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Thursday, January 1, 2015


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:
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Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.
Meetups, talks, book signings, etc are all welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, feel free to post your event.
This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.

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REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays, and Sundays!

No charge if your class or event is free!



Our Lady Of The Earth And Sky (OLOTEAS) annually presents:


A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything

2015 Class Session will be held on:
January 30, February 6, 13, 20 and 27

Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM

Classes are held at:
Edge of the Circle Books:
701 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 726-1999

This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered in Winter 2015. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events.

Many thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

For more information and to download class materials, please visit

When we hold classes, we do request an email RSVP (to to let us know that you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).


Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

By Matthew Levi Stevens (Author), David Conway (Foreword)
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Mandrake (October 31, 2014)
List Price: $23.00


In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen. The dogma of science is that the will cannot possibly affect external forces, and I think that’s just ridiculous. It’s as bad as the church. My viewpoint is the exact contrary of the scientific viewpoint. I believe that if you run into somebody in the street it’s for a reason. Among primitive people they say that if someone was bitten by a snake he was murdered. 
I believe that.”William S. Burroughs

Fully revised and expanded from the limited edition chapbook that first appeared in 2012, The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs is the first ever in-depth consideration of the significance of Magic and the Occult in the Life & Work of the writer and counter-cultural icon.

In Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs, his biographer Ted Morgan wrote:

As the single most important thing about Graham Greene was his viewpoint as a lapsed Catholic, the single most important thing about Burroughs was his belief in the magical universe. The same impulse that lead him to put out curses was, as he saw it, the source of his writing…’

To Burroughs behind everyday reality there was the reality of the spirit world, of psychic visitations, of curses, of possession and phantom beings…’

From the Introduction to The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs:

In talking about The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs I am really thinking of two things:

Firstly, and probably most obvious, is the material that appears in the output of Burroughs the Writer that can be seen as describing or referring to some magical, mystical or occult idea – Invocations of Elder Gods of Abominations, descriptions of Sex-Magick rituals, references to amulets, charms, ghosts, omens and spells – all the thematic set-dressing that we all know and love, from Hammer Horror Movies to Weird Tales, from H. P. Lovecraft to Dennis Wheatley and The X-Files…

Secondly, there is the personal interest and involvement of Burroughs the Man with belief systems and practices that come from those strange ‘Other’ territories that lay outside the bounds of either conventional mainstream religion or scientific materialism – explorations of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, Konstanin Raudive’s Electronic Voice Phenomena, Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Accumulator; also partaking of the Vine-of-the-Soul with Amazonian shamans, attending the Rites of Pan in the Rif Mountains outside Morocco, participating in a Sweat-Lodge with Native American Indian medicine men – and, latterly, an engagement with that most Post-Modern of Occultisms, Chaos Magic.

The material considered has been distilled from archival sources, correspondence, interviews, and of course, published works. As well as his own personal contact with Burroughs and his lifelong study of the Man and his Work, the author also draws from a wide range of former associates – collaborators, friends, lovers, and students – including C. J. Bradbury Robinson, Michael Butterworth, David Conway, Phil Hine, Graham Masterton, Malcolm Mc Neill, and others.

As well as his own contact with the likes of Genesis P-Orridge, John Balance & Peter Christopherson of Coil, and writer Terry Wilson, back in 1980s London, he has also had unprecedented access to the papers of Cabell McLean, a young writer who was William’s companion, lover & student, c.1976-1983.

Sometime in the nineteen-seventies, following a reprint of my book, Magic: An Occult Primer, a letter was forwarded to me by my then publisher. Poorly typed and in an envelope which, unless my memory deceives me, bore no postage stamp, it came from William S. Burroughs. I still have it somewhere. In it the writer made plain his interest in magic. In real magic that is, not the smoke and mirrors kind.

Given that Burroughs’ tireless ambition was to encounter a reality beyond that accessible to our five senses, with magic perceived as an effective means to that end, it is remarkable that the subject has hitherto received but scant attention.

This work, by Matthew Levi Stevens, who must have encountered Burroughs at around the time he wrote to me, sets out to make up for that deficit. In it he chronicles the man’s interest and examines the part magic and occultism generally played both in his life and in his work.

Stevens sets about the task with gusto, indicative of his respect and, indeed, affection for “Uncle Bill”, as well as his familiarity with the topic itself. He draws on Burroughs’ own writings, and on those of the growing number of people, supporters and critics alike, who have commented on him and his literary output.

It is a job well done. And one that is all the more welcome because long overdue . . .
- David Conway, 2014.


