Sunday, December 1, 2019

YULETIDE'S ALMOST HERE!


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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ARS NOTORIA:
Grimoire of Rapid Learning by Magic, with the Golden Flowers of Apollonius of Tyana:
(a Mediaeval grimoire designed to enable students to master any subject very rapidly)
by Stephen Skinner and Daniel Clark, Translated by Robert Turner
Hardcover: 425 pages
Publisher: Golden Hoard Press Pte Ltd (SI) (August 31, 2019)
List Price: $96.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In its influence, dissemination, length, and complexity the Ars Notoria is
the most important surviving treatise of ritual magic.” - Sophie Page.

The Ars Notoria is a mediaeval grimoire, or magician's manual, which was widely distributed and very popular in the 13th-16th century, but virtually unknown today. It is however still very relevant in the 21st century because it contains detailed techniques to enable the practitioner to absorb whole subjects very rapidly, and to understand very complex subjects on first reading, as well as remembering whatever has been read.

Of all the grimoires attributed to the Solomonic tradition of magic, one of the oldest and most enigmatic is the Ars Notoria. Like the many magic manuscripts this work was pseudepigraphically attributed to several famous individuals ranging from Solomon (who reputedly received the book directly from God via the hand of the angel Pamphilius), through its supposed translation by the magician Apollonius of Tyana who called it Flores aurei, or the Golden flowers, to Euclid of Thebes.

The Ars Notoria stands alone in its own category of angel grimoires, for while most other Solomonic grimoires are concerned with the evocation of spirits or demons, the Ars Notoria instead was concerned only with memory and the ability to understand and absorb whole subjects rapidly. It offered to grant almost instant proficiency in any of the seven Liberal Arts, making it a veritable student’s grimoire, a key to obtaining knowledge rapidly.

Yet despite its popularity and enduring history the Ars Notoria has never been printed in its complete form. From its early published Latin appearance in Agrippa's Opera Omnia to the first and only English translation by Robert Turner in 1657, all published versions of this work have omitted the most vital component of its operation, the notae, a set of complex pictorial illustrations that are the heart of its system. That is however until now. The present edition contains all the notae which have always been left out of other printed editions, without which the system just does not work.

For the first time ever the Ars Notoria is presented in its complete form. In this edition we present not just one but five complete sets of notae taken from various manuscripts, alongside a corrected edition of Turner’s English translation. We also present a complete facsimile of Yale University's Beinecke MS Mellon 1 in full colour, the earliest known manuscript of this work, with a complete copy of the 1620s printed Latin text. Detailed commentary is provided on its origins, content, possible authors, owners, methods of use, and practical considerations as well as comprehensive tables of the almost 100 notae variants. The progress of the Ars Notoria is traced from its Greek origins, via its flourishing 13th century monastic life to its supposed inclusion in the Lemegeton.





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THE HERMETIC SCIENCE OF TRANSFORMATION
The Initiatic Path of Natural and Divine Magic
by Giuliano Kremmerz
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (November 12, 2019)
List Price: $30.00

A classic initiatic primer for the serious magical aspirant, available now for the first time in English

Details occult purification and preparations for the path of natural and divine magic

Explains how initiation into the hermetic science transforms the novice not only mentally but also physically, altering even the very fluids of the body

Offers a return to the original hermetic path of initiation, following the strict procedures and symbolism as defined in the spiritual practices of Pythagoras and his tradition

The main purpose of the hermetic science, as seen by Giuliano Kremmerz (1861-1930), Italian alchemist, hermeticist, philosopher, and member of the Ur Group, is to allow the adept to concentrate on the natural and divine magic that will allow him or her to develop the latent powers innate in every human being. The initiatory path this opens, one the author compares to the Royal Way of Alchemy, transforms the novice not only mentally but also physically, altering even the very fluids of his or her body. For Kremmerz, magic is the supreme science, the highest expression of what exists and what is possible.

With this book, first published in Italian in 1897 and available here for the first time in English, Kremmerz sought to redefine magical initiation as well as other key components of the occult sciences. His aim was to bring the hermetic path of initiation back into alignment with the strict procedures and symbolism that defined the spiritual practices of Pythagoras and the heirs to his tradition. He visualized the initiate as a disciple who has escaped the stagnant water in which the rest of humanity is immersed and entered a state of non-ordinary consciousness, one that allows for the successful pursuit of realization and contact with the magical will.

In this transformative initiatory guide, Kremmerz details the occult purification and preparation the path of natural and divine magic requires. The spiritual course advocated by Kremmerz is arduous--to move forward on the path of true realization, one that will allow the initiate to “climb to heaven” while still alive, the aspirant must commit to total severance from everyday life. Yet Kremmerz’s words themselves serve to trigger the beginning of transformation within us, making the very act of reading this primer the first step on the path of initiation into the hermetic science.





