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Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (September 30, 1865 – September 24, 1953)
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.

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by Belladonna LaVeau
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (November 22, 2017)
List Price: $10.99

Learn to think like an initiate. Supercharge your magical abilities. Access unlimited potential. This book opens the gate to new ways of processing information and offers you tools to help you change your thinking patterns. Find ways to awaken your perspective on the world and your ability to magically interact with it. The impact you have to create change will grow radically in the short time it takes you to read this book and apply the knowledge within. Spiral deeper into understanding, interpreting, and recognizing the spiritual activity that manifests into your reality. Hone your intuition, interact with your spirit guides, and connect with divinity. Master your power!


Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition
by Annwyn Avalon , Skye Alexander (Foreword)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2019)
List Price: $16.95

An accessible in-depth guide to Celtic water lore, including spells, rituals, water spirits, and merfolk

Let Annwyn Avalon, a practicing water witch herself, take you into the world of water magic. The water magic and lore in this book focuses on the Celtic tradition, but draws on other water magic traditions as well, and features rainwater, as well as lakes, rivers, oceans, canals, swamps, and other watery locations, together with the folk and magical customs that have been and are still practiced at these places. The book teaches the reader how to set up a water altar at home, how to connect with water spirits, and how to gather or create water witch tools. Readers are encouraged to visit local water sites but will also find an abundance of material to perform at home. Included are practical examples, visualizations, and exercises so any reader can start to take up spell work and establish their spiritual connection to water.

~We Long to Be in the Water
As far back as we can remember, humans have been intimately connected with water, both physically and spiritually. We associate it with deities, spirits, souls, and creatures of other realms who find their homes in or near bodies of water that are often the setting for supernatural occurrences. We work with water in a sacred manner for our lives, for our children’s lives, and for the lives of the deities and spirits we find there. Throughout history, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of named water deities and spirits—and just as many obscure and unnamed ones— have appeared in myth and legend, and folklore is full of tales of magic wells, talking wells, water nymphs, great sea gods, and more.

From the Foreword by Skye Alexander:
At this crucial time, when we’re experiencing massive pollution of the world’s waters, and when human-induced climate change threatens our seacoasts, marine life, and future generations, Annwyn’s call to honor the spirits of the waters rings loud and true. Immersing yourself in this intriguing and informative book will give you a greater appreciation for the life-giving water from which we originated and on which we depend for our continued existence.

Each section includes exercises for the specific type of water magic.
Other areas covered include:
  • Water Altars and Shrines
  • Tools for Water Witches
  • Sea Spells and Charms
  • Water Animals
  • Comb Magic

Sacred Water Blessing
Select your sacred water and pour it into your sacred vessel. Once the water is in the bowl, gather your fresh herb bundle, wand, feather, or other implement. If you want to say a blessing, prayer, or incantation, now is a great time. As you do so, project it into the water. When you are ready, dip the herbs into the bowl and fling the water in the target’s direction, saying:

I cleanse this space
With sacred love and grace.
I banish all bane from this place
With the power of river, lake, and sea.
This is my will; So mote it be!

Four Types of Water Witches
River Witches
The direction in which a river or stream flowed often determined its magical properties. Water that flowed toward the sun was believed to have both healing and blessing properties. A stream formed from seasonal runoff in the month of March was considered lucky, and water gathered there was used in luck charms and spells.

Lake Witches
Lake water can be used to exorcise baneful enchantments, illness, and spirits. The possibilities are endless. The most important thing to remember about lake water is that it can be used for many things, especially sympathetic magic; like attracts like!

Marsh Witches
Witches who work in this environment find value in the medicine of shed snake skins, bones, and eggs, as well as all manner of teeth, spiders, and feathers. The water with which they connect and from which they draw their powers is dark and murky green, and filled with lurking serpents and poisonous creatures.

Sea Witches
Sea witches have a long-standing reputation for lurking upon the shores, selling charms, calling up storms, and sinking ships. Some sea witches—especially those from stories collected from the New World and into the 19th century—were reported to wear red shoes. In fact, this was believed to be a sure sign of a witch.

About the Author:
Annwyn Avalon is a witch, priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She has a BFA in sculpture and a BA in anthropology and has completed her Reiki Master teacher training and studied herbalism and Middle Eastern folk and esoteric dancing. Annwyn writes the blog, The Water Witch, and is an award-winning, internationally known dancer with a repertoire of water and mermaid themed belly dance performances. Visit her at
Skye is the author of more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books. Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies, and her work has been translated into a dozen languages. She is also an artist, writing teacher, feng shui practitioner, astrologer, and tarot reader. She divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.


