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Friday, May 15, 2015



Edge Of The Circle Books Is Pleased
to Present These New Collectible Titles

Coming Soon!

Edited By Aaron Leitch
Nephilim Press, 2015
List Price: $67.99


Spirits are not merely an option or tool to be utilized when the magician deems it necessary. Spirits are the very heart and soul of all magick. A consecrated talisman has a spirit attached to it that contributes to the talismans power, the incantations we use work because the spirits heard them and acted. We are not alone when cast cast our spells; our patrons and familiars are always present present casting the spells with us.

Throughout history, ritual offerings have been the central pillar of all magick and religion. Very often, a magickal ritual consists of nothing more than the making of a prescribed offering to a particular spirit in a specified time and place, yet here in the West, the making of an offering has been equated with the worship of the spirit receiving it. The act of offering a spirit something as payment for services rendered has a close association with the dreaded “pact with the Devil,” by which a magician surely sells his soul to damnation, but to the rest of the world an offering is intended to feed and empower a spiritual entity, and to pay it fairly for its aid.

The art of making proper offerings to the spirits is a complex one, rife with strict protocols and warnings, but if you take the time to learn this ancient and powerful art, it will supercharge your magick like nothing you’ve experienced before.

Strictly Limited to 900 numbered copies and filled with over 280 pages of essays and actual photos of author’s ritual altars, Ritual Offerings unites twelve practicing occultists who share their knowledge and experience with this fascinating and important subject. Traditions from around the world such as Solomonic magick, Tibetan Buddhism, New Orleans and Haitian Voudou, Western Hermetic Theurgy and more are discussed in great detail. Regardless of your tradition, Ritual Offerings will guide you in feeding your patrons and familiars safely and effectively and contribute to our overall success and growth as a practitioner.

Contributors Include:

Aaron Leitch: Introduction: Magickal Offerings in Western Occultism

Aaron Leitch: Liber Donariorum: the Book of Offerings

Zadkiel: The Elements of Making Offerings: The Offering as Sacrifice

Bryan Garner (Frater Ashen Chassan): Whispers from a Skull: Lessons in Spiritual Offerings from a Conjured Familiar

Brother Moloch: Ancestors & Offering

Frater Rufus Opus: The Back Yard Path toward the Summum Bonum

Denise M. Alvarado: Ritual Offerings in New Orleans Voudou

Jason Miller: Severed Head Cakes and Clouds of Dancing Girls: Offerings in Tibetan Buddhism

Nick Farrell: Offerings in Roman Deity Magic

Sam Webster, M.Div., Ph.D., founder OSOGD: Offerings in Iamblichan Theurgy

Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero: Ritual for the Declaration of Maa-Kheru

Gilberto Strapazon: Offerings in Ceremonial Magick and African Traditional Religions


by Rufus Opus
Nephilim Press, 2015
Price: $52.50


"There are few in the field today that have both technical expertise and a genuine love of the spirits. A man who is as on-fire with the Holy Spirit as a tent-revival preacher, but who can make complex evocation instruction as clear as your ABC's. Rufus Opus is that kind of Priest-Magician. For years he has been making laying down his brand of hermetic magic with style and sass on his blog and in his courses. Now with this book, he will be blowing open the gates for an even wider audience."
-Jason Miller, author of Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit-

"Rufus Opus is a frequent speaker and panelist at Crucible convention that features active magical leaders from known and exotic paradigms. He has shown a great ability to add a combustive dynamic to his life through his own personal workings." – Arthur Moyer, Omnimancer, host of Crucible Convention

"Rufus is a well-educated and experienced occultist who firmly knows and strongly communicates his field without scaring or dumbing down for an audience. He is one of my go to authors for collected works on the topic.” – Andrei Freeman

Seven Spheres is more than a simple book of traditional Hermetic Magic. It is designed to be a series of rituals that function on many levels to take an average ordinary magician and turn them into a self-actualized powerhouse of proactive reality engineering. It’s entirely about attaining initiation and empowerment in the highest levels of un-manifest reality. These experiences and rites result in the release of a floodgate of power that pour down through the layers of progressive manifestation, building up awareness, understanding, and ultimately raw potential as you move from sphere to sphere through the rites, ultimately culminating in the anointing of the magician as Priest-King directing the forces that climax in your personal daily experience of the Joy of your life. This book isn’t about physical or spiritual mastery, it is entirely about understanding that you, personally, are beloved, honored, blessed, and highly favored of every intelligence, spirit, angel, and god of every sphere. This is about understanding who you are and what you can accomplish as a human being manifest upon the surface of the Earth. Spiritual enlightenment and material mastery will be yours, if you do the work described.

