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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.


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.


Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.


Call: 206-PAN-1999


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We are also now on Facebook:


Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!


Also on Facebook: THE SEATTLE PAGAN, OCCULT AND METAPHYSICAL RESOURCE BOARD has been created in order to facilitate networking throughout the Pacific Northwest. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000179343332589/


If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.


Meet-ups, talks, book signings, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.


We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, or giving a workshop or talk, feel free to post your event.


This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.


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


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THE SATYR'S KISS: 

Queer Men, Sex Magic & Modern Witchcraft 

by Storm Faerywolf, Christopher Penczak(Foreword)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages

List Price: $24.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Satisfy the passion in your soul with a queer-centered exploration of magical philosophy, history, rites of passage, and sex magic. 


This practical guide empowers everyone who identifies as male to take his rightful place at the center of his own universe, honoring the unique qualities that set him apart from the mainstream. Emphasizing the importance of sexuality in Witchcraft, this book features a variety of methods for celebrating sex in a magical way.


Sharing an abundance of spells and rituals, Storm Faerywolf helps you improve everything from communication and confidence to romance and sexual protection. This book also provides exercises related to initiation, gender polarity, sex with spirits, celebrating pride, and more. The Satyr's Kiss shows you what it means to live fully in your unique, queer, and magical spirit.


Reviews:


"Storm Faerywolf has given us a road map and guidebook for grounding the gay men's spiritual journey in an active practice that is at once political, spiritual, and profound. It is joy to read! Faerywolf takes the reader on his personal journey making it clear why the queer myths, symbols, and spiritual practices, known since antiquity and across cultures, can be significant for today's gay man. We whole-heartedly recommend The Satyr's Kiss."―Randy P. Conner and David Hatfield Sparks, authors of Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit


"I was surprised by how deeply this book spoke to me...Every gay Pagan man should have a copy of The Satyr's Kiss. The rites can be adapted to your own tradition or can be the foundation for an entirely new and complete tradition as Storm presents them in his book."―Alaric Albertsson, author of To Walk a Pagan Path


"A brilliantly bewitching journey into the sacred implications of what it means to be Queer. Whatever variety of Queer you find yourself, this finely crafted and compassionate book ushers us into both our personal wisdom and empowerment...This book is revolutionary, touching on subjects never before explored in a modern metaphysical sense...This work balances a solid foundation in historical academia while invoking modern Witchcraft in a realistic and empowering light. This book brought me to tears and is one I will treasure all my life."―Raven Digitalis, author of The Empath's Oracle and Esoteric Empathy


"Thought-provoking, tastefully presented, and thorough, The Satyr's Kiss is an informative and practical guide for not only sex magic, but also for a more fully realized craft practice. Tailored to meet the needs of queer men seeking methods of tapping into their personal magic, this book is filled with insight, experienced-based advice, and a variety of unique and useful spells and rituals. This work serves as both an enlightening and valuable resource for the queer witchcraft community."―Michael Furie, author of The Witch's Book of Potions


About the Author: 

Storm Faerywolf is a published author, experienced teacher, visionary poet, and professional warlock. He is a regular contributor to Modern Witch and is a founding teacher of Black Rose, an online school of modern folkloric witchcraft. He has written several books, including Betwixt and Between, Forbidden Mysteries of Faery Witchcraft, and The Stars Within the Earth (Mystic Dream Press, 2003). For more, visit his website at faerywolf.com.



Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer, and healing practitioner. He is the founder of the world-renowned Temple of Witchcraft and the Temple Mystery School, and he is the creator of the bestselling Temple of Witchcraft books and audio CDs. Christopher is an ordained minister, serving the New Hampshire and Massachusetts pagan and metaphysical communities through public rituals, private counsel, and teaching. He also travels extensively and teaches throughout the United States. Christopher lives in New Hampshire.



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CONSORTING WITH SPIRITS:
 

Your Guide to Working with Invisible Allies 

by Jason Miller, Mat Auryn (Foreword)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Weiser Books (May 1, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages

List Price: $18.95 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

“Working with spirits can be some of the most dangerous yet some of the most gratifying work a magickal practitioner can engage in. With Jason as your guide in this book, you are in some of the best hands out there when it comes to approaching and working with spirits. This is a book I wish I had fifteen years ago when I began working closely with spirits.” —Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch

 

Throughout history, humans have sought power and knowledge from spirits. Learning how to conjure, communicate, and negotiate with these unseen powers is one of the keys to success in magic.


Consorting with Spirits presents a detailed explanation of what spirits are, their different classifications, and how they exist in relation to the world we normally perceive. The reader will then learn a system of practices that will cultivate three main skills: The capacity to perceive spirits clearly, the ability to interact with them effectively, and the tools to deepen your relationships. It is this focus on deepening relationships and increasing clarity in communications that has been missing from much of the material about spirits.  

 

This book will teach you different ways of interacting with spirits, from offerings and invitations to forceful conjurations. With these tools in hand, you can work with your spirit allies to achieve any goal, from protection, to wealth, to vast knowledge.

