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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

WELCOME  to 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.

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By Nicholaj de Mat Frisvold
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
Caveira edition; 769 exemplars, Black moire boards with letterpress panel,embossed red end papers, printed on archival quality paper.
List Price: $84.50

Exu & the Quimbanda of Night and Fire, is the strong companion to Pomba Gira and together with her gives the most complete account of this sorcerous cult.

Exu is the fusion of Umbanda, Angolan sorcery, European demonology and Kardec's spiritsm, erupting in a uniquely Brazilian cult of practical magical action. Spells, workings, hierarchies and origins are all given in detail.

This is an essential text for students of the grimoires, Satanism and Traditional Witchcraft, as well as those drawn to or working within the cults of Quimbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Palo Mayombe and the ATRs.

Quimbanda is a living tradition that gets results. It is a massive storehouse of magical lore, heresies and history which has absorbed aspects of Goetia, Grimorium Verum, Red Dragon and even Huysman's La Bas.

The origin of Exu is explored from the iconic Baphomet of Eliphas Levi and the influence of St Cyprian the patron saint of necromancers, back to Umbanda and the traditional African religions. Exu revels in a unique heritage that encompasses a Gnostic account of the crucifixion mystery, the concealed nature of St Michael Archangel and the native Shamanism of the Caboclos.

A forceful spirit, Exu presides over the kingdom of the world, and offers a fierce path for those that would take him as companion. He asks, what does it mean to be a man?

The Seven Legions of Exus are 'hot' spirits, and their work is considered black magic. The perils of this work are given, with the dangers of obsession by the Qlippoth and vampirism described. Guidance is offered and the path to ascension shown.

In Exu & the Quimbanda of Night and Fire Frisvold gives explicit workings for good and ill, a herbarium and details of offerings, powders and baths, songs and seals. He discusses the fearsome Exu Mor for the first time, a subject not treated in his previous works.

The standard Caveira edition of Exu is a encyclopaedic study of the devilish opposer. An octavo book of 352 pp illustrated with ten portraits of Exu in pen and ink by Enoque Zedro, and over 120 of his pontos riscados/seals. The boards are dressed in black moire cloth with a sunken letterpress panel depicting Exu Caveira. The stark typography and design capture the energy of this most masculine and demanding of spirits. Bibliotheque Rouge paperback and digital editions will also be available. 

Frisvold is an intiate and gives an insider's view, drawing upon his years of experience in the cult. With access to texts, manuscripts and personal testimony this is the most definitive work on Exu available in English.

Many will be drawn to this book by the prospect of possession work and necromantic practice, they will not be disappointed. It is a veritable Devil's Bible.

Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an anthropologist and psychologist who over the course of the last fifteen years been studying, both academically and practically, African and Afro-derived cults in the New World. This has led to a multiplicity of initiations into Vodou, both from Benin and Haiti, Santeria, Kimbanda, Palo Mayombe and Ifá. He belongs to the council of elders in the Ogboni society of Abeokuta, Nigeria. This is a significant expansion of the material first presented by Frisvold in his early work on the subject Kiumbanda. He has for the last decade lived in Brazil where his studies and involvement in traditional forms of metaphysics, faith, cult and witchcraft is a constant theme in his life.

His previous works with Scarlet Imprint are Pomba Gira, Palo Mayombe and an essay on Ifa in At the Crossroads.

His blog can be read here:


By Alkistis Dimech, along with Peter Grey & Jake Stratton-Kent (Editors)
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
Crossed edition; 800 exemplars; Small 4to, black and white cloth. Blood red blocking. Embossed end papers.
Black & white and colour printed on archival paper.
List Price: $84.50

At the Crossroads,  the paths of magicians and worlds meet.
Grimoire and root workers, Hoodoo and Vodoun, Quimbanda and Ifa. A potent fusion is occuring, a second diaspora.

At the Crossroads tells the stories of what happens when the Western Magical Tradition encounters the African Diaspora and Traditional religions, and vice versa. It is a mixing and a magic that speaks of a truly new world emerging.

In this gathering of kindred spirits, experiences are shared between initiates of very different cultures whose magic proves to be underpinned by the same principles, though clothed in different garb.

We find the grimoires of Old Europe flourishing in the New World, Juju spreading through the United States, the Cunning men of Essex rendering service to the Lwa of Haitian Voudon, alchemists who are Paleros, the techniques of the Greek Magical Papyri applied to Conjure counter-hexing. This is fertile ground for the imagination, and practice.

At The Crossroads is extensively illustrated, in both black and white and colour with original artworks and in depth essays by leading practitioners of the occult community from New York to Bristol, and from London to Brazil.

An important contribution made at the point where all the roads meet.

Where we encounter the most traditional approaches and the wildest fringes of the avant garde, At the Crossroads boldly demands your attention. 


Peter Grey - Preamble: Standing Still

Jake Stratton-Kent - Necromancy: the Role of the Dead in a Living Tradition

Aaron Leitch - Folk Traditions and the Solomonic Revival

Eric K Lerner - Eleggua; Eleggua's Worlds (art)

Stephen Grasso - Open up the Gate

Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold - The Invisible City in the Realm of Mystery

Richard Ward - In the Shadow of the Cross

Drac Uber & Ivy Kerrigan - Libations for the Lwa

Michael Cecchetelli - Countermeasures

Humberto Maggi - Crossing Worlds

Ryan Valentine - A brief history of the Juju

Hagen Von Tulien - Soul Dream (art)

Kyle Fite - The Syncretic Soul at the Cross of Cosmic Union

ConjureMan Ali - Goetic Initiation

Christopher D Bradford - Nigromantic Putrfaction

Chad Balthazar - A Garden Amidst the Flames

Angela Edwards - Queen of Fire & Flesh (art)

Jake Stratton-Kent - Magic at the Crosssroads


The image above is of the front cover, utilising a painting
Melek Taus (© Stuart Littlejohn, 2012), showing the Peacock Angel
emerging from under a Yezidi arch.
A Comparative Study of Gurdjieff and Crowley
By David Hall.
This first edition of Beelzebub and the Beast is an attractive, sewn hardbound book, octavo format, 350 pages long, with a full-colour wrap-around dustjacket, and limited to 750 copies. Included is an eight-page section of colour plates, a colour frontispiece, black and white custom printed endpapers, and line drawings throughout the text.
The standard edition is bound in black cloth and is priced at $49.95 .

