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Sunday, December 1, 2013

BLESSED YULE, IO SATURNALIA!!!

YULETIDE GREETINGS!


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

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Classroom/Ritual Space is available-- please call for details!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

December 7, 2013—7PM-9PM


Seattle Krampuslauf
Sponsored by the Cascadian Illuminati
Who needs Santa Claus? Good children and adults can seek comfort in the dark season with Jolly Old St. Nick, but it's time to bring back the forgotten dark spirit of Krampus to Seattle.

Join us for a naughty celebration of the devilish Krampus on the eve of December 7th as we engage in the honored tradition of Krampuslauf, roaming drunkenly through the Capitol Hill bar district. We will gather around 7 at Edge of the Circle books, invoking the spirit of Krampus before venturing forth.

Feel free to bring Masks, bells, bags of coal or bundles of birch switches.
This event, while sponsored by The Cascadian Illuminati is meant as a Saturnalian revelry fully open to anyone who has not yet made contact with this august organization so feel free to invite friends.

For more info on Krampus see:

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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.
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OVERTHROWING THE OLD GODS:
Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law
By Don Webb
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Original edition (November 2, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
New commentaries on Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law reveal how it is connected to both Right- and Left-Hand Paths

• Examines each line of the Book of the Law in the light of modern psychology, Egyptology, Gurdjieff’s teachings, and contemporary Left-Hand Path thought

• Explores Crowley’s identification with the First Beast of Revelation as well as his adoption of the Loki archetype for becoming a vessel of love for all humanity

• Recasts the Cairo Working as a text of personal sovereignty and a relevant tool for personal transformation

• Includes commentary on the Book of the Law by Dr. Michael A. Aquino, who served as High Priest of the Temple of Set from 1975 to 1996

Received by Aleister Crowley in April 1904 in Cairo, Egypt, the Book of the Law is the most provocative record of magical working in several hundred years, affecting not only organizations directly associated with Crowley such as the Ordo Templi Orientis but also modern Wicca, Chaos Magic, and the Temple of Set.

Boldly defying Crowley’s warning not to comment on the Book of the Law, Ipsissimus Don Webb provides in-depth interpretation from both Black and White Magical perspectives, including commentary from Dr. Michael A. Aquino, who served as High Priest of the Temple of Set from 1975 to 1996. Webb examines each line of the Book in the light of modern psychology, Egyptology, existentialism, and competing occult systems such as the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff and contemporary Left-Hand Path thought. Discarding the common image of Crowley formulated in a spiritually unsophisticated time when the devotee of the Left-Hand Path was dismissed as a selfish evil doer, Webb unveils a new side of Crowley based on his adoption of the Loki archetype and his aim to become a vessel of love for all humanity. In so doing, he shows how the Book of the Law is connected to both Right- and Left-Hand Paths and reveals how Crowley’s magical path of mastery over the self and Cosmos overthrew the gods of old religion, which had kept humanity asleep to dream the nightmare of history.

Providing in-depth analysis of Crowley’s sources and his self-identification with the First Beast of Revelation from a profound esoteric perspective, Webb takes his views out of the Golden Dawn matrix within which he received the Book of the Law and radically recasts the Cairo Working as a text of personal sovereignty and a relevant tool for personal transformation.

About the Author:
Ipsissimus Don Webb joined the Temple of Set in 1989 and became its High Priest in 1996. He has written and lectured on Left-Hand Path topics and the occult practices of Late Antiquity since 1995. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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INITIATIC EROTICISM:
And Other Occult Writings from "La Fleche"
By De Naglowska Maria
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Original edition (September 2, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The first English translation of articles from Maria de Naglowska’s newspaper, La Flèche

• Introduces Naglowska’s advanced occult teachings on the Third Term of the Trinity and the spiritually transformative power of sex

• Includes two never-before-published essays by Julius Evola

• Contains the complete collection of articles from all 20 issues, from October 1930 to January 1935

From October 1930 to January 1935, Maria de Naglowska--Russian mystic, esoteric high priestess, and self-styled “Satanic Woman” of 1930s Paris--published 20 issues of her newspaper, La Flèche, which she sold on the streets of Montparnasse and by mail-order subscription. Bought by many now famous people, including André Breton and other Surrealists, the newspaper served as an introduction to Naglowska’s revolutionary religious system called the Third Term of the Trinity, which considered the Holy Spirit of Christianity to be feminine and taught the importance of sex for the upliftment of humanity.

