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Witches Flying to Sabbath, by Bernard Zuber in Maurice Garçon's
 "La Vie Execrable de Guillemette Babin, Sorciere", 1926.

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.
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

Become a Fan; post your event on the discussion page!

Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest. If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.

Meetups, talks, book signings, public rituals, etc.—all are welcome here.

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.

..And check out the Edge’s new TUMBLR Page!

REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!

No charge if your class or event is free!


OLOTEAS annually presents Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope
A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick, and Everything

2016 Class Session will be held on: April 8, 15, 22, and 29
And May 6, Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM
(Edge of the Circle Books will stay open late for the duration of the class.)
This five-session class includes instruction, exercises, and question-and-answer time.

Enrollment is open to all, but note that due to the class structure and content, attendance at the first day’s class is required. If you can’t make it the first day, please join us when the next series is offered. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.,

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented once a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events. Many thanks to Edge of the Circle Books for allowing us to use the space at no cost!

These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:

·         A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette
·         Magical Ethics
·         Basic Circle Casting
·         Correspondences - Key of Solomon
·         Magickal Weapons and Tools
·         Spellcraft
·         The Oracle™
·         The Tree of Life
·         Temple Arrangement
·         The Wheel of the Year
·         Some Seattle Area Magickal Groups
·         Recommended Reading List
·         Glossary

When we hold classes, we do request an email RSVP to  to let us know that you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).



Excellence in Applied Occultism‎ Presents--

Scent has always played an important role in Ritual. It has long been understood that scent can affect mood, anchor memories, and quickly create altered states of consciousness. We will start with a discussion the common varieties of incense and essential oils as well as their application in various rituals and spiritual practices known to students of western esotericism. We will finish with a demonstration and sample the aromas and effects of resin incense and incense blends. Please do not attend if you are sensitive to strong scents.

Troy Spreeuw has been a student of western mysteries for more than 10 years and is an Aspirant to the Great Work.

$30.00 per person. Only 20 seats available. Advance tickets TBA. For more information click here:


Prices subject to change without notice.


Liber Iuratus Honorii
By Honorius of Thebes, Joseph H. Peterson 
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (May 1, 2016)
List Price: $35.00

As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate "Seal of God," has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe.

Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attempted--until now.

Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest and most detailed magic rituals. It contains a complete system of magic including how to attain the divine vision, communicate with holy angels, and control aerial, earthly, and infernal spirits for practical gain.

Largely ignored by historians until recently, this text is an important witness to the transmission of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism to European Hermeticists.


Excluded Chapters from the Discovery of Witchcraft
By John Madziarczyk
Topaz House Publications, 2016

The Magitians Discovered" consists of:
Volume 1: The Analysis of the Whole
Volume 2: The Core Texts
Volume 3: Supplementary Texts from the Period that put the Core Texts in Context

Excluded Chapters from the Discoverie of Witchcraft
By John Madziarczyk
The Magitians Discovered” Volume 1 analyzes who the authors of the anonymous material were, their worldview, and what their motivations were in compiling and adding the anonymous material as well as the cultural context of the material. It deals with topics such as how the work of John Dee was regarded by thinkers in the 17th century, antiquarian history in general, and the historical school of Swedish Gothicism, and how these were used by the anonymous authors.

It also deals with the tradition of aerial spirits used in Liber Juratis and the Heptameron, as well as with the tradition of the Shem-ha-mephoresch in magic, including an analysis of the Semiforas' in "Liber Razielis".

Other topics include Scottish fairy lore, Paracelsan medicine and metaphysics, corpse or mumial medicine, and 17th century theories on the Antediluvian world, the Prisca Theologia, the Book of Raziel, and the nature of Giants.

354 pages with illustrations.
List Prices- Paperback $ 18.00, Hardcover: $ 38.00

Excluded Chapters from the Discoverie of Witchcraft
Edited by John Madziarczyk
The Magitians Discovered”  Volume 2 consists of the anonymous material added to the 1665 edition of the Discoverie of Witchcraft, Scot's also out of print "Discourse on Devils and Spirits", along with the sections from Scot's original “Discoverie” that deal with ritual magic, talismans, and amulets. The anonymous material consists of a treatise on the nature of ghosts, elemental spirits and demons, and sympathetic magic, as well as nine chapters of ritual material. These include a ritual to summon the Wild Hunt, a ritual to summon a thunder elemental from the mountains of Norway, instructions on how to summon a personal genius, aerial spirits in general, and how to construct an imaginary magic circle. The ritual material also includes a picturesque account of a reanimation of a corpse that proved to be much used in subsequent English occult publications.

