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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-

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by Rabbi Solomon, translated by Ebenezer Sibley, Introduction by Dr. Stephen Skinner & Daniel Clark, with additional material by Frederick Hockley and others,
from Golden Hoard Press.
Hardcover: 524 pages, (January 8, 2019)
List Price: $96.00

This manuscript grimoire contains magical formulae and procedures dating back to 1520, which were brought together in 1789 by Dr. Ebenezer Sibley. After his death in 1799, copyists like Frederick Hockley continued to add chapters and even whole ‘books’ to the manuscript. Finally, in the 19th century this particular copy was made by a master calligrapher. Although there are a number of other manuscript copies of the Clavis or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic located in libraries spread around the world (14 at last count), this one is totally unique. It is 45% longer and more complete than any other copy, and illustrated with a large number of pentacles from the Key of Solomon, featuring 8-12 for every one of the 7 planets.

There are a range of detailed methods for evoking spirits and binding them, with an explanatory commentary by the editors which is not directed towards just theory and history, but to practical usage. Specific spirits, such as Birto, Agares, Vassago and Bealpharos and the methods for invoking them are explained, with illustrations of the forms in which the spirits usually appear. As you might expect, there is a whole section on skrying in the crystal, and the use of the magic bell, which explains the differences between evoking the spirit outside the circle in a triangle and seeing its image in a crystal.

Methods involving the use of the Demon Kings to compel the lesser spirits, which have never appeared in any other published grimoires, are explained in detail. As well as the pentacles, there are also many talismans for very practical purposes, such as compelling a thief to return your stolen goods, causing destruction to your enemies, creating love between two people (or just for casual ‘amorous intrigues’), curing some diseases, and for defending your home against both burglars and malicious spirits.

This extraordinary book marks the high point in Victorian illustrated grimoires, presented here in a color edition hardcover, with more than 200 pages of commentary and explanation, making 524 pages total.

Partial Table of Contents:

Preface: Ebenezer Sibley
* Part 1. Clavis or Key
* Part 2. The Pentacles
* Part 3. Four Experiments with Specific Spirits
* Part 4. The Wheel of Wisdom
* Part 5. A Secret and Complete Book of Magic Science
* Part 6. Crystallomancy
* Part 7. Miscellaneous Examples and Experiments
* Part 8. Geomancy
* Part 9. Magical Experiments
* Part 10. Magical Tables


Background to Magic

The Present Manuscript

Analysis of the Magic in the Clavis

The French Source

English Sources

Versions of the Clavis Manuscript

Short Biographies of the Main Players
* Ebenezer Sibley
* John Denley
* Robert Cross
* Frederick Hockley
* Major F.G. Irwin
* Robert Thomas Cross aka Raphael

Transcription of the Full Text of the Clavis

Appendix 1. Contents of all known Manuscripts of Sibley's Clavis

Appendix 2. Mélusine and the Wyvern




A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance
by Laura Tempest Zakroff (Editor)
Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Revelore Press (September 26, 2018)
List Price: $16.00

Aradia or The Gospel of the Witches, as it was collected by Charles Godfrey Leland, brings us a folkloric mixture of myth, poetry, and magical instructions. Wrapped within those pages is the truth that Witchcraft is a revolutionary practice - a means for fighting against social injustices, shifting the balance of power, freeing people from oppression, breaking down political and financial systems that work against the people and nature itself. Witchcraft has long been the tool of the disenfranchised and the marginal. Calling oneself a Witch is in itself an act of defiance, a statement of going against the grain and the status quo of society.

Right now, Witchcraft is experiencing another revival that's far-reaching across the social spectrum - and the story of Aradia streams forth like light amongst the shadows. How do we interpret Aradia today for the times that we are living in? As modern Witches, we can take inspiration from Aradia and add to the story with our own experiences, lore, and spellcraft. The #WeAreAradia movement says we don't need to look to or watch for a savior - we are the ones we have been waiting for. These are the times that we are made for. Magical resistance happens both through physical means and metaphysical works - mind, body, and spirit. We seek not only to survive but to thrive and craft new possibilities for tomorrow - for humanity, for the planet, for all.

The New Aradia is a handbook is designed to serve as a collection of ideas to teach, share, inspire, empower, protect, and guide. Within its pages are sigils, spells, recipes, essays, invocations, rituals, and more, all gathered from experienced magical practitioners. At your fingertips is an arsenal of tools to aid you on your path.

