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Monday, June 1, 2015


Alphonse Maria Mucha, “Summer”, 1896
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!

Edge of the Circle Books is Proud to Present:

Taught by Melissa Painter
Fee: $50.00
To register, email

This workshop gives you a solid understanding of the Tarot basics so that you may relax and hear that inner knowing and do your deeper work.

In this workshop you will learn:

Major Arcana
Minor Arcana
Court Royals
Card spreads
Symbols, Numerology and the Four Elements
Exercises to improve Scrying
How to perform a Reading and Ethics

Time is provided to practice your new skills with your new friends and to have your questions answered.
Workbook materials, snacks and beverages provided.
Please bring your own deck.

To register, email

For more information call (206) 726-1999 or PAN-1999


Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

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The Mysteries of the Gnostic Mass
By Iao131
8.5″ x 11″ Perfect-bound Paperback, Full color, : 112 pages
Publisher: (April 6, 2015)
List Price: $ 48.00

The Journal of Thelemic Studies: Volume III, Number 1 – The Mysteries of the Gnostic Mass’ is a special issue devoted exclusively to the central public and private rite of Ordo Templi Orientis, Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass. This issue has over 15 articles from a diverse group of Thelemites writing on a wide variety of topics from the Creed, to magical energy in the Mass, to preparation of Cakes of Light, to music in the Mass, and more.


(Enhanced English Translation)
By Anna Dorzhieva (Artist), Piero MNG (Gianpiero Mangialardi) (Artist), Giby Joseph (Artist), Cristian G (Artist), J. Collin de Plancy (Author), Natalia Zasadzinska (Translator), Jean-Christophe Dufau (Translator), Michael Coles (Translator)
Imitation Leather: 754 pages
Publisher: Abracax House (2014)
List Price: $86.00

The first English translation of J. Collin de Plancy's Infernal Dictionary (6th edition, 1863). This enhanced translation of de Plancy's encyclopedia of occult, superstition and theology includes digitally enhanced reproductions of de Plancy's original 19th century woodcuts, brand new artwork including dozens of full-color portraits reimagining several infernal beings, additional annotations and an English-French index of articles.

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About the author(s):

J. Collin de Plancy was a prolific and popular author of books on the occult, demonology and the supernatural in the 19th century.

Natalia is an expert translator and academic researcher of French, Polish, Latin and English whose previous works include the "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (False Hierarchy of Demons), Illustrated English Translation.

Jean-Christophe is an expert translator of French and English whose previous works include the book "If They Saw the Sea".

Anna is a Russia-based master artist who specializes in Fantasy art. Her previous works include "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (False Hierarchy of Demons), Illustrated English Translation".

Piero Mng is a fantasy artist based in Italy. His works were featured in "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (False Hierarchy of Demons), Illustrated English Translation".

Giby is a Fantasy artist based in India. His work was featured in "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (False Hierarchy of Demons), Illustrated English Translation".

Cristian is a Fantasy artist based in Argentina. His works were previously featured in "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (False Hierarchy of Demons), Illustrated English Translation".


(Illustrated English Translation)
By Johann Weyer (Author), Michael Coles (Editor), Natalia Zasadzinska (Translator)
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Abracax House (2014)
List Price: $22.95

This new definitive translation of Weyer's four hundred year old classic includes digitally enhanced and enlarged versions of de Plancy's 19th century woodcuts from Dictionnaire Infernal, demonic seal reproductions and newly commissioned full-color illustrations from an international team of fantasy artists, each providing a unique modern vision of these infernal beings. The Pseudomonarchia Daemonum ("False Hierarchy of Demons") was published as an appendix to the hugely popular De Prestigiis Daemonum. 

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Since then, it has been used as the definitive reference and source for dozens of grimoires including The Lesser Key of Solomon and Dictionnaire Infernal. This Illustrated English Translation is printed in full color, features the original Latin and translated English text side-by-side for easy reference, and includes annotations that provide additional context and a transparent translation process.


Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Litha
(Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
By Llewellyn (Author), Deborah Blake (Author)
Series: Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials (Book 3)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2015)
List Price: $11.99

Midsummer—also known as the Summer Solstice or Litha—is a time to rejoice in abundance and light. This guide to the history and modern celebration of Midsummer shows you how to celebrate and work with the energy of the longest day of the year.