David Hall, who died in 2007, will be a familiar name to many as one of the founders and editors of SOTHiS, the substantial and diverse Thelemic magazine which was published from the United Kingdom in the 1970s. David was passionately interested in the work of Gurdjieff as well as that of Crowley, and in the early to mid 1970s he wrote this penetrating study comparing the work of both men. Unfortunately it failed to find a publisher at the time, although publication was referenced as forthcoming in Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden. (Muller, 1977)

Crowley took an interest in the work of the Greek-Armenian occultist G. I. Gurdjieff, and visited Gurdjieff's Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau in 1924 and 1926. There have been other comparative studies of the work of the two men, the most recent being The Three Dangerous Magi by P. T. Mistlberger (O Books, 2010). 

Examining in turn the life and work of the two men at various levels, the author discerns a common source. Commenting circa 1919 on the first chapter of The Book of the Law, Crowley wrote “Aiwaz is not as I had supposed a mere formula, like many angelic names, but is the true most ancient name of the God of the Yezidis, and thus returns to the highest Antiquity. Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition”. Similarly, the author here shows that the roots of Gurdjieff's work can be traced to the same source. 

With a full-colour wrap-around dustjacket, a substantial Foreword by Alistair Coombs, plates, tables and line-drawings throughout the text, a Bibliography, a comprehensive Index, and an Afterword about the author with contributions from Mike Magee, Jan Magee, Michael Staley, Janet Audley-Charles and David Tibet, this book will be of considerable interest to many.

By Edred Thorsson
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 19, 2012)
List Price: $24.95

This follow-up to the classic Futhark breaks new ground by applying current scientific theories on how magic works in traditional societies to the world of practical magic. ALU, An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology contains completely new and fresh descriptions of all the individual runes based on traditional sources, rune-poems, Old Norse literature, and more.

Thorsson one of the most respected runic scholars living today, synthesizes the old and the new, the scholarly and the practical, and brings the use of runes in magical work to a new level in ALU, An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology.

ALU features:

·         Practical magic
·         Divination practices
·         Reveals new techniques and methods
·         How modern English can be used in the creation of runic writings

Edred Thorsson received his doctorate in Germanic languages and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas. He is the translator of Guido von List's The Secret of Runes, and a former university professor of humanities. He is the author of the bestselling Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic and Runelore. Thorsson lives near Austin, Texas where he practices rune magic. Visit him at:


A Comprehensive Guide to Occult Knowledge
By Frater Barrabbas
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2013)
List Price: $15.99

Discover the history and theory of Qabalah as well as its practical ritual uses. Explore the five basic but essential parts of Qabalah: the ten Sephiroth, the twenty-two paths, the Four Worlds, the Three Negative Veils, and the Tree of Life.

The Qabalah is the symbolic key to the Western Mystery tradition. Gain invaluable insights into all occult systems including high magic, Tarot, astrology, alchemy, hermetics, and more. In Magical Qabalah for Beginners, Frater Barrabbas shows ritual magicians, Pagans, and occult students how to incorporate the Qabalah into practice, using tables of correspondences, numerology, acronyms and formulae, sigils and ciphers, contemplation, and the theurgy of ascension. Now is the time to penetrate the mystical properties of Qabalah and make them work in your life.

Frater Barrabbas (Twin Cities, MN) is a practicing ritual magician who has studied magick and the occult for over thirty-five years. He is the founder of a magical order called the Order of the Gnostic Star and he is an elder and lineage holder in the Alexandrian tradition of Witchcraft.


The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana that Inspired Modern Tarot
By Oswald Wirth (Author), Mary K. Greer (Introduction)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2013)
List Price: $24.95

Tarot of the Magicians by Swiss occultist artist and author Oswald Wirth was first published in Paris in 1927, and a Weiser edition was later released in 1985.

Long unavailable, the book is back in print in a beautiful new package with full-color pull-out cards reproducing Wirth's 1889 tarot deck. With a new introduction by bestselling tarot author Mary K. Greer, Tarot of the Magicians offers tarot enthusiasts and students of the occult an in-depth and authoritative analysis of one of the most beautiful and evocative of all modern tarot decks.

In this important tarot work of the Major Arcana, Wirth combines the imagery and symbolism from Alchemy, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the magical heritage of Egypt and Chaldea, and explores the astronomical (rather than strictly zodiacal) associations for the Major Arcana cards.

Oswald Wirth (1860-1943) was a Swiss occultist, artist and author. He was a student of Elphaas Levi and was mentored by Stanislas de Guaita.

Mary K. Greer is an author and teacher and a Grandmaster of the American Tarot Association. She is a member of numerous Tarot organizations, and is featured at Tarot conferences and symposia in the United States and abroad. She is the founder and director of the learning center T.A.R.O.T. (Tools and Rites of Transformation) and the author of several books, including 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card and Who Are You In the Tarot?. Visit her at: .

We also carry the accompanying deck:

By Oswald Wirth
List Price: $24.00




·         SUNDAY, JAN. 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.

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


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