With contributions by: Aidan Wachter, Amanda Bell, Annalun, Annwyn Avalon, Aradia The Rose, H. Byron Ballard, Casandra Johns, Christopher Penczak, Deborah Castellano, Devin Hunter, Gwendolyn Reece, Irina Xara, Irisanya Moon, Ivo Dominguez Jr., Jay Logan, Jenn Zahrt, Kelden, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Lisa Bland, Lyssa Heartsong, Mat Auryn, Misha Magdalene, Patti Wigington, Phoenix LeFae, Raye Schwarz, Stephen Pocock & Storm Faerywolf.


Wyrdstaves of Old Northumbria (2nd Edition)
by Nigel Pennick
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 2nd Edition, Revised Edition of Wyrdstaves of the North edition (January 15, 2019)
List Price: $16.99

A practical guide to the Anglo-Saxon Futhark and how runes were used in Old England

Examines the 33 Northumbrian runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhark, providing the meanings, historical uses, symbolism, and related tree and plant spirits for each

Explores geomancy divination practices, the role of sacred numbers, and the power of the eight airts, or directions

Provides a magical history of Northumbria, as well as a look at the otherworldly beings who call these lands home, including boggarts, brownies, and dragons

Shows how traditional spirituality is intimately tied to the landscape and the cycle of the seasons

In the early Anglo-Saxon period, the region of Great Britain known as Northumbria was a kingdom in its own right. These lands, in what is now northern England and southeast Scotland, were the targets of the first Viking raids on Britain. This violent influx, followed by the establishment of trade routes with the Norse, brought the runes to the region, where they intermingled with local magical traditions and legends, resulting in the development of a practical runic wisdom entirely unique to Northumbria.

In this guide to the Wyrdstaves, or runic practices, of Old Northumbria, Nigel Pennick examines the thirty-three runes of the Anglo-Saxon Futhark and how they were used in Old England for weaving the web of Wyrd. Sharing runic lore and legends from the area, he explains how the Northumbrian runes are unique because they contain elements from all the cultures of the region, including the Picts, Britons, Romans, Angles, Scots, and Norse. He illustrates how each rune in this tradition is a storehouse of ancient knowledge, detailing the meanings, historical uses, symbolism, and related tree and plant spirits for each of the thirty-three runes. The author describes the Northumbrian use of runes in magic and encryption and explores geomancy divination practices, the role of sacred numbers, and the power of the eight airts, or directions. He also shows how the Northumbrian runes have a close relationship with Ogam, the tree alphabet of the ancient Celts.

Providing a magical history of Northumbria, as well as a look at the otherworldly beings who call these lands home, including boggarts, brownies, and dragons, Pennick explains how traditional spirituality is intimately tied to the landscape and the cycle of the seasons. He reveals how the runic tradition is still vibrantly alive in this area and ready for us to reawaken to it.


Cultivating the Green Path, Volume 4
by Catamara Rosarium (Editor), Marcus McCoy (Editor), Jenn Zahrt (Editor)
Series: Viridis Genii Editions (Book 4)
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Revelore Press (July 7, 2018)
List Price: $ 26.00

VERDANT GNOSIS is a poetic rendering of the Latin expression, Viridis Genii, which refers to the collective spiritual intelligence of our botanical environment. Viridis means 'green, verdant, growing'--all that is lush and nourishing; while genii is the origin of the words 'genius' and 'genie'--the spirit, daemon, or guiding intelligence of an entity. Viridis Genii--the verdant gnosis--is thus the spiritual path of working with the intelligence of living nature.

Within this third volume you will find a rich selection of international authorities on the Green Way, ranging from professional plant alchemists, shamanic herb-masters, to bioregional animists. Herein you will learn the ways in which you can communicate deeply with the mysterious intelligence of the plant kingdom, breaking down the barriers of anthropocentric thinking that separate humanity from nature. Volume four presents a thread of material focusing on curses, plagues, runes, medieval traditions, and the interface between metals and plant magic.

With contributions by: John Anderson, Jeremy Bechelli, PhD, Rebecca Beyer, Julia Semproniana Carreras, Karin Di Giacomo, Cody Dickerson, Janine Tyto Hagal, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Demetrius Lacroix, Marcus McCoy, Joyce Netishen, Catamara Rosarium, & Jenn Zahrt, PhD.