  • 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:
Deborah Blake is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007), Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008), The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch (Llewellyn 2009), Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and Witchcraft on a Shoestring (2010). She has published numerous articles in Pagan publications, including Llewellyn annuals and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans' Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker. She lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.


Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas
(Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)
By Llewellyn (Author), Melanie Marquis (Author)
Series: Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials (Book 4)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2015)
List Price: $11.99

Lughnasadh—also known as Lammas—is the beginning of the harvest season, marking the point where the first fruit of the land has ripened. This guide to Lughnasadh shows you how to perform rituals and work magic around the gratitude we feel for plans that have come to fruition and explore themes of fertility, protection, and reflection.

  • 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:
Melanie Marquis is a lifelong practitioner of magick, founder of the United Witches global coven, and organizer of Denver Pagans. She is a writer who has written for the American Tarot Association, Llewellyn's almanacs and datebooks, and national and international Pagan publications including Circle and Pentacle Magazine. She resides in Colorado.

Visit her online at


A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing, and Using the Right Wand
By Gypsey Elaine Teague (Author), Orion Foxwood (Foreword)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 2015)
List Price: $19.95

The wand is the most important component of the witch's toolbox. Serving as an ultimate big book of wands, here is the clearest exposition of the names, spirits, and attributes of: 
  • woods for wands
  • The clearest explanation of wand anatomy
  • The most complete explanation of how to access, shape, and channel magical forces from wands
  • A fresh and useful approach to wands for specific magical practices
  • A useful guide for a witch to form a partnership with her wand

Based on her deep knowledge of plant science and ethnobotany and years of magical practice, the author examines the uses and benefits of each wand component (primarily woods, shrubs, grasses, vines, and some metals). She also explores their associations to various gods and goddesses, relationships to specific types of magic, and the results a practitioner can expect to achieve. She also includes tips and resources for finding materials, handcrafting, and correspondence charts for easy reference. The final section focuses on the wands used in the "Harry Potter" series.

This is the ultimate guide for witches and pagans everywhere.

About the Author(s)
Gypsey Elaine Teague is the Branch Head of the Gunnin Architecture Library at Clemson University as well as a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, an Elder and High Priestess in the Georgian tradition, a High Priestess in the Icelandic Norse tradition, and a High Priestess and originator of Steampunk Magic. Teague is published in a number of areas and presents nationally on Steampunk history, literature, and popular culture. She is also the author of Steampunk Magic (Weiser Books).

Orion Foxwood is a conjurer in the American southern folk tradition, a traditional witch and a Faery Seer. He is the founder of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion in Maryland and a co-founder of Conjure Crossroads and the annual Folk Magic Festival held in New Orleans and Conjure-Con. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Candle and the Crossroads both published by Weiser Books. .


Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year Paperback
By Tiffany Lazic
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2015)
List Price: $24.99

Fusing ancient Western spirituality, energy work, and psychology, The Great Work is a practical guide to personal transformation season by season. Learn to be truly holistic by incorporating key physical, emotional, and energetic practices into your life at times when the natural tides are in harmony with your process.

The Great Work captures the core essence of each festival with eight key themes that span the annual cycle—a cycle that reflects human development and experience. Discover how Yule can alleviate a painful childhood, how Beltane can facilitate conscious relationships, and how Mabon can assist with determining your life's purpose. Find guidance through daily journal questions, elemental meditations, and the author's unique energy-healing technique of Hynni. With this invaluable resource for your journey of inner alchemy, you'll develop an intimate connection with the earth's impulse to create balance and harmony.

