Sunday, 3 July 2022

9 Dimensions of the Soul

Mind Body & Soul Book Review: The 9 Dimensions of the Soul - Essence and the Enneagram by David Hey

Published by: O Books Paperback: £10.99 168 Pages

Author website: http://sbpra.com/davidhey/

This is an insightful and in-depth book by a student of Baghvan Shree Rajneesh. Along with an introduction, Core Understandings and a History of the Enneagram are provided Hey explains that the Enneagram as a symbol that has represented a way of understanding the spiritual evolution of mankind. 'Essence' is explained as 'different qualities of being' and 'our true nature'. Essence is explained as a way to look at our individuality and that what 'defines the aspects of our true nature'.  I clearly understood what the author was discussing as his words were easy to understand from both a humanistic and spiritual perspective.
Reviewer: Wendy Stokes Visit https://wendystokes.co.uk

Friday, 1 July 2022

Tarot for Magical Times



Mind Body & Soul Ezine 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.


Thursday, 30 June 2022

The Grail Tarot


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: The Grail Tarot - A Templar Vision by John Matthews, illustrated by Giovanni Caselli. Quality boxed set of 78 cards and guidebook. Published by REDFeather  (Schiffer Publishing) US $34.99 : U.K. £31.99

This deck provides high quality artwork that has esoteric meaning and expert symbolism. It is accompanied by an excellent book describing the card deck’s concept of the Grail, said here to be the holiest and most mystical relic of the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, a group of Christian monks founded in 1119. The Grail mystery is central to the deck’s concept, its historical background, and the deck’s spiritual teaching. It is an initiatory deck that contains life guidance.

Each card has a painted image, a number and title, a description of the image, a background to the Grail story, a Grail Question for the Trump cards, and a Divinatory meaning that contains spiritual guidance. A few keywords are provided as a reading prompt. 

Auset Gypsy Tarot

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: Auset Gypsy Tarot by James Jacob Pierri, original illustrations by Rebecca Stotsenburgh and Heather Scott. Published by REDFeather. UK: £22.99 US: $24.99


Mind Body & Spirit Ezine Book and Card Set of 78 Cards and full colour guidebook is contained within a magnetic clip closure quality presentation box. Good sturdy card stock with gold leafed edges, size: 7 inches x 4 inches.

The concept of this deck is stylish and unconventional. An‘on the move’ dream-like adventure, with modern styling and a hint of antiquity that was 20 years in the making. It dances, struggles, juggles, charms and heals. It’s quirky, joyful, Bohemian and full of the wonder and magic of the goddess Isis and of the Gypsies. There is autobiographical information provided, as the deck is the very personal perspective of the Creator, Designer and Writer, James Jacob Pierri, an Astrologer and International Tarot Reader who was known under the name of the Auset Gypsy when reading cards at Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios Theme Park. From there, he built a clientelle of movie stars and other celebrities. The two female artists are graphic artists who add their quirkiness to the mix. Within the deck are astrology, myths and secrets, gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and it has a canny style of know how, and it introduces us to all the fun of the fairground! It unlocks spiritual insights but always suggests you use your own intuition. The cards can be used for meditation, inspiration, and personal development. “The bitter truth is better than the sweetest lie”. 

June Oracle Card Reading

The first card I have chosen for Mind Body & Soul Ezine readers this month is Ten of Coins from the Dali Universal deck and the image is a scene from the 1863 painting by Ingres titled ‘The Turkish Bath’. Dali has combined the image with butterflies and ten coins placed in a circle to represent the joys of life, good results, blossoming talents, and wealth. Dali’s greatest fears are overcome; isolation, loneliness and disappearing into a crowd, each replaced with communal enjoyment and sensuality as the bath represents a baptism of renewal and purification. It represents a fountain of youth and vigour. Great wealth lies in acknowledging and fulfilling our responsibilities in the world. Change is inevitable and it opens a door to all possibilities. We are advised to co-operate, seek mutual support, and compromise, and allow each individual to follow their own path. We are heeded not to sacrifice individuality or independence and to empower everyone to walk their own path.  


