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Saturday, February 1, 2014


Blessed Imbolc!

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

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!


A Reiki Drumming demonstration.

Sunday Feb 9th 2014, Edge of the Circle Books
701 E Pike street, Seattle WA.

Reiki Drumming is a modality of sound healing, that combines the gentle nature of Usui Reiki, Sound healing, and shamanic journeywork.

As part of this event participants will experience a guided and structured shamanic journey, supported by the energy of Usui Reiki.

This will be done through the use of a one sided Native American framed drum.

It will be a night designed to gently and safely explore a connection to spirit animals for the retrieval of wisdom and healing.

Agenda for the night will include:

- Short introductions.
- What is Reiki?.        
- The Origins of Reiki.
- What is a Shamanic Journey?.
- What is Reiki Drumming?.
- Preparatory exercise for a shamanic journey.
- Reiki Drumming Journey.
- Processing time/ Sharing. (Sharing experiences is 100% Optional and Not mandatory)
- Parting of the ways.


This event is FREE of Charge and subject to the limit of people the venue can hold.

There is a lot to do in the schedule and we will start at 6pm Sharp. So please be on time!

Roman Delgado
 has been practicing Reiki at the Master level since 2003.

He grew up in Mexico among spiritual healers. It was in that time that his first experiences with shamanic healing came into his life.  His first shamanic teachers were members of his own family.
Since then he has been trained in many forms of Energy healing. He also has been through the core shamanism class through the foundation for shamanic studies.

His goal is to bring healing and tools for personal growth to others.  He does his best to foster equality among all.  He also is ordained through the World Reiki Ministry. An interfaith ministry dedicated to spiritual healing. 


The History of the Esoteric Tarot

A Lecture by Osiris Snuffin

This lecture will examine how the Tarot evolved from a Medieval card game into a modern tool of divination and magick…

For more information, contact:


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. 

Article: A Simple Tarot Valentine’s Day Spell for Love

By Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler

Ugh! Valentine’s Day for some of us, brings visions of lonely hearts staring morosely into their cocktails at the bar. Alone.
Instead of moping about on the Day for Lovers, why not try a Lovers Card Spell to bring the perfect love into your life?
It’s certainly a better idea than nursing that hangover the next day, right?

Let’s make this simple; here are some things you’re going to need:

The Lovers card from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck,
A Rose Quartz, preferably in the shape of a heart,
A Love Oil, such as Lucky Mojo’s Come to Me Oil,
A Love Incense, such as Nu Essence’s Venus Resin Planetary Incense,
A Pink Jumbo Candle,
…and if you want to get really fancy, you can add Rose Petals, Jasmine Petals, or Orange Blossom Petals—or use all three!

It’s also nice to have a pink or white cloth to put down on a surface, which will become your Love Altar.

Here’s how to do this:

On Valentine’s Day, when you get up, do some things that make you feel like you deserve that love of your life! Today is the day that you’re going to take action to create that love in your own life, so—play music that puts you in that headspace. When you bathe or shower, use body wash or bath salts that make you feel luxurious! Get dressed, made up, and impeccably groomed; as if you’re expecting to meet this person today, when you interact in the world.

Cover the surface you’re using as an Altar with a Pink or White cloth. Dress your Pink Candle with the Love oil, by anointing the candle with it, and smoothing the oil from the top to the bottom, drawing the energy towards you. Put it in the candle holder; surround the base of the holder with the flower petals. Make it attractive. Place the Lovers card in front of the candle, and place the Rose Quartz on top of it. 
Light up that incense! 

Light the candle.

Hold your hands over the candle and say, “I bring the most perfect love for me into my life, here and now, by the free Will of all, for the good of all, and with harm to none.”

Anoint the Rose Quartz and say, “I bring the most perfect love for me into my life, here and now, by the free Will of all, for the good of all, and with harm to none.”

Anoint yourself with the love oil, saying, “I bring the most perfect love for me into my life, here and now, by the free Will of all, for the good of all, and with harm to none.”

