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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

YULE!



Alphonse Maria Mucha - Yule
MERRY YULE!!!!!

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 HAVE MOVED!!!!!

We are NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.

WE AT EDGE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND THE PEOPLE OVER AT THE SLOG FOR ALL THEIR HELP DURING THE MOVE, AND FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN FIXING UP THE NEW STORE!

YOU ARE PRICELESS. AND WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

Blessings, from Robert, Jonese and Raven


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
Call: 206-PAN-1999


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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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000179343332589/

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, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, or giving a workshop or talk, 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 the Edge’s new TUMBLR Page!




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!





SPECIAL EVENTS IN DECEMBER:


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 7:00PM - 8:00PM


Come celebrate the longest night with Illustris. Our rituals are co-created with participants on site, and thus vary quite a bit depending on attendees. During this ritual we will be setting our intent for the year to come along with any features co-created with attendees. Please do bring an led or other flameless candle and a small piece of festive greenery (small pine branch, piece of holly, etc.). If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Ritual will begin promptly at 7pm, so please do come a few minutes early - particularly if this is your first ritual with us :)






SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015
WINTER EISTEDDFOD & POETRY CONTEST
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Edge of the Circle Books (New Location)
1307 NE 45th St, Seattle, Seattle, WA (map)

Edge of the Circle is near 45th and University Way in the University District right next to the Neptune Theater.
Join the Seattle Druid community for a friendly poetry contest, listen to musical performances, and visit "Edge of the Circle" in its new University District Location.

To enter the contest bring 4 copies of your poem and a $10.00 entry fee (cash only). The grand prize winner will receive this beautiful handmade platter (King under the Mountain) by local artist Robert Beishline, all the cash from the entry fees plus a handsome certificate. There are also awards for each category.

Or come to listen to the poetry, and enjoy the company of a delightful group of Druids. If you are able, it would be great to bring $5 cash to add to the prize kitty. No worries if not.

Musicians are also invited to perform. Please bring your instrument or voice. We would love to hear a piece from you in between the poetry!

The event will be presided over by our own Stefanie Warren, emcee extraordinaire! Moss, Leon, and Willow Moon will be our arbiters.

So start working on your poem now! It should be a fun and friendly event to bring light to the darkest time of the year.

Hope to see you December 19th!

Ruth

About the Presider

Stefanie Warren is a lifelong lover of all things artistic and adventurous. She spent her early years dedicated to the theatre, culminating in a yearlong national tour with a professional stage play. She writes poetry, short stories, and more recently a blog of her impending world tour adventures. She also draws mandalas and enjoys any opportunity to be creative. Stefanie has been a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids for the last 14 years, and an active member of a local OBOD seed group, Circle of Coll, since 2007.

About our Arbiters

Willow Moon is a member of the British Druid Order, OBOD, and the founder of the Gorsedd of Caer Columbia; a BDO sister grove in southeastern Washington. Druidry inspires and informs her life. After a traumatic brain injury in 2013 she lost her ability to create art and write poetry. Being gentle but persistent with herself, she refused to give up. Now, two years later, her art and poetry are alive and thriving. We are what we do! She writes "I am honored to open the door and witness your heart. Thank you for trusting in the power of your creation."

Leon Reed is an accomplished poet and respected elder of Seattle's magical community. He became a Bard at Avebury and is now an Ovate in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. He is also one of the founders of the Bards of Caer Pugetia, a Gorsedd of the British Druid Order. Leon is a true Renaissance man and has written on Ogum, Celtic Gods and heros, the Tarot, medieval magical practices, ghost hunting, the Knights Templar and Celtic Astronomy. He has manuscripts in preparation on herbology, an incense maker’s formulary, a metaphysical history of the Pacific Northwest, and a biography of occultist Charles Stanfield Jones.

Moss Magill is an award winning playwright and poet, co-founder of the Circle of Coll Seed Group, a local affiliate of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. By profession, Moss has been a Learning and Development Specialist for the last 20 years and has taught multiple workshops about the writing of sacred poetry for liturgical purposes.

Edge of the Circle Magickal Books, Gifts, and Supplies.

