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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-

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.


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.




Blessings, from Robert, Jonese and Raven

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Ancestral Lore and Practices
By Claude Lecouteux
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (July 20, 2015)
List Price: $18.95

An exploration of the wild spirits that once roamed the lands and inhabited the waters and the pagan rites used to gain their good will~

Explores medieval stories and folk traditions of brownies, fairies, giants, dragons, will-o’-the-wisps, and demons

Explains the specific rites performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure their permission before building on new land

Shows how these beliefs carried through to modern times, especially in architecture

Our pagan ancestors knew that every forest has brownies and fairies, every spring its lady, and every river malevolent beings in its depths. They told tales of giants in the hills, dragons in the lakes, marshes swarming with will-o’-the-wisps, and demons and wild folk in the mountains who enjoyed causing landslides, avalanches, and floods. They both feared and respected these entities, knowing the importance of appeasing them for safe travel and a prosperous homestead.

Exploring medieval stories, folk traditions, spiritual place names, and pagan rituals of home building and site selection, Claude Lecouteux reveals the multitude of spirits and entities that once inhabited the land before modern civilization repressed them into desert solitude, impenetrable forests, and inaccessible mountains. He explains how, to our ancestors, enclosing a space was a sacred act. Specific rites had to be performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure proper placement and protection of a new building. These land spirits often became the household spirit, taking up residence in a new building in exchange for permission to build on their territory. Lecouteux explores Arthurian legends, folk tales, and mythology for evidence of the untamed spirits of the wilderness, such as giants, dragons, and demons, and examines the rites and ceremonies used to gain their good will.

Lecouteux reveals how, despite outright Church suppression, belief in these spirits carried through to modern times and was a primary influence on architecture, an influence still visible in today’s buildings. The author also shows how our ancestors’ concern for respecting nature is increasingly relevant in today’s world.

About the Author:
Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead, The Secret History of Vampires, and Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies. He lives in Paris.


The Hellenic Tradition
By Gwendolyn Taunton (Editor)
Paperback: 242 pages
Publisher: Numen Books (April 20, 2013)
List Price: $19.95

"The age of Socratic man is past: crown yourselves with ivy, grasp the thyrsus and do not be amazed if tigers and panthers lie down fawning at your feet. Now dare to be tragic men, for you will be redeemed. You shall join the Dionysiac procession from India to Greece! Gird yourselves for a hard battle, but have faith in the miracles of your god!~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition contains the diversity and multifaceted components of thought which combine together to create the Hellenic Tradition - philosophy, mythology, archaeology, esotericism, mysticism, spirituality and paganism in the form of Hellenismos. All of these topics are integral components in the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of Greece. Whilst some of these authors will delve deep into the ancient past via texts and archaeological discoveries, others will look towards the future and keep their Tradition alive via Hellenismos.

Kratos therefore, contains articles for those who love the past and those who love the future and carry the Hellenic Tradition onwards as one of the European continents oldest surviving Traditions.

  • Not Dead but Dreaming: Oneiromancy and Necromancy in the Hellenic Tradition - Gwendolyn Taunton
  • Those Who Wander in the Night: Magoi amongst the Hellenes - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
  • Homer and Classical Philology - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The Black Sun: Dionysus in the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and Greek Myth -Gwendolyn Taunton
  • The Sacred and the Profane in Hellenismos - Kallistos
  • Dionysus - John Pickard
  • Hecate from Protector to Witch Goddess: Her Passage from Classical Greece to Modern Times - Christos Pandion Panopoulos
  • Foreign Gods, Syncretism and Hellenismos - Kallistos
  • Aphrodite and Persephone: Passion and Rebirth -Tara L. Reynolds
  • Hellenic Household Worship - Christos Pandion Panopoulos
  • Death and the Maiden - Gwendolyn Taunton
  • Raising Apollonius - Eamonn Loughran

About the Author:
Gwendolyn Taunton is a previous recipient of the Ashton Wylie Award for Literary Excellence. She has edited and written a number of works, including Primordial Traditions, Melpomene (an anthology of poetry and prose), Kratos: the Hellenic Tradition, and Mimir: The Journal of North European Tradition. Other works written under the pseudonym 'Gwendolyn Toynton' include Northern Traditions and Mythos: The Myths and Tales of H.P. Lovecraft & Robert E. Howard. Over the years Gwendolyn has also written for other publications, including New Dawn Magazine.

