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Friday, May 1, 2015


The May Pole” Photographer: Clarence H. White, 1899

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:
Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!

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!


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!

Edge of the Circle Books is Proud
to Present the Following Special Event:

An evening with Morpheus Ravenna

Friday, May 22 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Cost: Free

Join author Morpheus Ravenna for this intimate talk and book-signing event at Edge of the Circle Books. The Book of the Great Queen is a new, in-depth book on the lore and history of the Morrígan, Celtic Goddess of sovereignty, battle, and Otherworld power. Morpheus will share a reading from the book, including selections from the enchanting poems of the Morrígan, followed by book-signing and conversation.


Bronze Hecate Greek Goddess of Magic Sculpture
Size: 11 3/4"H
Material: Cold Cast Bronze (Resin)

Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

Beyond the Realm of the Angels Paperback
By John DeSalvo Ph.D.
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (March 21, 2015)
List Price: $16.95

A step-by-step guide to the rituals of Enochian magic for reaching the higher spiritual realms~

Reveals missing practical instructions for the Enochian magic system received by John Dee and Edward Kelley

Explains that the angelic realm is only the first and farthest away of the spiritual realms surrounding God

Shows how to connect with the higher worlds beyond the angels to tap more fully in to the magical power of the Divine

In this comprehensive introduction to Enochian magic and beyond, John DeSalvo explains how the magic system transmitted by the angels to John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 16th century has until now remained incomplete and thus not as powerful as the angels intended.

Drawing on his in-depth study of John Dee’s diaries, DeSalvo explains how Dee and Kelley were given the Enochian tables and calls but their communications with the angels were severed before they received the full practical instructions for Enochian magic. To this day, most magical groups improvise and make up rituals based on their own ideas and imagination--the magic they practice is not true angelic magic.

After many successful Enochian magic rituals and years of his own spiritual work, DeSalvo has discovered additional key pieces to the magical system of Dee and Kelley, a system now known as Power Magic. He provides step-by-step instructions for more complete and accurate Enochian magic rituals and reveals how the angelic realm is only the first and farthest away of the spiritual realms surrounding God. He explains how to penetrate this angelic realm with Power Magic to reach higher spiritual worlds and receive more powerful knowledge and energy. He shows that by connecting with the higher worlds beyond the angels, we can tap more fully in to the magical power of the Divine and begin restoring the planetary magic of our most ancient ancestors.


ARAARAARA: (Sango, Shango)
Wondrous Inhabitor of Thunder
By John Mason
528 pages
Binding: Paperback with CD
Publisher: Yoruba Theological Archministry (2012)
List Price: $35.00
A comprehensive exploration of the Sango Culture Complex from the dawn of mankind in southwest Africa to its dominating presence in both the West African and American Diasporas is presented. Recent, revolutionary, cutting edge research in genetics and archeology informs the presentations in this book as well as the rethinking of commonly held views about items of cultural lore associated with Sango. A score of maps, many presented for the first time, 141 black and white portraits of Brazilian, Cuban, and American Orisa priests, the majority printed for the first time, along with one 32 page, one 40 page black and white photo inserts and one 32 page color photo insert help to display the evidence for the reader to examine. Seventy songs sung to honor Sango and associated Orisa in Bahia and Sao Paulo Brasil are presented in Yoruba, as sung, along with their English translations. Sixty of the songs are presented on a CD.


History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
By Courtney Weber
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 1, 2015)
List Price: $18.95

"Lady of the Well, the Forge, and the Green Earth, I seek you."
--Brigid, I Seek You

Brigid--mother, daughter, healer, bard, warrior, fire goddess, goddess of the oak, animals, and magic. Brigid of the spring, her festival Imbolc, oversees fertility of all kinds. Brigid is many things to many people. In this enticing book, Courtney Weber offers up a wide-ranging exposition and celebration of all things Brigid, who is arguably the most popular figure in Celtic mythology and religion. Meet Brigid in her various incarnations--Celtic Pagan Goddess, Christian Saint, and Voudon Loa.

Each chapter ends with guided meditations and exercises that help readers tap into Brigid's healing powers. Inside you'll find Brigid-focused spells, blessings, recipes, and rituals for love, harmony, protection, and much more.

"Brigid's origin myths bring no peace to the logical mind. She appears as an important daughter of a God in one myth, but the mother of that God in a different telling, while vanishing completely in a third version. Which version is the right version? Does any myth from any source even have a 'right' telling? The various versions tell us about the storyteller. Brigid's myths had many tellers and, therefore, many versions. Stories varied widely, circulated through oral tradition in local vernacular. As Christian monks later recorded the myths, characters were often augmented to fit Christian ideals." --from the book

About the Author:
Courtney Weber is a Priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, activist and practicing Witch in New York City. Her writing has appeared in several publications and she blogs at and on ("Behind the Broom: What the Books Don't Tell You"). She is the designer and producer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a photographic Tarot deck set in New York City. Courtney lecturers regularly around the United States and travels to Ireland frequently, leading tours of the sacred sites.