Then say, “By my Will, it shall be so, with harm to none.”

Snuff out the candle, re-lighting it anytime you're going out to meet people. Carry the Rose Quartz with you; as you never know when you're going to meet that special person!

I know, I know. Some of you are shaking your heads, “Why is she harping about this free will, harm-to-none stuff? It’s soooo fluffy!”

Here’s why.

Love spells are tricky, and I have found it best to let the Universe find the right person for you, rather than try to coerce an uninterested object of your affections into an unwilling romantic entanglement with you.

So I leave you with this; don’t limit yourself by fixating on one person. If you let Spirit find your mate, you might be surprised to find a person who is exactly the right fit!

Happy Hunting!


Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

Witchcraft and the Imaging of Power
By Daniel A. Schulke
 96 pages, with Illustrations by the Author
Three Hands Press, February, 2014
StandardEdition: Cloth hardcover with dust jacket, limited to 396 copies
List Price: $64.00

The translation of magical power to image is a matter well understood in so-called ‘primitive’ sorcery, in which occurs a mutual embodiment of re-presentation and the Represented. The Fetish, for example, apprehends a reciprocal process between Object and Creator that often begins long before chisels and adzes are set to wood, participating in its own reification. Many of these eldritch forms of image-making were concerned with accessing power, and it was only later, in the context of religious devotion, that their forms densified into ‘mere’ idols. With increasing levels of religious control over art, a Moiré pattern arises between the Artist and the forces of the Divine, which may either suppress individual visionary power in favor of canonized icons, or, when correctly accessed, give rise to an ‘heretical creativity’.

Witchcraft, because of its syncretic nature, partakes in multiple infusions of traditional image-making lore, including not only sorcery and religious iconography, but also science, craftsmanship, and the fine arts. However, because much of its images are used privately, and indeed created for a limited set of observers, they participate in a concentrated alembic of exposure wherein all who experience them do so in the context of magical practice and devotion. This intensity of private magical interaction provides a locus which enables the image to transcend its medium —and indeed that fetish known as ‘icon’— and generates living numen. 

First published as an essay in the British folklore quarterly The Cauldron in 2009, Idolatry Restor’d drew upon the experiential arenas of magical practice and Image-Artistry which came to inform Schulke’s book Lux Haeresis (Xoanon, 2011). Here substantially expanded with illustrations prepared especially for the work, Idolatry Restor’d is a book of engaging fascinum for both Artists and Beholders alike, and strikes at the heart of magical image-aesthesis.


By Gareth Knight , Dion Fortune
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (November 30, 2013)
List Price: $18.99

Dion Fortune encoded much practical magical lore within her novels, leaving it up to the reader to work out how to make use of it. Behind the novels were two major rituals, the Rite of Isis and the Rite of Pan, which Dion Fortune occasionally performed in public in the 1930s as part of her drive to open up occultism beyond the closed walls of esoteric fraternities. Now for the first time, these important magical workings have been released from her society's archive in their complete and original form.

Edited and explained by Gareth Knight, this book contains the full text of the original Rite of Isis and Rite of Pan which formed the basis for Dion Fortune's Moon Magic, The Goat-Foot God, and The Sea Priestess. Further archive material elucidates the practical magical principles found in The Winged Bull.

The book is supplemented by several articles written by Dion Fortune in the 1930s which shed further light on the practical content of her novels, including the essay Ceremonial Magic Unveiled, a review of the work of Israel Regardie in which she gives her views on the controversies within the Golden Dawn and frankly describes her own falling out with Moina MacGregor Mathers.

