Google+ Followers

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SAMHAIN'S COMING!

Blessed    Samhain

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- golanv1@yahoo.com

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

**
Note: To see a graphics version of this newsletter, please go to: http://eotcnewsletter.blogspot.com/

We are also now on Facebook:
Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!


**

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!


**

SPECIAL EVENTS:


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PROUD 
TO PRESENT THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT:


Join Us In:



OPENING THE GATE OF PAN

Public reading of The Book of  the Gate,
Booksigning for The Book of The Horned One
& wild group 'reading' of
The Hymn To Pan



November 1, at 7 pm
Edge of the Circle Books, Seattle, WA, 98122
Come O Wild Ones,
Let's Have some FUN!


**
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. 







Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.



BACK IN PRINT!

TANTRA FOR WESTERNERS:
A Practical Guide to the Way of Action
By Francis X King
List Price: $16.00
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; 2 edition (March 4, 2013) Edition: 2

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tantra has been defined as "a mystical philosophy" and as "an unorthodox religious tendency". Both definitions are incomplete. While Tantra has mystical, philosophical and religious aspects it is, above all, a technique of action - a system of physical, mental and spiritual disciple incorporating meditation, yoga, and sacramental worship in the widest sense of the phrase.

This system has one purpose: the transformation of the individual - his or her rebirth to a new existence,. There is no "tantric faith" to be accepted or rejected on the bases of thought and emotion. tantrics make the same claim as Western magicians: "if you follow a certain course of action you will be led back to the roots of your own identity and will learn the truth about yourself and the universe you inhabit."
Tantra of Westerners is a complete theoretical and practical guide to the Way of Action, covering the concepts of pleasure and pain, power and passivity, esoteric physiology, Tantra and Qabalism, right-hand and left-hand Tantra, tantric ritual for westerners and the arousal of kundalini - the serpent power,.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Francis King (1934-1994) was a well known authority on magick, mysticism and religion. His books includes Ritual Magic in England and The Magical World of Aleister Crowley.



**


INVISIBILITY:
Mastering the Art of Vanishing
By Steve Richards
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2013)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From Harry Potter's famous cloak, to the secrets of the "Invisible Man," popular culture has long been obsessed with the idea of becoming invisible.


Yet, the art of invisibility is one of the most closely guarded of all occult secrets. For centuries magicians and adepts have hinted at ways of achieving this seemingly impossible feat, but now these ideas have been brought together for the first time to form a complete manual on how invisibility can be accomplished.

Drawing on alchemy, Rosicrucianism, medieval magic, hypnotism, Einsteinian physics and yogic techniques, Steve Richards presents an authoritative and entertaining investigation into this extraordinary subject.

This book focuses on the most elusive and seductive of all magical powers, teaching readers the power of invisibility from an occult perspective.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Richards has not been seen in several years. If you know of his whereabouts please contact the publisher.

**


THE TRADITION OF HOUSEHOLD SPIRITS:
Ancestral Lore and Practices
by Claude Lecouteux 
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Original edition (July 21, 2013)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Examines how the ancient customs of constructing and keeping a house formed a sacred bond between homes and their inhabitants

• Shares many tales of house spirits, from cajoling the local land spirit into becoming one’s house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed by mischievous house elves

• Explains the meaning behind door and window placement, house orientation, horsehead gables, the fireplace or hearth, and the threshold

• Reveals the charms, chants, prayers, and building practices used by our ancestors to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes and their occupants

Why do we hang horseshoes for good luck or place wreaths on our doors? Why does the groom carry his new bride over the threshold? These customs represent the last vestiges from a long, rich history of honoring the spirits of our homes. They show that a house is more than a building: it is a living being with a body and soul.

Examining the extensive traditions surrounding houses from medieval times to the present, Claude Lecouteux reveals that, before we entered the current era of frequent moves and modular housing, moving largely from the countryside into cities, humanity had an extremely sacred relationship with their homes and all the spirits who lived there alongside them--from the spirit of the house itself to the mischievous elves, fairies, and imps who visited, invited or not. He shows how every aspect of constructing and keeping a house involved rites, ceremony, customs, and taboos to appease the spirits, including the choice of a building lot and the very materials with which it was built. Uncovering the lost meaning behind door and window placement, the hearth, and the threshold, Lecouteux shares many tales of house spirits, from the offerings used to cajole the local land spirit into becoming the domestic house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed upon those who seek the help of the “Little Money Man.” He draws on studies and classic literature from old Europe--from Celtic lands and Scandinavia to France and Germany to the far eastern borders of Europe and into Russia--to explain the pagan roots behind many of these traditions.

