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Thursday, October 1, 2015


“Wild Hunt, Odin”, Arthur Rackham , Norse Mythology
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 NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.



Blessings, from Robert, Jonese and Raven

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With great sadness we note the passing of 
esteemed Author Michael Howard. 
He will be missed. 

And now, a few words from our friends at Xoanon:

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Howard (1948–2015)
by Xoanon on September 24, 2015 

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Michael Howard, author, folklorist, publisher, witchcraft authority, and Elder of the Cultus Sabbati. He died peacefully after a short illness, in the county of Devonshire, England, with family and friends by his side. The Craft suffers a great loss at his departure.

Many know of Michael’s tireless work in publishing The Cauldron, the U.K.’s premiere journal of witchcraft, paganism, and folklore, begun in the 1970s. The publication enjoys great popularity and draws from a considerable diversity of sources and traditions. Often controversial, it has always nonetheless been substantive and original, reflecting Michael’s ability to draw together many different strands of practitioners, creating networks that endure to this day.

A member of several lodges, covines, and guilds, Michael’s magical expertise drew upon many esoteric strands, including herbalism, freemasonry, ceremonial magic, esoteric Christianity, and the folklore of his native British Isles. In particular, his understanding of Luciferian gnosis and magic was an instrumental force in shaping present-day cunning-craft. In the last two decades of his life, he devoted the entirety of his magical work to traditional craft, and was an exemplary practitioner and teacher.

The author of over 30 books, Michael published on a variety of esoteric topics over his lifetime. Perhaps his most influential books were Pillars of Tubal Cain, The Book of Fallen Angels, and Children of Cain. Some of his written ritual work, rarely published, also appeared in The Psalter of Cain, the Cultus Sabbati’s gathering of rites and charms in honour of Cain, patron of witches. Several of Michael’s unpublished texts remain in the wings for future publication through Xoanon and Three Hands Press, as was his wish.

We remember him as a man of many virtues, of great humour, insight, and courage, as well as his insistence on standing by his brethren, and defending the Craft. Above all, he exemplified the stance of Light-Bringer, and, in its function as tenebrator, the Opposer of Shadow.

In this time of mourning, we appreciate and thank our private community for all the support given to Michael and the Cultus over the years, and pledge continued honour to his memory, within the Circle and without.

Messages of condolence may be sent to:


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‘Thou art our Brother past, and our Brother yet to be.’





Join Illustris on Saturday October 24th from 7-8pm to celebrate Samhain!

We gather to celebrate the turning of the wheel and the thinning of the veil. In this ritual we will honor our ancestors and the year that has passed and then look to the future through divination. Space will also be opened for ritual co-creation with participants to meet the magickal needs of those present as appropriate. Illustris welcomes people of all paths, abilities, and experience levels.

Please bring:

* An object to place on the altar to represent your ancestors or the passing year. If a loved one has passed in the last year please do bring a picture or object to represent them.

* Your favorite portable divination tool (e.g. tarot or oracle deck, runes, pendulum, etc.) if you have one - if you don’t have one don’t worry

* If you are not comfortable standing for 30-45 minutes please bring a folding chair or cushion for sitting.


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***Please note that the ritual location is downstairs and may be a challenge for those with mobility issues.***

Who are we:

Illustris is dedicated to performing informal, inclusive public ritual for the local community in and around Seattle, Wa. We are an eclectic group and welcome open minded folks from all backgrounds, traditions, faiths, races, genders, and orientations. Come as you are.

Our rituals are informal and often improvised. This allows us to adapt to the needs of the participants, energies, and fluctuating surroundings of any given ritual. It also allows us to adapt to the presence of people of many traditions, abilities, and experience levels. Unless a given ritual has an explicit requirement, you can assume that anyone with a respectful and positive attitude is welcome.

We are extremely open about what we do and why. If you have any questions please ask!

Prices subject to change without notice.

The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic 
by Thomas Hatsis  
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (August 31, 2015)
List Price: $19.95

An exploration of the historical origins of the “witches’ ointment” and medieval hallucinogenic drug practices based on the earliest sources 

• Details how early modern theologians demonized psychedelic folk magic into “witches’ ointments” 

• Shares dozens of psychoactive formulas and recipes gleaned from rare manuscripts from university collections all over the world as well as the practices and magical incantations necessary for their preparation 

• Examines the practices of medieval witches like Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic drugs in her love potions and herbal preparations 

In the medieval period preparations with hallucinogenic herbs were part of the practice of veneficium, or poison magic. This collection of magical arts used poisons, herbs, and rituals to bewitch, heal, prophesy, infect, and murder. In the form of psyche-magical ointments, poison magic could trigger powerful hallucinations and surrealistic dreams that enabled direct experience of the Divine. Smeared on the skin, these entheogenic ointments were said to enable witches to commune with various local goddesses, bastardized by the Church as trips to the Sabbat--clandestine meetings with Satan to learn magic and participate in demonic orgies. 

