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Thursday, February 28, 2013


"Ostara" (1901) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess Ēostre/*Ostara flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic peoples look up at the goddess from the realm below. Created in 1884, judging by the signature. Published in 1901. This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.

SPRING IS COMING! Wednesday, March 20 is the First Day of Spring (Spring Equinox) 2013.
Happy Ostara!

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.

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By Michael Howard
Publisher: Three Hands Press-January 2013
Trade Paper Edition
List Price: $23.50

In the village of at Cullen in Forfarshire, an arrest warrant was served in January 1657 for one Margaret Philp, accused of practicing witchcraft. Her servant, Isobel Imblaugh, testified she had seen her mistress have dealings with a spirit taking the form of a talking hare. Imblaugh said she had seen Philp put out a bannock, a jug of beer and a piece of meat for the sprite, and the next morning all was gone. On another occasion the spirit-hare allegedly entered the house through an open window and drank beer left out for it in a bowl. Far from an isolated account, magical traffic with such spirits was well-documented into the 19th century, when Highlanders left offerings of milk at prehistoric burial mounds and standing stones for the faeries known as brownies. Magical intercourse with fairies was but a small part of Scottish witchcraft belief, which also held that witches stole milk from their neighbours' cows, raised storms to drown those at sea they disliked, produced wasting diseases to make their enemies fall ill or die, keep a baby inside its mother’s womb beyond her normal term, and transform themselves into animal forms so they could roam the countryside causing mischief and mayhem.

Scottish Witches and Warlocks examines the folk beliefs and magical practices of early modern Scotland, constellated especially around witchcraft. Treating matters of spirit-conjuring, herb-magic, and the Diabolical pact itself, it includes accounts of such peculiar personages as Isobel Gowdie, the Aberdeen Witches, Dr. John Fian and the North Berwick coven, Sir Robert Gordon of Gourdeston, and the Witches of Auldearn. Containing a number of illustrations, it is the third book in Michael Howard's 'Witchcraft in the British Isles' series.


By Aleister Crowley (Author), Lon Milo DuQuette (Introduction)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

Volume II in this four-volume Weiser series, The Best of the Equinox by Aleister Crowley, offers a treasure chest of dramatic rituals.

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.

The Best of the Equinox, Volume II, curated by scholar and U.S. Deputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O., Lon Milo DuQuette, collects the best of Crowley's material from both in-print and out-of-print editions of The Equinox. For Crowley collectors and the curious alike, this is an accessible, affordable volume packed with high magick and secrets.

Note: This edition contains Crowley’s series of plays, collectively called “The Rites of Eleusis”.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was the most widely read author in 20th-century occultism. He single-handedly redefined magic as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the order that he led--the A.A. and the O.T.O. He is the author of 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings, Book of Toth, and The Book of the Law.

Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of 15 critically acclaimed books on Magic and the Occult, and one of the most respected writers and lecturers in the field of Western Mystery Traditions. Visit him at:


Finding Our Place in Our Own History
By Nimue Brown
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (November 16, 2012)
List Price: $22.95

Ancestors are part of our shared humanity, we all have them. Ancestry in the guise of race, has been used as a tool to divide. Even so, it might yet help us move in greater harmony. Are we playing out the motifs of our family history, or making our own lives? Are we held back by the past, or empowered by it? And why does any of this matter? Druidry and the Ancestors will take you on a journey into how you imagine yourself, and how you can take control of your identity and future. Druid, author, bard and dreamer. Nimue Brown is OBOD trained, a founding member of Bards of The Lost Forest and Druid Network member.

Nimue Brown has been an active Pagan for years, having volunteered for the Pagan Federation and the Druid Network. She has run moots, a folk club, workshops, open rituals, and meditation groups, teaches privately and was a founding member of Druid Gorsedd Bards of the Lost Forest. OBOD trained, her other main influences are Emma Restall Orr, Brendan Myers and Glennie Kindred. Nimue blogs at and wrote a webcomic illustrated by her husband, artist Tom Brown, soon to be published as a graphic novel. She lives on a narrowboat in her native Gloucestershire, UK, with her family, exploring a green and creative lifestyle.


Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Desire
By T. Thorn Coyle
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

Internationally known teacher and mystic T. Thorn Coyle offers a pathway to becoming who we are meant to be:
Do you have the sense that you were born to do something more with your life but you don't know what that is? Do you long to step into your power and live a life of passion? Do you wish to be of greater service? Are you willing to follow your soul's desire? Activate the magical formula known as the Four Powers of the Sphinx.

The four powers -- To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silence -- help bring about a profound shift in how we move through the world. They point us toward our highest purpose and show us what to do, both practically and spiritually, once we've found it. They will lead us to a life of magic. Find your soul's work. Follow desire. Live a life that matters.

"Working magic means showing up with your demons and your divinity, your sorrow and your joy. Alchemy only happens when we are willing to go through the processes of gathering together, refining, pouring, and solidifying. In the end, we have something fine to hold."

T. Thorn Coyle is a magic worker.

An internationally respected teacher, she is author of "Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Desire", "Kissing the Limitless" and other books. She hosts a video teaching series - Fiat LVX! - writes on religion for the Huffington Post, and has a popular weblog. Her work reaches people all over the world through one-on-one spiritual direction, vibrant workshops, and online classes. Pagan, mystic, and justice activist, she is founder of Solar Cross Temple and Morningstar Mystery School and feels blessed to live by the San Francisco Bay. She is often seen on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


Cursing, Hexing, Bottling & Binding
By Melusine Draco
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
List Price: $9.95

Curses have given the world some of its greatest legends and folklore, and the more grisly and gory, the better we like them.  But cursing, or ill-wishing, is not a practice confined to magical practitioners - black, white or grey - it is a form of expression intended to do harm in reparation for some real or imagined insult and can be ‘thrown’ by anyone of any race, culture or creed without any prior experience of ritual magic or witchcraft.  According to the dictionary, however, a curse is defined as: To invoke or wish evil upon; to afflict; to damn; to excommunicate; evil invoked on another person.  If this is the clear definition, then under what circumstances can we challenge this established way of thinking and ask ourselves can cursing ever be justified?  And if we hesitate for just a moment, then we must ask the next question: Is cursing evil?  Like all aspects of life, however, it is advisable to put things in their proper perspective before passing judgment.


By Harmonia Saille
Paperback: 68 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (August 16, 2012)
List Price: $9.95

One aspect of hedge witchcraft is engaging in a form of Otherworldly travel called hedge riding. The hedge is the symbolic boundary between the two worlds and this book will teach you how to cross that hedge. While hedge riding, the hedge rider's consciousness travels to another place, the otherworld, which is also the realm of the collective unconscious. There the rider guided by his or her animal and spirit guides, encounters archetypal symbols and assimilates this knowledge to help guide her or him on their pathway. 

This book is an experiential guide, as Aristotle said, 'For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them'. Learning by experiencing is about trusting your instincts and connecting with your inner spirit. The hedge riding aspect of hedge witchery is perhaps the most difficult part of the hedge witch pathway. This book focuses on that aspect alone. If you want to learn more about Hedge Witchcraft, there are two accompanying books in this series, Pagans Portals -- Hedge Witchcraft, and Pagans Portals -- Hedge Magic (which will follow soon).

Harmonia Saille is an English writer and researcher with a BA (Hons) degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature and further post grad study in writing and literature. A practising Hedge Witch, she has been a lecturer in Modern Pagan Witchcraft at a UK university and holds workshops on faeries, runes and other subjects both locally and at international spiritual events. Harmonia's articles have appeared in various spiritual magazines and she is features editor of the Irish Pagan magazine Brigid's Fire. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in Ireland. She is the author of The Spiritual Runes, A Guide to Ancestral Wisdom and Walking the Faery Pathway.


