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Monday, April 1, 2013

SPRING IS HERE!


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.

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!
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SEATTLE HAS A NEW RESOURCE FOR PAGANS!




PSPRG- the Puget Sound Pagan Resource Guide!

"Are you a Pagan in the Puget Sound area? Find groups, shops, events, classes, makers of thinks, officiates, healers, readers and more!"


About the Puget Sound Pagan Resource Guide:

    The scope of this project is limited to doing a few things very well, aimed a connecting the wider Puget Sound Pagan community.  The site will serve two main functions… first to act as a community calendar, second to act as a pagan "yellow pages".  It is, and always will be, free to all.
 
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Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.



THE SECRET HISTORY OF POLTERGEISTS AND HAUNTED HOUSES:

From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations
By Claude Lecouteux  
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Original edition (April 26, 2012)
List Price: $18.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What poltergeist accounts through the ages reveal about our own worldviews:

• Provides a wide array of case studies from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world
• Explores the relationship between poltergeists and troubled adolescence
• Looks beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses

Stories of poltergeists and their mischievous and sometimes violent actions--knocking, stone or chair throwing, moving objects with invisible hands, and slamming or opening doors--are a constant through the ages. What changes is how we interpret this activity. For our pagan ancestors this phenomenon was caused by helper spirits whose manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household. The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them from the houses they haunted--which proved effective less than half the time. The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today. But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks. What then is behind this phenomenon?

Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution. He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a troubled adolescent in the house. Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance.


FROM THE BACK COVER:
Stories of poltergeists and their mischievous and sometimes violent actions--knocking, stone or chair throwing, moving objects with invisible hands, and slamming or opening doors--are a constant through the ages. What changes is how we interpret this activity. For our pagan ancestors poltergeists were seen as helper spirits whose negative manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household. The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them from the houses they haunted--which proved effective less than half the time. The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today. But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks. What then is behind this phenomenon?

Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution. He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a troubled adolescent in the house. Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead and The Secret History of Vampires. He lives in Paris.


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THE CELTIC GOLDEN DAWN:
An Original & Complete Curriculum
 of Druidical Study
By John Michael Greer
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2013)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A century ago, Celtic groups descending from the famed Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn pioneered a fascinating form of ceremonial magic invoking Pagan Celtic powers instead of relying on the more commonly used Judeo-Christian names and symbols. Those groups disappeared many decades ago, and their teachings were lost. But today, their legacy has been reborn.

Respected occult author and Grand Archdruid John Michael Greer has re-created a complete magical system based on the Celtic Golden Dawn traditions. This new book provides students with a complete curriculum of Druidical magic and occult wisdom, including training in ceremonial magic, meditation, pathworking, divination, geomancy, and herbal alchemy, allowing self-initiation into the three degrees of Ovate, Bard, and Druid. Structured to resemble a long-lost correspondence course, The Celtic Golden Dawn presents a series of knowledge lectures, meditations, and rituals leading to mastery of the most important magical techniques.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Michael Greer (Western Maryland) has been a student of occult traditions and the unexplained for more than thirty years. A Freemason, a student of geomancy and sacred geometry, and a widely read blogger, he is also the author of numerous books, including Monsters, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol, and currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a contemporary school of Druid nature spirituality. Greer has contributed articles to Renaissance Magazine, Golden Dawn Journal, Mezlim, New Moon Rising, Gnosis, and Alexandria.
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THE KABBALAH & MAGIC OF ANGELS
By Migene González-Wippler
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2013)
List Price:$17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Using the powerful insights of the Kabbalah, we can bridge the unfathomable distances between our material world and the divine realms where angels dwell. In The Kabbalah & Magic of Angels, celebrated author Migene González-Wippler presents an in-depth look at angels in the context of the Kabbalah, the comprehensive system underlying Western religion and spirituality. Providing a complete introduction to Kabbalistic concepts, Migene shows how to apply them to our relationships with numerous angels. Included are ways to contact angels and work with them, from simple spells and magical rituals to full Kabbalistic evocations. You’ll discover how to see angels operating in your life and how to visualize them. Numerous angels are named and fully described so readers will know exactly which angel to work with for any purpose or desire. Ideal for students of Kabbalah and  lovers of angels.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Migene Gonzalez-Wippler was born in Puerto Rico and has degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and from Colombia University.  She has worked as a science editor for the  Interscience Division of John Wiley, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Museum of Natural History, and as an English editor for the United Nations in Vienna, where she lived for many years.  She is a cultural anthropologist and lectures frequently at universities and other educational institutions.

