Friday, 31 January 2020

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. 


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Higher Reality Therapy


Circle Network Book Review: Higher Reality Therapy Nine Pathways to Inner Peace By Anthony Falikowski Published by O Books, Visit: www.falikowski.com

The psychiatrist, William Glasser developed Reality Therapy in the US in the mid 1960s and it was especially successful for those who did not respond to more conventional methods of therapy. The approach, mainly based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on negotiated ways 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, 29 January 2020

A Better World is Possible


Circle Network Book Review: A Better World is PossibleBy Bruce Nixon Published by O Books   395 pages Paperback £14.99 Author website: Free download available on this link: http://www.brucenixon.com/pdf/abetterworld.pdf

Bruce Nixon worked as a transformational advisor to many large international corporations and he is now a campaigner and consultant on environmental issues. He is the author of ‘New Approaches to Management Development’ (1981) ‘Global Forces: A Guide for Enlightened Leaders – what companies and individual can do’ (2000) ‘Making a Difference – Strategies and Tools for Transforming Your Organisation’ (2001) and ‘Living System: Making Sense of Sustainability’ (2006) and numerous articles, many of which are available on his website.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Mystical Lenormand

Quality German tarot and oracle card publisher, AGM Urania, has published the "Mystical Lenormand", an inspired oracle card deck, designed by the medium, Regula Elizabeth Fiechter, with artwork by the skilled, Urban Trosch. Both creators are experienced card specialists. Fiechter created the Mystical Lenormand and Trosch has provided very competent artwork.

These cards feature 36 images which have their origins in fortune telling cards which were first produced circa 1800 and were used by the famous Parisienne card reader, Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand, known as The Sybil of Paris. She read the fortunes for Empress Josephine, Czar Alexander, Robespierre and Marat and others of the French Court, and now cards, based on her deck, are extremely popular. The ‘Mystical Lenormand’ cards have an antique French flavour; they are stylish, meaningful and well-conceived.


Sunday, 26 January 2020

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.


Saturday, 25 January 2020

Louise Gore Interview

I would like to introduce readers to Louise Gore. 

Louise says: " I have always had a keen interest in all things spiritual, and that's how I discovered Reiki about 10 years ago. I had read that it could help to enhance spiritual/psychic development so I signed up for the first degree with a local Reiki teacher without ever having had a full Reiki treatment but I felt drawn to it. Currently, I have my Master Practitioner Certificate. I always had issues with my self-confidence and feelings of anxiety but I've found these reduced a great deal since I've been practising. 

Reiki is an ancient Japanese spiritual healing technique which was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. It involves the client lying fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner places their hands either on the body or just above in a series of hand positions - or where their intuition guides them. There is no massage or manipulation; it is gentle, safe yet powerful. Most of the Reiki tuition in the West has been transmitted via Mrs Takata through 22 masters that she trained. My own training was in the style and teaching of Usui Ryoho Reiki Jin Kei Do (called 'the Way of Compassion and Wisdom'). It is a traditional Reiki practice in the lineage of Venerable Seiji Takamori, one of the last three practitioners to be taught by Usui. Studies have found that it helps relaxation, aids sleep, and relieves aches and pains. My therapy centre, Crystal Moon Reiki, is in Durham and I specialise in anxiety and pain management. A typical session lasts 1 hour and costs £25".


To contact Louise Gore: T: Mob 07443849294
Hyperlink Email: Louisegore79@hotmail.com  
And Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Crystal-Moon-Reiki-2348811085159776/

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.

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

Friday, 24 January 2020

Servants of the Grail book review

Video of Philip Coppens speaking about the creation of sacred space
Circle Network book review: Servants of the Grail - The real-life characters of the Grail legend identified by Philip Coppens, published by O Books. Paperback 325 pages £11.95. Author website: www.philipcoppens.com

The legend of the Holy Grail rose to prominence at the very end of the 12th century but the origins of the story are far older than  Wolfram von Eschenbach - the poet who first described the legend. The late Philip Coppens traces this mystical story through many countries, the Middle East, Germany, Wales, Ireland, Spain, France, England, Egypt and Greece, to name a few! Was it a cup as the Vatican suggests, or a stone, a person, a code, an initiation, a secret knowledge, a cult, a doctrine or a sacred Brotherhood? Original texts are examined and many aspects are researched, including the Kabbalah, Cathars, astrology, Hermetic doctrine, numerology, the bardic tradition, spiritual quests, paganism, the Madonna and cathedral building.


The Fisher King, Percival, and other major players are identified as real people, and their role is explored. The story's connections to real life characters, such as John the Baptist, and the importance of water and baptism are assessed. The Aragon royal family are included with other persons within the royal courts. This book is the result of an experiment. Originally through blog instalments, a key was revealed that the Grail is not an artefact - a material object, but a process! 