Seattle's resource for Paganism & the Occult strives to be everything that you could want in a Magickal Pagan store. Open 7 days a week, Noon - 9pm. http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/07/02/22486975/the-sun-spell-worked-edge-of-the-circle-books-finds-a-new-home-in-the-u-district


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DECEMBER 20, DRUID RITUAL
ALBAN ARTHAN WITH THE CIRCLE OF COLL

Edge of the Circle Books (New Location)
1307 NE 45th St, Seattle, Seattle, WA (Please enter through the front door. We will be in the meeting room.)

We invite you to our Winter Solstice ceremony (Alban Arthan in the Druid tradition, Welsh for "Light of Arthur"). At this time of greatest darkness we welcome the return of light. The sun will begin to grow stronger and the days lengthen as the Wheel of the Year begins to turn towards the new life of spring.

Our Alban Arthan rite will be held at the Edge of the Circle in their new U-District location!

As is our tradition, there will be a feast and Eisteddfodd (sharing of story, poetry, and music) following the rite, so please bring a healthy snack to share and a bit of music or of the written word.

We look forward to seeing you!

Street parking, accessible by bus.

If you would like more information about the Circle of Coll, please visit our web site http://circleofcoll.org










Prices subject to change without notice.




DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT MAGIC WORDS AND SPELLS:
From Abraxas to Zoar
by Claude Lecouteux
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; Mul edition (October 24, 2015)
List Price: $35.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A comprehensive handbook of more than 1,000 magical words, phrases, symbols, and secret alphabets

Explains the origins, derivatives, and practical usage of each word, phrase, and spell as well as how they can be combined for custom spells

Based on the magical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany

Includes an in-depth exploration of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes

From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millennia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they are.

Analyzing more than 7,000 spells from the magical traditions of Europe as well as the magical papyri of the Greeks and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a comprehensive dictionary of ancient magic words, phrases, and spells along with an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes. Drawing upon thousands of medieval accounts and famous manuscripts such as the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the author examines the origins of each word or spell, offering detailed instructions on their successful use, whether for protection, love, wealth, or healing. He charts their evolution and derivations through the centuries, showing, for example, how spells that were once intended to put out fires evolved to protect people from witchcraft. He reveals the inherent versatility of magic words and how each sorcerer or witch had a set of stock phrases they would combine to build a custom spell for the magical need at hand.

Presenting a wealth of material on magical words, signs, and charms, both common and obscure, Lecouteux also explores the magical words and spells of ancient Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain before the Reconquista, the traditions passed down from ancient Egypt, and those that have stayed in use until the present day.



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MODERN TANTRA:
Living One of the World's Oldest, Continuously Practiced Forms of Pagan Spirituality in the New Millennium
by Donald Michael Kraig
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2015)
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Tantra is one of the oldest, continuously practiced, Pagan spiritual systems. Modern Tantra reveals the original sources of common concepts such as Chakras and Karma, and that they are often not the same as is commonly accepted. More importantly, it presents an ancient Pagan system, appropriate for people today, complete with its own myths, traditions, deities, astrology, healing methods, divination systems, rituals, spells, and magick.

Modern Tantra introduces concepts that are little known in the West, including the five kleshas, traditional blockages to spiritual advancement, and the Sri Yantra, a simple geometric figures seen all over India that can function like the Kabalistic Tree of Life on mega-steroids! Also introduced here is a traditional nine-chakra system with a secret chakra in the center of the skull that is responsible for producing a strange substance known as amrita, a sign of spiritual evolution.

Included here are rituals for daily use, for setting up your own Real Tantra group, for birth, puberty, weddings, and death. Also included are healing techniques using breathwork, hand positions (mudras), and chants (mantras). This is truly a complete spiritual system, yet it is presented in a way that is never dogmatic and urges growth, experimentation, and evolution.




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IRISH PAGANISM:
Reconstructing Irish Polytheism
by Morgan Daimler
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (October 30, 2015)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Irish Reconstructionist Polytheism is an often misunderstood path, but it is one with great richness and depth for those who follow it. This short introductory book touches on the basic beliefs and practices of Irish Polytheism as well as other important topics for people interested in practicing the religion using a Reconstructionist methodology or who would just like to know more about it. Explore the cosmology of the ancient Irish and learn how the old mythology and living culture show us the Gods and spirits of Ireland and how to connect to them. Ritual structure is explored, as well as daily practices and holidays, to create a path that brings the old beliefs forward into the modern world.



