Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Key to the Universe

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Key to the Universe - A Toolkit from the School of Life by Joanna Crowson and Silja Winther is a boxed paperback book and card pack £16.99 Published by School of Life Publishing http://www.starof13.com/

 The 'School of Life' is an international educational charity based in Andalusia. It offers a training programme on ethics, ecology, spiritual awareness and creativity and is building a network of organisations that have at their core a belief in sustainable living. The pack includes a book (151 pages) and 53 full colour oracle cards that have been painted by Katrina Vrebalovich. A pack designed by women for women, the author of the Motherpiece Tarot, Vicky Nobel, describes this pack as 'a work of love'.

Esoteric Tarot

Circle Network Book Review: Esoteric Tarot - Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabala by Ronald Decker 312 page paperback with line drawings Published by Quest Books Price: £14.99 

The author, Ronald Decker, has provided detailed historical research, comparisons with various early decks and their uses. Ancient texts are explored: we visit China where dice with pips, such as dominos, become paper cards with pips; via Persia, India, Russia and even consider possible links to Mongolia. The life and works of the Hermetic teacher and tarot designer, 'Etteilia' (Jean-Baptiste Alliette) is provided along with the information that Casanova forbade the use of the cards and threw them on the fire because they revealed

Monday, 20 November 2017

Improving Spiritual Partnerships

Circle Network Book Review: Spiritual Partnership - The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav UK Paperback £12.99 Published by Rider

Gary Zukav is a graduate from Harvard, the most prestigious university in the US, and he served as a soldier in the Vietnam War. He has described how addictions affected his early life and this created a subsequent search for personal development that has taken him on a journey that especially examines power issues within relationships.

His first book, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, won the American Book Award to Science, and its follow up, The Seat of the Soul, became the leading New York Times best-selling book 31 times and was listed for 3 years. His later books, The Heart of the Soul and The Mind of the Soul were also New York Times best-sellers. Gary made regular appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show during his writing career and went on to co-found two organisations, The Seat of the Soul Institute and The Genesis Foundation, both with his spiritual partner, Linda Francis, who has also co-written books with him.

Visconti Tarot

Visconti Tarot - An Extraordinary example of Renaissance Art, published by Lo Scarabeo. 

This is the perfect gift for a tarot enthusiast! Embossed with gold, these are the most beautiful images from the earliest known tarot decks (1300s), known as Visconti-Sforza, which are now in museums across the world or owned by private collectors. Tarot experts think that the tarot was probably designed for education purposes, not for divination: this was a development that occurred later, most likely in the 18th century. 

Wands for work, Pentacles for business, Chalices for love and Swords for legal and health matters. The little white booklet in the pack suggests the way the Visconti Tarot is designed to be read. Do not expect this deck to be an average tarot deck. It is very different in its use. The seeker asks a question, and the suit that pertains to their question is chosen to answer their question. A 5 layer spread is suggested in the lwb which provides instructions in English and 5 European languages. The backs do not reveal whether the cards fall upright or reversed.The tarot artwork for this deck is by the masterful hand of Atanas Alexander Atanassov, coupled with the high expertise of the tarot publisher, Lo Scarabeo. This is a tarot deck to cherish for a lifetime. I highly recommend these stunning cards! Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sacred Order of the Magi

Circle Network Book Review: The Sacred Order of the Magi by Dianne Pegler, published by Balboa Press, a subsiduary of Hay House Publishing. £11.13 kindle: £3.49
Louise Hay 'Heal Your Life' teacher and Angel Therapist, Dianne Pegler is the author of this book. She was also an MI5 Officer and asks whether the Magi were the first Intelligence Service. The book is channelled from the perspective of each of the three wise men who followed a star in the east at the time of Yeshua Ben Joseph. Melchior, for instance makes the moon his friend as he travels on a journey from England to the Middle East to meet Balthazar. Yeshua Ben Joseph comes to Britain. Mary Migdala, Simon Peter, Joseph of Arimathea, John the Baptist and others, such as the Essenes,  are included in the story, set around Bethany and other places known to us through the life and death of Jesus as described in the New Testament.