 

Consorting with Spirits shares:

  • Proper training necessary for calling and conversing with spirits.
  • How to evaluate the messages you receive.
  • A full view of different modes of contact and what situations each mode lends itself to
  • Why the best sorcery is local.
  • The tools to establish and maintain a long-term relationship with spirits (consorting).
  • The 6 different manifestations of spirits and their corresponding magickal operations, qualities, benefits, and drawbacks.
  • The 4 methods of interacting with spirits: prayer, conjuring, compelling, and evocation.





Reviews

“Jason Miller masterfully guides you through many worlds of spirit, based on his own deep experiences and balanced with an understanding of multiple traditions and paradigms. With his guidance, you can learn to consort with the spirits too, and find your own place in this time-honored tradition of communing with the unseen.” -- Christopher Penczak, author of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft and The Mighty Dead


“Working with spirits can be some of the most dangerous yet some of the most gratifying work a magickal practitioner can engage in. With Jason as your guide in this book, you are in some of the best hands out there when it comes to approaching and working with spirits. This is a book I wish I had fifteen years ago when I began working closely with spirits.” -- Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch


About the author: 

Jason Miller (Inominandum) has devoted 35 years to studying practical magic in its many forms. He is the author of six books, including the now classic Protection and Reversal Magick. He teaches several courses online including the Strategic Sorcery One Year Course, The Sorcery of Hekate Training, and the Black School of Saint Cyprian.


He lives with his wife and children in the mountains of Vermont.




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THE SECRET TEXTS OF HELLENIC POLYTHEISM:

A Practical Guide to the Restored Pagan Religion of George Gemistos Plethon 

by John Opsopaus PhD

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages 

List Price: $27.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

A Complete Translation of the Surviving Contents of Plethon's Renaissance-Era Book of Laws


George Gemistos (c. 1355–1452), who called himself "Plethon," helped trigger the Renaissance by reawakening an interest in Platonism, but his secret book on its Neopagan theology was burned after his death. Only sixteen chapters of Plethon's Book of Laws escaped the flames and, for the first time ever, they have been translated into English in their entirety.


Through translations and commentary by John Opsopaus, PhD, you can immerse yourself in Plethon's complete system of theology and religious practice focused on the Hellenic pantheon and deeply rooted in ancient Greek Paganism. This impressive guide features rituals, prayers, invocations, and hymns for daily and holiday use along with Plethon's complete sacred calendar. Featuring instructions from the Book of Laws on conducting ceremonies, rites, and more, The Secret Texts of Hellenic Polytheism enhances your spiritual practice and understanding of Neoplatonic philosophy.


 Reviews: 

"The Secret Texts of Hellenic Polytheism sheds much needed light on the life and works of an enigmatic figure who, almost single handedly, sought to stem the tide of cultural change and preserve a spiritual tradition that was in danger of disappearing forever. Dr. Opsopaus skillfully connects the fragments that survived into a living tapestry and a workable system that allows us to better understand, apply, and benefit from Plethon's noble life-work."―Hercules Invictus, host of Mount Olympus podcast


"Unlike the Florentine Neoplatonists Ficino and Pico, who remained Catholic no matter how wide they cast their syncretistic net, Plethon, who influenced them, was a Neoplatonic pagan. John Opsopaus does him justice by presenting him as such. Opsopaus's book is also perhaps the clearest and most lucid guide to Plethon's vision of reality: from the ineffable ONE (Zeus) down to 'matter'. As a work of solid historical scholarship and as a guide to contemporary pagan practice, I recommend it most warmly."―Jay Bregman, emeritus professor of history/religious studies at the University of Maine


About the Author: 

John Opsopaus, PhD, (Tennessee) has practiced magic since the 1960s and his writing has been published in various magical and Neopagan magazines. He frequently presents workshops on Hellenic magic, Neopaganism, Pythagorean theurgy, and spiritual practices. John is a retired university professor with more than forty-five years of experience reading ancient Greek and Latin. He is also the author of Oracles of Apollo.




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BABA YAGA'S BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT: 

Slavic Magic from the Witch of the Woods

By Madame Pamita 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages

List Price: $26.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Move Swiftly On Your Own Two Feet, for Baba Yaga You Must Meet! 


Discover ancient and modern Slavic magical practices through stories told by the legendary Baba Yaga herself. Learn about the magic of the sun, moon, and stars, as well as the magic of weather, animals, seasons, stones, food, beeswax, and more. Each chapter includes a piece of the fairy tale of Vasylyna, comments from Baba Yaga, and hands-on tips and techniques from author Madame Pamita.


Explore magical activities alongside authentic folktales about the birth of the sun and the land of the blessed ones. Step-by-step instructions show you how to stitch Ukrainian folk embroidery motifs into protective charms, weave wreaths from herbs, make enchanted poppets, and work with the spirits of the forest, the hearth, and the sauna. With a bounty of tips and information, this book teaches you to embrace the beauty of these traditional practices and reclaim your personal magic.


