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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!

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SPECIAL EVENTS:


EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL EVENTS AND CLASSES:


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.


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Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.





THE HIGH MAGIC OF TALISMANS AND AMULETS:
Tradition and Craft
By Claude Lecouteux
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2014
Pages: 272
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Overview
A comprehensive study of the use of talismans and amulets in the Western Mystery Tradition

• Provides an in-depth look at the medieval and Renaissance use of amulets and talismans, including the work of Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher

• Provides a full summary of the magical knowledge required to make an amulet or talisman, including the invocations required to activate their powers

• Reviews different kinds of amulets and talismans, from ancient jewelry and magical objects to the modern rabbit’s foot or lucky horseshoe

The use of talismans and amulets stretches back nearly to the dawn of man, from everyday items magically prepared, such as horns or coins, to intricate and beautiful jewelry imbued with protective powers.

Drawing on his private collection of medieval manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, Claude Lecouteux provides a comprehensive history of the use of talismans and amulets for protection, healing, and divine influence. He explores their use in the Western Mystery Tradition as well as Eastern and Middle Eastern beliefs about these magical objects and their incorporation—despite Church anathema—into the Christian tradition of Medieval Europe. Reviewing many different kinds of amulets and talismans used throughout the ages, such as a rabbit’s foot, horseshoe, gris-gris bag, or an inscribed parchment charged through ritual, he details the principles and symbology behind each object and shows that their use is still as widespread today as any time in the past.

Lecouteux explains the high magic behind the hermetic art of crafting amulets and talismans: the chains of sympathy, astrological geography, and the invocations required to activate their powers. He explores the work of adepts such as Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher, including an in-depth look at Kircher’s work on planetary seals in his Oedipus Aegyptiacus.

Illustrated throughout with period art depicting magical symbols, seals, and a wide array of talismans and amulets, this comprehensive study provides a practical guide to the historical development and step-by-step creation of magical objects.

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THE ESOTERIC SECRETS OF SURREALISM:
Origins, Magic, and Secret Societies
By Patrick Lepetit
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 4/24/2014
Edition description: Original
Pages: 544
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A profound understanding of the surrealists’ connections with alchemists and secret societies and the hermetic aspirations revealed in their works

• Explains how surrealist paintings and poems employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, alchemy, and other hermetic sciences to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers

• Provides many examples of esoteric influence in surrealism, such as how Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers

Not merely an artistic or literary movement as many believe, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and author bestowed upon them by outsiders, accepting instead the titles of magician, alchemist, or—in the case of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo—witch. Their paintings, poems, and other works were created to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what André Breton called the “supreme point,” the point at which all opposites cease to be perceived as contradictions. This supreme point is found at the heart of all esoteric doctrines, including the Great Work of alchemy, and enables communication with higher states of being.

Drawing on an extensive range of writings by the surrealists and those in their circle of influence, Patrick Lepetit shows how the surrealists employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, and alchemy not simply as reference points but as significant elements of their ongoing investigations into the fundamental nature of consciousness. He provides many specific examples of esoteric influence among the surrealists, such as how Picasso’s famous Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his father’s spiritualist vocation as well as the Kabbalah and tarot, and how doctor and surrealist author Pierre Mabille was a Freemason focused on finding initiatory paths where “it is possible to feel a new system connecting man with the universe.”

Lepetit casts new light on the connection between key figures of the movement and the circle of adepts gathered around Fulcanelli. He also explores the relationship between surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the Elect Cohen as well as the Grail mythos and the Arthurian brotherhood.

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THE HANDBOOK OF URBAN DRUIDRY:
Modern Druidry for All
By Brendan Howlin
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 3/28/2014
Pages: 85
List Price: $11.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Druidry is currently exciting much interest but has an image that is not usually associated with urban life. In The Handbook of Urban Druidry, author Brendan Howlin presents Druidry in an easy-to-understand way, making the concepts open to everyone.

About the Author:
Brendan Howlin is a Druid grade member of the order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). He has been Senior International Tutor for Bards and Ovates for 13 years, and Science Correspondent for Touchstone, the journal of OBOD for 13 years. He is also co-founder of Surrey Druid Grove. He lives in Guildford, UK.


