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Saturday, December 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 Witch's Circle of Water
By Thuri Calafia
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2012)
List Price: $22.99

A Complete Course of Wiccan Study, Book 2
Dive Deeper Into Your Craft

Now that you’ve initiated into the Craft, it’s time to immerse yourself in a lifelong journey of spiritual development. Through this course of study, created to teach you the core essentials of intermediate Wiccan wisdom, you’ll begin a new circle on the sacred spiral of your soul’s path.

Designed around a lunar and a solar wheel, these practical lessons will help advance your spiritual gifts, from spell and energy work to deep connections with your patron gods and matron goddesses. Using refreshingly eclectic and concise methods developed for the intermediate practitioner, this course book is ideal for those ready to undergo the deepest, most intensive training possible in a Wiccan study system.

Whether you are a solitary student or part of a coven, Initiate will help you dive deeper into a new series of lessons, including:

•  Performing and expanding energy work  •  Writing rituals for the Solar Wheel •  Conducting lunar spellwork for the Thirteen Moons  •  Honing spiritual development and self-knowledge  •  Finding the best path to serve your community   •  Training and preparation for the next level of practice

Thuri Calafia (Portland, OR) is an ordained Wiccan minister and High Priestess who has been teaching the Wiccan path for over thirty years. The founder of the Circles system and the Circles School of Witchcraft and Wicca, she is actively involved in her local community and teaches workshops, presents public rituals, and provides intuitive readings.


Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism
By Lupa
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2012)
List Price: $16.99

Invigorate your animal totem work by incorporating your unique life experience and your personal mythology. In "New Paths to Animal Totems", author Lupa provides a new approach to totemism that broadens the foundations, theories, and practices beyond the typical pseudo-Native-American animal totem book. Exploring three different models of totem work - correspondences, archetypal, and bioregional - you will make your relationships with your totems stronger and more personalized. Whether you are new to totemic work or are looking for some novel spiritual direction, Lupa addresses questions about what totems are, why they aren't restricted to one's geographical location, and how to practise totem traditions with cultural sensitivity. With hands-on rituals and meditations, connect to your animal totems in a way that brings you strength, renewal, and wisdom.


Collected Writings and Spells from the Renowned Wiccan Author
By Scott Cunningham
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2012)
List Price: $12.99

Find the knowledge and inspiration you desire with this collection of Scott Cunningham’s spells, essays, and rituals—collected for the first time from his best contributions to Llewellyn’s Magical Almanacs. Delight in Cunningham’s timeless wisdom on popular topics such as the Sabbats, protection magic, moon spells, and herbal remedies.

New and longtime fans will marvel at Cunningham’s ability to breathe magical life into such unique topics as tattooing, the divine history of sneezing, dressing with power, Greek oracles, birds of the deities, and more. Well known for perfecting his spells and rituals through experimentation before publishing them, Cunningham wrote with unmatched simplicity and grace. His words in this collection are sure to inspire you on your path to an enchanted life.

Scott Cunningham was a much-loved writer whose classic book, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, introduced generations of young witches to the Craft. The continued popularity of Cunningham’s books on Wicca and natural magic is a testament to the power and truth of his writings.


A Lost Classic by Magus Incognito
By William Walker Atkinson , edited by Clint Marsh
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2012)
List Price: $18.95

The Rosicrucians are a truly "secret society" whose philosophy has come to light at different points in history. In the 1600s they issued a set of manifestos calling for an enlightened revolution that would reshape society into a more democratic ideal. Even the American Founding Fathers were influenced by these manifestos.

Writing as Magus Incognito, William Walker Atkinson reintroduces a new generation of readers to the Rosicrucian ideals, as well as to a myriad of connections between occult concepts as varied as alchemy, reincarnation, the astral plane, auras, Eastern and Western mysticism, and the "evolution of mankind" among seven esoteric versions of planets in our solar system.

There are more than two dozen organizations of Rosicrucians, with local groups in nearly every state--more than 100 in all--and half a million or more followers. Interest continues to be high in this group.

William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932) was an American writer, merchant, attorney, publisher, and occultist. He was a pioneer of the New Thought and Prosperity Consciousness movements, and wrote dozens of books on various aspects of learning mentalism, psychic power development, and clairvoyance. He is the author of

Clairvoyance and Occult Powers under the pseudonym Swami Panchadasi.

