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Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix-

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A Journey through Mesopotamian Magick and Beyond
By Jan Fries
Publisher: Avalonia
Paperback, 580 pages, 280mm x 216mm
List Price: $59.99

The Seven Names of Lamaštu is an exploration of the religions and mysteries of the cradle of civilisation, Mesopotamia by Jan Fries, author of Kālī Kaula and Dragon Bones. The Sumerians developed the first functional script (3500-3200 BC), the priests wrote god lists, dictionaries, catalogues, recorded spells, myth and poetry – and committed the first known medical prescriptions and rituals into writing. In the centre of their faith lurks the lustful animal-headed goddess DIM.ME/Lamaštu , exiled from Heaven for her forbidden desires, and charged by the council of Gods with a fearsome task: to cull the vulnerable and keep the human population within manageable limits. For all but a few, her name conjured terror in the hearts of Mesopotamians.

Jan Fries seeks to redress the balance, by showing that this rebellious goddess, so demonized by superstitious folk and modern academics, is an essential expression of the divine. Lamaštu’s numerous, but rarely discussed, positive attributes bring her into focus. She is a victorious goddess, who listens to prayers, haunts both swamps and the mountain forests she loves, banishes lethal spirits, helps with the birth of wild animals and adopts stray piglets and puppies. She is a sacred woman, a priestess and a midwife to her brothers, the gods.

This is a modern translation of the famous Lamaštu Series, with commentary, which can be used as a dictionary and travel companion through the earliest form of religion and sorcery. It is a journey that takes us through the rise and fall of empires, the changing status of women, Sacred Marriage, everyday rituals, sacrifice, divination, ritual training, conjuration, banishment, vengeful magic, spells and counterspells, dream-magic, the dawn of science, medicine and ritual music – with teachings on how to build your own civilisation using only rivers, reeds and clay. Lamaštu takes us from a lion-headed Stone-Age statuette in Central Europe all the way to China. Identified with the goddesses Lilītu and Ardat Lilî by the end of the second millennia, she emerges in medieval Spain as the modern Lilith. In the Arabian desert her counterpart is the dreaded Ḳarīna, in ancient Greece, she becomes the Lamia. She inspired the artwork of the Gorgo Medusa, connects with hundreds of terrifying and deadly “mothers” in India, and becomes the dreaded Albasti/Lobasta in Turkey and China. In China, she is closely related to the tiger-fanged Daoist goddess Xiwangmu, the goddess Guimu (Mother of Ghosts) and the Buddhist deity Harirī.

The book concludes with the mysteries, meditations and practical rituals of Siṁhamukhā, the Lion-headed Goddess of Hindu and Buddhist Tantra, and a set of innovative, syncretistic meditations and trances based on the Seven Names of Lamaštu.

Child of Heaven.
Watchful One of the Gods of the Streets.
Oathbound, Free to Fly.

Seven names of an ancient goddess. Seven names to remember.


The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi
By Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D.
Publisher: Inner Traditions • Bear & Company , October 17, 2017
Paperback Book, 192 Pages
Illustrations : 12 b&w illustrations.
List Price: $16.95

Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia. He details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar and also offers advanced magical rituals based on archaic Persian formulas.

A complete guide to the theory, practice, and history of Mazdan magic, the first organized system of magic

Provides a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation centered on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar

Details advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations

Explores the history and lore of Persian magic, explaining how the author reconstructed the original Mazdan system of magic

Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia, who were so skilled and famed for their effectiveness that their name came to mean what we today call “magic.” The prestige and reputation of the Magian priests of Mazda is perhaps most iconically recorded in the Christian story of the Three Wise Men who visited newborn Jesus.