The selections from Scot's original Discoverie that are included contain instructions for summoning the demons and spirits into crystals, summoning the fairy Sibyllia, a ritual for finding treasure, rituals for calling up the spirits of the dead and binding them in crystals, sections from Johan Weyer's "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum", as well as instructions on constructing amulets for healing and protection drawn from the tradition of Christian folk magic.

This is supplemented by excerpts from two works believed to be written and translated by one of the authors of the anonymous material. The first excerpts are from a treatise on mumial or corpse medicine translated by one of the authors. These include one hundred aphorisms on natural magic, which are derived from the thought of Paracelsus, Ficino, and Robert Fludd, as well as Twelve Conclusions on the nature of the body and the soul related to the aphorisms.

The second work that is excerpted from is an antiquarian dictionary compiled by the author which has many entries with esoteric content. Dealing with Scotland and Scottish place names, the work ranges far and gives unique descriptions of Greco-Roman pagan gods in relation to the Scottish Antiquarian school of history, as well as antiquarian origin stories about the Scots. The excerpts preserve the esoteric content of the work, as well as the relevant antiquarian sections, while not including more prosaic entries.

418 pages, with illustrations that include example circles based on the anonymous material.
List Prices- Paperback $ 20.00, Hardcover: $ 40.00

Excluded Chapters from the Discoverie of Witchcraft
Edited by John Madziarczyk
The Magitians Discovered” Volume 3 consists of supplementary texts from outside of the “Discoverie” that shed light on the anonymous material. These include excerpts from the “Heptameron”, Agrippa's “Three Books of Occult Philosophy”, Agrippa's “Fourth Book”, Robert Burton's “Anatomy of Melancholy”, John Dee's “A True & Faithful Relation”, and Olaus Magnus' “Description of the Northern Peoples”.

The texts in volume three are a combination of excerpts from authors and texts actually referenced by the anonymous material, such as the Heptameron, Agrippa, Olaus Magnus, and John Dee, as well as authors and texts referenced by volume one. These include "Anatomy of Melancholy" by Robert Burton, "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by Robert Kirk, and the "Danish History" of Saxo Grammaticus
The selection of John Dee's spiritual diaries from "A True & Faithful Relation" consists of the full account of the reception of the geographical correspondences of the aires, the full sections from which the demon and angel names of the anonymous material were drawn, as well as theoretical sections about the nature of the wisdom of Enoch and the aerial spirits given by the angels.

The selection from the Heptameron and pseudo-Agrippa's fourth book reproduce in full sections which the anonymous authors only included in fragmentary form.

Volume three also includes the balance of the main text translated by one of the authors of the anonymous material. This deals with the practice of mumial or corpse medicine, particularly that of constructing a "magnet" from human fluids that can absorb illness. This practice is labeled "magical medicine" by the translator, and includes quite a lot of information on sympathetic magic.

354 pages with illustrations
List Prices- Paperback $ 18.00, Hardcover: $ 38.00


By Editors of The Witches' Almanac
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: The Witches' Almanac; Clr Csm edition (April 1, 2016)
List Price: $12.00

The Witches' Almanac has long featured black and white images of beautiful woodcuts, fantastical creatures, tarot cards, astrological features and constellations, as well as line drawing selected from the folklore of our global community. The Witches' Almanac Coloring Book brings together a larger format of these images presented in past Almanacs (in addition to images that have not been presented) allowing the inner artist to emerge in a mediation of color.

Neatly packed into seven distinct sections, the first fittingly is Woodcuts. When they first appeared in Europe, woodcuts had thick outlines and little shading. A printer inked the block and applied light pressure to transfer the lines to paper. After the ink dried, another craftsperson might color the images by hand. In other words, the process was very much like a coloring book today, except that today you are the colorist.

Click to enlarge.
The six remaining sections are Constellations, The Planets, Creatures, Egyptian, Americas and Tarot. Each provides for the artist the space to meditate on the imagery imbuing each with color. The aspiring Tarot reader should especially enjoy the final section where each of the 22 Major Arcana and the four Aces are provided.