A Toolkit for Magical Resistance (Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment, and More) – March 1, 2019
by David Salisbury
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2019)
List Price: $14.95

The first hands-on guide to witchcraft activism with practical tips on everything from joining activist groups to conjuring spells for self-protection~

There is a movement on the rise, one that brings the worlds of social justice and political activism together with the practice of witchcraft. Activists wish to add magical methods to their arsenal, while spell casters seek to use their powers to resist oppression. Written by an experienced witch-activist and with the current political climate in full view, the book shows readers how to learn spells for self-protection and body shielding, as well as methods of developing enhanced psychic intuition and situational awareness. Salisbury explains how and why to conjure spirits of defense, land spirits, ancestral spirits of activism, as well as your own personal guardian spirits. Included are rituals, spells, and sigils, written clearly and simply, so that even someone with absolutely no previous experience in spell casting can immediately feel empowered and join the "witch resistance."


by Karol Jackowski
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2019)
List Price: $16.95

A guide to folk magic from diverse spiritual traditions ranging from Catholicism to Wicca and more~

Anyone seeking to mend a broken heart, turn enemies into friends, or find a guardian angel will find encouragement in this uplifting, inspiring, and entertaining book. Author Karol Jackowski introduces, explains, and explores the nature of spells, prayers, and blessings and offers practical suggestions for their use. Readers will learn how to cast spells, create altar space, and most crucially how to live their best spiritual and magical lives.

Karol draws from a variety of spiritual and folk magic traditions with a focus on the power of positive thought. The first half of the book provides magical and spiritual instruction, while the second half consists of Sister Karol's personal book of spells and rituals, derived mainly from Catholic folk magic, but also from Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, and Wiccan influences.

Abracadabra and Blessed Be!
You might be wondering how a nun got interested in spells and magic. You might also be surprised to learn that it happened quite naturally, fitting perfectly into everything that I learned and believed in, growing up Catholic. I was born and raised believing in God, angels, saints—a spirit filled world in which we had the ability to talk to them, ask for whatever we needed, and sense a divine presence with us wherever we were. At Saint Stanislaus Grade School in East Chicago, Indiana, we attended Mass every morning before class, where we watched a priest transform bread and wine (in the mysterious language of Latin) into the body and blood of Christ. Abracadabra. Catholic magic. I grew up thinking if bread and wine could be transformed into something divine, so could the rest of creation. The holiness in all creation can be found in those who have eyes to see what they believe.

Guidance for Living Your Best Magical and Spiritual Life:

Magic of Ritual
The magic of ritual, like the call to pray, is and is not as mysterious as it sounds. When something we want to happen becomes real, that’s magic. Something we envision becomes true. The invisible is made visible. Yet getting what we want often times doesn’t seem to be nearly as mysterious as how it happened, how we got what we prayed for, how the magic in ritual works. We know what it looks like. Through a friend of a friend, a stranger, or some coincidence, a prayer is answered. Obstacles are removed and our wish is granted.

Everything I know and believe about the power in prayer and the magic in ritual comes from what I was told as a child about Santa Claus and what I found true as an adult in Christian scripture: If you don’t believe, you don’t receive. Thoughts, desires, wishes, and prayers are powerful tools in the life of the spirit, and what makes magic work more than anything else is the divine power in faith. Believing is the source and center of all spiritual life, the air holy spirits breathe, the stuff of divine intervention. We are what we believe.

When it comes to focusing the power in prayer, we only need to look at our life. Pressure points, sore spots, places of greatest tension—all hold the divine power in necessity. There is a sense of soulful urgency in times of necessity, those times when we cry out for mercy, cling to hope, the point of pleading and begging when we cry out with the Psalmist “How long, O God, how long?” The more urgent and intense the need, the more highly charged it is with divine energy.

Candle-Lighting Wish-Come-True Spell
The act of lighting a candle and making a wish is a spell and blessing all by itself. It’s also a powerful way to pray when that’s all the time you have. The divine power in fire and the soulful power in heartfelt wishes make this simple spell work like magic. Nature and necessity always make magic whenever we light a candle and make a wish. So whenever you hear even the faintest call to pray, light a candle and make a wish. And never light a candle, for whatever purpose, without dedicating it to someone or something, even if it’s a two-word prayer of “thank you” to the deities who hear our call and appear every time we light a candle. In a similar manner, never extinguish a candle without confirming your wish with “Amen” or “Blessed be.” Keep in mind every time you light a candle and make a wish you are taking part in divine activity. Deities appear to hear your prayer. You are making candle-lighting magic.