Gwendolyn Taunton also holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and has a strong interest in all spiritual matters and philosophy. Gwendolyn is also a graphic designer and she has a interest in the arts and the humanities. Gwendolyn Taunton is devoted to restoring the cultural values which should be at the core of our civilization and upholds the right for all indigenous peoples to preserve their cultural heritage. She is also firmly committed to the preservation of the natural environment and animal welfare.


The Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose
By Bernard Roger (Author)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; First Edition edition (June 21, 2015)
List Price: $19.95

Hidden within age-old classic stories lie the hermetic teachings of alchemy and Freemasonry~

Explains how the stages of the Great Work are encoded in both little known and popular stories such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood

Reveals the connection between Mother Goose and important esoteric symbols of the Western Mystery tradition

Demonstrates the ancient lineage of these stories and how they originated as the trigger to push humanity toward higher levels of consciousness

In his Mystery of the Cathedrals, the great alchemist Fulcanelli revealed the teachings of the hermetic art encoded in the sculpture and stained glass of the great cathedrals of Europe. What he did for churches, his disciple Bernard Roger does here for fairy tales.

Through exhaustive analysis of the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, Perrault, and others, Roger demonstrates how hermetic ideas, especially those embodied in alchemy and Freemasonry, can be found in fairy tales, including such popular stories as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood as well as the tales attributed to “Mother Goose.” The goose has long been an important esoteric symbol in the Western Mystery tradition. The stories told under the aegis of Mother Goose carry these symbols and secrets, concealed in what hermetic adepts have long called “the language of the birds.”

Drawing upon the original versions of fairy tales, not the sanitized accounts made into children’s movies, the author reveals how the tales illustrate each stage of the Great Work and the alchemical iterations required to achieve them. He shows how the common motif of a hero or heroine sent in search of a rare object by a sovereign before their wishes can be granted is analogous to the Masonic quest for the lost tomb of Hiram or the alchemist’s search for the fire needed to perform the Great Work. He also reveals how the hero is always aided by a green bird, which embodies the hermetic understanding of the seed and the fruit.

By unveiling the secret teachings within fairy tales, Roger demonstrates the truly ancient lineage of these initiatory stories and how they originated as the trigger to push humanity toward higher levels of consciousness.

About the Author:
Bernard Roger is the last of the generation of alchemists who worked directly with Eugene Canseliet, Rene Alleau, and other disciples of Fulcanelli. A member of the surrealist group in France, he is the author of A la Découverte d’alchimie and Paris et l’Alchimie. He lives in Paris.



By Anna Franklin
Size: 6″ x 9″ x 2″ | 78 art cards | 192 pp book
Binding: box set
Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (May 28, 2015)
List Price: $39.99

Pagans recognize that the material world perceived with our five senses is only part of the whole. There are unseen Otherworlds overlapping our own, populated by gods and goddesses, nature spirits, and elementals—the conscious embodiments of the natural forces and energies responsible for the functioning of the universe. For the Pagan, everything has a soul or spiritual essence.

This deck is based on the Pagan worldview, its symbols, and teachings, and offers 78 beautiful cards featuring gods and goddesses. An accompanying, easy-to-understand guide tells the story of the Fool as he journeys through the Minor and Major Arcanas, encountering the forces that shape him and each one of us. The myths of the gods create links between cards, between the Majors and Minors, and between the inner and outer paths we walk. This Pagan system of divination can initiate you into the realities of your own psyche and become your guide to spiritual enlightenment.


The Didactic Tarot
By Jeffrey M. Donato
Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (June 28, 2015)
Size: 6″ x 9″ x 1 1/2″ | 102 art cards | 160 pp
Binding: box set
List Price: $45.00

Explore life’s moments through this poetic rendition of mythology via 102 lavishly illustrated Tarot cards—including a new (Pause) suit and two extra cards for each elemental suit—and a full-color guidebook. A culmination of research and creativity, Tarot D focuses on the reflective mapping of a personal journey into the universal language of symbols.

It transforms into a fully illustrated epic poem or story as you experience “Being, Doing, Thinking, Feeling, Pause, and Changing” within iconic imagery. The path each of us travels is drastically different and yet undeniably similar. How we arrive at the mountaintop—and adventures along the way—is the substance of our individual, legendary tales found herein. 

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Entering into the traditions and rituals of storytelling, this new system can also be used as a tool for meditation and is suitable for both experienced and novice readers alike. Welcome to your story!


