Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Ancient Spirit Rising

Circle Network Review: Ancient Spirit Rising - Reclaiming Your Roots and Restoring Earth Community by Pegi Eyers, published by Stone Circle Press. Website: https://spiritofthehills.org/project/pegi-eyers/

The spirituality of Turtle Island is a role model for all people with ways of life which bring about health and wellbeing, with an honouring of the planet and all its species. Drawing from nature, First Nation spirituality, we learn how we can live in harmony, humility and respect and create a sustainable future. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

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.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

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! 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

The Secret Legacy of Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Circle Network Book Review: Jesus Mary Joseph - The Secret Legacy of Jesus and Mary Magdalene by Ariadne Green published by Palm Leaf Press, 316 pages £10.80

'The truth is not hard to kill and a lie well told is immortal' Mark Twain

In the sixth century, Pope Gregory manipulated information provided in the New Testament about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and he accused Mary Magdalene of being a prostitute! He also changed the role of Jesus and the message of his mission. This book explains that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children, and they travelled from Judea to Egypt and then to Gaul and Britain. This is a well researched book which provides detailed information and new material of considerable interest. I sensed whilst reading it, a peace and tranquility, and a beauty that the author, Ariadne Green, imparts to the reader. Green has a background in Educational Psychology, with a thesis in the Philosophy of Psychology, focussing on consciousness studies. She is also a dream expert who devoted ten years to this particular book, including he visit to places in the Middle East associated with the life of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Tarot Apokalypsis Review

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Tarot Apokalypsis, published by Lo Scarabeo, text by Kim Huggens, artwork by Erik C Dunne. Boxed set of 79 cards and full colour hardback book 464 pages. £27.99

Who are you today in the Land of Apokalypsis?

This is the follow up to the award winning Tarot Illuminati, which was the first collaborative tarot deck between these two great tarot specialists, Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne, and is produced by the prestigious Tarot publishing house, Lo Scarabeo. It offers rich symbolism, astrological and kabbalistic meanings, and takes us across the world to ancient myths. To this deck, a new card has been added, creating 79 card deck.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Greek Mythology Reading Cards Review

Circle Network Card Review: Greek Mythology Reading Cards - Wisdom from Ancient Greece by Alison Chester-Lambert, illustrated with digital collages of classical artworks by Richard Crookes, published by Findhorn Press. Box comprises of explanatory booklet plus 50 cards.

Each card depicts a different Greek deity and the booklet has adequate explanations of each. The illustrations are majestic, enjoyable with photos and collages of paintings and sculptures from ancient Greece. These deities have been waiting in the wings to be consulted by us as they were consulted by the ancients, for guidance and advice. Since ancient times, the gods and goddesses have been implored for support at times of difficulty. Athena will provide strength for a task, Hera for the home, Eros to acquire a new love, Zeus for confidence. Sleep with them beside your bed for inspiration.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Gaian Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Gaian Tarot - Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves text and artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert, published by Schiffer Books, quality boxed set of 78 cards and guidebook. 

I am immediately attracted to the title, as caring for the Earth Goddess is also caring for ourselves and for future generations. For me, the New Age is about Earth centred spirituality, and this deck has this important emphasis. This is Tarot for those who love the natural world. It has been 9 years in the making and is a spiritual weathervane to connect us to the Divine Feminine. It is presented as an eco course to raise planetary consciousness. The author is a teavpcher and workshop facilitator, the deck  highlights the importance of indigenous species and the dangers of imported species. She is a sage woman, one of the wisdom keepers of the Goddess spirituality movement and she presents the deck as a tool for inner awareness and guidance. 

Monday, 2 April 2018

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.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Second Messiah Review

Circle Network Book Review: The Second Messiah - Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasony by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, published by Fair Winds Press, paperback 260 pages $18.95

This book is well researched by the authors of The Hiram Key and ties up some gaps in time. From the early times following the death of Jesus, the Jewish members of the royal House of David, a hereditary priesthood, have largely been forgotten, or perhaps intentionally hidden by the early leaders of the emerging Christian sect. These would have been the real Popes in true apostolic succession. Was there a bloodline that was protected until the time of the creation of the Knights Templar Order, when 11 selected French knights under Hughes de Payen, went to search under the Jerusalem Temple for what might have been scrolls, valuables, relics or other valuables, hidden for safety and left to them by their ancestors when Jerusalem fell in AD 70? The enormous building programme of cathedrals throughout France and 

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. 

Saturday, 31 March 2018

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.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Rosslyn Chapel Decoded

Circle Network Book Review: Rosslyn Chapel Decoded - New Interpretations of a Gothic Enigma By Alan Butler and John Ritchie, paperback, £10.99 US $21.95 Published by Watkins Publishing, 262 pages.

