Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We're Open For Business, and We Have GREAT New Stuff!

Edmund Dulac

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.
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.
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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.

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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.

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OF BLOOD AND BONES:
Working with Shadow Magick & the Dark Moon
by Kate Freuler, Mat Auryn (Foreword)
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2020)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Learn to Work with the Magick of the Dark Moon~

Shadow magick occupies a critical but often misunderstood role in the rich history of witchcraft. This book explores topics such as the ethical use of animal parts and bones, blood magick, dark moon energy, and other rarely discussed aspects of witchcraft.

With a focus on ethically sourcing materials and suggestions for plant-based substitutions, author Kate Freuler provides much-needed information and hands-on techniques to help you strengthen your witchcraft practice, connect to nature, protect yourself (and your kith and kin), and know yourself in a deep way. Within these pages, you will also discover methods for hexing, scrying, sex magick, and working with dark deities in addition to the magickal use of graveyard dirt and performing spells to assist the crossing of a dying loved one. The shadow work explored in Of Blood and Bones reminds us that not everything is love and light, and that facing the dark side supports the quest to achieve spiritual wholeness.


Reviews:
"Witchcraft is not tame. We do a disservice to our craft in thinking so. Of Blood and Bone is an excellent introductory guide to exploring the depths of Withcraft and finding value in its darker side. Freuler leads readers through difficult topics in an approachable and authentic way. A good resource for anyone working with this side of magickal practice."―Stephanie Woodfield, author of Dark Goddess Craft

"Witches are light, dark, and everything in between. This impressive piece of work both guides and encourages modern Witches to reach into the deeper wisdom of their sacred hearts to uncover genuine healing and self-awareness. The book's original recipes, brilliant insights, and damn-potent spells can be utilized by occultists of all varieties. This is the real deal. Written with intelligence, integrity, and sincerity, Of Blood & Bones is a brave exploration into the beautiful shadowscape of magickal work and personal development."―Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium & Esoteric Empathy

About the Author:
Kate Freuler has practiced witchcraft for over twenty-five years. She has written for Llewellyn's Magical Almanac, Sabbats Almanac, and Spell-A-Day Almanac. Kate owns and operates an online store called White Moon Witchcraft. She lives in Ontario.






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GOD IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE GODS:
A Case for Polytheism
by Gus diZerega
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
God is Dead, Long Live the Gods shows how polytheism―unlike monotheism―fits with the revolutionary ideas found in quantum physics, biology, and ecology. Beginning with the Enlightenment and the roots of what we now know as science, Western thought has generally turned away from religious belief. But what if the incompatibility of science and religion only applies to monotheism?

Gus diZerega explores contemporary science to show why consciousness is a fundamental aspect of reality, why the universe is alive at all levels, and why polytheistic experiences are as varied as the enormous array of life forms that enrich our world. This fascinating work develops a bold new vision for polytheism's evolving role in our society and in our individual and collective spiritual experiences.





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THE MYSTERIES OF MERLIN:
Ceremonial Magic for the Druid Path
by John Michael Greer
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2020)
List Price: $18.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Discover Your Path of Self-Initiation through the Union of Druidry & Ceremonial Magic~

This innovative system of self-initiation into ceremonial magic provides you with powerful rituals based on the life stages of the great wizard Merlin. Featuring eight full ceremonial workings to perform throughout the year for each of the three degrees, this exceptional guide deepens your spirituality and connects you to mysteries passed down across the ages.

Join John Michael Greer as he presents a wealth of information on Merlin's life and legends. Explore ancient initiations and how they're connected to Celtic deities. Even if you have no experience with Druid magic, Greer's detailed instructions, meditations, and exercises make it easy to start your journey or enhance your spiritual path in exciting ways. By marrying Golden Dawn magic with Celtic Paganism, this impressive work unlocks vital wisdom for your modern practice.

About the Author:
One of the most respected writers and teachers in the occult field today, John Michael Greer has written more than fifty books on esoteric traditions, nature spirituality, and the future of industrial society. An initiate in Druidic, Hermetic, and Masonic lineages, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). He lives in Rhode Island, USA with his wife Sara. He can be found online at www.EcoSophia.net .