Clint Marsh is a writer and publisher of practical esoterica. A graduate of the University of Iowa in journalism, he lives in Berkeley, CA where he distributes work through Wonderella Printed. Visit Clint online at


A Biography of Victor H. Anderson
By Cora Anderson
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $13.95

Penned by the subject’s wife after his passing, this biography chronicles Feri tradition teacher Victor H. Anderson’s early life in New Mexico and Oregon. Sharing personal stories about his family, upbringing, and spiritual development, this volume also includes questions and answers that Feri students posed to the author about her husband along with her surprisingly candid replies. The record explores Victor's roots in pre-Gardnerian American Witchcraft, folk magic, and mysticism—what ultimately became the Feri tradition. "Feri Proverbs" are also included, collected by the author and her students from Victor himself during their many years together as well as rare letters that the subject wrote addressing his beliefs and values.

"A real gem for the Feri/Witchcraft enthusiast."  —Witch Eye magazine on Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition

Cora Anderson is the author of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition and Kitchen Witch: A Memoir. She has contributed to Circle and Witch Eye magazines as well as Women's Circle. She is the coauthor of Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel as well as a Grand Master and foremost teacher of the Feri tradition. She lives in San Leandro, California.


Feri Lessons
Victor Anderson, Cora Anderson
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $13.95

Featuring rare teachings from two influential teachers on the Feri tradition of witchcraft, this compact and unique resource covers Feri initiation, sexual ethics, the Guardians, Deities, and more. Including commentaries, letters to students, and extraordinary interview excerpts, this handbook reveals profound insights into the Goddess, rites, symbols, and the mysteries of the Craft.

Victor Anderson was the acclaimed author of Lilith’s Garden and Thorns of the Blood Rose. He contributed to Green Egg, Nemeton, and Witch Eye magazines and was a recipient of the Clover International Poetry Competition Award. Cora Anderson was the author of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition and Kitchen Witch: A Memoir. She has contributed to Circle and Witch Eye magazines as well as Women's Circle. They were the coauthors of Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel and were Grand Masters of the Feri tradition as well as two of its foremost teachers.


Progressive Witchcraft and Connection to the Divine
By Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press; Second Edition, Second edition (October 5, 2012)
List Price: $18.95

A look into the underlying principles behind modern magic in Witchcraft, this investigation provides an integrated training system for both solitary Witches and coven-based trainees in the form of magical energy practice and cosmology. By fully explaining the values of Witchcraft, this work makes numerous Wiccan practices approachable, including Circle casting, raising energy, elemental work, and drawing down the moon. Illustrating how Wicca is a modern, non-dogmatic, and dynamic tradition still in a state of evolution, this book also features a history of the spirituality of Witchcraft.

Janet Farrar is considered one of the world's leading experts on the subject of Wicca. She is the author of numerous books on the subject, including A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook, The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity, and The Wiccan Way. Gavin Bone has been practicing Witchcraft for more than 20 years. He travels around the world leading speaker engagements and workshops on the subject. They are the coauthors of The Healing Craft and The Pagan Path.


Exploring the Magic of Welsh Legend & Lore
By Kristoffer Hughes
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2012)
List Price: $19.99

This exploration of the Welsh-Celtic myth of the prophet/poet Taliesin and the witch/goddess Cerridwen takes the reader on a transformative journey. It introduces them to core Celtic philosophy and magic, then embarks on a powerful, experiential foray into one of Wales’ most profound legends. Readers will gain a deep understanding of the myth that is the heart of Celtic mystery and become well versed in a magical ritual for successfully working with one of Celtica’s most esteemed goddesses: Cerridwen.

Author Kristoffer Hughes, a practicing Druid and scholar, examines the historical development of the Taliesin myth, provides an engaging in-depth analysis of each character’s archetypal role in the story, and presents practical applications, including a year-long magic ritual. As lyrical as it is practical, this unique guide offers readers the tools and understanding to fully immerse themselves into the mysteries of Celtic magic.

Kristoffer Hughes (Wales) is Chief of the Anglesey Druid Order, a Mount Haemus Scholar, and a member of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. He is a teacher, writer, workshop leader, and guest speaker at Pagan conferences, camps, and festivals throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Hughes has also a contributed and to Welsh and English television and radio, including France 5 network.


