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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OSTARA BLESSINGS!

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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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.

..and check out our new TUMBLR Page!

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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!
No charge if your class or event is free!






Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.
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THE BOOK OF OBERON:
A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic
By Daniel Harms (Author), Joseph H. Peterson (Author), James R. Clark (Author)
Hardcover: 600 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; annotated edition (April 8, 2015)
List Price: $65.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A fascinating addition to the magical literature of the Elizabethan era, this lavishly illustrated grimoire is a must-have for magic practitioners, collectors, and historians. The Book of Oberon is the meticulous transcription and translation of a sixteenth-century manuscript acquired by the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library. Unlike the more theoretical magic books of the era, this collection of spells, secrets, and summonings was compiled gradually by unknown authors for working practical magic.

Now published in a premium hardcover edition retaining the original’s red lettering of significant words and holy names, The Book of Oberon includes rituals for summoning a long list of spirits and faeries (including Oberon, Fairy King and close relation to Shakespeare’s Oberon); original drawings; common prescriptions used by cunning folk; instructions for dealing with Goetic demons that were censored in other texts; one of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion; and much more. This is a significant contribution to the annals of magical history, bringing to light the kind of grimoire that was commonplace in its era but is rarely published today.



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GOLD:
Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy
By Israel Regardie (Author), Chic Cicero (Author), Sandra Tabatha Cicero (Author)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; annotated edition (April 8, 2015)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In this newly discovered text, famed occultist Israel Regardie sheds light on the psychological and spiritual meaning behind the symbols and metaphors of alchemy. Locked away for years before it was made available, and now fully annotated by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Gold is the first new book by Regardie published in decades.

Analyzing important seventeenth-century alchemical treatises, such as “The True Book of the Learned Synesius,” Regardie uses the language of Jungian psychology, magnetism, and hypnosis while citing his own unique experiences as a therapist and healer. Learn about spiritual alchemy and the connection between ancient magic and modern-day psychology. Explore the similarities between alchemical theory, Taoist philosophy, yoga, Zen Buddhism, and experiments with the human aura. With illustrations and appendices, including Regardie’s original text “The Art of True Healing,” Gold is a definitive work by a true master.

About the Authors
Francis I. Regardie, born in London, England, November 17, 1907; died in Sedona, Arizona, March 10, 1985. Came to the United States in August 1921, educated in Washington D.C. and studied art in school in Washington and Philadelphia. Returned to Europe in 1928 at the invitation of Aleister Crowley to work as his secretary and study with him. Returned to London as secretary to Thomas Burke 1932-34, and during that time wrote A Garden of Pomegranates and The Tree of Life.

In 1934 he was invited to join the Order of the Golden Dawn, Stella Matutina Temple, during which time he wrote The Middle Pillar and The Art of True Healing, and did the basic work for The Philosopher's Stone.

Returning to the United States in 1937 he entered Chiropractic College in New York, Graduating in 1941, and published The Golden Dawn. Served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945, and then moved to Los Angeles where he opened a chiropractic practice and taught psychiatry. Upon retirement in 1981, he moved to Sedona.

During his lifetime, he studied psychoanalysis with Dr. E. Clegg and Dr. J. L. Bendit, and later studied psychotherapy under Dr. Nandor Fodor. His training encompassed Freudian, Jungian and Reichian methods.


Both Chic and Tabatha are Chief Adepts of the Golden Dawn as re-established by Israel Regardie. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Chic is the G.H. Imperator, and Tabatha is the G.H. Cancellaria, is an international Order with Temples in several countries. The Ciceros have written numerous books on the Golden Dawn, Tarot, and Magic, including Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition, The Essential Golden Dawn, Tarot Talismans, and updates, annotations and introductions to classic Israel Regardie texts such as The Philosopher's Stone, The Middle Pillar and A Garden of Pomegranates.



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SECRETS OF THE WAITE-SMITH TAROT:
The True Story of the World's Most Popular Tarot
By Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2015)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover newly revealed secrets, hidden for a century, about the fascinating origins of the most widely used tarot system in the world. With never-before-seen material from Arthur Edward Waite’s own secret order, an exploration of the world that inspired Pamela Colman Smith, and a practical guide to interpreting the cards, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot will breathe new life into your readings.

Drawing on Waite’s unpublished writings, historic photographs of Smith, and much more, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot unlocks the symbols and correspondences of the cards. Explore the comparisons between the court cards and the stage characters that influenced Smith; learn about her intuitive understanding of the Tree of Life and how that wisdom is reflected in her minor arcana. From stunning artwork and sample spreads to influential colors and music, this groundbreaking book draws back the curtain to reveal the true legacies of Waite and Smith.

Praise:
Astonishing revelations of Pixie Smith’s contributions to the Tarot! Masterful, and not to be missed.”—Mary K. Greer, author of The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals


About the Authors
Marcus Katz (England) is a tarot teacher and the director of Tarot Professionals, the world’s largest professional tarot organization. He has studied and taught tarot for thirty years and has delivered more than ten thousand face-to-face readings. He is the co-founder of Tarot Town, the social network for tarot readers, with thousands of members worldwide.

