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Friday, February 1, 2013

HAPPY IMBOLC!!!

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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Saturdays, and Sundays!

Classroom/Ritual Space is available-- please call for details!

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Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.




A DEED WITHOUT A NAME:
Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft
By Lee Morgan
Paperback: 179 pages
Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (January 16, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The field of witchcraft studies is continually over-turning new information and research about traditional witchcraft practices and their meanings. A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising her own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls together information from trial records, folklore and modern testimonials to deepen our understanding of the ecstatic and visionary substrata of Traditional Witchcraft. Those who identify themselves as 'Traditional' tend to read a lot of scholarly texts on the subject and yet still there remains a vast gulf between this information and knowledgeably applying it in practice; this book aims to close that gap.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lee Morgan is a British ex-pat currently living at the bottom of the world in Van Diemen’s Land, with a partner and two sons. Lee’s writing has been published internationally in the fields of short fiction, poetry and non-fiction. After many years in the occult and pagan scene Lee has now served in a magisterial role for over a decade, and in the Hethite Thread of Witchcraft in the broader, international scene. More recently Lee studied core shamanism to an advanced level with Michael Harner’s ‘Foundation for Shamanic Studies’.

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THROWING THE BONES: 
How to Foretell the Future with Bones, Shells, and Nuts
By catherine yronwode
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Lucky Mojo Curio Company; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012), List Price: $10.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
·         Slaughter-Bone Oracles
·         Mathematical Systems of Bone Reading
·         Sortilege Systems with Bones Spirit-Led Interpretive Bone Reading
 -This practical manual explains and teaches ancient and modern methods for predicting future events by means of Scottish speal bones, American pyromantic furculomancy, Yoruban obi, Shona hakata, Mongolian shagai, British fortune telling dice, the Gypsy domino oracle, the Persian standing bone oracle, Alabama 'Possum bones, Virginia Chicken bones, Zulu-style sangoma bone reading, and more.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The author, catherine yronwode, is the co-owner of the Lucky Mojo Curio Company and the chief pastor of Missionary Independent Spiritual Church. Her previous books include Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, Hoodoo in Theory and Practice, and Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course. She lives in California.

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NU TANTRAS OF THE UTTARAKAULAS
By John Power
100pp, 10 Colour plates
Binding: Paperback
Phoenix Publications Chelmsford 2011
List Price: $22.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
“The book by John Power is one of the first attempts I have seen to write a critical analysis of some of Mahendranath’s writings. John was entrusted with the Uttarakaula tantric aspect of our world and he has obviously nurtured and worked with his specialty for as he says 21 years (and more now.) At the end of his analytical work he includes original, very creative and fascinating rituals that are the summation of his experience. It is quirky and personal and that adds greatly to its value. I have often gotten swamped by Mahendranath’s large output of written words. To see a few of his major tantras re-worded, discussed, analysed and emotionally digested is so helpful. I recommend that those who are interested in the works of Mahendranath give this work more than a quick cursory glance.” -Lalita Devi, Canadian Initiate and Tantrik Yogini.

“Power begins with an intro that traces his own relationship with Tantra, before clearly laying out the perspectives he is viewing the tradition from and giving a biographical note about Shri Dadaji Gurudev Mahendranath. He then proceeds to summarise Dadaji’s initiation and writing, then includes some of his own original rituals and images. This book is beautiful. So what validity does my opinion have especially in the light of my own rather self damning opening statement (to compound this outrage I neither understand Sanskrit nor am an initiated Tantrika)? However I have been a practicing magician for a long time, have lived in both the occidental and oriental environs, and have the insight into art, magick and humanity that comes from age and experience. I believe John Power has written a book that is of great value. It is about love and freedom; fun, liberation and compassion; and ways to work for and with this in a creative and progressive way. ‘The Nu Tantras of the Uttarakaulas’ is about magick from the heart and the inner self; the greatest and most transformative magick there is.” (Charlotte Rodgers, whose The Bloody Sacrifice is published by Mandrake)

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WITCHY CRAFTS:
60 Enchanted Projects for the Creative Witch
By Lexa Olick
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2013)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Weave Magic Into Your Handmade Craft Projects

Create powerfully magical crafts, tools, and more with this unique book offering step-by-step instruction for sixty witchy crafts you’ll treasure for years to come. Let personal energy flow through your hands and into these fun and imaginative ideas especially designed for witches.