The Unlimited Power of Prayer and Visualization
By Israel Regardie (Author), Marc Allen (Editor)
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: New World Library; Third Edition edition (January 29, 2013)
List Price: $12.95

The Art of True Healing details a powerful exercise that stimulates the body, mind, and spirit to help us create physical health and personal success. Originally published in 1932, predating by more than a half century the current interest in the mind’s power to heal, this concise work guides readers through what Israel Regardie calls the Middle Pillar meditation — a technique that combines the mystical concepts of yoga’s chakras and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life to create a simple and effective healing tool.

In this edition, editor Marc Allen brings Regardie’s work into the twenty-first century — showing us how to unleash energy to heal our bodies and, ultimately, every part of our lives. Like few books before or since, The Art of True Healing provides both the theory and practices necessary for attaining well-being and fulfillment.

Hailed as one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Western mysticism, Dr. Israel Regardie was a therapist and chiropractor who practiced a form of psychotherapy based on the work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich. A student of the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, Madame Blavatsky’s theosophy, and yoga, Regardie was the author of seventeen books including The Golden Dawn, a monumental study of Western magical ritual.


By Christopher Penczak
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Copper Cauldron Publishing (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $19.99

Feast of the Morrighan

A Grimoire for the Dark Lady of the Emerald Isle by Christopher Penczak

“…the Morrighan wi! indeed teach you. She wi! dare
you, inspire you, provoke you, test you, make you see
your power, and compel you use it to be a! you can be.

The Morrighan is a Goddess to inspire you to great achievements. She requires you to banish weakness, which means you must face your fears and leave comfort behind. She won’t fight your battles:

She’ll show you how to fight them yourself. This is why she stays in the shadows. It is you that she is pushing into the limelight, you that she wants to be seen. She wants to you to be glorious.”
– from the Foreword by Kerr Cuhulain

In this devotional work, author Christopher Penczak delves deeply into the lore of the Morrighan, the “Phantom Queen,” creating a grimoire that is part historical research, part poetic inspiration, and part personal experience, creating “…a feast for her devotees, something to nourish us in the development of our relationship with her.” A fantastic resource for anyone working with the dark goddesses of the Celtic tradition or seeking to do so!

Christopher Penczak is an author, teacher, and healing practitioner. Rooted firmly in the traditions of modern Witchcraft, he draws from the timeless wisdom of many cultures in the creation of new techniques and traditions.

Christopher is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning six-volume Temple of Witchcraft series (Llewellyn) and the Three Rays of Witchcraft (Copper Cauldron Publishing). Other works include Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, and the Witch's Shield (Llewellyn) and City Magick, Gay Witchcraft, and Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser). He has been a featured columnist for newWitch magazine and publications such as Genre, InnerSelf, and Kaleidoscope.

Christopher is a co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and not-for-profit religious organization, and teaches and travels extensively teaching Witchcraft. He also offers a variety of online classes and lectures. For more visit,  and


By Christopher Penczak
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Copper Cauldron Publishing (September 1, 2012)
List Price: $19.99

From time immemorial, the Green World has allied with humanity, plant spirits teaching the secrets of herbal medicine and magic to those able to hear the call. In this collection, practitioners of plant spirit magic come together to tell of some of their experiences with allies in the Green World. In the pages of The Green Lovers you will find: • Balms from Agrimony to Yarrow, Banes from Belladonna to Wormwood, and Trees from Apple to Pine, over thirty different essays altogether.

• Herbal Wisdom including Herbal Magic and the Doctrine of Signatures and the Nine Herb Charm.

• Essays from contributors such as Alaric Albertsson (Wyrdworking), Kenaz Filan (The Power of the Poppy), Raven Grimassi (Old World Witchcraft), Raven Kaldera (Northern Shamanic Herbal), Ann Moura (The Green Witchcraft series), Christopher Penczak (The Temple of Witchcraft series), and many more!

