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Sunday, September 1, 2013


 Odin rides to Hel, by W.G. Collingwood,

WELCOME to the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This news-letter 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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Cosmos, Chaos, and the Traditional Gnosis of the Left-Hand Path

In this talk, Dr. George Sieg addresses the Traditionalist reception of Left-Hand Path ideas, and the Left-Hand Path reception of concepts of tradition.

He will particularly reference the work of Julius Evola and the problematic relationship between Evola's aristocratic reactionary posture and the milieu of the Third Reich, particularly Evola's sympathies toward the Herrenklub and the parallel trends in the cosmic-circle of Stefan Georg.

Proceeding to consider the interactions of aristocratic left-hand path philosophies with radical, extremist, and mass movements generally, Dr. Sieg will compare the left-hand path "neo-traditionalism" of various contemporary groups and works, including the *Liber Nigri Solis*, with the traditionalism of other contemporary currents in sympathy with left-hand path perspectives, including the 'cosmic gnosis' of that works publisher. He will conclude by proposing some final thoughts on the transmission of various categories of dualism through contemporary esotericism and make some predictions about the developing role of related views of Tradition.


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A Requiem For Those That Hathor Shall Slay.
By Frater Quod Peridit Optat

Expanded Edition

Publisher: Imaginary Book Company, 2013

Hardback, with printed boards and a cloth spine, black endpapers, printed on specially-imported Fedrigoni Camel Uncoated paper, FSC certified, made with 60% ECF pulp, 20% cotton fibres and 20% natural textile fibres, and characterised by a slightly rough 'nap' to the surface.

This edition is strictly limited to just 111 copies, and comes with a specially designed, die-cut bookmark.
List Price: $79.00

Thelemic received texts by people other than Crowley are something of a rarity. Of the handful ever received, this work remains one of the best and most important. First published in 1975 e.v., in simple pamphlet form, this has been a long sought-after text in Thelemic circles for many years. Received and written in poetic form, The Book of Anubis the Jackal allegedly contains many hidden mysteries: the commentaries reveal only a handful, with many more awaiting discovery.

“Anubis, god on earth and under earth and heavenly; dog, dog, dog, assume all your authority and all your power.”

Anubis (or Anpu or Anup), is one of the oldest Egyptian gods, whose roots stretch far back past the pre-Dynastic age to the jackal shamans of c. 20,000 BCE, whose images were rediscovered in Egyptian caves in the twentieth century. Anubis was usually depicted as a jackal or wild dog-headed man, or a reclining black jackal. Anubis was the great protector god, guiding the soul through the underworld, and even protecting other gods during their disputes. He was also the Lord of embalming, and through this is connected with incense and perfumery.

The Imaginary Book Co. is proud to announce a new, expanded edition of this seminal work. This edition has been completely redesigned and reset, and alongside the original text and author commentary, we have added a specially-commissioned complete translation of the text into Egyptian hieroglyphs, a further commentary by an anonymous contributor, and an essay by David Rankine.

This is now the definitive edition of this sublime text, and we sincerely hope it can now receive the attention and acclaim it deserves.

Fr. Quod Perdidit Optat was a regular contributor to Sothis, and other UK occult journals of the 1970’s. He seems to have been a member of the Typhonian OTO, but his true identity remains in some doubt. Despite extensive enquiries, we have not managed to establish contact with him.

“Another” A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous, but is nevertheless an acknowledged published expert on esoteric traditions.
David Rankine is a well-known esoteric author and editor who has a special affinity for Anubis. He is the author of Heka: The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Ritual and Magic. (2005).

"In this prayer, the adoration of Anubis as the guiding initiator leads the aspirant through the psychosexual ordeals of the soul, where it is required to request entry from Hathor, who permits the alchemical dissolution of the self into the deeper trances of experience."
Karl Stone


By Michael Berman 
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (May 16, 2012)
List Price: $19.95


Michael Berman has produced a fine collection of stories from a part of the world that deserves to be better known for its rich culture. The stories cover a wide range of topics, and make an important contribution to our understanding in the West of this treasure store of European culture. (Professor David Hunt, formerly of London Southbank University - author and translator) 'Georgia through Earth, Fire, Air and Water' presents a wonderful way of getting acquainted with the country's rich culture and traditions. This book is for those who are keen to discover a rich diversity of myths and legends interwoven with history, and are eager to explore and reflect on the powerful messages each myth carries.