By Lisa Porter
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; 39 cards , 48-page guidebook (March 10, 2015)
List Price: $19.95

As you journey with the Goddesses, call on these ancient deities for help with all your daily decisions and challenges. Inspiring you with their ancient wisdom, they will help you strengthen your intuition and guide you toward enhanced conscious awareness. Journey to the Goddess Realm 39-card deck includes 36 Goddess cards, three Confirmation cards, and a 48-page booklet. 

This pantheon of Goddesses depicted with vibrant artwork includes: Ishtar, Isis, Kali, Quan Yin, Rhiannon and others. Includes 39 cards and a 48-page guidebook.


Joe Lee's LEGRANDE Circus & Sideshow TAROT DECK
by Joe Lee
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; 78 cards/ 60-page booklet (August 14, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

Filled with circus and sideshow lore, LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot is set in the glitter and mud world of the mid-century truck show. The Major Arcana is colorfully illustrated in the bravura style of vintage circus posters. Each tarot archetype is represented by a corresponding icon of the circus: the Emperor as the ringmaster, the Hermit as a tramp clown, the Sun as the blazing figure of a tiger leaping through a ring of fire.

The Minor Arcana offers glimpses of the day-to-day life of the circus and sideshow with each suit representing a different aspect of life on the circus lot. The suit of Cups is the world of performance under the big top. The Swords are embedded deep in the bizarre and sometimes frightening heart of the sideshow. Each symbolically charged pasteboard will “step right up” and take the user deeper into this mysterious realm. The Coins represent the business of the show—the “front-end” with its managers keeping the troupe on the road and the “butcher” hawking his “floss” and popcorn in the stands. No one enters this realm of dreams without the work of the Wands, which conjure the backbreaking work of man and animal to raise the tent and create this palace of wonder. The stakes and tent-poles are the magic wands of this suit and no show can exist without the elemental magic of sweat and strain.

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Includes 78 cards and 60-page booklet, with upright and reversed meanings. Bonus: LeGrande Circus Card Spread by Jody Boginski and Lynn Araujo. 

About the Author:
Joe Lee has been clowning around since his early days in rural Indiana. In college he juggled art studies with a degree in medieval history. Joe furthered his education at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Clown College. He then worked as a professional circus clown with Ringling Brothers and other shows. After leaving the circus life, Joe moved to New York City where he studied and later taught art classes. Joe had occasional gigs as a fire eater.

Joe’s life-long interest in the circus prompted him to create the LeGrand Circus Tarot deck. His vibrant artwork begins with black and white ink drawings, which he then colors with colored pencils, markers, and watercolors. The 78 cards showcase Joe’s talent as a cartoonist and are reminiscent of mid-century circus posters.


By Alana Fairchild
Artwork by Wang Yiguang
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing / U.S. Games Systems Inc. (July 15, 2015)
44 cards / 272-page guidebook/hard-cover boxed set
List Price: $22.95

Soul Guidance from the Wild Divine for Free Spirits, Passionate Hearts and Dreamers of Impossible Dreams

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Within you beats a wild and compassionate heart, alive with fierce optimism. You have the courage to walk a path of transformation. You will not be tamed by convention. You are not afraid to be different, to take risks for what you love, and most of all, to keep hope in your heart. You are one of the wild ones. This deck is for you.

'Wild Kuan Yin Oracle' will be your light in those moments when the darkness seems too much. When the loving peace of Spirit seems too far away from the troubles of the physical world, this oracle deck channels the energy of the Divine Mother to bring you comfort. She’ll remind you of your fire, your boldness, your unique beauty, your passion, your courage. She’ll guide you through even the darkest trials into the blessing of new life. She’ll open your heart and mind to untold possibilities and assist you to live your highest destiny with fearlessness and joy.

44 cards and 272-page guidebook set, packaged in a hard-cover box.


Discover the secrets of the Celts~

By Liz and Colin Murray
Illustrated by Vanessa Card
Publisher: Connections Book Publishing; 25 cards/ 120 pg booklet/ boxed set (April 1, 2015)
List Price: $21.95

Within this box lies the secret language of the Celts. Lift the lid and discover an ancient method of communication - and a means of divination.
In the Celtic Ogham or tree alphabet, each letter embodies the spirit of a tree or plant with individual species being chosen for the way in which their natural qualities were seen to express spiritual concepts. Whatever your question, doubt or worry, the 2,000-year-old wisdom of THE CELTIC TREE ORACLE provides remarkable guidance and insight.

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Pack contains 25 beautiful tree cards, a record sheet and pad and a 120-page illustrated book.


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"I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. 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 rather commonsensical. They are often geared toward helping the client deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy, self –affirming way, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again October 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



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