Magickal Traditions, Motherly Insights & Sacred Knowledge
By Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2016)
List Price: $17.99

Written for mothers, by mothers, Witchy Mama offers practical and magickal ideas, inspiration, and information to help you overcome stress and exhaustion, banish bad dreams, soothe boo-boos, create a magickal home, achieve personal goals, and more.

Discover stones, scents, and colors to increase energy and attract good fortune to yourself and your family. Use simple charms and rituals to ease conflicts, remove fears, protect children, and boost happiness. Connect with your body during pregnancy through magick and meditation, which will infuse your growing baby with positive energy. Guided by dozens of photos, you’ll master stretching exercises, breathing techniques, and easy yoga moves that will help you feel healthy, beautiful, and comfortable throughout pregnancy and beyond. Witchy Mama contains a wealth of insight gathered from centuries of mother’s wisdom as well as from the authors’ own personal experiences. This book won’t tell you how to parent, but it will help you be happier and more successful as a parent, while still being your own person, too.


The Complete Guide to Designing and Sharing Group Ritual
By Nels Linde and Judith E. Olson-Linde
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

Whether you’re designing a group ritual for five people or five hundred, Taking Sacred Back will help you make it moving and memorable. Join authors Nels Linde and Judy Olson-Linde as they explore creative ideas for all the stages of ritual―making the space sacred, entering into the liminal, engaging the subconscious of all attendees, creating awe and wonder, raising and directing energy, and ending the ritual. Discover advice on hardware and prop-making (and tips on using props effectively) and ideas for scaling up or scaling down for larger or smaller groups. Complete with photos and diagrams, examples of rituals the authors have conducted, and wise problem-solving advice, Taking Sacred Back is an indispensable guide for all ritualists.


"A wonderfully in-depth book. Everything is here for those who want to create community ritual. . . . We would highly recommend it for both beginner and advanced ritualists."―Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, authors of A Witches’ Bible, The Witches’ Goddess, and Lifting The Veil.

“Taking Sacred Back is a must-have for the beginner or the advanced ritualist . . . It is an amazing book and I recommend it highly!”―H.E. Rev. Patrick McCollum, author of The Sacred Path

“Taking Sacred Back is a treasure that I hope finds its way into the hands and hearts of all who are called to bear the torch of ritual.”―Ivo Dominguez, Jr., author of Casting Sacred Space


By David Conway
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: The Witches' Almanac (March 1, 2016)
List Price: $24.95

David Conway's Magic: An Occult Primer is a seminal work that brought magical training to the every-magician in the early 70s. David is an articulate writer presenting the mysteries in a very workable manner for the serious student. Along with the updated texts on philosophy and practical magic is a plethora of graphics that have all been redrawn, promising to be another collector's edition published by The Witches' Almanac.

The book is divided into two sections: "Magical Theory" and "Magical Practice." "Magical Theory" presents a very concise accounting of the philosophy behind magic. Conway begins with a exposé of magic within the confines of natural law, taking the time to meticulously find corollary for the basis of magic. He then takes us into an exposition of the Kabbalah and broader cosmological concerns. Conway drills down into daily practice and further explores the basic training necessary for a magician in this day and age.

"Magical Practice" begins with the preparations necessary for the practice of magic. Conway begins this section with several tables of correspondences that will prove helpful to even the advanced magician. He continues with an examination of the timing of rituals as well as the place and ritual equipment necessary for rites. Conway then provides master rituals presented for both Kabbalistic and Egyptian approaches. He also presents detail on astral projection, talismanic magic, and prophecy.

Magic: An Occult Primer ends with appendices that present detailed magical recipes, an examination of magical alphabets, and an extensive occult Who's Who.