Sales of this book help support the Temple of Witchcraft, a pagan nonprofit organization dedicated to the Great Work. Find out more at .


Alchemy Today In Theory and Practice.
Lapidus (David Curwen ), With additions, extractions and foreword by Stephen Skinner.
Biographical essay by Tony Matthews, Edited by Paul Hardacre.

Brisbane, AU: Salamander and Sons, 2011.
Second, Revised and Expanded Hardcover. 8vo. 211pp + 52pp colour plates.
White cloth with gilt titling to spine and device to upper board. Colour and b&w illustrations.
List Price: $42.95

"Writing under the nom de plume of Lapidus, David Curwen (1893-1984) was one of the most mysterious personalities of modern alchemysticism, and one of the very few practicing laboratory alchemists residing in the United Kingdom during the latter half of the 20th century.

In the decades since the publication of the first edition of In Pursuit of Gold in 1976, many have speculated regarding the true identity of Lapidus, and a few individuals have even laid claim to be the enigmatic adept. An intensely private man, very little information has been publicly available about Lapidus prior to the publication of this revised edition of In Pursuit of Gold. Upon its publication in 1976, In Pursuit of Gold – written by the enigmatic Lapidus – was hailed as a rare work by one of the few practicing laboratory alchemists writing in English during the mid-to-late 20th century.

Primarily building upon three alchemical texts – namely The Sophic Fire by John Pontanus, The Secret Book of Artephius and Sir George Ripley’s long poem, Twelve Gates – and more than two dozen of Theodor de Bry’s masterful engraved emblems from Michael Maier’s 1618 Atalanta Fugiens, Lapidus proffers his own observations and practical conclusions drawn from decades of quiet alchemical work in his subterranean Melcombe Street laboratory. Contemporary alchemists with an interest in the confection of the star regulus of antimony will assuredly gain from reading and re-reading In Pursuit of Gold. Beyond simply confirming the true identity of Lapidus as David Curwen, this revised and expanded second edition includes a foreword from Stephen Skinner, responsible for the “additions and extractions” of the first edition, along with an introductory biographical essay on Lapidus – his life, family, alchemical work, and writings – by Tony Matthews, grandson of Lapidus.

This second edition of In Pursuit of Gold also features intimate personal and family photographs, facsimiles of correspondence between Lapidus and the great alchemical historians F. Sherwood Taylor and E.J. Holmyard, and original oil paintings by Lapidus.


Working with the Spirits of Nature
By Cassandra Eason
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2013)
List Price: $16.99

Discover how to work magick with faeries and elemental spirits

From the world of the wee folk to the history and lore of faeries, you’ll explore all things fey in this easy-to-use, essential guide. The spirits of earth, water, fire, and air—as well as golems and goblins, boggarts and brownies, orcs and ogres—help us tune into the cycles of nature and work with the amazing magick around us.

Through practical spells, rituals, and empowerments, The Magick of Faeries will teach you how to use natural energies and essences for wishes, prosperity, love, protection, personal transformation, and family health and happiness. Learn to identify and connect with over a hundred nature spirits, including the local spirits who share your home and guard sacred places. Explore the Treasury of Faerie Wisdom, a collection of useful information that will help you understand the structure of fey magick and create your own rituals. Cassandra Eason’s comprehensive book is your key to living in harmony with the incredible beings of nature.


Activating Ancient Wisdom for a Rich & Prosperous Life
By Master Denise Liotta Dennis
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2013)
List Price: $17.99

Unlock the full wealth potential of your home or office using the potent formulas and wisdom of Classical Feng Shui. Written by a Feng Shui master, Classical Feng Shui for Wealth & Abundance reveals authentic techniques for success with money, business, and career. In this book, beginners and advanced students will learn:

• The two most popular Feng Shui systems: Eight Mansions and Flying Stars

• Easy-to-use Get Rich Keys and your personal Life Gua number for money luck

• Wealth building formulas such as Five Ghosts Carry Treasure, Dragon Gate, and Water Dragons

• How to identify and eliminate killing chi like Eight Roads of Destruction, Robbery Mountain Sha, and Eight Killing Forces

Whether you’re buying a house, creating a home, or managing a business, these ancient and powerful techniques are exactly what you need to capture prosperity and success.