The author explains how the religious branch of the Mazdan magical system, founded by the Prophet Zarathustra, is known in the West under the name Zoroastrianism. He reveals how the Zoroastrian religion, which acts as a matrix for the symbols and formulas of the original form of magic, has existed for almost four thousand years with roots going back even deeper into the Indo-European past. The author reveals how all other known systems of magic have borrowed from this tradition, providing the clues that enabled him to reformulate the original Mazdan system. He reviews what the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and Chinese said about the Iranian-Persian tradition of the Mazdans and their invention of a magical technology. He explains how the ultimate aim of the original form of magic was not only individual wisdom, self-development, and empowerment, but also the overall betterment of the world.

Outlining the theoretical principles of this method, which can be applied in practical ways to deepen the effectiveness of these magical operations, the author details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on a series of graded exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar. He then offers a series of more advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations. Providing a manual for the original magical system used by the members of the Great Fellowship, this book guides you toward the comprehensive practice of the Mazdan philosophy, the ultimate outcome of which is ushta: Happiness.

Table of Contents:




The Time Has Come to Lift the Ban

A Note on the Languages and Texts of the Mazdan Tradition

1 Iranian Magic as the Ancients Saw It
2 The History of Iranian Magic
3 Theories of Mazdan Magic
4 Initiation into Magic
5 Rituals of Mazdan Magic

Appendix A
A Brief History of Eranshahr

Appendix B
Guide to Pronunciation of Avestan

Appendix C
The Analysis of Three Major Avestan Manthras

Appendix D
The One Hundred and One Names of God

Appendix E
Basic Mazdan Astrological Lore

Appendix F



Bibliography and Reading List



Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100
(Secret History of the Witches)
by Max Dashu
Series: Secret History of the Witches (Book 7)
Paperback, 388 pages
Publisher: Veleda Press (June 27, 2017)
List Price: $24.99

In this compelling exploration of language, archaeology, and early medieval literature, Max Dashu illuminates hidden cultural heritages. She shows that the old ethnic names for "witch" signify 'wisewoman, ' 'prophetess, ' 'diviner, ' 'chanter, ' 'herbalist, ' and 'healer.' She fleshes out the oracular ceremonies of the Norse vOlur ("staff-women"), their incantations and "sitting-out" on the land seeking vision. Archaeological finds of their ritual staffs show that many symbolize the distaff, a spinner's wand that connects with wider European themes of goddesses, fates, witches, and female power. They include Berthe PEdauque, also known as the "Swan-footed Queen," whose spinning began at the proverbial beginning of time. Veneration of the Fates persisted under many titles, as the Norns, sudice, fatas and fEes, Wyrd or the Three Weird Sisters.

Witches and Pagans looks at women's sacraments in early medieval Europe, a subject that has been buried deep for centuries. Women set out offering tables for the Three Sisters or the "good women," chanted over herbs, and healed children by passing them through 'elf-bores.' Spinning and weaving were ceremonial acts with divinatory or protective power, as bishops' scoldings reveal. Churchmen also railed against the Women Who Go by Night with Diana or Holda or Herodias, in shamanic flight on spirit animals. This was the foundational witch-legend that demonologists seized upon in later centuries. But witch persecution was already underway, as a chapter on the sexual politics of early medieval witch burnings documents.

A thousand years ago, an Old English scribe condemned people who "bring their offerings to earth-fast stone and also to trees and to wellsprings, swa wiccan taecad--as the witches teach." This indicates that people still regarded witches as spiritual teachers, and that they performed ceremonies of reverence to Earth. Many aspects of ethnic spiritual culture survived the state conversions to Christianity: ancestor veneration, crystal balls, amulets--and witches' wands. Artists depicted Mother Earth giving her breast to serpents, animals, and children. Stories of ancestral women--the Cailleach and the Scandinavian dIsir --were handed down over countless generations.

Gathering together forgotten strands from heathen European heritages, Witches and Pagans reweaves the ripped webs of women's culture.

