Friday, 20 July 2018

Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living


Circle Network Book Review: Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, by Melusine Draco, Paperback £9.99 E-book £6.99, Published by Moon Books

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Flower Therapy Oracle Cards



Circle Network Card Deck Review: Flower Therapy Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves. Boxed set of 44 cards and guidebook £13.99. http://www.hayhouse.co.uk/authorbio/doreen-virtue

Enjoyable high colour cards featuring flowers from across the world. How to use the cards, how to clear them, consecrate them, invoke angelic protection, and how to ask a question. Choose a 3 card spread or multiple cards! Each card is explained with 100 words of information on insight and healing. Gold leaf edging on mine, enjoyable high colour photo quality card images! Hay House is always good value and excellent quality card stock. The cards provide guidance for yourself and others. A latin and local name are given for each flower and a slogan of advice. Friendly, easy, take them to the coffee bar to share the readings with friends and family. 
Review: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Monday, 16 July 2018

Working With Spirit Guides Book Review

Circle Network Book Review: Working With Spirit Guides - How to Make Contact with Angels, Fairies and Power Animals by Teresa Moorey, published by Octopus Books, £12.99

This full colour book has easy and practical suggestions to use  - oils, colours, gemstones, visualisations and meditations, cleansing and healing exercises and rituals to contact ancestors, power animals, goddesses, Ascended Masters, previously incarnated spirits, etc. 

Ideal as a gift for a beginner, the book is easy to read and you can learn how to contact your spirit guides. Ideal for beginners. Teresa Moorey is a clinical hypnotherapist. Review: Wendy Stokes


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Working With Chi Book Review



Circle Network Book Review: Working with Chi - Practical Ways to Harness Energy by Madonna Gauding, published by Octopus Books, £12.99

 
There are many words for 'chi', for instance, ki, prana, ka, pneuma, and this full colour book explains how to work with this subtle energy that all life forms possess, and which aids our vitality, health and wellbeing. The topics covered in the book are Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises, the benefits of diet, special teas and foods, acupuncture, massage, stretches, posture, breathing, meditation, the elements, the meridians, the organs of the body, Taoism and Buddhism, philosophy, relaxation and related subjects. Though all subjects are lightly touched on, and perhaps suitable for a beginner in the healing arts, a more experienced practitioner could be reminded of many of the aspects of chi which aid our energy levels. Reflexology is not mentioned but I think many reflexologist might appreciate this book along with other mind body and spirit specialists. Review by Wendy Stokes

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

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.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Secret Life of Trees

Circle Network Book Review: The Secret Life of Trees - How they live and why they matter By Colin Tudge, Published by Penguin £8.99 with b/w drawing illustrations.

A delight on every page! Amuse your friends on your walks with precious stories from across the world about these common and wonderful plants. Trees feature in fairy tales, biblical stories, ancestral research, local history, they keep all species alive, we could not survive without them, and they are with us from the cradle to the grave. This book will make you fall in love, whether flowering, cones, nuts, berries, this book is lyrical and evocative with astounding research. This is a labour of love for what others take for granted! A deep fascination for an extraordinary subject! Practical, wise, knowledgeable, and tackling one of the most important matters for our society. On the button Colin! You are a gift to our world.  

Friday, 22 June 2018

Alexander Arbachakov and the Shor Shamans



The Last of the Shor Shamans by Alexander and Luba Arbachakov published by Moon Books. Lyn Roberts introduces this book as she visited the area to meet tribal elders of Tuva and Altae region with Bill Pfeiffer, founder of the Sacred Earth Network. 

