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Sunday, July 3, 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.


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

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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, 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!



Friday, July 15 at 6 PM - 8 PM

On Friday, July 15th, from 6:00-8:00, there will be a reception with non-alcoholic food and drink (and cookies), followed by a lecture about the role of the Aerial Spirits in relation to the anonymous material included in the 1665 edition of “The Discoverie of Witchcraft”. The lecture starts at 7:00.

The tradition of conjuring aerial spirits, which are called upon in a number of grimoires, including the Heptameron and the Sworn book of Honorious, intersects with the material in a number of surprising ways. It’s wedded by the authors both to the Enochian system of John Dee and to previous pagan traditions regarding spirits of the air. Although lesser known than other categories of spirits, the work with aerial spirits is a crucial link in reconstructing the mindset and actions of the grimoire magicians of the early modern world.

The Magitians Discovered” is a three volume set of books that centers on anonymous additions that were added to the 1665 edition of Reginald Scot’s “The Discoverie of Witchcraft”. Although the argument of Scot’s original Discoverie was skeptical, Scot included enough examples of practical magic that the book became popular with practitioners. The publishers of the 1665 edition included a treatise on the world of the supernatural, elemental spirits, demons, and ghosts, as well as nine chapters of ritual material to the text, most likely to make the book more appealing to practitioners.

The Magitians Discovered” reprints this added text, which has been out of print for over a century, along with other relevant chapters from Scot’s original, dealing with ritual magic and charms, as well as contemporary texts from the 17th century that help to shed light on the 1665 Discoverie.

Volume 1 of “Magitians Discovered” consists of an analysis of the anonymous text.

Volume 2 consists of the texts themselves and other writings by Scot.

Volume 3 consists of the supplementary texts.



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An Introduction With a Selection of Texts
By Humberto Maggi
Publisher: Hadean Press (November 30, 2015)
384 pages
Hardcover: $48.00
Paperback: $32.00

Daemonology: The first volume in a collection devoted to the subject of the daimon/dæmon. It provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the intermediary spirits in the Western Tradition, addressing the diverse uses of the concept in the history and practice of Magic, and its correlates in other cultures. Being a fundamental part of Magic, these spirits have important ramifications on the religions and philosophies from Late Antiquity through the present. Tracking the origins and developments of the concept of intermediary spirits under the terms "daimon/dæmon", from Homer to Augustine and beyond, reveals a very rich fountain of knowledge with direct importance to the comprehension of the worldview shared by magical practitioners from every age and culture. DÆMONOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION WITH A SELECTION OF TEXTS addresses the diverse uses of the concept of the intermediary spirit in the history and practice of Magic, and its correlates in other cultures.


Queen of the Souls
By Humberto Maggi ,Verónica Rivas
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Hadean Press (July 3, 2015)
List Price: $21.00

Maria De Padilla: Queen of the Souls is a detailed account of the life and death of the Spanish queen María de Padilla, her rise to popularity in the witchcraft of Spain and Portugal, and her later migration with the exiled witches to Brazil where she would become the queen of the souls in Quimbanda. The text includes a comparative study of the symbolism of the sorcerous spirits called Pomba Giras with entities from other cultures, specifically the Dakinis of Vajrayana Buddhism, as well as historical research on the origins of Quimbanda, and a collection of spells from the 17th century up to the contemporary chanted invocations used in Quimbanda.


By Frater YshY
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Kerubim Press (September 30, 2014)
List Price: $21.95

Explore the Magical Path of the Chameleon. Within this tome are the secret instructional papers of a modern Golden Dawn order. The first half of the book contains an advanced exegesis of the Neophyte Ceremony using Lurianic Kabbalah, Freemasonry, modern Wicca and Greek mythology. The second half includes the author's own application of the same magical formulae in his personal rituals. Among these are an example of his fusion of evocation and classical statue Theurgy, a careful interpretation and re-contextualisation of the Adept invisibility formula with new advanced visualizations, a Shamanic-style transformation ritual, and a higher genius or "higher self" working that the author personally conducted over many years.


"Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition by Frater YShY is a fine addition to the corpus of work that is being created by twenty-first century adepts. ... The author's 'Zeta Documents' are built upon the foundational Z-documents of the original order; their study cannot help but enrich the experience of modern practitioners."

-- Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero
Chief Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
Authors of The Essential Golden Dawn

"This text will stand for years to come as an example par excellence of the work that should be undertaken by every individual Adept of the Golden Dawn Tradition. Every Adept should have this book in their library."

-- Aaron Leitch
Senior Adept of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
Author of The Essential Enochian Grimoire

"Adept Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition is the sort of hard teaching that anyone who follows this tradition needs to know and contemplate if they are going to understand the Mysteries of the Magic of Light. Beginners need to read it to begin to understand the depth of the path on which they are treading. This book is proof that the Golden Dawn tradition is still a largely uncharted region with many more discoveries to be made."