Available for the first time in English, this complete anthology of articles from all 20 issues of La Flèche includes an introduction and notes by translator Donald Traxler, who contextualizes Naglowska’s life and teachings within the larger occult systems of the time, such as Julius Evola’s Group of Ur. He explains how most of the articles were written by Naglowska herself, often under pseudonyms because of the controversial nature of her ideas. In addition to writings on sacred sexuality and religious philosophy, this collection includes essays on feminism and on other esoteric thinkers, such as René Guénon and Krishnamurti, as well as two never-before-published essays by Julius Evola on the magic of creation, the special power of symbols, and the march of progress and materialism.

About the Author:
MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA (1883–1936) was a Russian occultist, mystic, and founder of the Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow, whose conferences in Paris in the 1930s were attended by many now famous avant-garde and notorious writers and artists, such as Julius Evola, Man Ray, and André Breton. The author of The Light of Sex, Advanced Sex Magic, and The Sacred Rite of Magical Love, she is also known for her translation of P. B. Randolph’s Magia Sexualis, the classic occult text that has survived only through her translation. Donald Traxler is both a translator and student of the occult.

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THE FAERIE QUEENS
– A Collection of Essays Exploring
Myths, Magic and Mythology of the Faerie Queens
By Sorita D'Este  (Editor) , David Rankine  (Contributor) , Emily Carding  (Contributor)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (July 23, 2013)
List Price: $26.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Exploring the tales of many of the mysterious and captivating Faerie Queens, this exceptional anthology contains eighteen essays exploring the diverse accounts and themes associated with the Faerie Queens and their influence in magic, literature and folklore. From the Arthurian mythos to Scandinavia, from ancient Greece to Renaissance poetry and beyond, the awesome power of the Faerie Queens to inspire, challenge and transform is investigated and discussed from both scholarly and personal perspectives.

TO SEE A GARLANDED LADY by Sorita d'Este & David Rankine
DIGGING DEEPER: FAERY QUEENS, DEATH AND THE SOUL by Emily Carding
SPIRITS AT THE TABLE: FAERIE QUEENS IN THE GRIMOIRES by Dan Harms
WRITING FAERY: A TALE OF VIVIANE by Jack Wolf
MAIDS OF ICE AND MEADOWS by Cliff Seruntine
TRANSATLANTIC FAIRY QUEEN: HELEN ADAM by Katie Stewart
MELUSINE: ENDURING SERPENTINE QUEEN by David Rankine
HOLDA: WINTER'S FAERIE QUEEN by Ceri Norman
THE SKOGSRÅ: QUEEN OF THE WILD WOODS OF SWEDEN by Helena Lundvik
DIANA'S MOON RAYS by Sorita d'Este
THE VALKYRIES: NORSE FAIRIE QUEENS? by Valerie Karlson
MORVEREN: THE SEA QUEEN by Dorothy Abrams
THE TRANSFORMING ILLUSION OF MORGAN LE FAY by Frances Billinghurst
NIMUE: AMBIGUOUS ENCHANTRESS by Aili Mirage
CLIODHNA: FAERIE QUEEN AND POTENT BANSHEE by Pamela Norrie
RHIANNON: FAERIE QUEEN, MORTAL THRONE, DIVINE EQUINE by Halo Quin
ÁINE: CELTIC FAERIE QUEEN OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE by Joanna Rowan Mullane
WHOSE QUEEN? by Thea Faye
QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD AND THE FRUIT OF KNOWLEDGE by Felicity Fyr le Fay
AN A-Z OF EUROPEAN FAERIE QUEENS CONJURATIONS FROM THE GRIMOIRES by David Rankine

Powerful, mysterious, otherworldly, the Faerie Queens have spread their magic across Europe for many centuries, enchanting all who encounter them. From forests and lakes, mounds and mountains, the Faerie Queens emerge from the liminal places to bestow their numerous gifts (and curses) on man. Lover, shapeshifter, sorceress, prophetess, bestower of sovereignty, semi-divine ancestress, protectress of animals, collector of souls - the powers and roles of the Faerie Queens are as diverse as the folklore about them, their origins rooted deep in the legends, goddesses and beings of the ancient world.

