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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


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.

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


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, 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!

No charge if your class or event is free!




Robert Allen Bartlett will be giving a talk on Practical Alchemy at Edge of the Circle Books in Seattle. March 12th 2-4. By donation. Help support this store! 

Suggested donation, $25.00

Learn the history and origins of Alchemy to Ancient Egypt. Learn how this Spiritual and physical Art can produce powerful energetic medicines from herbs minerals and metals.


Our Spring Equinox ritual will be held Saturday, March 19th at 7pm at Edge of the Circle. The focus of this ritual will be on growth and planting the seeds of the future. Our rituals are co-created with participants on site, and thus vary quite a bit depending on attendees. Please do bring fresh flowers, greenery, or other seasonally appropriate altar decorations (you will be bringing them back home with you). If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Please join us as early as 6:30 for tea and pre-ritual discussion (bring your own reusable mug if you can).

Ritual will begin promptly at 7pm.

Remember, our rituals are generally smoke and scent free - so please so check for allergies with the group before anointing or cleansing with essential oils or sprays.

Illustris is a Seattle, WA. Pagan group dedicated to presenting informal public ritual for the local community.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Your Spirit Guides, Bloodline Allies, and the Cycle of Reincarnation
By Raven Grimassi 
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2016)
List Price: $17.95

Explore the realm of the ancestors with author and Pagan scholar Raven Grimassi. In this fascinating and far-ranging guide, you will learn practices and rituals both ancient and new for communing with the ancestors, specifically:

·         How to build shrines and altars and make offerings.
·         Where to find and work with sacred sites, power places, and special portals to the ancients.
·         Guided imagery that will take you into the "Cavern of the Ancestors," the spiritual corridor where the ancestors can be directly approached.
·         How to access the Spirit-Rider, an ancestor that can travel between the realms of mortals and ancients.
·         How to see and understand the restless dead who remain bound to the Earth realms.
·         The role of reincarnation in the soul's relationship to ancestral lineage.
·         Plus some of the extraordinary folklore, legend, and superstition surrounding the topic.


Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires
By Stephen E. Flowers Ph.D.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (January 30, 2016)
List Price: $16.95

A practical guide to the magical systems of pre-Christian Iceland

• Reveals spells and workings drawn directly from surviving magical books from the 16th to 20th century preserved at the National Library in Reykjavík

• Explores the history of magic in Iceland through original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind

• Explains how to personalize the spells through the creation of unique signs and symbols based on the mythic names of Odin and Icelandic magical alphabets

During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed. But in Iceland the practice of recording magical spells in books continued in secret for centuries, on a scale not seen elsewhere. Now housed in the National Library in Reykjavík, these surviving grimoires, which represent only a hundredth of what was lost, reveal a rich magical tradition that continued to evolve into the 20th century. 

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 Drawing directly from the actual surviving Icelandic books of magic, Stephen Flowers presents a complete system of magic based on Icelandic lore and magical practices from the 16th century onward. He explores the history of magic in Iceland in pagan and early Christian times and reveals specific practical techniques and ritual templates that readers can adapt to their unique purposes. Illustrating traditional Icelandic magical practices and the Icelanders’ attitudes toward them, he shares original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians, such as the legend of Gray-Skin, and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind.

After initiating the reader into the grammar and symbols of Icelandic magic through history and lore, Flowers then presents an extensive catalog of actual spells and magical workings from the historical Icelandic books of magic. These examples provide ready-made forms for practical experimentation as well as an exemplary guide on how to create signs and symbols for more personalized magical work. The author also includes guidance on creating unique magical signs from the 100 mythic names of Odin, which he translates and interprets magically, and from Icelandic magical alphabets, symbols that connect Icelandic magic to the ancient runic tradition. 
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About the Author:

Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Germanic languages and medieval studies from the University of Texas at Austin and studied the history of occultism at the University of Göttingen, Germany. The author of more than 24 books, including Lords of the Left-Hand Path, he is the director of the Woodharrow Institute for Germanic and Runic Studies. He lives near Austin, Texas.