(Neli Kukhaleishvili, teacher trainer and Head of the Batumi branch of ETAG (English Teachers' Association of Georgia)

Michael Berman BA, MPhil, PhD (Alternative Medicines) has been involved in teaching and teacher training for over thirty five years, and has given presentations at conferences in more than twenty countries. He also trained as a Core Shamanic Counsellor with the Scandinavian Cenre for Shamanic Studies under Jonathan Horwitz.


An Essential Guide to Witchcraft
By Rachel Patterson
Paperback: 297 pages
Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (June 16, 2013)
List Price: $24.95

This book is essentially a Book of Shadows, a Kitchen Witch s Grimoire. It covers what it means to be a Witch, how a Witch works, what a Witch does and how a Witch celebrates the turning of the seasons. It is packed full of information about all sorts of subjects from a breakdown of rituals and magical tools to reading auras and rites of passage, along with meditations, recipes for oils, incenses and spells and a huge amount of crafts to make for each Sabbat. The information herein does not follow any strict tradition; it is a personal interpretation of witchcraft melding together different experiences. 

Magic and the Craft are fluid and flexible, it is ever changing and we are ever learning.

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 folk magic. She lives in the UK.


(Volume 2) – June 1, 2013
by Olive Bray (Author) , W.G. Collingwood (Illustrator) , Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Introduction)
Series: Tolkien's Bookshelf
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Leaves of Gold Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
List Price: $25.00

‘TOLKIEN’S BOOKSHELF #2 THE POETIC EDDA – ILLUSTRATED’ ‘The Poetic Edda’, also known as ‘The Elder Edda’, is a collection of thirty-four Icelandic poems, interwoven with prose, dating from the 9th century to the 12th. It includes the definitive stories about wise Odin, hammer-wielding Thor, mischievous Loki and the other gods and goddesses of Asgard.

J. R. R. Tolkien readily acknowledged his debt to this source. He was sixteen years old when the Viking Club of London published this classic translation by Olive Bray, complete with thirty-four beautiful illustrations. Readers of Tolkien’s work will easily spot his inspirations - the names of the dwarves in ‘The Hobbit’; riddle games; Mirkwood; the Paths of the Dead; an underworld creature being tricked into remaining above-ground until dawn, when sunlight turns him to stone; different races calling a single thing by various names, and much more.

Tolkien, a philologist deeply interested in languages, also read ‘The Poetic Edda’ in its original Icelandic. We have included the Icelandic verses untouched, just as they were in his day, alongside their English translations. Illustrator W. G. Collingwood was an English author, artist, antiquary and professor.

In 1897 he travelled to Iceland where he spent three months exploring the actual sites that are the settings for the medieval Icelandic sagas. His study of Norse and Anglican archaeology made him widely recognized as a leading authority, and his Art Nouveau-style illustrations for the Bray edition are rich with symbolism.

‘The Poetic Edda’, the most important existing source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends, is part of the literature that influenced Tolkien’s inner world, informing the creation of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Olive Bray-
The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 28, No. 4, Oct., 1929 reviewed Olive Bray's translation of The Poetic Edda, stating: 'Miss Bray's work is eminently satisfactory: she possesses a scholar's knowledge of the subject (though she was by no means a specialist in the field); and she had poetic ability of a high order. She nearly always succeeded in reproducing the poetry and the spirit of the old lays and she adhered to the metrical form; to do these things she did not hesitate, to depart from rules of alliteration or sometimes to disregard alliteration entirely. '

William Gershom Collingwood (6 August 1854, Liverpool – 1 October 1932) was an English author, artist, antiquary and Professor of Fine Arts at University College, Reading. In 1872, he went to University College, Oxford, where he met John Ruskin. During the summer of 1873 Collingwood visited Ruskin at Brantwood, Coniston. Two years later Collingwood was working at Brantwood with Ruskin and his associates. Ruskin admired his draughtsmanship, and so Collingwood studied at the Slade School of Art between 1876 and 1878. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880.

