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Thursday, September 1, 2016

BLESSED MABON!


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.


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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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!








Prices subject to change without notice.

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ROSICRUCIAN TRILOGY:
Modern Translations for the Three Founding Documents
By Joscelyn Godwin , Christopher McIntosh , Donate Pahnke McIntosh
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Tra. edition (September 1, 2016)
List Price: Hardcover $45.00
List Price: Paperback $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Rosicrucian Trilogy features modern translations of Fama Fraternitatis (1614), Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), and The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz (1616) with 30 original illustrations by Hans Wildermann.

Four hundred years ago, the publication of these 3 anonymous documents launched the Rosicrucian movement. The story of Christian Rosenkreuz and his secretive order, as told in the Fama Fraternitatis, had political repercussions that continue to this day, while The Chemical Wedding is a landmark in European fantasy fiction. This present book offers the 3 founding documents in reliable, readable, modern English. Fully annotated and with modern introductions, these new translations explain the historical context, shed light on the beginnings of the Rosicrucian Order, and bring this fascinating material to a wider readership.


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STRANGE ATTRACTOR JOURNAL FOUR
Edited by Mark Pilkington
Strange Attractor Press
320 pages A5 Paperback
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The eagerly awaited fourth edition of the acclaimed anthology series.

From Haiti and Hong Kong to the fourth dimension and beyond: discover the secrets of madness in animals; voodoo soul and dub music; ancient peacock deities; Chinese poisoning cults; the history of spider silk weaving; heathen mugwort magic; sentient lightning; Jesuit conspiracy theories; junkie explorers; Dali’s Atlantis; the resurgence of Pan (in London’s Crouch End); anarchist pirates on Madagascar; an ancient Greek Rip Van Winkle; French anatomical waxworks; Arthur Machen’s forgotten tales and the full text of Alan Moore’s unfinished John Dee opera.

Featuring written and visual contributions from:

Richard Barnett, Mark Blacklock, John Cussans, Erik Davis, Paul Devereux, Roger Dobson, Joanna Ebenstein, Stephen Grasso, Gyrus, Ken Hollings, Mike Jay, Phil Legard, David Luke, Eleanor Morgan, Alan Moore, Steve Moore, Michael Neve, Andy Sharp, Robert Wallis, Sean Walsh.

Artwork by Joel Biroco, Julian House, Phil Legard, Eleanor Morgan, Arik Roper & Nathalie Tayton.


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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GODS:
The History and Modern Practice of Theurgy
By Brandy Williams
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2016)
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Follow the Footsteps of History and Discover the Path to the Gods...

For the Love of the Gods tells the epic story of Theurgy, from its roots in ancient Egypt to its modern day practice. The lives and passions of the early Pagan philosophers come alive in these pages, immersing you in the bustling cities and diverse cultures that spawned Theurgy as we know it today. Theurgy is best understood when it is deeply experienced. The stories presented here re-create the experience of these ancient practices and show how they were passed down through generations of teachers and students of differing ethnicities, genders, and ages.

It's commonly believed that ancient Pagan Theurgy traditions were erased from the earth and replaced by monotheistic religions―but this is a myth. The way to the gods was never lost. For the Love of the Gods shares step-by-step instructions for Theurgic rituals, so that you can create relationships with the gods and love them as the ancients did. Discover how to offer devotionals, create living statues, invoke into yourself and others, and achieve personal communion so that you, too, may dwell in the happy presence of the divine.



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Pagan Portals
THE CAILLEACH
By Rachel Patterson
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 29, 2016)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Cailleach - goddess of the ancestors, wisdom that comes with age, the weather, time, shape-shifting and winter. Within the pages of this book Rachel Patterson gives the reader an introduction to the mysteries, myths, legends and magic of the ancient hag goddess The Cailleach, drawing upon ancient legends, stories told and her own experiences.







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BIRD MAGIC:
Wisdom of the Ancient Goddess for Pagans & Wiccans
By Sandra Kynes
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Connect to the Great Goddess through the Magic of Birds...