Nota bene: This book is a stand-alone series of rites that empower you, and it WILL change your life if you buy it and do the magical rites as described in the book. However, it is also intended to be a textbook for a series of courses provided by Rufus Opus. If you are interested in additional training, useful information, and the camaraderie of becoming an awesome expression of God doing what thou wilt as you see fit in the company of others, please contact


By Northcote W. Thomas
Nephilim Press, 2015
List Price: $31.50


Crystal Gazing is a facsimile of an original manuscript by Northcote W. Thomas, a prominent anthropologist, who did a very serious study on crystal gazing and scrying techniques in use all over the world. Thomas is able to present the information in an easy to read manner that takes all of the guesswork out of the processes in use throughout the book. The Nephilim Press edition contains a full transcription of the original text and includes all of the images that are often omitted from later editions. “The Speculum and how to use it, Incantations and Calls, Egyptian Scrying, Experiments, Evidential Cases, and a Comprehensive Bibliography,” are just some of the chapters in this work that make it such a valuable reference. Crystal Gazing is the perfect companion to Gateways Through Stone and Circle as It contains a wealth of information on the process of Scrying and the use of a “SCRYER” as well as the Speculum and ritual hardware. This is a fantastic reference for anyone who is experimenting with Frater Ashen Chassans techniques and its study will greatly aid the practitioner in making serious progress with his experiments.

Friday, May 1, 2015


The May Pole” Photographer: Clarence H. White, 1899

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.

We are located at: 701 E. Pike St, corner of Boylston Ave., just two blocks west of Broadway, on Capitol Hill.

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

Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm.
Call: 206-PAN-1999

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If you have a Magical Group, Ritual Group, Pagan Church or organization, Druid Grove, please feel free to post your events and classes here.
Meetups, talks, book signings, etc are all welcome here.
We'd prefer no advertisements for Professional Readers, Reiki practitioners, etc. However, if you are teaching a class, 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!

No charge if your class or event is free!

Edge of the Circle Books is Proud
to Present the Following Special Event:

An evening with Morpheus Ravenna

Friday, May 22 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Cost: Free

Join author Morpheus Ravenna for this intimate talk and book-signing event at Edge of the Circle Books. The Book of the Great Queen is a new, in-depth book on the lore and history of the Morrígan, Celtic Goddess of sovereignty, battle, and Otherworld power. Morpheus will share a reading from the book, including selections from the enchanting poems of the Morrígan, followed by book-signing and conversation.


Bronze Hecate Greek Goddess of Magic Sculpture
Size: 11 3/4"H
Material: Cold Cast Bronze (Resin)

Note: all prices are subject to change without notice.

Beyond the Realm of the Angels Paperback
By John DeSalvo Ph.D.
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books (March 21, 2015)
List Price: $16.95

A step-by-step guide to the rituals of Enochian magic for reaching the higher spiritual realms~

Reveals missing practical instructions for the Enochian magic system received by John Dee and Edward Kelley

Explains that the angelic realm is only the first and farthest away of the spiritual realms surrounding God

Shows how to connect with the higher worlds beyond the angels to tap more fully in to the magical power of the Divine

In this comprehensive introduction to Enochian magic and beyond, John DeSalvo explains how the magic system transmitted by the angels to John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 16th century has until now remained incomplete and thus not as powerful as the angels intended.

Drawing on his in-depth study of John Dee’s diaries, DeSalvo explains how Dee and Kelley were given the Enochian tables and calls but their communications with the angels were severed before they received the full practical instructions for Enochian magic. To this day, most magical groups improvise and make up rituals based on their own ideas and imagination--the magic they practice is not true angelic magic.