Accessing the Archaic Powers of the Universal Mind
By Nicholas E. Brink Ph.D. (Author), Stanley Krippner Ph.D. (foreword)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (February 1, 2016)
List Price: $18.00

Use ecstatic trance to journey to the time of Beowulf and learn first-hand the ancient magic of the early Nordic people

• Reveals a hidden side to the epic of Beowulf through the perspective of Queen Wealhtheow

• Shows how Grendel respected and would not harm Queen Wealhtheow because she practiced the ancient magic of the Mother Goddess Freyja

• Explains how the magic practices of Queen Wealhtheow provide a blueprint for our emergence from the warlike nature of the past millennia into a time of peace and compassion for our Great Mother Earth

Using the altered state of ecstatic trance to access the memories of the Universal Mind, Nicholas Brink takes us back to ancient Scandinavia, to the time of the epic of Beowulf, the oldest piece of literature written in the English language. Sharing his ecstatic trance techniques along the way, his journey allows us to re-experience the life and shamanic practices of Queen Wealhtheow, the wife of King Hrothgar, the king rescued by Beowulf from the torment of the monster Grendel.

Revealing a hidden side to the epic of Beowulf, Brink details how Grendel respected and would not harm Queen Wealhtheow and her teacher Vanadisdottir, a priestess of the goddess Freyja, for they practiced the ancient magic of the earlier hunter-gatherer era when the Great Mother Earth was worshipped. In the time of the queen the peaceful and compassionate traditions of this era were becoming forgotten, succumbing to settlements, kingdoms, and territorial disputes. We gain first-person experience of Wealhtheow and Vanadisdottir’s veneration of the Great Mother and the ancient magic of the early Nordic people as practiced by the Seiðr workers, seers, and spirit travelers, the shamans of the time. These practices include divination through the goddess Freyja, contacting Bear spirits, and spirit journeying to various realms.

As we experience our own time of transition and turmoil much like that of Beowulf’s time, Nicholas Brink reveals how the original magic of our ancestors, as practiced by Queen Wealhtheow, provides a blueprint for our emergence from the warlike nature of the past into a time of peace and compassion for our Great Mother Earth.


(Pagan Portals)
A Devotional
By Vivienne Moss
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (December 11, 2015)
List Price: $9.95

The Goddess of Witches, Queen of Shades and Shadows, and the ever-eternal Dark Muse – Hekate, Fair Queen of the Shadow-Lands, haunts the pages of this poetic devotional, enchanting those who love Her with the charm only this Dark Goddess can bring. Join in the journey as we meet Hekate, Queen of Sorcery, in the realms of Dream and Enchantment, weaving magic through the Worlds – Seen and Unseen. We take flight to the Lands Eternal in this part devotional, part grimoire and learn how to venerate this Great Goddess of antiquity and connect with the Spirits of the Shadow-Lands…


Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions
By Dr. Hannah E. Johnston
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (May 30, 2014)
List Price: $26.95

Children of the Green is an in-depth consideration of child raising from within pagan spirituality. Written by a long-time pagan witch, educator and parent, it considers the deeper questions of raising children within pagan spirituality, and the building of community for pagan families. Taking a unique approach, Children of the Green focuses not solely on sharing the festivals and celebratory cycles of paganism, but also discusses the moral, ethical and practical issues of raising kids as pagans; from working with schools, handling family changes and crises, child development from a pagan perspective and facing the challenges of a changing world.

About the Author:
Witch, musician and mother, Hannah is a long-time pagan and passionate supporter of our next generation. She has led rituals and rites for families all over the world and has helped kids shape their own spiritual traditions. Currently a Child and Family Liaison Officer in the Pagan Federation, Hannah also facilitates a Pagan Family Meet Up group in her region. When not writing and traveling she can be found in her outhouse conjuring up a delightful song and tune or two. She lives in Royston, UK.


Books I, II, and III
By Tarostar
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Left Hand Press (December 30, 2015)
List Price: $20.00

A Craft application of Wicca as an Occult Lodge system and Craft Coven Organization. Book I: The Covenant: Herein are all the Tenets and Redes of the Faith with the Laws of Wicca and Coven Rules. Book II: The Book of Beginnings: Herein are the initiations where the ancient ceremonies of rising in the Degrees of the Craft are explained and given for use. All spiritual ceremonies that mark the beginning of a new phase in the total life experience of a Covener are found therein. Book III: The Book of Lights: Section I: Works of the High Priest — Herein are the Coven Sabbat worship for the four Solar/Celestial Sabbats of the year. Section II: Works of the High Priestess — The Coven Sabbat worship for the four Terrestrial Sabbats of the year. Section III: The Manual of Exorcisms — Rituals to banish negative entities. Section IV: Book of Elders — Concerning the Council of Elders and the Mystic Coven of Seven.


By Claudia Williams
Paperback: 60 pages
Publisher: Left Hand Press (May 25, 2013)
List Price: $17.00

Claudia Williams is a licensed, ordained Minister of Ancient Ways and Priestess in American Vodou. She grew up in a barrio in New York City where she encountered African based religion while living directly above a Botanica. That resonated with her innate psychic abilities and a way of spiritual practice began. When she moved to New Orleans two decades ago, this background in West African based religious practices along with her own Native American and European heritage gave her a deeper and unique perspective on what makes magick work and why. The sigils and vévés in this book were born out of necessity and developed over many years. They have proven themselves to be most effective for her personally and her clients.


The Hidden Astrological Keys to Understanding the World's Greatest Playwright
By Priscilla Costello 
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (March 15, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this book offers fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world's greatest playwright. It specifically highlights Shakespeare's use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been commonly known in Shakespeare's time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers.

The first half of the book describes the Elizabethan worldview and how the seven known planets were considered an integral part of the cosmos and instrumental in shaping human character. The second half of the book examines six of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in the light of astrological symbolism, showing how they are entirely keyed to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet. The chosen plays are A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. Each chapter incorporates information and examples from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature.

Thoroughly researched and well-illustrated, this book illuminates the plays from a fresh perspective that will deepen and profoundly transform how we understand them.

About the Author:
Priscilla Costello, MA, Dipl. CAAE, is an educator, writer, speaker, and counseling astrologer. An enthusiastic lover of Shakespeare's work, she taught English language and literature for more than 30 years. As a professional astrologer, she has the unique ability to synthesize Shakespeare's literary and astrological themes. She is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology (2008). She is also the founder and director of The New Alexandria, a center for religious, spiritual, and esoteric studies. Visit her at


Everything You Need to Know to Interpret Your Natal Chart
By Amy Herring 
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2016)
List Price: $24.99

Your natal chart is a tool to help you build the life you want. It's a map to consult when you are feeling lost or when you want to explore the deepest parts of your true self.

Join expert astrologer Amy Herring as she shares simple, step-by-step instructions to reading your natal chart in a way that provides profound insight into your inner workings. Essential Astrology reveals the meanings of the signs, planets, houses, and aspects, showing you the vital details of interpreting natal charts with skill and ease.

Astrology is a symbolic language for the heart and soul. With this book, you will discover how to apply the deepest layers of astrological wisdom to questions about relationships, careers, and everything that's most important in your life.
This book will introduce the components of astrology with depth right from the start, with classic elements like keywords and positive and negative traits, but spending more time illustrating how to dig deeper to go beyond stereotypes into the heart of each planet, sign, house, and aspects. While this can be looked at as a beginning astrology book, it can serve for intermediate students as well, who have memorized keywords but struggle to draw the depth from each component and are ready for a deeper review.

