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Thursday, November 1, 2012



WELCOME 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. 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!

A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work
By Orion Foxwood
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2012)
List Price: $19.95

Learn the ways of magic and healing from the living, oral tradition of Appalachian Conjure in The Candle and the Crossroads. Orion Foxwood offers a primer on the real magic and techniques of Southern root magic, knowledge he learned first-hand growing up in rural Appalachia.

Foxwood explains magical techniques including:

·         Spirit Sight
·         Working by the Signs (the ability to synchronize work such as farming, fertility of humans and animals, orcharding)
·         Conjuring
·         Faith Healing
·         Settling the Light (candle magic)
·         Doctoring the Root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones, or animal parts--bones, claws, fur, etc. for magic or the clearing, cleansing, and blessing of the spirit of a person, also known as his or her root)
·         Praying or Dreaming True (Blessings of spirit/God to a person, place, or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)
·         Blessing or Cursing

The Candle and the Crossroads shows how to create magic in today's world with the old ways and traditions of Appalachia.

"Orion Foxwood holds the beacon of light at the dark crossroads where magic and mystery meet. I've been a guest at many of his workshops on conjure, folk magic and Witchcraft, and I'm delighted to see this book in print, sharing his knowledge and experiences. I'm sure, like me, you will find him simultaneously colorfully charismatic and deeply soulful, and soon, without realizing it, you and your magic will be changed for the better. That is the inspirational alchemy that Orion works on his students, readers and friends if you are open enough to listen, see and feel." --Christopher Penczak, founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Plant Spirit Familiar

"Richly garnished with the knowledge and wisdom of personal experience, and offered in the conversational tone of a chat with an old friend, Orion Foxwood's The Candle and the Crossroads serves the meat and potatoes of Southern Root Magic so deliciously, you'll savor every morsel--and anxiously await a second helping!" --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked

"Like Witchcraft, conjure is the magic of the people, that wisdom and power hidden within us all that is accessible to everyone regardless of economic status, and, like Witches, conjurers and rootworkers embrace this power as a vocation to help those in need. It works within the context of all religions for it is the spirit that flows through them all. Orion Foxwood imparts centuries of folk wisdom from Appalachian, African, and other sources in this powerful compendium of knowledge that will help you to transform your life and the lives of others." --Christian Day, author of The Witches' Book of the Dead

Orion Foxwood is an Elder in the Celtic and Romano Celtic Traditional Craft, a High Priest in Alexandrian tradition and is the Founding Elder of the Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion. He lectures extensively in the United States and in the United Kingdom on the Craft, Faery Seership Tradition, Southern Folk Magic, and conjure. He is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Faery Teachings. He holds a Master of Human Services degree, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and public health administrator. Visit him online at


A manual of Goetic and Enochian Sorcery  
By Michael Osiris Snuffin , and  Sam Webster (Illustrator)
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Concrescent Press (September 17, 2010)
List Price: $15.95 

Sorcery, defined here as the art of conjuring spirits, is one of the traditional, core disciplines of magickal practice. It is highly admired and its practitioners accorded great prestige. While many of the old grimoires have baroque and elaborate procedures for conjuring spirits, Frater Osiris cuts through the Gordian knot of complexity and obfuscation to present us with a much more direct approach to evoking Goetic and Enochian spirits. It is simple, clear, practical and without mystification. It is highly accessible and designed to enable practitioners to assemble the few tools required, prepare themselves, and begin work almost immediately reaping the practical and spiritual benefits of sorcerous practice. Naturally, it is an approach that some won't like, but many more will appropriate and tune to their own satisfaction. Anyone can get started here.

Michael Osiris Snuffin has studied and practiced various forms of occultism for over fifteen years, with particular interest in the Golden Dawn, Thelema, Chaos Magick and the Left-Hand Path. He founded the Temple of Light and Darkness ( in 2003, and served as Chief Adept of the Temple until 2010. He is the author of The Thoth Companion (Llewellyn Publications, 2007), which describes and defines the symbolism of Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot. He has lectured on a number of occult subjects in the last decade and has also worked as a professional tarot reader. Michael Osiris Snuffin received a BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Communications and Media from The Evergreen State College, and went on to earn an Editing Certificate from the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, Washington, where he works as a freelance editor and writer.