About the Author:
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document global women's history, across the full spectrum of the world's peoples. She has built a collection of 40,000 slides and digital images, from which she has created 130 slideshows on female cultural heritages, including Indigenous traditions and with attention to the patterns of conquest. Dashu has been presenting her visual talks for 44 years, at universities, conferences, museums, community centers, bookstores, galleries, libraries and schools, in North America, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Australia, Mexico and Guatemala. Her legendary slideshows bring to light female realities usually hidden from view, from ancient female figurines to women leaders, priestesses, clan mothers, philosophers, warriors and rebels. Her use of images to teach, scanning the cultural record-archaeology, history, art, orature, linguistics, and spiritual philosophies-makes this knowledge more accessible and bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Her daily posts on the Suppressed Histories Facebook page are followed by over 156,000 people, and some 40,000 more have viewed her articles on She also teaches via webcasts and online courses. Dashu is internationally known for her expertise on ancient female iconography and female spheres of power; matricultures and patriarchal systems, medicine women, shamans and witches, and witch hunting. Her visual talks include titles such as The Cosmic Weaver; Dangerous Women: They Fight Back; Mother-Right; Rebel Shamans: Women Confront Empire; Ancient Treasures of African Women; Magna Mater and Isis of 10,000 Names: Syncretism under the Roman Empire; Deasophy; The Distaff: Goddess, Fates, and Women's Power; Racism, History and Lies; Taming the Female Body; Amazons and Women Warriors; Grandmother Stones of Megalithic Europe; Medicine Women of the Americas, and The Wu: female shamans of ancient China. Max Dashu has keynoted at many conferences: Feminism in London (2015); Women's Voices for a Change at Skidmore, NY (2013); Association for the Study of Women and Mythology conference, Bangor PA (2010); the Pagan Studies Conference at Claremont Graduate University, CA (2008); Coalition for Battered Women conference at Rutgers NJ (2005); and the Institute of Archaeomythology conference in Rila, Bulgaria (2004), among others. She has presented at the Women's Centers of Northwestern University, Stanford, Princeton, University of California at Berkeley and many others, and at Trinity College in Dublin, the Museo de San Miguel de Allende, the Frauenmuseum (Wiesbaden), and the State Library of Queensland.


A Journey through the Heart of Transformation
by Stephanie Woodfield
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2017)
List Price: $19.99

Discover how to utilize the many faces of the dark goddess to navigate the process of deep and rewarding change. This empowering, practical guide looks at the misconceptions surrounding challenging deities and encourages you to draw on their power to work through aspects of yourself or your life that you wish to change.

Organized into three sections―descent, challenge, and rebirth―Dark Goddess Craft guides you through your own shadow work and helps you emerge renewed. Every step on your path of transformation is connected to a different face of the dark goddess, and Stephanie Woodfield provides rituals, invocations, and offerings for eleven of them. You can mourn loss with the Washer at the Ford, learn to move past betrayal with Sedna, gain personal independence with Blodeuwedd, and become the champion of your own life with Sca?thach. Like a torch to light your way, this book helps you heal and transform into the best version of yourself.


A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Camelot
by John Matthews , Virginia Chandler , Caitlin Matthews and Gareth Knight
Paperback: 648 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2017)
List Price: $29.99

Discover a system of magical work based on the stories of Arthur and his legendary realm. With meditations, rituals, visualizations, and pioneering shamanic techniques, Arthurian Magic leads you on a profound soul journey designed to raise consciousness and unleash deep levels of wisdom. Discover dozens of exercises and a complete twelve-month course of study that will bring the mysteries alive and open your inner awareness to the mystical power of these profound legends.

Dozens of magical groups and countless individuals have turned to the Arthurian tales for inspiration, instruction, and initiation. This book is a guide for beginners and experienced practitioners to cultivate the spiritual power of these influential myths. Explore the sacred sites, songs, blessings, invocations, and festivals. Create incense and oils for magical workings. Meet the most important and influential archetypal figures as you discover how to awaken the knight within.


The Art & Science of Creating Effective Herbal Remedies
by Holly Bellebuono
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2017)
List Price: $19.99

Explore the ancient art of formulary with award-winning herbalist Holly Bellebuono’s comprehensive guide to creating effective herbal medicine. Organized by body systems, An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary shows how to design a holistic treatment for acute and chronic conditions.

