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Friday, June 1, 2012

JUNE, 2012


WELCOME to the 67th 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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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!







THE WITCHING PATH
by Moira Stirland
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Capall Bann (2006)
List Price: $23.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Finding your personal path within the sphere of Wicca and feeling at ease and content with it can take time, but once the right path has been found, we experience with it a sense of fulfillment or contentment. These feelings are common among Pagans and Wiccans who say that finding their religion or life-path felt like 'coming home'. Contrary to other faiths, Wicca gives us the power to be our own Priestess or Priest, we are not told how to act or how to worship, except in very basic terms. It is one of the beauties of the Craft that we are free to practice as we see fit and are not beholden to any strict dogmatic chains that would tie us down. We are free to fly and explore for ourselves, knowing there are plenty of resources available to help us smooth our path. Beginning with some of the most frequently asked questions, this book aims to be a springboard to your own creative and magical ability. Each chapter of the book gives ideas to get you started and you will get the most out of it by keeping an open mind and remembering that some of it may not apply to you and that is perfectly acceptable; witches are first and foremost individuals, after all.

There are chapters on sacred tools and sacred space, journeying and environmental activism, a particularly excellent section on elemental working and other sections covering the deities, seasonal rites and finally items for spells and a selection of pre-written spells which can easily be adapted. This is a straightforward and very effective book.


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THE LONG-LOST FRIEND: 
A 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN GRIMOIRE
By Daniel Harms
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Annotated edition (June 8, 2012)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
You are holding in your hands the most famous book of magic written in America

Originally published in 1820 near Reading, Pennsylvania, under the German title Der Lange Verborgene Freund, this text is the work of immigrant Johann George Hohman. A collection of herbal formu- las and magical prayers, The Long-Lost Friend draws from the traditional folk magic of Pennsylvania Dutch customs and pow-wow healers.


This is authentic American folk magic at its best—household remedies combined with charms and incantations to cure common ailments and settle rural troubles. The most well-known grimoire of the New World, this work has influenced the practices of hoodoo, Santeria, Paganism, and other faiths. In this, the definitive edition, you’ll find:

—Both the original German text and the 1856 English translation

—More than one hundred additional charms and recipes, taken from the pirated 1837 Skippacksville edition and others

—Extensive notes on the recipes, magic, Pennsylvania Dutch customs, and the origin of many of the charms

—Indices for general purposes and ingredients

—Explanations of the specialized terminology of illnesses


Whether your interest lies in folklore, ethnobotany, magic, witchcraft, or American history, this classic volume is an essential addition to your library.


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ONE COVEN’S WAYS: A BOOK OF RITES 
by Amhergin
Publisher: Capall Bann
Paperback: 156 pages
Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An initiate of modern Witchcraft, the author gives the actual rites and rituals of a working coven, from an insider’s point of view. These rites were developed by the coven themselves over a period of nearly 25 years and give a fascinating insight into the workings of an initiate-only coven. As the coven itself has ceased practice, the secrecy surrounding these rites may now be lifted and they are here offered as working examples, which others may benefit from. The rites detailed cover devotional, magical and festive rituals, rites for the Greater and Lesser Sabbats, rites for the God and Goddess, rites of passage and workings for solitary practice. In the Appendix, the author gives a unique ritual – developed from information received via trance and dream work – that takes the practitioners on a mystical journey to the mythical island of Avalon, seeking knowledge of the return of the Old Ways and what they may do to aid this return. There are many books around these days, dealing with the rites of modern Witchcraft, but very few are written from an initiated insider’s point of view. The author has 30 years of practical experience in working the Craft and, for many of those years, was the Priest of the coven whose rites are discussed here. He helped to craft and write a great many of them and was instrumental in formulating others with the rest of the coven.


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THE SACRED RITE OF MAGICAL LOVE: 
A CEREMONY OF WORD AND FLESH
Maria de Naglowska (Author), Donald Traxler (Translator, Introduction)
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (February 1, 2012)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Available for the first time in English, The Sacred Rite of Magical Love is a mystical, sexually magical novella written by Maria de Naglowska--the Russian mystic and esoteric high priestess of 1930s Paris. Her religious system, called the Third Term of the Trinity, taught the importance of sex for the upliftment of humanity.

This volume is a natural continuation of Naglowska’s The Light of Sex and Advanced Sex Magic, and it also contains autobiographical material from Maria de Naglowska’s life. Full of symbolic language and hidden meanings, the story follows a young woman named Xenophonta as she experiences the apparition of a dark force, whom she calls the Master of the Past and to whom she dedicates her heart and her service. Prior to a midnight rendezvous with him, Xenophonta encounters a young Cossack, Misha, who sexually accosts her. Telling Misha that she already belongs to another, she spurns his advances. Misha, now jealous, follows her and ends up taking part in a strange, mystical ceremony that transforms him, through the magic of word and flesh.

With a preface discussing the Sacred Triangle and the magical symbol of the AUM Clock, both central symbols in Naglowska’s religious system as well as in the story, the book also includes a summary of the doctrine of the Third Term of the Trinity in Naglowska’s own words--important to any student of the Western Mystery tradition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA (1883-1936) was a Russian occultist, mystic, and founder of the Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow. Her conferences in Paris in the 1930s were attended by many now famous avant-garde and notorious writers and artists, such as Julius Evola, Man Ray, and AndrĂ© Breton. She is also known for her translation of P. B. Randolph’s Magia Sexualis, the classic occult text that has survived only through her translation. DONALD TRAXLER is both a translator and student of the occult. He lives in Martinez, California.
About the Author
Maria de Naglowska (1883-1936) was a Russian occultist, mystic, and founder of the Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow, whose conferences in Paris in the 1930s were attended by many now famous avant-garde and notorious writers and artists, such as Julius Evola, Man Ray, and AndrĂ© Breton. She is also known for her translation of P. B. Randolph’s Magia Sexualis, the classic occult text that has survived only through her translation. Donald Traxler is both a translator and student of the occult. He lives in Martinez, California.


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ECSTATIC WITCHCRAFT: 
MAGICK, PHILOSOPHY & TRANCE IN THE SHAMANIC CRAFT
By Gede Parma

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Journey down a shamanic path that embraces the ecstatic, the wild, the gnostic, the transformative, and the visionary. Expanding on principles touched on in his book By Land, Sky & Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft, Gede Parma walks you through an apprenticeship designed to ground and orient you on the path of the Shamanic Craft. 


Discover the meaning of ecstasy. 


Encounter the three realms. 



Learn shamanic techniques and rituals that will give you a more primal, authentic experience of Witchcraft, including:

—Drawing Down the Gods

—Working with Spirit Allies Trance and Moving Between the Worlds

—Ecstatic Spellcraft Healing and Soul Retrieval

—Seership and Divination

Many modern Witches yearn for a deeper, more primal, and more authentic form of witchcraft. This timely book by award-winning author Gede Parma invites Witches, Wiccans, Pagans, and other seekers down a shamanic path that embraces the ecstatic, the wild, the gnostic, the transformative, and the visionary.

This unique guide presents a shamanic craft apprenticeship that readers can incorporate into their own spiritual journey. It includes techniques and rituals for fundamental shamanic practices, including drawing down the gods, working with spirit allies, moving between the worlds, ecstatic spellcraft, healing, and divination. It is designed to deepen and enhance the path already being followed by the reader.




NEW PRODUCTS: GODDESS AND GOD CROWNS 

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CALENDAR: 
ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

SUNDAY , JUNE 3rd
(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, JUNE 4th
(Every 2nd Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
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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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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 JULY 1st , 2012!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter





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