Alexander Arbachakov is a native of the Shor region of Siberia and raised in a traditional village in the area. He is a photographer, an environmentalist, a local conservationist and a forestry specialist and he is Vice President of the Shortsi People’s Association. His co-author is Luba Arbachaka from a remote mountain farming area. She is an environmentalist, a folklorist and language specialist.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Secret Founding of America

Circle Network Book Review: 'The Secret Founding of America - The Real Story of Freemasons, Puritans & the Battle for the New World', written by Nicholas Hagger, published by Watkins Publishing, 352 pages, £9.99 Kindle, £5.03 Visit http://www.nicholashagger.co.uk/

This book charts the role of the Knights Templars, the Jacobites, Freemasons and the Illuminati in the discovery of America, and Bartholomew Gosnold's role in the founding of the British colonies. Nicholas Hagger takes us on a broad journey of discovery. This book is well researched and offers new points of view, discoveries and good connections on this fascinating, controversial and enjoyable subject. You will definitely find something new here! One of a trilogy, see below. 


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, 20 June 2018

World State and World Constitution Book Reviews

Circle Network Book Review: World Constitution - Constitution for the United Federation of the World written by Nicholas Hagger, published by O Books,  £8.99 Kindle: £8.39 Visit: http://www.nicholashagger.co.uk/

Published under the genre of Political Science, the author, Nicholas Hagger is an award winning author and writes prolifically in several academic fields, such as poetry, philosophy and history. He sees the USA as being founded on particular principles that lend themselves to the creation of a federation of countries that will address the vital issues of war, poverty and disease. A structure of rights and freedoms would be guaranteed to all world citizens under a replacement of the United Nations. It is highly possible that this will come to pass. This book describes a possible blueprint that Hagger has drawn up for politicians to discuss and possibly follow. This is a companion volume to the book below titled 'World State'. 

Motherpiece Tarot Deck

Tarot Card Deck Review: Motherpiece Tarot by Karen Vogel and Vicki Nobel published by U S Games Inc. Three products in this range: The original Motherpiece Round Deck, the Mini Deck, and the Guidebook and Card Set.

This deck is a revolutionary modern deck (circa 1980) which features matriarchal cultures with an earth based spirituality. The creators searched the world for early Goddess philosophy, myths, history and folklore whilst they were room-mates at Berkeley in California together. Both are life long feminists and interested in intuition, healing and the Divine Feminine. They produced these cards in the round - to be read not just as upright and reversed but with the four positions, so with innumerable potential for creative readings. 

Life After Death & The Afterlife Book Reviews

Circle Network Book Review: Life After Death and The World Beyond - Investigating Heaven & the Spiritual Dimension by Jenny Randles and Peter Hough

Does our consciousness survive earthy death? Where do we go when we die? Is there a place known as 'heaven'? Do we eat there, have sex, are there animals there, etc? What is a 'ghost'? These questions are explored in this interesting book along with coverage of apparitions of the Virgin Mary, lucid dreams, astral travel and astral planes, near death experiences, past lives, premonitions of death, encounters with angels, electronic voice phenomena, and the work of mediums and channellers. Written is such a way as to suggest belief in these spiritual ideas. Black and white images.

Golden Tarot Review - Kat Black



Circle Network Card Review: Golden Tarot by Kat Black Published by US Games Systems Inc £21.20 quality box with 78 cards and 198 page explanatory book. Website: http://goldentarot.com

Originally produced online where it gained publicity and recognition, this very beautiful card deck is produced to a very high standard and edged in gold leaf. The illustrator has used paintings dating from (1200-1500), a little known period known as International Gothic Style of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Many are owned by European churches. Tapestries, silks and brocades, carving, gilding, landscapes of hills, castles and crowns, gothic arches, stained glass, palfreys, talbots and flags, ornamentation and fine detail are the enjoyments of this deck. Classes of feudal society and aspects of human frailty are shown. The Rider-Waite symbolism is the foundation for the card concepts. The deck is for use more for personal insight and review than psychic fortune telling.  


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses & Heroines

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses and Heroines Divination Deck by Kay Steventon and Brian Clark, published by US Games Inc. Pack contains 52 cards size 2.75" x 4.75" with 52 cards, an information booklet and a spread sheet. £23.40

"The heroines task is to become herself in the world"

 
I have chosen as a sample Demeter, an Olympian Goddess, who carries the energy of ‘letting go’. She stands amidst her fields of grain watching over the harvest. As earth mother, she presides over fertility, birth, harvest, decay and rebirth. Her myth focuses on the loss of her daughter, Persephone, to the underworld. This poignant narrative of closeness, separation, grief, and reunion echoes the timeless theme of attachment and loss. On a divinatory level, Demeter suggests a breaking of the mother-daughter bond in order to develop independence. The card heralds a more mature phase of a relationship. Energy previously with-held, imprisoned 
feelings, or an aspect of the self that has felt violated can be released so that a new course of life may unfold. Attachment, separation, and loss are intricately woven into the tapestry of life. Mourning allows the process to be complete so that we may let fo and life can be renewed.