Packed with detailed information on more than one hundred plants, An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary is the go-to reference for formulary. Holly presents her 4-tier formula structure, a commonsense way to integrate a wide range of herbal actions while keeping the formula simple. She also shares the history of healing traditions as well as personal and clinical examples that illustrate the art of combining plants for illnesses, preventative care, and overall wellness. With this book’s guidance, healing-arts practitioners can turn formulary into a rewarding and practical skill.

Holly has blended the richness of the Western herbal tradition with the transformative insights of modern holistic medicine. This book is a cornucopia of herbal insights.”―David Hoffmann, BS, FNIMH, medical herbalist


Haiti, Horror and The Zombie Complex
by John Cussans
Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: Strange Attractor (September 1, 2017)
List Price: $26.95

Tracking the zombie from Hollywood back to its origins in the voodoo folklore of Haiti.

There are zombies among us! From the rotting hordes of TV's The Walking Dead to the blockbuster nightmares of World War Z and 28 Days Later, our popular culture is overrun with the ravenous undead.

But where do these strange creatures come from, and what peculiar tales of mesmerism, freemasonry, pig sacrifice and revolution would they tell if they could talk?

Artist and writer John Cussans tracks the zombie from Hollywood back to its origins in the voodoo folklore of Haiti, a Caribbean island with a history that is a strange composite of fact and fantasy in the long struggle for independence from colonial intrusion.

Turning a keen eye on the way Haiti has provoked mysterious images in the popular culture of the twentieth century, Cussans asks how the sensational imaginings of William Seabrook, Graham Greene, and Wes Craven, among others, have served to inform impressions of the country on the world stage, and in turn, how these representations might have influenced the way that Haiti formulates an image of itself.

Cussans weaves fascinating stories from the most significant moments of the country's past, through the slave uprisings of the Bois Caïman in the eighteenth century to Papa Doc Duvalier's reign of terror in the 1960s and beyond.

At once a visceral analysis of dubious racial myth, pop-cultural history and philosophical provocation, Undead Uprising asks how ecstatic ritual, voodoo possession, zombie labourers, and meddling spirits have come to meld Haiti's f national identity for better or worse.

About the Author:
John Cussans is an artist, academic ,and researcher. Since 2009, he has been involved with the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, often working with the Haitian video collective Tele Geto. He currently teaches at the Ruskin School of Art.


100 Mystical Formulas for Success, Love, Wealth, and Wellbeing
by Elhoim Leafar, with Foreword from Devin Hunter
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2017)
List Price: $16.95

Charm bags, also known as mojo bags and gris-gris bags, may be the most popular style of amulet or talisman in the world today. Around the globe, they are crafted by people from many cultures and spiritual traditions and are created for many purposes. Until now there has been no definitive guide to the art of creating these magical power objects. The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags remedies this situation.

Author Elhoim Leafar provides an introduction to the topic in this clear, focused book of practical magic, which features detailed instructions for making these bags. The strongest amulets are those you make yourself, and The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags shows you how.

The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags contains 100 formulas intended for various purposes including love, luck, success, happiness, health, wealth, protection, prosperity, and the attainment of goals and desires. Based on an eclectic blend of Wicca, hoodoo, and Latin American folk magic, the book also contains extensive lists of herbs, gems and minerals, essential oils, astrological positions, and colors that contribute to making your own personal amulets. Instructions for casting circles and how to charge your charm bags are also included.


Enhance Your Modern Readings with the Wisdom of the Past
by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2017)
List Price: $19.99

In the story of tarot, nothing is as it first appears to be. Throughout the generations, personal relationships, esoteric practices, and cultural beliefs have blended together to form tarot’s many layers of meaning and mystery. Join authors Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin as they share reading methods, card meanings, and spread ideas based on the most important developments in the history of tarot. Along the way, you’ll witness the creation of some of the most influential decks and meet the artists, mystics, teachers, occultists, and writers behind them.

