Wednesday, September 1, 2021

AUTUMN BEGINS



Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, ''Storm'', c.1895-96, cm 42 x 49,5, pastel on paper. Paris, Gérard Lévy Collection {{PD-US}} – U.S. work that is in the public domain in the U.S. for an unspecified reason, but presumably because it was published in the U.S. before 1920.


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- golanv1@yahoo.com


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THE BLACK BOOK OF ISOBEL GOWDIE 

And Other Scottish Spells & Charms 

By Ash William Mills 

Publisher: (Scottish Cunning Ways)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 233 pages

List Price: $23.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Britain’s most notorious accused witch Isobel Gowdie gave such a wealth of information regarding magical practices during her confessions, that it would have been worthy of a Black Book or Svartkonstbök as found recently by her Scandinavian neighbours. In this book, I have compiled together and translated the charms, spells, and magical operations of Isobel Gowdie as were relayed in her confessions. In such a way that it is applicable and operational to the modern folk magic practitioner, with additional notes to some of the charms tried and tested by the author. The book also includes the spells and charms from other Cunning Folk in Scotland accused as witches under the Witchcraft Acts during the early modern period or recorded by early folklorists from the 18th century to the present day. Also, a complete 19th-century Scottish chapbook on Fortune-telling. So now come sit yourself by the hearth fire, grab yourself a wee hot toddy and listen as Isobel Gowdie teaches you the charms and spells from her own personal repertoire and more some, from the other Wise Men and Women she knows around Scotland.


Foreword by Graham King, previous curator of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and author of The British Book of Spells and charms. Kelden, author of The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft and The Witches' Sabbath: An Exploration of History, Folklore, and Modern Practice.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ash William Mills has an NC degree in Celtic Studies & Heritage and is currently studying Scottish Ethnology & History at the University of Edinburgh. He is an animist and folk magic practitioner with over 25 years of experience regarding Scottish and Irish Folklore, Witchcraft, and Magic. In his spare time, he commissions and sells items associated with Scottish mythology, folk magic/witchcraft, and other strange and magical Curios.





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YEMAYA

Orisha, Goddess, and Queen of the Sea 

By Raven Morgaine 

Publisher: (Weiser Books)

Paperback,  ‎208 pages

List Price: $18.95 



FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A celebration and practical guide to the renowned and beloved goddess and orisha.


Yemaya, queen of the sea, first emerged in Yorubaland (now in modern Nigeria). A primordial deity, considered the mother of all, some perceive her to be at the root of numerous ancient goddesses, including Isis. During the Middle Passage, Yemaya accompanied her enslaved devotees to the Western Hemisphere, where her veneration took root and flourished. She is among the most beloved and prominent spirits of Candomblé, Santeria, and other African diaspora traditions.


Through her associations with the Virgin Mary, devotion to Yemaya spread throughout Latin America. Cuban immigrants brought Yemaya with them to the US, where her veneration expanded exponentially. No longer a local water spirit, she became an internationally beloved goddess whose devotees derive from numerous traditions and who worship her in her many fluid forms. Yemaya currently ranks among the most beloved goddesses worldwide.


Raven Morgaine, a priest of Yemaya for over three decades, shares his expertise and knowledge in Yemaya: Orisha, Goddess, and Queen of the Sea, the first full-length English language book accessible to general readers. Morgaine explores Yemaya’s history and her many forms, including her roles as mother, lover, witch, warrior, and mermaid. He describes her many paths, aspects, and incarnations. 


Simultaneously a celebration of Yemaya and a practical, hands-on guide to working with her, Yemaya explores her mythology in depth, as well as her special role in the LGBQT community.


The book features:

  • Spells and rituals associated with Yemaya appropriate for the uninitiated

  • Instructions for building altars and shrines for Yemaya, as well as other methods for working with her, including correct, respectful ways to make appropriate offerings

  • Recipes that will please Yemaya

  • A detailed list of flowers, herbs, and other botanicals that radiate the power of Yemaya


Review

The instructive explanations of rituals and Yemaya’s historical roots make this a perfect introduction . . . This will appeal to anyone interested in the spiritual traditions of West Africa." 

― Publishers Weekly


“Raven Morgaine is a gifted storyteller and visionary in multiple disciplines. His jam-packed, beautifully illustrated book will lead you to understand, in laymen’s terms, anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the African orisha, Yemaya, as a noninitiate. This book is an enveloping and compelling read. It will lead you to take meaningful action, following in Morgaine’s footsteps, to immerse in Yemaya’s complex energies.

