Monday, November 1, 2021

AUTUMN WORTHY READS!

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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- golanv1@yahoo.com


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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AMDUAT: 

The Great Awakening 

by Diana Kreikamp 

Publisher,  Mandrake of Oxford 

Paperback Edition,  oversized, 436 Pages 

List Price: $45.00 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

The Egyptian Amduat, "Book of the Hidden Chamber", is a fascinating text from ancient Egypt that describes the journey of the deceased. It tells of a twelve hour long voyage beyond death through a mysterious realm known as the Duat.


Most people are curious about what happens after we make our departure into the Afterlife. The most pressing question usually entails the finality of it all. Is death truly the end of life, the end of our being? Or is death merely the transition to a new place where we can continue our life in a different form? Unfortunately, no person living on earth is able to provide an answer to shine a light on this mystery. The Egyptian Amduat, "Book of the Hidden Chamber", however, provides a solution to this riddle as it promises that every human being, embarking on this journey, will renew himself to eventually rise from the dead. It clearly describes the entire journey after death through texts and illustrations. According to the Amduat, it was a journey which lasted twelve hours starting at dusk and ending at dawn.


In the decade the author worked on this text, she discovered that the journey, as described in the Amduat, is a voyage of Initiation. During the journey the old consciousness, symbolised by the Sungod RĂ¢, is dissolved and transformed into the birth and awakening of a renewed consciousness, which is symbolised by the God Khepri. The process is not limited to the post mortem state, for it occurs during life as well. Therefore, not only the deceased, but every living being on earth can embark on the voyage in question. The group of elite priests in ancient Egypt knew this fact well and used the Amduat to become initiates themselves.


Today, the Amduat is still a system qualified to heighten our consciousness. The texts with the corresponding images serve as a guide to show the way to our goal. The inner Sungod teaches us how to navigate safely and transform the psyche's destructive forces into constructive powers. This life changing magical journey provides us with the opportunity to look ourselves in the eye, honestly and sincerely. It is a wake-up call to allow us to see who we really are- divine beings- and to become reborn as our Greater Self. This grants us the power to reconnect with our true potential and to manifest all our gifts and talents in life itself.


The book, The Great Awakening; the Way of the Amduat, presents the entire Egyptian system in an unique and interesting blend of academic and esoteric knowledge, intertwined with the author's personal experience of the system itself. The text of the Amduat is explained in clear and comprehensible wording translated to suit our modern age. It is also a practical workbook to teach the reader how to embark on the Sun barque, together with his or her inner Sungod, to make the inspiring voyage of inner awakening. The subsequent gradual transformation and the manner in which it takes shape in daily life, is explained hour by hour from an academic, esoteric and practical perspective.




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FOLKLORIC AMERICAN WITCHCRAFT AND THE MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE  

By Via Hedera 

List Price: $16.95 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Moon Books (March 1, 2021)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 184 pages


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Witchcraft and magic in America is an inherently multicultural experience and the folklore of our ancestors from every country converges here at a crossroads. It's a complicated history; one of uncertainty and fear, displacement and enslavement, merging and migration. Our ancestors may not have agreed on how they saw the world or the magic that inhabits the world, but they shared a very real fear of Witches. 


Hags, Devils, charms and spells; witchery is rooted in our deepest superstitions and folklore. The traditions of people and their cultures stretch and intersect across the country and this is where the unique traditions of American witchcraft and magic are born. 


As practitioners seek to revive and reconstruct the paths of our ancestors, we've begun to trace the interconnected roots of witchcraft folklore as it emerged in the Americas, from the blending of people and their faiths. 


For multiracial practitioners, this is part of our identity as Americans and as witches of this country. Folkloric American Witchcraft and the Multicultural Experience is an exploration of the folklore, magic and witchcraft that was forged in the New World.


About the Author:

Via Hedera is an esoteric researcher, folklorist, and sculptor operating a blog dedicated to research regarding folkloric witchcraft in the New World and the multiracial American experience. Growing up in a multicultural and religiously diverse environment, Via has spent her life dedicated to the study of folk magic and witchcraft in America from a cross-cultural perspective. She lives in Tukwila, Washington, USA. 




