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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

HAPPY BELTANE!


HAPPY BELTANE!



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.




KEYS OF OCAT
By S. Connolly
Nephilim Press

The Standard Edition of the Keys of Ocat is 6"x9", heavy cream, smythe sewn, archival quality paper. The LIbrary Edition, in only 450 copies,  is bound in Red cloth and has gold foil stamping .

List Price:  $54.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Keys of Ocat reveals the never before published Saturn rites, seals, and theophantic gate opening rituals of Ocat, the abyssal gatekeeper of the dead. Behind His gates dwell the Daemons of death including Euronymous, Balberith, Bune, Hekate, Frucisierre, and many others. These blood magick rituals, talismans and seals will aid the advanced magician in conjuring Daemons to speak with the dead, commune with death, and discover the true meaning of mortality and spiritual immortality.  Be forewarned, however, Ocat is not known to be a friendly gatekeeper to all magi who approach Him, and the Daemons behind His gates are some of the most terrifying of their nature.

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APPROACHING THE KABBALAH OF MAAT
By Karr (Author), Colin Low (Foreword)

Maine, USA: Black Jackal Press, 2013.
First Edition Hardcover. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches / 228 x 152 mm), xxii + 334pp.

Black cloth with spine lettered in silver-gilt, and silver-gilt device on front board. Full color dustjacket. Printed on acid free paper. Sewn. Black and white frontispiece. Numerous black and white illustrations, diagrams and tables in text. Edition limited to 416 hand-numbered copies.
New book thus Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.

List Price: $54.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Approaching the Kabbalah of Maat" explores three radical expressions of modern goddess-inclusive occult theory and practice that evolved in the late twentieth century. Drawing from the same broad esoteric lineage that produced Aleister Crowley, Frater Achad, and Kenneth Grant, Maat magicians and theosophists such as Nema, Aion, 416 and others, developed new concepts of personal and cultural evolution, weaving æonic theory and kabbalah into revolutionary tenets and practices. The text is supplemented by transcriptions of original documents, diagrams and artwork by individuals and groups involved in Maatian practice, including a significant collection of material from the Thelemically-inclined occult order, the OAI. The book also offers a well-researched history of the esoteric streams that gave rise to the progressive/subversive methods of Maat magick, and the broader cultural movements and upheavals which also contributed to them. The author, Don Karr, is a well-known scholar of the hermetic arts. He is the co-author of two books in the acclaimed "Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series" (with Stephen Skinner) and is also the author of numerous articles on Jewish mysticism and its influence on the Western esoteric tradition.

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DARK SPIRITS:
The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare, Dr. Nevill Drury
By Dr. Nevill Drury
Series: Modern Magistery
Publisher: Salamander and Sons
Pub date: 05 December 2012
Extent: 199pp
Format: Paperback
List Price: $54.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Although they never met, the Australian witch Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) and British visionary artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) shared many points in common. As occult practitioners operating within the Western esoteric tradition, both artists were well versed in the literature of Western magic, Theosophy, kabbalah, Eastern mysticism, and modern psychoanalysis. Fascinated by mediæval magical grimoires, they also explored the ‘seals’ associated with elemental spirit-beings and developed unique forms of sigil magic. Perhaps even more significantly, Norton and Spare utilised their own personal techniques of self-hypnosis and trance in order to produce their distinctive visionary artworks. As this book demonstrates, there is a clear parallel between the trance states associated with the Zos / Kia cosmology of Spare and the trance magic of Norton. Profiling both artists in detail, and with in excess of 120 colour and black and white images, Dark Spirits explores the unique contributions of both Spare and Norton as visionary outsiders and is necessary reading for anyone interested in the nether regions of the magical psyche.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Nevill Drury is an independent researcher and author whose specialist interests include modern Western magic, shamanism and visionary art. For many years he worked in the Australian book industry as an editor and art book publisher and in 2008 he received his PhD from the University of Newcastle for a dissertation on the art and magic of Rosaleen Norton. He now lives in Milton on the south coast of New South Wales and works as a full-time writer and occasional university lecturer. Nevill’s books have been published in 25 countries. Recent publications include Sacred Encounters: Shamanism and Magical Journeys of the Spirit (2003), The Dictionary of Magic (2005) and Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic (2011). He is also the editor of the multi-authored Pathways in Modern Western Magic (2012).

