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IMBOLC!

From the Sacred Rebels Oracle, Blue Angel Publishing, 2015.
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- 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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CLAVIS JOURNAL VOLUME 3:
A Journal of Occult Arts, Letters, and Experience
Edited by William Kiesel and Daniel Schulke
Publishers: Clavis Editions, Ouroboros Press, and Three Hands Press
Publication Date: November 20, 2014

Standard Edition — List Price: $40
192 pages, Softcover, sewn, heavy stock, full color illustrations, featuring the cover image Order of the Caryatids by Miriam Escofet.


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The third volume of Clavis: A Journal of Occult Arts, Letters, and Experience is now available for pre-order. Its contents concern the respective themes of ‘Cipher and Stone’. 

The journal is 192 pages, featuring the preternatural works of such esoteric artists as Miriam Escofet, Rory Alan MacLean, Austin Osman Spare, K. Lenore Siner, Claudia Avila, Mike Davis, J.G. Winther, Ken Henson, Benjamin Vierling, Mitchell Nolte, Joe McGown‏, Francisco D., and Gail Coppock.



Articles include:

Through the Gate of Horn: Occult Fiction and the Primordial Image’ by Richard Gavin, accompanied by the Esoteric Images of Scott Finch, ‘The Triangular Manuscript of the Count of St. Germain’, by Nick Koss, ‘Powers Secured and Sealed: Miraculous Rings in Occult Praxis’ by William Kiesel, ‘The Call of Fire: The Hermetic Quest of René Schwaller de Lubicz’ by Aaron Cheak, PhD., Stuart Südekum’s essay on the hidden Tarot of A.E. Waite entitled ‘The Secret Tradition in Silence’, Art Conservator Derek Elmore’s reflections on his work with the images of Austin Osman Spare, Andrew Larson’s ‘Opening the Oracular Eye: Bowl and Lamp Divination in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri’, Fredrik Eytzinger’s ‘The Incarnation of Denis Lindbohm’, John Major Jenkins writes of the Astrotheology and Magical Invocations in a 7th century Mayan text.

Additional works on alchemy, ancient astrology, and more are also included.



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BABALAWO, SANTERIA'S HIGH PRIESTS:
Fathers of the Secrets in Afro-Cuban Ifa
By Frank Baba Eyiogbe
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 2/8/2015
Pages: 264
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Cuban Ifá From An Insider-

Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, also known as Lucumí, there is a deep body of secrets and rituals called Ifá, divination practiced by priests whose title, Babalawo, means “Father of the Secrets.” This book pulls away the veil of secrecy to reveal exactly what Ifá is and how it works, exploring its history, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, offerings, and sacrifices. Join Frank Baba Eyiogbe in this fascinating introduction that discusses the functions of the Babalawo, the role of women, the future of Ifá, and much more.

A wonderful and much needed addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban religion. Engagingly written, scholarly while remaining accessible . . . it presents an up-to-date exposition of both the history and contemporary philosophy of one of the world’s most complex systems of divination.”—Stephan Palmié, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and author of The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion



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ATHANASIUS KIRCHER'S THEATRE OF THE WORLD:
His Life, Work, and the Search for Universal Knowledge
By Joscelyn Godwin
Quality Paperback — 1/1/15
Paper with French flaps
Page Count: 304; 9.88 (width) x 11.00 (height)
431 b&w illustrations
Imprint: Inner Traditions
List Price:$ 49.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
About Athanasius Kircher's Theatre of the World-






A major study of both the written and pictorial work of a neglected genius whose breadth of interest made him the last Renaissance man

  • Fully examines every area of Kircher’s wide field of study and accomplishments
  • Magnificently illustrated with stunning engravings from Kircher’s work


Jesuit, linguist, archaeologist, and exceptional scholar, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was the last true Renaissance man. To Kircher the entire world was a glorious manifestation of God. His exploration was both a scientific quest and a religious experience. Credited with being the first Egyptologist, his works on Egyptology, music, optics, magnetism, geology, and comparative religion were the definitive texts of their time--and yet they represent only a part of his vast range of knowledge. A Christian Hermeticist in the style of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, his work also examined alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the Egyptian mystery tradition exemplified by Hermes Trismegistus.

The Hermetic cast of Kircher’s thought, which was foreign to the concerns of those propelling the Age of Reason, coupled with the breadth of his interests, caused many of his contributions to be widely overlooked--an oversight now masterfully rectified by Joscelyn Godwin. It has been said that Kircher could think only in images. The stunning engravings that are a distinguishing feature of his work are included here so we may fully appreciate and see for ourselves the life work, philosophy, and achievements of “the last man who knew everything.”