There is a huge amount of research that underpins the information and assessments contained in this book. If you want to be an expert on the subject of the Grail, this is high on my list of books for you to read.
The Belgian author, Philip Coppens (also known as Filip) was a regular contributor to Nexus Magazine and Atlantis Rising Magazine. He was an investigative journalist who had interests in politics, ancient history and the mysteries. He co-hosted the Spirit Revolution radio show with his wife, Kathleen McGowan. At the end of 2012, we were sorry to hear of the death of this knowledgeable and able researcher and writer. His blog sadly reports:
"I was diagnosed with an extremely rare case of cancer, angiosarcoma, which affects less than 200 people in the U.S. (each year). Each case is almost by default unique… and so I found that the man who normally studies anomalies, has become a medical enigma as well"

Other books by Philip Coppens are:
The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel
The New Pyramid Age
Killing Kennedy
The Cryptogram of Rennes-le-Chateau
The Ancient Alien Question
The Lost Civilisation Enigma
Review by Wendy Stokes

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Missing Family of Jesus

Circle Network Book Review: The Missing Family of Jesus - An Inconvenient Truth - How the Church erased Jesus's brothers and sisters from history By Tobias Churton, hardback 242 pages, £16.99 published by Watkins Books.

"The only thing worth contending for is the truth"

In recent years, more evidence has come to light about the extended family of Jesus. We learn about their names and their role in his mission. So much comes to light when we realise he was not an only child of a single mother.

Amanda Mckinlay

I would like to introduce readers to Amanda Mckinlay, a wellbeing coach in Paisley, Scotland. Amanda is a passionate advocate for fibromyalgia awareness and has volunteered with,  and fundraised for, the main UK charity ‘Fibromyalgia Action UK’. If any reader needs information on this condition, or is seeking support for people with the condition (and their loved ones) please visit the website:  www.fmauk.org
 
 Amanda was an extra in a film ‘A Shot at Glory’ with Robert Duvall and Michael Keaton. It was a low budget film about Scottish football and Amanda was in crowd scenes that had about, 50,000 people in them! Her positive thinking and sense of adventure often brings excitement to her life.


Amanda is publishing her first book. "How I Became a Butterfly" this summer. It is a part life story and part creative handbook that aims to help people develop creative coping skills for life. 


Amanda says: “My work is mainly Holistic (without medication) Pain Management, though I also teach mindfulness and meditation. I am very interested in Therapeutic Creativity, crystals and angels too, and encompass them in my work with clients. 

I was led to this path through my own health needs as I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in May 2009 and needed to find ways to live with and manage this condition. I explored holistic methods and found that many of the coping tools became my passion. I discovered what worked for me also helped others, so I share what I learnt from my journey with my clients. I experienced first hand the frustration of many valuable therapies that had the potential help but the high costs made them prohibitive to the average person with ordinary earning potential. So the most important aspect of my work lies in ensuring accessibility and affordability of services that assist people in their recovery. It’s really important to me that finance is never a barrier for someone accessing help. It is possible also, for those with illness to help themselves so I ask new clients to come to a session with me with an open mind and open heart. Even if they are unsure or sceptical that I can help, if they have a willingness to try and explore new ideas, a whole new world of opportunities for healing and progression can open up."

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Spiritual Partnership

Mind Body Spirit Book Review: Spiritual Partnership - The Journey to Authentic Power
By Gary Zukav, Paperback £12.99, Published by Rider Books.


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.

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. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

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 to 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 producing this particular book, including a visit to places in the Middle East associated with the life of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Monday, 20 January 2020

The Templars book review

Circle Network Book Review: The Templars History & Myth - From Solomon's and Herod's Temples to the Freemasons, a guide to Templar History, Culture and Locations by Michael Haag, published by Profile Books, 384 pages with black and white diagrams and photographs.

"The Templars have something to do with everything!"

A factual and readable account of the building of Solomon's Temple to the instigation of the Knights Templar and including the many crusades, their castles, banking empire, successes and failures, alleged conspiracies, trials and exiles, to the capture, imprisonment, torture of members, and to the burning at the stake of their Last Grand Master. Details of the Chinon Parchment - which proved their innocence - and their escape to various countries, under various guises and denominations.


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Templar Antiquities

Temple Antiquities – The Templar Papers II By Oddvar Olsen Published by O Books Paperback 260 pages





This is book II and follows ‘Templar Papers: Ancient Mysteries, Secret Societies and the Holy Grail’ and is compiled by Oddvar Olsen as a collection of essays by a number of writers, some very well-known in their field and with a love of research into the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon (known as the Knights Templar). This was a Mediaeval Western Christian military and religious order (1129-1312) that guarded pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, were involved in the Crusades and who began a banking system so that pilgrims could deposit money in one place and collect it in another. Philip IV of France borrowed large sums of money from them and the Pope of the day declared the Order was heresy and many were tortured and put to death, and it is said some escaped.