Edited By Joshua Buckley and Michael Moynihan
Volume 4, 2014, perfectbound, illustrated, 430 pages.
Publisher: Ultra (October 3, 2014)
List Price: $25.00

Alain de Benoist on "What is Religion?" Collin Cleary on "What is Odinism?" Nigel Pennick on "Traditional Time-Telling in Old England," Claude Lecouteux on "Garden Dwarves" and "Geiler von Kaiserberg and the Furious Army," Steve Harris on "Barbarian Suffering," Stephen Pollington on "Germanic Art in the First Millennium," Michael Moynihan on "Rockwell Kent's Northern Compass," and Christian R├Ątsch on "The Mead of Inspiration"; interviews with pioneering psychedelic explorer Ralph Metzner, Sequentia's Benjamin Bagby, and Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon; and much more.

About the Author:
Joshua Buckley was born in 1974 in Sharon, Connecticut. He has contributed to a number of music-related and other counter-cultural magazines, in addition to pursuing his own publishing ventures. In 2009, he relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to South Carolina, where he lives with his wife Liberty, three daughters, and a variety of animals. He works for an Atlanta-based law firm and teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu.


A Book of Invocations and Inspirations
By Romany Rivers
Moon Books (December 28, 2014)
PPages: 320
List Price: $26.95

This is a pagan tome of poetry and prose designed for rituals, festivals and celebrations.
Working with deities, Romany has chronicled invocations and evocations for many Gods and Goddesses, and created clear and crafty quarter calls, circle castings, celebratory prose and meditations. Ritual is broken into its component parts allowing for easy reference and personal adaptation, and the additional correspondences information benefits the creation of unique rituals and celebrations. Created for use by both solitary practitioners and covens, sample rituals are also provided for seasonal celebrations and life events. Romany’s personal experiences as a High Priestess give this book an enlightened view of the use of poetry in ritual, whilst her skills in classes, courses and workshops create a solid, practical foundation.
Pagans, Priests and Priestesses, initiates new to the Craft, RE teachers and students, and anyone who loves Romany’s poetry will thoroughly enjoy this latest work

About the Author:
Romany Rivers is a British Pagan Priestess and Reiki Master residing in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she offers pagan training and family support to local and online communities.


Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Spring Equinox
(Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
By Kerri Connor
List Price: $11.99

Celebrate the season of returning sunlight and the bursting forth of the birds, bees, and trees...

Ostara—also known as the Spring Equinox—is a time of renewal, a time to plant seeds as the earth once again comes to life. This guide to the history and modern celebrations of Ostara shows you how to perform rituals and work magic to renew your power and passion for living and growing.

  • Rituals
  • Recipes
  • Lore
  • Spells
  • Divination
  • Crafts
  • Correspondences
  • Invocations
  • Prayers
  • Meditations

Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials explore the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones of the witch's year.

About the Author:
Kerri Connor is the author of The Pocket Spell Creator: Magickal References at Your Fingertips (New Page Books), The Pocket Guide to Rituals: Magickal References at Your Fingertips (New Page Books), The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions (Alpha Books), Goodbye Grandmother (Wyrdwood Publications) Spells for Tough Times (Llewellyn Worldwide).
Kerri is the High Priestess of The Gathering Grove, and has been practicing her craft for over 26 years.


Myth, Mystery, and Magick
By Katie Boyd
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 7/28/2011
Pages: 160
List Price: $16.99

Enter the world of the werewolf, where superstition abounds and shape shifting is possible! Find out what to do if you or a friend turns into a werewolf or other were-beast. Learn the differences between Therianthropy and Lycanthropy, discover the medical conditions such as hypertrichosis, clinical lycanthropy, hirsutism, and rabies that might cause you to think you are a werewolf. Meet real killers who thought that they had reign over the supernatural and could bend their bones! Take a fantastic journey through the transformation of the werewolf in the graphic novel industry and look into the darkest minds of those who claim to be flesh eaters. Come along for one wild ride and remember you too can bark at the moon!
About the Author:
Katie Boyd is an internationally known Demonologist and Occult Sciences/Crimes Specialist with over twenty-one years studying, training and experience, handling all types of cases from everyday spirit haunting, demonic entities, demonic haunting, exorcisms, possessions, and occult crime cases from around the world.


Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth
By Robert Waggoner, Caroline McCready
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Conari Press
List Price: $19.95

Aimed at beginners, "Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple" shows the reader how to enter and fully experience the lucid dreaming.

