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Monday, August 1, 2016


The West Wind, by Walter Crane
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

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REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!

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Prices subject to change without notice.


Faust Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis
(Doctor Johannes Faust's Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis), Johann Scheible
By Nicolás Álvarez Ortiz (Translator, Introduction, Commentary)
Enodia press, first soft-cover edition, temporarily limited to 100 copies.
Paperback, 364 pages.
Number of colored images: 155.
List Price: $52.95

Enodia Press is proud to make available to its readers the first translation of the Doctor Johannes Faust's Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis which has been expertly translated, commented and introduced by Nicolás Álvarez Ortiz from Johann Scheible's 1849 edition. This edition serves both as a precious addition to the grimoire collector's library and as a source work for the student of Faustian magic.

Faust Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis Faust's Magia is the cornerstone of Faustian Ceremonial Magic. Within it are delineated the techniques used by german sorcerers to coerce legions of Demons, to enter pacts and bind them to their will.

Among the great range of topics covered within the text are those of the Infamous Pact With the Devil and how to terminate it, Necromantic rites, the Evocation of Elementals, treasure hunting, divination and much more.

Discover the rituals used by Faustian sorcerers to coerce Infernal Demons;
Learn everything about the Pact With the Devil;
Admire more than 150 fully colored images;
And More...

Nicolás Álvarez has been researching topics on magic and occultism for years, making the Faustian Tradition his main focus. With the Magia as his debut book he makes it accessible for the first time to the English-speaking world and opens a door that had been closed for years.


The Icelandic Book of Magic Spells
By (1940) Jochum Magnus Eggertsen “Skuggi” (Author) , Translated by (2015) Phillip Roughton
Publisher: Lesstofan
Edition: Third (1940 - Icelandic, 2013 - Icelandic, 2015 - English).
Type: Paperback
Pages: 182
List Price: $39.95

Would you like to increase your prosperity, secure the love of the man or woman of your dreams, seek protection from evil forces or grumpy neighbours, catch a liar or raise the dead? If so, the Sorcerer‘s Screed is just the book for you.

Sorcerer's Screed is an Icelandic magic book. It's the world‘s most comprehensive collection of Nordic spells, originally published in 1940. The author, Skuggi, meaning “Shadow”, was deeply into traditional Icelandic magic history and based the screed on dozens of Icelandic manuscripts, both preserved and lost. The 2015 edition is a digitized version of the same screed. 

The spells in this book have been adherent to Scandinavian history and culture for centuries and Icelanders have been using magic spells from the first settlement for everyday purposes as well as the more unorthodox.

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The Sorcerer’s Screed is the world‘s most comprehensive collection of Nordic spells. Each spell comes with a diagram and specific instructions for their use and purpose.


By Claude Lecouteux
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (June 25, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

A thorough reference to the many deities, magical beings, mythical places, and ancient customs of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe

Explores the legends and origins of well-known gods and figures such as Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, as well as a broad range of magical beings such as the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants

Draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus

Examines folktales, myths, and magical beliefs from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England

The legends of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria across Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. In this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and tales behind many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folk customs, and mythical places of Norse and Germanic tradition.

More than a reference to the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus. Beyond the famous and infamous Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux also provides information on lesser-known figures from ancient Germanic pagan tradition such as the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and many other beings who roam the wild, as well as lengthy articles on well-known figures and events such as Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. The author describes the worship of the elements and trees, details many magical rituals, and shares wild folktales from ancient Europe, such as the strange adventure of Peter Schlemihl and the tale of the Cursed Huntsman. He also dispels the false beliefs that have arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression by Christianity.

Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and restore the old religion.


Hidden Goddess of the Celts
By P.D. MacKenzie Cook
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (May 13, 2016)
List Price: $24.99

Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts reflects the importance of gender in ancient religion, and the author explores the primacy of the Feminine through Epona's sovereignty as Horse Goddess among the Celts; her identity as "Mistress of Animals" in her love affairs and working relationships, and the surprising role she apparently played in the ancient Greek and Roman Mysteries. P.D. Mackenzie Cook's unique study of Epona positions her in a broad cross-cultural context. The story he presents is at the same time historical, speculative, and deeply personal - at once a scholarly survey, intriguing detective story, and spiritual message to be taken to heart. The author offers fresh and original perspectives on Epona's historical origins and her "birth" in human form. He explores her early presence in southern Italy; investigates her probable identity as "Macha" in Ireland and "Rhiannon" in Wales as well as her indirect influences on the ideals of chivalry and courtly love in the Middle Ages. We are then introduced to Epona's possible presence in a set of mysterious caves in the New World, and finally to her rediscovery by present-day equestrians, and in the personal lives and accounts of modern priestesses and men devoted to her. Written by someone whose "Celtic bones" resonate deeply with Epona, his talents as scholar, story-teller and poet-seer all contribute to this, the first full-length book in English devoted entirely to this fascinating Goddess. Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts is dedicated to the hidden goddess in every woman, and to men who genuinely love them in all their depth, complexity and nuance.