Monday, 18 June 2018

LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot



Circle Network 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. 


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Magicians of the Gods

 
Circle Network Book Review: Magicians of the Gods - The Forgotten Wisdom of the Earth's Lost Civilisation by Graham Hancock published by Hodder Books £9.99 paperback 592 pages with many colour plates, Author website:

This is the sequel to the International Bestseller 'Fingerprints of the Gods' which excited me, and on account of this, and his other books, I became interested in this British author's work.



The Master, The Raven and The Ageless Teapot Review

Circle Network Book Review: The Master, The Raven, and The Ageless Teapot - And All Because of the Letter by Denise McDermott-King, paperback published by Axis Munda Books, £9.99 141 pages, Author website: www.dmdking.com

This is the follow up book to McDermott-King's first, titled 'The Master, The Lover and Me'. Having not read the first, I found this was an adequate 'stand alone' book which can be appreciated in its own right. The author is knowledgeable about Theosophy and related esoteric subjects which provide the basis of recent interest in the communication with spirit guides. It is however, a very ancient philosophy that she has accessed for these two books.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Arc of the Goddess

Circle Network Book Review: Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts, published by Moon Books: www.kitchenwitchhearth.net

I really loved this book, written by two very experienced and knowledgeable women witchcraft practitioners, who consider themselves to be 'kitchen' witches! This book evolved from a year's online course, so is complete with marvellous ideas and practical exercises and is a journey of personal discovery, so it is suggested you keep a journal of your journey with the goddesses through the wheel of the year.  There is also an oracle card deck to accompany this book-style course. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Creature Teacher Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Creature Teacher - Animal Wisdom For All Ages by Scott Alexander King, illustrated by Sioux Dollman, boxed 45 cards and guidebook. www.animaldreaming.com

We can learn from other species and their intelligence, beauty and skills can provide us with guidance and inspiration that can enrich our lives. Wild and domesticated species are detailed with imaginary unicorn, dragons, etc., included.

Each card has an animal title and 3/4 word message and a hand painted image. The Guide book contains excellent and extensive information on each card. These are round cards and information on how to use them is provided. Spreads suggested are a one card reading and a three card reading. This would make a perfect gift for a teenager! I thought the box cover artwork looked a little 'Disney' and more for a pre-teenager. Don't be put off by the box cover artwork!
  The author, a primary school teacher has also has written:
'Animal Dreaming' and 'KIDS! Indigo Children and Cheeky Monkeys'.
Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

The Sword and the Grail

Circle Network Book Review: The Sword and the Grail - The Story of the Grail, the Templars and the true Discovery of America by Andrew Sinclair

This book describes the formation of the Knights Templars and the fortunes of the survivors after the inquisition in the 1300s. Rosslyn Chapel was built as the Grail temple with many indications of possible Templar treasure buried there. Could America have been discovered almost a hundred years before Columbus by Venician Zen brothers and St Clair family, who arrived in Nova Scotia and New England? The St Clair family history is fascinating, from its earliest time - by a healing well in Normandy - to become the Earls of Orkney and other high offices in Scotland. 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Your Life in Colour

Circle Network book review: Your Life in Colour - Empowering Your Soul with the Energy of Colour by Dougall Fraser and published by Hay House, paperback £12.99 Author website: www.dougallfraser.com