Edited by Nevill Drury
Paperback: 484 pages
Publisher: Concrescent Press (August 31, 2012)
List Price: $39.95

This exciting multi-authored volume provides a fascinating overview of the many different pathways that help define esoteric belief and practice in modern Western magic. Included here are chapters on the late 19th century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the influential Thelemic doctrines of Aleister Crowley, and the different faces of the Universal Goddess in Wicca and the Pagan traditions. Also included are chapters on Neoshamanism in Europe and the United States—and an account of how these traditions have in turn influenced the rise of techno-shamanism in the West. Additional features of this collection include insider perspectives on Seidr oracles, hybridised Tantra, contemporary black magic, the Scandinavian Dragon Rouge and Chaos magic in Britain—as well as profiles of the magical artists Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton.

Contributors: Nikki Bado • Jenny Blain • Nevill Drury • Dave Evans • Amy Hale • Phil Hine • Lynne Hume • Marguerite Johnson • Thomas Karlsson • James R. Lewis • Libuše Martínková • Robert J. Wallis • Don Webb • Dominique Beth Wilson • Andrei A. Znamenski

 Nevill Drury, editor of this collection, received his PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008. His most recent publications include Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic and The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Dr Lynne Hume).

NEVILL DRURY PhD is an independent historical researcher whose specialist interests include modern Western magic, shamanism, transpersonal psychology and visionary art. His most recent publications include The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Lynne Hume PhD and forthcoming from Praeger, January 2013), Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic (Oxford University Press 2011); Homage to Pan (Creation Oneiros 2009), The Dictionary of Magic (Watkins 2005) and The New Age: the History of a Movement (Thames & Hudson 2004). He received his Ph.D from the University of Newcastle in 2008 for a dissertation on the visionary art and magical beliefs of Rosaleen Norton (awarded 'Best Humanities Ph.D'. in that year).

Born in England in 1947 but resident in Australia since 1963, Nevill has worked as an international art-book publisher, lecturer and magazine editor and is now a full-time writer. He is the author/co-author/editor of over sixty books covering a range of subjects like contemporary art (Images in Contemporary Australian Painting, New Sculpture, Australian Painting Now, Fire and Shadow: Spirituality in Contemporary Australian Art), Aboriginal culture (Wisdom from the Earth), holistic health (The Healing Power, Inner Health) and the magical traditions (Stealing Fire from Heaven: Sacred Encounters; Homage to Pan, Inner Visions). His work has been published in 25 countries and 18 languages.


Enochian Magick (Best of the Equinox 1)
By Aleister Crowley (Author), Lon Milo DuQuette (Introduction)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $18.95

The Equinox became the standard for English language esotericism in the early 20th century, aptly termed the "Encyclopedia of Initiation" by its principal editor and contributor, Aleister Crowley. This ten-volume collection had remarkable variety, depth, and the utility of its contents encompass Qabalah, tarot, yoga, and the essential papers of Crowley's teaching order, A.A. Unfortunately, much of this material is currently out of print.

Now, renowned scholar and U.S. Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O., Lon Milo DuQuette offers readers The Best of the Equinox, Volume One of this four-volume collection presents readers with the Enochian selections from The Equinox and contains the Enochian Magic of John Dee and Edward Kelley--perhaps the most powerful and most popular of all magical systems.

Selected by DuQuette from both in-print and out-of-print editions of The Equinox, this is an affordable volume for Crowley fans, packed with high magick.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) combined scholarly rigor with a sense of humor and great literary ability to become the most widely read author in 20th-century occultism. He single-handedly redefined magick as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the orders that he led--the A.A. and the O.T.O. He is author of such classic works as 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings, The Holy Books of Thelema, Book of Thoth with artist Lady Freida Harris, and The Thoth Tarot.

Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of 15 critically acclaimed books on Magick and the Occult, and one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of Western Mystery Traditions. He is an authority on tarot and western ceremonial magick.


Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes [Paperback]
By Kris Bradley 
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $16.95

For domestic goddesses everywhere--add some magic and fun to those mundane household chores with Mrs. B.'s Guide to Household Witchery. Whether you're sweeping the floor, making a meal, or cleaning out that junk drawer, domestic witch Kris Bradley, creator of the popular blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, will show you how to create spells and magic to bring happiness and balance into your home. Bradley offers ideas and solutions to make the most out of everyday items, activities, and obligations. From Anchovies to Broccoli, and Wine to Yeast, from sweeping the floor to blow-drying your hair, you can change your outlook on life with a pinch of knowledge and a dash of magic! The book includes simple rituals, spells, and ways to connect with the spirits that watch over your home and family. Includes an appendix of herbs and a complete materia magica from the kitchen pantry.

Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery features:
·         Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divination
·         The Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your home
·         The Domestic Witch's Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixes
·         Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasons
·         Magical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells!
Kris Bradley is the magic behind the popular blog Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom (2500 readers). She helped establish The Sisterhood of the Triple Goddess coven in Keyport, NJ and is a legally ordained minister, in addition to being a witchy wife and mother. Her work on domestic witchery has been featured in and as a national column for She lives in Keyport, NJ. Visit her at



By Rome Choi (Author) and  Kwon Shina (Illustrator)
Traditional 78 Card Tarot Deck
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (September 24, 2012)
List Price:$18.00

The Dreaming Way Tarot dresses up traditional tarot with contemporary artistic flair. In this exquisite deck, stylish characters breathe new life into the scenes and symbols of the Major and Minor Arcana. The Dreaming Way Tarot explores numerological as well as elemental influences, and offers fresh interpretations of the Tarot.



Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation (Special Topics in Astrology Series)
By:  Celeste Teal
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2006)
List Price:  $19.95
Product Summary

Eclipses play a crucial role in the fates of nations and the lives of individuals. Nationally known astrologer Celeste Teal draws on nearly thirty years of astrological experience to explain and illustrate how eclipses act as cosmic telegrams about the current state of our world, our personal lives, and our relationships with others.
Eclipses illustrates how recent and historical events can be linked directly to eclipses, and provides predictions for their effects on world events in the next decade and beyond. Readers will explore the effects of prenatal eclipses on the natal chart, as well as past, present, and future eclipses. While eclipses are often mentioned in monthly horoscopes, no other book has ever attempted to demonstrate how these heavenly events are observably connected to both world events and personal affairs.

I’m thrilled that Eclipses is now available for astrologers! This book will be a valuable reference no matter your level of astrological expertise! Even non-astrologers will find it an interesting read. Writing the book was a labor of love. Everything an astrologer needs to interpret any eclipse is provided in a concise format that is easy to navigate and apply.
Each eclipse bears a distinct message, not just as it relates to world changes but also as it relates to individual evolution. Understanding this helps make the most of the transformational energy that is provided only through an eclipse.

Part 1 discusses each of the basic components of an eclipse, such as the distinctive influence of the Dragon’s Head or Dragon’s Tail. The Lord of an eclipse helps identify those industries, companies and individuals an eclipse will impact. The life span of an eclipse is a critical component and you’ll learn to accurately judge and time events.

Part 2 explores world events-- past, present and future-- as they connect to eclipses. Part 3 discusses personal eclipses and how to interpret an eclipse falling in a house or on a planet in an individual’s horoscope. This knowledge helps navigate your life and helps you supply clients with pertinent information and guidance. Appendixes furnish all you’ll need to track eclipses in your personal life, for your clients, for your business or company, or around the world for the next decade and beyond! Annotated eclipse charts are included to the year 2012!

The Moon has a universal appeal and 2013 is the year for celestial time-tables!

We now carry the Equinox Lunar Calendar!
List Price: $13.95
This Blue and Silver silk-screened Moon Phase design Calendar/Poster includes New Moons, Full Moons, Solstices, Equinoxes and Eclipses.  

AND we also have in stock... The Moon Fridge Magnet Card!
List Price: $6.95
This fridge magnet shows the Moon Phases throughout 2013.
Plus the magnet is mounted on a card with information on the back, with the interior is left blank for a personal greeting, making it a wonderful addition to a gift.