Every other chapter includes visualisations of a Grid and how to work with it. There is a three in one glyph and other additions designed to create sacred space, connect to the Grid of Life and how we can have greater understanding of our world and the needs of the planet. I didn't find the text especially descriptive but the events are described and a story created that opens doors to ways the exercises can be used.

I wonderful read for Christmas of course, but also a book that can be read all year!

Willma film follow of the Magi in the present day? We hope so! 

Reviewer: Wendy Stokes

Tree Calendar

Sharlyn Hidalgo and the Celtic Tree Calendar. Network book review: 'The Healing Power of Trees - Spiritual Journeys through the Celtic Tree Calendar' by Sharlyn Hidalgo Published by Llewellyn Publications, in paperback and kindle 336 pages. http://www.alchemicalhealingarts.com/

Sky Shamans of Mongolia

Circle Network Book Review: Sky Shamans of Mongolia - Meetings with Remarkable Healers by Kevin Turner, paperback, 210 pages published by North Atlantic Books, £19.99 kindle £15.19 Website: http://www.shamanism-asia.com/

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cat's Eye Tarot

Circle Network Card Review: Cat's Eye Tarot by Debra M Givin DVM Published by US Games Systems, Inc Price: £16.99 
The 78 cards of the major and minor arcana are represented in this novelty deck which has a white booklet within the pack that offers card titles and concept keywords, an explanation of the upright card symbolism and an interpretation for each card. Each of the cards is painted by Debra M Givin, the deck’s creator, who is a qualified veterinarian and cat specialist practising in Portland, Maine since 1982.
The card sizes are traditional and the meanings have a traditional flavour. The major arcana cards are emphasised by their purple colours, the minor arcana’s colours and symbols are: Wands, represented by orange (creative energy), reptiles and flashy reddish gingers; Cups by red (emotional energy), fish and sweet, black and white cats; Swords by blue (intellectual energy), birds and the talkative Siamese and Pentacles by brown (earth energy), mice and solid, practical tabbies. The art-work tells a story and is without mystifying esoteric symbolism. The card backs depict a long-haired tabby cat’s face with green eyes.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Green Man Tree Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Green Man Tree Oracle – Ancient Wisdom from the Greenwood by John Matthews and Will Worthington Published by Connections Book Publishing. cards plus companion book.

“It is wise to listen to the voices of the trees for they tell us much that we might otherwise forget” Tacitus.

Higher Reality Therapy

Circle Network Book Review: Higher Reality Therapy Nine Pathways to Inner Peace By Anthony Falikowski Published by O Books

The psychiatrist, William Glasser developed Reality Therapy in the US in the mid 1960s and it was successful especially for those who did not respond to more conventional methods of therapy. The approach, mainly based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on negotiated methods to create improvements in current behaviour. 'Higher' Reality Therapy is an eclectic approach to a similar goal of problem solving. Reality Therapy, as devised by William Glasser is criticised rather severely but taken as the basic premise and improved upon to create 'Higher' Reality Therapy.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Circle Network Book Review: Hallowquest - Tarot Magic and the Arthurian Mysteries by Caitlin and John Matthews 254 page book to accompany the Arthurian Tarot Cards by Caitlin and John Matthews. 

This book contains black and white scans of each of the tarot cards in this deck, each of the Greater Powers has an extensive explanation, with archetypal and divinatory meanings, and there are comprehensive write-ups on the Lesser. The template for this deck are the Celtic myths and early mediaeval stories of King Arthur and the Round Table. Spear, Grail, Sword and Stone are the 4 Hallow suits and each have traditions, correspondences, archetypes of Kings, Queens, Knights and Maiden of four castles all described in a good level of detail. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Viking Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Viking Oracle - Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Stacey Marco with artwork by Jimmy Manton. 45 cards (6.75" x 5") and booklet set, published by Blue Angel. 25 Nordic runes are profiled plus 20 Viking themed cards. Very enjoyable myths and symbolism for divination and guidance from the Norse tradition. Cards provide a portal through time from ancient Viking society. Each card carries a title and number, individual image and rune letter. The booklet provides information on each card, keywords, and poems, plus the element. Reversed cards can be read!
Information on how to use the deck and dedicate the cards. Card spreads are one card reading, Sacred 3 Card Draw, 9 Worlds Draw, Thor's Hammer, The Pantheon Technique, Past, Present & Future. Scandinavian joy!
This is the gold standard for oracle cards, well researched with a demonstated love of the subject, well presented, a joy to work with! Review Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Nature's Whispers Cards