-- Nick Farrell
Chief Adept of the Magical Order of Aurora Aurea
Author of Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic

"Even after nearly twenty years of working through the teachings and material of the Golden Dawn Tradition, I was and continue to be astounded by the nature of the work presented here. This is the sort of thing that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Golden Dawn Tradition is a living, growing, breathing magical and spiritual tradition."

-- Samuel Scarborough
Senior Adept of the Ordo Stella Matutina


By Frater Yechidah
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Kerubim Press (June 1, 2016)
List Price: $32.95

The second of Frater Yechidah's eagerly awaited Enochian Magic series, detailing John Dee and Edward Kelley's magical system in extraordinary detail, from the Heptarchic system to Enochian proper.

This expansive volume goes beyond the theory, giving a detailed, thorough and comprehensive guide on how to put Enochian magic into practice, from skrying and evocation to tools and talismans, and, for the first time ever, a complete method for the binding of Cacodaemons. This tome gives easy to follow instructions on how to use the Enochian system, both from the original Dee perspective, and also from more modern techniques, such as those employed by the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Light, and other pioneering magicians.


A Witches' Guide to Trance-Prophesy, Drawing Down the Moon, and Ecstatic Ritual
By Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press(June 1, 2016)
List Price: $19.95

Written to fill an existing gap in the current available knowledge on trance, prophesy, deity-possession, and mediumship within the neo-Pagan and Wiccan communities, Lifting the Veil was developed from Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone’s personal work and public workshops on trance-prophesy and ecstatic ritual over the last 20 years. The book covers the history and modern practice of trance as well as the methods of practice, including ecstatic ritual, drawing down the moon, sex magic, and working with the spirits of the dead. It also explores the Four Keys, which include the importance of understanding mythical cosmology and psychology, understanding the role of energy in trance, the nature of spirits and deity, and understanding what trance is and the techniques involved. Because trance-prophesy is a very subjective process, the book includes descriptions of the personal experiences of others and transcriptions from several independent sessions by modern seers and priestesses.


By Devin Hunter
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd (July 1, 2016)
List Price: $19.99

Witchcraft isn't always about the search for enlightenment; sometimes it's about power and the path to obtaining it. The Witch's Book of Power shares the secrets to unlocking the witch power within you through:
  • getting to know the source of witch power
  • working with your three souls
  • exploring the Pentacle of Sovereignty
  • applying astrological knowledge
  • using ecstatic practices, breathing exercises, and meditation
  • connecting to archetypes, deities, and nonphysical allies.

    Devin has helped thousands of people discover their power and in this book he skilfully explores the concepts behind creating magic that can change your life. The Witch's Book of Power is the perfect resource for witches who know they can do better in life but need guidance on how to get there.


Beyond the Veil
By Gordon Strong
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Kerubim Press (July 19, 2013)
List Price: $14.95

The Qabalah has long been a system of mysticism and magic that few could truly understand, thanks to the difficult and obtuse language and symbolism employed. Many texts have appeared, offering to explain this mysterious subject, but few do so as succintly as this book. The Qabalah: Beyond the Veil aims to lift the lid on this extraordinary tradition, utilised by Jews, Christians and Hermeticists. It provides a brief look at the primary aspects of the system, from the Sephiroth and Paths on the Tree of Life to the Lightning Flash and those most impenetrable of all veils: those of Negative Existence itself.


52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit
By Paulette Kouffman Sherman
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $17.99

"Sacred bathing brings the ancient tradition of meditation and prayer into the modern day ritual practice of a home bath, so that you can connect to Spirit daily and purify your energy."―Dr. Larry Dossey, author of One Mind and The Science of Premonitions

Immerse Yourself in Healing Waters for Relaxation, Clarity, and Wholeness...

Gain inspiration and rejuvenation through the sacred act of bathing. With fifty-two bath recipes, one for every week of the year, The Book of Sacred Baths shows you how to use this relaxing practice to improve your love life, succeed in your career, strengthen your health, and transform your spirit.

Each recipe is tailored to a specific emotional or spiritual need, from stress relief to divine assistance to self-connection for overall well-being. Using essential oils, candles, and color therapy along with visualization and ritual practice, you'll raise your vibration and release negative energy down the drain.