Examining trial records and the pharmacopoeia of witches, alchemists, folk healers, and heretics of the 15th century, Thomas Hatsis details how a range of ideas from folk drugs to ecclesiastical fears over medicine women merged to form the classical “witch” stereotype and what history has called the “witches’ ointment.” He shares dozens of psychoactive formulas and recipes gleaned from rare manuscripts from university collections from all over the world as well as the practices and magical incantations necessary for their preparation. He explores the connections between witches’ ointments and spells for shape shifting, spirit travel, and bewitching magic. He examines the practices of some Renaissance magicians, who inhaled powerful drugs to communicate with spirits, and of Italian folk-witches, such as Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic drugs in her love potions and herbal preparations, and Finicella, who used drug ointments to imagine herself transformed into a cat. 

Exploring the untold history of the witches’ ointment and medieval hallucinogen use, Hatsis reveals how the Church transformed folk drug practices, specifically entheogenic ones, into satanic experiences.

“In this remarkable book, Thomas Hatsis reveals the hidden truth behind history’s most legendary ointments--the medieval bewitching potions--that supposedly lubricated broomsticks and fueled extracorporeal mystical journeys and hallucinogenic night flights, setting the stage for strange entity encounters and unholy copulations, animal transformations, and miraculous healings as well as diabolical poisonings, dangerous delusional deceptions, and harmful “black magic.” In this impeccably researched and compulsively readable volume, Hatsis recovers the lost history of these magical medicinal brews and psychoactive formulas that have been hidden for centuries and hinted at in the mythic portrayal of witchcraft and sorcery. Hatsis’s scholarly research shines an illuminating spotlight on what is actually known about these visionary (and sometimes deadly) herbal mixes, and he expertly blends his meticulous studies with keen intuition in this uniquely envisioned volume, overflowing with rare historical treasures and fascinating speculations as well as the secret psychedelic ingredients for re-creating the legendary ointments. This book will appeal to anyone interested in herbal folk remedies, entheogenic medicine, the relationship between alchemy and science, and how heretical notions of healing influenced Western religious systems and modern medicine. A few words of caution: history compels you to use this book wisely or you may get burned at the stake!” (David Jay Brown, author of The New Science of Psychedelics and Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousnes)

“This wonderful book brews up a heady potion of folk herbs and psychedelics to intoxicate the conspiracy theorists and passionate disbelievers alike. With his objectivity and beautiful writing, Hatsis shines a light on the destructive Christocentric misogyny of the medieval world, whose holistic pagan medicine was certainly no more diabolical than our own modern Pharma Industry.” (Ben Sessa, MBBS, MRCPsych, author of The Psychedelic Renaissance)

“The Witches’ Ointment is, remarkably, the first full-length treatment of a topic that is central to our understanding of European witchcraft. Did the witches use psychoactive substances or not? This has long been debated but often on the basis of prejudice or inadequate information. We are fortunate that Hatsis has written an authoritative account, drawing deeply on primary sources and pursuing original lines of thought. Entertaining and highly readable, this book seems destined to be the definitive work on the subject. No doubt it will inspire others to see the witch cult in a new light. Highly recommended to all those who are interested in witchcraft, the history of drugs, and the more unusual byways of culture. A fascinating book.” (Richard Rudgley, author of Pagan Resurrection and The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances)

“Hatsis’s treatment of this woefully neglected area in the body of drug history scholarship is sublimely applied and will no doubt become an important fixture in the canon of pharmacography. Superb!” (Robert Dickins, publisher and editor of Psychedelic Press UK)

“Tales of witches and toads, broomsticks and belladonna--documented herein are the exotic herbal potions and demonic flights of fancy that terrified and confounded the religious authorities of the Middle Ages. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, Hatsis clears the supernatural mists of yore and roots out the various psychoactive agents lying at the heart of European witchcraft. A remarkably informative and wholly compelling read!” (Simon G. Powell, author of Magic Mushroom Explorer and The Psilocybin Solution)

