Thursday, 24 May 2018

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. 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Mythic Tarot

Circle Network book review: The Mythic Tarot Workbook by Juliet Sharman-Burke. 

This is a substitute for a workshop designed for the Mythic Tarot deck by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene. Readers gain knowledge of themselves and can use this knowledge to interpret the cards for other people. Guided fantasy and colouring exercises of the Major Arcana help develop a closer relationship to the archetypes, and details of each element. Astrology signs, myths and divinatory meanings are provided plus questions to help with more accurate readings. A record of your work is used to chart your progress. The mythological references to each Major and its divinatory meaning with full 500 word explanation, followed by the card image are provided for you to colour with space for notes and the thoughts and experiences in the guided fantasies. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

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.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Healing Handbook Review

Circle Network Book Review: The Healing Handbook - A Spiritual Guide to Healing Yourself and Others by Tara Ward, spiral bound, published by Arcturus.

Techniques and tools here for all aspects of healing, including information on chakras, relaxation, self assessment, releasing anger and resentment, physical healing, creating a healing sanctuary, increasing sensitivity, developing intuition, spiritual protection, absent healing, pendulums, crystals, colour, sound, massage, cutting ties, etc. Very general and simply written. A good primer!
By the same author:
Discover Your Psychic Powers
Discovered Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation and Dreamwork 
The Complete Book of Healing
The Telepathy Kit

Review: Wendy Stokes

Step by Step Reiki Review

Circle Network Book Review: Step by Step Reiki - How to Channel the Power of Natural Healing published by Hermes House, written by Carmen Fernandez.

Ethics, first aid, flower essences, colour harmony, hand positions, affirmations, symbols, attunements, cleansing, self care, chakras, crystals, aromatics, insences, etc., covered in this general but useful book on the natural healing method referred to as 'reiki'. There are sections on working with children, group healing methods, pets and plants, and how to apply the principles to your life! Illustrated with 150 full colour photographs. Beautiful - a suitable gift for a new recruit! 
Also by this author:
How to do Reiki
Reiki for Health and Healing 
Reiki Healing (New Age)
Review: Wendy Stokes

Your Healing Power Review

Circle Network Book Review: Your Healing Power - A Comprehensive Guide to Channeling Your Healing Energies by Jack Angelo, website: Published by Piatkus. Cost: Paperback: £10.99
'There is a sacred journey we were born to take. It is 'The Great Healing'.

This book, written by Sputh Wales healer and energy medicine specialist is as an illustrated course for those interested in learning how to heal. Spiritual exercises, explanations, instructions, blessings, relaxation, balancing, opening up, closing down, clearing negative energy, meditation, imagery, candle flame, dreams, energy blocks, inner child, life renew, meditation on death, letting go, loss, chakras, colour, sensing the aura, emotions, stress and other topics are covered. Also by this author:
The Healing Trilogy
The Distant Healing Handbook
The Spiritual Healing Handbook 
The Self-Healing Handbook


Inner Knowing

Circle Network Book Review: Inner Knowing - Consciousness, Creativity, Insight, Intuition, an anthology, published by Jeremy P Tarcher/Putnam A New Conscious Reader Series book.

Essays by renowned psychologists, philosophers, scientists, thinkers of all kinds and sprcialists on the topic of wisdom and understanding and the hidden powers of the mind.

Jean Shinoda Bolen
Anne Weiser Cornell
Sylvia Boorstein
Erich Fromm
Daniel Goleman
Jack Cornfeld
And others.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Living Shamanism

Circle Network Book Review: Living Shamanism - Unveiling the Mystery by Julie Dollman Published by Moon Books - Paperback Price £8.27 Kindle Price £6.11 177 pages Author website:

The author, Julie Dollman, trained in the core shamanic practices of the Q'ero Indians of the Peruvian Andes, and is a graduate of the Four Winds Society. She introduces the reader to her personal understanding of shamanism and specific practices are described by the Four Winds Society and of Peruvian shamanism. We are offered practical methods to uncover our 'core wounds', to help us to let go of our past hurts and find the 'right relationship' with others, ourselves and our environment.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Jung and Tarot

MBS Circle Network Book review: Jung and Tarot - An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols, published by Samuel Weiser with an introduction by Laurens van de Post.

"Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside wakes" Carl Jung

This book contains black and white images to illustrate ideas within the text. There is a full colour pull out at the back of the book with each of the card images. The Marseilles Tarot, one of the earliest surviving decks, is used throughout and is chosen as the most suitable deck for the purposes of understanding the nature of projection and for the process of making the unconscious mind, conscious. 
Carl Jung presented the Major Arcana of the tarot card deck as a means to work through the 22 archetypes, each of which demonstrates unrealised or neglected aspects of ourselves. Each card is explained seperately to gain an understanding of its unconscious symbolic power and in order to bring into our consciousness awareness its archetypal energy and light. This process Jung calls 'individuation'. The world is a mirror which reflects ourselves, our tendencies, characteristics, potentials and shortcomings, which we place outside of ourselves and into all we perceive in the outside world. Our purpose is to project less so we see ourselves and the world as accurately as possible. This is presented as similar in depth to many of the initiatory card decks currently on this market and is well worth working with for insight into the self and others and to progress to maturity of thought. 