About the authors:
Sorita d'Este is an esoteric researcher, author and Priestess who manifests her knowledge of the wisdom of the ancient world into the modern age through her work. Her areas of expertise include the western Esoteric Traditions, European Mythology, British Folklore and the Grimoire Tradition; with particular passion for the magic and mystery of the Seven Wandering Stars, Graeco-Egyptian Magic and the Goddess Hekate.

David Rankine is an author, esoteric researcher and Qabalist who lives and works in Glastonbury. David has been writing and contributing articles to a variety of publications, and has given lectures, workshops and presentations since the early 1980's.

His personal passions include the Qabalah, Medieval and Renaissance Magick (particularly the Grimoires), Greco-Egyptian Magic & European Folklore. He is a member of Societas Magica and ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism).

David has also contributed to a number of anthologies, journals and magazines over the years. These include essays in Hekate: Keys to the Crossroads (2006), Horns of Power (2008), Howlings (2008), Hekate: Her Sacred Fires (2009) and Occult Traditions (2012); as well as numerous articles in esoteric publications such as The Watkins Review, Skoob Occult Review, Nuit-Isis, Celtic Dawn, Chaos International, Witchcraft & Wicca, Pagan Dawn, Talking Stick, Vitriol, Evohe! and Dragon's Brew.

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ANAHITA:
Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata
By Payam Nabarz  (Editor) , Israel Campos Méndez (Contributor) , D.M Murdock (Contributor)
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (February 23, 2013)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Indo-Iranian Anahita is an ancient Persian Goddess, who became a Zoroastrian Yazata (or Angel) and is still part of contemporary Zoroastrianism. Described as a beautiful maiden, who is strong, tall and pure, she is depicted as wearing a mantle embroidered with gold and as holding the baresma (sacred plant) in her hand.

She is the Goddess of all the waters upon the earth, her full title being Aredvi Sura Anahita which means moist, mighty and immaculate (pure), and she travels on her chariot pulled by four horses: Wind, Rain, Cloud and Sleet. Closely associated with the King's investiture she is a Goddess of Sovereignty, thought by some to be the Persian Aphrodite, who also has some remarkable similarities to numerous other ancient goddesses, including Ishtar, Venus, Nana and Isis.

Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is a collection of papers, art and poetry celebrating this fascinating Goddess from more than 25 esteemed international academics, Zoroastrians, artists and writers.

Each in turn share their research and insights leading the reader on a journey of discovery - from the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions featuring Anahita and Mithra, to the possible relationships between Anahita and the Dame du Lac of Arthurian Legend, representations of her in Sassanian art, William Morris Hunt through to Anahita as the pre-Christian Virgin Mother of Mithra, as well as her role in purification and purity.

Studies of the Sassanian rock reliefs, hot mineral springs, and her water ritual in Mahāyāna Buddhism, in addition to an examination of the Sassanid stucco discovered in the Barz-e-qawela in Lorestan province of Iran and women in ancient Elam are all brought together illustrating the significance of Anahita throughout Persian and Middle Eastern history. This book is the most extensive study of the figure of Anahita in recent years, and includes new and never published before research.

Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is essential reading for all those interested not just in this Goddess and her history, but also all those interested in Persian and Middle Eastern history.

Contributors include: Dr. Israel Campos Méndez, Dr. Kaveh Farrokh, Dr. Matteo Compareti, Sheda Vasseghi, D.M. Murdock, Dr. Sam Kerr, Rahele Koulabadi, Dr. Seyyed Rasool Mousavi Haji, Morteza Ataie, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi Kouhpar, Seyyed Sadrudin Mosavi Jashni, Farhang Khademi Nadooshan, Hassan Nia, Masoud Sabzali, Dr. Masato Tojo, Behzad Mahmoudi, Amir Mansouri, Dr Kamyar Abdi, Dr Gholamreza Karamian, Maryam Zour, Saman Farzin, Babak Aryanpour, Reza MehrAfarin, Akashanath, Shapour Suren-Pahlav, Ana C. Jones, Katherine Sutherland, and Dr. Payam Nabarz.