Tali Goodwin (England) is the marketing director of Tarot Professionals and co-founder of the Tarot Town social network. She maintains a popular tarot blog at TarotSpeakEasy.com.



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THE DIONYSIAN SPIRIT
By Seán Fitton
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford (August 19, 2012)
List Price: $18.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
For many people Dionysos is an obscure Greek god of wine and theatre. For others he is so much more. The Dionysian Spirit examines, in an easy and accessible form, the essence of what Dionysos is all about, both as a deity and as a cultural and social force. It looks at how the relationship of Dionysos with his opposite number, Apollo, and Dionysos' twin gifts of ekstasis (ecstasy) and entheos (enthusiasm) have informed and enlivened our lives and cultures from ancient times right up to the present day and beyond. The Dionysian Spirit - like the art of a good party - has always been with us and now, in many ways, we need it more than ever.

Contents: Devotional to Dionysos / The Visualisation / The Myths of Dionysos /
Dionysian Heroes / Dionysos Around the World / Dionysos Across The Millennium / Dionysos Goes Forth



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MANUAL OF PSYCHOMAGIC:
The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy
By Alejandro Jodorowsky
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (February 22, 2015)


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A workbook for using symbolic acts to heal the unconscious mind--

Provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of specific psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems, from stuttering, eczema, and fears to repressed rage and hereditary illnesses

Details how practitioners can develop unique psychomagic solutions for their patients

Explains how psychomagic bypasses the rational mind to work directly with the unconscious for quicker and more enduring change

Traditional psychotherapy seeks to unburden the unconscious mind purely through talk and discussion. Psychomagic recognizes that it is difficult to reach the unconscious with rational thought. We should instead speak directly to the unconscious in its own language, that of dreams, poetry, and symbolic acts. By interacting on this deeper level, we can initiate quicker and more enduring change to resolve repressed childhood trauma, express buried emotions, and overcome deep-seated intimacy issues. Through the lens of psychomagic, illness can be seen as the physical dream of the unconscious, revealing unresolved issues, some passed from generation to generation.

In this workbook of psychomagical spells, legendary filmmaker and creator of psychomagic Alejandro Jodorowsky provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems from stuttering, eczema, and fear of failure to repressed rage, hereditary illnesses, and domineering parents. Each solution takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them into a series of theatrical symbolic actions that enable one to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives. Explaining the shamanic techniques at the foundation of psychomagic, the author offers methods for aspiring practitioners to develop solutions for their own unique patients.

Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self. As he says in the book, “Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity.”

Editorial Reviews

Psychomagic is the purest art form and a plea against suffering. Alejandro Jodorowsky is a demiurge and an interpreter of our stories, always exploring further the understanding of both the beauty and complexity revealed by humankind.” (Diana Widmaier-Picasso, art historian)

This is great . . . like a cookbook of very useful recipes that can help us to understand our life and the universe we live in.” (Marina Abramovic, performance artist)

Jodorowsky is a brilliant, wise, gentle, and cunning wizard with tremendous depth of imagination and crystalline insight into the human condition.” (Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head)

Alejandro Jodorowsky seamlessly and effortlessly weaves together the worlds of art, the confined social structure, and things we can only touch with an open heart and mind.” (Erykah Badu, artist and alchemist)

His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse,and blasphemous.” (Wall Street Journal)

The best movie director ever!” (Marilyn Manson, musician, actor, and multimedia artist)

An autobiographical work by an octogenarian, The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work. . . .” (Los Angeles Times)

The Dance of Reality [film is] a trippy but big-hearted reimagining of the young Alejandro’s unhappy childhood in a Chilean town. . . .” (New York Times Magazine)

Rather than clarifying the meaning of his imagery, [The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky] only inspires readers to enjoy its ‘mystery’ . . . a worthy read, filled with growing pains and crises that end in artistic triumph and achievement of wisdom and compassion.” (Scene4 Magazine)

Wildly creative and boldly cinematic. The unifying factor is a bizarre sense of whimsy. . . For the armchair student of human psychology, imagining Jodorowsky’s vibrant, visceral, and entirely unapologetic paths to the unconscious should be an absolutely delightful exercise.” (Publishers Weekly, February 2015)

About the Author
Alejandro Jodorowsky is the legendary filmmaker of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other major media. His most recent film, The Dance of Reality, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and opened in theaters across the United States in 2014. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Psychomagic, The Way of Tarot, and Metagenealogy. He lives in Paris.



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THE WISDOM OF BIRCH, OAK, AND YEW:
Connect to the Magic of Trees for Guidance & Transformation
By Penny Billington
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2015)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tune into the wisdom of three trees sacred to Druids—birch, oak, and yew—and use their powerful lessons and natural gifts to transform your life. Written by a Druid with more than twenty years of practical experience, The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew will guide you through a one-of-a-kind journey of magical self-discovery. Its unique invitation: change your perspective by “being as a tree” and consider yourself in light of the qualities of our arboreal friends.

Engage with the spirit of each tree and explore its relationship to the stages of your life and the rhythm of your days. Experience within yourself each tree’s positive attributes, gain perspective by taking on each tree’s role as “witness,” and find respite from the frenetic pace of modern life.