Among the amazing things Waggoner and McCready teach readers are how to:

  • consciously decide what actions to perform
  • explore dream space (or the contents of your subconscious)
  • interact with dream figures conduct personal and scientific experiments
  • be free of waking state limitations (e.g., flying, walking through walls, and discovering creative solutions to waking issues)

This book approaches lucid dreaming from a more cognitive psychology stance, and focuses more on how to lucid dream and how to use lucid dream techniques for personal growth, insight and transformation. Whether a reader is completely new to lucid dreaming or someone who has experienced that incredible moment of realizing, "This is a dream!," readers will learn valuable tips and techniques gleaned from scientific research and decades of experience to explore this unique state of awareness more deeply. (less)


Discover Your Erotic Gifts & Secret Desires Through Astrology
By Jessica Shepherd
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 1/8/2015
Pages: 264
List Price: $16.99

Use the wisdom of your Venus sign to create, laugh, and love with irresistible confidence. For millennia, Venus sauntered through the history books with unrivaled self-possession and sexual self-confidence. Yet many women today long for connection with the very aspects of their inner selves that Venus represents: pleasure, joy, self-worth, sexual vitality, and eroticism. In Venus Signs, Jessica Shepherd breathes life back into the Goddess.

Whether you’re recovering from heartbreak or could use a jolt of joy, beauty, and truth about who you truly are, Venus power will help you get in touch with your innermost desires and your sensual self. Discover the must-have qualities of your soulmate, how to keep a long-term relationship happily humming along, how to align with your own feminine energy, and how to draw your deepest heart’s desires toward you. Use the tools in this book to gain insights into your significant other and support your friends and loved ones.

"Reading about yourself in a good Venus book (something even seasoned astrologers love to do) should feel both pleasurable and startling—as though the author had been reading the diary of your secret thoughts. Jessica Shepherd has such a gift, seeming to know from the inside out just how it feels to have each Venus—and how it feels be in a relationship with each Venus sign. A wise and soulful coach, Jessica lights the way towards each sign’s most evolved (and happiest) expression. Her prose is fresh, supple and seductive, as though it was Venus herself who’d been doing the typing."—Dana Gerhardt, astrologer

"Jessica Shepherd's Venus Signs is clearly channeling straight from Love Central. A gentle, seductive smooch from Venus herself, with knowledge only she could know, the 12 faces of the Goddesses are exposed with utter purity and passion. If someone can introduce you to yourself, then miracles follow. Jessica left me feeling known, understood, appreciated and loved, just what you'd expect to find in a real cosmic caress from Venus herself. This is the ultimate self-worth booster. Loved it!"—Neil D. Paris, author of Surfing Your Solar Cycles

During Greek Mythology class in high school, I secretly yearned to transform into Aphrodite—sensual, sexy, desirous, and nobody's fool (except for love). She was off limits to my white Wonderbread Norwegian Lutheran self, as were nearly all of the Venus traits so brilliantly explored by Jessica. In the context of astrology, Jessica encourages us to embrace our "inner Venus," according to our sign, bringing forth the sensual feminine, artistic vixen, relationship artist that swirls inside, waiting. As I read her book, I had to wonder exactly what I've been waiting for? Maybe this book!”—Cyndi Dale author of The Subtle Body

Venus Signs will get you in touch with what generates and sustains your pleasure and happiness, both in lifestyle and in relationships. Through her keen insights, Jessica Shepherd is a distiller and blender of the true nature of our love desires and inclinations. By defining the influence of Venus through the looking glass of the Zodiac, Jessica sheds light on how the essential qualities of love and attraction are best fulfilled within us and within those whom we love and treasure.”—Annie Bones, author of Celestial Forecaster

"Jessica Shepherd has done it again. In Venus Signs, she writes in a way that makes the astrological neophyte feel welcome. Better, she does that without ever pandering or assuming such a person to be a ninny. Miraculously, there's also wise wolf hiding in the lamb's clothing—the advanced counseling astrologer can also learn some new tricks from this fine book's unpretentious wisdom and simple humanity. I know I did myself! I heartily recommend Venus Signs to anyone who loves astrology—or, simply, to anyone who loves at all."—Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky

Jessica has a gift for weaving together many intricate details into a powerful archetypal synthesis that is accessible and deep.”—Sherene Vismaya Schostak, author of Surviving Saturn Return


A User's Manual For Beginning and Intermediate Readers
By Jeanne Fiorini
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (February 1, 2011)
List Price: $14.99