About the Author:
Thomas Hatsis is a historian of witchcraft, magic, Western religions, contemporary psychedelia, entheogens, and medieval pharmacopeia. He was head historical research assistant at Queens College for the 2010 textbook Teaching World History as Mystery, has taught history at Pioneer Pacific College, and also teaches roller derby all over the world. He hosts the website and has articles published in the psychedelic journals Psypress UK and Psychedelic American. He lives in New York.


by Gwendolyn Toynton 
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Numen Books; 1st edition (January 31, 2011)
List Price:$ 15.00

Northern Traditions is the first volume of an ongoing publication which was later renamed Mimir: Journal of Northern Traditions. Edited by Gwendolyn Toynton it contains a collection of material from both Traditional and contemporary sources, encompassing a viewpoint that is intended to be both scholastic and for the spiritual practitioner.

Northern Traditions contains articles on the indigenous pagan Traditions of Northern Europe. Authors include Matt Hajduk, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Amy Johanna Ahlberg, S.R. Hardy, Christopher A. Smith, Stephen Borthwick and Gwendolyn Toynton. Content level is semi-academic and ranges from in-depth mythological studies and translations of texts through to ritual reconstruction. The book is divided into two halves, with one section containing Traditional and historic content. 

The second half of the book is dedicated to contemporary practice and issues relating to the spiritual practice of Northern Traditions in the modern era. Topics dealt with include a detailed exegesis of Völuspá, examinations of key figures in the Northern mythos such as Odin, Forseti, Tyr and Loki, herbal and botanical uses of plants, ritual reconstruction and ideas for contemporary practice. By combining academic level material with practical work the aim of the book is to take contemporary pagan practices to a new level where they can be accepted as a serious spiritual movement.

The second volume, Mimir: Journal of Northern Traditions is now available and a third volume is planned.


Journal of North European Traditions 
by Gwendolyn Taunton  (Editor)
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Numen Books (July 8, 2012)
List Price: $19.95

Previously titled Northern Traditions, Mimir - Journal of North European Traditions is the highly anticipated sequel to the first book Northern Traditions. 

Mimir offers a unique combination of academic research and cultural content. Though the level of research remains high, it is not the goal of Mimir to become a purely scholastic publication - rather our work is directed at the educated practitioners of the North European Traditions. In light of this, Mimir contains new research, translations of texts, original artwork and poetry to ensure it does not become a dry publication destined only for dusty university shelves. Instead, Mimir is designed to help cross the divide between academic research and practical experience in spirituality. 

Mimir, is first and foremost, a publication designed for those who are themselves believers in the Northern faiths - whether it be Asatru, Teutonic, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon or any other faith which is indigenous to Northern Europe. For this second volume, we have assembled a highly talented team of experts who we hope you will enjoy. 

Authors include: Gwendolyn Taunton, Matt Hajduk, Eirikr Magnusson, Brett Stevens and Maria Kvilhaug.

Content Includes: 

  • Amor Fati: The Nornir and the Concept of Fate
  • The Vinland Voyages: Pre-Columbian Norse Exploration of North America
  • Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald
  • The Significance of the Chronicon Lethrense to Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum
  • Traditionalistic Asatru: Esoteric Heathenry
  • Ritual and Initiation in the Poetic Edda
  • Runes, Magic, and Divination
  • Halfdan, son of Thor, in Saxo Grammaticus' History of the Danes
  • Quest Mythology as a Model for Intentionality in the Northern Traditions
  • Hidden Beginning-a Look at the Uthark Theory
  • The Power of the Celtic Warrior Goddesses
  • The Primal Law
  • Of Wolves and Men: The Berserker and the Vrātya


Thomas Vaughan and the Indian Tantric Tradition 
by Peter Levenda
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (September 1, 2015)
List Price: $35.00

The Tantric Alchemist is a work on alchemy as decoded by Tantra and a work on Tantra as understood by alchemists. It uncovers works by Thomas Vaughan and suggests how he and his wife--a 17th-century Welsh couple unique in the history of western alchemy--met their fate when dealing with forces they knew only too well, but which were stronger than their ability to control them.

Using the works of Vaughan as his text, Levenda applies the "twilight language" of Tantra to the surreal prose of the alchemist and in the process lays bare the lineaments of the arcane tradition that gave rise to the legend of Christian Rosenkreutz, the reputed founder of Rosicrucianism who learned his art in the East; and to the 19th- and 20th-century occult movements lead by such luminaries as P.B. Randolph, Theodore Reuss, Helena Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley who also sought (and discovered) this technology in the religions and cultures of Asia.