Birds have been symbolic of the Great Goddess for millennia, representing her power and connection to the mysteries of life, death, and spirit. Bird Magic teaches you how to commune with the Goddess, incorporating her into your magical life through exercises, crafts, meditations, and more.

Working with bird magic helps awaken your intuition, tap into subtle energies around you, and strengthen your bond with the natural world. Providing an encyclopedic listing of more than sixty bird species―highlighting each one’s history, folklore, location, appearance, and magical wisdom―Bird Magic shows how they can enhance your spiritual and personal life. With in-depth information, helpful illustrations, and hands-on guidance, this book will be your go-to reference for years to come.


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THE AWAKENING GROUND:
A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism
By David Chaim Smith
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (July 28, 2016)
List Price: $ 29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological reductionism. The path articulates the ultimate quest for meaning, which seeks to pass through the clutter of the mind's conceptual associations to nakedly and directly recognize the innate essentiality of all things known as the light of En (no) Sof (end), or the Infinite. Most mainstream conventional schools of Kabbalah hold such a radical aspiration to be inapproachable at best, and heretical at worst.

  • The work introduces six stages that articulate how the mind breaks through its own restrictive habitual reflexes to awaken to the ground of En Sof, which is the mind's essential nature~


  • Each stage is illustrated by the author's own original works of art and line diagrams~


  • Draws upon obscure sources such as the 13th-century Kabbalistic text Fountain of Wisdom, various alchemical and gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind~



The author reveals how meaning never remains static--its nature is to move, transmit, and display--yet its precious potential becomes buried under layers of mental constructs. He explains how the mind's habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that try to make sense out of phenomena, but these very structures actually obscure their essence completely. Smith's experiential path to gnostic awakening reveals how, in the wake of the lesser concerns of the conceptual mind, primordial purity shines in resonances of vast poetic beauty, if a sensibility of wonder, awe, and delight is cultivated.
Contemplation begins with intellectual understanding. As contemplation deepens, the mind shifts from the accumulation of data to the unfolding of direct gnostic apprehension. This dissolves the idea that outer and inner or personal and cosmic distinctions exist, allowing phenomena to return to its basis as a single, uninterrupted continuum. As the mind becomes dwarfed by the sheer immensity of this vast wholeness, the character of meaning begins to change. Meaning's fullness shapes the mind rather than the mind's reflexes and habits shaping meaning. The fullness opens beyond the experiences the mind relies upon to define both itself and the world, but paradoxically only arises within those experiences as their basis. Once this basis is recognized as the root of the paradox, the awakening ground becomes clear.

Offering a step-by-step analysis to the ecstatic aspects of contemplative revelation, David Chaim Smith explores how to ride the razor's edge of the paradox to coax the mind from the sleep of habituation towards the culmination of gnosis. Although the process is described within the traditional symbol system of kabbalah, its import is a truly radical exponent of extreme mysticism.


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MEDIUM:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating with the Spirit World
By Konstanza Morning Star
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Learn and Perfect Your Spirit Communication Using a Straightforward, Step-By-Step Process...

With precise detail, a wide variety of exercises, and a wealth of expertise, Konstanza Morning Star shows how to develop your innate gift of spirit communication. Discover how mediumship works, how anyone can use it, and how to build a strong spiritual foundation so that your abilities will flourish.

Medium is a beginner-friendly book designed to help you gain strong and clear spiritual perception through a nine-step process. It takes you inside the medium’s mind and body, demonstrating how to actually experience contact with a spirit person through clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and other spiritual senses. Featuring instructions for creating and conducting a home practice circle, assisting a “stuck” spirit to move on to the light, and much more, this is a book no aspiring medium should be without.



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LLEWELLYN'S COMPLETE BOOK OF TAROT:
A Comprehensive Guide
By Anthony Louis
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Comprehensive and easy to use, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot contains everything you ever wanted to know about tarot. Join Anthony Louis as he explores tarot history, shares card meanings and spreads, and provides detailed guidance that educates and inspires, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced reader.