There is no day that I do not hear the Voice.” – Joan of Arc
This book is about prayer and how important ritual becomes at certain times in our lives. Those who’ve grown up in ancient religious traditions - Judaism, Pre-Christian, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam—know instinctively the powerful way ritual prayer blesses every moment of every day. At its very best, religion teaches us to revere everything as holy, just the way it is. Even those who are decidedly not religious in the traditional sense occasionally feel the need for divine intervention, blessing, and inspiration, especially in life’s most profound turning points like birth, marriage, sickness, and death. They too believe in the power of prayer to help good things happen, bring comfort in times of sorrow, enlighten next steps when we feel lost and confused.


Culinary Herbs for Magic, Beauty, and Health
by Anna Franklin
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2019)
List Price: $19.99

Herbal Wisdom the Hearth Witch Way

Includes more than 150 recipes for teas, infusions, tinctures, syrups, baths, salves, balms, compresses, poultices, oils, creams, potions, candles, and much more.

The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal is an herbal with a difference―it shows how to use the herbs and spices most of us already have in our kitchens for home remedies, personal care, spiritual practice, spells, and rituals. The follow-up to the bestselling Hearth Witch's Compendium, this practical guide includes more than 150 recipes and focuses on twenty-three common culinary herbs and spices. For each plant, you will discover magical correspondences, culinary uses, cosmetic uses, medicinal uses, notes of caution, recipes, and lore. Also discover how to combine herbs with astrology, colors, and elemental energies for powerful magical workings. From basil to turmeric and incenses to syrups, this useful kitchen herbal is designed to help you expand your Hearth Witch skills for a more natural and magical life.

  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Caraway
  • Cardamom
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Mints
  • Oats
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric

About the Author:
Anna Franklin is a third degree witch and high priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod who has been a practicing Pagan for more than forty years. She is the author of twenty-eight books and the creator of the Sacred Circle Tarot, Fairy Ring Oracle, and the Pagan Ways Tarot. Her books have been translated into nine languages. Anna has contributed hundreds of articles to Pagan magazines and has appeared on radio and TV. She lives and works in a village in the English Midlands where she grows her own herbs, fruit, and vegetables, and generally lives the Pagan life.


by Elisabeth Brooke
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: AEON Books; 1 edition (February 15, 2019)
List Price: $19.95

Responding to the recent revival of interest in herbal medicine, Elisabeth Brooke explores the origins and history of the practice of herbalism and discusses its use in a modern context. This new book will be perfect for anyone interested in the use of herbal medicine, in particular those who have read Brooke's best-selling earlier works including Herbal Therapy for Women

"The thesis of this book is the interconnectedness of all nature, human and plant kingdoms, and the underlying connection of a first principle which unites everything and from which and to which everything returns. We shall go on to discuss the four elements and humours and how the planets weave these differing energies through the vegetable and animal kingdoms which show us how Spirit is expressed in the plant, in the person and in the dis-ease." --from the author.


by Israel Regardie, Christopher S. Hyatt (Author, Editor), Delfina Marquez-Noe (Illustrator)
Series: Small Gems
Perfect Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: New Falcon; 1st edition (November 15, 2018)
List Price: $18.95

A bird s eye view of the whole field of magic, covering divination, evocation, invocation, vision and initiation. Some of the practical tips on what used to be called Scrying in the Spirit Vision cannot be found elsewhere even in large and rarer texts, and the method of Tattva cards and the Qabalah are given with examples of results achieved. There are interesting explanations of the magical art in the light of Jungian psychology. Complete with full page plates of Tatvas for the serious reader and student to experiment with.


The History, Teachings and Rituals of the Last Golden Dawn Temple
by Nick Farrell
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Skylight Press (November 30, 2017)
List Price: $24.95

This book contains the formerly unpublished Inner Order teachings of the missing order of the Golden Dawn – Whare Ra. Whare Ra managed to keep secret and above all keep running long after the other Golden Dawn magical orders had given up the ghost. Closing in the late 1970s, the Order was founded by Dr Robert Felkin 100 years ago. From its base in New Zealand, Whare Ra became a secret forefront of occult teaching.

Nick Farrell presents the Second Order Rituals of this Order including the 6=5 and 7=4 in their complete and unedited state as well as the 6=5 training papers and lectures. He also examines the history of Whare Ra and provides commentaries to the rituals. Contained in this book are the 6=5 experiences of the poet W.B. Yeats and other adepts who went through the various initiations. It also contains magical exercises inspired by the Whare Ra material.


The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy (The Great Wizards of History)
by Guy Ogilvy
Series: The Great Wizards of History (Book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2019)
List Price: $29.99

A Guided Tour through the Untamed Territories of Magic

Book 1 of the Great Wizards of History Trilogy

The history of wizardry comes alive with dozens of unique portraits capturing the most remarkable and infamous practitioners of magic and alchemy. Combining up-to-date historical scholarship and his own keen interpretations of primary texts, Guy Ogilvy develops a fascinating saga of magical thought and its inevitable dance with orthodox rationalism.