Readers will find that the many disparate threads of an authentic spiritual tradition are woven together here in a startling tapestry that reveals--without pretense or euphemism--the psycho-sexual technique that is at the root of both Tantra and alchemy: that is to say, of both Asian and European forms of esoteric praxis.


Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity 
by Tobias Churton
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (August 23, 2015)
List Price: $19.95

An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism

• Reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists 

• Investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild Lady of Wisdom 

• Explains the vital significance of “the seed” as a sacrament in Gnostic practice

Examining every surviving text written by heresiologists, accounts often ignored in favor of the famous Nag Hammadi Library, Tobias Churton reveals the most secret inner teaching passed down by initiated societies: the tradition of sexual gnosis--higher union with God through the sacrament of sex. Discovering actual sex practices hidden within the writings of the Church’s authorities, he reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience as taught by initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by Christian couples seeking spiritual freedom from the world. 

Churton explores the practices of the “first Gnostic,” the historical Simon Magus, and explains the vital significance of “the seed” in Gnostic practice, showing it to be the sacramental substance par excellence. He illuminates the suppressed truth of why the name “Valentine” came to be associated with ennobling erotic love and reveals profound parallels between sexual gnosis and Tantra, suggesting that gnosis lies at the root of the tantric path. 

Solving a millennia-old riddle regarding the identity and secret symbol of Sophia, the mysterious Gnostic “Aeon,” Churton investigates Sophia’s connections to Barbelo, also known as Pruneikos, the Wild Lady of Wisdom, and the central focus of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century, whose religious sex practices so shocked orthodox Christian contemporaries that they were condemned, their cults of spiritual gnosis and “redemption by sin” driven underground.

Churton exposes the mystery of Sophia in the philosophy of the medieval Troubadours and explores William Blake’s inheritance of secret Renaissance sexual mysticism through the revolutionary English poet Andrew Marvell. Showing how Blake’s sexual and spiritual revolution connects to modern sexual magic, Churton also examines the esoteric meaning of the free-love explosion of the 1960s, revealing how sex can be raised from the realm of guilt into the highest magical sacrament of spiritual transformation.


Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween 
Series: Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials (Book 6)
by Llewellyn , Diana Rajchel 
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2015)
List Price: $11.99

Samhain—also known as Halloween—is the final spoke in the Wheel of the Year. At this time, the harvest has finished and the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. This guide shows you how to practice the serious work of divination and honoring the dead along with the more lighthearted activities of Halloween.

 • Rituals 
 • Recipes 
 • Lore 
 • Spells 
 • Divination 
 • Crafts 
 • Correspondences 
 • Invocations 
 • Prayers 
 • Meditations

Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials explore the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones of the witch’s year.


From Myth to Modern Day 
by Corvis Nocturnum, L. E. Carruba  
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Schiffer; 1st edition (August 28, 2015)
List Price: $24.99

Vampires are beings of myth: folkloric creatures who live off the blood of the living and have been recorded in nearly every culture around the world since the beginning of man. 

This work traces the evolution of the vampire, from its roots in ancient mythology to obscure folk tales and legends, leading up to when these foul beings transformed into the suave Byronic heroes that continue to influence the world’s view of the vampire today. It also examines key individuals in history involved in reshaping our concept of the creature. Popular culture is explored, along with the development of the vampire into the protagonist in plays and poems and novels. 

Sixty-one frightening images bring the topic right to your front door. Will you invite the visitor in?

About the Author:
E. R. Vernor, occult, vampire, zombie, and paranormal researcher, is known by his fans as “Corvis Nocturnum.” He is also an accomplished artist of the macabre. L.E. Carruba is an all-around vampire enthusiast with a current project involving the study of Southeastern vampire legends.


by S. T. Joshi 
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Mythos Books LLC; First edition (November 30, 2008)
List Price: $ 40.00

Noted Lovecraftian scholar S. T. Joshi has authored a criticism of Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos fiction, beginning with the stories by H.P. Lovecraft that gave birth to the entities, locales, books, and other plot devices that have come to be known as the Cthulhu Mythos. Joshi further details the works of August Derleth, Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Donald Wandrei, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber and other. Joshi then expounds upon the Derleth Mythos and its influence on subsequent Lovecraftian fiction. Joshi then explores a new generations of Mythos writers and their respective expansion of the Cthulhu Mythos, including Richard L. Tierney, Gary Myers, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Michael Shea, Walter C. DeBill Jr. and others. Finally, Joshi reviews some of the more modern authors who have taken up the Lovecraftian mantle: Jeffrey Thomas, Stanley C. Sargent, Wilum H. Pugmire, Thomas Ligotti, Joseph C. Pulver and many others.