Saturday, 25 June 2022

LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot



Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: LeGrande Circus and Sideshow Tarot by Joe Lee, published by US Games Systems, Inc., card size: 3.5" x 4.5" 78 cards plus information booklet in a strong, lift-off lid box. 

Joe Lee has worked in circuses as a clown and fire-eater. He is also an art teacher so he knows the ropes and has produced this themed deck which reflect the energy, atmosphere, sights and sounds of the circus and all the fun of the fair. The cards are very squarish in shape and have a vintage style poster look (1930s - 1950s). Wild animals, many endangered, were still used in circuses - and in some countries without animal rights laws - still are, so their contribution is included in this deck. Lion, tiger, elephant and horses were the mainstay of the circus and they are featured on the cards. You will also find every daring do imaginable here from Ringmaster, highwire, trapeze, strong-man, knife thrower, clowns of all kinds, people from all countries, to those at the front of house who are not forgotten along with the massively hard work involved in putting up the big top and taking it down again and getting the show on the road to the next location. The stress and strain, with the help of the elephants is the price to pay for the magic, sensation, amazement and joy that the acts are designed to provide. 


Friday, 24 June 2022

The Medicine Woman Tarot

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review: The Medicine Woman - Inner Guidebook - A Woman's Guide to her Unique Powers Using The Medicine Woman Tarot Deck by Carol Bridges, published by U S Games Systems Inc.

I like this book very much. It begins with a gypsy story about wholeness and the origin of the tarot. Information is provided on how to use the cards, preparing for a reading, etc. This Inner Guidebook is a teaching manual which takes the user on a journey of personal and spiritual improvement. With a Native American influence, it includes ancient wisdom, Earth honouring, personal power, and spiritual responsibility and progress, which are developed through visualisations, affirmations, exercises, diet advice, colours, invocations, a consciousness map, and grounded learning. 


Designed as a bridge to a loving world and a method of healing. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

The Tarot Masters

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review: The Tarot Masters - Insights from the World's Leading Tarot Experts, Edited by Kim Arnold, Published by Hay House, paperback, 156 pages £9.99 

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

The Illuminati Tarot


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: The Illuminati Tarot - Keys of Secret Societies by Casey DuHamel and illustrated by Bob Greyvenstein Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Presentation boxed set of 78 cards with full colour guidebook. U.K. : £36.99  US : $39.99

Provided along with the card image, number and title, the Majors have association with the Priory of Sion, all have a quote, an explanation of the card and its symbolism, the keywords and meaning in a reading, in addition to its archangel, astrology sign, Cabala path, element and Hebrew letter. Plenty of new material here for the general Tarot reader. 

The Court Cards are Novices (Pages - Earth), Initiates (Knights - Air) Adepts (Queens - Water), and Mages (Kings - Fire) all are given a quote, an explanation and keywords, and their individual Nature, Element, Tetragrammaton and Card Persona. All Pips have keywords. 

Monday, 20 June 2022

The Magian Tarok


Mind Body and Soul Ezine Book Review: The Magian Tarok - The Origins of the Tarot in the Mithraism and Hermetic Traditions by Stephen E Flowers PhD, images by Amber Rae Broderick.  3rd Revised and Expanded Edition 2019, published by Bear & Co. Author website: https://seekthemystery.com

"To master the Fruit, know the Root"

The author, Professor Flowers has written 24 books and is a scholar of Indo-European religions and languages. He  holds a Doctorate in Germanic Languages and Mediaeval Studies from University of Texas at Austin, and studied the History of Occultism at University of Gottingen, Germany.

This dissertation takes a fresh look at the tarot work of Sigurd Agrell (1881-1937), a Swedish philologist and professor who worked in 1920s and 1930s. It traces the historical roots and mythology of the tarot to the Stoeicheia, a mysterious 22 letter Roman oracular alphabet used as a template for the major arcana, quite possibly used in Mithraism initiation and teaching of the Magi.
 A chapter is given to the Magic Disk of Pergamum.