Communicating with Plants for Healing and Higher Consciousness
By Carole Guyett, Pam Montgomery (Foreword)
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (March 26, 2015)
List Price: $16.00

A practical guide to connecting with plants through ceremony
Explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting” to receive their teachings and guidance

Details 8 ceremonial plant initiations centered on common, easily recognized plants and trees such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose

Provides instructions to develop your own sacred plant initiations and make ceremonial plant elixirs

Includes four audio journeys to facilitate plant initiations

In this guide to sacred plant initiations, medical herbalist and shamanic practitioner Carole Guyett explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting.” A plant diet involves ingesting a particular plant over a period of time so you regularly receive the plant’s vibratory energy as well as its medicinal actions. Adding a ceremonial element to plant dieting offers a sacred initiation by the plant world, allowing you to connect deeply with all aspects of a plant, receive its sacred teachings, and forge a relationship for guidance and healing, benefiting both yourself and others.

Each of the eight ceremonial plant initiations detailed in the book was personally developed by the author through extensive work with her ceremonial groups. They each center on an easily recognized plant or tree such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose. These common plants have powerful teachings and healing guidance to share with those who communicate with and honor them. The initiations, for both individuals and groups, work with the Wheel of the Year, honoring each plant’s sacred timing and connecting with one of the eight Celtic and Pre-Celtic Fire Festivals--the solstices, equinoxes, and the holy days of Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain, and Imbolc.

Offering practical instructions so you can develop your own sacred plant initiations, the author also include access to 4 audio journeys to facilitate the initiations in the book. She also explains how to make plant elixirs for use in plant diets and for healing. She shows how connecting with plants allows us to deepen our relationship with Nature, access higher levels of consciousness and spiritual realms, and facilitate the full flowering of human potential.


By Trevor Greenfield
Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (September 26, 2014)
List Price: $20.95

Naming the Goddess is written by over eighty adherents and scholars of Goddess and Goddess Spirituality, and includes contributions from Selena Fox, Kathy Jones, Caroline Wise and Rachel Patterson. Part 1 is a series of critical essays focusing upon contemporary Goddess issues. Part 2 is a spiritual gazetteer featuring over seventy Goddesses.


How Accessing Your Sixth Sense Can Help You
Find Knowledge, Illumination, and Intuition
By Susan Shumsky, DD
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (April 20, 2015)
List Price: $16.99

Usually, you perceive the world by using your five senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing.

But there is a sixth sense, an inner eye that can open the gateway to subtler realms of existence. Developing this inner eye will enable you to view a previously invisible world of multiple dimensions, spiritual planes filled with light, and alternate realities of indescribable wonders. This eye of wisdom, knowledge, illumination, and intuition is aptly named the third eye.

Using the methods in Awaken Your Third Eye, you will learn how to develop super-sensory perception, and how to use your third eye in your everyday life to receive guidance, healing, wisdom, inspiration, creativity, and spiritual awakening.

About the Author:
Susan Shumsky, DD, has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, and positive ways. She is an award-winning author of 11 books including The Power of Chakras, The Power of Auras, and Ascension. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and of Deepak Chopra. She served on Maharishi's personal staff for seven years. A pioneer in the human potential field and a highly respected spiritual teacher for nearly 50 years, she is the founder of Divine Revelation®--a unique, field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. Her Website is .



By Janne Koivuniemi
Book and deck set
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1 edition (April 28, 2015)
Size: 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 2″ | 78 art cards | 80 pp
List Price: $24.99

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Tarot Gothica leads the way from light to lighter and dark to darker, illuminating the circle of life through 78 beautiful art cards depicting Gothic themes. Learn to identify cycles that can be found hidden in the rhythms of each day, year, and throughout life by listening to your inner feelings and noticing that things occur in a certain order. Understand your shadows and lights, your own Devil and God, your fears and strengths. The cards may be read either in spreads or as symbolic images, each choice offering direction through your life situations while discovering the path between Light and Darkness. Journey unafraid as these cards lend their guidance for the voyage of your life.

About the Author:
Janne Koivuniemi has been a photographer since 2004, working mostly with Gothic and surreal photos and manipulations. He started his path through Theosophical Society and Freemasons and found the so called “language of gods,” mathematics and numbers, which led him directly to the Tarot.


By Alessio Cavatore
Publishers: River Horse, Lo Scarabeo, Llewellyn
English | 3 x 5 x 1 IN
Pub Date: May 2015
Price: $22.95

A family card game set in the world of Loka, inspired by medieval tarot, illustrated by Ralph Horsley and designed by Alessio Cavatore.

The tarot has an ancient lineage dating back to the 15th century. During the Renaissance period, tarot decks were used to play card games, a tradition that remains in parts of Italy and France. It was not until the 18th century that mystics began to use the tarot as a divinatory tool, and today, in the English-speaking world at least, popular conception associates the tarot with occultism and soothsaying. Because we love games, and the fascinating historical imagery of the original tarot cards, at River Horse we decided it was time to redress the balance – so we created a deck of tarot cards that paid homage to the original use of the tarot as a game, pure and simple. And who better to illustrate this deck than the master fantasy artist, Ralph Horsley, who has fused the imagery of Alessio’s fantasy world, Loka, with the design of the original medieval tarot cards.

  • It's a four-player card game for the entire family.
  • Easy, fast rules. Sophisticated team-based gameplay (two vs two, no speaking about the cards!).
  • Beautifully illustrated, with over forty new pieces of art. And yet very usable and very practical cards.
  • It can be used either as the Tarot of Loka game, or as traditional Tarot, or as a set of normal playing cards.
  • Two new cards that make the deck unique.



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


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