Free + All Ages + Gothic Event
Friday, November 2, 2012
7:00pm until 11:00pm

Enjoy some of the best Deathrock Darkwave and Industrial music Free with DJ Eternal Darkness.

Come pre-funk with us and support our scene, and head to the Mercury after!

Tea and Snacks (some will be vegan!) will be provided for small donation.

You can also come and find GPS Merchandise!

Tarot Readings by Raven: 15min Tarot reading is $20 -- 30min Tarot reading is $35

Put your name in for a raffle at 9pm!
Prizes include:
$50 Metro Gift Certificate
Furry wrist cuffs by, Delightfully Deviant
...And more!



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For more information call: (206) -713-5283


John Lockley is a Senior Xhosa Sangoma from the same tribe as Nelson Mandela.  A Sangoma is a traditional South African Shaman.  Sangoma means “people of the song” because they use song and rhythm to connect with the spirit world. 

More information about John can be found at

In this 2 hour session, John will provide an overview of The Xhosa traditional shamanic practice.  John will sing in Xhosa, dance and drum to connect with our ancestors and the Spirit World.

This talk is a rare opportunity for people to experience this South African traditional shamanic culture and ask questions pertaining to the Sangoma way.
Any questions can be directed through Facebook or through

The event will happen on November 8, 2012 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Edge of the Circle Bookstore located at 701 East Pike Street  Seattle, WA 98122.  Suggested donation is $31. 

Space is limited on this event.  If you plan to attend, please email to reserve your place!

NOVEMBER 10TH – 11TH , 12:30PM—8:30PM: 2  DAY WORKSHOP

Please join us for an exciting 2 day workshop that will focus on reconnecting people to Nature through traditional, indigenous practices of dreaming, medicinal plants and heartbeat meditations.  'Ubuntu' is a Xhosa word that means "humanity".  This workshop is suitable for people with some shamanic knowledge and/or serious shamanic seekers.

On day 1 of this workshop (11/10/2012 from 12:3pm - 8:30pm), John will teach us to connect with our Ancestors in the Sangoma way.  In the middle of the room an altar will be constructed containing sacred objects from the participants.  This will begin the process of deepening the connection to spirit.  Participants will be taught Xhosa chants to facilitate their deepening relationship with their ancestors and the Spirit World.  In the plant blessing ceremony, John uses a sacred Xhosa Sangoma mixture to help people connect more deeply the Spirit World.  John will offer it to each participant who will wash their faces with this deep, white foamy mixture with a strong herbal smell.  Neither hallucinogens nor psychoactive substances are used in the mixture.  John mixes the Plant Medicine with group singing to build the spiritual energy of the group to enhance the potency of the medicinal plant wash.

On day 2 (11/11/2012 from 12:30 - 8:30pm), most of the day will be spent discussion participant’s dreams.  John will offer instruction and simple techniques that can be used in your personal practice.

The event will happen on November 10th & 11th from 12:30pm - 8:30pm from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Edge of the Circle Bookstore located at 701 East Pike Street  Seattle, WA 98122. 

Cost $221.  Reservations and payment options can be made by emailing

Space is limited.  Please email to confirm your reservation.

If you are from outside of Seattle, we can give you a list of hotels close to the venue.

John will also be available for personal healing sessions.  Contact for pricing and availability.
Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested.


John Lockley is a Senior Xhosa Sangoma from the same tribe as Nelson Mandela.  A Sangoma is a traditional South African Shaman.  Sangoma means “people of the song” because they use song and rhythm to connect with the spirit world.  More information about John can be found at .

Private Sessions are available upon request.

·         Sessions begin with a traditional divination.

·         Then a cleansing plant treatment will be administered to enhance dreaming and a connection to the Spirit World.  Neither hallucinogens nor psychoactive substances are used in the treatment.

·         An assessment will then be done to monitor client’s progress, dreams and spiritual work.

It is important for participants to take responsibility for their spiritual lives and contact John if any dreams or emotional issues have arisen as a result of this work.



·         SUNDAY , NOVEMBER 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.


·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5th   (Every 1st Monday of each month)
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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!



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. They are often geared toward helping the client
deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy,
self –affirming way, 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


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


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