Sunday, 19 June 2022

Nostradamus and The Lost Templar Legacy


Mind Body Soul Ezine Book Review: Nostradamus and The Lost Templar Legacy by Professor Rudy Cambier

Rudy Cambier is a linguist of ancient languages including Picard, and researched the verses of the Nostradamus opus for a decade. He noticed they were relevant on three levels. One conclusion was that these are not words from the time of Nostradamus, nor are they from the region of Provence. His studies show that the stanzas - reputed to be from the pen of the French visionary - were written by a Cistercian monk, in the era of between 1323 and 1328, and from the borders of the area of Belgium - and the author reveals the site of Knights Templar treasure. 

The author translated the Nostradamus 'prophecies' and discovered that a Prior by the name of Yves de Lessines had waited many years for someone - known as the l'attendu' - to collect the treasures of the Knights Templar but he failed to arrive. In order to record where the treasures were kept, the Prior wrote this cryptic lay which was stolen by Michel de Nostradame. The author is said to have traced the instructions and found a hoard of Knights Templar treasures!  

Saturday, 18 June 2022

The Green Man Tree Oracle



Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: The Green Man Tree Oracle – Ancient Wisdom from the Greenwood by John Matthews and Will Worthington Published by Connections Book Publishing. 25 cards plus companion book. Now republished by Eddison Books under the title "Spirit of Nature Oracle". 

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

Friday, 17 June 2022

Messages from the Spirits of Nature Oracle


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: Messages from the Spirits of Nature Oracle by Dr Steven D Farmer. Art by Scott Breidenthal. Boxed set of 44 cards and guidebook. Published by Hay House

Dedicated to restoring of our relationship to nature, and the knowledge of how we are a necessary part of the intricate web of this planet’s amazing life. 

From the box lid: Discover the Magic of Communicating with the Spirits of Nature

The intention of Messages from the Spirits of Nature Oracle is to help us to connect to the beauty, majesty and wisdom of the elements; to help us to understand the messages from plants, rivers, stones and species; and to help us to honour the natural world and appreciate how it can guide and teach us. The deck provides a revival of the ancient shamanic knowledge and is designed to help shift our consciousness towards navigating through the challenges we face, personally and collectively. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Tarot of the Golden Wheel

Mind Body Soul Magazine Card Deck Review: Tarot of the Golden Wheel by Mila Losenko, published by US Games Systems Inc. Boxed set of 78 cards and guidebook. £15.99

With inspiration from Russian folk tales and with bright hand painted artworks of costume and the traditional rural culture of the Slav ccountryside, this is a deck of great beauty and meaning. The artist and concept writer, Mila Losenko originates in the Altai Mountains. She has a degree in Teaching Fine Arts and works as a book illustrator. She has produced a very interesting card deck in the Tarot of the Golden Wheel with exquisite water colour paintings!


The Goblin Market Tarot


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Tarot Card Deck Review: The Goblin Market Tarot - In Search of Faery Gold by John Matthews with artwork by Charles Newington. Boxed set of 80 cards and Guidebook, published by Watkins Publishing. £22.99 

This tarot deck is loosely inspired by the dreamlike poem The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (sister of Dante Gabriel) and was written in 1862 when she was 32 years old. It is a poem of innocence, temptation, indulgence, redemption and sacrifice. You will find it rich in wild abandon, naked naughtiness, witchy wonder, charms, spells, mystery, mischief, strangeness and forbidden secrets, with fruits, vines and flowers, in mossy glades and forest streams, and with enjoyable, witty and sometimes tricky and fancy characters that are easy to bring to life in your readings! 

Instructions are provided on how to work with this deck with examples of spread readings. Meanings are provided in 200 words for Majors and 100 for Minors, with upside and downside keywords. There are, in addition to the 78 Tarot Cards, The Sisters which are 2 Wild Cards: The One Who Went into Faery and The One Who Stayed at Home.

