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Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler

Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler is a full-time, professional, Tarot Reader and consultant who has worked for Edge of the Circle Books in Seattle for the last 16 years. She is the Editrix of the Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter Blog. Erica is also a published illustrator of children’s books and video game concept art and is currently designing an African-American Tarot Deck based on rural, Midwestern, African-American folklore and Magical practices. She is also the bassist for the Seattle Dark Rock/Gothic/Industrial band Legion Within. Legion Within is currently in the process of releasing its 5th formal CD, entitled Idiot Prime, which is a protest of the Corporate Colonization of Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Taking Yourself Back

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Taking Yourself Back

There are a lot of broken and damaged people in the world. It’s amazing and brave when we learn, as our reader has, that there’s more to life than surviving–and that now it’s time to find a way to thrive.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Light In The Darkness

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Light In The Darkness

Sometimes we can feel as if there’s no light in our world. It’s as if we’re beset on all sides by trouble and pain, both emotional and physical. So it is with this reader, who asked: Is there a light at the end of my dark tunnel or is this what I’m stuck with for the future?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: True To The Game

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: True To The Game

Sometimes, people just want a general picture of what’s coming up in their lives, a forecast, if you will. That was this week’s reader’s request, when asking: What can you see coming up in my life?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Rock The Boat

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Rock The Boat

There seems to be an epidemic of people feeling trapped in inertia lately–as if all forward momentum in their lives has just stopped. Such is the case with this week’s reader, who wondered: I’m kinda stuck at this point and I want to know if there will there be progress in my life, and will anything specifically happen within the year?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Birds Of A Feather

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Birds Of A Feather

Sometimes folks really aren’t sure what subject to ask about! Or, they’re interested in seeing a broad overview of what’s going on in their lives, and what they actually should be focused on. When this happens, often they’ll ask for a General Reading, which is exactly what this week’s Reader requested.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Dull Or Diva-licious?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Dull Or Diva-licious?

Stagnation. Caught like the proverbial fly in amber, you languish at your job , bored, listless, doing the same old, same old, day after day after interminable day… and there’s no way up, and it seems almost impossible to find a way out of it. It’s enough to make you tear your hair out.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Past Tense, Future Perfect

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Past Tense, Future Perfect

Sometimes, we find ourselves feeling sad and down, and we’re not even sure what caused it. It can be hard to pinpoint the source of our malaise, and that adds frustration to the mix, and we often find ourselves adding a big helping of self-blame to boot. It’s difficult not to get hung up on the question, “Why am I feeling like this?”

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Carpe Diem

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Carpe Diem

Many people these days are suffering. They struggle with finances, with out of control cost of living increases, they feel pangs of loneliness and despair. It’s hard to believe that things will improve, and this is where this week’s reader Jennifer was coming from when she asked: How long before life gets better?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Becoming A High Priestess

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Becoming A High Priestess

As a Hellenic-Egyptian Pagan who has worked in a Pagan/Occult bookstore for around twenty years, I love questions like the one I got from Kisa: How should I synthesize my skills, experiences and knowledge together to best serve the world-at-large as a Hermetic/Hellenic Priestess?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Simplify Your Life

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Simplify Your Life

Relocating. Moving. It seems like just about everyone is doing it, or is contemplating it. Why? Ridiculously high increases in the cost of living, need for a simpler life, and sometimes, as this week’s reader considers, family obligations.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Sometimes, we find ourselves living in a state of indefinable worry and stress, with no real understanding of what the source of our trepidation actually is. Where are our fears coming from? All we know is that we’re constantly afraid that something is going to go wrong. It’s exhausting!

Raven’s Reading Rainbow:  You Keep Me Hangin’ On…

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: You Keep Me Hangin’ On…

It’s called “stringing you along”. It’s being in that extremely uncomfortable, pseudo-romantic situation that leaves you constantly feeling as if your relationship is built on sand, not sound and stable rock. You hang on for dear life, desperate for any sign that your partner really cares.