The Tarot Poetry Anthology
by Marjorie Jensen, Editor
Minor Arcana Press, 2015
List Price: $22.00
Minor Arcana Press proudly presents Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology, edited by Marjorie Jensen. This is the first multi-contributor poetry anthology dedicated to the Tarot, featuring 78 poems, over 50 contributors, and gorgeous cover and interior art by Siolo Thompson (creator of the Linestrider Tarot).

The 78 cards of the Tarot mean many things to many people—a game, a fortune telling oracle, a powerful spiritual guide. Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology celebrates the Tarot as muse: enchanting, inspiring, and empowering. With this groundbreaking new book, Minor Arcana Press seeks to unite poetry readers with Tarot readers and celebrate the power of each.

Editor Marjorie Jensen has brought together some of the most invigorating poets of our time, an international community including Rachel Pollack, CAConrad, Tanya Joyce, Tony Barnstone, Cecilia Llompart, Sierra Nelson, Shloka Shankar, and Teofilo Folengo.


by Maggie Stiefvater
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Kit 
English, 192 page Guidebook, 78 Cards
Pub Date: September 2015
List Price: $28.99

The iridescent sheen of a raven's wing reveals a tantalizing glimpse of the future. A tattooed hand, sinews roiling like ley lines, peels back the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

With art and instructions by Maggie Stiefvater—New York Times bestselling author of the Raven Cycle series—The Raven's Prophecy Tarot reveals the wisdom of dreams, helping you harness the opposing forces of intuition and cunning, Moon and Raven, spirit and intellect. Inspired by Stiefvater's artist mentors, this deck is a path to a more creative life for everyone.


by Ann Moura, Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Kit 
English, 264 page Guidebook, 78 Cards
Pub Date: September 2015
List Price: $28.99 

Enter the world of the green witch, where vivid imagery helps you align with the elements, natural energies, and the old religion. Presenting witchcraft practices and meaningful encounters with plants and animals, The Green Witch Tarot lets you open a channel between the reader and the spiritual beings of nature. 

Beautifully illustrated by Kiri Østergaard Leonard and accompanied by a comprehensive guidebook for easy interpretation, this deck is full of powerful symbols and energetic wisdom you can use to find the answers you seek.


Cards Adapted from the Illustrations of Arthur Rackham
by Allegra Printz  

Book and Deck Boxed Set: Paperback Guidebook 256 pages, 78 Cards
Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (September 3, 2015)
List Price: $45.00

This beautiful 78-card Tarot deck, adapted from the illustrations of Arthur Rackham, interprets Richard Wagner’s four-part opera, The Ring of the Nibelung, which traces the mythic tale of a golden ring of unlimited power plagued by a deadly curse, loose in the world of the Old Norse and Germanic gods. An End Time prophecy infuses the epic story with thought-provoking, contemporary resonance. The four elemental Tarot suits in this powerful divination tool are realized from four Ring Cycle races: Gods (Fire/Wands), demi-god Walsungs (Water/Cups), human Gibichungs (Air/Swords), and dwarf Nibelungs (Earth/Disks/Pentacles). The accompanying book explores divinatory meanings, lensed partly through the feminine and esoteric, and also delves into The Ring of the Nibelung’s characters, plot, themes, and unique music, which would inspire J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth novels decades later. This deck remains true to the spirit of Wagner, Rackham, and the Tarot, demonstrating useful contemporary insight into all three of these timeless arts. 

About the Author:
Allegra Printz, a graduate of The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, is a professional artist, classical music lover, tarot enthusiast, and student of metaphysics. A fan of both Wagner’s Ring and Rackham’s Ring illustrations for many years, she was creatively inspired to meld them together into a distinctive tarot deck upon discerning how the mythic archetypes of Wagner/Rackham and tarot aligned in a naturally magical way. The Ring Cycle Tarot is the culmination of years of thought, study, and “field testing” the cards in numerous readings.