For many years Collingwood dedicated himself to helping Ruskin, staying at Brantwood as Ruskin's assistant and travelling with him to Switzerland. In 1883 he married Edith Mary Isaac (1857–1928) and settled near to Ruskin in the Lake District. Collingwood edited a number of Ruskin's texts and published a biography of Ruskin in 1893.

By the 1890s Collingwood had become a skilled painter and also joined the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. He wrote a large number of papers for its Transactions; becoming editor in 1900. Collingwood was particularly interested in Norse lore and the Norsemen, and he wrote a novel, Thorstein of the Mere. In 1897, Collingwood travelled to Iceland where he spent three months over the summer exploring with Jón Stefánsson the sites around the country in which the medieval Icelandic sagas are set. He produced a large number of sketches and watercolours during this time (e.g. the picture of the Althing), and published, with Stefánsson, an illustrated account of their expedition in 1899 under the title A Pilgrimage to the Sagasteads of Iceland (Ulverston: W. Holmes).
Collingwood was a member of the Viking Club and served as its president. In 1902 he co-authored again with Jón Stefánsson the first translation it published, The Life and Death of Kormac the Skald. His study of Norse and Anglican archaeology made him widely recognized as a leading authority.


Following the Old Ways on an Enchanted Homestead
By Cliff Seruntine 
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2013)
List Price: $16.99

“We are just one little family on a small homestead deep in a wild place. What we can do is small, but perhaps through this book we can impart the wisdom we have discovered. It is just this: spirit and enchantment and reality are bound together in a green world full of wonders.”

Living Green with the Spirits of the Land:
In 2007, the Seruntine family relocated to a secluded Nova Scotia homestead. They made it a point to live gently upon the land by growing and raising their own food, living in balance with the surrounding forest, and honoring Nature’s spirits. In return, the land and the spirits looked after them. Seasons of the Sacred Earth follows life deep in their woodland hollow through a magical year. It is a marvelous journey into a place where gardens grow by love and magic, where children romp through enchanted forests, where mystery beckons by light of fireflies. And living close to Nature, they discover an ancient truth: the magical and the mystical are never farther than Earth and Sky.

Cliff Seruntine is a devoted permaculturist, a practicing shaman, a writer and fiddler, and a psychotherapist with a busy private practice. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in the bayou country on his grandfather's farm among French speaking Acadians. Cliff was always one to roam the outdoors and spent many hours among the elders of the countryside, absorbing lore of the myths, enchantment and spirits that were so much a part of the Acadian world. Shortly after Cliff began college, he took a hiatus to see Alaska that turned into a decade and a half sojourn in the wilderness. Often dwelling at a remote cabin, Cliff studied the shamanic practices and Inuqun beliefs of the subarctic aboriginal peoples, and found in them many curious parallels to the Acadian and Celtic faerie faith.


Recognizing and Breaking Curses
By Alexandra Chauran 
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2013)
List Price: $13.99

Break the Curse Forever

Is everything in your life going wrong? Is it a curse or just plain bad luck? This book is the definitive guide to figuring out whether or not you’ve been hexed—and breaking curses of all kinds, even those we’ve placed on ourselves.

In easy-to-read language, Alexandra Chauran reveals everything you need to know about hex detection and confirmation, how hexes work, cleansing and banishing rituals, and characteristics of curse casters. All people have the power to hex and to heal, and Chauran shows how anyone can prevent negative magic from affecting their loved ones.

Alexandra Chauran is a second-generation fortuneteller, a third degree elder High Priestess of British Traditional Wicca and the Queen of a coven. As a professional psychic intuitive for over a decade, she serves thousands of clients in the Seattle area and globally through her website. She is certified in tarot and has been interviewed on National Public Radio and other major media outlets. Alexandra is currently pursuing a doctoral degree, lives in Issaquah, Washington and can be found online at


The Classic that Changed the Way We Look at Aliens
By Otto O. Binder, Max H. Flindt and Erich von Daniken (Foreword)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (August 1, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

This groundbreaking book from the early 1970s presents scientific evidence to prove that mankind could not have possibly evolved naturally. Binder and Flindt explore the very real possibility that we are direct descendants of ancient starmen who came from other planets to Earth millions of years ago.

