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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: Quelle Carrière?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Quelle Carrière?

Many young people are faced with the quandary of what career direction to follow after they’ve finished with school and are ready to embrace the working world–but what direction to choose?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Happiness In Life

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Happiness In Life

Sometimes we can get so willfully specific about a question or concern that we become closed off to opportunities and answers that would have worked beautifully for us, if only we were open to hearing those unexpected solutions and suggestions.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: The Light Of Love

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: The Light Of Love

So, you’ve met the perfect woman, she’s totally piqued your interest. Maybe you go out with her a few times. She seems receptive to your advances, and you find yourself wondering if the connection you have will become something more lasting, more permanent. Will a relationship with this person work out?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Take Yes For An Answer

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Take Yes For An Answer

You finally got the guy of your dreams, and everything seems great! Wait, that can’t be right. What’s wrong with this picture? Once in a while, good things happen for us, and because we’re so used to expecting the worst—it can be very difficult to accept our good fortune! So, we question it constantly.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Get Out Of Your Own Way

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Get Out Of Your Own Way

Finally! You feel that you’ve won success in your career, and you’re on top of the world, only to be derailed by unsympathetic and even harsh coworkers and bosses. And sometimes you feel wary, because of past work experience. That’s a hard mindset to shake!

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Overcoming Fear And Self-Doubt

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Overcoming Fear And Self-Doubt

It’s terrifying, isn’t it? To finally reach that seemingly out-of-reach goal, only to become plagued by crippling self-doubt. Suddenly every decision you’ve ever made is suspect. You find yourself second guessing everything. You can’t do anything right.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow : Fortune, Fate, or Free Will?

Raven’s Reading Rainbow : Fortune, Fate, or Free Will?

Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what direction in life is right for us–here may be too many choices, and we’re left trying to discern for ourselves which one would be best. On the other hand, when all avenues have closed up, we might start wildly searching for a new, viable direction–any direction that might lead to fulfillment and happiness.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Through The Labyrinth

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Through The Labyrinth

These days it’s not uncommon for us to find ourselves enmeshed in financial and personal difficulties so complicated and stress-inducing that we can feel as if we’re attempting to navigate the Labyrinth while being pursued by an enraged Minotaur.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

One of the most difficult things for anyone to experience is a breakup, especially one that leaves us with unresolved questions. We wonder what we might have done differently. We mentally put ourselves through all sorts of emotionally fraught scenarios imagining how we could get back together with the one who got away. The internal questions never seem to cease. It’s hard!

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Molehills To Mountains

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Molehills To Mountains

One of the most pressing questions plaguing many people is dealing with their finances. They worry about whether there will be improvements in such a fiscally volatile climate, whether their dreams of stability and growth will manifest, and of course, what they may need to be aware of in the future.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: True Love From Self Love

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: True Love From Self Love

Ah, the Soul Mate. That rare, elusive creature that most of us search for endlessly, hoping that one day, we’ll be very, very fortunate to find. That, somehow, true romantic love will find us and win the day.

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Family Feud

Raven’s Reading Rainbow: Family Feud

One of the most difficult situations we can deal with is when the passing of a loved one ignites a feud between the family members left behind. We're faced not only with our own grief at such a profound loss, but beset by bitterness, disappointment, and a sense of...