After many successful Enochian magic rituals and years of his own spiritual work, DeSalvo has discovered additional key pieces to the magical system of Dee and Kelley, a system now known as Power Magic. He provides step-by-step instructions for more complete and accurate Enochian magic rituals and reveals how the angelic realm is only the first and farthest away of the spiritual realms surrounding God. He explains how to penetrate this angelic realm with Power Magic to reach higher spiritual worlds and receive more powerful knowledge and energy. He shows that by connecting with the higher worlds beyond the angels, we can tap more fully in to the magical power of the Divine and begin restoring the planetary magic of our most ancient ancestors.


ARAARAARA: (Sango, Shango)
Wondrous Inhabitor of Thunder
By John Mason
528 pages
Binding: Paperback with CD
Publisher: Yoruba Theological Archministry (2012)
List Price: $35.00
A comprehensive exploration of the Sango Culture Complex from the dawn of mankind in southwest Africa to its dominating presence in both the West African and American Diasporas is presented. Recent, revolutionary, cutting edge research in genetics and archeology informs the presentations in this book as well as the rethinking of commonly held views about items of cultural lore associated with Sango. A score of maps, many presented for the first time, 141 black and white portraits of Brazilian, Cuban, and American Orisa priests, the majority printed for the first time, along with one 32 page, one 40 page black and white photo inserts and one 32 page color photo insert help to display the evidence for the reader to examine. Seventy songs sung to honor Sango and associated Orisa in Bahia and Sao Paulo Brasil are presented in Yoruba, as sung, along with their English translations. Sixty of the songs are presented on a CD.


History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
By Courtney Weber
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 1, 2015)
List Price: $18.95

"Lady of the Well, the Forge, and the Green Earth, I seek you."
--Brigid, I Seek You

Brigid--mother, daughter, healer, bard, warrior, fire goddess, goddess of the oak, animals, and magic. Brigid of the spring, her festival Imbolc, oversees fertility of all kinds. Brigid is many things to many people. In this enticing book, Courtney Weber offers up a wide-ranging exposition and celebration of all things Brigid, who is arguably the most popular figure in Celtic mythology and religion. Meet Brigid in her various incarnations--Celtic Pagan Goddess, Christian Saint, and Voudon Loa.

Each chapter ends with guided meditations and exercises that help readers tap into Brigid's healing powers. Inside you'll find Brigid-focused spells, blessings, recipes, and rituals for love, harmony, protection, and much more.

"Brigid's origin myths bring no peace to the logical mind. She appears as an important daughter of a God in one myth, but the mother of that God in a different telling, while vanishing completely in a third version. Which version is the right version? Does any myth from any source even have a 'right' telling? The various versions tell us about the storyteller. Brigid's myths had many tellers and, therefore, many versions. Stories varied widely, circulated through oral tradition in local vernacular. As Christian monks later recorded the myths, characters were often augmented to fit Christian ideals." --from the book

About the Author:
Courtney Weber is a Priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, activist and practicing Witch in New York City. Her writing has appeared in several publications and she blogs at and on ("Behind the Broom: What the Books Don't Tell You"). She is the designer and producer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a photographic Tarot deck set in New York City. Courtney lecturers regularly around the United States and travels to Ireland frequently, leading tours of the sacred sites.


Communicating with Plants for Healing and Higher Consciousness
By Carole Guyett, Pam Montgomery (Foreword)
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company (March 26, 2015)
List Price: $16.00

A practical guide to connecting with plants through ceremony
Explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting” to receive their teachings and guidance

Details 8 ceremonial plant initiations centered on common, easily recognized plants and trees such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose

Provides instructions to develop your own sacred plant initiations and make ceremonial plant elixirs

Includes four audio journeys to facilitate plant initiations

In this guide to sacred plant initiations, medical herbalist and shamanic practitioner Carole Guyett explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of “plant dieting.” A plant diet involves ingesting a particular plant over a period of time so you regularly receive the plant’s vibratory energy as well as its medicinal actions. Adding a ceremonial element to plant dieting offers a sacred initiation by the plant world, allowing you to connect deeply with all aspects of a plant, receive its sacred teachings, and forge a relationship for guidance and healing, benefiting both yourself and others.