Tarot spreads don't have to be complicated to be effective. This user-friendly manual is filled with simple methods and guidance to help you get the most from your deck. Topics are arranged by query, making this a practical and indispensable Tarot handbook
Easy-to-read, this manual provides methods to gathering useful information from your Tarot cards. Basic card meanings and principles of the Tarot are given and are followed by effective ways to use the cards. Gain reading tips and practical advice for beginning and intermediate-level practitioners. Learn suggested techniques for designing and expanding your queries. Create queries about relationships, money and work issues, health concerns, decision-making, and matters of choice; the big questions of life as well as the mundane. Readers are encouraged to blend intention, intuition, and a sense of adventure with visual images and card meanings to gain maximum benefit from this ancient system of wisdom. Take out your cards and be prepared to ask the right question and get the right answer!


by Andria K. Molina
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Paperback, Pages: 160
List Price: $16.99

Use the Tarot to bring about and enhance all of your relationships! Conscious thought process can be reflected through the symbolism and the language of Tarot - now, via your specialized card readings, you can identify key issues and helping aids to repair or improve your personal relationships. Enable patterns of constructive development into your psyche, find answers for love and self exploration, or discover time frames for events that affect your relationships. A Questions Statement is applied to each card to help you identify questions and to creatively form compelling answers. In addition to metaphorical meanings for each card, a general significance section is included for usage with other life issues.
Modern-style illustrations by artist Delores Fitchie accompany the instructions.



By Adrienne Trafford
46 cards, Companion Material: 96-page companion book.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; Pap/Crds edition (February 28, 2011)
List Price: $24.99

Why am I here and what have I done of worth?
Find these answers as you explore emotions, fears, hopes, and self-realizations with this 46-card oracle depicting beautiful and strong women representing everyday issues.

Improve yourself, day-by-day, as you find answers to doubts in your heart or struggles along your path by allowing the oracle to help you see where you were, where you are now, and where you may be going. As you journey, you will find that though our paths may not look the same, we are all seeking the same truths. But your journey, through these cards, will reflect your personal pathway to those truths.

Whether the cards advise you to "Stand up, dig your heels in, and fight back", or that "Even on the dreariest day, the sun is still there behind the clouds," you will feel the pull of your heart-strings as you warm to the beat of a journey meant only for you.


By Mademoiselle Marie Anne Le Normand

Book Details: Illustrations: 22 b/w photos
52 color playing cards, dice, 1 foldout sheet
Pages: 148
Binding: Hard Cover/Boxed set
List Price: $24.95

Predict the future using Madam Le Normand’s oracle system. The fortune teller to emperor Napolean shared her secrets using playing cards, dice, and omens in her tell-all book published in 1866. Learn your fate using Napoleon’s Oraculum or increase your finances by playing Hymen’s Lottery. Learn 187 bad weather omens, get answers to 36 popular life questions, and use the Table of Celestial Signs to predict health, happiness, and fortune. The oracle system includes the 1866 guide-book of fortune-telling, 52 playing cards reprinted from the 1800s, dice, and a destiny layout spread sheet.


By Kathleen Jenks , Sandra Stanton
33 card oracle deck that comes with a 256 page paperback companion book (Boxed set)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; crds/pap edition (June 28, 2013)
List Price: $39.99

The Green World Oracle focuses on trees and plants as primal symbols of life.

Each has an oracular voice, as do the nature spirits, devas, and deities associated with them. Trees speak to us of living in balance with all of life. People often refer to their roots," the fruits of their labor, trees of wisdom, and trees of good and evil. Abused women in Greek mythology are rescued by being turned into trees; children are born from them; gods like Osiris are entombed in them; sacred fire is struck from them; the voice of Moses deity came from one. We plant a tree to celebrate a wedding, a birth, or to mourn a death. Humankind has always sensed the presence of spirits, or otherness, around trees. This oracle gives voice to their rich, caring insights. 

A beautifully designed deck of thirty-three cards offers access to these mysterious realms.


A Divination System
By Jim Edward Lucier
Size: 8″ x 8″ x 3/4″ boxed set | 1 Wheel | 4 pp/box set
List Price: $24.99
For more than 3,000 years, people have used the famous I Ching oracle, otherwise known as the Book of Changes and it permeates every aspect of Chinese culture, including Feng Shui, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Based on the divination of the Yin (masculine) and Yang (feminine) through 64 six-line figures, these hexagrams represent all possible changes in the universe and mankind. 

The I Ching has influenced the lives of millions; and now you, too, can be blessed by the dragon (Yin) and peacock (Yang) symbolizing good luck. By simply turning eight interconnecting I Ching wheels containing 8 hexagrams each, read the associated meanings. Discover an understanding of your past, present, future, ambitions, desires, hopes, dreams, strengths, and your question outcomes. A center piece including eight special figures used in Feng Shui gives you instant results in the Art of Placement. Attaining the fortunes of the I Ching has never been easier.



  • 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 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


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again February 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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