Thursday, August 1, 2019

BLESSED LUGHNASADH!!!

La Bourrasque (1896), Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

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.


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UNDER THE BRAMBLE ARCH:
A Folk Grimoire of Wayside Plant Lore and Practicum
by Corinne Boyer
Troy Books, 2019
Royal format 234 x 156mm. 258 pages with 24 pages of black and white photo plates.
Paperback Edition; Gloss laminated cover.
List Price: $26.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Under the Bramble Arch is the second offering in a trilogy of books by Corinne Boyer following on from Under the Witching Tree, Corinne is a folk-herbalist known for her work exploring both the traditional and personal medicinal and magical applications of plants and trees which, as Corinne explains in her video introducing the trilogy, are often revealed through their accumulated folklore.

This is a trilogy that guides us into the realms of plant lore, folk magic and folk medicine. The second book, Under the Bramble Arch, explores the magical and medicinal applications of the plants of the wayside; those liminal places where the wild meets those unkempt and forgotten landscapes of humankind.

Corinne’s work, backed up by nearly twenty years of experience in the field, is full of information that is today little known, particularly within modern herbalism. This is a book which presents the reader with a wealth of home-spun and very hands-on practices exploring tales, charms, spells, recipes and rites focusing on twenty different plants.



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SOUTHERN CUNNING:
Folkloric Witchcraft In The American South
by Aaron Oberon
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (August 1, 2019)
List Price: $11.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Southern Cunning is a journey through the folklore of the American South and a look at the power these stories hold for modern witches. Through the lens of folklore, animism, and bioregionalism the book shows how to bring rituals in folklore into the modern day and presents a uniquely American approach to witchcraft born out of the land and practical application.

About the Author:
Aaron Oberon is a Southern folk witch with a passion for bringing witchcraft to people from different roots. Aaron writes about queer magic, bioregionalism, and witchcraft that gets down in the dirt. It is deeply important to Aaron that he helps to make witchcraft and magic more accessible to those from underprivileged areas. His goal in writing is to demonstrate that there is power in the stories of families and local land. Aaron lives in Southwest Florida.




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FAMILIARS IN WITCHCRAFT:
Supernatural Guardians in the Magical Traditions of the World~1st Edition
by Maja D'Aoust
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2019)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~A comprehensive exploration of familiars and their many forms and powers~

Explores witch’s familiars in folklore, shamanic, and magical traditions around the world, including Africa, India, Scandinavia, ancient Greece, and China

Explains how familiars are related to shamanic power animals and how the witch draws on her personal sexual energy to give this creature its power

Examines the familiar in alchemical, Hermetic, and Egyptian magical literature, including instructions for procuring a supernatural assistant

Exploring the history and creation of a “witch’s familiar,” also known as a spirit double or guardian spirit, Maja D’Aoust shows how there is much more to these supernatural servant spirits and guardians than meets the eye. She reveals how witches are not the only ones to lay claim to this magician’s “assistant” and examines how the many forms of witch’s familiars are well known in folklore throughout Europe and America as well as in shamanic and magical traditions around the world, including Africa, India, and China.

The author explains how familiars are connected with shapeshifting and how the classic familiars of medieval witchcraft tradition are related to the power animals and allies of shamanic practices worldwide, including animal guardian spirits of Native American traditions and the daimons of the ancient Greeks and Romans. She examines the fetch spirit, also known as the fylgia in Scandinavian tradition, and how the witch or sorcerer draws on their personal sexual energy to give this creature its power to magnetize and attract what it was sent to retrieve. She looks at incubus, succubus, doubles, doppelgangers, and soul mates, showing how familiars can also adopt human forms and sometimes form romantic or erotic attachments with the witch or shaman.

