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EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS NEWSLETTER


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.
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THE WITCHES' ALMANAC, STANDARD EDITION:
Issue 39, Spring 2020 to Spring 2021:
STONES – THE FOUNDATION OF EARTH
By Andrew Theitic
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: The Witches' Almanac (December 1, 2019)Stones – The Foundation of Earth
List Price: $15.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Founded in 1971 by Elizabeth Pepper, the art director of Gourmet magazine for many years, The Witches’ Almanac is a witty, literate, and a sophisticated publication that appeals to general reads as well as hard-core Wiccans. At one level, it is a pop reference that will fascinate anyone interested in folklore, mythology and culture, but at another, it is the most sophisticated and wide-ranging annual guide available today for the mystic enthusiast.

Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, mystic incantations, interviews and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, much of the content is both current and timeless - not specific to the date range of each issue.

The theme of Issue 39 (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021) is Stones – the Foundation of Earth. Also included are articles on: Celestial Powers: Lightning Gods, Bolts from the Blue; Gargoyles; How to work with the Spirits of the Land; The Art of Embodying Godforms in Ritual; Holey Stones; Borges Beasts and much more.




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THE GLAM WITCH:
A Magical Manifesto of Empowerment with the Great Lilithian Arcane Mysteries
by Michael Herkes (Author), Tonya Brown (Editor), Fiona Horne (Foreword)
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Witch Way Publishing (September 15, 2019)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Lilith has been feared, worshiped, analyzed, and dissected by many, yet she remains an enigma cloaked in a riddle of witchcraft. Today, she has found a place of elevation as a quintessential goddess in an array of occult practices, revered for her fierce independence, carnal appetite, and thirst for equality. THE GLAM WITCH plants the practice of modern witchcraft in Lilith's garden of glittery fruit. Laid out over a sparkling assemblage of chapters, a modern mystic will explore the theory, practice, and lifestyle of the Great Lilithian Arcane Mysteries (GLAM).
Learn Lilith's story and how to apply her archetype to a magical path.

  • Open your third eye to intuition with signs and synchronicity.
  • Discover Lilith's astrological significance to help navigate the shadow self.
  • Witch-craft a glamour poppet for attraction and beauty.
  • Embrace your sexuality to harness power through orgasm.
  • Neutralize negativity with the application of bitchcraft.
Loaded with spells and rituals to cultivate confidence, sizzle with sensuality, and stand up to adversity, THE GLAM WITCH is a guide to spiritual empowerment and establishing unapologetic authenticity through magical means.




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INITIATION INTO WITCHCRAFT
by Brian Cain (Author), Maxine Sanders (Foreword)
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Warlock Press (July 19, 2019)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Walk the Path of Magic!
This is a book about the religion of Witchcraft. It honors the old Gods, the ancient mysteries, and the secrets of magic. It will immerse you into the magical arts of Witchcraft and will dispel many of the false myths that persist about Witches. It is an enchanted window into what Witches practice and what we believe.

Initiation into Witchcraft is an exploration of the timeless traditions, essential ethics, and the awe-inspiring power of our Craft as well as providing basic practices that will help you to embrace the deeper ways of the Witch. It is a signpost for those seeking the path that begins the journey of initiation into Witchcraft. It is also a primer of occult techniques and rituals to prepare you for that journey.

Witchcraft is a survival of the ancient mysteries. It is a force of significant power--and initiation is the key that unlocks that power. Initiation transcends culture. It transcends religion. It takes a community to manifest to priesthood and it takes initiation to become a priest ... and a Witch.

Witchcraft is personal empowerment magnified through a relationship with the old gods. Through it, you can direct the course of your life and find a path to your most powerful self.





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Pagan Portals -
FAIRY QUEENS:
Meeting The Queens Of The Otherworld
by Morgan Daimler
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (October 1, 2019)
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Mysterious and intriguing, the Queens of Fairy have been intertwined with mortal lives and imaginations for as long as we have had myth and folklore. Goddesses to some, fictional characters to others, these powerful Queens are bound up in the history of witchcraft and still have a role to play today. This book takes a look at who the Fairy Queens are, explores some of their individual stories, and considers how we can still connect to them and honor them in the world today.