-- Stephanie Rose Bird, author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones and 365 Days of Hoodoo


“ Yemaya: Orisha, Goddess and Queen of the Sea is a supremely well-written, engaging, and all-encompassing account of the goddess and her many attributes and paths. It includes real life stories depicting the love that Yemaya has for humanity and the many miracles she has performed. Raven Morgaine has the grasp of Santeria, as did my Cuban elders, and his stunning artwork dedicated to Yemaya is breathtaking! Written for neophytes as well as seasoned santeros, this is a captivating tribute to Yemaya and destined to become a classic.”

-- Miss Aida, santera and author of Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic and Hoodoo Justice Magic.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A spiritual artist who has dedicated his life and work to the service of the great mother goddess, Yemaya, Raven Morgaine is a practitioner of Candomblé, New Orleans Voodoo, Santeria, and witchcraft. He is the owner of the Familiar Spirits shop in Coventry, Rhode Island, where he creates and sells the spirit altar dolls for which he is renowned. Raven’s art is on display at the Wonder Woman Museum in Connecticut, and he has been featured in numerous publications and podcasts. He lives in Rhode Island.




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POP MAGICK: 

A Simple Guide to Bending Your Reality 

By Alex Kazemi 

Publisher: (Permuted Press)

Hardcover, 208 pages

List Price: $16.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

“Alex Kazemi has his finger on the pulse of magick and all its wonders." —George Noory, Host of Coast to Coast AM


“We live in dangerous times. We are all subject to unseen forces—social, technological, biological—that have programmed and conditioned us, like Pavlov's dogs, to behave without thinking. The way out of this maze is difficult.  Pop Magick is an exciting and unconventional attempt to help us all deprogram, through methods culled from primal sources in magic and alchemy. This in the tradition of people like Gurdjieff and Colin Wilson, the tradition of trying to wake us up from our slumber. You have nothing to lose but your chains.”  —Robert Greene


“Alex Kazemi is a boy wonder.” — Shirley Manson


“My favorite millennial provocateur.” — Bret Easton Ellis


“I want to heal. This book should help me along my treacherous path to better understanding myself.” — Bella Thorne


FROM STRUGGLING ARTIST TO ILLUMINATI PRINCE


How did counter-culture pop artist Alex Kazemi, a self-described “kid from the suburbs,” get Taylor Swift to invite him backstage, Marilyn Manson to tweet about his directorial debut, Selena Gomez and Petra Collins to collaborate with him on a magazine piece, and Madonna to express excitement over a magazine cover he created? Magick!


“Can a small step change your life? Of course it can. Alex Kazemi provides a treasure map of simple yet revolutionary possibilities which, if practiced with passion, can lead you to magick, self-discovery, and more rabbit holes than you can dive into.” — Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning Author of  Occult America and  The Miracle Club 


MAGICK IS REAL


Talent is great if you have it and luck is fine if you can find it, but Kazemi learned it would take something more to see his dreams come true. It would take magick—a real, spiritual force that anyone can learn to harness.  


“There's never been a better or easier time to work magick. Whereas past generations of witches and warlocks had their potions, their Tarot cards, and their superstitions, today's magician has a laptop, an iPhone, and Twitter. But how to harness these modern tools? That's where Alex Kazemi's Pop Magick comes in. He's read all of those dusty, old occult books so you don't have to! All you have to do is pick up Pop Magick and start reading. Who knows what'll actually happen to your brain once you've finished it." — Richard Metzger, dangerousminds.net


"This book will help you discover tools that expand your consciousness and manifest your deepest desires. I’m happy to see that Transcendental Meditation is part of Alex’s journey to find strength in the stillness within.”  —Bob Roth, author of  Strength in Stillness


YOU HAVE THE POWER WITHIN YOU


Magick isn't a treasured secret for a privileged few. It's meant for everyone. It’s meant for you. Are you ready to bend reality? Do you want to get out of The Simulation? Do you want to unlock your creative potential? Do you hunger for a more spiritual life? Magick promises you this and more. Follow Alex on his own journey from a troubled outsider to an enlightened young man as he shares the secret power of Pop Magick.