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A YEAR OF PAGAN PRAYER: 

A Sourcebook of Poems, Hymns, and Invocations from Four Thousand Years of Pagan History 

by Barbara Nolan

JPub., Llewellyn Publications (Oct. 8,2021)

Paperback, 456 pages

List Price: $34.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

450+ Poems, Prayers, Hymns and Blessings!


This treasury of beautiful and powerful pieces is the perfect companion for marking holidays, milestones, and the seasons. You'll discover prayers to Janus from Horace and Ovid, a traditional Scottish blessing for Imbolc, an invocation to Pan by Aleister Crowley, an ode to Proserpine by Mary Shelley, a pharaoh's hymn to Isis, a song for Lammas by Gwydion Pendderwen, and many, many more.

A tribute to the beauty and resiliency of Paganism, this sourcebook will enhance any special day throughout the year. Enjoy prayers for weddings and funerals, blessings for the sabbats, and hymns to the gods and goddesses of various pantheons. Barbara Nolan includes brief historical or biographical details to contextualize each piece as well as descriptions of different celebrations and festivals to help you integrate these readings into your practice.


A Year of Pagan Prayer demonstrates that the literary worship of Pagan deities was never fully lost in the West. This bounteous collection draws from the spiritual legacy of Italian Renaissance poets, ancient Sumerian priestesses, twentieth-century Pagans, French Romantics, Greek playwrights, nineteenth-century British occultists, and Egyptian hymnists, making it a must-have resource for anyone who yearns to embody the eloquent expressions of our Pagan past.



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FIBER MAGICK: 

A Witch's Guide to Spellcasting with Crochet, Knotwork & Weaving 

By Opal Luna

Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2021)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages

List Price: $27.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

70+ Craft Projects to Spark Your Imagination & Enhance Your Magick


Featuring over 100 color photos and illustrations, this fun and accessible guide introduces you to the magickal power of crochet, knotwork, and other fiber crafts. Witch and crochet expert Opal Luna shows you how to move spiritual intention from your mind into your hands through practical exercises, creative techniques, and patterns for more than seventy projects.


Improving your magick through fiber arts is easy with Opal's step-by-step instructions and empowering guidance. Discover the tools of the trade, the power of color, and a variety of weaving, braiding, and knotting methods. Learn how to connect to deities and create sacred space for your practice. Explore how Fiber Magick can be used in your holiday celebrations and rites of passage. From sigils and yarn amulets to prayer shawls and crocheted poppets, Fiber Magick is full  of delightful projects and perfect for practitioners of all skill levels.



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MODERN HANDFASTING:

A Complete Guide to the 

Magic of Pagan Weddings 

By Liz Williams

Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2021)

Paperback ‏: ‎232 pages

List Price: $18.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Everything You Need to Plan Your Pagan Wedding!


Handfasting is quickly becoming a widely practiced tradition, not only for pagans, but for people from all walks of life. This book is a thorough resource that shares rituals, sample vows, and all the information you need to plan your own ceremony or serve as a celebrant for others.


In Modern Handfasting, you will discover the history, legal considerations, logistics, and magic of the big day. Author Liz Williams―a priestess and longtime celebrant―guides you through writing your vows, opening the ceremony, creating and consecrating a circle, calling the quarters, tying the knot, and closing the ceremony. You will also discover tips and stories from other couples and celebrants as well as practical information on early planning, troubleshooting unexpected problems, finding a celebrant, and performing love magic. Learn how to choose flowers, dates, and other details with magical correspondences.



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LIGHTS, CAMERA, WITCHCRAFT:

A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television 

By Heather Greene

Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2021)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages

List Price: $29.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Follow the Witch Through Decades of American Entertainment!


Deviant mistress of the dark arts. Goddess worshipper dancing in the moonlight. Crystal-wielding bookworm with a black hat and broom. We recognize the witch because no industry has been quite so influential in shaping our vision of her as Hollywood. This comprehensive book delves into the fascinating history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television.


From Joan the Woman and The Wizard of Oz to Carrie and Charmed, author and film scholar Heather Greene explores how these movies and TV shows helped influence the public image of the witch and profoundly affected how women negotiate their power in a patriarchal society. Greene presents more than two hundred examples spanning silent reels to present-day blockbusters. As you travel through each decade, you'll discover compelling insights into the intersection of entertainment, critical theory, gender studies, and spirituality.

