn Temple and strange population.

In the past I have been, among other things, a classical ballet dancer, coach and choreographer, college teacher, stand up poet, arts officer, exorcist, occultist, waitress, cleaner, gardener, director of a federal parrot rescue, Indian Rez bar tender, prep cook in an Haitian/Cuban cafe/bar and tree planter/forestry worker for the Salish And Kootani tribal forestry division in Montana. I now live back in the UK in a wee Dartmoor village and spend my time writing and working on projects with my partner Stuart Littlejohn.

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DEVOTIO ANTINOO: 
THE DOCTOR’S NOTES, VOLUME ONE
By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
Red Lotus Library
Publication Date: Nov 27 2011
Page Count: 524
Binding Type: US Trade Paper

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
All you’ll need to start your own devotions to Antinous, including translated ancient texts and modern rituals of the Ekklesía Antínoou.

Devotio Antinoo: The Doctor’s Notes, Volume One is the culmination of nearly ten years of research and devotion on the part of its author, presented now for the use of anyone who wishes to develop a devotional practice with Antinous, the gods with whom he was syncretized, Hadrian, other Divi, and many more divine figures.

Learn the holy days and festivals of the year, the hymns and prayers for different occasions, the ancient texts that have survived in papyrus fragments, literary excerpts, and inscriptions, and ideas on different devotional activities that can be performed as well. Everything you need to practice in the tradition of the Ekklesía Antínoou is contained in this book, and much more!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a founder of the Ekklesía Antínoou and a contributing member of Neos Alexandria, as well as the author of The Phillupic Hymns (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2008) and The Syncretisms of Antinous (The Red Lotus Library, 2010), and many essays, poems, and pieces of short fiction in a variety of anthologies, including most of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional anthologies, Datura: An Anthology of Esoteric Poesis, and Etched Offerings: Voices from the Cauldron of Story. You can find Lupus' blog at http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com .






NEW TAROT DECKS

HEXEN2.0 TAROT DECK 
By Suzanne Treister (Illustrator)
Paperback: 78 cards
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing; Cards edition (April 17, 2012)
List Price: $19.95

The HEXEN 2.0 Tarot features 78 alchemical drawings depicting interconnected histories of the computer and the Internet, cybernetics and the counterculture, science-fiction and scientific projections of the future, government and military research programs, social engineering and ideas of the control society; alongside diverse philosophical, literary and political responses to the advance of technology including the claims of anarchoprimitivism, technogaianism, and transhumanism.

Through representing and re-examining these subjects and histories through the lens of occult belief systems and ideas of the supernatural, the HEXEN 2.0 Tarot takes us to a hypnotic, mesmerizing space from where one may imagine and construct possible alternative futures.

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Acknowledging precedents such as the traditional tarot deck, The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot Deck, Suzanne Treister has here produced a new Tarot, that allows a reader, or a group of readers working collaboratively, to use the cards to reconfigure history and/or map out hypothetical future narratives. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne Treister studied at St Martin’s School of Art and Chelsea School of Art and currently lives and works in London. She is the author of NATO: The Military Codification System for the Ordering of Everything in the World and Hexen 2039: New Military-Occult Technologies for Psychological Warfare, a Rosalind Brodsky Research Programme both published by Black Dog Publishing London UK.





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THE MARY-EL TAROT 
BOOK AND DECK SET 
By Marie White
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Crds edition (February 28, 2012)
List Price: $39.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Exquisite and powerful, if there is a theme in The Mary-el Tarot, it is one of the alchemy of the soul; of finding balance, symmetry, mastery of the self, and becoming your own genius. This long-awaited 78-card deck is stunningly illustrated with traditional oil paints and a depth of symbolism found in the old classics. The accompanying guide, Landscapes of the Abyss, takes the reader through the meanings of each card via the landscape of the Moon and the High Priestess, through the geometry of the temple and the Tree of Life, the Merkabah, and the caduceus! Enter a doorway between heaven and earth, between microcosm and macrocosm, between the world of eternity and infinity. A rare gem suitable for all levels of tarot experience.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Marie White was compelled to create art from a very early age and thought of it as something akin to breathing or water. She grew up with a pencil in hand recording the substance of dreams, visions, nature, and the human form. In 1997 her love of mysticism, symbolism, words, and art collided naturally and she began the Mary-el Tarot which ended up taking over a decade to complete.

Her favorite medium is oil paint used in a method called grisaille, a technique also favored by the old masters where thin layers of color are slowly built up bringing out the natural depth and luminosity of the paint. Born and raised in Southern California, she presently lives with her three children in the sultry piedmont forest of North Carolina where
 she can paint under the rolling thunder and
 the moving shadows of trees.

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OSWALD WIRTH TAROT 
US GAMES
Only Authorized Deck
List Price: $24.00
The Major Arcana cards contain French titles and Hebrew letters originally attributed to each card by Eliphas Levi.


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THE ZOMBIE TAROT: AN ORACLE OF THE UNDEAD 
With Deck And Instructions
By Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Pages: 96
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"One of the coolest, most unique tarot decks you can find... We can pretty much guarantee you've never seen a deck like this." --DreadCentral.com

You’ve never seen tarot cards quite like these. Imagine the celebrated “Rider Deck” infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot—a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system.

In this zombified parallel universe, wands become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols, and the Major Arcana is full of shambling corpses. Along with the 78-card deck, readers will receive instructions in a 96-page full-color book; its contents explain how to survive the zombie apocalypse and forecast your future using one of three different card layouts. 

The secrets of The Zombie Tarot await you!

PAUL KEPPLE is the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Housewives Tarot (Quirk, 2004). STACEY GRAHAM has read tarot cards professionally for more than ten years. She is a writer based in Washington, D.C.







CALENDAR:
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY , JULY 1st
(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.

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MONDAY, JULY2nd 
(Every 1st  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




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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 AUGUST 1st , 2012!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter








2 comments:

faoladh said...

The CR group is now on first Mondays, and will be there on Monday, July 2nd this month. The times are still correct.

Raven said...

'Kay. I'll fix it.