The story begins with the prehistoric culture of the Lion Man and moves on to Orpheus and the great figures of myth. Discover the unparalleled influence of Pythagoras and the pre-Socratics as they experience the mysterious glories of Apollo's touch. Behold the leading alchemists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as they carry forth the surviving wisdom of the ancients, working their unique magic even as powerful social and political forces align against them.

Magic is a vital element of history. The Great Wizards of Antiquity weaves together the loose threads of magic to form a comprehensive tapestry, challenging the ideas brought forth by peddlers of the mundane and returning a sense of enchantment to its rightful place in the human spirit.

In this book, you will discover the beliefs and teachings of sorcerers, healers, philosophers, alchemists, and mythological figures, including:

  • The Lion Man
    Animal magic & the modern mind
  • Orpheus
    Incantations & the magic of music
  • Dionysus
    Wild rites & the gift of wine
  • Pythagoras
    Metempsychosis & the wisdom of the cave dwellers
  • Pherekydes
    Open secrets & the immortality of souls
  • The Pythia
    The oracle at Delphi & ecstatic prophecy
  • Epimenides
    Sacred caves & the unknown gods
  • Abaris
    The golden arrow & the Hyperborean Apollo
  • Zalmoxis
    Thrace & the Celtic connection
  • Hermotimus
    Astral travel & the preeminence of psyche
  • Aristeas
    The form of a raven & the wonders of Apollo
  • Parmenides
    The man who knows & the nightmare ride to hell
  • Empedocles
    Bronze sandals & the four elements
  • Zosimos
    Transmutation & inner purification
    Islamic alchemy & the theory of balance
  • Jan Baptista Van Helmont
    The stranger & the projecting powder
  • The Comte de Saint-Germain
    Universal medicine & the elixir of life
  • Paracelsus
    Legendary cures & the open book of nature
  • James Price
    The Royal Society & the Philosopher's Stone


History, Theory & Practice
by Zolrak
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2019)
List Price: $19.99

~Discover the Cowrie Shells and Learn How to Read the Messages of Ifá and the Higher Spiritual Planes~

Divination with cowrie shells is one of the oldest known spiritual practices in the world. Originated by the Yoruba people of West Africa, cowrie shell divination is a powerful technique for connecting to the wisdom of ancestors, spirits, and deities.

This book shares the history of cowrie shell divination and shows you how to open the portals of spiritual communication with the shells and related divination systems, such as cola nuts and coconuts. Written by a long-time practitioner, African Cowrie Shells Divination provides the meaning of the sixteen shell combinations as well as tips and variations for readings based on the specific question being asked. Discover the powerful messages of the Orishas and the mystical divination techniques of Candomblé, Santería, and other traditions of the African diaspora. Explore the instructive stories known as patakkís and apply their guidance to your life.

The cowrie shells are sacred magical tools. With the history, theories, and hands-on instructions in this guide, you will learn how the shells can be used to answer your most important questions and achieve your true destiny.

About the Author:
Zolrak is a longtime practitioner of cowrie shell divination and other spiritual traditions of the African diaspora. He is the co-creator of the bestselling Tarot of the Orishas, the first tarot deck based on this theme. Zolrak is also a teacher of Kardecist mediumship and a parapsychologist with a spiritually Universalist perspective. Additionally, Zolrak works as a radio and television host. Many people define him with a single word that summarizes his essence: Magician.



Encounters With Nature and the Journey of the Soul
by Jean Herzel
A Tarot Deck and Book Boxed Set
List Price: $32.00

The Nature Spirit Tarot is a boxed set, including a deck and an accompanying book of tarot wisdom and descriptions for each card. In this unique and imaginative deck, the wisdom of Tarot is interwoven with the vastness and mystery of nature. Here, you will open to a new vision of both the surrounding world and the unexplored territory within. The accompanying book includes interpretations for each card, as well as the symbolic meanings for the diverse world of nature that has been chosen for the deck. The artwork for these beautiful cards took 8 years to create. The printing was done paying special attention to color and detail, and they have been printed in a large 4X7 format. The boxed sets that are available are from the first edition printing.


Written and Illustrated by Cristy C. Road
This set includes 78 Tarot Cards/Guidebook ~
Croadcore/Silver Sprocket
List Price: 50.00

Cristy C Road’s queer, political, punk deck envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love.

Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, THE NEXT WORLD TAROT envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systemic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing. The NEXT WORLD TAROT is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.



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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look For Us Again, MAY 1ST , 2019!!!
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