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A MODERN GUIDE TO HEATHENRY
Lore, Celebrations, and Mysteries of the Northern Traditions
by Galina Krasskova
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2019)
List Price: $24.95

An accessible yet in-depth guide to this increasingly popular pre-Christian religious tradition of Northern Europe.
Heathenry, is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the United States today. This book explores the cosmology, values, ethics, and rituals practiced by modern heathens.

In A Modern Guide to Heathenry readers will have the opportunity to explore the sacred stories of the various heathen gods like Odin, Frigga, Freya, and Thor and will be granted a look into the devotional practices of modern votaries. Blóts, the most common devotional rites, are examined in rich detail with examples given for personal use. Additionally, readers are introduced to the concept of wyrd, or fate, so integral to the heathen worldview.

Unlike many books on heathenry, this one is not denomination-specific, nor does it seek to overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar Anglo-Saxon or Norse terminology. For Pagans who wish to learn more about the Norse deities or those who are new to heathenry or who are simply interested in learning about this unique religion, A Modern Guide to Heathenry is the perfect introduction. Those who wish to deepen their own devotional practice will find this book helpful in their own work as well.





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THE LORE OF OLD ELFLAND:
Secrets from the Bronze Age to Middle Earth Paperback – November 8, 2019
by Linda Raedisch
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Folktales, Stories, Recipes, and Crafts from the Lands of Elves and Faeries

Stories of the Elven tribes have been told throughout history, and for some people in the modern world, encounters with elves continue to this day. This book explores the magical territory of Elfland, sharing tales of elves and faeries from Old Norse sagas, Danish ballads, and Tolkien's Mirkwood. From the mound people of Luneburg Heath to the Elf-maids of the Black Forest, The Lore of Old Elfland brings the shrouded activities of the elves into the light. With recipes, crafts, and an Elven herbal, author Linda Raedisch invites you to realize your own vision of Elfland―a vision that is sure to fill your spirit with unexpected wonders and astonishing delights.




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RUSSIAN BLACK MAGIC:
The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers 1st Edition
by Natasha Helvin
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (October 22, 2019)
List Price: $16.99 (Destiny Books)


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A rare look into the history, theory, and craft of the black mages and sorcerers of Russia

Examines practical rituals and spells, the demonic pantheon, places of power, offerings and sacrifices, Hell Icons, and instructions for cemetery magic

Provides insight into the fundamental ideology of black magic practitioners, from the universal laws of magic to the principles of morality

Details how the Russian practice of black magic preserved ancient pagan traditions and evolved as the antithesis of Christianity

Born in the Soviet Union and descended from a matrilineal line of witches, Natasha Helvin offers a rare look into the secret practices of Russian black magic, passed down from teacher to disciple for generations both orally and through their grimoires bound in black. Drawing from her own experience, Helvin provides insight into the fundamental ideology of black magic practitioners, from the universal laws of magic to the principles of morality. She explains a mage’s view on fate and predestination, how the world was created, and their relationship with the demons that grant them their power. She examines the demonic pantheon as well as how a black sorcerer is able to influence the forces in the universe and pass on his or her powers and knowledge to further generations.

Exploring the history of occult practices in Russia, including how Christianity had a profound effect upon magic and witchcraft, Helvin shows how attempts to forcibly convert the Russian population to the Christian faith were widely resisted, and instead of these ancient pagan practices disappearing, they blended with Christian belief. Authorities repainted old pagan gods as demons in order to eradicate ancient traditions. Black magic became labelled as defiantly anti-Christian simply for preserving the old ways, and as a result, some branches of black magic evolved as a reaction against enforced Christianity and practitioners proudly accepted the label of “blasphemer” or “heretic.”

Through this book, readers can explore the Left-Hand path of Russian magic and its spells and rituals. The author explains about cemetery magic, sacrifices, the creation of Hell Icons, and places of power, such as crossroads, swamps, and abandoned villages, as well as the best times to practice black magic, how to choose the best grave for your spell, and how to summon demons. Providing many concrete examples of spells, Helvin demonstrates the broad range of what can be accomplished by those who practice the black arts, if they commit themselves to the craft.






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SCOTTISH WITCHCRAFT
A Complete Guide to Authentic Folklore, Spells, and Magickal Tools Paperback – November 8, 2019
by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $17.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Hear the Call of the Highlands for Powerful Magick, Healing, and Divination

Take a journey through the magickal folk traditions of Scotland. Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, a Scottish hereditary witch, shares her own spiritual awakening into the craft and shows you how to integrate these practices into your own life. Discover the secrets of divination, scrying, faery magick, and communication with ancestors. Explore herb and plant lore and specific rituals to address what you most desire. Filled with inspiring anecdotes, craft history, and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you begin a new chapter of spiritual discovery.