Lore, Prayers, and Spellcraft of the Three Holy Kings
by Alexander Cummins
Series: Folk Necromancy in Transmission (Book 3)
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Revelore Press (March 3, 2018)
List Price: $19.00

This book traces the cult of the Magi through their lore: their history, art, legends, rituals, and devotions. It examines their political and social influences as well as their cultural and religious impact, showing them to be cast both as legitimisers of established power structures, and as figures who foment profoundly radical dissent.

Cummins presents and weighs historical prayers to the Three Holy Kings for their mythic structures and ritual possibilities. In particular this book discusses historiolae found in these prayers – appeals to mythic actions or origins, often by imitation, fit for both devotional meditation and operative sorcery.

Finally, this text collects, analyses and explores the spellcraft of the Three Wise-Men: examining the various magical operations calling on Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar found in grimoiric handbooks of magic and folk custom alike. These include workings for travelling, for conjuring spirits, for detection, for protection, for healing, and even for dominating authorities.

Overall, A Book of the Magi makes a case for the veneration of the Magi as a loci and catalyst for furthering a folk necromantic practice of working with ancestral magicians. It does this by examining the history, devotion, and magic associated with the Three Kings, as well as demonstrating how components from old manuscripts can be explored and incorporated into a personal practice through awareness of context and careful ritual design.

A Book of the Magi is the third volume in the Folk Necromancy in Transmission series, conceived by Alexander Cummins and Jesse Hathaway Diaz, available through Revelore Press.


Awaken the Divine Magic within You
by Phyllis Curott
Series: Made Easy
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hay House UK (November 20, 2018)
List Price $15.99

America's most renowned Wiccan shares the beliefs and practices of this sacred feminine spirituality in an introductory book.

Welcome to the oldest spiritual tradition in the world.

One of the first Wiccan Priestesses to 'come out of the broom closet,' Phyllis Curott has forever changed the perception of Wicca in the Western world. In this book, Phyllis re-introduces the life-sustaining wisdom and techniques that will connect you to the Divine and to the love, abundance and spiritual wisdom of Mother Earth. You'll learn how to:

* attune your body, mind and spirit to Nature's rhythms to create a life of harmony, peace and fulfillment
* enter spirit realms and work with spirit guides, power animals and spirits of place for guidance and healing
* cast gorgeous spells and create sacred spaces and altars to nourish your soul
* practice empowering lunar and Sabbat rites to experience divine communion
* embody your spirit, empower your purpose and manifest your gifts

This engaging and inspiring book will open your heart, your mind and your spirit to the Sacred around and within you. It's time to awaken your life to its divine magic!


More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis
by Lisa Marie Basile (Author), Kristen J. Sollee (Foreword)
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press (September 11, 2018)
List Price: $22.99

Best Books of 2018, Entropy Magazine~
The 2018 Hit List, The Tarot Lady~

Having a hard time tapping into the light?Find illumination, resiliency, self-care, and inner magic with Light Magic for Dark Times--an inspired, accessible, and modern collection of practices, rituals, and spells. You'll power up your inner witch, map your road toward healing and regeneration, find your creativity, and explore your shadow side.

Luna Luna Magazine's Lisa Marie Basile shares spells, rituals, and practices, including:

  • A spell to banish recurring nightmares
  • A graveyard meditation for engaging with death
  • A mermaid ritual for going with the flow
  • A zodiac practice for tapping into celestial mojo
  • A rose-quartz elixir for finding self-love
  • A spell to recharge after a protest or social justice work
  • + crystals, herbs, sigil magic, fashion magic, shadow work, and sex magic
These 100 spells are ideal for those inexperienced with self-care rituals, as well as experienced witches. They can be cast during a crisis or to help prevent one, to protect loved ones, to welcome new beginnings, to heal from grief, or to find strength.

Whether you're working with the earth, performing a cleanse with water or smoke, healing with tinctures or crystals, meditating through grief, brewing, enchanting, or communing with your coven, Light Magic for Dark Times will help you tap into your inner witch in times of need.