We Are the Children of the Stars reveals:

Earth has been visited more than 5,000 times by creatures from other planets!
Evidence that starmen deliberately hid any "Missing Link" human fossils in order to keep mankind from knowing it was a colony!

Evidence that the starmen were the "Angels" of the Bible, carrying on a "Divine" mission to bring human life to Earth!

Space researcher Max H. Flindt was the first to scientifically document, from biological evidence, the possibility that mankind may be a hybrid from a prehistoric union of terrestrial humanoids and starmen.

Otto O. Binder was science fiction author who also worked on comic books including writing for such characters as Captain Venture, Golden Arrowand widely popular Captain Marvel. He was also an editor at Space World. Binder died in 1974.

Max H. Flindt served as Senior Laboratory Technician under Nobelists Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Glenn Scaborg, and Dr. Melvin Calvin at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Berkely, California; and Laboratory Analyst in Research at Lockheed, where he engaged in highly classified space research.



By Barbara Moore and Marco Turini
Boxed Deck
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Cards edition (September 8, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

The feline experience is a fresco of countless conditions of the soul. Tarot expert and author Barbara Moore collaborated with artist Marco Turini to create Cats Inspirational Oracle Cards, a lively deck featuring 32 different cat breeds and scenarios. These light-hearted images celebrate the joys that fill a cat's life—luxurious naps, adventure and play, affection and love—and mirror our own.

The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over two decades. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has been active in the American Tarot Association and has spoken at tarot conferences around the United States. Barbara’s articles on the tarot have appeared in several tarot publications and in Llewellyn Publications New Worlds of Mind and Spirit magazine. She has also sat on the Tarot Journal editorial board. Barbara’s own education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and she has taught the tarot to all manner of would-be tarot readers.

Barbara enjoys the challenge of giving a voice to tarot cards and oracle decks.  She has had the good fortune to write books for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Hip Witch Tarot, Enchanted Oracle and The Mystic Dreamer Tarot.


By Bianca Luna, Illustrated by Cosimo Musio
Features 24 cards
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Lo Scarabeo/ Crds edition (September 8, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

The runes are an ancient and powerful set of symbols originating in northern Europe. Discover how this magical alphabet can help you channel the sacred wisdom of the Norse gods. As a divination system, meditation tool, or a talisman, the Rune Oracle Cards can be used to illuminate your life and manifest transformation.


By Laura Tuan
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn
Boxed Deck
Pub Date: September 2013
Price:  $19.95

Marie Anne Lenormand is famous for being Napoleon Bonaparte's trusted card reader. Let the Sibilla of the Salons guide you toward self-understanding and insight through this historically-inspired oracle deck. Included is a detailed instruction manual for understanding and working with this unique deck.


By Julia Jeffrey and  Barbara Moore
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn
Boxed Deck
Pub Date: September 2013
Price: $28.99

Evoke the powerful wisdom of the fae with the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Instead of relying on esoteric symbols, this powerful deck uses the raw elements—water, air, fire, and earth—to speak directly to your emotions. The beautifully drawn figures follow the Rider Waite style, but express more energy and movement, drawing you in even as you draw their truths out. The companion guidebook reveals techniques and card meanings for beginners and more experienced readers alike.


By Lunaea Weatherstone and Gary A. Lippincott
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn
Boxed Deck
Pub Date: September 2013
Price: $28.99

Solve everyday problems and receive gifts of spiritual insight as you enter the enchanting world of fey. The Victorian Fairy Tarot combines the romance and elegance of the Victorian era, mystical fairy imagery, and the wisdom of tarot. Guiding your journey is an in-depth book, which shares fairy lore, explains each card, and teaches you how to interpret them. This beautifully crafted Rider-Waite-based tarot is ideal for new or experienced tarot readers.




·         Every 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.

·         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.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!


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 October 1st, 2013!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


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