About the Author:
Morgan Daimler is a blogger, poet, teacher of esoteric subjects, witch, and priestess of the Daoine Maithe. Morgan is a prolific pagan writer, having published more than a dozen books under Moon Books alone, and she is one of the world's foremost experts on all things Fairy. She lives in Connecticut, U





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THE MORRIGAN:
Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might
by Courtney Weber, Lora O'Brien (Foreword)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2019)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~An illuminating exploration of Ireland’s ancient dark goddess—the beloved “phantom queen” of the Celtic world—with practices for modern-day devotees.

The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous--and notorious--goddesses. Her name translated as “phantom queen” or “great queen,” the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution. This book also explores her patronage of motherhood, healing, shapeshifting, and the land. Classified among the Sidhe (fairies), the Morrigan dates back at least to Ireland’s Iron Age, but she is as modern as she is ancient―enjoying a growing contemporary and global following. Author Courtney Weber provides a guide for the modern devotee of this complex, mysterious goddess that encompasses practical veneration with modern devotionals, entwined with traditional lore and Irish-Celtic history.

Who is the Morrigan?
She is the spirit of fury and peace, power and destruction, joy and terror. She is warrior, queen, death omen, mother, murderer, lover, spy, conspirator, faery, shape-shifter, healer, and sometimes the living earth itself. A captivating contradiction: a demonic female who both haunts and heals; benevolent in one moment, ghastly the next, and kind the moment after that.

The Morrigan is many things, but above all she walks between the worlds of tangible and ill-defined. A goddess of the river ford, she is the place where the improbable meets the possible. But just as she stands in the ford connecting the dangerous with the safe, she crosses the gap between an old and new reality. We will not get through these lives of ours without facing the unknown. Perhaps this is why she is the Queen of Nightmares. Just as bad dreams help us process trauma, stress, or confusing information, the Morrigan helps us navigate what is beyond our ability to shape, control, or understand.





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KEEPING HER KEYS:
An Introduction To Hekate's Modern Witchcraft
by Cyndi Brannen
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (April 26, 2019)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over the past few years Hekate has gained increasing popularity around the world. While there are books written about the historical Hekate, there is a lack of information applying this knowledge for personal development and practicing witchcraft. Keeping Her Keys blends the ‘keys' of personal development, magick and the ancient goddess, Hekate, together. Topics include the power of prayer, how to create sacred space, and guidance on spell crafting. In the final chapter readers can perform an optional self-initiation to become a Keeper of Her Keys.

About the Author:
Dr. Cyndi Brannen is an outlaw witch devoted to Hekate and witchcraft. She teaches The Sacred Seven: A Course in Applied Modern Witchcraft. Cyndi has enjoyed a varied life as a psychologist, spiritual teacher and healer, social justice advocate, policy consultant, relentless outdoor adventurer and incurable optimist. Her blog, Keeping Her Keys, is a mixture of all these things with an emphasis on personal growth through Hekate and witchcraft, and it is this blog that inspired her new book of the same name. Cyndi lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.




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DIVINATION CONJURE STYLE:
Reading Cards, Throwing Bones, and Other Forms of Household Fortune-Telling
by Starr Casas (Author), Josef Bailey (Illustrator), Judika Illes (Foreword)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2019)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~A delightful in-depth guide to the divination practices of conjure from the beloved author of Old Style Conjure and other books

In Divination Conjure Style Starr Casas shares the secrets of conjure-style divination that she learned at home and that, until very recently, were family secrets that were only transmitted orally. Traditional conjure is the domain of the poor and disenfranchised, living in regions that were (and remain) unfriendly to esotericism and the occult. Thus, conjure divination relies on inexpensive tools that are not exclusively magical: playing cards, rather than tarot cards, or scrying with blue water instead of a crystal ball.

The primary focus of Divination Conjure Style is playing-card divination, but other methods covered include bibliomancy, pyromancy, pendulums, and throwing the bones. Starr discusses the history of these methods and also offers practical information so that the reader can master these techniques for themselves. Josef Bailey, a young New Orleans artist, has created illustrations of conjure-style playing cards to Starr’s specifications.