Nature's Whispers Oracle Cards are 50  attractive individual artworks by Josephine Wall, with guidebook text composed by Angela Hartfield. The cards are hard boxed with the guidebook which provides all necessary information: how to use the deck, clear the cards, and ask a question, shuffle and choose. The booklet also suggests a one card daily message, a 3 card reading of past, present and future, and a 4 card Relating Spread. Each of the cards is explained in approximately 50 words and carries a number and a title. As we live in a high tech world, we are estranged from the wisdom and beauty of nature and this deck suggests we can create opportunities to reconnect with it. Whispers of Love is a companion deck by the same artist and writer, also with 50 cards. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Mystic Dreamer's Tarot

The Mystic Dreamer Tarot boxed set with cards and book titled 'The Dreamer's Journal' by Barbara Moore,  Barbara Moore provided the text for 'The Gilded Tarot Companion, A Guide to the Mystic Faerie Tarot and Destiny's Portal. The cards are based on traditional tarot card meanings and reversed meanings are provided. Information on how to prepare for a reading, and there are pages for notes as this is a journal/workbook and instructions are given for its use. The card images are partly portrayed in soft tints and sepia colouring. Ask yourself 'what do I need to know about?' There is a 3 card 'past, present and future' suggestion or just lay down as many cards as seems appropriate and read the storyline. Other spread suggestions are provided. The moon is a recurring symbol in this deck, as the moon relates to intuition, creativity, magic and mystery.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Shaman's Oracle Cards

Circle Network Oracle card deck review: The Shaman's Oracle Cards for Ancient Wisdom and Guidance by John Matthews, illustrated by Wil Kinghan, Published by Watkins
Publishing in a good quality box with pull out drawer with excellent card stock. Pack contains hardback book, 52 cards and a template pictorial of a hand to aid reading. Pack price: £14.99, yes, brilliant value for money!

Information is provided about palaeolithic art which is found worldwide, in Australia, the Americas, Europe and China and has inspired the artwork for this deck. Each card carries a different image. Other information provided is about shamanism as an ancient spiritual practice. There is information on how to use the cards and how to frame questions. A sample layout helps with this process. Beautiful poems accompany each card. The images were excellent in transporting me into an inspirational space where the reading flowed quite naturally, sometimes without needing the book's

Thursday, 9 November 2017

12 Type Enneagram

The 12-Type Enneagram - Know Your Type. Improve Your Life By Matthew Campling. Published by Watkins Publishing, paperback: £10.99 250 pages, Author website: www.12egram.com

I like the traditional Enneagram as a method of personality definition, so when a new method is introduced, I feel excited. This book will be of interest to those who are entirely new to the Enneagram and to those who have experience of its insights.

The new development is to combine the Enneagram with astrological planets, such as Lunar, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, categorising 6 Main types and 6 Hybrid types. The book describes how to work with the system and another book by this author on the 12 types is currently in process. You can identify which you fall into, your family and friends, work colleagues, romantic partners, children and others. Even famous people are profiled.

Wild Kuan Yin Oracle

Circle Network: Wild Kuan Yin Oracle - Soul Guidance from the Wild Divine by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Wang Yiguang, published by blue Angel Publishing, boxed 44 cards plus guidebook,

"For free spirits, passionate hearts and dreamers of impossible dreams"

The Guidebook provides information about how to use the deck and suggests spreads: Bridge of Transition 4 cards, Seeing from a New Angle 4 cards. The Guidebook is excellent, providing different types of information about each card, meaning, divination, guidance and healing aspects.

The cards bear a number and a 5/6 word message and an artwork influenced by the Far East with many animals, women in flight, attractive fabrics and natural settings. The Award Winning artist, with a Masters Degree, has a distinctive style and is a teacher of Fine Art in China.