Witchy Crafts is an illustrated two-part manual with Part One covering techniques, preparing your craft projects, and gathering the necessary materials. In Part Two, you’ll find all sixty craft projects with detailed instructions. Infuse magic into essential ritual items such as chalices and wands. Create magical home d├ęcor like a goddess cornucopia and crocheted pentacle coasters. Make accessories from bags to jewelry, construct a charm box, whip up your own herbal soap, and much more.

Along with color photos, step-by-step drawings, and correspondence charts, you’ll also find numerous helpful tips. Learn how to craft by the seasons, avoid common mistakes, and form a craft group.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lexa Olick (Buffalo, NY) has been crafting for over twenty years, creating artwork through knitting, crochet, felting, ceramics, sewing, decoupage, and much more. She is also a gifted writer (having received numerous awards for her screenplays) and artist (her artwork has been featured in the online gothic magazine Dark Romance, Dog Fancy magazine, and the Showtime series The L-Word).


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LLEWELLYN'S COMPLETE BOOK OF CORRESPONDENCES: 
A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans
By Sandra Kynes
Paperback: 552 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2013)
List Price: $29.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences is a clear, straightforward companion to the many books on Wiccan and Pagan ritual and spellwork. Entries are cross-referenced and indexed, and organized by categories and subcategories, making it quick and easy to find what you need.

This comprehensive reference provides a fascinating look at why correspondences are more than objects to focus intent, but are fundamental to how we think. Using correspondences weaves together our ideas, beliefs, and energy, and gives deeper meaning to our rituals and spellwork as we unite our individuality with a larger purpose.

Packed with content yet easy to use, this book covers traditional correspondences and also encourages you to forge new ones that hold special meaning for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sandra Kynes is an explorer of Celtic history, myth, and magic, and is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Her curiosity has taken her to live in New York City, Europe, England and New England. Spiritually, her inquisitiveness has led her to investigate the roots of Pagan belief and study ancient texts such as the Mabinogion. In addition to leading healing circles and women's rituals, she is yoga instructor, massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. Sandra’s writings have been featured in Llewellyn's Magical Almanacs, Spell-a-Day and Witches Calendars under the name Sedwyn. Her books include: Gemstone Feng Shui (2002), A Year of Ritual (2004), Whispers from the Woods (2006), and The Altar: Place of Meditation and Transformation (2007).


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THE BOOK OF ENGLISH MAGIC 
By Philip Carr-Gomm
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Overlook TP; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)
Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Have you ever wanted to know more about alchemy, mix up a herbal remedy, dowse for water, perform a spell, or find out more about "second sight"? Did the Harry Potter books ignite your curiosity about wizardry? Through experiments to try and places to visit, as well as a historical exploration of magic and interviews with leading magicians, The Book of English Magic will introduce you to the extraordinary world that lies beneath the surface.

Magic runs through the veins of English history, part of daily life from the earliest Arthurian legends to Aleister Crowley to the novels of Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and from the Druids to Freemasonry and beyond. Richly illustrated and deeply knowledgeable, this book is an invaluable source for anyone curious about magic and wizardry, or for sophisticated practitioners wanting to learn more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has led the Order for over twenty years. He has written for CNN’s Belief Blog.

Sir Richard Heygate is a co-author of Endangered Species.


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TAROT BOOKS AND DECKS:


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THE BOOK OF AZATHOTH TAROT
Publisher: Nemo's Locker
List Price: $29.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Azathoth Tarot is Nemo's Lockers' homage to the great Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  Detailed pen and ink drawings create this full 78 card Tarot deck which comes cradled snugly in a heavy lidded presentation box. 

The cards are 3.5" x 5", printed on premium quality 350gsm card stock and provided with a smooth plastic finish. 

This a Limited First Edition of 1000 Decks.

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SHAPESHIFTER TAROT
(Deck Only)
By D.J. Conway, Sirona Knight, Lisa Hunt
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Deck
Pub Date: February 2013
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Shapeshifter Tarot is a bridge between humans, animals and nature. The 81 breathtaking cards are merging tools, allowing you to tap into different animal energies and the elemental qualities of air, fire, water, and earth. Based on the traditional Rider-Waite, many of the major arcana have been renamed to fit a Pagan approach, adding meaning and depth to readings. Previously available only as a kit, this deck is back in print with an instructional booklet, making it perfect for budget-minded Pagans, tarot experts, and new tarot readers.


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ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

·         EVERY WEDNESDAY: IRISH LANGUAGE DROP IN CLASS-7-9PM

·         SUNDAY, FEB. 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.


·         MONDAY, FEB. 4th (Every 1st Monday of each month) CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM



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!




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. 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

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

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