Revealing our ancestors’ charms, prayers, and practices to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes, Lecouteux shows that we can invite the spirits back into our houses, old or new, and restore the sacred bond between home and inhabitant.

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 medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses. He lives in Paris.

**


ARIADNE'S THREAD:
Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in our Modern Lives
By Laura Perry 
Paperback: 221 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (August 16, 2013)
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The myths of ancient Crete, her people, and their gods twine through our minds like the snakes around the priestess's arms in those ancient temples. They call to us across the millennia, asking us to remember.
In answer to that call, Ariadne’s Thread provides a window into the spirituality, culture and daily life of the Minoan people, and commemorates the richness of a world in which women and men worked and worshiped as equals. In these pages, the glory of Crete once again springs to life; the history, the culture, and most of all, the intense spirituality of these fascinating people and their gods can inspire and transform our modern ways of thinking, worshiping and being. The ruined temples and mansions of ancient Crete may crumble along the coastline of this tiny island, but Ariadne’s thread still leads us into the labyrinth and safely back out again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Perry is a Wiccan priestess, longtime pagan and shamanic practitioner. She is also a Reiki master, herbalist, and naturopath (N.D.). She lives in Woodstock, Georgia, US.

**


HOODOO: FOLK MAGIC
By Rachel Patterson 
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 101 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (August 16, 2013)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Pagan Portals – Hoodoo is an introduction to the magical art, detailing what Hoodoo is and how to work with it as well as offering recipes and other ideas. The book details the author’s personal experiences with Hoodoo, deities, beliefs and the magical practices along with information on various Hoodoo crafts - bottle spells, foot track magic, crossroads magic, powders, spiritual washes and much more.




**

INVOKING ANIMAL MAGIC:
A Guide for the Pagan Priestess
By Hearth Moon Rising 
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 16, 2013)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Invoking Animal Magic explores the power and wisdom of animal allies. More than a compilation of interesting facts—stories, folklore and animal behavior are integrated in a modern pagan perspective. Illustrations based on cave paintings and artifacts add a visual component to the text while thought-provoking questions and fun activities help ground the material in personal experience. Invoking Animal Magic offers an in-depth study of nine animals, each with an important place in Euro-paganism—their myths and legends, historical context and magical themes. Rituals and spells are also included in each section.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hearth Moon Rising lives in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where she practices a nature-based magical craft. She is an ordained priestess in two traditions (Dianic and Fellowship of Isis) and has taught magic for over twenty years.

**


A MODERN CELT:
Seeking the Ancestors
By Mabh Savage
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (September 7, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celtic tradition is at the heart of many aspects of popular modern pagan paths, and this book brings those aspects together to explore the relevance of a 2000-year-old culture in modern-day society. A Modern Celt looks at the Tuatha de Danaan, who they were and their continuing relevance in the 21st century. It looks at several of the key figures and the legends surrounding them, and considers how they relate to real life, everyday events, and the power they can lend us to deal with our own problems. The wheel of the year brings Celtic festivals and a modern calendar together, and these corner posts of the year help us understand the world as something that existed long before humans arrived, and hopefully will continue to exist long after we are gone. A Modern Celt considers some of the things we do to try and preserve it, and how these can be inspired by our Celtic roots. With musings from members of Celtic paths about why they feel such a tie to their Celtic ancestry, A Modern Celt paints a picture of an ancient world, alive and thriving today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mabh Savage lives in Yorkshire, England, and was raised by Wiccan parents who had a passion for Celtic history, both mythological and actual. She is now involved with several pagan groups and is exploring her heritage as a way to get closer to the world around her, and understand her ancestors more.

**


THE OLD MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS:
Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year Paperback
By Linda Raedisch 
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2013)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
’Tis the Season for Witches, Elves, and a Legion of Ghosts!

Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas, you’ll rub elbows with veiled spirits, learn the true perils of elves, and discover a bestiary of enchanted creatures. Rife with the more frightful characters from folklore and the season’s most petulant ghosts, this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow Queen. Along the way, you’ll discover how to bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and craft instructions, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen.