From the Back Cover:
"I cannot think of a better gift to offer any astrological beginner than Amy Herring's Essential Astrology. Her approach is modern in that it is oriented to psycho-spiritual development and to making wise and responsible choices in life ... In short, she writes without ego, helpfully, with the needs of the reader always in focus."--Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky

"Amy Herring's Essential Astrology is clear, comprehensive, yet rich in detail and easy to understand. It will awaken the beginner and inspire the expert. A joy to read." --Virginia Bell, astrology writer for The Huffington Post

About the Author:
Amy Herring (Shoreline, Washington) has been a consultant and teacher of astrology since 1995. A graduate of Steven Forrest's Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship program, her articles have appeared in various astrology publications, including Dell Horoscope. Visit her online at


An Oracle of the Wild Green World
By Lucy Cavendish, with artwork by Maxine Gadd
45 cards and 136-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.
Pub Date: April 2016, Blue Angel Publishing
List Price: $23.95

The Faery Forest, a legendary Green World, is older than human history, more ancient than language, and its energy is gathering once again to reawaken us all. This is a realm where the ancient ones dwell, and their guidance is needed now, more than ever before. With this oracle, Lucy Cavendish guides you through the gateways, and leads you to the path of the Green World, where the beings of the Faery Forest can offer you their insights, revelations and natural, wild wisdoms. Discover Goddesses, Gods, Faeries, Witches, Wise Ones and Wyzards; powerful, trustworthy ancients and allies devoted to nurturing the wisdom that lies deep within your heart, your ancestry, your soul. Featuring the lavish, sensual paintings of acclaimed faery artist Maxine Gadd, written by author and witch Lucy Cavendish, 'The Faery Forest' is a feast for anyone seeking genuine guidance, healing, and a reconnection to the path of beauty, magick, truth and enchantment.


By Leeza Robertson, Eugene Smith
Boxed Kit, 385 page book and Tarot card set.
Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds edition (March 8, 2016)
List Price: $28.99

Animal Totem Tarot has been designed for those who love working with tarot and with power animals or animal totems, all while keeping the integrity of the tarot intact and honoring the wild beauty of our animal companions.


By Ciro Marchetti (art) and Lee Bursten
US Games Systems, Inc, 2016
83 Card Deck with Guidebook.
List Price: $29.95

Ciro Marchetti reimagines tarot by presenting vivid dream images that map out a fascinating journey of self-discovery.

Tarot of Dreams explores the profound web of visual and emotional associations that occur at the intersection of divination and dreams. Tarot of Dreams offers readers a powerful tool for personal insight and divination.

The 78 traditional cards are supplemented with a special Tree of Life card plus four Palace cards that give further context to the Court cards. Lee Bursten’s insightful guidebook seamlessly weaves together psychological, astrological, and kabbalistic elements into the story of the Fool’s Journey.

About the Creators:
Lee Bursten is the author of numerous tarot decks and books.

Ciro Marchetti is an award-winning digital artist. His popular decks include Gilded Reverie Lenormand and Oracle of Visions.




By Mickie Mueller, Elisabeth Alba, Kathleen Edwards, Jennifer Hewitson, Wen Hsu, Caroline Vibbert, Llewellyn
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Clr Csm edition (February 8, 2016)
List Price: $12.99

Brighten your days with the magic of color! Featuring the expressive artwork of six popular Llewellyn artists, this coloring book will take you to an enchanted realm of reverie and quiet pleasure. Includes more than 60 colorable pictures of witch's potions, ancient rituals, magical symbols, and more. Each page has perforated edges for easy removal and is suitable for display in a standard frame.


Art by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Published by Owlkeyme Arts
List Price:  $14.00

Enjoy coloring 20 beautiful, inspiring images that explore the realms of Myth and Magick, drawn by artist Laura Tempest Zakroff.
Myth & Magick” is a Pagan-inspired book based off of the artist’s original paintings and other esoteric work. The majority of the pieces are very intricate and the subject matter is more "mature" in nature, per the nature of the deities and myths. Delight in getting lost in the levels of intricate detail, and discover some of your own magick along the way!



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, Pendulum, Norse Rune 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.     

Check out my weekly Tarot Column for the Seattle Queer E-Magazine, Jetspace!

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.

Available Thursday through Sunday-- 2:00-8.00PM


Reader Extraordinaire-
Mondays from 2-8PM.


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 APRIL 1st, 2016
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


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