Held in your hands is powerful, proactive magick that can change your life for the better and awaken you to extraordinary abilities you might once have considered fantasy. Alex Kazemi is the most exciting and authentic voice bridging ancient wisdom and the modern world today. You won't regret reading this book.” — Fiona Horne


Review:

"Every so often a new face emerges as the ambassador to witchcraft.  Pop Magick is a modern-day handbook that skills readers on how to break societal chains and bend reality in their favor using natural forces."  -- Interview Magazine


"Magick is back. Alex Kazemi not only deftly translates but passionately recontextualizes the power of life-as-sigil for a new generation of practitioners. It may not be an easy path, but Kazemi sure has made it accessible."  -- Douglas Rushkoff


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Alex Kazemi is a pop artist, creative director, and author. His work has been featured on Apple Music,  Dazed,  i-D,  Playboy,  Resident Advisor,  King Kong,  V Magazine,  Paper, and  Oyster, among others. He served as Features Editor for the inaugural edition of  King Kong Garçon. He lives in Vancouver.





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A MYSTICAL PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MAGIC

Instructions for Seekers, Witches & Other Spiritual Misfits

by Aliza Einhorn

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.

Pages:    312

List Price: $17.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Are you on a spiritual path? These paths are as unique as the people who walk them.


Part grimoire, part handbook, and part spiritual travelogue, A Mystical Practical Guide to Magic is a personal and practical compendium for creating your own magical life.


The author writes from real life experience, as practitioner and teacher, sharing field notes and anecdotes from the magical practices that inspired her, and so many others, over the decades: astrology, tarot, witchery, writing, meditation, improving intuition, mediumship, and more, including her own system for emotional regeneration, Moon Pluto Magic. The book has stories to tell and homework to give and city streets to take you down.


The topics and practices traversed herein will help you, too, if you let them. They will help you find you as the book fundamentally explores this question: how to make life more meaningful, each day. Astrology can help. Tarot can help. Magic will definitely help! And so will your Spirit Guides.


Are you a witch? Should you learn about your birth chart? Why keep a journal? How can Tarot make you psychic? Why meditate when you can't sit still? Can your spiritual life keep you grounded during hard times? These questions and many more are offered, as well as simple exercises and ideas, including spells and tarot spreads and recommended reading, that you can use to chart your own unique spiritual quest.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aliza Einhorn is a poet and playwright, with an MFA from the Iowa Writers' workshop. For over a decade, she's made her living as an astrologer and tarot reader. Her first book The Little Book of Saturn was published in 2018 (Weiser). A Mystical Practical Guide to Magic is her second book. 




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LIBER KHTHONIA: 

A Contemporary Witchcraft & Devotional Tradition 

of Hekate 

By Jeff Cullen 

Paperback, 400gsm art paper

Silver stamping on cover and spine

Non-scratch matte lamination

6x9in (15x23cm)

80gsm offset paper

344 pages

Does not contain the 7 full-page panel illustrations found in the hard cover edition.

Publisher: (Brujo Bros) 

List Price: $32.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Swirling all around us is the celestial energy of creation, ignited at the beginning of time. This energy is the pure power of manifestation, divine, and undying, it is the Witch Flame that gives potency to witchcraft and ensouls the entire cosmos. There is one Goddess Who carries the Witch Flame, Who anoints certain individuals with this creative power. She is Hekate, a millennia old Goddess worshipped and celebrated as the Soul of the Cosmos, Goddess of Crossroads, and Queen of Witches. 


Much of what we know about Hekate comes from academia, and most cult traditions center around ancient traditions. Liber Khthonia: A Contemporary Witchcraft & Devotional Tradition of Hekate, by Jeff Cullen connects the ancient knowledge of the past with the relevance of the present sharing a practical, unique contemporary cult. He combines his decades of knowledge in ancient Hellenic cult with familial traditions, and experience in world religions presenting something that is rooted in antiquity, yet thriving. 


Liber Khthonia teaches the contemporary witch how to connect with Hekate in powerful, physical ways bringing the dynamis of the Goddess into your life like never before. In addition to creating your personal cult, constructing potent cult objects, awakening sacred images, and empowering your Witch Flame, this book also teaches you rites of witchcraft straight from the author’s personal grimoire. This book breaks with the conventional Wicca based traditions that are widely available and lets the contemporary witch discover their own power through unshackled freedom driven by their personal desire, inspired by Hekate, and burning with the ethereal Witch Flame! 