"After a distinguished academic career, which mixed study in London and the Sorbonne in Paris (where he ran off with a travelling circus)…he decided to turn his knowledge of magic into a no-nonsense guide that could be enjoyed by experts and the wider public alike…it remains a considerable success with both adept and novice magicians." --Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate, The Book of English Magic

"Nowadays there are countless books on Magic. This one is different. As different as when it first appeared in 1972. What makes it different is that it tells the reader--expert or beginner, sceptic or believer--what Magic is, why Magic works and, most importantly, how Magic can be worked. Few books do all three, certainly not with so much style, scholarship and humour. This new edition, enlarged and updated by the author, is certain to delight old friends and win over countless new ones. I highly recommend it." --Maxine Sanders

"There is nothing of the phony or the exhibitionist about David Conway. He is not merely a magician, but a genuine mystic, an intensely private person who is absorbed in what Blake called 'the inner worlds and their mystery'." --Colin Wilson

"An absorbing textbook on the history, art and practice of magic…so tempered by healthy cynicism is this presentation…that even the most sceptical will suspend his or her disbelief." –Vogue

About the Author:
David Conway is a mystic, magus, and author whose profound knowledge, unique insights, and clear writing style have affected literary esoterica since the early 70s. The seventh child of a seventh child, David was reared in seaside city of Aberystwyth, Wales and its surrounding environs. His education in magic began at a very early age when he studied with a local farmer, Mr. James, a magician he encountered in the Welsh countryside. David brought magical training to the forefront by publishing Magic: An Occult Primer very early in his adult life. This very same tome would prove to be the "go to" treatise for magicians beginning their own journey into sublime realms.


Your Definitive Source of Energy Center Knowledge for Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Evolution
By Cyndi Dale
Series: Llewellyn's Complete Book Series (Book 8)
Paperback: 1056 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2016)
List Price: $39.99

The Ultimate Guide to Chakras and Energy Systems:

As powerful centers of subtle energy, the chakras have fascinated humanity for thousands of years. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras is a unique and empowering resource that provides comprehensive insights into these foundational sources of vitality and strength. Discover what chakras and chakra systems are, how to work with them for personal growth and healing, and the ways our understanding of chakras has transformed throughout time and across cultures.

Lively and accessible, this definitive reference explores the science, history, practices, and structures of our subtle energy. With an abundance of illustrations and a wealth of practical exercises, Cyndi Dale shows you how to use chakras for improving wellness, attracting what you need, obtaining guidance, and expanding your consciousness.


Creating the Magic in Each Day 
By Sasha Graham 
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

Discover the beautiful tapestry of magic and tarot, woven together to improve your life through daily spells. Tarot is the perfect magical tool, and 365 Tarot Spells provides everything you need to manifest your desires and make your soul’s intention a reality. This accessible guide shows you how to achieve your goals with spells for:

 Family and Home
Money and Career
Health and Well-Being
Letting Go
Chakra Opening
Seasonal and Witchy Enchantments
Personal Growth

Each spell is based on a significant historical or magical occurrence on that particular day and is accompanied by a list of ingredients, visualization, meditation, affirmation, card layout, and more. Immerse yourself in the energy of all seventy-eight tarot cards with connection rituals. Cook with magical intention using a variety of recipe-based spells. An ideal companion to Sasha Graham’s 365 Tarot Spreads, this book offers spells for every calendar date that can be cast with any deck. Experience the wondrous interconnectivity of magic and tarot, and reinvent yourself in the process.


By Riccardo Minetti and Paolo Martinello
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Lo Scarabeo
78 Card Boxed Deck
Pub Date: June 2016
List Price: $22.95

Exploring universal questions through delightful art and a playful take on Rider-Waite, the Epic Tarot Deck is full of nuance and hidden depths. Discover a newly imagined approach to the fool’s journey that releases the linear bonds of rank and opens the spirit to new connections in the stories that emerge from the cards. With four fantasy settings related to the elements and seasons, these cards release the spiritual and meditative power of the tarot.



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.

Need Spell advice? Just ask!




Tarot, Pendulum, Norse Rune and Goddess Amulet Oracle readings
By Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler~

"I’ve been reading Tarot for more than thirty years and reading professionally at Seattle’s Edge of the Circle Books for more than 15 years. 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 commonsensical, geared toward helping the client deal with issues and obstacles to wholeness in a way that brings a sense of self-empowerment.  
Check out my weekly Tarot Column for the Seattle Queer E-Magazine, Jetspace!

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.

Available Thursday through Sunday-- 2:00-8.00PM., Fridays after 4PM.
Sundays 2:00-8:00 PM


Reader Extraordinaire-
Tuesdays from 2-8PM.


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.

 This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again MAY 1st, 2016
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


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