About the Author:
Barbara Meiklejohn-Free (United Kingdom) was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. She is an author, singer, drummer, flautist, and storyteller—all of which she employs in weaving together the ancient craft of the shaman, seer, and mystic. After the passing of her spiritual mentor, Barbara was bestowed the title of Highland Seer. She is also the cocreator of the Dark Goddess Oracle Cards, Witches' Kitchen Oracle Cards, and Witches' Wisdom Oracle Cards.




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SEW WITCHY:
Tools, Techniques & Projects for Sewing Magick
by Raechel Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $24.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Enhance your witchcraft by putting needle and thread to fabric. Part sewing manual and part grimoire, this fun and easy guide turns every craft project into a magickal ritual. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs, Sew Witchy presents a wide variety of projects that complement and improve your practice, from dream pillows and spell bags to cords and altar cloths.

With spells grouped by type, this book encourages you to enhance familiar spells with sewing supplies and try spells that infuse mundane sewing tasks with magickal intent. You'll also find a comprehensive list of the magical correspondences for sewing tools, notions, and fabrics. Perfect for any skill level or magical path, this enjoyable and colorful book explores the historical and cultural uses of magic and sewing from all over the world.



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REVOLUTIONARY WITCHCRAFT:
A Guide to Magical Activism
by Sarah Lyons
Flexibound: 168 pages
Publisher: Running Press Adult (November 5, 2019)
List Price:$16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A fiery, intersectional guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic.

From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing witch Sarah Lyons takes readers on a journey through a leftist history of magic -- from the witch hunts of early modern England, through the Salem Witch Trials, and up to our present moment. Pairing mystical acts, including sigil magic and soul flight, with core organizing tactics, like power mapping and protests, Revolutionary Witchcraft offers a blueprint for building a politically grounded magical praxis.

From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today's most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a surprising historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, Revolutionary Witchcraft is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.

About the Author:
Sarah Lyons is a writer, activist, occultist, and witch. She has practiced witchcraft for over ten years, and her work and writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, Vice, Buzzfeed, Broadly, Slutist, and New York Yoga Life, among others. Sarah is an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America, serving on the New York City chapter's Ecosocialist Working Group.





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WITCH’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR:
Rituals for Circles, Solitaries & Covens
by Jason Mankey
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2019)
List Price:$29.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Make your sabbat celebrations more meaningful and enjoyable with this exceptional book full of unique rituals designed to perfectly fit your needs, whether you're a solitary practitioner or part of a group. Jason Mankey provides three all-new rituals for every sabbat, one for solitaries, one for covens, and one for large gatherings. Each is flexible enough for you to pick and choose the components that best suit your situation.

Explore the history and traditions of all eight sabbats and discover why and how rituals became such an important part of Witchcraft. Learn the ins and outs of ritual practice, including guidance on planning, decorating, presenting, and adapting. The Witch's Wheel of the Year is incredibly versatile for any Witch looking to enhance their craft and their connection to the sacred sabbats.




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IN BETWEEN TAROT
by Franco Rivolli (Artist), Janine Worthington (Author)
Boxed kit (5¼ x 8¼) includes a 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $35.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Following the outstanding success of After Tarot and Before Tarot, this deck explores what it would look like to see in between two consecutive cards in the deck. The space in between is a sacred, liminal realm, symbolic of transition and rejuvenation. When you look in between the Emperor (IV) and the Hierophant (V), for example, you see a wholly new interpretation of what these cards mean. This deck and the accompanying guidebook will provide you with fascinating readings that work with the energy of tarot in a completely new way. Includes a 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook.






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MADAME LE MARCHAND’S CLASSIC FORTUNE TELLER
DELUXE BOXED KIT
by Le Marchand, Dorzhieva, Akins, & Coles
Publisher: (Abracax House)
List Price $84.50


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Includes a “Tarot Le Marchand” card deck reconstructed according to Le Marchand’s instructions by Anna Dorzhieva, a standard playing card deck, 3 six-sided dice & 3 twelve-sided Astrological Dice, a little bag, the book “Introducing the Astrological Dice” by Victoria Akins, and the book “Madame Le Marchand's Classic Fortune Teller” that combines the celebrated 19th century Parisian fortune teller’s own The Amusements of Cartomancy (in which she defines a classic tarot system) and The Fortune Teller & Dreamers' Dictionary (in which she describes methods of divination using dice and standard playing cards, as well as dream interpretation), all in a handsome foil-stamped padded organizer case.






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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JANUARY 1st, 2020!!!
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