Discover basic reading techniques for a wide variety of systems, including Marseilles, Rider-Waite, and Thoth. Identify the meaning of associations, correspondences, reversals, and dignities, and experience the ways that tarot interacts with astrology and personal spirituality. Combine tarot reading with Kabbalah, numerology, Jungian psychology, journaling, and storytelling while exploring card selection, creativity, tarot ethics, and specialized spreads. Focusing on the use of tarot for insight, empowerment, self-understanding, and fortunetelling, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot provides centuries of accumulated wisdom that will enable you to make optimal use of one of the most powerful spiritual tools ever developed.


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THE SAGE TAROT DECK:
A Modern Oracle
By Sage Lee
Collector's First Edition
Publisher: Transformational Change Institute, LLC, 2016
List Price: $35.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over seven years in the making, The Sage Tarot is not a copy of the Rider-Waite deck and while the artwork is stunning, it is not a deck that focuses on artwork only. This is a beautiful, symbolically rich contemporary deck that rewards the deepest level of study yet can be used by beginners. It's designed for use, not just for collection.

The Deck uses fine art and sculpture from history and inspiration. Many of the cards are based on:

  • Classical Greek sculpture
  • Renaissance painting
  • Assyrian and Egyptian Art
  • The Circus


Information and additional features in the deck:

  • All Hebrew letters and the zodiac/planetary signs are printed on the Majors.
  • The Royalty are designed as families which share symbols and environments when laid in a row.
  • The Pips show the astrological correspondences, allowing you to read more deeply.




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GAIAN TAROT:
Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves
By Joanna Powell Colbert
2016 Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Box set 6″ x 9″ x 1 3/4″ | 78 art cards | 184 pp
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Gaia (Mother Nature) is the primal Greek goddess said by ancients to have given birth to the sky, sea, mountains, and all of creation. This beautiful 78-card contemporary and mythical Tarot set with accompanying spiritual guide has a focus on the healing of the earth and of the self. The Major Arcana cards represent 22 soul lessons and archetypes that grew out of the religious and mystical worldview of Renaissance Europe. The Minors illustrate elements, numbers, and people. Interpretations include uprights and reverse divinatory meanings, themes, exercises, symbolism, journal questions, affirmations, and ten spreads. Sometimes the cards illustrate part of the world we live in, sometimes they show the realms of spirit, and sometimes they inhabit the borderlines between the two. Gaian spirituality understands that humans, plants, animals, stones, and stars are all inextricably linked—when one strand is pulled, the entire web is affected. Especially intended for those who practice earth-centered spirituality.




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TAROT APOKALYPSIS KIT
By Kim Huggens and Erik C. Dunne
Publisher: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, August 2016
Boxed Kit, 78 Cards, 480 page Guidebook
List Price: $34.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Revelations of truth and light await the reader of the Tarot Apokalypsis Kit, the follow-up to Erik Dunne’s popular Tarot Illuminati. With richly detailed illustrations inspired by ancient spiritual practices, these cards possess all the vivid color of stained glass and the wisdom of our higher awareness. From the Eleusinian mysteries of Greece to the deserts of ancient Egypt, from the beauty of classical Rome to the Shiva rituals of India, this deck highlights the pathways of the spirit found in the great mystery traditions of the world.







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CECCOLI ORACLE
By Lunaea Weatherstone and Nicoletta Ceccoli
Publisher: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, September 2016
Boxed Deck – Large, Book and 32 Cards
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celebrated illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli draws in a style of provocative enchantment. These oracle cards provide insight into complex questions, where the dark mingles with the light and reveals the shades of gray that illuminate our most profound truths.















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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UNCOMMONSENSE TAROT
Tarot, Pendulum, Norse Elder Futhark Runes 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 FRIDAYS after 4pm, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS from 2:00-8.00PM.
Sundays 2:00-8:00 PM


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SACRED WATERS DIVINATION
Tarot Readings that Guide, Nourish and Refresh the Soul
By Iya Falana

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-8PM.









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



















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