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JUST ADD BLOOD: RUNELORE – 
Understanding and Using the Anglo-Saxon Runes
By Kennan Elkman, M.D. Taylor M.D.
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 3/28/2014
Pages: 133
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A brief, idiosyncratic and magical approach to rune usage within Anglo-Saxon culture and spirituality, directed toward healing and personal development.
Directed toward healing and personal development, Just Add Blood is an introduction to the use of the Anglo-Saxon runes. It serves as both a point of reference and a guide in how to use the runes and offers a fresh, contemporary look at the magical approach to rune usage within Anglo-Saxon culture and spirituality.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GODDESSES AND HEROINES
By Patricia Monaghan
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 5/6/2014
Edition description: Abridged Edition
Pages: 448
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
More Than 1,000 Goddesses and Heroines from around the World
Groundbreaking scholar Patricia Monaghan spent her life researching, writing about, and documenting goddesses and heroines from all religions and all corners of the globe. Her work demonstrated that from the beginning of recorded history, goddesses reigned alongside their male counterparts as figures of inspiration and awe. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology, Monaghan’s vibrant and accessible encyclopedia covers female deities from Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, as well as every major religious tradition.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From the Publisher

“This beautiful volume—akin to Athena’s gift of weaving to the Greeks—provides a tapestry of glimmering threads of goddess figures from the world’s mythologies. This is an important introductory reference volume crafted with scholarship both deep and wide.”
—Safron Rossi, PhD, editor of Joseph Campbell’s Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine
“Something deep within every woman is healed and validated when she learns the rich feminine history of goddesses and heroines through history and their importance in all the world’s cultures. And it’s all here in this magnificent work.”
—Christiane Northrup, MD, ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“It’s really valuable to have a book describing all goddesses and heroines. I’m sure many artists will find it inspiring.”
—Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying

“For almost thirty-five years, generations of students and scholars have used editions of Patricia Monaghan’s rich and detailed encyclopedias describing thousands of goddesses and heroines. This wonderful new edition contains an introduction to bring the book up-to-date, discussing the most recent finds of female figures. This will be a superb addition to anyone’s library.”
—Miriam Robbins Dexter, author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book

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FARMHOUSE WITCHCRAFT
By Penny Parker
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 1/31/2014
Pages: 160
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What is a witch: A witch is a loving being with a heart of gold, a thoughtful soul, and a magical outlook on the world.
To be a witch is to grow into something better, stronger, and greater. As you change, so will your view on the world and your outlook on life.
You may find yourself looking with new eyes to see things you never saw before. You may find you walk different and bad habits start to fade away, or you may find yourself with less temper and a brighter outlook, and others around you will see the changes as well.
So grab your broom and pointy hats, and let the magic begin. In this book, you will find simple spells, recipes, charms, earth-made salves, and poems from my heart.
Penny Parker

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A DEDICANT'S GUIDE TO FIRST DEGREE PRIESTHOOD:
A First Step to Clergy in the Craft of the Wise
By M. L. Rosenblad
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 4/25/2014
Pages: 128
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A first step to Clergy in the Craft of the Wise.
A Dedicant's Guide to First Degree Priesthood is the first in a three-part series designed to teach the steps needed to advance to the first level of Priesthood in the Pagan/Wiccan community. This book, in concert with the second and third degree books form a reference that will be of aid throughout a Clergy member's lifetime.
M. L. Rosenblad is the founder of the American Spiritual Alliance and the Gaianist Free Church.

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THE EARTH, THE GODS AND THE SOUL:
A History of Pagan Philosophy from the Iron Age to the 21st Century
By Brendan Myers
Publisher: Moon Books
Publication date: 11/7/2013
Pages: 326
List Price: $20.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Philosophy was invented by pagans.
Yet this fact is almost always ignored by those who write the history of ideas. This book tells the history of the pagan philosophers, and the various places where their ideas appeared, from ancient times to the 21st century. The Pagan philosophers are a surprisingly diverse group: from kings of great empires to exiled lonely wanderers, from devout religious teachers to con artists, drug addicts, and social radicals.
Three traditions of thought emerge from their work: Pantheism, NeoPlatonism, and Humanism, corresponding to the immensities of the Earth, the Gods, and the Soul. From ancient schools like the Stoics and the Druids, to modern feminists and deep ecologists, the pagan philosophers examined these three immensities with systematic critical reason, and sometimes with poetry and mystical vision.
This book tells their story for the first time in one volume, and invites you to examine the immensities with them. And as a special feature, the book includes summaries of the ideas of leading modern pagan intellectuals, in their own words: Emma Restall Orr, Michael York, John Michael Greer, Vivianne Crowley, and more.