Alana Fairchild also has produced a sister deck to this one, titled 'Kuan Yin Oracle', in addition to Sacred Rebels, Crystal Goddess 888, Crystal Mandala Oracle, and Rumi Oracle. Alana is well experienced and highly sought after! She is a big favourite of mine! Top marks for write-up and artwork!
A great gift for a young woman - footloose and fancy free! Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Messenger Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Messenger Oracle 50 Cards plus Guidebook by Ravynne Phelan, published by Blue Angel Publishing www.dreamsofgaia.com

Quote from the introduction: "I am Gaia. I am the daughter of Great Spirit who is the Source of All. I am both magical and divine, as is all which I create. I am the Great Mother. I am your mother, and you, beautiful soul, are a physical manifestation of my love."

The artwork has great flair and imagination with dragons, snakes, trees, foxes, big cats, masks, raven, turtle, wolf, fox, owl, raven and other imaginary and real species. She began art as therapy to solve depression issues and began to specialise in the Earthy and magical, in Gaia and the Green Spirit.

Several spreads are suggested: The Guide Spread of one card, The Soul and Shadow, 3 card spread, The Gaia Tree 12 card spread. Each card has an image and a number and a 4 word message on the card. The guidebook provides information on how to use the cards and approx 60 - 80 words about each card. Enjoyable! All positive!

Author and artist, Ravynne Phelan aka Michele-lee Phelan also has produced other card decks:
Oracle of the Dragonfae
Mythic Oracle
Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Tarot and Kabbalah plus Video of Dovid Krafchow

MBS Circle Book Review: Kabbalistic Tarot - Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana by Dovid Krafchow Published by Inner Traditions Paperback $14.95 www.jewishbohemian.com

Though a slim volume of 132 pages, the explanation is sufficient to perform readings using this method that the author considers is just an introduction. The information in the book includes the tarot's historical roots in terms of the Kabbalah. Krafchow is known as the Jewish Bohemian and has designed what I suggest is a very good teaching module for those who want to include a Kabbalistic perspective in their tarot readings.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tarot for Magical Times

Circle Network Card Review: Tarot for Magical Times By Rachel Pollack and Johannes Fiebig. Published by AGM Urania. 160 page full color explanatory book £10.21 http://www.tarotworld.com/catalog/online-catalog.html

‘Enlightenment is man’s emergency from his self-incurred immaturity.’ Kant

Astrologically, we are influenced by the planet Pluto which entered the constellation of Capricorn in 2008. It will occupy this position until 2024 during which time we will experience a process of cultural and personal transformation due to the breakdown of organisational structures, dogma and habits. Previously, when this planetary configuration occurred, it was the time of the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment. Tarot for Magical Times focuses on this precise issue and uses the card of the Tower to play a central role in representing this planetary position.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Oracle card reading

I begin the reading with Magical Messages from the Fairies by Doreen Virtue. The card of Emotional Healing tells us 'As your heart heals of old emotional pain, you receive new blessings and love. As you let go of emotional wounds, you awaken to a new level of power and joy. Call upon supportive friends, professionals and others to help you connect with loving kindness, to see the beauty all around you, to take delight in in the growth of nature at this time'. The fairies are in the Mayblossom - go find them!

Next I have chosen Tiger's Eye from Gems Oracle Cards by Bianca Luna. This is a number 10 and shows the sign of Jupiter and links to the ajna chakra. No man is an island - or woman either! Sometimes we find ourselves in a complex world, and to live happily we must co-operate peacefully with others, help them, understand them, and sometimes challenge them when they make mistakes. The tiger's eye helps us to be far-seeing into the future and helps us with accuracy. It gives us idealism and love of humanity, and ensures our actions are purposeful, clear and caring.

The next card is Iris for communication from Journey to the Goddess Realm by Lisa Porter. Iris is the Greek Goddess Divine Messenger who travels through the multi-dimensional rainbow portals that bridge the realms of the sky. Her symbols are the rainbow and the iris flower. She appears in the sky to let us know the downpour has ceased and shows us beauty in the skies. Her large golden wings here assist her on her errands to bring good will. She devotes her life to serving others through pure sacred messages. She brings effective communication and reminds us of the importance of transparent speech. Say what you mean and mean what you say! Look up! The rain clouds have gone.