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WINTER:
Rituals to Thrive in the Dark Cycle of the Saeculum
by Jo Graham
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This book is a fascinating exploration of one of the four cycles in the ancient Etruscan system known as the saecula. Winter is the final cycle of endings before the time of renewal and rebirth. With hands-on exercises and rituals, author Jo Graham invites you to find the spirit of heroism within as you transform your life and soul in this challenging era.

Building on the foundation that was established in The Great Wheel, this book reveals how the energy of this era influences your spiritual life, your relationships, and your community. Welcome the classical deities including Diana Nemorensis, Mercury, Athena Strategos, Mars, Father Dis, and others as you:

Find your purpose when the world seems out of control
Create a haven for those who are in need
Protect yourself and your loved ones as the crisis deepens
Use your unique talents to help save your corner of the world
Preserve the things you treasure for the season of Spring to come

Exploring the powerful cycles of generations, life spans, and seasons, Winter offers specific techniques and support to help you see that the era of Winter is only temporary and Spring will come again.


Review:
"Graham, a pagan practitioner and cofounder of the spiritual organization Cult of Isis, explores in this evocative work what she sees as the effects of a cyclical system called the Saeculum. ... Readers with an interest in pagan traditions will enjoy this accessible guide for understanding the cyclical movement of time."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Jo Graham (North Carolina) has practiced in Pagan and Hermetic traditions for more than thirty years, including leading an eclectic circle for nearly a decade. Dedicated in 1989, she took her mastery in 2004. She has studied the Classical world extensively and today mainly works in traditions based on the Hellenistic Cult of Isis. Though she worked in politics for fifteen years, today Jo divides her time between writing and working as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and their daughters.





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HIGH MAGICK:
A Guide to Cannabis in Ritual & Mysticism
by Philip H. Farber
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2020)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Powerful Magick with One of the World's Most Potent Plants~

Elevate your magical practice with cannabis. Exploring everything from ancient elixirs to modern mystics like Aleister Crowley and Timothy Leary, High Magick is all about using cannabis safely and effectively in spiritual settings. You will find specific ways to use cannabis for:

  • Invocation
  • Evocation
  • Banishing
  • Meditation
  • Energy healing
  • Divination
  • Scrying
  • Chakra Activation
  • Toasting
  • Praising
  • Pathworking
  • Consecrating
  • Charging
  • Working with Ancestors
  • Making Change in the World

Filled with step-by-step instructions as well as helpful insights into some of the most famous ritual magicians and cannabis proponents in the world, this book helps you harness the spiritual power of this amazing plant. Within these pages, you will also discover how to conduct dynamic rituals like the Talking Joint, the Smoke of Excellence, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Leaf, and the Cannabis Magick Holon Ritual.


Reviews:
"I passed the first seventeen years of my life without so much as a moment of serious self-reflection. A few pleasant puffs from a clumsily rolled joint shared with my dear older brother changed that… Changed everything. Cannabis became for me a sacrament, and quite literally, the gateway to magick. Farber's High Magick is a most timely and comprehensive look at the evolutionary and magical potentials of this sacred, magical entity."―Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Low Magick

"What an amazing book! A concise yet thorough, well-researched treatise weaving philosophical musings with useful exercises to enhance your enjoyment and utilization of all things cannabis. From dreadlocks to dishabituation, hypnosis to contact highs, I loved how this book kept coming back to the importance of ritual, and the art of always being open to possibility. High Magick is an important signpost on the road to the entheogenic revolution. Bravo, Phil Farber!"―Julie Holland, MD, editor of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

"Farber has provided us with a well-researched, intelligent, and playful grimoire for initiates of the Herb Dangerous, aka cannabis. From NLP savvy mind hacks to group ceremonial practice, High Magick details the history, pharmacology, and mythology of cannabis and brings it all to life with practical esoteric techniques. Highly recommended indeed!"―Julian Vayne, author of Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony

"Phil Farber's High Magick is an excellent and accessible introduction to the historical role of cannabis in the magickal tradition, and its practical application by today's modern magicians. Highly recommended."―Chris Bennett, author of Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs, and the Occult

"In the mind-expanding, interdisciplinary tradition of Aleister Crowley and Robert Anton Wilson, Farber explores the powerful interface between magick and the disciplined use of the cannabis plant. ... Overflowing with ancient lore, current science, effective exercises, and personal experiences that are at once practical and inspirational. Highly recommended!"―David Jay Brown, author Dreaming Wide Awake and The New Science of Psychedelics