The author, Sallie Nichols studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and you will find this an excellent book on how to work with the tarot to create greater levels of understanding of the self and the tarot. Review: Wendy Stokes 

Monday, 14 May 2018

Dragon Oracle Cards

MBS Circle Network: Dragon Oracle Cards by Diane Cooper, with artwork by Carla Lee Morrow, published by Hay House. 44 high quality cards that each have a painted image, a description of the Dragon and what the Dragon can do for you and a few words of advice. The instruction booklet is included in the pack, with black/white scans offers further advice on each card.

Diana Cooper has created a deck of 44 different Dragons, slotted them elements, colours, astronomical and other categories, and alotted them into four Dimensions, of 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th. You can also have a personal Dragon. On the card faces are an individual dragon artwork, the title of the dragon and colour/element, a sentence about what the card offers, and four short sentences of advice. In the booklet you get information about the nature of the card energy and some words of advice. These are not the Dragons of art historians, symbols of evil and dangerous power, but fluffy and creative Dragons with enjoyable images.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Journey to the Goddess Realm

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Journey to the Goddess Realm Oracle Deck by Lisa Porter, published by U S Games Inc. Pack contains booklet and 39 cards.
 "The goal of spirituality is to call forth our eternal spirit back into our earthly bodies."

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Tarot Botticelli

The Golden Botticelli Tarot is published by Lo Scarabeo with images from the Italian Early Renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) with tarot artwork by A A Atanassov. The pack contains 78 individually gold embossed and decorated card images that will delight all who see them. Included in the pack is a little white booklet in English and other European languages. There is a 7 card suggested spread titled The Star of Solomon with a sample reading. The lwb contains a few words on both upright and reversed meanings. The backs do not reveal whether the cards fall upright or reversed.

This is an opulent and glamorous tarot deck. When handling these cards, I feel a sense of reverence and they carry power within their production. If this is your only deck, you will need no others! Review by Wendy Stokes

Friday, 11 May 2018

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

Thursday, 10 May 2018

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.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Colours - June McLeod
Circle Network Book Review: Colours of the Soul - Tranform your Life Through Colour Therapy by June McLeod, 260 pages paperback £11.99, Kindle £6.99. Published by O Books. Visit:
For anyone interested in colour, this book covers the topic well, and who isn't interested? We all choose clothes and decor, but what effect does colour have on our life and if we choose a particular colour, what does that say about us? The book provides exercises for us, so is more of a work book. It explains what colours mean, the science of colour, how we can choose the best colours for ourselves, can we eat foods of particular colours to improve health, colours that relate to the chakra and aura systems, art, etc.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Awaken the High Priestess Within

Circle Review of the Isis Oracle, 44 card and 220 page book boxed set by Alana Fairchild. Full colour illustrations by Jimmy Manton Published by Blue Angel Publishing
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My favourite oracle deck! We are invited to ‘Awaken the High Priestess Within’ but the card deck can be used by males and females alike. The book has b/w illustrations of the cards, all with wonderful titles, such as Enter the Chamber of Healing, Lady of the Stars, Serpent of Fire, Temple of Black Obsidian. Each card has a substantial write-up and offers an in-depth understanding of the card, a practical healing ritual and a poetical incantation.    

We are invited through 'ancient mystery teachings of Isis' to become 'initiated' through our struggle with difficulty and uncertainty to re-activate our soul talents for healing, love and self-mastery. Practical ways are

Sunday, 6 May 2018

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, 5 May 2018

Divine Circus Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Divine Circus Oracle by Alana Fairchild and published by Blue Angel Publishing £15.99, a boxed set of 44 cards and guidebook with artwork by Maxine Gadd, Gracjana Zielinska, Melanie Delon, Nell Fallcard, Anna Marine, Lunar Sparks, Yeuchui Tang, Monique Tulp, Babette Van Den Berg. 

Cirque de Soleil style fashion and visage, these are 44 personalities of the circus ring who help you unleash your inner creative! The persona is a mask we wear and these masks inspire and entertain and allow you to step outside the everyday world into one of imagination and wonder. This is the place of dreams and the entrance to the Otherworld - the magic of the circus tent. The idea is that love triumps over fear and sadness, that we can all make someone 's day a happy one. There are no rules in this game! You work with intuition and a few guidelines from the book. Ask a question and choose a card. A ritual is provided to maximise the potential magic of the cards. Dedicate the cards, use words provided at each reading or make up your own. All cards are to be read upright.

Friday, 4 May 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:

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 

Thursday, 3 May 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, 2 May 2018

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.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mystical Tarot Review

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Mystical Tarot by Giuliano Costa, published by Lo Scarabeo, 78 cards plus information leaflet in pack. £17.99 Website:

The Tarot provides images that open a magical door that brings the mystical world into our ordinary lives. There is no wrong way to interpret the cards. With foundation meanings provided on the Major and Minor Arcanas, there is a succinct message for all but the Court Cards. We are encouraged to use our own innate abilities to interpret these cards which offer new and advanced symbolism. There are no reversed meanings provided, but the reader has the opportunity to include these as the card backs are suitable for a reading that includes reversals.