Lastly, Self-Reliance from Mystical Wisdom Cards by Gaye Guthrie and Josephine Wall. This card carries the message: Don't Be Afraid to Fly Solo. You have the courage and fortitude to lovingly assert yourself and your point of view. By doing so you gain respect and support from your friends, family and colleagues. It takes boldness and integrity to stand up for yourself and be counted, especially when no one else is supporting you. Trust yourself and value your opinions and judgment. Flying solo is a challenge that takes courage and confidence. This is your road to freedom. Become lion-hearted and know that your best protection is your own backbone! Use the mantra: If it is to be, it is up to me! William H Johnsen.
Wendy will be holding a Day of Divination at Woodford Spiritualist Church. See for details: http://woodfordchurch.com/What-s-on-2017

Dreams of Gaia

Circle Network card deck review: Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan. Boxed set of 85 high quality gold leaf edged cards and a guidebook. Published by Blue Angel Publishing £23.00
To Seek, to Feel, to Grow, to Heal! 

The deck is designed for self awareness communication with the 'Divine Gaia', the Great Spirit of the natural world. As you work with the cards, do not expect a yes or no answer as there are no definitive answers in life! This deck focuses on learning about yourself and about life itself, and when the cards speak, they provide options and possible solutions. Keeping a journal is suggested for best results. 

Each card has an image, a title and a number and greater explanation from the excellent book provides key phrases, meanings, past present and future for the Major cards and a 'potential blockage' which is the term used for an in depth reversed reading for that particular card. The deck is structured beyond the normal tarot deck for more advanced readings. There are 12 minor cards plus Queen and King. A number of card spreads are suggested. The Guide of 3 cards; the Dreamer's if 9 cards; The Dreaming Tree of 12 cards. 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Celtic Tree Oracle

Circle Network Card Review: The Celtic Tree Oracle - A System of Divination by Liz and Colin Murray, illustrated by Vanessa Card. Pack includes a Hardback book with instructions and advice and divinatory meanings, plus cards, size 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size plus a writing pad to record information about your readings, in addition to a record sheet for 13 card readings and instructions about the Ogham alphabet, tree lore and Celtic traditions. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Lo Scarabeo Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: 'Lo Scarabeo Tarot - The art of divining begins a new chapter' by Mark McElroy with artwork by Anna Lazzarini and published by Lo Scarabeo £17.99 

Nice slim-line cards 4.70" x 2.60". If someone has only one deck, this is the one to have! It is a combination of three premier tarot decks: The Waite-Smith, the Thoth, and the Tarot de Marseilles, and has been introduced by Lo Scarabeo as a flagship deck. It can be used for reflection and study or as a divination deck and the traditional meanings apply. It offers a flexible approach to divination suggesting the use of intuition though a good tarot book will be necessary for beginners as contained in the pack with the 78 cards is a little white instruction leaflet that gives just the card titles and two keywords, one for upright readings and one for reversed readings. A sample reading of the suggested 9 card 'Lo Scarabeo' spread is provided.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Tarot of Ascension

Circle Network card deck review: 2012 Tarot of Ascension by Pierluca Zizzi with artwork by Michele Penco and published by Lo Scarabeo at £17.99 - The end of the world as we know it is a gateway to profound transformation. As each soul reawakens, all humanity Ascends. This is a pack of 78 tarot cards (size: 7 x 12.5cm) and an instruction leaflet in 5 European languages which gives information on each card. 

Sacred Rebels Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Sacred Rebels Oracle - Guidance for Living a Unique & Authentic Life by Alana Fairchild with artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison, published by Blue Angel Publishing, £15.99 boxed set of 44 quality cards and guidebook. Author's website: http://alanafairchild.com/

TAROT ILLUMINATI card deck review

Circle Network Review: Tarot Illuminati – The Light Within by Erik C Dunne, published by Lo Scarabeo 

The artwork is extremely ornate and very elegant and includes some interesting symbolism with strong archetypal energies. This is certainly the most stylish and glamourous deck I’ve seen and for those who like to meditate on tarot cards, the images invite you to step within and experience the profound and magical landscape. I especially like the colouring. Working with the cards, I found them the most inspirational of the card decks I have in my extensive collection. I found that when I used large spreads I felt quite mind-blown due to the degree of power which is generated from these cards. 