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THE DRUID GROVE HANDBOOK
by John Michael Greer
Publisher: Starseed Publications
Paperback.
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Since its origins in the early eighteenth century, Druidry-a modern movement of nature spirituality drawing much of its inspiration from Celtic tradition-has evolved a rich body of ceremonial and collective practice. Celebrated privately within groves this body of lore provides a ritual framework for the celebration of the seasonal cycle and the spiritual development of the individual. To this wealth of tradition, The Druid Grove Handbook is one of the few publicly available sources.

Compiled from the records of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), and edited by the AODA’s current Grand Archdruid, widely read author and environmental blogger John Michael Greer, it provides a detailed survey of the evolution of AODA’s ceremonial traditions, and the complete rituals for opening and closing a Druid grove, initiating candidates for membership, and celebrating the solstices and equinoxes, the four primary holy days of the traditional Druid year



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IMBOLC:
Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid's Day
by Carl F. Neal
Series: Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials (Book 8)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2015)
List Price: $11.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch’s year.

A well-rounded introduction to Imbolc, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences. It includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!

Imbolc—also known as Brigid’s Day—is a time to start making plans for the future, sowing the fields of the land as well as the mind. This guide to the history and modern celebration of Imbolc shows you how to perform rituals and magic to celebrate and work with the energy of the re-awakening earth.



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DREAM ESP:
The Secret of "PROPHETIC CAUSAL DREAMING" To Bring About Desired Change
Derived From the Taoist I CHING
by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2015)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Dreams have fascinated the mind and the imagination of us all, and now those same dreams can be harnessed to enrich daily life through the power of intentional dreaming. Written in part by Louis Culling and now completed by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, Dream ESP is the key to creating a partnership between your subconscious and conscious self.




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THE BOOK OF PRACTICAL CANDLE MAGIC:
Includes Complete Instructions on Candle-Making, Anointing, Incense,
And Color Symbolism, as well as a Selection of Candle Rituals
by Leo Vinci
Series: Mind, Body Knowledge
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2015)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Candle magic is a simple but effective magical technique, involving a minimum of equipment and experience. In this complete manual are instructions for making, dressing, and anointing candles and for using them in a variety of rituals--attraction, banishment, peace and contemplation, and the Mystical Novena.

The Book of Practical Candle Magic, written by an experienced occultist, offers expert guidance on a fascinating aspect of magical theory and includes a historical survey of the candle in religion and folklore as well as essential information on color symbolism, angelic signatures, planetary signs, and zodiacal correspondences.



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COSMOS, CHAOSMOS AND ASTROLOGY
by Bernadette Brady
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Sophia Centre Press (May 24, 2014)
List Price: $15.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This work radically rethinks astrology's place in society. Emerging when cultures were embedded in chaotic creation mythology, astrology has persisted into modern society. Reasons for this longevity are an enigma, yet the answer may lie in chaos theory and complexity. These theories reveal that the themes of coincidence and cycles, constitutive of chaotic creation mythologies, are in fact the common features of a lived life experience. Brady argues that astrology is actually a vernacular expression of chaos and complexity, and it thus offers insights into the efficacy of the synchronicities of life. Brady thereby offers us a profound reassessment of astrology and its cultural contexts.


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THE UNION OF ISIS AND THOTH:
Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt
by Normandi Ellis , Nicki Scully
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (November 19, 2015)
List Price: $18.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An initiatic guide to temple construction on the spiritual and physical planes

Details the initiations for consecrating yourself as a divine vessel

Guides you in building a sacred inner temple for connecting with the gods of Egypt

Delivers shamanic journeys and initiations on ascension, shamanic death and renewal, soul retrieval and healing, multidimensional realities, and more

Deep within each of us lives a primal memory of a time when the natural world was recognized as divine and our temples were built from sacred materials enlivened through magic. Temples were not places you visited once a week; they were centers of community, divine work, healing, and wisdom, places where Heaven and Earth meet. This union of Heaven and Earth--the sacred temple--is also a union of Thoth and Isis: the Egyptian god of wisdom and the creative cosmic force and the Egyptian goddess of civilizing knowledge. Their relationship established the celestial teachings on Earth, for Thoth taught Isis all the mysteries and magic she knows and Isis acted as Thoth’s instrument to deliver the teachings in a form humanity could use.

