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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Beltane!



WELCOME to the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This newsletter has come about as an effort to reach out to the Pagan/ Occult community (particularly in Seattle where we are based) to inform the community of what events are happening at our store. Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy. 
Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix- 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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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
THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENTS AND CLASSES:

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THE TAROT OF ELI: 8 WEEK COURSE ON THE THOTH TAROT DECK:
Tarot Magick & The Paths of Qabalistic Initiation
Begins: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Ends: Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
FROM: 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Make reservations now!
Class price: $25.00 per person, per each class.
This is an 8 wk class, every Tuesday night, where you will learn to read the Thoth Deck Tarot, the Qabalistic Tree of Life, and the Hebrew letters of Magick and Sephiroth.  You will learn the art of Skrying the Tarot Cards, and be a certified Professional Tarot reader when done with class.  Learn to walk the paths of Qabalistic Initiation.

BEGININING  Thursday, June 5th 2014
AT: THE EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOK STORE
701 Pike Street, Seattle WA. From: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Make reservations now!

 Class price: $25.00 per person, per each class.
These classes are taught by Master Qabalist Eli Serabeth where you will learn to be Magick rather than Tragick.

You’ll need: 

A workbook (the Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang, and a Deck of Thoth Tarot Deck)
*Note: all books and tarot decks can be purchased at the store.

For more information: http://www.thetarotofeli.com/
Phone: (253) 324-6037






WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT: 





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Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.



PLANT AND FUNGUS TOTEMS:
Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden
by Lupa  (Author), Christopher Penczak (Foreword)
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2014)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Open up to a new realm of spiritual practice. Plant and Fungus Totems provides techniques for creating respectful partnerships with totems, archetypal spirits that embody the qualities of their respective species. Working with just plants and fungus—or in conjunction with their animal counterparts—you will discover the wisdom these spirit beings impart to those of us who listen.

Exploring three different models of totemism, Lupa invites you to be of service to the planet’s ecology by developing relationships with these often-overlooked sources of insight. Providing meditations and suggestions for journaling and experimentation, Plant and Fungus Totems shows how to receive guidance and helps you connect more deeply with the totemic ecosystem. Also included are hands-on exercises for incorporating physical plants and fungi into your totemic work, as well as tips for working with herbs, gardens, urban wild plants, and more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lupa (Portland, OR) is a neoshaman, artist and sustainability geek. She has been working with animal magic in various forms since the 1990s and has developed a self-created and spirit-directed neoshamanic path. She possesses a Master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis on ecopsychology. Visit her online at TheGreenWolf.com.

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THE THEBAN ORACLE:
Discover the Magic of the Ancient Alphabet 
That Changes Lives
By Greg Jenkins PhD
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 1, 2014)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Based on the ancient magical writings of 14th-century magus, Honorius of Thebes, the Theban Oracle is a codex employed for centuries as a means of devotion and divination. Used by such masters of the occult sciences as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Dr. John Dee, Francis Barrett, and later Gerald Gardner, it has remained relatively obscure and elusive to the modern practitioner. Until now.

In this book, author Greg Jenkins, PhD, offers both the complete history of this medieval magical system and a working manual for the modern mage to utilize it. In these pages, you'll find:

  • How to make and care for your own set of stones.
  • A variety of methods for divination, from using just one stone to using nine stones and more.
  • How to use the Theban stones for spellcasting, including love and purification spells and Theban incense and candle magick.
  • A complete lexicon of the Theban alphabet with a who's who of Theban history along with divinatory meanings and how they relate to the modern world.
  • A quick reference to the sacred herbs and angelic orders associated with each symbol.

Prepare yourself to discover the hidden mysteries of the ancients and the magick within you.

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THE WITCH'S BROOM:
The Craft, Lore & Magick of Broomsticks
By Deborah Blake 
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2014)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. 

From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!

Praise:
“[A] clear, lucid, and ethical guide to the art of the broom.”—Judika Illes, author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Blake is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007), Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008), The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch (Llewellyn 2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010). She has published numerous articles in Pagan publications, including Llewellyn annuals and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine.

Her award-winning short story, "Dead and (Mostly) Gone" is included in the Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales (Llewellyn, 2008). Deborah had been interviewed on television, radio and podcast, and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and www.myspace.com/deborahblakehps.

When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans' Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker. She lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.

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OSOGBO:
Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune
By Ócha'ni Lele
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (March 21, 2014)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
By understanding osogbo, the spirits of misfortune, we can better overcome them and return to health and balance in our lives

• Explains how misfortune works in this world as living spirits that plague humanity but are also a catalyst for self-development and conscious evolution

• Shows that we can overcome osogbo through ebó, sacrifice, and hard work as prescribed by consulting the orishas through the casting of the diloggún

• Shares more than 40 ancient African sacred stories about the spirits of osogbo

Beginning with the story of his goddaughter's battle with stage IV cancer, Lucumi priest Ócha'ni Lele explains the role of osogbo, or misfortune, in our lives. While everyone seeks blessings in life, undeserved blessings make us weak and lazy. It is tragedy that encourages us to grow and persevere. Exploring the Lucumí beliefs regarding osogbo, he shows that the Lucumí faith is neither fatalistic nor defeatist but healing and life affirming. He shares more than 40 patakís--stories stemming from the ancient Yoruba of West Africa--about the different spirits of osogbo, who like the orishas once walked the earth in human bodies. He explains the place of these spirits within the 256 odu of the diloggún, the divination system used in Santería to receive guidance from the orishas.