This is an outstanding book by two of the biggest authors in current esoteric investigation who are specialists in investigating the enigmatic Scottish masterpiece, Rosslyn Chapel. What new is there to say? Evidently lots! Why was the Chapel built? What is so very special about the building? What ancient knowledge was used in its design? Was an ancient religious movement involved? What special information do the authors insist is given to visitors to the Chapel? When all is silent, what can be heard? Is there a scent in the building, as what is that scent? 
The research takes us from Scotland to the US, through amazing accounts of Hiram Abif, royalty, astrology and astronomy, ancient texts,

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. 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Chakras The Essential Guide

Circle Network Book Review: The Essential Guide to Chakras - Discover the Healing Power of Chakras for Mind, Body and Spirit by Swami Saradananda, quality paperback, £10.99 published by Watkins Books, 288 full colour pages. Author website: http://www.flyingmountainyoga.org/

This book is excellent value indeed for all the thorough and well organised information that it contains. It is a teaching guide as well as a reference book to work with the chakras for energy and healing. The book explains what chakras are, how to tell if they are malfunctioning, how to balance and cleanse them, how to protect yourself while working with them. There are exercises, meditations, breathing instructions, and mantras. Each of the seven major chakras are explained in detail, including yoga poses.

Everything you wanted to know about chakras! The definitive guide - a by a female Swami too! Review by Wendy Stokes 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Crystal Visions Tarot

Circle Network Tarot Card Review:
CRYSTAL VISIONS TAROT CARD DECK by Jennifer Galasso Published by US Games Systems, Inc Website: www.crystalvisionstarot.com  
Jennifer Galasso studied art, graphic design and psychology and has produced a very enjoyable deck with a young female energy. Her fantasy artwork is also available as greeting cards, prints and figurines and her illustrations have been published in anthologies and magazines.

The title ‘Crystal Visions’ was taken from a music CD of the songwriter, Stevie Nicks, and the flowing beauty and elegance of these songs is reflected in the delicacy, femininity and enchanting quality of the card’s artwork. The symbol of the crystal ball is also detailed in several of the images within the deck and provides an

Monday, 26 March 2018

Cave and Cosmos

Circle Network Book Review: Cave and Cosmos - Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality by Michael Harner, paperback 301 pages £15.58, Kindle £10.50 published by North Atlantic Books. www.shamanism.org

The late Prof Harner was one of the earliest pioneers, advocates and investigators of indigenous cultures and he repackaged them for Western consumption making shamanism a popular healing method. His followers describe him as a 'shamans' shaman' on account of his vast travelling and study of this subject matter as both an academic and a practitioner. The advantages of sharing his personal experiences is that he provides a glimpse into the nature of indigenous shamanism. Shamanism was his life long passion and this book is the sequel to his classic book The Way of the Shaman, upon which he made his name as a dedicated researcher. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Healing Ancestral Karma

Circle Network Book Review: Healing Ancestral Karma - Free Yourself from Unhealthy Family Patterns paperback £14.99 Kindle: £8.79 by Steven Farmer PhD Published by Hierophant Publishing. Author website: www.earthmagic.net

Westerners believe that anyone is capable of becoming a shaman but becoming a shaman finds you, rather than you finding it! Melodies are given to the shaman in dreams. Singing them elevates consciousness and readjusts energy level and activates healing. Shamanism brings the Otherworld into this world and includes morality and also involves attending to the needs of the community. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

The Tipping Point

Circle Network Book Review: The Tipping Point - How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell, published by Abacus. Michael Gladwell's Blog is available here on this link: http://gladwell.typepad.com/gladwellcom/

All kinds of 'laws', 'rules' and definitions here! How to live your life! Case studies and stories demonstrate how power and control and belief can change your life!

I always question these definitive ways to live your life, but do I believe that small things matter? Yes, definitely, and the small aspects of life, all congregate together to make the big things!
Also by the same author:
David & Goliath
What the Dog Saw
The Box Set 

Journey to the Dark Goddess

Circle Network Book Review:  Journey to the Dark Goddess – How to Return to Your Soul by Jane Meredith Published by Moon Books  Paperback: £12.99 Author website: http://www.janemeredith.com/

Jane Meredith provides a valuable method to relieve depression and grief by integrating a part of our life which is usually repressed to our detriment. The ancients provided a map in the form of myth, as they knew there is life wisdom in confronting death before it happens. The Goddess was the one who wove the thread of life, cast on and struck down, and She is the one to guide our journey to life review and wholeness.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

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.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Universal Goddess Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti, published by Lo Scarabeo. 5inches by 3 inches card size. £22.95 

78 goddesses of the world pictured with latin numerals only. Major and minor arcana with court cards all pictured. Information is contained in the little white booklet is in English and 5 other languages. Suggested 'Temple' layout has 6 cards; 1 and 2 represent the current situation, cards 3 and 4, the solution, 5 offers a sacrifice and 6 the response. The deck can be used for meditation upon a goddess, for fortune telling or for learning about personal growth, learning and enjoyment. Card backs are designed in such a way that it is impossible to know before the card has been revealed whether it is upside down (reversed) or not but no reversed meanings are given in the accompanying leaflet. There are words from the mouth of the goddess to guide, advise and inspire. 

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.

Mandala Source Book

Circle Network Book Review: Mandala Source Book - 150 mandalas to help youfind peace, awareness and wellbeing By David Fontana and Lisa Tenzin-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

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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.