When you delve into tarot’s fascinating back story, you open yourself to unique perspectives, helping you develop your own interpretations of the cards―even if they don’t always match the current era’s ideas. Tarot Time Traveller is a guided tour through history, providing new insights for your reading practice and deepening your relationship with the cards.

Illustrated Deck and Guidebook
by Jason Gruhl (Author), Jonathan Saiz (Illustrator), Andi Todaro (Designer)
78 Card Deck, Guidebook- Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Roost Books; Box Tcr Cr edition (October 10, 2017)
List Price: $40.00

The Fountain Tarot: Illustrated Deck and Guidebook includes:

79 silver-gilded cards with original oil paintings and die-cut rounded corners
112-page guidebook
Holographic shimmer box with magnetic-closure and lifting ribbon

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The Fountain Tarot is a bold re-envisioning of the classic tarot deck, bringing the traditional archetypes and symbology of tarot into a contemporary context. This boxed set features lush, ethereal paintings by artist Jonathan Saiz, rainbow holographic packaging by designer Andi Todaro, and an intimate guidebook by writer Jason Gruhl that teaches you how to read the cards and how to use them as a tool for introspection, empowerment, and connection.

The Fountain is the unchanging, unnameable force of which everything and nothing are a part. Whether you're selecting a card to set the tone for your day, invigorate creative energy, or navigate a specific question, The Fountain Tarot helps you to unlock your deepest longings and greatest potential.

When A. E. Waite conceived of his deck with Pamela Colman Smith in the early 1900s, what he did is what the creators of The Fountain are doing today, over 100 years later. The Fountain imagery both simultaneously exhibits a timeless quality and also expresses where we are today in our spiritual journey as a global society.” —Benebell Wenn, Author of The Tao of Craft, and The Holistic Tarot (North Atlantic Books)
First conceived as a collaborative art piece by artist Jonathan Saiz, author Jason Gruhl, and designer Andi Todaro, these 79 paintings with shimmery silver-gilded edges sing with a kind of hyper-modern cosmic intelligence. The mini guidebook interweaves classic tarot themes with sacred geometry, art, psychology and technology. All in all? It’s a silvery, self-reflective, nuanced delight.”—
Creates an atmosphere that feels timeless and modern at the same time, as though the cards can truly tell the future by calling upon some kind of evolutionary, dawns-of time understanding that exists within all of us, and all around us…” — Little Red Tarot UK, Beth Maiden

About the Creators:
JONATHAN SAIZ's paintings and sculptures are in private and commercial collections worldwide and are exhibited in the US and the UK. His last series, ALKAHEST, was created during eight hermetic months on the Greek island of Mykonos. A recent commission from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science allowed him to explore his interest in the shrouded and mysterious side of history, studying ancient Roman frescoes and scarab beetles, also expanding his love for the visual and energetic possibilities of crystals and minerals.

JASON GRUHL is the former executive director and founder of The Joshua School (a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in Boulder and Denver, CO) and an educational consultant. Jason holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology, and dedicates his life to self-discovery through meditation and reflection.

ANDI TODARO's graphic design projects have taken her across the US and into Europe: from her recent work with MSNBC in NYC for their coverage of "The Feast," to her designs for the "Belle Epoque" and "Bollywood" Galas of the American School of Paris.


Bologna 1660 C A
(Anima Antiqua Series)
by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli
Publishers: Llewellyn/ Lo Scarabeo Anima Antiqua series, January 2018
Specs: Boxed Deck - Large , 3 x 5 x 2 inches
List Price: $34.95 US

One of the most important decks in the history of tarot, the Mitelli deck is a "Tarocchino," a deck of 62 cards created for a variant of the game of tarot. Part of Lo Scarabeo's Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), this deck has been loving recreated on high quality stock.

This is a limited edition and numbered deck.

The companion booklets for most Lo Scarabeo decks are in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again DECEMBER 1st, 2017 (Where did the year go?!?)
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