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THE PASS-KEYS TO ALCHEMY:
The Lost Book of Lapidus
By Lapidus
Series: Modern Magistery
Publisher: Salamander and Sons
Pub date: 10 September 2012
Format: Hardcover
List Price: $43.95
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Lost for more than three decades, the companion volume to In Pursuit of Gold has been found.

For decades students of alchemy have believed that In Pursuit of Gold – hailed upon its 1976 publication as a rare work by one of the few practicing laboratory alchemists writing in English during the mid-to-late 20th century – constituted the sole alchemical text penned by the enigmatic alchemist Lapidus. The truth is that Lapidus – real name David Curwen – wrote a second text which, unknown to most, he secreted away with at least one trusted Brother in the Art. Throughout the intervening years this remarkable book, The Pass-Keys to Alchemy, has passed through just a few select and trusted hands.

Each of the chapters of The Pass-Keys to Alchemy details one pass-key to the successful confection of the Philosophers’ Stone, as identified by Lapidus. Drawing upon the writings of Eirenæus Philalethes and Ali Puli, The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus the Great, Bendictus Figulus’ A Golden and Blessed Casket of Nature’s Marvels, Sir Edward Kelly’s Book of St. Dunstan, and Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens among other canonical texts, this lost alchemical masterpiece includes the kind of profound insights into alchemical theory, laboratory processes and practical methods that only derive from a lifetime of quiet alchemical work.

A rare alchemical gem in print for the first time, The Pass-Keys to Alchemy also includes an introductory essay by Tony Matthews, grandson of Lapidus, and 16 of Theodor de Bry’s masterful engraved emblems from Atalanta Fugiens with accompanying commentary by Lapidus.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 the revised and expanded second edition of In Pursuit of Gold by Salamander and Sons in 2011.

During the period 1944 to 1947 David Curwen engaged in a notable correspondence with the ageing Great Beast 666, Aleister Crowley. This dialogue is collected in Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley: A Correspondence (2010) published by The Teitan Press.

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THE SPELLBOOK OF MARIE LAVEAU:
The Petit Albert
By Talia Felix (Translator)
Hardcover: 166 pages
Publisher: Hadean Press (December 27, 2012)
List Price: $38.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From its first printing, the Book of the Fantastical Secrets of the Petit Albert made its way into the most rural of French hamlets and eventually to the colonies beyond, where it became a great success in the Caribbean and North America-especially in Québec in the north and in New Orleans in the south. It is there that the Petit Albert was almost certainly used by the hoodoo and voodoo practitioners of the nineteenth century, including the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau. In The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert, translator Talia Felix presents the full text of the Petit Albert in the English language, and offers a compelling argument that the Petit Albert was most likely one of the spellbooks in Laveau's arsenal, if indeed she was literate at all. At the very least, as Ms. Felix states in her introduction to the book, "it presents a period-correct view of the sort of magical knowledge that was likely to have influenced the real and genuine life and works of the famous Marie Laveau, and of New Orleans Voodoo as a whole."

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LEARNING LENORMAND:
Traditional Fortune Telling for Modern Life
By Marcus Katz  and Tali Goodwin
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2013)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover Your Future in 36 Cards

Read the Lenormand cards to answer practical questions about romance, career, money, travel, and important life choices. With simple instructions for beginning readers, Learning Lenormand teaches easily accessible methods for using this simple thirty-six card deck. Providing fascinating historical research and proven techniques, renowned instructors Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin reveal everything you need to know:

Card meanings • The Grand Tableau • Accessing your inner Sibyl • Sample readings Working with houses • Basic layouts • Deck recommendations • The significance of facing cards • Lenormand and tarot • Diagonals, reflections, zones, and shadows

With fewer complex symbols than traditional tarot cards, the Lenormand deck is a key that unlocks the secrets of the future and uncovers deep personal insights.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Marcus Katz (England) is a tarot teacher and the director of Tarot Professionals, the world’s largest professional tarot organization. He has studied and taught tarot for thirty years and has delivered more than ten thousand face-to-face readings. He is the co-founder of Tarot Town, the social network for tarot readers, with thousands of members worldwide.

Tali Goodwin (England) is the marketing director of Tarot Professionals and co-founder of the Tarot Town social network. She maintains a popular tarot blog at TarotSpeakEasy.com.

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CREATE YOUR OWN RELIGION:
A How-To Book without Instructions
By Daniele Bolelli
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Disinformation Books (April 1, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Create Your Own Religion is a call to arms--an open invitation to question all the values, beliefs, and worldviews that humanity has so far held as sacred in order to find the answers we need to the very practical problems facing us.