“The clearest, simplest – and best – analysis and explanation of what magic is and how it works that I have ever come across. Gareth Knight shows that DF’s novels are initiatory and were intended to be so. He supplements his exposition with DF’s own commentaries on her work and reveals the secret methods she employed in her art to link the reader’s imagination to spiritual and cosmic realities in order to activate the powers of the soul.”
— The Warden, Society of the Inner Light


Bringing the Golden Dawn to Life
By Peregrin Wildoak
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (March 21, 2012)

The Golden Dawn (GD) system of magic is the main source of the esoteric and magical wisdom and techniques practiced in the West today. While the rituals and bare teachings of the tradition have been published for sixty years, the inner workings and esoteric keys that empower those rituals have largely remained unpublished or unexplored in contemporary works. By Names and Images remedies this lack by providing detailed and clear instructions for the visualisations, spiritual connections and energetic practices required for every major GD practice and ritual, as well as several unpublished techniques.

Focusing on the meanings and use of sacred names and practical techniques of visualisation, the book thoroughly explores meditation and divination, purification ritual, invocation and evocation, grades of initiation, and direct experience of the inner realms. Also covered is an explanation of the Qabalah and its use as a magical framework.

While the book is sufficiently practical and clearly explained to be of huge benefit to a newcomer to magic, its primary aim is to allow people already practicing the Golden Dawn system to do so more effectively, and to be touched by the amazing spiritual blessings the rituals offer.


By Steve Blamires 
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (June 21, 2013)
List Price: $24.99

William Sharp (1855-1905) was a prolific writer; friend and confidant to the literati of the day; an active member of the occult world of the late Victorian period; and a man who spent his life cloaked in layers of secrets - the most important being that he was the pen behind the writings of the mysterious Fiona Macleod. He kept her true identity a closely guarded secret.

Many famous people-W.B. Yeats, "AE", MacGregor Mathers, Dante Gabriel Rossetti - were involved in Sharp's short life; he was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Yeats' secret Celtic Mystical Order; and he and Fiona Macleod were involved with the mysterious Dr. Goodchild whose ancient bowl was proclaimed by many to be the Holy Grail. But the enduring legacy of these two fascinating writers is the wealth of Faery magical lore contained in the writings of Fiona Macleod.

For the first time this book reveals previously unknown secrets from the life of William Sharp and shows clearly how to recover the Faery lore contained in Fiona Macleod's literary output. These writings are not only about the Realm of Faery, they are the first authentic first-hand accounts from the Realm of Faery, revealing previously unknown Faery gods and goddesses, Faery belief, lore and magic.

The Little Book of the Great Enchantment adds significantly to the corpus of serious writings on this greatly misunderstood subject.


By Steve Blamires
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (October 31, 2012)
List Price: $19.99

For a thirteen-year period, the reclusive Scottish writer Fiona Macleod enthralled the Victorian reading public with a deluge of stories, novels, poems and essays drawn from the wildly romantic Highland and Island landscape. Although it was later revealed that these works had issued from the pen of William Sharp, it was clear that Fiona Macleod was more than a pseudonym; to Sharp she was very much an autonomous entity. What’s more, the wealth of previously unknown and unheard of myths, names, traditions and beliefs in her writings, while shone through a Celtic prism, show every sign of having emanated from the Realm of Faery.

Steve Blamires presents a ground-breaking assessment of the Faery lore within Fiona Macleod’s literary output as part of his ongoing study of this enigmatic writer. Building on the established groundwork of his biography of Sharp, The Little Book of the Great Enchantment, he explores the mythology and traditions of Faery, their symbolic and magical significance, and the devices employed by Fiona in the transmission of Faery teachings and inspirations. Using examples from Fiona’s rich and resonant body of work, his detailed interpretation will enable the reader to tease out the Faery gems that are still to be found woven into the lines and verse of her writings.

Born in Ayr, Scotland, Steve Blamires is an authority on the writings of Fiona Macleod and William Sharp, and has written several books on Celtic and Faery magical lore. He is author of The Irish Celtic Magical Tradition and The Little Book of the Great Enchantment, both published by Skylight Press. He founded the Celtic Research and Folklore Society in Scotland and was editor of its Seanchas journal. After moving to the Hudson Valley area in New York State he continued to advance the cause of Celtic peoples and their culture, and  has led many tours to sacred sites in Europe and served as both presenter and tour-guide on National Geographic expedition ships. After studying some twelve years with Gareth Knight, Blamires has also become a distinguished writer and teacher in the Western Mystery Traditions, continuing the work of Dion Fortune, Bligh Bond and other ‘Avalonians.’