Each of the eight ceremonial plant initiations detailed in the book was personally developed by the author through extensive work with her ceremonial groups. They each center on an easily recognized plant or tree such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose. These common plants have powerful teachings and healing guidance to share with those who communicate with and honor them. The initiations, for both individuals and groups, work with the Wheel of the Year, honoring each plant’s sacred timing and connecting with one of the eight Celtic and Pre-Celtic Fire Festivals--the solstices, equinoxes, and the holy days of Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain, and Imbolc.

Offering practical instructions so you can develop your own sacred plant initiations, the author also include access to 4 audio journeys to facilitate the initiations in the book. She also explains how to make plant elixirs for use in plant diets and for healing. She shows how connecting with plants allows us to deepen our relationship with Nature, access higher levels of consciousness and spiritual realms, and facilitate the full flowering of human potential.


By Trevor Greenfield
Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (September 26, 2014)
List Price: $20.95

Naming the Goddess is written by over eighty adherents and scholars of Goddess and Goddess Spirituality, and includes contributions from Selena Fox, Kathy Jones, Caroline Wise and Rachel Patterson. Part 1 is a series of critical essays focusing upon contemporary Goddess issues. Part 2 is a spiritual gazetteer featuring over seventy Goddesses.


How Accessing Your Sixth Sense Can Help You
Find Knowledge, Illumination, and Intuition
By Susan Shumsky, DD
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (April 20, 2015)
List Price: $16.99

Usually, you perceive the world by using your five senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing.

But there is a sixth sense, an inner eye that can open the gateway to subtler realms of existence. Developing this inner eye will enable you to view a previously invisible world of multiple dimensions, spiritual planes filled with light, and alternate realities of indescribable wonders. This eye of wisdom, knowledge, illumination, and intuition is aptly named the third eye.

Using the methods in Awaken Your Third Eye, you will learn how to develop super-sensory perception, and how to use your third eye in your everyday life to receive guidance, healing, wisdom, inspiration, creativity, and spiritual awakening.

About the Author:
Susan Shumsky, DD, has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, and positive ways. She is an award-winning author of 11 books including The Power of Chakras, The Power of Auras, and Ascension. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and of Deepak Chopra. She served on Maharishi's personal staff for seven years. A pioneer in the human potential field and a highly respected spiritual teacher for nearly 50 years, she is the founder of Divine Revelation®--a unique, field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. Her Website is .



By Janne Koivuniemi
Book and deck set
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1 edition (April 28, 2015)
Size: 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 2″ | 78 art cards | 80 pp
List Price: $24.99

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Tarot Gothica leads the way from light to lighter and dark to darker, illuminating the circle of life through 78 beautiful art cards depicting Gothic themes. Learn to identify cycles that can be found hidden in the rhythms of each day, year, and throughout life by listening to your inner feelings and noticing that things occur in a certain order. Understand your shadows and lights, your own Devil and God, your fears and strengths. The cards may be read either in spreads or as symbolic images, each choice offering direction through your life situations while discovering the path between Light and Darkness. Journey unafraid as these cards lend their guidance for the voyage of your life.

About the Author:
Janne Koivuniemi has been a photographer since 2004, working mostly with Gothic and surreal photos and manipulations. He started his path through Theosophical Society and Freemasons and found the so called “language of gods,” mathematics and numbers, which led him directly to the Tarot.


By Alessio Cavatore
Publishers: River Horse, Lo Scarabeo, Llewellyn
English | 3 x 5 x 1 IN
Pub Date: May 2015
Price: $22.95

A family card game set in the world of Loka, inspired by medieval tarot, illustrated by Ralph Horsley and designed by Alessio Cavatore.