Praise:
“Steeped in history and adorned with a bit of enchantment, The Old Magic of Christmas is the perfect book to read by a winter’s fire with a mug of mulled cider in hand.” —Deborah Blake, author of The Witch’s Broom

“ . . . a fascinating journey into the stories behind the tinsel and bows.”—Doreen Shababy, author of The Wild & Weedy Apothecary

“ . . . an intriguing little tome that explores the darker side of the Yuletide holiday.”—Ellen Dugan, author of The Enchanted Cat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Raedisch (New Providence, NJ) writes and lectures on a wide variety of arcane topics. She is a longtime library employee and professional crafts instructor who teaches classes on candle making, broom making, and other oldtime homemaking arts.

**


BANSHEES, WEREWOLVES, VAMPIRES, AND OTHER CREATURES OF THE NIGHT:
Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts
By Varla Ventura 
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2013)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The lusty vampire, the sympathetic werewolf, the tragic banshee are just a few of the dark and frightening creatures you'll discover in Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. Huffington Post Weird News columnist and author Varla Ventura takes readers on a wild ride through the shadowy hills of rural Ireland, the dark German forests, and along abandoned farms and country roads across the world to discover some of the most frightening and freak-tacular tales, tidbits, and encounters with all those beasties that go bump in the night.

Along with classic pieces from Bram Stoker, Elliot O'Donnell, Sabine Baring-Gould, William Butler Yeats and many others, Ventura includes:

Famous vampires you may not know
The identity of the author of the first English vampire novel (and his relationship to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein)
Excerpts from the first psychic vampire novel ever written
Stories of 19th century werewolf hunters
Why banshees are the most feared of supernatural creatures

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Varla Ventura is the author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, and a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the curator of the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. Visit her at the Blog of the Bizarre: http://varlaventura.wordpress.com

**



DO IT YOURSELF AKASHIC WISDOM:
Access the Library of Your Soul
By Jacki Smith and Patty Shaw
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2013)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Akashic Records, or "The Book of Life," is a dimension of consciousness that contains a vibrational record of every soul and its journey. For the spiritual seeker or the average Joe, most of us would like to know the meaning of our lives. And we'd all love to have a handbook to guide us through the pitfalls and challenges, and learn to embrace our place in it all. The Akashic Records offer just that--a guide to understanding your life and its lessons. In fact, they are a complete library of guidebooks, which help you understand yourself and your place in the divine universe.

Akashic Anarchist Sisters Patty Shaw and Jacki Smith not only teach you how to access your records, they also teach you how to break into the library and bring home the books! Through the use of journaling, mediations, personal rituals, and visualizations, you'll learn how to read your records, understand their meaning, and use that knowledge to change your life. With humor and spiritual wisdom that comes from a lifetime of hacking into their own records, Shaw and Smith offer readers a unique and practical guide to learn the true wisdom of the Akashic Records.

Readers learn:
How the divine communicate with you, every day
What to do when life throws you a curveball
The Who's Who of the Akashic Records
A Glossary of Akashic Terms

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Patty Shaw and Jacki Smith are sisters and co-owners of Coventry Creations, the premier magical candle makers in the United States. Jacki is the author of Coventry Magic and Patty is the director of the School of Akashic Healing.

**

NEW DIVINATION DECKS


LOWBROW TAROT:
Major Arcana Cards (Deck)
By Aunia Kahn and Russell J. Moon
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Pap/Crds edition (October 1, 2012)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana, each showing some aspect of the human experience. These cards are focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and change.
Renowned Tarot artist, Aunia Kahn and author Russell J. Moon, showcase 23 Lowbrow Tarot artists who used their creative genius and unique styles to produce a 22-card Major Arcana Tarot deck in the rugged glow of the Lowbrow Art movement.



These new and original works have been fashioned byaccomplished artists: Carrie Ann Baade, Christopher Ulrich, Edith Lebeau, Cate Rangel, Kris Kuksi, Chris Mars, Christopher Umana, Christopher Conn Askew, Brian M. Viveros, Claudia Drake, Heather Watts, Molly Crabapple, David Stoupakis, Laurie Lipton, Patrick Star 27 Deignan, Chet Zar, Jessica Joslin, Danni Shinya Luo, Jennybird Alcantara, Angie Mason, Scott G. Brooks, Aunia Kahn, and Daniel Martin Diaz.