Denise Liotta Dennis is a Feng Shui master who studied with Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai, one of the only five grandmasters in the world. She is the president of Dragon-Gate Feng Shui, an international consulting and development firm, and has over a decade of experience in residential and commercial Feng Shui design. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit her online at .


Working Magic Aboard The Airship
By Gypsey Elaine Teague
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2013)
List Price: $16.95

A glove full of Goth, a helping of Sci-Fi, and a vial of Cyberpunk all neatly wrapped inside a Victorian Satchel--the popular new genre of Steampunk is reverberating throughout our culture in art, fashion, style and music.

Now you can hop aboard the airship and embark on a spiritual adventure that brings dramatic ritual and practical magic into your everyday life with Steampunk Magic. Gypsey Elaine Teague draws on her experience as a practicing High Priestess and magician and her love of Steampunk to bring readers an entirely new magical system.

Steampunk Magic is a compendium of altar arrangements, spells, and magical tools--traditional Wicca and magic with a Steampunk twist. Teague shows how to craft and use a compass instead of a pentacle, use a rigging knife in place of an athame, and join an airship in lieu of a coven. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and art.

Gypsey Elaine Teague is the Branch Head of the Gunnin Architecture Library at Clemson University, a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, a High Priestess in the Georgian and Icelandic Norse traditions, and the originator of Steampunk Magic. She co-owns (with her spouse) Upstate Steampunk,, the only Steampunk conference and convention in the state of South Carolina.



Your Tarot Toolkit for Creating the Perfect Spread for Any Situation
By Tierney Sadler
Cards: 168
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Crds/Pap edition (March 8, 2013)
List Price: $26.99

Spreadcrafting—the art of creating your own spreads—is the hottest trend in tarot today.

The Deck of 1000 Spreads is an utterly unique spreadcrafting tool for tarot readers of all levels. Each oversized, color-coded card features a spread position (such as "situation" or "outcome") and a description of this position. Mix and match the cards to customize a spread for any tarot reading imaginable—or retool the classics. Crafting an infinite array of spreads is easy with this groundbreaking system that can be used with any tarot deck.

Tierney Sadler is a tarotist, mystic and a career writer, having worked in the advertising industry for more than 25 years. She's worked with tarot nearly as long, first as a hobbyist, then as a professional reader and now as a teacher and author. She is currently working on writing her first spiritual book based somewhat on the teachings at her blog on . For tips on how to use the Deck of 1000 Spreads, visit or "like" the deck on Facebook's Deck of 1000 Spreads page.



A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything

This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.

The dates and times for the Spring 2013 Session of Bunnyslopes are:

 Friday, March 22, 2013 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, March 29, 2013 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 5, 2013 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 12, 2013 7PM – 9PM
 Friday, April 19, 2013 7PM - PM

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s
class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Spring
2014. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed
previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community
service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events. Many thanks to Edge of
the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:

·         A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette
·         Some Tips for Aspiring Herbalists
·         Magical Ethics
·         Basic Circle Casting
·         Correspondences - Key of Solomon
·         Magickal Weapons and Tools
·         Spellcraft
·         The Oracle™
·         The Tree of Life
·         Temple Arrangement
·         The Wheel of the Year
·         Glossary
·         Recommended Reading List

When we hold classes, we do request an RSVP to ( to let us know that you’re
planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).

Our Lady of the Earth and Sky
12345 Lake City Way NE, Box 195
Seattle, WA 98125-5401



·         SUN, MAR 3, (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.

·         MON, MAR 4, (Every 1st Monday of each month) CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM


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.
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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.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM

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


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