"Fans of Sherman are in for an impressive treat with her collection of 52 fun and sacred baths to improve every aspect of your physical and spiritual life."―Publishers Weekly

"A sacred bathing of the body ultimately becomes a sacred bathing of the mind, spirit, and soul, which unearths a mindfulness of self-nourishment that we might then gift as kindness to others as we go about our day."―Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello

"I highly recommend this beautiful book of spiritual bathing for inner joy and healing."―Raven Keyes, author of The Healing Power of Reiki and The Healing Light of Angels

"Paulette invokes cultural and historical perspectives while her guidance is intimate and generous, sharing from her life experiences . . . Immerse yourself in it."―Ana M. Negrón, MD, author of Nourishing the Body and Recovering Health

"This book is a clever, economical, and sustainable resource to emotional and physical restoration. As a gifted therapist and brilliant writer, Paulette offers the ritual of bathing to heal many conditions and nurture the body and soul in simple ways."―Tari Prinster, founder of Yoga4Cancer, LLC (y4c) and author of Yoga for Cancer


How to Help Yourself with Hoodoo from the Streets to the Sheets
By Professor Charles Porterfield, catherine yronwode (Editor, Illustrator), Charles Dawson (Illustrator), Nelson Hahne (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator), Trina Robbins (Illustrator), Leslie Cabarga (Illustrator), Greywolf Townsend (Illustrator), one Unknown Artist (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Lucky Mojo Curio Company (May 14, 2016)
List Price: $9.95

Enter into the sporting life, the world of prostitutes, pimps, madams, gamblers, bootleggers, and drag queens. From the ritzy clubs, hidden speakeasies, luxurious brothels, and down-on-their-luck dives of old to the seedy massage parlours and back alleys of today, the sporting life has always intersected with the culture of African-American hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork. Now Professor Porterfield takes you into the clandestine milieu of underworld beliefs and secret practices, and shows the impact that the sporting life has on the world of magic and spirituality. With more than 150 practical spells, charms, recipes, and authentic old-style tricks, The Sporting Life pulls back the velvet curtain that has for too long concealed the life, times, and history of the demimonde. Presenting the magic of the prostitutes of the Bible, the working girls of Storyville and Memphis, the high-stakes bettors, the magnetic madams, the persuasive pimps, the cagey corner dope dealers, and members of oppressed lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender communities of colour The Sporting Life is sure to startle your senses and thrill your heart. This exhaustively researched book blows open the hidden world of love, lust, vice, and danger that is the sporting life.


Esoteric Students' Handbook of Legendary Formulas and Facts
By Lewis de Claremont, catherine yronwode (Editor), S. Quinlan (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Lucky Mojo Curio Company (May 14, 2016)
List Price: $9.95

From 1936, when it burst on the scene, until 2006, when it went out of print, Legends of Incense, Herb, and Oil Magic was an occult shop classic. The first non-academic book that taught African American hoodoo folk magic, it was advertised in Black-owned newspapers nationwide and became many a rural rootworker's introduction to the convenience of mail-order spiritual supplies. The author, whose name was certainly not "Lewis de Claremont" took the secret of his identity to the grave, but the formulas he introduced and his descriptions of down-home tricks with herbs, candles, incense, powders, baths, and talismans are recognized as the foundation of modern hoodoo. On the 80th anniversary of its original publication, the Lucky Mojo Curio Company is proud to present a restored and revised edition of this important text, edited by catherine yronwode. Filled with curious lore and useful tips, this beautifully illustrated book belongs in every conjure worker's library.



Rediscovering the Real Meaning of the Cards
By Jonathan Dee
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; Reissue edition (July 1, 2016)
List Price: $19.95

This is a practical and accessible guide to one of the most popular divination systems. What makes this book different from the others is that it:

  • Provides instruction on reading both the Major and Minor Arcana
  • Explains why the cards are the cards, why each picture forms part of a sequence, and why they occupy a mystical place in our consciousness
  • Gives a balanced and informative perspective on each of the cards, as well as an overview of the entire deck
  • Provides a history of the tarot
  • Connects the tarot to the Qabalah

Dee is a life-long tarot reader and historian. He traces the spiritual origins of the cards from Celtic mythology and Hebrew mysticism to Renaissance theatrical productions and the stars and planets of astrology. He also examines how past scholars thought about the tarot and how that thinking has changed to make the cards meaningful for today's readers. This wide-ranging primer provides readers with everything they need to know about the tarot and provides fresh insights into the cards.

An illustrated edition of this title was published by Sterling in 2003.

About the Author:
Jonathan Dee was an acclaimed astrology, tarot card reader, and psychic. He was also a scholarly astrologer and a prolific author who had an exhaustive knowledge of Ancient Egyptian history. A direct descendant of the Royal Astrologer and mathematician to Queen Elizabeth I, Dr John Dee of old, Johnathan died in 2010 at the age of 52.


By Ryan Edward
52 Card Lenormand deck with 72 page guidebook
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (April 26, 2016)
List Price: $19.95

Maybe Lenormand honors the Lenormand tradition with stylized illustrations that convey the core meaning at the heart of each card. Expanding the 36-card Petit Lenormand, designer Ryan Edward has created 16 additional cards to complete a 52-card pack, following the heritage of fortune telling cards based on playing card decks. Set includes 72-page illustrated guidebook with keywords, meanings and instructions for reading with either 36 or 52 cards.


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"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.
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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 MARCH 1st, 2016
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

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