Trump archetypes are retitled to set the scene of faeries of all kinds, taken from this poem and other folklore traditions. The Court Cards of Porter, Knight, Lady and Lords of Platters, Crowns, Cups and Wands. Suggested spreads are The Goblin Market Stall (11 Cards), The Four Fruits (4 Cards), The Goblin Market Exchange (2 Cards), Counting Out the Cards (a chant), and The Sisters (4 Cards). 

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

The Muse Tarot

Mind, Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: The Muse Tarot by Chris-Anne, published by Hay House. £21.78 cards and an accompanying guidebook are presented in a quality hard box. Visit website: Chris-Anne.com

Words printed on the inside of the box: "There is magic in truth, there is truth in my veins. Where my blood speaks in sooth, and my mind has no reins." 

Feminist Spirituality - The Goddess

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review - Jailbreaking the Goddess - A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality by Lasara Firefox Allen, http://lasarafirefoxallen.com/ 267 pages Published by Llewellyn Books, $22.99 US

This is a fascinating and new 5 fold model to replace the traditional 'maiden, mother and crone' 3 fold aspects of the goddess.

The five new aspects introduced in this book are:

Femella - The Child
Potens - Woman of Power
Creatrix - She Who Creates
Sapientia - Woman of Art and Wisdom
Antiqua - The Ancient One

Monday, 13 June 2022

The Square & The Circle


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review - The Square & The Circle - The Influence of Freemasonry on Wicca and Paganism by Payam Nabarz, published by Avalonia Books. paperback £10.99

Wow! Connections between Freemasonry, Christianity, Mithraism, ritual Wicca, Sufism, Zoroastrianism, paganism, esotericism, and more! We might think that the great minds behind religious movements are inspired by revelations, but they borrow more from the ancient past than we think! If a set of moral codes, rituals and beliefs has survived for millennia, why not add and take from established literature and use what works! 

Of interest to all levels, from historians to the general reader. It reads like a written painting, with broad brush strokes, a revelation in every sentence! How imperative it is for those who develop religious, spiritual and social networks, brotherhoods, etc., that they declare where their ideas originate, and what they have absorbed from other dogmas. 

I'm impressed by this study. Recommended! 

The Hoodoo Tarot

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: The Hoodoo Tarot - 78-Card Deck and Book for Rootworkers by Tayannah Lee McQuillar. Drawer pull presentation box containing card and book. Published by Destiny Books. US: $35 CAN: $ 43.99 UK: £17.50

American occult and esoteric syncretism is combined with native species plant lore, and words from the Judeo-Christian Bible, alongside personalities drawn from history, myths and storytelling. They all feature in this fascinating deck of cards. I liked the personalisations. We are introduced to selected characters that I found I got to know through my imagination as much as their introduction by the deck creator Tayannah Lee McQuillar.

Ancient Spirit Rising

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review: Ancient Spirit Rising - Reclaiming Your Roots and Restoring Earth Community by Pegi Eyers, published by Stone Circle Press. Website: http://www.stonecirclepress.com/
Academic yet readable description of outlawed Anglo Settlers/colonizers/the dominant culture oppressed native peoples of the Americas and indigenous spirituality, language, ceremonies, fashions, rituals, songs, handicrafts and traditions that were handed down through the generations.  Now, when First Nation (Native Americans) try to research and recover their valuable heritage, they find it has been badly imitated, stolen and distorted by white colonizers, without acquiring permission for Indigenous Tribal Peoples’ intellectual property rights, material owned by the Indigenous Tribes that was faithfully given to them by their Ancestors for their protection and wellbeing. To take the wisdom of these ancient and sophisticated indigenous tribes for personal gain, only repeats past colonial abuses. ‘Cultural appropriation’ takes from Indigenous tribes who were cruelly treated for generations and continues and exacerbated the violations, as is ignorant and destructive. First Nations are saying "find your own ancestral traditions" - don't take and corrupt ours!