Praise:
Wise, inspiring, and entertaining, this is a profoundly practical book about nature’s magic and how it supports our personal development. I warmly recommend it.”—Dr. William Bloom, author of The Power of Modern Spirituality-

A very fine book on the deep magic of the trees. Penny Billington shows us how these trees function as guides and initiators, teachers and friends and along the way gives us a first-rate introduction to working with the energies of the land to promote healing and new life.”—Ian Rees, Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Program Director of the Annwn Foundation-



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CIRCLE OF EIGHT:
Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth
By Jane Meredith
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2015)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Circle of Eight is an exciting magical system for developing powerful, transformative rituals based on your relationship with the land. Join Jane Meredith as you process and incorporate the unique conditions of your location—the climate and seasons, flora and fauna, the manifestation of elements, and other important aspects of place. Through explorations of mythic work, invocations, inner discovery, and relationships within magical circles, this book provides much-needed insight into the experience of local magic—whether you live in a rainforest, a city, or anywhere in between.

With instructions for setting up your own Circle of Eight, Jane Meredith’s unique approach will radically reinvent your relationship with traditional circle magic. Suitable for beginners, advanced ritualists, groups, and solo practitioners, this book helps you step boldly into the powerful magic of place and the great Wheel of the Year.

Praise:
"In a gentle but insistent and courageous voice, Jane Meredith teaches us how to bend our spirit to listen to what the sacred land is telling us about itself, and to create ritual that is alive, vibrant, and flexible enough to adapt to whatever comes with honesty and grace."—Anne Newkirk Niven, editor, Witches & Pagans magazine-

"Circle of Eight provides real, heartfelt, and practical methods of living our spirituality, of reminding us what our Paganism truly means, while keeping open and inspired by the lessons around us."—Cat Treadwell, Druid priest and author of Facing the Darkness and A Druid's Tale-



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TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT AND THE PATH TO THE MYSTERIES
By Melusine Draco
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (March 27, 2015)
List Price: $16.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Traditional Witchcraft and the Path to the Mysteries, the sixth and last in the Traditional Witchcraft series, is a voyage of discovery and, as with every journey, it is essential that we understand where we are now and where we want to be. We need proper direction unlike that popular old Irish saying: “If I wanted to be going there, I wouldn’t be starting from here!”

So let us make our preparations, put our house in order, and begin our journey of exploration and self-discovery. As with all stages of Life there are friends and acquaintances to consider: the essence of some we will take with us – the rest we will leave behind.

But as the genii from Where the Rainbow Ends says: “Time is short, and we have far to travel.”



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SPELLBOUND:
The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish
By Lucy Cavendish
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Rockpool Publishing (April 1, 2015)
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A beautifully packaged mystical journey into the secret world of spellcasting—from a respected Witch
Spellbound is about connecting you to the magic inside you and activating this transformative power. Learn how and why spells work; the history of spells; magical symbols to use in your spells; how to dress magically; and the rules of spellcasting. Discover the healing power and pure joy of magical ritual in a lovely tome with the look and feel of an old world spell book, complete with ribbon marker. Watch your life become the magical experience it was always meant to be.



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THE ROMANCE OF SORCERY
(Dover Books on the Occult)
By Sax Rohmer
Series: Dover Books on the Occult
Paperback: 240 pages
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
From the creator of the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu comes this exploration of occult history. Sax Rohmer, an expert on the dark arts, presents an intriguing tour of sorcery through the ages, from ceremonies of witchcraft and demonology to the spells, curses, and rites of Satanism. Rohmer's engaging and informative survey also examines the practices of astrology and alchemy.
In addition to its study of dark rituals, The Romance of Sorcery offers vivid profiles of key figures of the occult: Nostradamus, the sixteenth-century seer who prophesied major world events; Dr. John Dee, the advisor to Elizabeth I who straddled the worlds of science and magic; Cagliostro, the eighteenth-century con artist who amassed millions and died broke; and Madame Blavatsky, a founder of Theosophy and leading figure of the New Age movement.

FROM THE BACK COVER:
From the creator of the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu comes this exploration of occult history. Sax Rohmer, an expert on the dark arts, presents an intriguing tour of sorcery through the ages, from ceremonies of witchcraft and demonology to the spells, curses, and rites of Satanism. Rohmer's engaging and informative survey also examines the practices of astrology and alchemy.
In addition to its study of dark rituals, The Romance of Sorcery offers vivid profiles of key figures of the occult: Nostradamus, the sixteenth-century seer who prophesied major world events; Dr. John Dee, the advisor to Elizabeth I who straddled the worlds of science and magic; Cagliostro, the eighteenth-century con artist who amassed millions and died broke; and Madame Blavatsky, a founder of Theosophy and leading figure of the New Age movement.

Dover (2015) republication of the edition originally published by Methuen & Co., London, 1914.

About the Author
Sax Rohmer (1883–1959) is best known for his novels featuring the criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu. Rohmer claimed membership to The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organization devoted to the study of magic and a leading influence on 20th-century occultism.







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

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