Reviews: 

"This book is as beautiful as it is helpful."—J. Allen Cross, author of American Brujeria


"The organic approach taken in this book, rooted fully in its cultures of origin, is truly marvelous."—Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of The Four Elements of the Wise


"This book introduces us deeply to the folklore, culture, history, sorcery, and ancestry related to the origin of Slavic witchcraft."—Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags


"Pamita brings this enchanting tale to life."—Theresa Reed, author of Tarot: No Questions Asked


"An essential title that has spoken to my Slavic roots, frequently bringing tears to my eyes."—Courtney Weber, author of Hekate: Goddess of Witches


"[Pamita and I] grew up with Baba Yaga's stories in our ears...We wanted to BE her. You can find out why in this book."—Melissa Cynova, author of Kitchen Table Magic


 



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THE VISIONS OF THE SPAEWIFE:    

The History and Practice of Fortune-telling, and Modern Practitioners in Scotland & The Spaewife's Book. 

by Ash William Mills  

Publisher ‏ : Scottish Cunning Ways‎ (January 31, 2022)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages

List Price: $12.95   


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Visions of the Spaewife not only provides illustrations and transcriptions of two 19th century fortune-telling chapbooks: The Spaewife; or, Universal fortune-teller and The True Fortune-teller; or Universal Book of Fate, but the book explores the history of fortune-telling, divination, and the people behind these mysterious practices during 19th century Scotland.

It also details fortune-telling of the modern age, providing an insight into modern fortune-telling & divination practiced today, and the experiences of professional readers from written interviews from three reputed fortune-tellers in Scotland today.

 


  

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TAROT PRIESTESS: 

Using the Cards to Heal, Grow & Serve 

by Leeza Robertson  

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2022)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 232 pages

List Price: $17.99 


FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Deepen Your Tarot Practice, Heal Spiritual Wounds, and Rise as a Daughter of the Goddess!


Become a modern-day priestess with this book on using tarot cards as both devotional and divinatory tools. Tarot Priestess presents a spiritual framework―organized around the court cards, major arcana, and minor arcana―through which you'll heal the wounds of the sacred feminine and expand your practice with an open heart and dedicated mind.


Leeza Robertson brings you closer than ever to your tarot cards, showing you how to unite your daily practice with goddess energy. She cleverly ties the four stages of your initiation to the court cards, links goddess temples to the four suits of the minor arcana, and organizes the major arcana into three priestess gateways that you pass through on your journey. Whatever your skill level is, this book shows you how to serve with purpose and spiritual fulfillment.




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THE WILD GODDESS ORACLE DECK AND GUIDEBOOK: 

A 52-Card Deck and Guidebook, Divination and Ritual for Living an Empowered Life

by Monte Farber  (Author), and Amy Zerner, (Artist)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fair Winds Press (October 12, 2021)

52 Card Deck, with ‏ 144-page Guidebook, Boxed Set.  

List Price: $30.00 

  

FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

Wild Goddess Oracle features 52 vivaciously illustrated cards and a 144-page guidebook that explore the mysteries of the universe outside and within through the power of goddess archetypes.


Illustrated by Amy Zerner and written by best-selling author Monte Farber, this full-color package is a work of art that will help you expand your practice of self-discovery and empowerment. Zerner’s powerful, original artwork in tandem with Farber’s mystical expertise offer insight into relationships, personalities, behaviors, and tendencies, adding layers of depth to oracle readings.


The fully illustrated guidebook offers grounded, easy-to-understand explanations of the cards as well as rituals, meditations, affirmations, earth magic spells, and more to help you activate the power of the Wild Goddesses in yourself. The book also gives a detailed look at the many spreads, practices, and concepts that can be used with the deck, providing deep insights into how each goddess helps illuminate our contradictions, our complex natures, and the endless mystery of who we are.



Reviews:

 "Their magic is both potent and practical.”―Marianne Williamson, author of Return to Love


"Amy Zerner and Monte Farber are two very special souls on this planet. They assist all of us in reminding us of our true spiritual nature. They are the only two practitioners I have met who are able to bring the teaching of truth in ALL of their divinely led creations."―James Van Praagh, author of Talking To Heaven


"Monte and Amy's work helps a lot of us remember that mystery and magic are food for the soul."―Christiane Northrup, MD


"Amy Zerner and Monte Farber are emissaries of enchantment--their beautiful work reflects the magic in the world."―Judith Orloff MD, author of Emotional Healing and Positive Energy


“Amy and Monte have helped millions divine their way on their life paths.”―Colette Baron-Reid, intuition expert


“Amy Zerner’s art explores the magical images discovered in inner journeys taken by explorers led through waking dream explorations. Monte Farber has the uncanny ability to translate these images into finely constructed writing that helps her images take root in the world.” ―Gerald Epstein, MD, author of Healing Visualizations

 

 


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!



We have Seattle's best Psychic Readers, in house, 7 days a week, from 2pm—8pm.


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.


Look for us again JUNE 1st, 2021!


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




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