In History, Legend & Romance
Edited with translations by Gareth Knight
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (April 25, 2013)
List Price: $24.99

 Considerable interest in faery tradition has grown up in recent years and not least in the story of Mélusine of Lusignan, the subject of a prose romance by Jean d’Arras at the end of the 14th century, swiftly followed by one in verse by Couldrette. This book provides a collection of material from various sources to give an all round picture of the remarkable faery, her town, her church, her immediate family, and the great Lusignan dynasty she founded.

An established authority on Mélusine, Gareth Knight collects together all the best source material, which he translates from the French, and presents his own researches into the Lusignan family of the 12th century, whose dynasty included kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem, examining the possibility of a familiar spirit guiding the family in its destiny.

Gareth Knight is one of the world’s foremost authorities on ritual magic, the Western Mystery Tradition and Qabalistic symbolism. He trained in Dion Fortune’s Society of the Inner Light, and has spent a lifetime rediscovering and teaching the principles of magic as a spiritual discipline and method of self-realisation. He has written around fifty books covering topics as diverse as Qabalah, history of magic, Arthurian legend, Rosicrucianism, Tarot, Faery, the Inklings (Tolkien, C.S.Lewis et al) and the Feminine Mysteries, as well as several practical books on ritual magic. He has lectured worldwide and is a regular contributor to Inner Light, the journal of the Society of the Inner Light, and Lyra, the Avalon Group journal.

The magical fraternity founded by Gareth Knight in 1973 is now run by his daughter Rebecca, and known as the Avalon Group.


An Introduction to Angel Magick from Dr. John Dee to the Golden Dawn
By Aaron Leitch 
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2014)

Discover how to perform Enochian magick with a straightforward guide that shows just what to do. The Essential Enochian Grimoire is an easy-to-read manual that’s light enough to carry in a magickal circle yet provides all the details you need to perform the ceremonies. Impeccably researched and clearly organized, this book is the definitive primer on a topic that has captivated esotericists for centuries.

Explore the history of Enochian cosmology, the angels and the spirits of the system, the temple setup, and the making and usage of the tools. Learn the secrets of John Dee’s classical Enochian system as well as the modern system developed by the Golden Dawn. Practice the rituals of the new and the old . . . and summon the angels who guard the gates of heaven.

“Aaron Leitch has done a remarkable job of clarifying the Enochian system for the benefit of both beginners and advanced magicians alike. You will not find a better introduction to Enochian magick anywhere.”—Chic and Tabatha Cicero, Chief Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and co-authors of The Essential Golden Dawn

“In the complex and often confusing world of Enochian magick, Aaron Leitch has accomplished the seemingly impossible by bringing clarity and precision while never oversimplifying or speaking down to the reader.”—Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick

“An indispensable addition to any Enochian magician’s bookshelf.”—Frater Yechidah, author of Enochian Magic in Theory

Aaron Leitch has been a scholar and a spiritual seeker for nearly three decades. He is a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Gentlemen of Jupiter, and the academic Societas Magica. His writings cover such varied fields as ancient Middle Eastern religion and mythology, Solomonic mysticism, shamanism, Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and alchemy, traditional Wicca and Neopaganism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, angelology, Qabalah, Enochiana, African Diaspora religions, hexcraft and hoodoo folk traditions, psychology and consciousness expansion, cyberspace and virtual reality, and modern social commentary. He is the author of Secrets ofthe Magickal Grimoires and The Angelical Language, Volumes I and II.




·         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 or Ritual 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


Kiyan Fox
Tarot and Geomancy
Thursdays -2PM-8PM


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again March 1st, 2014!
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


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