 



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THE MAGIC OF TAROT:

Your Guide to Intuitive Readings, 

Rituals, and Spells 

By Sasha Graham

Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2021)

Paperback: 347 pages

List Price:$19.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Bring Enchantment and Luminous Energy into Your Readings!


Tarot is more than a card trick. It's a chance to empower your intuition, dive into your dreams, and get to the heart of the matter. The Magic of Tarot is a fantastic guide to creating your own marvelous and magical practice. With her irresistible charm and straightforward guidance, Sasha Graham shows you how to craft a divine, sparkling destiny using spreads, exercises, spells, and prompts.


The Magic of Tarot opens your eyes to a richer, more enlightened style of divination. Sasha encourages you to flex your intuitive muscles, confidently use tarot magic and rituals, and perform readings for other people. She also walks you through every card meaning, introduces you to dream and shadow work, helps you interpret colors, numbers, and patterns, and so much more. This book lets you fearlessly jump in and enjoy magical experiences that you’ll never forget.

 

 

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TAROT STEINBERGER 

Part of the Anima Antiqua Series 

Llewellyn Publications /Lo Scarabeo, October 8, 2021

Boxed deck (3½ x 5¼) includes a 78-card deck and instructional booklet

List Price: $34.95


A masterpiece of nineteenth-century German craftsmanship, these cards were originally printed using the technique of metal engraving and then colored with mask painting. Complete with images from classical mythology, this limited-edition, numbered deck is part of Lo Scarabeo's bestselling Anima Antiqua (Ancient Soul) series, and it has been lovingly reproduced from originals found in some of the world's finest tarot collections. The premium cardstock and deluxe box make for an elegant, collectible format that showcases this vibrant deck in all its historical glory.



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THE RADIANT TAROT:   

Pathway to Creativity 

by Alexandra Eldridge, and Tony Barnstone  

(78 Cards, Full-Color Guide Book, Deluxe Keepsake Box)

Weiser Books (November 1, 2021)

List Price: $40.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Richly painted, at times fantastical, fine art images of plants, animals, and people co-inhabit a dream-like world guiding tarot readers down a radiant path of awakening creativity and personal growth.


The creation of The Radiant Tarot deck was born from the author and artist’s years of working with archetypal images, the universal symbolic language. Sentient animal and plant kingdoms animate the artwork, honoring and acknowledging the interconnectedness of all life. The art is inspired by “Gaia mind,” where all creation’s forms—animal, vegetable, mineral—affect our precious planet in life-supporting ways.


The words of Rainer Maria Rilke “the animal world?beholds the Open” invite us to understand this renowned poet’s insistence that “one must know animals, must feel how the birds fly, and know the gestures with which small flowers open in the morning.” William Blake speaks of “animal forms of wisdom,” says that “Nature is Imagination itself.” It is the creative energy of these master artists drawn from the natural world that inspire The Radiant Tarot.



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THE SACRED SISTERHOOD TAROT:   

Deck and Guidebook for Fierce Women 

78 Cards and Guidebook 

By Ashawnee DuBarry (Author), Coni Curi (Illustrator)

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser 

 List Price: $34.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

A tarot kit for the modern mystic, creatively reimagined with inclusive, female symbology and a vintage-poster aesthetic.


“Ashawnee is one of the brightest young readers out there today. New to the game but full of wisdom, she’s one to keep an eye on. I think she’s going places that are interesting (and into intriguing directions with tarot too).” —Theresa Reed, Tarot Bytes podcast


The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot is an invitation for all to tap into the energy of the Divine Feminine and reclaim the tarot as a tool for self-care, spiritual growth, and self-actualization. Tarot was created during a time when the patriarchy maintained tight control over the roles that women were allowed to assume, and as a result most decks overlook the rich religious and spiritual status women have held throughout history. The Sacred Sisterhood Tarot is a complete reimagining—it’s what happens when we open up every card in the deck to feminine energy. True sisterhood is about coming together in a sacred space to support one another—no matter how you identify.