In this initiatic guide to temple building on the spiritual and physical planes, Normandi Ellis and Nicki Scully explain how to create a communal spiritual structure for connecting with the ancient Egyptian pantheon as well as how to consecrate yourself and become a vessel suitable for divine wisdom and a home for your personal gods. The authors detail the construction, shamanic visioning, and ritual consecration of a Moon Temple dedicated to Thoth. They explore teachings that help you develop relationships with the Egyptian neteru and realize your place within the family of the Egyptian pantheon. They guide you as you create your inner heart temple, the adytum, a safe place in which to receive guidance and access your higher spiritual bodies and oracular gifts. They provide shamanic journeys and initiations on ascension, shamanic death and renewal, soul retrieval and healing, multidimensional realities, and more.

By creating a sacred temple within and without, we each can take part in the union of Isis and Thoth and restore the magic of the Egyptian mysteries to our time.





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THE WITCH'S WAND:
The Craft, Lore, and Magick of Wands & Staffs
by Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Series: The Witch's Tools Series (Book 2)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2015)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover the fascinating history, symbolism, and modern use of the wand with this comprehensive guide by professional wand-maker Alferian Gwydion MacLir. From a variety of spells and rituals to methods for making your own wand, The Witch’s Wand presents a wealth of knowledge that every age and every kind of witch can use.













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THE PRIMAL LENORMAND
Game of Hope
by Alexander Glueck, ed.
36 cards, 3.125" x 4.375"
Card Language: None
Instruction Booklet: English, French & German
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems, Inc. ,2015
List Price: $20.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Primal Lenormand is a facsimile of the original Game of Hope cards published in 1799. The deck was initially conceived as a parlor game to be played with dice. Fifty years later the cards were used for divination by Mlle Lenormand. This Petit Lenormand deck has 36 cards. The booklet includes instructions for both the game and the oracle, in English, French and German.


By kind permission of the British Museum, London, edited by Alexander Glueck.
The game was conceived by Johann Kaspar Hechtel and published in Nuremberg in 1799 as a parlour game.
This is where we meet all the characters seen later in the Lenormand cards: the rider, the stork, the mice, the fish, etc.
The booklet includes the historic game rules and instructions how to read this oracle today.
Three language edition: English, French, German


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PIXIE'S ASTOUNDING LENORMAND
by Edmund Zebrowski & Pamela Colman Smith
Deck in Tin Case, 36 cards, 2.25" x 3.5"
Paperback: 132 page booklet
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Tcr Crds/P edition (August 15, 2015)
List Price: $17.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Lovingly created with artwork from the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and The Golden Vanity, this charming 36-card petit Lenormand deck pays tribute to Pamela Colman Smith. The 132-page booklet includes keywords and expanded meanings for Love and Career issues. This unique Lenormand deck comes in an adorable tin.




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TAROT OF MARSEILLES
by Philippe Camoin, Alexandre Jodorowsky
Features 78 cards – 65x122 mm – Instructions – 
Multilingual Edition
Publisher: Camoin
Distributed by Lo Scarabeo, Llewellyn Publications
List Price: $39.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Tarot of Marseilles: a several hundred years old tradition of ours.”
The CAMOIN HOUSE of Marseilles is the last and only guardian of the Marseilles Tarot Tradition. The CAMOIN House, formerly CONVER-CAMOIN, has been printing the Marseilles Tarot since 1760 according to a tradition dating back a longer way before.

The new Tarot of Marseilles reconstructed by Camoin and Jodorowsky is a major work, THE TAROT of those who are seeking something more powerful in the Tarot. Immerse yourself in the spring of the Tarot and find again the energy and the lost symbols encoded by the Initiates and the Alchemists.


An invisible power within your reach, the Tarot of Marseille restored by Philippe Camoin and Alexandre Jodorowsky.









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, Pendulum, and Goddess Amulet Oracle readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler~

"I’ve been reading Tarot for more than thirty years and reading professionally at Seattle’s Edge of the Circle Books for more than 15 years. 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 commonsensical, geared toward helping the client deal with issues and obstacles to wholeness in a way that brings a sense of self-empowerment."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.

Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 2:00-8.00PM.
Sundays 2:00-8:00 PM


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KIYAN FOX
Reader Extraordinaire-
GEOMANCY, TAROT
Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-8PM.




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DON'T FORGET THAT WE HAVE MOVED!!!!

We are NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JANUARY 1st, 2016
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter







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