The Clan of Tubal Cain
By The People of Goda , Robin the Dart, Shani Oates , Ulric 'Gestumblindi' Goding, Louis Bourbon
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 23, 2016)
List Price: $17.50

Expressive works by selected members of the 'People of Goda' of the Clan of Tubal Cain that illustrate the impetus and the mood of the moment. This relates how we feel about the legacy we have received and the task that lies ahead for its interpretation and continuance aspected through the Veils of the Mothers' in Truth , Love & Beauty. Relayed in prose and verse, words and images divert the reader into the place of 'Work' of labour devotion and duty - of Heritage.


Astrology and Its Connection to Nature
By Michael Douglas Neely
Published June 27, 2016, Lulu Press
Paperback, 236 pages.
List Price: $18.00

Life Cycles: Astrology and Its Connection to Nature lays out Michael Douglas Neely's theories about the mysterious astrological principle of Exaltation and Debilitation. After tenaciously working to figure out why certain planets were considered exalted or debilitated at particular degrees of the zodiac, Michael discovered that these are better identified as upswing and downswing points within a life cycle that also has climax and anticlimax points. Each planet has its own unique life cycle that manifests its quality in nature. The planets cooperating together create the fractal-like nature we experience in a daily, annual, and human lifetime cycle.

About the Author:
Michael Douglas Neely has been an astrology enthusiast since 2002. He has studied and tested various forms of astrology on a theoretical and practical level. Particularly, he has a keen interest in the astrology theories and techniques of Jyotish (East Indian Astrology). He resides in Seattle, Washington.


The Complete Beginners Guide
By Lady Nephthys
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 9, 2015)
List Price: $11.95

Start your path in Wicca! The book goes over 52 weeks of topics in Wicca, from ethics, magick and mythology. The book is perfect for the beginner in Wicca and it’s also a workbook. At the end of each week or chapter, there is an activity for the reader to do.



By Ciro Marchetti
39 Card Deck, Guidebook
U.S. Games, 2016
List Price: $21.95

Ciro Marchetti has situated the traditional German fortune telling deck at the turn of the 19th century in Victorian England. In this expanded gilt deck with three additional cards, rich images tell the stories of the workers as well as the wealthy during the Industrial Revolution. Using augmented reality, via the Aurasma application, Ciro has brought the Fin de Siècle cards to life in stunning, new ways. Guidebook with interpretations by three expert contributors. Includes 39 cards.


By Stacey Demarco
Artwork by Jimmy Manton
34 cards and guidebook set, packaged in a hardcover box.
Blue Angel Publishing, US Games, Llewellyn
List Price: $23.95

The story of Aradia is steeped in mystery. Was she a goddess or a flesh-and-blood woman? To some she was the first witch, to others the leader of a resistance movement, and still to more, a wise teacher with female disciples. A spiritual mentor and a powerful role model for women to aspire to, Aradia travelled throughout medieval Italy and Europe teaching the ways of the Divine Feminine.

Through this exquisitely illustrated deck, you will walk hand in hand, heart to heart with Aradia, and be guided into the rich sacred world of her Gospel. It is a journey to rediscover, strengthen and empower the real you, as you connect with the inspiring stories that form her legacy. Aradia’s truth, compassion and ancient wisdom have the power to transform our greatest fears into love, and our most worrying obstacles into opportunities for growth and joy. Step into the world of stregoneria – the ancient Italian witchcraft tradition – and connect with those who have danced under the moonlight with flowers in their hair and risked everything to remain true to themselves. Let your wild, divine self out to play!

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The Gospel of Aradia is full of blessings, extraordinary magic and wisdom. Come, take the hand of Aradia and dance…


By Lynn Araujo
Art by Kwon Shina
U.S. Games, 2016
36 cards, 92 page Guidebook
List Price: $15.95

This charming 36-card Petit Lenormand deck offers fresh, new perspectives for this traditional system of fortune telling. Contemporary Korean artist Kwon Shina’s imaginative style of artwork provides the reader with clever visual cues that capture the mood, nuances, and inner meanings of the cards. When you look at the Dog card, you will know in an instant this card portrays loyal friendship, not a threat. If you are learning Lenormand for the first time, this is a delightful deck to learn the core meanings. If you are already familiar with the Lenormand system, Kwon’s dreamy images will inspire you to look at Lenormand in a whole new way. The 92-page booklet offers keywords, quotations and interpretations that help the reader understand the lively narrative interplay between the 36 cards. 

Dreaming Way Lenormand will allow you to do insightful readings that bring clarity to any situation, whether you are working with pairs of cards, the Grand Tableau or one of the starter spreads suggested in the instructions.


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


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