About the Author:
Educated at Cambridge and Cornell, Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., is a professor of music at Colgate University and the author, editor, and translator of many books on Hermeticism and music, including Cosmic Music, The Golden Thread, The Harmony of the Spheres, Arktos, and Atlantis and the Cycles of Time. Known for his translations of the works of Fabre d’Olivet and Julius Evola as well as Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, he lives in Hamilton, New York.


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THE SECRETS OF TANTRIC BUDDHISM:
Understanding the Ecstasy of Enlightenment
By Thomas Cleary (Translator)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2015)
List Price: $ 18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Unlocking the secrets of Tantra--one of the most alluring forms of Buddhism

Often misunderstood, Tantrism focuses on a particular style of meditation and ritual. Having far more to do with the sacred than the sexual, Tantric Buddhism is believed to have originated around the 5th Century AD in the rich cultural basin of Bengal and spread throughout the Asian world. Today it is widely practiced in Tibet, Japan, and the West.

The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism presents accessible translations of 46 classic texts found in the Carya-Giti, a collection of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of the 10th and 11th centuries. Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them seem fresh and contemporary.

These teachings emanate from one of the most dynamic sources of Buddhism, at the height of its religious development. They are completely nonsectarian and will be greeted enthusiastically by those interested in spirituality, world religions, and classic Buddhism.

About the Author:
Thomas Cleary is an internationally known translator of spiritual classics from Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali, and Arabic. He holds a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.



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VISIONARY AYAHUASCA:
A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys
By Jan Kounen, Alejandro Jodorowsky (Foreword)
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (December 27, 2014)
List Price:$ 18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A “what to expect” guide for first-time ayahuasca users paired with accounts from the author’s extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon








  • Describes how to prepare for the first ceremony, what to do in the days afterward, and how to maintain a shamanic healing diet


  • Details some of the author’s own ayahuasca experiences, including an intensive trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies


  • Explores the many other plants that are part of the ayahuasca healer’s medicine cabinet as well as the icaros, healing songs, of the ayahuasca shaman


Since 1999 Jan Kounen has regularly traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. At first only a curious filmmaker, over multiple trips he transformed from explorer to apprentice to ayahuasquero and often found himself surrounded by other foreigners coming to the jungle for their first taste of ayahuasca medicine. Knowing how little guidance is available on how to prepare or what to expect, he naturally offered them advice.

Part visionary ayahuasca memoir and part practical guide, this book contains the same step-by-step advice that Kounen provides first-time ayahuasca users in the jungle. He describes how to prepare for the first ceremony and what to do in the days afterward. He explores how to deal with the nausea and details the special preparatory diets an ayahuasca shaman will put you on, often lasting for months but necessary for life-transforming results and teachings from the plant spirits. He also explains how it is far easier to maintain these restrictions in the jungle than in the city.

Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. He tells of his meetings with Shipibo healers, including Kestenbetsa, who opened the doors of this world for him, and Panshin Beka, the shaman to whom Kounen became an apprentice. He details the many other plants and foods that are part of the ayahuasca healer’s medicine cabinet, such as tond tobacco, as well as their icaros, or healing songs. A veritable “what to expect” guide, this book should be your first step prior to committing to ayahuasca.



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SEALING OF THE FIVE SENSES:
Advanced Practices for Becoming a Taoist Immortal
By Mantak Chia and William U. Wei
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; Reprint edition (December 19, 2014)
List Price: $ 18.95



FROM THE PUBLISHER:

An illustrated guide to follow the path to the Immortal Tao-






  • Reveals the 9 inner alchemy formulas for the Sealing of the Five Senses practice, including strengthening the senses and activating the Thrusting Channels


  • Explores how abuse of the senses leads to energy loss and degradation, for example, listening too much hurts the mind


  • Explains how to transmute warm chi into energy for the immortal spirit body, created through mastery of the three Kan and Li practices


In ancient times, the Sealing of the Five Senses involved both Taoist Inner Alchemy and physical sealing of the sensory organs to prepare the master for extended periods of astral travel and meditation, during which he would remain completely motionless for years at a time. In modern times, physical sealing of the senses with wax is no longer required; however, in order to accumulate profound energy and gather cosmic light for the immortal spirit body one must stop the energy losses that occur through the senses.

In this guide to energetic sealing of the senses, Master Mantak Chia and William Wei reveal the 9 inner alchemy formulas for the Sealing of the Five Senses practice, including strengthening the senses, connecting the senses to the organs, activating the Thrusting Channels, and harnessing the energies of the Big Dipper and the North Star. They explain how to stop energy losses through the five senses and transmute warm chi into energy for the immortal spirit body. The authors explore the importance of proper diet and eating habits in this practice, providing striking examples of World War II concentration camp survivors who were able to obtain energy from chewing water.