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Archangel Fire Oracle


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: Archangel Fire Oracle by Alexandra Wenman. Boxed set of 40 cards and guidebook. Published by Findhorn Press. US $25 : Canada $31.50 : U.K. £15.99 

This is an enjoyable deck of cards. It introduces us to 40 high ranking angelic icons who act as Divine Guides through the messages they transmit to us about spiritual evolution, of ‘ascension’ and ‘enlightenment’. The cards are divided into 17 different suits that relate to chakras, colour schemes, and frames and includes a balance of male and female energies. 

Through these, we connect to our inner truths, our authenticity, to move to a place of deeper and higher consciousness. A similar on each card is to assist with attunement and to purify us so we can live to our greatest potential. By working with angelic qualities you can strengthen your connection to the divine. 

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Victorian Steampunk Tarot


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: 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.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tantric Love Letters

Mind, Body & Soul Ezine Book Review: Tantric Love Letters by Diana Richardson Published by Manta Books Paperback: £12.99  221 pages

The author, Diana Richardson is a leading authority on tantric sex and has written several books on the subject (some with her husband, Michael). She trained with the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Community and the Barry Long Foundation. A qualified lawyer and therapeutic massage teacher, she conducts 7 day workshops in Switzerland on Tantra with her husband. Also authored by Diana Richardson 'Tantric Orgasm for Women', 'Tantric Sex for Men', 'The Heart of Tantric Sex' and 'Slow Sex'. 


Monday, 6 June 2022

Adventures in Eco-therapy


Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book Review: Acorns Among the Grass - Adventures in Eco-therapy By Caroline Brazier Published by: O Books Paperback price: £11.69 Kindle price: £5.14 248 pages Author’s website: http://amidatrust.ning.com/profile/carolinebrazier

Caroline Brazier is a psychotherapist and Buddhist, and author of a number of books on Buddhist psychology and Other-Centred therapeutic approaches. In her latest book she explores the possibilities that Deep Ecology and Buddhist psychology offer for healing the human psyche in nature as she writes about her experiences leading a week-long summer eco-therapy retreat in the heart of rural France, weaving into the narrative other relevant experiences both before and after this key period. She offers her book as “a scattering of acorns, thrown out by the wind into the long grass,” expressing the hope that some of them may sprout and grow.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

The Mythic Tarot

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Book review: The Mythic Tarot Workbook by Juliet Sharman-Burke, a psychotherapist who co-authored the tarot card deck of the same name. This book is intended for use with the Mythic Tarot cards and is intended to replace a workshop for deepening and widening knowledge through guided fantasy exercises for all 78 cards, meditations, and methods to help interpret the cards. There is also a suggestion for journaling and space is provided for this. There are pen line sketches of the Major Arcana for colouring. Information is provided on how to read the cards for yourself or for others. There are suggested spreads titled: Horoscope, Ten Card, Horseshoe, Triangle and Star.


Saturday, 4 June 2022

Spiritsong Tarot

Mind Body & Soul Ezine Card Deck Review: Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy, published by US Games Inc. Boxed set of 78 cards plus information booklet. Cards size: 3" x 5" Price Point: UK £15.34 US S17.99  website: www.paulina.ws


All 78 cards (Major and Minor Arcana) are individual artworks where animals rest in a fairyland bower of swirls, flowers. leaves and dots, like sand on a dreamlike seashore. The deck unites the traditional wisdom of tarot cards with the shamanic tradition, where animals provide spirit guidance and learning. The intention of this combination is to provide empowerment and insight, and connection to our higher self through the traditional wisdom of animals.

The four suits are: Acorns for wands, Feathers for swords, Shells for cups, and Crystals for pentacles. Each card carries an image, title and a few keywords. Some cards have had a creative name change: The Fool is now The Traveller; the Hierophant is Shaman; The Lovers is Love; Death is Transformation; The Devil is The Shadow, and others, always erring on the side of a positive and uplifting meaning. The booklet provides greater information on how to use the cards, their more advanced meaning, and suggested spreads, such as: One Card Oracle Reading, Three Card Oracle Reading, The Spiritsong Star (6 cards); The Spiritsong Healing (6 cards) and the Spiritsong Tree of Life (10 cards). Reversed meanings are included and the card backs do not expose which way the cards are laid.