About the Author:
Payam Nabarz is author of 'The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World' (Inner Traditions, 2005), 'The Persian Mar Nameh: The Zoroastrian Book of the Snake Omens & Calendar' (Twin Serpents, 2006), and Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan (Web of Wyrd, 2008). He is editor of 'Mithras Reader An academic and religious journal of Greek, Roman, and Persian Studies': Volume 1(2006), Volume 2 (2008), Volume 3 (2010).  He is also the author of 'Stellar Magic: a Practical Guide to Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations' (Avalonia, 2009), and 'Seething Cauldron: Essays on Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Freemasonry, Wicca, Druidry, and Thelema' (Web of Wyrd Press, 2010). He is the editor of 'Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata' (Avalonia, 2013).

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MEMENTO MORI
- A Collection of Magickal and Mythological Perspectives
On Death, Dying, Mortality & Beyond
By Julian Vayne, Emily Carding;  Edited by Kim Huggens
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: AVALONIA (2012)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
MEMENTO MORI (edited by Kim Huggens) Memento Mori is a unique feast of offerings exploring a variety of magical and mythological perspectives on death, dying, mortality and beyond. With contributions from sixteen international writers, this collection gathered together by Kim Huggens, offers a great diversity of both historical and contemporary perspectives. It includes experiential accounts and scholarly research for readers interested in magick, paganism, mysticism and mythology.

The influence that the dead and ancestors have on religion,magic and everyday life is reflected and honoured in prayers, poems, songs and art and is explored in the essays in this unique book.

NASCENTES MORIMUR: TO BE BORN IS TO DIE

Memento Mori: Contents:

Communicating with the Blessed Dead by Tina Georgitsis
Eating with the Dead: Funeral Meal Practices by Tylluan Penry
Cultivating the Dead: the Path of Lilies and Water by Chad Barber
Don't Fear the Reaper: the Evolution of the Death card in Tarot by Emily Carding
Behind the Glasses of Ghuedhe: Life in Death and Love in Both by Kyle Fite
The Death of Baphomet by Julian Vayne
Papa Gede, Petit Gede: Spirits of Death in Haitian Vodou by Sophia Fisher
The Truth about Zombies, or How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Kim Huggens
Traditional Craft and the Cult of the Dead by Michael Howard
The Setian Way of Death by Mogg Morgan
Demeter's Wrath: How the Eleusinian Mysteries Attempted to Cheat Death by Caroline Tully
Dogs and Death - Guardians, Omens and Psychopomps by Ivy Kerrigan
Tomb-Cults, Caves, Stars and Blessed Isles: Heroic Interactions with the Otherworld and Life after Death by Karen F. Pierce
'Now I am Harvested and I Die': the Theatre of Sacrifice in The Book of the Provider by Peg Aloi
Ascending to the Imperishable: Star Lore and Death in Ancient Egypt by Dave Moore
Ars Moriendi by Humberto Maggi

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SCOTTISH HERBS AND FAIRY LORE
By Ellen Evert Hopman 
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (June 21, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER: (Back of the book)
Many of the herbal and magical practices of the Scots are echoed in traditional Norwegian folk medicine and magic. This is a valuable resource book not only for the serious folklorist, but also for a wider audience interested in a deeper look at rural Scottish practices. Ms. Hopman has done an amazing amount of research, and her Scottish herbalism section is far more detailed than I've seen elsewhere. A "must have" for the northern European folklorist's library.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., author of "The Hammer of the Smith" and "The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods".

Through her books, Ellen Evert Hopman lifts the veil between worlds of the present and the past. She guides the reader on a fascinating journey to our ancient Celtic history, simultaneously restoring lost knowledge and entertaining the reader. Be prepared to be educated and delighted.
Wendy Farley, Clan McKleod