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JOURNEY TO THE DARK GODDESS:
How to Return to Your Soul
By Jane Meredith
Publisher: Moon Books
Publication date: 5/16/2012
Pages: 241

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Journey to the Dark Goddess will lead you on a powerful, healing path.

The Dark Goddess is the creatrix of healing, change and renewal. She is shockingly recognizable as that part of ourselves we try to contain and deny and she offers connection to the core of yourself. If you have been unable to shake off depression, or fear its return; if you know something is missing, or calling to you, if you seek the source of women's power it's time to journey to the Dark Goddess.

Instructions for this journey exist in ancient myth. Weaving stories of Inanna, Persephone and Psyche with self-enquiry and sacred ritual Journey to the Dark Goddess invites you to venture within. Create maps in your darkest places and return enriched, integrating your deepest understandings.

In meeting the Dark Goddess we see a mirror of our own soul.

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PAGAN PORTALS - DANCING WITH NEMETONA:
A Druid's exploration of sanctuary and sacred space
By Joanna van der Hoeven
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 5/30/2014
Pages: 83
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Nemetona is an ancient goddess whose song is heard deep within the earth and also deep within the human soul.
She is the Lady of Sanctuary, of Sacred Groves and Sacred Spaces.
She is present within the home, within our sacred groves, our rites and in all the spaces that we hold dear to our hearts.
She also lies within, allowing us to feel at ease wherever we are in the world through her energy of holding, of transformation.
She holds the stillness and quiet of a perfect day; she is the stillness at the end of it, when the blackbird sings to the dusk.
She is the energy of sacred space, where we can stretch out our souls and truly come alive, to be who we wish to be, filled with the magic of potential.
Rediscover this ancient goddess and dance with a Druid to the songs of Nemetona. Learn how to reconnect with this goddess in ritual, songs, chants, meditation and more.

MORE FROM THE PUBLISHER
For those of us upon the Druid path, Nemetona is an intriguing goddess. Joanna’s book welcomes us into Nemetona’s sanctuary that we might know her more intimately. With a combination of helpful exercises and the gentle but compelling wisdom born of Joanna’s relationship with this goddess, we discover that the concept of the Grove and the experience of Sacred Space is more rich and complex than we imagined.
--Philip Carr-Gomm, author of The Druid Way and Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century

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DEEP MAGIC BEGINS HERE:
Tales and Techniques of Practical Occultism
By Julian Vayne
Publisher: Mandrake
Publication date: 7/6/2013
Pages: 184
List Price: $17.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tales and techniques of practical occultism
From the mysteries of Witchcraft to tales of the Elder Gods, Deep Magick is a journal written during the long dark night of the soul. Comprising a number of essays, some published for the first time in this volume, Deep Magick is the latest installment in the esoteric oeuvre of occultist and writer Julian Vayne.

Bringing together practical how-to information, academic writing, and far reaching metaphysical exploration, this book touches on many different magickal systems. Informed by the experiential approach of Chaos Magick and diving deep into the Mystery as presented through many traditions, this work explores:

  • Psychogeography and Magick
  • Transgressive bodywork
  • Our Vision of the End Times
  • Gender fluidity as spiritual process
  • The collection of the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft
  • Zombies and the New Age movement
  • Buddhism meets Chaos Magick
  • Entheogenic magick, the law and social transformation
  • Mindfulness practice as the still point in the storm of chaos
  • The esoteric metaphysics of Pooh Bear, Tigger and Eeyore


...and much more!

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NEW DIVINATION DECKS:



THE ENCHANTED LENORMAND ORACLE:
39 Cards for Revealing Your True Self and Your Destiny
By Caitlin Matthews and Virginia Lee (Illustrator)
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Pages: 160, Boxed Kit, 39 Cards

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In her latest project, Caitlin Matthews, a widely-published expert on Celtic spirituality and Tarot, turns her attention to a long-forgotten cartomancy oracle that is gaining popularity in Europe and America. The Lenormand cards are named after Marie-Anne Lenormand, a clairvoyant of the 18th and 19th century, who read the cards for Napoléon and Joséphine Bonaparte.

This attractive kit comes with an accompanying book that
click to enlarge
will help beginners become fluent in Lenormand. Accessible yet comprehensive, the book offers indepth commentaries for each card, making interpretation simple and enlightening. Practical advice on how lay out your reading is also provided. Perfect for beginners and professional readers alike, this valuable kit provides everything you need to master the all-seeing power of the Lenormand deck.
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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







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

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