About the Author:
Starr Casas was born in the mountains of Kentucky and raised in the culture of the deep South. She has been a professional conjure woman for over 40 years and is the co-owner of the shop Conjure New Orleans in the French Quarter. A beloved teacher, she presents workshops across the United States and has written 13 books to date on conjure work. Visit her at oldstyleconjure.com.





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THE MAGIAN TAROK:
The Origins of the Tarot in the Mithraic and Hermetic Traditions 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded Edition
by Stephen E. Flowers Ph.D.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded edition (October 15, 2019)
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Reveals the historical roots of the symbology of the Tarot in the Mithraic tradition of the Persian Magi and the Hermetic tradition

Explores the Magian teachings on the Stoeicheia and how this magical alphabet was the template for the Tarot

Explains how the sequencing of the Major Arcana is related to the images used in Mithraic initiation

Looks at the original meanings of the Major Arcana using Mithraic symbolism, as well as the deep-level connections of the Tarot with Egypt, the Romani people, the Semitic tradition, and runes

The Tarot is a mythic map of the world and of consciousness. It offers a meta-language of signs and symbols that communicate their meaning precisely. Yet the true origins of the Tarot remain shrouded in mystery. These oracular cards have long been thought to have come from Egypt or from the “Gypsies,” but as Stephen E. Flowers reveals, their original roots lie in the Mithraic tradition of the Persian Magi.

In this book, Flowers explores the historical roots and mythology of the symbolic images that became known as the Tarot. Drawing on theories first pioneered by the Swedish scholar Sigurd Agrell (1881-1937), he reveals the genesis of the Tarot’s symbolism in the great Hermetic tradition at the same time the Magical Papyri were being written in Greco-Roman Egypt. He explains how the sequencing of the Major Arcana is related to the images used in Mithraic initiation, elements of which were then integrated into existing Roman and Egyptian traditions. Exploring the Magian teachings on the Stoeicheia, an alphabet that acted as a map for understanding the order of the cosmos, he demonstrates how this alphabet of magical symbols was the template for the Tarot. The author also shows how the 22 Major Arcana cards were related to the 22 letters of the Roman alphabet used for oracular purposes in ancient times. Looking in-depth at the principles of Mithraism, the author explains how the Roman form of Mithraism, a guiding factor in the early shaping of the Tarot, was itself a synthesis of Iranian Magianism, Greek stoicism, Babylonian astrology, and Greco-Egyptian Hermeticism.

Exploring the cards themselves, Flowers then looks at the original meanings of the Major Arcana using Mithraic symbolism and its offshoots. He also explains the truth behind many of the myths surrounding the Tarot, including their deep-level connections with Egypt, the Romani people, the Semitic tradition, and runes. By restoring the original mysteria to the icons of the Tarot and learning their true origins, we can better understand the insight these powerful cards impart in divination.





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THE ALCHEMICAL VISIONS TAROT:
78 Keys to Unlock Your Subconscious Mind (Book & Cards)
by Arthur Taussig
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2019)
List Price: $49.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A testament to the creative potency within archetypal images, The Alchemical Visions Tarot is a breathtaking tour through universal space both external and internal.” —The Witches’ Almanac

The Alchemical Visions Tarot brings the promise of the Magnum Opus—the Great Work—to travelers on the modern path. Combining Jungian psychology and ancient alchemy, mysticism, and mythology, world-renowned artist Arthur Taussig has created a powerful tool for self-transformation—a Tarot for personal alchemy and psychic health. These complex and beautiful cards are rich with multiple layers of symbolism and are meant to be studied one by one so that each card becomes a key to unlocking the subconscious mind. Each card is an important stop on the Traveler’s journey from an unconscious state to one of integrated conscious wholeness.

Excerpt:


THE EMPRESS
The Empress sits enthroned in the midst of an ancient forest. She is the first figure of the Tarot who faces us directly and makes strong eye contact with the Traveler. Whereas the High Priestess represents the spiritual feminine, the Empress rules closer to our mundane world. While the world of the High Priestess is occupied by monsters, gargoyles, and invisible people, the world of the Empress has no such creatures. She rules a kingdom of human beings, male and female, old and young, happy and sad. She is the fruitful mother of multitudes. Flowers flow from her genitals indicating abundance. She is above all things universal fecundity.








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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again DECEMBER 1st, 2019
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