Over 1200 Recipes, Potions & Tinctures for Everyday Use
By Celeste Rayne Heldstab
List Price: $21.95

Step into the fantastically fragrant world of magical oils and discover a new, invigorating way to delight your senses, uplift your spirits, improve your health, and enjoy total relaxation. Whether your intention is magical or medicinal, specially blended essential oils can enrich your life with their mystical, energizing, and transformative power.

Within this one-of-a-kind portable apothecary, you’ll learn to select and mix 67 essential oils for a myriad of magical, medicinal, and spiritual applications. Spanning every purpose from inner calm and romance to healing and energy work to prayer and spellcraft, all 1,200 recipes are arranged alphabetically to make it easy to find precisely what you need.

Step by step, Celeste Rayne Heldstab also shows how to create your own blends for spells, rituals, and remedies. Amp up their potency with correspondences for the elements, day of the week, time of day, Moon phase, astrological sign, herbs, and gemstones.

—Protection for house & home
—Love & passion
—Career & finances
—Dreamwork & meditation
—Beauty & skin care
—Fatigue, headaches, & other common ailments

“Celeste skillfully demystifies the process of using and blending oils by providing lucid, detailed, and easy-to-read instructions while emphasizing the magical power inherent in plants.”—Judika Illes, author of The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Celeste Rayne Heldstab (Monroe, LA) has over twenty-five years of experience creating oils and incense for companies and individuals. Since 2000, she has taught many workshops on how to utilize essential oils in magical applications, along with tarot reading and incense making. She follows an eclectic spiritual path that incorporates Native American beliefs and voodoo, and manages an online store that sells incense, oils, and other products.



Oracle Deck and Booklet
Lo Scarabeo
Pub Date: January 2013
List Price: $19.95

To truly capture their divine essence, artist and esoteric scholar Adriano Buldrini created 22 exquisitely rich and realistic oil paintings of the archangels. This powerful oracle opens a channel of communication to the divine, bringing us closer to celestial light, guidance, and abundant love.


Oracle Deck with Silver Foil and Booklet
Lo Scarabeo
Pub Date: January 2013
Price: $19.95

The Wicca Oracle Cards invite the user's intuition and imagination into each quiet image. Each card is a doorway leading to worlds waiting to be explored. By going through these charming and deceptively simple portals, seekers can find answers and guidance.


A Quest for Wisdom through the Arthurian World
Book and Deck Set
By John Matthews, Will Worthington (Illustrator)
Cards: 128 pages
Publisher: Connections; Cards/Pap/M edition (November 1, 2012)
List Price: $24.95

Enter a mystical landscape peopled with archetypal characters and rich in myth and legend - the world of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The universal appeal of the Arthurian tales lies in their primal quality: they deal with every aspect of human life, from the eternal struggle to overcome obstacles to the continuing search for fulfillment. Working with the oracle cards and the Map of The Lands Adventurous you will travel from Camelot with your champion on your quest. Your chosen path leads to a place of significance where your challenger waits to hear your questions. Consulting the guidebook will reveal the answers and the guidance you require. The Camelot Oracle explores inner realms and takes you on an unforgettable journey - the journey of life itself.

John Matthews has been a full-time writer since 1980 and has produced over ninety books on myth, the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as short stories, a volume of poetry and several successful children's books. He has devoted much of the past thirty years to the study of Arthurian traditions and myth in general.

John has been involved in a number of media projects, as an advisor and contributor, including an animated Arthurian TV series, and The Real Merlin for Channel 4 in the UK. In 2003 he was the historical advisor to the Jerry Bruckheimer movie King Arthur, and has made appearances on both History Channel and Discovery Channel specials on Arthur and the Holy Grail. He shared a BAFTA award for his work on the Educational DVD made to accompany the King Arthur movie.

Will Worthington has worked as an illustrator for thirty years. His interest in the ancient past and in Arthurian and Celtic mythology is reflected in his paintings and drawings, and he has contributed illustrative work to The Book of Druidry and The Druid Way, in addition to creating the card artwork for The Druid Animal Oracle, The Druid Plant Oracle, The Green Man Tree Oracle, The Druid Craft Tarot and The Wildwood Tarot.



·         SUNDAY , DECEMBER 2nd   (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, DECEMBER 3rd   (Every 1st 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!



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
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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again January 1st, 2013!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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