The first things is WOW! Ellen Hopman has given us a volume that belongs in Harry Potter's library. This wonderful collection of enchantments, faery lore and herbal potions, is presented by a practicing herbalist and (I suspect) magician. It is a useful manual of magic, an unusual tourist guide to Scotland, certainly a delightful read, and at the very least, a comprehensive and thoroughly footnoted collection of folk lore for humorless librarians and scholars.
Matthew Wood MS (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine) Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Every now and again, a book emerges from the waves of occult and magical authorship that delves into the deep and ancestral waters of old magic! This book is one of those rare occasions. From the lore of herbs to the blessing of stones; from avioding the elf-blast to healing through Faerie blessing - Ellen guides the reader through ancient groves of oral lore to discover a power and spirit that connects the reader to the oldest of magics, the earth and her elements. I am confident that the Scottish Ancestral Wise Ones, are renewed through this book and the old ways live once again!
Orion Foxwood, Traditional Witch Elder, Conjurer in Southern Root-Doctoring and Faery Seer (www.orionfoxwood.com), author of "The Faery Teachings" (R.J. Stewart Books) and "The Tree of Enchantment" (Weiser Books).

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SORGITZAK: DANCING THE BLOOD
By Veronica Cummer
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (January 30, 2013)
List Price: $23.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Dare to walk through the mysterious world of the Old Forest and awaken the divine power sleeping within the Witchblood. Containing knowledge gleaned from the Gods of the Sorgitzak, a long forgotten Witch Tradition, this book takes you on an exploration of the web of the Sabbats, possession and prophecy, men’s and women’s mysteries, sacred language, familiar spirits and the Fey, and how to work with Elemental forces both within and without.
Like the Old Ones, Witches today are called to forge connections between the land, the Gods, the ancestors, and the community. The Old Forest is the enchanted wilds of our dreams and of our beginnings, holding the secrets we need to renew the f lame within. Using these rituals and meditations, we can discover what has been lost or hidden, the better to build a foundation for a future as bright and shining as the stars on Earth. Through Dancing the Blood we can join with our kindred, journeying beyond the Veil to the beautiful and dread realm of Faery. There, we act to create patterns of prosperity, dynamic balance, and necessary change, reclaiming our rightful place as Priests and Priestesses of Fate.

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ENCHANTMENT:
The Witches' Art of Manipulation by Gesture, Gaze and Glamour
By Peter Paddon 
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (February 6, 2013)
List Price: $12.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Traditionally, the Witch’s arsenal of magical power has always included the ability to influence others from a distance, blessing, cursing and placing a glamour or the Evil Eye on someone in order to reward, punish or control them in some way. Many of these techniques have been lost, though we can see their descendants in the techniques of mesmerism, faith healing and stage hypnotism.
As part of his exploration of Visceral Magick, Author and Witch Peter Paddon has rediscovered techniques and exercises that enable the practitioner to use gestures, gaze and energy connections to influence others from across a room, or in some cases around the world.
In this book, Peter describes the underlying theories and philosophies (drawing on the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, Pre-Christian Celtic Wales and medieval Christian Mysticism), and lays out a series of techniques and the exercises that develop the required skills to use them, in order to heal, curse, entrance, bless, and create illusions and other subtle influences in others to manipulate their thoughts and actions.
He includes a discussion of the ethical ramifications of these techniques, as well as practical applications in ritual, spell-crafting and daily life. Whether it is the "Evil Eye", "Jedi mind-tricks" or "defense against the Dark Arts", these techniques have been the mainstay of myth, legend and fantasy for millenia, but their place in our worldview stems from real magical tools wielded by our ancestors.

"Too often, the modern witchcraft movement has focused its attention on being an "acceptable" practice in a modern world. It has often sacrificed much of its unique contributions upon the altar of religion. Albeit, this aspect of our resurgence heeded a deep call and the initial sacrifice had wisdom and purpose.
But as they say "how many stripes can a zebra lose before it is no longer a zebra?" In the case of the Craft, witches do witchcraft, and magic is at the heart of our soul; and we must return our "stripes". It is time for witches to be witches... and enchantment is one of the major stripes on the metaphorical zebra of witchery.
Thank you Peter for bringing all of us to that state of spirit that wields the power of change through the arts of enchantment. This practice helps to give us back one of our most legendary attributes. My advice is that readers of this book apply the lore and techniques offered. It invites witches to wield the power of change upon self, the world and our universe. Now let’s cast enchantment for a better life and a better world. It all starts in the mirror."
Orion Foxwood Author of "The Candle and the Crossroads" 2012 Red Wheel Weiser "Introduction to Southern Conjure" DVD 2009 Pendraig Publishing

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BUCKLAND'S DOMINO DIVINATION
By Raymond Buckland
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (October 1, 2010)
List Price: $8.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tarot cards have been a staple of the divination market for years, as has been the I-Ching, numerology, astrology, tea-leaf reading and palmistry. More recently runes have joined these and become very popular. In 1982 Ralph Blum's The Book of Runes started the trend and a wide variety of books on reading runes is now available.