"Tiffany Lazic weaves together psychology, myth, meditation and keen observation of the natural world, creating an invaluable and original resource for healing work of all kinds. Inviting and accessible to all readers."—Elizabeth Cunningham, author of The Maeve Chronicles

"The Great Work presents inspiring insights and practical exercises that help unlock the alchemical mysteries at the heart of the Eightfold Path, and which facilitate a deep connection with the cycles of nature as they reveal their transformational powers in all of us."
Jhenah Telyndru, author of Avalon Within

About the Author:
Tiffany is a Spiritual Psychotherapist with over sixteen years experience in Transpersonal Psychology. She completed training in Spiritual Psychotherapy at the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training in Toronto where she also taught in the College’s Discovering the Total Self Program, Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program, Spiritual Directorship Program and Esoteric Studies Program. She served as a staff psychotherapist and case supervisor. She continues to teach at the College as a guest facilitator both in their Spiritual Directorship Training Program and their Divine Connections Practitioner Training Program.

An international presenter and keynote speaker, Tiffany has conducted workshops for many conferences and organizations, including the 2013 Energy Psychology Conference. She was one of the co-creators and co-organizers of Kitchener's SPARKS Symposium (2010 - 2012).

Tiffany is the owner of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness, with a private therapy practice offering individual, couples and group therapy. She has developed two self-development programs, Patterns of Conscious Living Program and the Spiritual Language of the Divine Program, as well as a creative workshop, The Art of the Divine. As a 'satellite school' of the Transformational Arts College, she also teaches the College's ten course Discovering the Total Self Program.


A History and Evaluation of the Western Hermetic Tradition
By Cherry Gilchrist (Author), Mark Booth (Foreword)
Series: Mind, Body, Knowledge
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 2015)
List Price: $14.95

Alchemy is the art of transformation. At its simplest, the alchemist turns base metals into gold. However, this is only one dimension of alchemy--at a more sophisticated level the alchemist's "base metal" is symbolic of himself that needs to be worked upon and the "gold" produced is the alchemist himself in his or her quest to perfect his own nature. In short, true alchemy is a discipline involving physical, psychological and spiritual work aimed at producing wholeness and enlightenment.

From the origins of alchemy, both reputed and documented, Cherry Gilchrist's lively and sympathetic narrative takes the reader from the alchemical interests of the ancient Egyptians to the flowering of alchemy in the 17th century. She also elucidates the complexities of alchemical symbolism and examines the ways in which alchemy has developed in the 20th century.


The Secret Realms Beyond the Body and How to Reach Them
By Steve Richards
Series: Mind, Body, Knowledge
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (April 1, 2015)
List Price: $14.95

Pliny and Plato talked about it. Swedenborg did it. Indian gurus have made a habit of it. Raymond Moody and Robert Monroe have described it. That "it" is the ability to leave home alone, i.e., to leave one's boy and travel to unseen and unknown worlds and then to return--enlightened. Drawing on a fascinating array of material, both Eastern and Western, Steve Richards presents a unique panoramic view of the hidden or astral reality--the essential features of the astral landscape, the many facets of astral experience, and how to embark on a never-to-be-forgotten journey of exploration beyond the body. Subjects covered include:
  • Suspended animation
  • Near-death experiences
  • Astral sex
  • Heaven and hell
  • Astral meditation

This is a delightful introductory text to an area of perennial interest. It is filled with amazing stories of out-of-body experiences from both past and present. It is also a primer to astral travel, providing the basics to readers interested in leaving the body for journeys beyond the body.


The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth from Druidism to Arthurian Legend (Mind, Body, Knowledge)
By Ward Rutherford (Author), John Matthews (Foreword)
Series: Mind, Body, Knowledge
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 1, 2015)
List Price: $14.95

This is a lively and absorbing account of the world of Celtic myth and the role it has played in the development of western culture. Included here are:
  • The world of the Celts, including an historical overview from their emergence as an identifiable people around 1000 B.C. Also included is an exploration of their social structure.
  • The contents of Celtic myths and the differences and similarities between their manifestation in Britain and Ireland.
  • The topography of the supernatural world of Celtic myth, including discussion of Druidism, Shamanism, and the meaning of Celtic myths.
  • The influence of Celtic myth in English literature from Arthurian legend to the Grail legends.
This highly literate, lively, and absorbing exploration of one of the jewels of European cultural heritage demonstrates how deeply Celtic mythology has become embedded in Western consciousness. It is for anyone interested in history, mythology, spirituality, and culture.