The tarot has an ancient lineage dating back to the 15th century. During the Renaissance period, tarot decks were used to play card games, a tradition that remains in parts of Italy and France. It was not until the 18th century that mystics began to use the tarot as a divinatory tool, and today, in the English-speaking world at least, popular conception associates the tarot with occultism and soothsaying. Because we love games, and the fascinating historical imagery of the original tarot cards, at River Horse we decided it was time to redress the balance – so we created a deck of tarot cards that paid homage to the original use of the tarot as a game, pure and simple. And who better to illustrate this deck than the master fantasy artist, Ralph Horsley, who has fused the imagery of Alessio’s fantasy world, Loka, with the design of the original medieval tarot cards.

  • It's a four-player card game for the entire family.
  • Easy, fast rules. Sophisticated team-based gameplay (two vs two, no speaking about the cards!).
  • Beautifully illustrated, with over forty new pieces of art. And yet very usable and very practical cards.
  • It can be used either as the Tarot of Loka game, or as traditional Tarot, or as a set of normal playing cards.
  • Two new cards that make the deck unique.



  • Every first Sunday of each month--SEATTLE CHAOS MAGIC
We meet at 3:33 pm. on the first Sunday of each month, at Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122. Anyone practicing, curious about, or otherwise interested in Chaos magic is welcome to attend.

  • Every 1st Monday of each month CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM


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!


Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
"I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical. They are often geared toward helping the client deal with the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives in a healthy, self –affirming way, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again June 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


Thursday, April 16, 2015


Edge Of The Circle Books Is Pleased
to Present These New 
Collectible Titles and Products:

From Starr Casas aka Mama Starr 
of Old Style Conjure

Candle Burning
By Starr Casas
List Price: $24.95


This book started out as a candle burning booklet for on of Mama's workshops at the Folk Magic Festival and ended up turning into a full book. Conjure spiritual books written to help you excel in Hoodoo or what we call "roots." Within the pages of this book you will find information on 10 yes 10 Saints that Mama works and information given in this book. From front to back the book totals around 187 pages. The book has colored photo of some of the work so you can see how the work is done.

In this special book Momma Starr sheds light on how to work with candles, lamps, and the different works you can do by working with the Spirit of the flame. Working a Conjure candle or lamp is more than just lighting the wick and saying a small prayer. There's more to the work and once you make use of the knowledge in this book a whole new world will open to you. Like the arms of the cross the Old Style Conjure Candle Burning book is packed with knowledge from top to bottom and right to left; the sign of the Crossroads that old workers use when calling down the Holy Spirit into your work.

For every candle you light and for every conjure lamp you burn there's a work in this book you can do whether tying a mojo hand, making a packet, workin the handkerchief on somebody's name, or calling the saints to work side by side to help you gain power. You'll learn all these things and much more by buying this book and discerning the knowledge in its pages. There's something in this book for every kind of spiritual worker and for a small price of $24.95 you'll avail yourself of over 40 years knowledge and secrets Momma Starr uses in this book for herself and her clients. So buy the Old Style Conjure Candle Burning book and light your own way to Success!!!


Working With His Spirit
By Starr Casas
List Price: $24.95


I finally finished my Blackhawk book in spite of all the road blocks that got in my way. As far as I know this is the first book of its kind. This book is over 100 pages filled with information on how to work with Blackhawk.

Excerpt from {Working With Blackhawk} ©Starr

To Block Someone
If someone is causing you trouble and you just want to stop them; then you need a white, red, or blue candle. These three colors work best when working with Blackhawk. You can add any herbs or oils you feel the need too. Write the person’s name on the candle. Get you a piece of brown paper bag, set the candle on top of your paper. Draw a circle on the paper using the bottom of the candle as a guide. If you have a photo of the person then use that instead of the paper. Once you have the circle drawn tear it out. Write the person's name five times on the paper, within the circle. Take your candle and paper or photo to Blackhawk. Tell him what is going on. Turn the paper with the name facing down on your altar. Place the candle on top of the paper or photo, Light the candle, and keep talking to him. You then just leave the candle burning until it burns out. Make sure you give him an offering.

If this seems simple, it’s because it is. You have to understand that you are working with a spirit. You are asking him to do a job for you. You don't need all that Hocus- Pocus to get the job done. He does the job for you. All you need to do is ask.