Almost as old as tarot cards are the dominoes, the first records of their use being found in China in the early twelfth century. Although today familiar to most people only as a game, dominoes were originally used by the Chinese for divination and fortune-telling. The reading of dominoes comes under the heading of sortilege and, as such, can be traced back to early Greek and Roman methods of divining the future.

Divination with dominoes would seem to be a natural follow-on to the popularity of runes. Domino sets are much more readily available than are runes, which are usually manufactured solely for divination use. To be able to do similar readings but with such an accessible tool could not only fulfill the needs of those who are always searching for new lines of psychic development but could also be instrumental in introducing previously hesitant would-be diviners into the field.

One of the unique features of domino divination is the fact that more than one person may be "read" at the same time.

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THE CONJURE WORKBOOK VOLUME 1:
Working the Root
By Starr Casas
Series: the Conjure Workbook
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (April 24, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Momma Starr is so thankful to announce the release of "The Conjure Workbook," a truly magical tome for all spiritual workers whether you're a novice, debutant, or experienced hoodoo practitioner. There's something special in this 'traditional conjure diamond in the rough' for all magical workers Christian and non-Christian alike. Are you ready to learn how truly seasoned and experienced conjure workers of the past and present "work both hands" to overcome mountains keeping you from reaching your peak of success? Then Momma Starr's "The Conjure Workbook Volume I - Working the Root" is the remedy for your daily ailments. If you are ready to draw total success into your life that can't be knocked down then "The Conjure Workbook" is for you.


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MAGICAL RITES FROM THE CRYSTAL WELL
By Ed Fitch 
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (November 30, 2011)
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
First published in 1984, Magical Rites from the Crystal Well is a single, elegant source for Neopagan lore, rites and celebrations. From the pages of the magazine Crystal Well, which in the 1960s and 1970s helped to shape the face of modern Earth-centered spirituality in America, comes a wealth of loving direction for people who want to reconnect wit htheir deep spiritual roots.

The workings are designed for groups large or small, but easily adaptable for solo practice. Within these pages you will find:

•Celebrations of the seasons •Pagan Festivals •Rites of the Moon •Magical Dance •Candle Spells •Rituals of Power •Blessings and cleansings •Rites of passage

So take your place in the sunlight, among the moonbeams, under the starshine, as you joyfully worship in the sanctuary of the Earth.

MORE --From the Publisher

Do you know Ed Fitch? Ed is one of the founders and major scholars of modern Paganism. Initiated into Gardnerian Wicca in the mid-1960s, he has continually contributed to the development and understanding of the ancient traditions of Earth-centered spirituality in a modern context.

For years, he was the guiding light of the magazine "The Crystal Well," one of the most important Pagan magazines ever. Magical Rites from the Crystal Well is a collection of some of the best rituals and ceremonies from that magazine.

These rites have introduced thousands, perhaps tens-of-thousands of people to Paganism. His work has helped to shape the face of modern, Earth-centered spirituality for over three decades.

Magical Rites from the Crystal Well contains a wealth of beautiful, evocative, and powerful rituals and lore that you can use. It can help give direction to your path. It will allow you to reconnect with your deepest spiritual roots.

In Magical Rites from the Crystal Well you will find rituals for the seasons, for the Moon, for candle spells, blessings and cleansings, and much more.
So take your place in the sunshine, among the moonbeams, or under the starlight, as you joyfully worship in the sanctuary of the Earth with the help of Magical Rites from the Crystal Well.