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AWAKENING SPIRIT:
WISE Seminary, First Year Certification for Wiccan Clergy
By Belladonna LaVeau
Trafford Publishing ; 10/28/2003
Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W) 338 pages; Size: 8.5x11
List Price: $32.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Awakening Spirit - WISE Seminary First Year Certification Course for Wiccan Clergy illuminates the shadowy corners of the Wiccan Circle, and awakens the reader to the natural spiritual connectedness that resides within us all. Finally this long awaited, transformational journey of awakening is available to individual seekers and formal students alike, combining a deeply empowering personal experience with a formal curriculum that is balanced, comprehensive and challenging. Belladonna combines her knowledge of metaphysics, astrology, and the healing therapies with her natural talent as a teacher to present the information in a way that speaks to your soul. 

It is evident that her goal is to empower the reader to progress upon their spiritual path, which makes this exciting book a very valuable tool, which:

·         Activates the power centers in your body, giving you the awareness of how to truly generate power, connect with Deity, and work in concert with divine will.

·         Teaches powerful energetic exercises that train your energy field to react with automatic and immediate magical responses.

·         Reveals the keys to understanding, and using the ancient incantations of circle casting and shares the mystery of magical tools, how they work, how to use them, and what working with them can teach the magical practitioner.

·         Brings awareness of God & Goddess, magic, and sacredness into your everyday reality.

The real magic of Awakening Spirit is in the way that Spirit transforms the reader's reality, in concert with the information given. The color, symbols, meditations, exercises and information presented, all work together to appeal to your individual learning style bringing awareness of the spiritual realm into your active consciousness. Anyone who reads this book will feel the energy of Spirit pulsating through it. This is a truly inspired work that enables each seeker to awaken to the presence of Deity in his or her life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Belladonna LaVeau, High Priestess of the Covenant of WISE, Church of Wicca, and author of Awakening Spirit has been an initiate of Wicca and a devoted Priestess of the Goddess since 1989. She is a talented healer, Reiki Master, ordained minister of the Wiccan faith, Navy Veteran and sponsor of WISE Kids, SpiralScouts Circle #56, Peach Tribe.

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THE HORNED ALTAR:
Rediscovering & Rekindling Canaanite Magic
By Tess Dawson
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2013)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Raw. Real. Ancient. And nearly forgotten.
To practice Canaanite magic is to honor a spiritual ancestry that, until now, was beyond our understanding. Reawakening the beliefs of an ancient religion, The Horned Altar reveals how to transform the Canaanites’ rich culture of myth and ritual into a modern magical practice.
Explore Canaanite secrets that were recorded on cuneiform tablets over three thousand years ago. Discover how to forge relationships with deities and how to revitalize your passions. Learn the truth about a civilization unfairly portrayed as the blood-soaked villains of the Bible. Contemplate the deities of Canaan and the alphabets of the era; make a Babylonian demon protection bowl; and cast spells for healing, love, and protection. Feel the call of the ancient deities and connect to a spiritual ancestry that is older and deeper than anything you’ve ever experienced.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tess Dawson (New England) is one of the foremost authorities in the field of Canaanite mysticism and spiritual practices. A devotee as well as scholar of the tradition, Dawson leads the largest online Canaanite polytheist group, teaches workshops on the topic, and serves as a leader in the Near and Middle Eastern polytheist communities. She has written for Witches & Pagans, PanGaia, SageWoman, Circle, Pentacle, The Beltane Papers, and a few anthologies. Visit her online at http://canaanitepath.com/ .

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TALKING TO THE SPIRITS:
Personal Gnosis in Pagan Religion
By Kenaz Filan and Raven Kaldera
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; Original edition (February 23, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A guide to direct communication with the spirits and the Gods-

• Offers practices for seekers and groups to learn to hear and respond to the spirits and the Gods as well as what to do (and not do) if you receive a message

• Explains how to authenticate spiritual messages with divination

• Discusses how to avoid theological conflicts when someone’s personal gnosis differs from that of their Pagan group

For our ancestors the whole world was alive with spirits. The Gods bubbled forth from rivers and springs and whispered in the breezes that rustled through cities and farms. The ground underfoot, the stones, the fire that cooked the food and drove off the darkness, these all had spirits--not just spirits in some other dimension, but spirits in them who could be spoken to and allied with. In today’s world we are led to believe that the spirits long ago went silent and that spiritual wisdom can only be gained through established religious doctrine.

Providing a guide for opening two-way conversation with the spirits of daily life as well as direct communication with the Gods, Kenaz Filan and Raven Kaldera explore how to enrich your spiritual path with personal gnosis--asking your Guides for assistance or teachings and receiving a response. They explain how to develop your sensitivity to the voices of the Divine, discern genuine spiritual messages from the projection of internal psychodrama, and what to do (and not do) with the messages you receive. Confirming their own personal gnosis with Northern Tradition Pagan beliefs and Greco-Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, and indigenous hunter-gatherer lore, the authors discuss how to avoid theological conflicts when someone’s personal gnosis differs from that of their Pagan group as well as how to authenticate messages with individual and group divination. Offering practices and principles for seekers and groups, they reveal that the spirits never went silent, we simply forgot how to hear them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kenaz Filan (Houngan Coquille du Mer) was initiated in Société la Belle Venus in March 2003 after 10 years of solitary service to the lwa. Filan is the author of several books, including The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook, and coauthor with Raven Kaldera of Drawing Down the Spirits. Filan lives in Short Hills, New Jersey. Raven Kaldera is a Northern Tradition Pagan shaman who has been a practicing astrologer since 1984 and a Pagan since 1986. The author of many books, including Moon Phase Astrology, and coauthor of Neolithic Shamanism, Kaldera lives in Hubbardston, Massachusetts.