Official Journal Of the Association For Young Astrologers
Publisher: Revelore Press
List Price: $25.00
The Ascendant is the official journal of the Association for Young Astrologers. The Ascendant delivers a curated selection of work that simultaneously showcases what the newer generations of astrologers are doing and serves as an introduction to the myriad forms of astrological practice and research methods. We publish articles that demonstrate the cutting edge of astrological praxis.

The second volume of The Ascendant contains papers that cover the reconstruction of previously unknown traditional material, innovations in the application of astrology, novel perspectives on the philosophical implications of the art, astrological practices in various global geographies, considerations of the new crop of academic studies of astrology, as well as the conversation unfolding in our community about astrology and intersectionality and astrologically inspired art by artists around the world.

All proceeds from the sale of this journal go directly to AYA.

Table of Contents

Letter from the Editors ~ 4
Jennifer Zahrt, PhD, Daniel Larkin,
& Nicholas Civitello

Op-Ed: A Reflection on Disability in Astrology ~ 5
Michael MacLafferty

Wonder Woman Returns ~ 9
Wonder Bright

Art: Pilgrims in the Sky:
Envisioning the Paths of the Wandering Stars ~ 20
Grant Hanna

Seven Reflections of Light:
Considerations upon the Seven Hermetic Lots ~ 25
Lars Panero

Afflicted Syzygy and Daimon as Indicators of
Violent Death According to Vettius Valens ~ 35
Tania Daniels

Medieval Timelords in Modern Life:
The Firdaria Through the Life And Career of Madonna ~ 43
Cassandra Tyndall

Cosmos and Chaos:
Perpetual Tides of the Venus-Mars Epoch, Part II ~ 48
Gary P. Caton

A Critical Review of the Babylonian Berossus’
Contribution to the History of Astrology ~ 60
Estabon S.R. Duarte, AMA MACAA

Hindutva and Indian Astrology’s Modernization ~ 64
Freedom Cole, MA

Pluto’s Weird History:
Dumb luck? Dumb note? Dumbell? ~ 70
Kenneth D. Miller, MA

An Astrological View of the Nuclear Age
in Light of TNO Borasisi ~ 82
David Leskowitz

Telling the Story of Our Future:
What Will Astrology Be Like in 2025? ~ 90
Kent Bye

From the Archives: Celestial Interpretation ~ 95
Count Hermann Keyserling,
translated by Jennifer Zahrt, PhD



by MJ Cullinane
78 Card Tarot Deck and 88-page guidebook
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (January 4, 2019)
List Price: $22.95

Paying homage to the mystical energy of crows and ravens, Crow Tarot invites us to fly through the veil and connect with our intuitive powers. This artfully created 78-card deck is infused with the familiar symbolism of the traditional Rider-Waite® Tarot, making it ideal for both beginners and professional readers. The 88-page guidebook presents upright and reversed meanings and includes a custom Crow Tarot Spread.

About the Author:
Margaux Jones, aka MJ, is a Seattle-based artist, writer, mother, and lover of all things magical, especially crows. She attended Parson's School of Design yet her unique technique of telling stories through digital collage is self-taught and has been her passion for over 10 years. Nature and its creatures are a familiar theme in MJ's work, however, having grown up south of Boston her collages are heavily influenced by the energy of the city.


by Leeza Robertson and Julie Dillon
78 Card Deck, 288 Page Guidebook, Boxed.
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2019)
List Price: $29.99

The mer-folk are teachers and guides, born in a watery world of magical mythology and powerful energy. This elegantly illustrated deck invites you to receive the lessons and blessings of the mystical realm, offering the insights you need to move forward through the challenges and barriers that we all must face. Now more than ever, the songs of the Mermaid are calling the people of the land. Let their magic be your guide.

About the creators:
Leeza Robertson deepened her tarot practice many years ago after a temporary blindness induced intuitive visions of cards and spreads in her mind's eye. She is a member of the American Tarot Association and runs a monthly group called Tarot and High Tea in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leeza Robertson spends her days dreaming up new decks and exploring ways to introduce more people to the world of tarot. When she doesn't have her nose inside a book or her fingers dancing across a deck of cards, she runs her online class called the Moonbeamers, which focuses on tarot and the moon's cycles. Leeza is the author of three books and the creator of two tarot decks. Connect with her on Twitter (@Leeza_Robertson) or by email at


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Look For Us Again, MARCH 1ST, 2019!!!
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