The Lunar Calendar
by Vicki Leppek (Author), Amber Lotus Publishing 
Calendar: 36 pages
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing; 1 edition (July 22, 2015)
List Price: $14.99

The Lunaria wall calendar is the perfect instrument to help us live in harmony with the powerful effects of the moon, planets, and seasons.

12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open).
A year of lunar lore and stunning artwork on your wall.

  • The Lunaria utilizes 13 lunar months, each beginning with the new moon.
  • 13 classical paintings are paired with an eclectic mix of romantic-era literature, poetry, mythology, esoteric texts, and folklore treasures.
  • Monthly tips, clues, and insights on the best lunar times for planting, gardening, spirituality, and creativity.
  • Features daily visual moon phases and moon signs, void-of-course times, and eclipses.
  • Showcases phases of the moon in a year-at-a-glance lunar calendar.
  • Includes Pagan, Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, and other world-religion holidays.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • The perfect gift for those interested in the lunar calendar.


by Kinuko Y. Craft (Author), Amber Lotus Publishing
Calendar: 28 pages
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing; 1 edition (July 22, 2015)
List Price: $14.99

From Eleanor of Aquitaine to Madame Butterfly and Rhiannon to Sleeping Beauty, women are important characters in great literature, poetry, and, above all, magnificent works of art. Among contemporary artists inspired by ladies of legends, none shines brighter than Kinuko Y. Craft. In this elegant calendar she presents 12 opulent and richly detailed portraits of enchantresses, goddesses, elf queens, and fairy-tale princesses, each weaving a spell of breathtaking feminine beauty.

  • A year of Kinuko Craft's exquisite artwork on your wall.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • An extraordinary art gift.
  • Printed on FSC Certified Mixed Source Paper with soy-based inks.
  • Published by Amber Lotus, an independent carbon-negative US company that has planted more than half a million trees since 2008.

This calendar features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions.
Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the world's most widely respected and well-known contemporary fantasy artists. Craft has published 8 major illustrated fairy-tale and mythological hardcover picture books, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Cinderella. She has illustrated many children's books, and her work has graced more than 100 book and magazine covers. She is a storyteller, and her paintings reveal new layers of wonder with each viewing. Her work can also been seen in prestigious galleries and museums.


Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises
Nancy FW Passmore, Editor, Luna Press
Publisher: Luna Press, 2015
32 Pages, Wall Calendar
List Price: $24.00

Calendar description:

   This easily read, yet informative and scholarly calendar is perfect for both the beginner and the seasoned moon-lover. The '16 edition features fresh work from 23 artists, poets, and writers, full astronomical and astrological data, the lunar year-at-a-glance, complete instructions, and an excellent bibliography.

    THE LUNAR CALENDAR teaches the tree-alphabet as inspired by THE WHITE GODDESS by Robert Graves. Each of the 13 lunations (lunar months) is depicted in a unique spiral format, showing all the moon's phases, rise and set times, apogee and perigee, the transits of the zodiac, void-of-course times, earth festivals, and visibility of the morning and evening stars.

  • 32 pages with fresh works from 23 artists and writers, magazine-size opens to wall hanging 11x17"
  • Unique elliptical format
  • Accurate astronomical and astrological data
  • The Original
  • Printed and published in the USA, using soy-based inks and top quality recycled paper.


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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again September 1st, 2015
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter


Saturday, September 19, 2015


George Sieg on
Friday, 09/25/2015, 7 PM, 
at Edge of the Circle Books

The Culto de Santa Muerte is probably the fastest growing religion in North America and likely the fastest-growing New Religious Movement in the world.

With over 10,000 devotees and rising, it is no surprise that Santa Muerte has inspired the fascination and attention of magicians well beyond the folk practitioners of Mexico. She is not only a death goddess, but expresses herself with all the diverse forms and colors of a magic goddess as well. Her worship crosses syncretism with reconstructionism, folk religion with folk magic, new religious movements with a presently developing magical paradigm, devotional worship with the ambitions of the Left-Hand Path.

Yet this diversity implies tension, and her movement already sees competition between church and cult, between magician and priest, folk Catholic and post-Chaoist. This lecture by Dr. George Sieg, University of New Mexico, is a sequel to his presentation last Spring at the Southwest Popular Culture Association annual conference on the Cult of Holy Death in Los Estados Unidos.

This lecture addresses these contentions of identity and orientation in her growing cult, comparing competing origin stories and contending frameworks for her veneration, with content sure to be of interest to scholarly, religious, and magical practitioners alike.

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