Writer, philosopher, and professor of comparative religion, Daniele Bolelli, leads the reader through three thousand years of mythology, misogyny, misinformation, and the flat-out lies about "revealed truth" that continue to muddle our ability to live a peaceful life, free of guilt and shame and the ultimate fear of death.

"Our worldviews are in desperate need of some housecleaning," says Bolelli. "We enter the 21st century still carrying on our backs the prejudices and ways of thinking of countless past generations. What worked for them may or may not still be of use, so it is our job to make sure to save the tools that can help us and let go of the dead weight."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daniele Bolelli is a writer, university professor and martial artist and the author of 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion. He is a history professor at Santa Monica College and California State University, Long Beach and is a regular contributor to several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. He lives in Los Angeles.


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THE FORBIDDEN BOOK: A NOVEL
By Joscelyn Godwin  
and Guido Mina di Sospiro
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Disinformation Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2013)
List Price: $24.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"Watch out Dan Brown and Umberto Eco! Here's a real esoteric thriller written by some real Illuminati who know the real thing and aren't afraid to let the secret out. Sex, magic, politics, and mystery. The Forbidden Book is a gripping, exciting, and illuminating read." -Gary Lachman, author of Turn Off Your Mind

"This is a really excellent book--gripping, thought-provoking, mysterious, deep and resonant with esoteric knowledge. It keeps you turning the pages in a most compelling way. I couldn't put it down." -Graham Hancock, author of the international bestsellers The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven's Mirror

This gripping page-turner has something for every fan of occult fiction: a murder mystery set against the conflicts of Islam and the West with symbolism, alchemy, and magic fueling the action. The evocative setting of Venice and the Veneto dominates the plot, along with vivid scenes in Santiago de Compostela, Provence, Washington, and the Vatican.

The Forbidden Book delves deep into esoteric knowledge and practice, thanks to Guido Mina di Sospiro's extensive knowledge of Catholicism and Joscelyn Godwin's authoritative studies of the western esoteric tradition. Underlying the fast-paced action, the reader will find a profound treatment of moral and political dilemmas, the conflict of religions, and the frightening possibilities of the occult.



NEW TAROT DECKS AND SETS


THE GOLDEN TAROT:
The Visconti-Sforza Book and Deck Set
By Mary Packard
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Race Point Publishing; HAR/CRDS edition (March 21, 2013)
List Price: $30.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Tarot is much more than mere pictures on cards, the pictures are physical symbols for spiritual concepts. The images are symbolic representation of archetypal forces and/or beings which have always existed and have been identified and passed on to us by ancient initiates and which provide a focus for us to use in self-initiation, spiritual development, and the perception of hidden wisdom.

The tarot deck included in this beautiful set was commissioned around 1451 by the Visconti and Sforza families, and it is one of the oldest tarot decks in existence. The images on the cards have been faithfully recreated, showing members of the Sforza and Visconti families in period garments. The borders of the elegant cards are adorned with gold metallic ink.

The accompanying book provides a history of Visconti-Sforza cards, 35 of which are now in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. The symbolism of the different cards is described, along with explanations of different ways to arrange the cards when seeking information about different aspects of life.

This beautiful gift box holds the book and card deck side by side, with a purple satin reading cloth folded and placed underneath the book.

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ANNA. K TAROT
By Anna. K
Cards: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Crds/Pap edition (May 8, 2013)
List Price: $26.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Saturated with emotion, drama, and powerful stories, the Anna K Tarot is an easy-to-use, intuitive tool for self-discovery. See yourself in these gorgeously rendered scenes that emphasize the human experience and stay true to the Rider-Waite tradition—with fewer distracting symbols. Mirroring the many aspects of Self, this unique and beautiful deck will help you look lovingly inside your heart and unmask true motivations, fears, and potential. The companion guide offers everything you need to begin your journey.

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SO BELOW DECK:
Book of Shadows Tarot, Volume 2
By Barbara Moore and Sabrina Ariganello
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Cards edition (May 8, 2013)
List Price: $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
So Below, volume two within The Book of Shadows Tarot Kit, is now available as a stand-alone deck. Explore the beliefs, symbols, and values of Pagan and Wicca spirituality—and how these teachings manifest in the real world. Following basic Rider-Waite structure, this vivid and powerful tarot helps us recognize—and learn from—the magical energies that surround us in everyday life.








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ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

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

·         SUN, May 5th , (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, May 6th , (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 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 June 1st, 2013!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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