Dougall Fraser is a Los Angeles intuitive life coach and workshop facilitator. He has an ability to see auras and has added interests in meditation, chakras and colour healing. This book explains how to incorporate colour into our life and includes exercises, affirmations, meditations and suggestions on how to align ourself with colour energies. Colours can create positive and negative reactions so we need to find which colours work for us and he provides a simple course to work with a different colour each week. Dougall Fraser provides examples from his personal experiences and those of his clients. Each colour has a positive and a negative aspect and colour can help us to meet our goals, increase energy, influence and wellbeing. We can imagine a beautiful meditation such as imagining a ball of colour above our head which bursts into a shower of sparkles which rain down over us. He has a radio show on Hay House Radio and offers a blog on his website. White, gold, silver, blue, emerald green, purple, ruby red, orange, pink, mint green, I liked this book and I gained some excellent ideas from it. It improved my awareness of the beauty and power of colours and gave me an increased ability to enjoy nature and everyday objects. What a joy! You can find your gold aura for added independence, your purple for leadership and destiny, mint green for enthusiasm, red for empathy, orange for balance and perception, you can bring out your inner leader, and lots more to enjoy and learn from!
See Dougall Fraser's first book: 'But You Knew That Already - A Psychic's Journey Through Life'. Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Secret Language of Animals

Circle Network Card Deck Review: the Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards by Chip Richards, published by Blue Angel Publishing £15.99 46 cards with explanatory booklet.

The booklet provides information about how to use the deck, with each card numbered and titled and provided with keywords, a spiritual perspective and a message and affirmation. There is a section about the importance of understanding current planetary concerns and some recommendations of charitable institutions who are involved in protecting endangered wildlife, many of which are teetering on the edge of extinction

There is a dedication to the 'loving, living pulse of Mother Earth and all her sacred children' and that God speaks through nature and how our evolution is bound up with our awareness. The whale, bee, snake, eagle, all so different, all so unique. The author was influenced by nature as a child in Colorado and now living on the coast of Australia where he feels in communion with the natural world.


Ancient Italian Tarot

Circle Network Review: Ancient Italian Tarot

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Power Animal Oracle Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Power Animal Oracle Cards - Practical and Powerful Guidance from Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D Farmer PhD, Artwork by Eric Nesmith, published by Hay House £13.99. Boxed set of 44 cards plus guidebook, for readings for yourself and others. http://www.earthmagic.net/

Each card has a title of an animal and an image and a few words of advice. In the booklet, each card is presented in alphabetical order and has 100 words of explanation about the animal and the message it carries. There are instructions about power animals, how to prepare the deck for reading, storage, for use, etc. Upside cards reveal a blockage in the energy. Also included is information on how to invoke a power animal. 
I really enjoyed these cards, the images are beautiful and the messages are short and concise. How wonderful the species are on this planet! Swan, otter, owl, deer, fox, lynx, squirrel, coyote, cougar, buffalo, black panther, bear, antelope, dove, dolphin, turtle, snake, salmon, lizard, frog, buterfly, and so many more, some endangered, and all with beautiful artworks. It is possible to expand the short messages with your own.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Victorian Steampunk Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: the Victorian Steampunk Tarot - Unravel the Mysteries of the Past, Present and Future by Liz Dean, published by Cico Books in a flip lid magnetised box. Includes a full deck of 78 tarot cards with an illustrated booklet. Computer graphic designs by Bev Speight. The deck captures the spirit of the steampunk. Based on Rider-Waite deck but each card carries an individual artwork, with clockwork hearts and butterflies, deconstructed burlesque, brass spy glasses and other Victoriana. The cards can be interpreted upright or reversed though the backs give this away. Steampunk unites the age of steam with modern counter-culture. Anything is possible, plasma screens, hot air baloons, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe! For those who love the magic of retro! 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

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, 9 June 2018

Mystical Lenormand Review



This video explains how to read the Mystical Lenormand deck. Quality German tarot and oracle card publisher, AGM Urania has produced this inspired oracle card deck, designed by the medium, Regula Elizabeth Fiechter with artwork by the skilled, Urban Trosch. Both creators are experienced card specialists. In addition to the Mystical Lenormand, Fiechter has created the Mystical Kipper cards (and others), and Trosch has also provided very competent artwork for the Mystical Kipper (and others).