 

In the accompanying guidebook, readers will learn about spreads, shuffling techniques, and cleansing practices. Detailed keywords and meanings are provided for all 78 cards whether they are upright or reversed.  This tarot set is also an international collaboration between Ashawnee DuBarry, an intuitive tarot reader based in New Jersey, and Coni Curie, an Argentine artist.  The cards themselves were created to resemble vintage posters with a modern edge and features the original French name for each of the Major Arcana, such as La Papesse for the High Priestess and Le Diable for the Devil. The number system and minor Arcana follows the traditional Rider -Waite  - Smith convention.

 

Through the imagery, keywords, card meanings, and an exploration of female symbolism, readers will be instilled with confidence not only in their own feminine power but in a deeper understanding of a centuries-old craft.



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WANDERER'S TAROT  

By Casey Zabala

Publisher:Weiser Books

(78-Card Deck with Fold-Out Guide) Cards –

List Price: $29.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

A tarot deck for modern witches centering on earth-based wisdom for spiritual practice, self-care, ritual, and personal magic.


“Inspired by nature and the cosmos, Casey Zabala’s Wanderer's Tarot is a witchier deck with an air of the darkly feminine.” —Elizabeth Krohn, Sabat magazine


“These cards draw you in like nobody’s business. It’s as though this deck does a very quiet, very subtle spell on you. It draws a veil across your eyes, then unravels it, thread by thread.” —Beth Maiden, Little Red Tarot


Includes:

78 heavy-weight cards with silver edges

Fold-out guide sheet

Deluxe hinged lid box

Beautifully designed inside and out


Wanderer’s Tarot was born out of the desire for a tarot deck centered in feminine wisdom and elemental magic. The tarot holds limitless wisdom for spiritual beings of our age, as we face unprecedented changes and opportunities for transformation.


The cards are based on traditional tarot symbolism, which has been transmuted by the need for feminine insight and awakening. For the magical practitioner, these cards speak to our magical tools and talismans. The suites of Moons (Cups), Stones (Pentacles), Knives (Swords) and Feathers (Wands) will lead you to a deeper understanding of your personal power— emotionally, materially, mentally, and passionately.


Wanderer’s Tarot sees tarot not only as a divination tool, but also as a gateway to spiritual practice, a self-care ritual, and a way to connect with your personal magic.



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WINTERSEER ANIMAL ORACLE  

By Siolo Thompson

 56-Card Deck With 192 Page Guidebook 

Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2021)

List Price: $27.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Gain the Wisdom of Long-Revered Creatures from the Northern Climes!


Experience Celtic and Norse lore in a brand-new way with this exquisite oracle deck. Winterseer Animal Oracle shows you how to deepen your divination practice through the wisdom of fifty-six marvelous creatures native to northern climates, from salmon and magpie to badger and bear. 


Featuring Siolo Thompson's impressive watercolor illustrations, these cards bolster your readings with their stunning details, and the accompanying guidebook uses the mythology of bygone days to inspire your modern life.


About the Author:

Siolo Thompson (Seattle, WA) is a visual artist and author who employs multiple techniques and narrative forms, from traditional painting to comics and sequential illustration. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide.





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NEW CALENDARS 

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GBG "YEAR AND A DAY" CALENDAR 2022  

By GBG Calendar

Pagan Calendar with Interesting Info for Every Day of the Year

List Price:$20.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Since 2011, the GBG "Year and a Day" calendar has shared dozens of historic photos,

news clippings and quotes from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG) and the early High Priestesses

and others who were instrumental in helping witchcraft to take root and grow:

Doreen Valiente, Patricia Crowther, Eleanor Bone, Monique Wilson, Donna Gardner,

Dayonis, Jack Bracelin, Fred Lamond, Edith Woodford-Grimes,

and others...


In addition to Gerald and Doreen, the 2022 calendar will also contain photos and quotes

remembering Charles Clark, an associate of Gerald Gardner, and mentor to the Wilsons.

Eleanor Bone, Patricia Crowther, and Monique Wilson are also included this year.


This unique calendar includes Pagan feast days and interesting information

for every day of the year from Pantheons around the world,

Full and New Moons, Sabbats and seasonal information.


The GBG "Year and a Day" calendar is both educational and entertaining!



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

We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.


Need Spell advice? Just ask!


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.


Look for us again DECEMBER 1st, 2021!


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

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