About the Author
Ed Fitch is one of the major figures in modern Wicca and neo-Paganism.  He has traveled the world as an Air Force officer, an aerospace engineer and a private investigator.  He spends as much time as possible each year in the California wilderness exploring mines, caves, and old ghost town sites. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ISIS MAGIC:
Cultivating a Relationship 
with the Goddess of 10,000 Names
By M. Isidora Forrest
Paperback: 667 pages
Publisher: Abiegnus House; 2nd edition (2013)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Isis Magic is back, in a new 10th Anniversary Edition, revised & expanded with new rituals and meditations
The House of Isis is open to you. It always has been. Come. Greet the Goddess of Ten Thousand Names, Isis, the Goddess of Sacred Magic. As you enter Her House -- Her Temple -- you will come to know this most magical, powerful, and loving of Goddesses. Discover the many faces of Isis, from ancient Bird of Prey Goddess to Queen of the Mysteries to Savior. Then begin your own initiatory journey to Isis as you become Her Votary, Her Hand- maiden or Servant, Her Magician, and Her Prophetess or Prophet. At each stage of your deepening relationship with the Goddess you can participate in exercises, meditations, and powerful rituals that will open your heart, aid in your personal and spiritual growth, and increase your skills in sacred magic.

Isis Magic is complete, well researched, and deeply experiential. It is the perfect resource to aid the individual seeker, to inspire a circle or coven or Iseum, or to serve as a program of personal development for those called by Isis to be Her priestesses and priests.

About the Author:
M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn't coddle.) More than twenty years--and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis.

She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a religious non-profit devoted to education in the Western Esoteric Tradition. She is the author of Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship with the Goddess of 10,000 Names and of Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess through Her Sacred Symbols. She is also a contributor to the Golden Dawn Journal series of books edited by Chic and Tabatha Cicero. Isidora lives and works in the not-all-all-Egypt-like climate of Portland, Oregon with her husband Adam Forrest, a fierce black cat, and both a Temple of Isis and a grape arbor sacred to Dionysos in the backyard.

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THE WISDOM OF HYPATIA:
Ancient Spiritual Practices for a More Meaningful Life
By Bruce J. MacLennan PhD
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2013)
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the Spiritual Secrets of Ancient Philosophy

Hypatia was one of the most famous philosophers of the ancient world. The mix of classical philosophies she taught to Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the fourth century forms the very foundation of Western spirituality as we know it today. The Wisdom of Hypatia is a hands-on guide to using the principles of philosophy to bring purpose, tranquility, and spiritual depth to your life.

To the ancients, philosophy was a spiritual practice meant to help the seeker achieve a good life and maintain mental tranquility. Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, provides a concise history of philosophy up to Hypatia’s time and a progressive, nine-month program of spiritual practice based on her teachings. Explore the three most important philosophical schools of the Hellenistic Age. Lead a more serene, balanced life. Experience self-actualization through union with the divine. Discover the techniques described in the historical sources, and put into practice the profound insights of the world’s greatest minds.

About the Author
Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, is a professor at the University of Tennessee. For more than forty years, he has been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion. He has published journal articles and book chapters on Neoplatonic spiritual practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotheology. MacLennan is invited regularly to give international presentations and offers regular workshops on Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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NEW DIVINATION DECKS:


THE DAEMON TAROT:
The Forbidden Wisdom of the Infernal Dictionary
By Ariana Osborne
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Sterling Ethos; Book and Deck Set (November 5, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This fiendishly forbidden book and tarot card deck draw upon "Le Dictionnaire Infernal" (Infernal Dictionary), a legendary tome originally published in 1818 by French occultist Jacques Auguste Simon Collin. Working from centuries of arcane magical texts, Collin described ancient daemons and organized them into hellish hierarchies. Now Ariana Osborne has reinterpreted Collin's classic text for today's audience and created a divination system to identify the unique strengths and specialties of 69 of those daemons and explain how to summon their energies.


About the Author:
Ariana Osborne is a second-generation print designer who grew up watching her mother magically turn piles of notes and sketches into real books. Now that she's all grown up, Ariana does her own work in design and layout for books, magazines, comics, and digital—and she still thinks that's pretty magical. She lives in Portland, OR, where she keeps bees for the wax (and the gossip), trains a doberman for the companionship (and the laughs)—and occasionally feeds a black cat because he showed up one day (probably when she unlocked the sufficient witchery achievement). But the cat didn't move in permanently because Ariana's just not that sort of witch.

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ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

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  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


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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 January 1st, 2014!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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Month of December from in the Chronography of 354 by the 4th century kalligrapher Filocalus. 


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