Reviewing alchemical, Hermetic, and Egyptian magical literature, including the nearly forgotten alchemical works of Anna Kingsford, D’Aoust explores their instructions for procuring the attention of a supernatural assistant as well as an extensive description of the alchemical wedding and how this ritual joins the magician and familiar spirit into a single unified consciousness. Exploring fairy familiars, she reveals how a practitioner can establish a “marriage” with a totemic plant or tree spirit, who, in return, would offer teachings about its medicinal and visionary powers.

Delving deeply into the intimate relations of humanity with the spirit world, D’Aoust shows how forming connections with living forces other than human enables us to move beyond the ego, expand our magical abilities, as well as evolve our conscious awareness.





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SLAVIC WITCHCRAFT:
Old World Conjuring Spells and Folklore
by Natasha Helvin
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (August 6, 2019)
List Price: $16.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~A practical guide to the ancient magical tradition of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites~

Offers step-by-step instructions for more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, amulets, and practical rituals for love, career success, protection, healing, divination, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and other challenges and situations

Reveals specific places of magical power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells

Explores the folk history of this ancient magical tradition, including how the pagan gods gained new life as Eastern Orthodox saints, and shares folktales of magical beings, including sorceresses shapeshifting into animals and household objects

Passed down through generations, the Slavic practice of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery is still alive and well in Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as the Balkans and the Baltic states. There are still witches who whisper upon tied knots to curse or heal, sorceresses who shapeshift into animals or household objects, magicians who cast spells for love or good fortune, and common folk who seek their aid for daily problems big and small.

Sharing the extensive knowledge she inherited from her mother and grandmother, including spells of the “Old Believers” previously unknown to outsiders, Natasha Helvin explores in detail the folk history and practice of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites, offering a rich compendium of more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, and practical rituals for love, relationships, career success, protection, healing, divination, averting the evil eye, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and a host of other life challenges and daily situations, with complete step-by-step instructions to ensure your magical goals are realized. She explains how this tradition has only a thin Christian veneer over its pagan origins and how the Slavic pagan gods and goddesses acquired new lives as the saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church. She details how the magical energy for these spells and rituals is drawn from the forces of nature, revealing specific places of power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells. She explores the creation of amulets and talismans, the importance of icons, and the proper recital of magical language and actions during spells, as well as how one becomes a witch or sorceress.

Offering a close examination of these two-thousand-year-old occult practices, Helvin also includes Slavic folk advice, adapted for the modern era. Revealing what it means to be a Slavic witch or sorceress, and how this vocation pervades all aspects of life, she shows that each of us has magic within that we can use to take control of our own destiny.




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SPECULUM TERRÆ:
A Magical Earth-Mirror from the 17th Century
by Frater Acher
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: Hadean Press (March 6, 2018)
List Price: $14.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Speculum Terræ presents a detailed analysis of one of the rarest kinds of magical paraphernalia: an authentic magical earth-mirror from 17th century Germany, originally used for divinatory practices as well as folk-magical purposes such as treasure-hunting.

Frater Acher’s explorations of the background and historic ties of this curious little device turn into a fascinating treasure hunt in their own right as we rediscover the original expert interpretation of the mirror’s seal by the famous 19th century professor Richard Wünsch, and present its first complete English translation. We excavate previously overlooked magical seals contained in the mirror, retrace their divine and angelic names, are led into Italian Palazzos and to the masquerades of Swedish queens, and finally discover authentic connections to the artefacts of the early Rosicrucian movement.

On a magical level this study aims to help overcome the notion that ‘celestial’ and ‘chthonic’ realms of magic exist in antithesis to each other. Rather, as we begin to see from the example of this earth-mirror, their forces can be brought together in simple practice — a folk-magical practice that is, which did not depend on exquisite materials nor complex temples, but on the practitioner’s knowledge of how to combine a handful of earth and a circle of celestial names in their very own practice.