A Fine Art Tarot Deck & Booklet
By J.D. Hildegard Hinkel (Author, Creator)
Series: The Fine Art of Contemplation
High quality, coated card stock
Vibrant, beautifully printed images
3.07 x 5.04 inches (7.8 x 12.8 cm)
Publisher: Aello Publishing (2014)
List Price: $35.00



Exploring the deck reveals motifs from Greek and Roman art, history, and legend as well as teachings from the Ancient Mysteries, including:

Scenes from daily life
Leaders and rebels of the Roman Empire
Gods and Goddesses
Mythological creatures and nature spirits
Secrets from the Dionysian, Orphic, and Eleusinian Mysteries
Epic tales from Greek theater
Characters and stories from the Classics, including Homeric Hymns, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Metamorphoses
The images in the deck circle around Classical mythology and the Ancient world, providing a consistent artistic look and Neoclassical theme.

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Changes to the titles of several cards celebrate the Ancient world:

Threads of Fate (Wheel of Fortune) ~ In honor of the Moirai, or the Fates, the sister-goddesses who mete out fortune, life, and change.
The One Torn Asunder (The Hanged Man) ~ Following the legend of Orpheus, who is also The Fool, and the Orphic Mysteries he inspired.
The Siren (The Devil) ~ Symbol of temptation and wild, elemental nature.
The Shipwreck (The Tower) ~ The sea was more prominent and dangerous in the Classical world than medieval towers, so the painting depicts the wreckage of a ship rather than a tower.
The Garden (The World) ~ The peaceful, edge-of-the-world garden of the Hesperides, guardian nymphs of the evening. The card’s image has a round frame, echoing the circular imagery on the traditional tarot card, The World. 

Devotee ~ Roughly equivalent to the traditional tarot Page, the Devotee reflects devotion to what the suit represents.
Artisan ~ A nod to the artist and craftsperson as a sacred archetype, the Artisan represents the ability to use a suit’s qualities in practical and productive ways.
Hero ~ A combination of the tarot Knight and King, the Hero is the energetic, living expression of each suit.
Enchantress ~ Similar to the Queen in most tarot decks, the Enchantress is the internalization of each suit. Taking it beyond the traditional, the Enchantress consciously applies those lessons to manifest desired outcomes.

The Fool is “unnumbered” (not given the designation “0”), because the Greeks did not use the concept of zero in numbering until later periods.
As in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, Strength is in the 8th place, and Justice is in the 11th. The order of these two cards follows the chronology of the Odyssey: First, Circe fearlessly faces her uninvited guests (Strength), and then she tests Odysseus to judge his worthiness (Justice).

78 illustrated cards:
22 trumps
40 numbered cards
16 face cards
Plus 2 additional cards:
1 additional, alternate Empress card
1 title card with list of artists

Narrative descriptions for each card
Keywords for quick reference
Listing of each artwork
Information about tarot and the artwork
Wood-free paper
66 numbered pages


Two dozen Victorian and Edwardian artists created the 80 paintings in the Tarot of Delphi between 1838 and 1913. Artist styles include Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Aesthetic, Academic, and Neoclassical.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Wright Barker
John Collier
Edith Ridley Corbet
Herbert James Draper
John William Godward
Arthur Hacker
Benjamin Robert Haydon
Edward Robert Hughes
Frederic Leighton
Albert Joseph Moore
Edward Poynter
Henrietta Rae
William Reynolds-Stephens
William Blake Richmond
Victor John Robertson
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Henry Ryland
Anthony Frederick Sandys
Herbert Gustave Schmalz
Annie Louisa Swynnerton
Frank William Topham
John William Waterhouse
George Frederic Watts
The artists are British, except for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was from the Netherlands and became a British denizen.

About the Author:
Janet D. Hildegard Hinkel became obsessed with Victorian and Edwardian art in 2012. She decided to return to an earlier career in publishing to produce the Tarot of Delphi. Janet also drew on her upbringing in western metaphysics and her studies of eastern meditation, yoga, tarot, and symbolism that begin in the 1990s. Her formal education is in political economy (The Evergreen State College, 1997) and public health (State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009). She has worked in nonprofits, higher education, community health, publishing, and other aspects of media.



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


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