In this book you will find:

Introduction

History

The Mask at the Crossroads: Who is Hekate?

The Concept of Polytheism and Witchcraft in the Mediterranean

Cult Titles

Identifying and Refining Your Cult

Shrine or Altar

The Agalma (Cult Image)

Lustral Water and Sacred Fire

Tools of Hekate

Festivals and Sacred Days

Prayer and Rituals

Other Gods

Herbs, Roots, and Stones

Recipes for Sacred Incenses, Oils, and Potions

Witchcraft




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KITCHEN WITCHERY: 

Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients

By Laurel Woodward

Publisher: (Llewellyn)

List Price: $24.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Unlock the Magic in Everyday Ingredients


Laurel Woodward shares the magick of everyday things, revealing how each task can be like a ritual of creation.


Transform the mundane chore of preparing a meal into a magickal act of healing, manifesting, and creating.


This guide elevates the way you cook and prepare meals, and it presents a wide variety of correspondences, techniques, and recipes for every ingredient in your kitchen.


Enjoy recipes for the seasons, special oil and seasoning blends, and other clever ways to make any ingredient into a magical tool.


Reviews:

"Kitchen Witchery is a fabulous mix of practical knowledge and magical application that invites you to step into your kitchen with mindfulness and purpose. Sometimes a wooden spoon can be as powerful as a wand!"—Deborah Blake, author of The Little Book of Cat Magic


"Far more than a recipe book, (though it is packed full of wonderful recipes), Kitchen Witchery encourages magical mindfulness of the nutrition we put into our bodies...Laurel Woodward provides a resource that helps us to consider the source, energy, and impact of what we consume, including magical correspondences for ingredients."—Emily Carding, author of Faery Craft and So Potent Art


"An accessible cookbook that blends healthy, sustainable eating with the magic found in the natural world. Woodward...helps readers infuse intention into everyday activities like gardening, shopping, preparing meals, and eating. [She] also charts the different moon phases and suggests corresponding days of the week that are considered optimal for certain recipes."—Publishers Weekly





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UNCROSSING: 

Identify, Cleanse, and Heal from Hexes, 

Curses, and Psychic Attack

By Katrina Rasbold

Publisher: ‎Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2021)

Paperback, 240 pages

List Price: $17.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Magic for Managing All Kinds of Curses


Anyone can be the target of a psychic attack, whether it's an intentional hex or an incidental crossing. This book shares effective techniques and practices for recovering from psychic attacks and protecting yourself in the future.


Katrina Rasbold shares how to identify the different types of attacks by their symptoms and provides tips for managing an attack with IOB techniques, which stands for Identify, Objectify, and Banish. Discover step-by-step instructions for setting up a healing space, ritual baths and showers, egg cleansing, and working with sacred sprays and smudging bundles. Learn how to do a chakra check and work with spiritual tools such as candles, stones, and incense. You will also find advice for cleansing the home, an important step for recovering from many types of intentional crossings.


Negative energies initiated by others can have a strong influence on vitality, relationships, and prosperity. With Katrina's guidance, you can uncross yourself from intentional psychic attacks and incidental entity infiltrations, past and current traumas, unhealthy relationships, and destructive habits that create obstacles to your success. Whether you are suffering from a curse, hex, or even an accidental self-crossing, this book is a powerful guide to healing and recovery.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katrina Rasbold is a practicing bruja, rootworker, Tarotologist, teacher, and author of over thirty published books who has been active in the magical arts since 1982. In 1997, she and her husband, Eric, founded the CUSP spiritual path, now practiced worldwide. Katrina has presented at California festivals for more than two decades and is a founding member and president of North Western Circles Association. She is also a frequent presenter at Pantheacon.




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TAROT BY THE MOON 

By Victoria Constantino 

Publisher:‎Llewellyn Publications 

Paperback, 264 pages

List Price: $19.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Spreads & Spells for Every Month of the Year 


A Month-By-Month Guide to Spreads and Spells for Abundance, Protection, and Spiritual Transformation!


The energy of the moon has an undeniably powerful influence—on people, on plants and animals, and on the cycles and rhythms of the world. This book provides month-by-month tarot spreads, spells, and rituals to help you manifest the changes you want for yourself and your community.