Lele shows that the spirits of osogbo are not only concepts but also real deities and that we can, if we understand their nature, fight them through ebó, sacrifice, and hard work. He reveals how the osogbos see themselves as entities of misfortune who stand against life and all that is good in the world, but in truth it is misfortune that strengthens us, misfortune that motivates us, and misfortune that brings great evolution to the world. As the author shows, “Without bitterness, one could not know sweetness.” Likewise, without misfortune in our lives, we would never know blessings or what it means to be blessed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ócha’ni Lele has been immersed in the underground culture of orisha worship since 1989. He made Ocha in 2000 and was crowned a priest of Oya. His other books include Sacrificial Ceremonies of Santería, Diloggún Tales of the Natural World, Teachings of the Santería Gods, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santería, and The Diloggún: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santería. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.

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DRAWING DOWN THE SUN:
Rekindle the Magick of the Solar Goddesses
By Stephanie Woodfield
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2014)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the hidden mysteries of the sun goddesses and reclaim the all-but-lost archetype of the solar feminine. While today the sun is often seen as a masculine divinity, for many cultures throughout history it was the ultimate symbol of feminine power and creation. Join author Stephanie Woodfield as she explores solar-goddess mythology from around the world and shows you how to work with this forgotten side of the Goddess in a modern spiritual system.

Drawing Down the Sun features fourteen different goddesses, and provides practical guidance for embracing their divine spirit through pathworking, rituals, and spellcraft. Learn how to bring abundance into your life with the Baltic goddess Saule. Call upon the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet for strength and courage. Draw upon the sun’s healing energy with the Celtic Brighid. With invocations, spells, and incense recipes, as well as instructions for solar magick, meditations, and more, this comprehensive guide is perfect for connecting with the solar feminine.

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365 TAROT SPREADS:
Revealing the Magic in Each Day
By Sasha Graham 
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2014)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A tarot reading is a quest for answers to your greatest questions, deepest desires, and most profound needs. The power of tarot lies in the questions, and now you can discern answers to those questions with fascinating and magical results 365 days a year. Explore a tarot quest on any topic with extensive spread categories, including:

  • Love and Romance
  • Money and Career
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Home and Family
  • Personal Growth
  • Astrology and the Zodiac
  • Multicultural Holidays
  • Rituals and Occult Studies
  • Grief and Moving Forward
  • Spirituality


Use 365 Tarot Spreads year after year with spreads you can apply anytime and in any situation. Each spread is based on a significant historical or magical occurrence on that particular day, and each one is accompanied by a detailed explanation and sample questions to focus on while reading. This wondrous guide provides a magnificent journey to achieve enlightenment every day.

Praise:
“What tarot needs—right now—is Sasha Graham.”—Rachel Pollack, award-winning author of 78 Degrees of Wisdom

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TAROT BEYOND THE BASICS:
Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Meanings Behind the Cards
By Anthony Louis 
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2014)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Take your tarot reading to a higher level. With an emphasis on tarot’s astrological influences and a number of detailed sample readings, Tarot Beyond the Basics shows the way to becoming an advanced practitioner. Here, Anthony Louis shares how-to instructions for working with reversals, number symbolism, intuition, the four elements, and the philosophical roots of tarot.

Explaining astrology for tarot readers clearly and in a way that makes sense, Louis shows how to use the tarot to give powerful readings that change people’s lives. The “real” tarot exists in the mind of each reader and is interlaced with his or her stories and experiences. The abundance of knowledge presented in Tarot Beyond the Basics is sure to make your readings come alive with meaning and significance.

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NEW TAROT DECKS


TAROT OF THE SACRED FEMININE
by Floreana Nativo, Franco Rivoli
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 5/8/2014
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Blending elegant images of the divine feminine with the symbols of the world's great spiritual traditions, the Tarot of the Sacred Feminine provides divinatory power and emotional resonance unlike any other deck. With breathtaking artwork provided by Italian artist Franco Rivoli, this deck is designed to carry your spirit to sacred spaces of peace and insight.

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MYSTICAL CATS TAROT
By Lunaea Weatherstone, Mickie Mueller
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 5/8/2014
List Price: $28.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Anyone who has ever owned—or been owned by—a cat knows its wild and mystical nature. Open the door to a magical world of feline enchantment that offers eternal and ancient wisdom with the Mystical Cats Tarot.

Discover amazing artwork of various domestic breeds that look and behave like normal cats, but face many challenges, relationships, and life lessons that reveal the answers to our most important questions. Organized by elemental suits—Earth, Sea, Fire, and Sky—and cat-based court cards, this deck presents the descendants of the Cat Goddess in all their furry glory.
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MARSEILLE CAT TAROT
By Severino Baraldi;  Lo Scarabeo
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 5/8/2014
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Some decks whisper. Some decks shout. This deck meows. The Marseille deck--one of the original Tarot decks of the world--is now updated for the twenty-first century with adorable cats! The fabulous feline motifs of this unique deck add a cozy touch to any tarot collection and are sure to become favorites of tarot readers around the world.

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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


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

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