"The magical use of cannabis is known among the Daoists and ancient Scythians. It is also a thread that connects the work of Francois Rabelais, John Dee and Edward Kelley, Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, and Timothy Leary. Phil Farber's High Magick represents a culmination of this lineage in the sense that the powerful and direct 'meta-magick' practices that Farber teaches will help you to further blow those older practices wide open or to entirely create your own―or both!"―Edward Pandemonium, author of Twilight Language and The Gospel of Pandemonium

About the Author:
Philip H. Farber is a magician, a teacher, and the author of Brain Magick and several other books on magical subjects. He has taught seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Europe and maintains a private practice in NLP and hypnosis. Philip lives in New York's Hudson Valley.




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PLAYING CARD DIVINATION:
Every Card Tells a Story
by Stephen Ball
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Turn a standard deck of playing cards into a colorful divinatory system filled with inspiration, adventure, insight, and advice. In Playing Card Divination, each number card represents a mythic role (Hunter, Lover, Healer, Trickster, etc.) and each suit gives an action for that role (Promise, Gambit, Folly, Triumph). Each card has a unique meaning―for example, the Healer's Triumph card represents gratitude, recognition, and teamwork―and a story that helps you develop a deeper understanding of the cards. With spread ideas, sample readings, and detailed advice, this book shows how to develop your own path of wisdom with a simple deck of cards.


About the Author:
Stephen Ball is the author of Elemental Divination: A Dice Oracle and has taught and created systems of divination for over twenty years. He previously published The Apple Branch: An English Shamanism as Stephen Blake, and contributed to Avalonia's anthology Horns of Power and to Steve Drury's Dice Mysteries. He lives in London.




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EDMUND DULAC TAROT
by Edmund Dulac, Giacomo Gailli
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2020)
78 Card Tarot Deck
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The enchanting art of Edmund Dulac elevates the tarot to new heights in this fascinating deck. Channeling the elemental power of beloved faery tales, these cards energize the reader's own sense of archetypal wisdom. Known as one of the top talents of the golden age of illustration, Dulac made his name with illustrated versions of Shakespeare, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allen Poe. This deck showcases his most magical and mysterious works, leading to profound readings that speak to the heart and the inner spirit.


About the creators:
Edmund Dulac (1882 - 1953) was a renowned magazine illustrator, book illustrator, and stamp designer. He illustrated special editions of many famous works, including some by the Brontë sisters, William Shakespeare, Hans Christian Anderson, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Giacomo Gailli is a tarot artist based in Italy.



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DARK WOOD TAROT
by Sasha Graham, Abigail Larson
78 Card Deck with 304 page Guidebook
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)
List Price: $31.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Dare to enter the dark wood and discover your shadow self with this enthralling Rider-Waite-Smith-style deck.

As you take on the role of a witch entering the wood, you'll find each card becomes a "vision" of legends (wands), fears (swords), animals (cups), and the natural world (pentacles). These visions offer you deep wisdom, providing a richer and fuller understanding of yourself. Examine your secret desires, your shadowy dreams, and the unknown recesses of your psyche. This deck is the key to your shadow side―the key to a quest through darkness and into the light that reflects your hidden talents and personal power.





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LIMINAL SPIRITS ORACLE
by Laura Tempest Zakroff
List Price: $23.99
Deck and Book Boxed Set
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2020)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Featuring the ethereal art of Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal, this deck can be used as a means to commune with liminal spirits, a focus for meditation, a tool for spellcraft, and a system of divination. Rooted in modern traditional Witchcraft and designed to help the reader explore the unseen world, the magical artwork of the Liminal Spirits Oracle connects you to the wisdom of the Witch so you can tap into the spirit realm and the deeper energies within yourself.


Review:
"The Liminal Spirits Oracle is an oracle deck with a great may layers. ... There are occult themes and beautiful art and a softness throughout the entire thing, deck and book. There isn't one single perspective to this deck, yet it feels very cohesive. It's that Liminal Space again, where you can make it what it is. ... This deck is one of tangible magic."―Indie Deck Review

About the Author:
Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author of the bestselling book Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, as well as The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels, and The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey). Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is her fourth book.










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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.

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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again AUGUST 1st, 2020!
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



Edmund Dulac







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