Working With the Bible
By Starr Casas
List Price: $24.95


Excerpt from {Working With the Bible} ©Starr

As a part of working with your Bible you can use a person's photo. Look into their eyes and ask God to open your eyes about the person. Hold your Bible in your hands and ask your question. Open the Bible at random and the first verse you see will show that answer. If the person needs prayer you can place that photo in the Bible where you got your answer. If Spirit shows that the person is bad for you turn their photo upside down and place in in the Bible facing the verse. Ask God to turn the person's life upside down and reverse everything they do against you back onto them.

SLAM your bible as hard as you can and call for justice! If through bible divination you determine that the person you're reading is confused or needs healing work done open your Bible to (give verses for healing/cleansing work) and place their photo on top of those verses. Everyday say the person's name and read that verse. If you don't know the right prayers to say when working with your Bible then say the Prayer of Daniel to Uncover the Truth & Open Your Eyes.

The Prayer of Daniel (Daniel 2: 20-23)

Blessed by the name of God for ever and ever: For wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and Knowledge to them that know understanding. He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my Fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matters (or you can say all matters). Amen. When done with your consultation thank God for showing you the truth and ask him to keep your eyes open at all times.


Honoring the Ancestors
By Starr Casas
List Price: $24.95


Listen To Them Whisper: Honoring The Ancestors

On our paths to spiritual enlightenment and personal power, no practice will pack a stronger punch than Ancestor Veneration. The current wisdom teaches that there is no deity or spirit more invested in our success than our ancestors. Their blood courses through our veins. Therefore, as we succeed, they succeed. If only for selfish reasons, they desire great things for us and will remove blocks to achieving our goals. These powerful allies desire a relationship with us just as we desire one with them. There are many tools one can employ to develop and strengthen that kinship.

Unfortunately, getting reliable information on those techniques has been challenging. Finding information on Ancestor Reverence reveals a mixed bag of “One must always...” and “Whatever you do, don't ever...” as well as turning up nothing at all. In the previous decade of actively seeking out my ancestors and opting to work with them, I've encountered roadblocks that impede my process. For example, when not knowing how long to leave out a food offering, one might leave nothing at all. Others may have been warned to use a certain color candle, but their ancestors want a different color. So, they burn nothing at all. Adopted folks experience a conundrum unto themselves. These questions, if left unanswered, may paralyze one's work. One could be called to honor their ancestors but glance at an empty table day after day in fear of doing it wrong.

Enter Mama Starr's latest book, Listen to Them Whisper: Honoring the Ancestors. This information-packed book provides a comprehensive and forgiving path to Ancestor Veneration. Individuals from all faiths and traditions can realistically read this treasure and immediately establish the relationship for which they've been yearning. Mama Starr, author of 8 previous books on her family conjure practices, has a lifetime of personal experience from which to draw. This book, which consists of the following sections: “Honoring the Ancestors,” “Questions and Answers,” “Setting up your Ancestor Altar,” “The Ancestors Speak,” “The Works” and a “Spirit Working to Meet your Ancestors,” answers any question that could plague a seeker. In her typical no nonsense style, Mama Starr describes Ancestor work, its benefits, the process and methods of asking for help from those who have come before us. Her belief that this work should be accessible to all is a deep undercurrent throughout the book. Mama Starr teaches her traditional techniques of working with the Ancestors while providing space for personal creativity. She repeatedly explains how she was taught to do things, then gives examples of how things could be done differently. For example, Mama Starr describes some of the components of her altar and advocates that others do what feels right to them.



Snake Witch

This image is based on a picture stone located in Gottland, Sweden. The Smiss Stone or the Snake-witch Stone depicts someone dressed as a woman holding two snakes and appears to be in birthing position. , Ormhãxan literally means "snake witch" or snake charmer.

Wall Plaque:

Size: 7 3/4 inches wide by 6 inches tall, with a depth of 3/4 inch

Sterling Silver Pendant:

Measures 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height by 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm) in width,
with concealed bail

Call the store for prices, (206) 726-1999, 
that's (206) PAN nineteen ninety-nine!