Flower Reading Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Flower Reading Cards - Discover the Language of Nature by Cheralyn Darcey (author and artist), published by Rockpool Publishing, 36 cards in magnetic flip to open box with high quality explanatory booklet £14.99 Author website: www.cheralyndarcy.com

International flowers are featured, each card carries a title and subtitle, and linocut artwork, which is also painted by hand. The meanings have been developed through research and enquiry, personal experience and observation. In the booklet, each card has its common name and latin name, meaning, challenges, a botanical profile and a place of origin. Each flower has been given a personality by this environmental artist who uses recycled materials for the past twenty years for her artworks. Also provided is information on how to use the cards, pick a flower for each day, for oracle readings, meditation, healing and education. 

The Gospels' Veiled Agenda - Harry Freedman

Circle Network Book Review: The Gospels' Veiled Agenda - Revolution, Priesthood and The Holy Grail by Harry Freedman, published by O Books, paperback 182 pages £11.99 http://www.harryfreedmanbooks.com/

Dr Freedman here examines the life of Jesus and his mission which has parallels, connections and shadowing in the Old Testament. For instance, Isaac carried the wood for his own death on the pyre - and Jesus carried his cross to his crucifixion; a decree for all boy children to be put to death in the OT but Moses saved in the bull-rushes - and a similar decree occured in the NT but Jesus taken to Egypt for safety. Moses fasted 40 days and nights, as did Jesus. Many incidents in the lives of Adam, Noah, David, Joseph, Isaac, Elijah and others find Jesus in similar roles or making similar statements.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Oracle of Visions card deck review

Circle Network Oracle card deck Review: ORACLE OF VISIONS by Ciro Marchetti, published by U S Games Systems Inc, pack includes 52 cards (size 3.75 x 5.5 inches) and explanatory booklet. £17.99 www.ciromarchetti.com

It’s a feast! Carnival in Venice meets Cirque du Soleil meets Las Vegas Harlequin! You won’t find more Hollywood glamour than this!  
Ciro Marchetti has excited us yet again with his distinguished artwork! Following on from his immensely popular and amazingly beautiful tarot and Lenormand cards, we now have an oracle deck - but with a difference! Most oracle cards carry simple messages and lack depth but Marchetti has created this deck to inspire the reader. With minimal input, our inspiration, insight and intuition is encouraged to be individual and versatile. The cards carry a number only. If you wish for a title, the booklet provides titles, quotations and 100 – 200 words of information. All cards are read upright.
The cards are divided into 4 suits: Situations; Emotions; Actions and Behaviour. Two interpretations are provided for drawing for one card reading. A six card combination reading is also offered as a sample.  

Joie de Vivre Tarot

Circle Network Review: Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy Published by US Games 78 card deck with white booklet (78 pages) £19.99 

It's a most entertaining tarot deck to delight all ages! The front of packet is pic of Three of Cups where Gleam, Glitter and Glow dance together in celebration of their blessings and achievements. Waters of vitality spring forth from three cup flowers on Glitter’s head. Glow supplies a plethora of fruit and the scarab beetle dancing at their feet carries a message of regeneration and creation.

Victorian Steampunk Tarot

The Victorian Steampunk Tarot – Unravel the Mysteries of the Past, Present and Future, by Liz Dean and illustrated by Bev Speight. Published by Cico Books. The magnetised flip lip box includes a full deck of 78 tarot cards and a full colour explanatory booklet of each card.
The deck is very loosely based on the Rider-Waite deck but each card carries an individual computer graphic artwork to express the spirit of Victorian steampunk, the age of steam with modern counter culture anything is possible, plasma screens, hot air balloons, the era of Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Edgar with, for instance, clockwork hearts and butterflies, deconstructed burlesque and brass spyglasses. The cards can be interpreted either upright or upturned thought the backs are intended for exclusively upright use.