Hold the entire exhibition in your hand, owning every piece of the Lowbrow Tarot Project.




**


INNER REALMS TAROT
By Saleire 
Paperback: 128 pages, 78 cards; book and deck boxed set
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Pap/Crds edition (May 28, 2013)
List Price: $45.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
78 magical Tarot cards, marked with intuitive words on the artwork, will enhance your readings and have you quickly reaching out to claim your own inspiration. Meditate on the artwork to soothe the body, calm the mind, and bring insight as you receive answers for the questions you bring to the Tarot. A quick-and-easy companion book will help you learn to navigate the spiritual world for guidance in becoming an intuitive reader.




**



STEAMPUNK TAROT:
Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine
By John Matthews (Author) , Caitlin Matthews  (Author) , Wil Kinghan (Illustrator)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Book and Kit edition (March 5, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Imagine a time when vast helium-fueled airships took the place of aircraft, and where the hunger for adventure and exploration took the human race into stranger places than we ever imagined. The Steampunk Tarot imagines this in an alternate-reality tarot where The Technomage is king and the Punk Diva is queen.

Tumble down the rabbit hole into a construction of technology, machines, retro-art and culture, full of fantastic visions in a time and place that realizes an alternate world to our own. The world of steampunk combines Victoriana, the Gothic, and early invention with a huge dash of imagination and a tremendous sense of style. The Steampunk Tarot is a world apart: a nexus of opulence, innovation and alternate world-views that is reflected in 78 scenes. 

 More utopian than dystopian, it breeds its own thrilling archetypes. The 22 major arcana cards are the actors at the heart of the machine, the deos macninae or "the gods of the machine." Here their primal impulses beat out the determining rhythm that courses through every artery of the Imperium. Each of the actors in the steampunk mysteries are like performers on the stage, their archetypes spot-lit. Acting as mediators of the Gods of the Machine are the 16 court cards who are the Legates of the Omniverse, or ambassadorial representatives of the Four Leagues, comprising all the skills that maintain the Imperium: they are the movers and shakers—the Commander, Lady, Navigator, and Messenger, or King, Queen, Knight and Page. They oversee the other 40 cards of the minor arcana, who are the elemental worlds of Airships, Engines, Submersibles and Gears, or Swords, Wands, Cups and Coins.

There are still things to discover and uncover in the Steampunk Imperium. Many new methods of spreading and playing with tarot cards are included, as well as methods of life-navigation by the use of skillful questions. The Steampunk Tarot is an adventurous tarot for the discerning diviner, to be appreciated both by tarot-users and Steampunk fans the world over.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATOR:
John Matthews has produced a number of successful divinatory systems based on early spiritual beliefs—including the best selling Arthurian Tarot, The Wildwood Tarot, The Green Man Tree Oracle, The Celtic Animal Oracle and the recent, highly successful Grail Tarot. He is widely known as the author of numerous books in The Grail and Arthurian legends genre. His book Pirates was No 1 in the New York Times Review of Books and a best seller for 22 weeks in 2007. He has acted as an advisor on several motion pictures, including Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur, and is currently engaged on several movie projects of his own.

Caitlin Matthews is the author of many successful tarots and oracles including The Arthurian Tarot, The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot, The Celtic Wisdom Tarot, The Celtic Book of the Dead and The Celtic Wisdom Oracle. With John Matthews, Caitlin is the creator of the Storyworld Cards series, enabling families to return to the art of storytelling around the hearth. She is acknowledged worldwide as a leading teacher in the Western esoteric traditions. She lives in Oxford. HallowQuest.org.uk

Wil Kinghan is a writer, artist and explorer of the Hermetic and Celtic traditions. He studied Archeology at University College Dublin, and Environmental Design at NCAD in the 1980s. He then worked in advertising and commercial art as an Art Director, winning awards for various campaigns such as for Guinness in the 1990s. He recently completed work on several writing and illustration projects including The Shaman's Oracle and The Ancestor Oracle. He is the author of Where the Hazel Falls.

**




ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

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


·         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


**

SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!

*
TAROT READINGS / SPIRITUAL ADVICE

UNCOMMONSENSE TAROT
Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
"I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical. They are often geared toward helping the client deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy, self –affirming way, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM

**


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



No comments: