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Wednesday, June 1, 2016


The Roses of Heliogabalus, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1888.

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 NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.
Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.
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.

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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!


Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Our Summer Solstice ritual will be held Saturday, June 18th at 7pm at Edge of the Circle Books. The focus of this ritual will be on sweetening (creating ease). Our rituals are co-created with participants on site. Each can be very unique and different from others we have hosted depending on attendees. Please bring fresh flowers, greenery, art work, tiny figures of deities who play well with others, or other seasonally appropriate altar decorations. Whatever you bring, you will take back home with you. If you have any questions, we encourage you to ask.

Please join us as early as 6:30 for tea and pre-ritual discussion (bring your own reusable mug if you can). If this is your first ritual with us, please do try to come at 6:30 for orientation. Ritual will begin promptly at 7pm.


Prices subject to change without notice.


The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on Modern Western Occultism
(Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualties)
By Gordon Djurdjevic
Hardcover, 194 pages, First Edition.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2014
List Price: $95.00

India and the Occult explores the reception of Indian spirituality among Western occultists through case studies. Rather than focusing on the activities of Theosophical Society, India and the Occult looks at the 'hard-core' occultism, in particular the British 20th century currents associated with Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Kenneth Grant, etc.

  • Introduction:  The Idea of India in the Imaginary of Western Occultism
  • A Web of Relations: Interpreting Indian Yoga and Tantra as Forms of Esotericism
  • The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero: The Role of Yoga and Tantra in Aleister Crowley’s Magick
  • Solve et Coagula
  • The Dion Fortune
  • Secrets of the Typhonian Tantra: Kenneth Grant and Western Occult Interpretations of Indian Spirituality
  • When Yoga Becomes Magick: Dadaji Mahendranath, His Disciples, and the East-West Order
  • Conclusions


The Imaginal Realm and the Hermetic Foundations of Science 2nd Edition
By Leon Marvell Ph.D., Arthur Versluis (Foreword)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2 edition (May 7, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

Reveals the Hermetic underpinnings of modern scientific theories

• Offers a full reconsideration of the history of science from Newton to the present day as well as a Platonic-Hermetic perspective on modern technology

• Examines Hermetic resonances among the ideas of Gurdjieff, Robert Fludd, Marsilio Ficino, and cybernetics; Einstein and the Tibetan Bardo; Neoplatonism and artificial intelligence; and Rosicrucianism and the internet

• Shows how Hermetic doctrine is at the heart of what modern physics is now rediscovering: that consciousness permeates everything

Contemporary scientific disciplines such as chaos and complexity theory, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science treat themselves as new fields of inquiry, but many of these ideas can be traced back to Hermeticism, the European intellectual tradition sparked by the rediscovery of the Corpus Hermeticum and Platonic texts in the 15th century.

Building a map of the progression of scientific thought across centuries and continents, Leon Marvell examines the ancient roots of Hermeticism, its rise during the Renaissance, and its suppression during the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment. He reveals how three main Hermetic ideas--the divine spark within each individual, the subtle body, and the anima mundi or world soul--have continually emerged at the cutting edge of science and philosophy throughout the ages because these ideas represent universal truths recognized by each era of human civilization.

Marvell examines Hermetic resonances among the ideas of Gurdjieff, Robert Fludd, Marsilio Ficino, and cybernetic theory; Einstein and the Tibetan Bardo; and Neoplatonism and the work of AI scientist Christopher Langton. He reveals how the Rosicrucian description of the Invisible College also describes the instant availability of knowledge via the Internet, and he shows how Hermetic thought is at the heart of what modern physics is rediscovering: that consciousness permeates everything and the universe cannot be reduced to the random play of matter.

Offering a full reconsideration of the history of science from Newton to the present day as well as a Platonic-Hermetic perspective on modern technology, Marvell reveals the pattern that connects the sciences, philosophy, and ancient knowledge and opens a potentially rich field of inquiry for 21st-century science.


By Kevan Manwaring 
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 16, 2010)
List Price: $29.95

Awaken the bard within in this inspiring journey into your creative potential. Expanding upon the foundation of The Bardic Handbook, this volume explores the transformations the bardic initiate must go through to become a fully-fledged Bard. This originally took 12 years of study in the Bardic Colleges - but communities need bards right now, bringing healing and hope with their words and music and so the training process is accelerated over 12 months, echoing the 12 years of Taliesin's journey from Gwion Bach to the Shining Brow. Extracts from the author's notebooks and journals over 20 years illustrate his own journey - showing how this ancient wisdom has been gleaned and validated by powerful personal experience. The Way of Awen is a way of living creatively.


Conversations with Druid Leaders Of Britain, The USA And Canada, Past And Present
By Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (April 29, 2016)
List Price: $25.95

A book of conversations with prominent Druids from across Britain, the USA and other countries whose voices describe the basic beliefs, practices and struggles of the emerging Druid faith. Conducted in person and online in the late 20th century, these collected conversations provide a historic window into the movers and shakers of the modern Druid world.


By Ronan Coghlan
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (February 28, 2015)
List Price: $18.99

While examining various belief traditions across Europe and the United States, The Fairy Realm consults an assemblage of anecdotal evidence as to the existence of fairies and other creatures that appear in fairy tales - giants, ogres, trolls, mermaids, brownies, wildmen, kelpie, puca and other mythological beings. Ronan Coghlan, whose works include The Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends, Handbook of Fairies, Irish Myth and Legend and The Grail, examines an array of alleged fairy sightings in an endeavour to find where fairies fit into the modern scientific concepts of the universe. Unlike myriad books on ghosts and extraterrestrials, this book boldly tackles the possibility of fairy existence, and in doing so dares to approach all manner of sceptical argument.


Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft
By Morgan Daimler 
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 24, 2016)
List Price: $21.95

An in-depth manual for practicing Fairy Witchcraft including theology, fairy lore, rituals, holidays, and magical practices. This book aims to pick up where Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft leaves off and teach interested people the comprehensive practice of this system of honoring the Fair Folk and liminal Gods by blending the old Fairy Faith with modern paganism.


The Craft, Lore & Magick of the Looking Glass
Series: The Witch's Tools Series (Book 4)
By Mickie Mueller
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2016)
List Price: $15.99

Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the witch’s mirror. From choosing and making the perfect mirror to using it to boost self-esteem and prosperity, this book provides valuable information for witches of all levels. Fun and easy to use, The Witch’s Mirror features advice from well-known witches as well as spells and crafts to enhance your magic.

Explore the symbols and practice of scrying, uncover the portrayals of mirrors in legends and pop culture, harness the reflective power of mirrors with meditations, and much more. Mickie Mueller invites you to gaze through the looking glass and see your magical self wielding the mirror as a key tool to a successful, happy, and enchanted life.


Everyday Magic That Works
By Judika Illes 
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 1, 2016)
List Price: $18.95

Practical, inspirational, and comprehensive, The Big Book of Practical Spells is a useful tool and resource for beginners and experienced devotees of the magical arts. Here in one majestic volume is a basic introduction to magic; a psychic glossary; a primer on the four elements, colors, and magical supplies (including minerals and botanicals); and a compendium of spells for any situation you may face.

With Judika Illes as your guide, you will learn how to enhance your psychic power, cleanse your aura, protect yourself from malevolent powers, and create and use a wide variety of spells. There are spells for marriage, fertility, pregnancy prevention, babies and children, money, healing, and transitioning to the next life. These are spells that will help make life easier, more productive, and stress free.

Previously published as Pure Magic.


A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
By Lasara Firefox Allen
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

Jailbreaking the Goddess is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!"―Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physical stages of life, the fivefold model liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model.

In a woman's lifetime, she will go through several different cycles of beginnings, potential, creation, mastery, and wisdom. This fivefold model is not an adaption of the threefold. It is a new system that embraces the powerful, fluid nature of the lived experience of women today.

Join Lasara Firefox Allen as she explores the nature of the five archetypes; gives examples of what areas of life each might preside over; lists goddesses that fit within each archetype; suggests ways to begin building relationship with the different archetypes; and provides simple rituals for recognition, transition, and invocation.


“This fiercely inspired body of work is art, theory, and passion. Genius.”―Rosa De Anda, from her foreword

“Lasara Firefox Allen delves deep into the ways in which colonialist language has shaped our experience of the divine feminine. . . . This is an innovative work that has the potential to change the face of modern feminist spirituality.”―Suzanne Sterling, founder of Voice of Change

“Moving beyond our feminine biology as a definition of who we are and how we relate to the divine feminine, Lasara Firefox Allen creates a whole new template more suitable for women today. It is a game changer.”―Anodea Judith, PhD, author of Wheels of Life and Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga

“Lasara has brought us the goddesses who speak across time and space, who invite us to be inclusive and intersectional in our worship. . . . They remind us that the survival of our species, of all species of life, requires that we create diverse, complex, dynamic communities.”―Mai’a Williams, journalist, teacher, activist, and editor of Revolutionary Mothering

“This book makes room for discussions that include colonization, appropriation, representation, binary gender concerns, sexuality, and many other elements of dominant culture. . . . Each section gives a wealth of information on the ways in which we can connect to the five archetypes that Firefox Allen has presented.”―Crystal Blanton, MSW, editor of Bringing Race to the Table

“Lasara Firefox Allen has liberated the divine feminine from her tired tropes and set her free in a single step toward our collective embrace of a decolonized spirituality.”―Darcy Totten and Jasper James, Activism Articulated

“Jailbreaking the Goddess is a journey into history, myth, and the inner planes. . . . [It’s] one of those rare Pagan books that will still be talked about in fifty years; it’s that groundbreaking.”―Jason Mankey, editor of the Patheos Pagan channel and author of The Witch’s Athame

“Lasara Firefox Allen has liberated the goddess from every possible stereotype: race, reproductive status, age, sexual preference―even gender identity. Jailbreaking the Goddess provides countless possibilities for everyone to meet and engage with archetypal feminine power on their own terms. I love this book!”―Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra

“For nearly fifty years I have been the consort of a most extraordinary Woman/Priestess/Goddess. Never in those fifty years (or in our childhood years that preceded them) has her divine and infinite person-hood ever allowed itself to be limited and taken captive by the simplistic classic model of maid, mother, and crone. Lasara Firefox Allen’s Fivefold Goddess model identifies and describes the Mysteries of Modern Woman, and comes dangerously close to allowing me to at least hear Her sphinx’s riddle.”―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Low Magick

“Jailbreaking The Goddess is a delicious tool for dismantling (and reimagining) the way we think about women’s spirituality and power. [The] fivefold goddess model honors the divine nature in all women, regardless of age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and economic status. This is an exciting, smart, and practical approach to liberating the mind, body, and spirit.”―Laurie Lovekraft, Reclaiming Witch, priestess, and Huffington Post columnist

“Lasara is a dynamic and powerful woman who shows us that revolution starts within. This radical new way of looking at the divine feminine injects a much-needed freshness into Goddess spirituality!”―Sharon Knight, musician and priestess

“Yes and more yes to this new model, which moves us out of the expectation of conformation to outdated cultural norms. One of the things I love most about this book is how it allows for other forms to exist within it (and you!). It’s an opening of possibility for all women to re-divine all parts of ourselves.”―Jenya T. Beachy, teacher, blogger, and author of the forthcoming The Secret Country of Yourself

“A fantastic and sorely needed contribution to feminist spirituality discourse. It breaks open the tired tropes of maiden, mother, crone and makes more space for the variety of lived experiences of anyone who relates to the female experience.”―Niki Whiting, MA, co-founder of Many Gods West

“In Allen’s vision the goddess is young and old, creative and wise, and above all strong. This is a Goddess who can map onto our own journeys at any part of our life. Allen’s gentle, fierce, and wise work guides us through the process of rebuilding our sense of ourselves as holy through relationship to these new faces of the Goddess.”―Brandy Williams, author of For the Love of the Gods and The Woman Magician.

“Lasara Firefox Allen has created what may well be the definitive guide to feminist spirituality. . . . The depth of Lasara’s passion, knowledge, and skill allows her to reveal and reframe the fundaments of magick in a way that will have a lasting impact within the field of magick and throughout the wider culture.”―Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick

“Jailbreaking the Goddess is challenging, unabashed and wild, yet thoughtful and articulate. I found pieces of myself and my personal Goddess journey that have never been illuminated by any other text. Lasara Firefox Allen has truly broken the Goddess out of an antiquated jail. The world needs this freed Goddess. This book is part of that liberation.”―Courtney Weber, author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick

“Reading Jailbreaking the Goddess is a view into a world that but rarely exposes itself to the likes of me. The magic is classic, but updated to self-rooted authority, and the politics are heart-felt, leading to a vision of societal transformation centered on the Woman of Power, Wisdom, and Compassion.”―Sam Webster, PhD, MDiv, Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation

“Whilst honoring the roots of Goddess worship, Lasara has successfully opened up avenues of exploration for anyone who identifies with worship of the feminal divine in clear and loving guidance towards a stronger community of men, women, and all in between.”―Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, HPs/x, Wayfarer Tradition


Goddess of Egypt & India
By Chris Morgan
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Mandrake; Paper Original ed. edition (March 4, 2016)
List Price: $22.00

On India's south-western or Malabar coast is situated an ancient Hindu temple devoted to the famous god Shiva and his consort the fearsome Kali. But an earlier dedication was to the Buddhist/Jaina goddess Pattini, whose mortal husband was tried and killed in a series of brutal events still commemorated in the temple's ritual year. And before this the story gets even stranger, as there are said to be the remains of a secret, underground shrine, the home to a mystery cult dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. Greek, Roman & Near Eastern merchants travelled to India after a regular, if epic, sea journey of two thousand miles across the Arabian Ocean, making their first landfall at a port known in the ancient world as Musiris. The story begins on the banks of the Nile when Isis and Osiris were the beating heart of Egypt's most popular religion. I will trace their origins to the Egypt's pyramid age in the middle of the second millennia bce and even earlier. A great deal of this book is devoted to describing what is known about their cult from Egyptian records. This, I shall argue, is the basis for what comes later in the time-line, when Greek and Roman Empires dominated the Mediterranean world. Now Isis and Osiris become the focus of a global religion and the basis of the most popular of all classical mystery cults.


The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond
By Lee Harrington
Series: Sacred Kink
Paperback: 419 pages
Publisher: Mystic Productions Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2016)
List Price: $27.95

Some of us have had a moment in the middle of fun and sexual exploration that lead to connecting with the divine or having an epiphany about life that was far from expected. Others have been drawn to the possibilities of finding universal truths between the sheets or in the dungeon for all of their lives. Some are aware that their bodies hold the key towards knowing their spirits, but don't know which doors of desire to unlock. Others have glimpsed the limitless where they have been told that only debauchery lives, and are looking to go back for more. 
This and more is Sacred Kink.
Modern tools of BDSM, fetishism, kink and erotic adventuring have roots that go far back into history, tools that have been used for reaching altered states of consciousness, creating spiritual epiphanies, and changing lives. Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond explores the sacred roots of kink tools, and the ways kink can be used today for sacred workings.
Explore and find practical tools involving: - Negotiation, Communication and Aftercare for Sacred Kink- Catharsis, Top Trances and Exorcising Personal Demons- Ordeals, Earning Leathers, and Ending Relationships- Energetically Transmitted Diseases and Solo Sex Magic- Creating Ritual Play Spaces and Dedicated Tools- Developing Rituals for Dominance and Submission- Pain Processing and the Dialysis of Desire- Erotic Shapeshifting and Possession Workings- The Spiritual Calling of Mastery and Slavery- Kink and Chemistry Ethics- . . . and so much more.
Whether you're a seasoned explorer or have never delved into the depths of adventurous sex and personal truth, you hold in your hand a roadmap, a set of keys, and an invitation to journey on your own path of Sacred Kink.

By Siolo Thompson
Llewellyn Publications, May 2016
Boxed Kit, Paperback guidebook,  288 pages and 78 card set
Price:  $28.99

Spun with soft strokes of vibrant color and intricate detail, The Linestrider Tarot features gentle yet evocative images that dance on the edge between magic and logic. With grace and innovation, Siolo Thompson’s captivating minimalist art will enhance your readings in powerful and profound ways.

Linestriding is about walking in two worlds—one foot in each to discover guidance. Drawing inspiration from the edge while still moving forward on the Fool’s journey, this Rider-Waite-Smith-based deck helps uncover the answers you seek about health, love, career, and much more.

“Linestrider is a tarot deck that dances on the edge of magic and logic, animal and human, the conscious and unconscious mind. Drawing inspiration from that edge while still moving forward on the Fool's journey that is line striding. Personally, the creation of the deck has been a journey for me as well. I've drawn each card several times until I felt that the right voice had manifested. I've come to understand the cards in a much deeper way as I sat quietly, with each one and tried to hear its voice. The deck is gentle and whimsical while not being overly superficial. The Linestrider deck features  a lot of animal imagery, many of the important archetypes manifested as animal spirits (for example the Hermit as a bear and the Magician as a monkey) an important reminder to listen to nature and seek guidance from her voice rather than only looking to the cold intelligence of man.”


By Nigel Suckling (Author), Sarah Perkins (Illustrator)
69 Card deck, accompanying booklet.
Publisher: CICO Books; Crds/Pap edition (March 31, 2011)
List Price: $16.95

A book and pack of 69 cards for insight and prediction. Every legendary villain has a story ultimately more fascinating than his hero counterpart. These fallen angels are no exception: cast out from heaven, the subversive spirits in this deck have committed at least one of the seven deadly sins to secure their place in the legions of the damned.
The cards in Nigel Suckling's oracle are similarly rich with experience, and devilishly direct: Zepar, the angel who makes women love men, reveals the complications of an affair; Gusion, who can discern the past, present and future, calls upon you to let intuition rule; while Shax, who has the appearance of a stork, warns you to protect your wealth.
Choose a card for daily insight, or lay them out for a reading, just like tarot...and you will find that your readings have depth and veracity. The accompanying book reveals the card's meaning, and explains the circumstances of each angel's history and wisdom teaching. The illustrations, by artist Sarah Perkins, have been specially commissioned to evoke the dark charm of these most fascinating, mysterious creatures, all of whom offer a special message for you.


By Kris Krans
FIRST EDITION! A sixty three card deck that channels powerful animal archetypes.
List Price: $40.00

The creatures of the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck offer insight into relationships, personalities, behaviors and tendencies. Divided into five elemental suits of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether, these 63 vibrant and heavy-stock cards are hand-drawn by artist Kim Krans and can be used alone or alongside The Wild Unknown Tarot to add an additional layer of depth to your readings.

Each deck includes a fold-out poster and comes housed in a sturdy iridescent box with grey lifting ribbon. May your mind stay open and your winds span wide... and have fun on your journey.

Printed exclusively by The Wild Unknown. 

By Kris Krans
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: The Wild Unknown (2016)
List Price: $20.00

FIRST EDITION! A comprehensive field-guide to the inhabitants and elements of The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck.
Written and illustrated by Kim Krans, the The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Guidebook offers more than 200 pages of grounded, easy to understand explanations of the cards and a detailed look at the many spreads, practices and concepts that power the Animal Spirit deck.

Paperback, black and white, 200 pages. Printed exclusively by The Wild Unknown.


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 Magazine, Jetspace!
Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available Thursday through Sunday-- 2:00-8.00PM.
Sundays 2:00-8:00 PM


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Call (206) 726-1999 for availability.


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

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