Author Victoria Constantino provides guidance for the ideal time, day of the week, or moon phase that best supports the specific spiritual work that you want to focus on. Explore spells and practices for home clearing and blessing, summoning a new career opportunity, finding your spirit animal, cutting cords, and many others. Delve into tarot with spreads for relationship renewal, connecting with your higher self, letting go, tapping into your potential, and more. Tarot by the Moon is a masterful guide to creating positive transformation with the cyclical magical energies that play such a powerful role in our lives.


Explore spells and practices for:

  • Cutting cords

  • House clearing and blessing

  • Summoning a new career opportunity

  • Finding your spirit animal

  • And many others




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TAROT DECORATIF DECK AND BOOK SET 

By Lee Bursten and Ciro Marchetti (Artist) 

Publisher: U.S. Games Systems

Book and Deck Set,  78 cards measure 3” x 4.875”

List Price: $29.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Tarot Decoratif artfully combines elements of two pillars of contemporary tarot practice, the Smith-Waite® Tarot and the Tarot de Marseille. Acclaimed tarot artist Ciro Marchetti provides a unique view of classical tarot iconography, paying homage to tradition while appealing to modern sensibilities. The 168-page illustrated guidebook explores the history, mythology and religion hidden in the 22 Triumphs (Major Arcana), and includes an in-depth course on how to interpret the Minor Arcana numerologically.




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FERENC PINTER TAROT 

Artwork by Ferenc Pintér, Charles Harrington, Pietro Alligo

78 cards, 70x120 mm. Instructions.

Multilingual edition.

Publisher: (Lo Scarabeo) 

List Price: $26.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

With majors created by the world-famous painter Ferenc Pinter and minors brilliantly compiled from Pinter's vast body of work, this new deck is the definitive Pinter tarot. Borderless cards are a perfect showcase for Pinter's imaginative, expressive style. With impeccable color reproduction, nuanced shading, and finely realized details, this edition cleverly synthesizes Pinter's vision with ancient universal archetypal energies.


It is a deck beyond the edges of reality, crossing the boundary of what is subjective and what is just imaginary. It is a journey into perfect art, in a sea of mysteries and within our own intuition. A masterpiece Tarot that needs to be savored and not just consumed. 




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TAROT OF OPPOSITIONS 

Art By Michele D'Aloisio, Text by Pierluca Zizzi 

78 Card Boxed Set

Publisher: (Lo Scarabeo)

List Price: $26.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Duality: Good and Bad - Light and Dark - Negative and Positive - Active and Passive - Receptive and Assertive. Everything has its opposition. In Tarot, this happens within every card, as the interpretation brings the Reader to see every Arcana from different points of view and embracing a yin-yang vision of each answer, as well as each question. 



This groundbreaking tarot deck re-magines every card as a thrilling study of opposites. You'll take a tarot journey like never before, exploring mirrored versions of each card's stunning illustration. Your readings will be transformed as you watch the Fool dance with himself, the Hermit gaze at his alter ego, and the High Priestess match wits with her twin. You'll see every answer from two perspectives, giving you greater wisdom in all that you do.




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DREAMSCAPE ORACLE 

By Matt Hughes

Publisher: U.S. Games Systems 

List Price: $22.95


Dreams are natural portals into another realm of consciousness where we see the unseen and comprehend the incomprehensible. We are not alone in this other world; we have guides that aid us with understanding visions that are unveiled to us during Dreamtime. The Dreamscape Oracle cards visualize those who walk in dreams and guides you to interpret the messages given.



​The Ethereal Visions: Dreamscape Oracle Deck consists of 24 cards. Each card is illuminated with gold foil stamping unique to that specific card design. The cards are high quality 3" x 5 " cards on 350GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks come in a two-piece heavy box. The decks come with an expanded booklet describing the symbolism in each card and its use in a reading. This is the 1st printing of this deck. 

The Dreamscape Oracle Deck shares the same card size and weight as the Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck making it a perfect companion for your readings.



Dreamscape Oracle presents 32 guides, some animal messengers, some mythological archetypes, to help us explore the liminal spaces in our lives. Together this oracle deck and 80-page guidebook allow us to interpret the messages we receive from our higher selves. This deluxe deck has gold foil stamping on the cards and box. The Dreamscape Oracle can be used as a stand-alone divination deck, or as a companion to the Ethereal Visions Tarot.




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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.


Look for us again OCTOBER 1st, 2021!


Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter.









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