Each major arcana card is provided with a basic message with the astrological sign and keywords and a longer explanation of the card’s meaning both upright and upturned. Each minor arcana card is given an upright and upturned explanation. This is a creative tarot deck which centres on the Victorian’s love of botanical collections and the natural world. The Cups are depicted as dragonflies, the wands as moths, the swords as bees and the pentacles as beetles. The booklet provides information on how to prepare for a reading by creating space and attuning to the cards, protecting and cleansing them. There is also guidance for readers on what to do if you are unable to make sense of a reading. There are spreads, such as a 3 card reading for past, present and future, a 2 card spirit message, how to get a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer by laying the cards three times, 7 cards to answer a question, the week or year ahead with 7 or 13 cards and the 10 card cross. 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Templar Sanctuaries in North America

Circle Network Book Review: Templar Sanctuaries in North America - Sacred Bloodlines and Secret Treasures by William F Mann, Foreword by Scott F Wolter. Published by Destiny Books, 419 pages Paperback: £14.99 Also available in Kindle format.

Friday, 27 October 2017

The Virgin and the Pentacle

The Virgin and the Pentacle – The Freemasonic Plot to Destroy the Church by Alan Butler, published by O Books, paperback 192 pages £12.99 

This book opens with describing the vision of the Madonna at La Salette, France, on 19th September 1846 when two illiterate children (a 14 year old girl and an eleven year old boy) delivered to the church authorities a message of great criticism. The date was strategic as it was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (which takes place in the sun sign of Virgo, that of the Virgin). On this date, the planets were aligned in such a way as to be very extraordinary and the place also was very interesting. There are ancient lines throughout France known as ‘salt lines’ often ending in ‘al’ or ‘hal’ meaning ‘salt’. La Salette is on one of these ancient lines. It is stated that when many of the Knights Templar escaped when their order was persecuted, they arrived in Switzerland, Portugal, Scotland and perhaps America, and taking with them their secrets, such as the honouring of Mary as a symbol of Isis, the ancient goddess. The KT had connections to the great Cistercian abbeys, created by St Bernard and possibly they had connections to the Essene Brotherhood which were thought to have influenced Jesus and John the Baptist. 

Mandala Source Book

Circle Network Book Review: Mandala Source Book - 150 mandalas to help youfind peace, awareness and wellbeing By David Fontana and Lisa Tensin-Dolma, Published by Watkins Publishing.
The book contains 150 full colour complete mandalas from a variety of cultural and spiritual backgrounds, the majority have a title, explanation, a three step procedure of how to work with the mandala and a quotation.

I love mandalas and find them enjoyable, to meditate on, and to appreciate the geometric designs, the colours and symbols. I also find them relaxing even trance inducing. The information includes ways to work with the designs, the history, variety and creativity of mandalas.

The book is co-authored by the late David Fontana, Professor of Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology with an interest in parapsychology and Lisa Tensin-Dolma, a practising Buddhist.
Also by David Fontana:
Secret Language of Dreams
Life Beyond Death
A History of British Setial Killers
Meditation Week by Week
The Wisdom Seeker's Tarot
Is There an Afterlife?
Is Christianity Goid for Us?
Review by Wendy Stokes

Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights

Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights, 78 individually illustrated cards with decorative miniature images from the stories of this name by Leon Carre, published by Lo Scarabeo. A little white booklet is included in the pack with a few words of divinatory meaning for each card in English and 4 other languages. 

The wonderful collection of Middle Eastern tales have inspired this deck. The wicked Sultan Schahriar has an endless stream of brides who come to his chamber each night. After the wedding night is over, he has them killed. But the clever Scheherazade weaves him an endless story that holds his attention night after night. He falls in love with her and spares her life and they live happily ever after - so the story goes!

This deck is a magic carpet ride of wonder and delight. Every card has an individual image. Readings are very dependent on the readers' ability to connect to the Otherworld though the images and the stories the cards pertain to. 

The Enchanted Tarot

Circle Network Tarot card review: The Enchanted Tarot By Amy Zerner and Monte Farber - Box containing 78 cards, 192 page fully illustrated guidebook Published by Connections Book Publishing. 

Through the Enchanted Tarot we are invited to enter ‘a realm of myth and magic’ and this quality deck certainly delivers both by providing a depth of symbolism within traditional and other tales. I can vouch that this deck will come up to expectations for Tarot and art enthusiasts. Its strengths lie in its profound wisdom set within the card concepts, and also the beauty and majesty of its detailed illustrations (which can be viewed under a magnifying glass for added enjoyment.)