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PAGAN PORTALS - KITCHEN WITCHCRAFT:
Crafts of a Kitchen Witch
By Rachel Patterson
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (February 16, 2013)
Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, sit back and take a glimpse into the world of Kitchen Witchcraft. This little book will give you an insight into what a Kitchen Witch is, what they do and how they do it. It gives an overview of the Sabbats, working with the Moon, the elements and candle magic. Packed full of ideas for crafting such as washes and smudges for your home and your body, witch bottles, incense, medicine bags, magic powders and offerings. Take a stroll through a Kitchen Witch's garden and discover what you will find there and finish up with some lovely meditations. Follow the heart of a Kitchen Witch...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachel Patterson is High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven, Team Leadership member of the Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft, Green/Kitchen Witch with an added dash of hedgewitch and hoodoo. She lives in the UK.

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PAGAN PORTALS - GRIMALKYN: THE WITCH'S CAT:
Power Animals in Traditional Magic
By Martha Gray
Paperback: 86 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (March 16, 2013)
Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
There is no middle ground with cats – we either love them or loathe them – but the cat adopted as a power animal represents independence, cunning, dexterity, agility, sensuality, inscrutability and ferocity. And whether the great wild hunter of forests, deserts or grasslands, or an ordinary domestic tabby, they are beautiful creatures. Some would dismiss them as merely killing machines, but we only have to look at the history of their evolution alongside mankind to realise there is nothing on this planet quite like them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martha Gray lives in Derbyshire with her husband, children and felines.
Is a practitioner of traditional witchcraft and a senior tutor of the Coven of the Scales, and trained in the Egyptian magical tradition of the Temple of Khem.

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STALKING THE GODDESS
By Mark Carter
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 16, 2012)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In 1948 Robert Graves published The White Goddess. His study of poetic mysticism and goddess worship has since become a founding text of Western paganism. As Wicca emerged from what Graves called, a few hopeful young people in California, to over two million strong, The White Goddess has achieved near liturgical status. This rising appreciation brings all the problems of liturgical texts. Many pagans consider Graves’ work like the goddess herself; awe inspiring but impenetrable. Stalking The Goddess is the first extensive examination of this enigmatic text to come from the pagan community and guides readers through bewildering forests of historical sources, poems, and Graves’ biography to reveal his unorthodox claims and entrancing creative process. Relentlessly perusing each path, it explores the uncharted woods and reveals the hidden signposts Graves has posted. The hunt for the goddess spans battlefields, ancient manuscripts, the British museum, and Stonehenge. En route we encounter not only the goddess herself but her three sacred animals; dog, roebuck, and lapwing. Perhaps the muse cannot be captured on her own grounds, but now at least there is a map.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark Carter lives, works and writes in his home town of Bloomington, Illinois. He's contributed articles to The Druid Missal-Any, Body Modification Ezine and Examiner.com. An avid music collector, his reviews have appeared in Subnormal Magazine and various music blogs.
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NEW TAROT BOOKS



THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE RIDER WAITE TAROT
By Johannes Fiebig and Evelin Burger
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2013)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the world's most popular tarot deck. The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot details the ten most important symbols on each and every card in the deck complete with hundreds of illustrations for easy use. 

In addition to an explanation of the symbols, each card is given a brief interpretation by topic:

Primary meaning
• Prognosis or tendency
• Spiritual meaning 
• Love and relationship meaning
• Daily meaning
• Success and happiness meaning

Writing in a convenient format designed for quick reference, European tarot authorities Johannes Fiebig and Evelin Bürger also provide tips, hints, facts, and lore to improve your reading right away. Within these pages, you will find the top ten most important:

• Ways of using a single card
• Tips and rules for interpretation
• Facts about the tarot
• Interpretations for each suit
• Spread layout techniques




CLASSES/WORKSHOPS:
CONTINUING FROM MARCH:
OLOTEAS ANNUALLY PRESENTS SKIING THE MAGICKAL BUNNY SLOPE

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

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

The remaining dates and times for the Spring 2013 Session of Bunnyslopes are:
 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 (gasbarri@comcast.net) 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

ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

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

SUN, April 7th , (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, April 1st , (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!

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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 more than 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 May 1st, 2013!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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