Revealing the benefits of Sealing the Five Senses for non-Immortals, the authors explain how abuse of the senses leads to energy loss and degradation, for example, listening too much hurts the mind and crying too much harms your blood. They show how sealing the senses allows one to create the Crystal Room cauldron, where fire and water energy can couple to generate a superior essence used to achieve greater awareness and “steam” all the body’s major organ systems.

An advanced practice for those who have mastered the three Kan and Li practices, the Sealing of the Five Senses is the final step on the Taoist path to Immortality.



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TAROT DESIGNS COLORING BOOK
By Adrienne Trafford
Age Range: 11 - 14 years
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Clr edition (May 21, 2014)
Language: English
List Price: $3.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Thirty original illustrations to color capture the magic and mysticism of Tarot cards. Full-page drawings cover the complete major arcana, including the High Priestess, the Fool, the Lovers, the Wheel of Fortune, and other trump cards. Additional depictions from the minor arcana feature swords, wands, cups, and coin suits.


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NEW IN DIVINATION:


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RUNES: THE ALPHABET OF THE GODS
(Library of Oracles for Guidance and Self Awareness)
By Guy Ogilvy
Series: Library of Oracles for Guidance and Self Awareness
Paperback: 160 pages ~ Boxed Kit
Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press; Box Bag Pa edition (October 15, 2014)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Runes are the magical alphabet of central and northern Europe. Though they were used as a form of writing, particularly for short magical inscriptions, their primary use was divination and decision-making. Meaning whisper or secret, Runes are a system of symbols that can connect you with your ancestors, spirits, and the living world. Today, we can still use these beliefs about ancient deities, and by accessing the magic of Runes we can address many of the challenges of daily life in the 21st century.

Guy Ogilvy, one of the world's best known Rune specialists, has created a wonderfully illustrated handbook full of detailed interpretations and advice, providing both the basics and advanced information to help you in your personal and successful use of this ancient oracle.

This beautiful set includes:

A 160-page full-color guidebook that includes powerful Rune interpretations, suitable for both beginners and advanced users
24 specially commissioned Birchwood runes from Northern Europe
A fabric bag to hold the Runes




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VINTAGE WISDOM ORACLE
By Victoria Moseley
Paperback: 80 pages, Boxed Set
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (November 30, 2014)
52 Cards measuring 3.75" x 5.5", Box measures 4" x 5.7"
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Vintage Wisdom Oracle deck presents 52 lavishly illustrated oracle cards infused with the beauty and inspiration of goddesses, divas and muses from bygone eras. Rich in symbolic detail, these nostalgic montages have been artfully crafted from French vintage postcards and sepia family photographs, embellished with delicate flowers and lace. This exquisite gift set includes an 80-page guidebook filled with evocative insights and timeless feminine wisdom, as well as five custom card spreads.


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SACRED REBELS ORACLE:
Guidance for Living a Unique & Authentic Life
By Alana Fairchild
Artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison
Boxed Set: 44 cards and 180-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/Llewellyn Publications; Box Crds/P edition (January 8, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

This stunning deck is dedicated to YOU – you who want to live your own, unique, inspired life, and share your light with the world as a sacred offering.

The 'Sacred Rebels Oracle' is for those that are ready to celebrate and nurture their individuality. When you are a Sacred Rebel you want to be fully alive and express your authentic truths. You want to help heal the world, even when that means shaking things up. Sacred rebels love life and refuse to believe that manifesting their dreams is impossible!



This oracle deck is filled with striking imagery and beautiful heartfelt guidance to support you in awakening your sacred rebellious heart, so that you will trust in your own uniqueness and authenticity, and honour your own creative power.


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MYTHS & MERMAIDS:
Oracle of the Water
By Jasmine Becket-Griffith, with Amber Logan & Kachina Mickeletto
Cards: 120 pages, 44 card boxed set.
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/Llewellyn Publications; Box Crds/P edition (January 8, 2015)
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The mystical element of water is both bringer of life and bearer of death, the herald of hope and the harbinger of destruction. It is in our nature to seek to understand it, to conquer it, and to sip its mysterious powers.

Who better, then, to ask for guidance and inspiration than the spirits of water themselves, the Water Fae? Mermaids, sprites, nymphs, and more — their wisdom and insight have been collected within this oracle to help us comprehend and embrace the enigmatic dichotomy that is water.



'Myths & Mermaids' features the artwork of world-renowned artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, paired with a guidebook channelling the wisdom, advice, and poignant poetry of Jasmine’s two sisters, Amber Logan and Kachina Mickeletto. Embrace the duality that is the element of water and prepare to plumb the depths of the unknown with guidance from the Water Fae!

44 cards and 120-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.


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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 March 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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