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THE NEW EQUINOX:
The British Journal of Magick
by James Lees (Author), Cath Thompson (Compiler)
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Hadean Press (January 23, 2018)
List Price: $17.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The worrying fact of a genuine Qaballa in English was first put to the occult reading public in 1979, in the Editorial of the final issue of Ray Sherwin’s periodical The New Equinox. The “order & value of the English Alphabet,” predicted in Liber AL vel Legis, had been obtained in the English Midlands by a magickian named James Lees in November 1976, and with the members of his occult group he had researched, experimented, and proved the new system to the point where the first conclusions and propositions could be shared.

Lees took over the publication of The New Equinox with the subtitle “British Journal of Magick” and published several articles about the English Qaballa in 1980-81, in five issues. In the 1980’s occultism was a basis for an undercover kind of lifestyle without fashionable accessories, a far cry from the present climate of academic indulgence and establishment-led tolerance, and only just emerging from the shadow cast by the Golden Dawn and the “Great Revival” to formulate new answers to the old questions. English Qaballa has not only withstood the tests of Time, but expanded from the first hypotheses into a complete coherent and harmonious initiatory system of alpha-numeric symbol correspondences, a viable alternative to the non-English systems which have dominated occult publication for decades. The reproduction of its advent and early development should therefore be of interest to a new generation of enquiring minds as well as to those who may be renewing an old familiarity.




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TRUE MAGIC:
Spells That Really Work
by Draja Mickaharic, Judika Illes (Foreword)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2019)
List Price: $14.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Written by renowned master of witchcraft Draja Mickaharic, author of Spiritual Cleansing, this book provides an introduction to natural magic as well as a practical reference for simple, everyday spells that really work. Included is an eclectic collection of over 100 spells, including water spells, spoken spells, spells passed down over generations, and spells developed by the author himself.

Learn how to cast spells with water, incense, oils, and common kitchen herbs and with spoken and written words.

Included are recipes and instructions on how to:

  • Cast protection spells for reversal spells that may be cast on you
  • Make baths for spiritual cleansing, growth, beauty, and harmony
  • Cast spells for beginning and ending relationships



About the Author:
Draja Mickaharic was born in Bosnia and has been practicing magic in the U.S. for more than 45 years. He is the author of A Century of Spells and The Practice of Magic. He lives in Philadelphia.





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LLE QUI (SHE WHO) ORACLE
by Arwen Lynch (Editor), Melanie Delon (Illustrator)
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (June 26, 2019)
44 cards and 80-page guidebook.
List Price: $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Elle Qui (She Who) Oracle features 44 magnificent female warriors and women of great compassion and wisdom. After experiencing everything from fear to freedom and hardship to hope, they now share all their powerful life lessons with you. 

Each card presents someone who will challenge and inspire you in unique ways. Elle Qui Oracle will help you discover layers of forgotten selves and new insights. 

Includes 44 cards and 80-page guidebook.








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TAROT GRAND LUXE
by Ciro Marchetti
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems (June 15, 2015)
78 Cards, 56-Page Illustrated Booklet
List Price: $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Popular digital artist Ciro Marchetti has crafted the evocative Tarot Grand Luxe out of his own creative imaginings. Based primarily on the Rider-Waite-SmithTM tarot system, the lavish details in Tarot Grand Luxe also incorporate references to the Tarot de Marseilles, as well as other historic symbols and archetypes. 

In the 56-page illustrated booklet, Ciro briefly describes the ideas and personal perspectives that inspired each card.










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TAROT OF THE GOLDEN WHEEL
by Mila Losenko
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems (June 15, 2019)
78 cards, 84-Page Guidebook
List Price: $22.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Inspired by the magic and wisdom of Russian fairy tales, Tarot of the Golden Wheel interprets traditional tarot through the prism of colorful Slavic folk culture. 

In this radiant deck the Golden Wheel, a sacred symbol of karma, the sun, and the infinite cycles of life conveys the Fool on his journey through the Major and Minor Arcana.


Includes 78 cards and 84-page guidebook.
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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look For Us Again, SEPTEMBER 1ST , 2019!!!
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