Saturday, 18 January 2020

Inspiring Stories of the Afterlife - Jacky Newcomb

Circle Network Book Review: An Angel Held My Hand - Inspiring True Stories of the Afterlife by Jacky Newcomb Published by Element Books Paperback £6.99 Author website: http://jackynewcomb.webeden.co.uk/


Friday, 17 January 2020

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. 



The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman - Health, Creativity, and Fertility for the Soul by Christine R Page MD, paperback with b/w illustrations of 384 pages, $20.00 Kindle: $14.17 Published by Bear & Co

This information is comprehensive. It is also ideal for a young woman, as a gift for for a special event, maybe the onset of menstruation or a teenage birthday. It provides background of the international history of women, of goddesses across the world, there is also information on chakras, meridians, astrology, women's sexual organs and hormonal systems, sacred sexuality and women's cycles, sacred sites and more. Rituals are suggested, Ritual 1: for cleansing and purification, revitalising the womb with dragon energy, Ritual 2: health advice for alcohol, chemicals, obesity, exercise, etc., smoking, pesticides.  author received her medical degree at the University of London and is now living in California and provides many examples from her own practice. Ritual 3: surrendering into love with mother cow. Ritual 4: receiving inspiration from the Queen Bee, a channelled message from the Queen Bee. Ritual 5: giving birth to new waves of consciousness. The author is a qualified medical doctor. 

Motherpeace Tarot

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 an 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. The four suits of the Minor Arcana are Cups; Wands, depicted with African culture; Discs, illustrated with Navajo culture; and Swords, depicted with Greco-Roman imagery. The Court Cards are; Daughter, Son, Priestess and Shaman and many of the titles have changed, such as the Crone as the Hermit and the Hanged One as the Hanged Man. Images from this deck are featured on Dior’s 2018 haute couture ‘Cruise’ collection and tarot designs will be copied for the High Street, so watch this space! 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Mantegna Tarot





'Let the virtues direct you, the Liberal Arts guide you and the Muses inspire you'. 

Mantegna Tarot – Medieval Cosmology prepared the World for Human Understanding. This pack contains 50 lluminated cards and 25 additional cards which support them for the purpose of a card game. Published by Lo Scarabeo with tarot influenced artwork by the esteemed Bulgarian artist, A.A Atanassov who based the cards on the work of Venetian painter, Andrea Mantegna (1431 - 1505). A little white booklet contains instructions for ‘The Chessboard Game’ of 20 cards. The information provides card interpretations in English and 5 European languages.  

Tomorrow's God

Mind Body Soul Book Review: Tomorrow's God - Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge by Neale Donald Walsch. Published by Hodder & Stoughton Paperback £10.99 Kindle £3.99

The ‘Conversations with God’ series have achieved best selling status on the New York Times book list and have been translated into as many as 34 languages. A success phenomenon, the author, Neale Donald Walsch, has created a not for profit organisation to disseminate the teachings described in these books. Outreach projects, including audio and video programmes are available from ‘ReCreation’, the foundation which provides personal growth and spiritual development materials, including lectures and workshops.  

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Viceversa Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Vice-Versa Tarot by Massimiliano Filadoro, artwork by Davide Corsi, published by Lo Scarabeo, pack contains 78 double sided cards with booklet instructions in 4 languages including English.

"The world is always in movement, turning in circles, and starting with, and returning, to itself" Microbius.

Janus, Roman God of Doorways is the inspiration for this deck. He guaranteed passage between the worlds and is an insightful introduction to the entire area of tarot and divination. He is one of the oldest and most mysterious of deities. He has two faces, one which looks to the past, the other to the future. One is self reflective, the other looks to the outer world. He protects the invisible and what is hidden.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

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.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Barbieri Zodiac Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Barbieri Zodiac Oracle, published by Lo Scarabeo, text by Barbara Moore, artwork by Paolo Barbieri, 26 cards and information in multi lingual booklet. £14.99

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Ancient Italian Tarot

Circle Network Review: Ancient Italian Tarot.

This is a highly ornate deck from the specialist publishers, Lo Scarabeo and is a joy to work with. The Major cards have Roman and Arabic  numerals and the title of the card is in Latin. The Minor cards are Rods, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, with seasons allotted for each. They were once related to the lion, bull, eagle and man, and to the elements, fire, earth, air and water. All cards below 6 were removed from the deck. Court cards probably finally called 'coat' cards. Mediaeval monks used a system of memory training known as mnemonics, with pictures to aid recollection. The Romany word for card deck is 'tar' from Sanskrit 'taru'. Eliphas Levy considered the tarot and Cabala were related. Papua, a doctor of medicine, published Tarot of the Bohemians, he considered the major arcana to be a spiritual journey. A superb deck! 

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Healing With Past Life Therapy

Circle Network Book Review: Healing With Past Life Therapy - Transformational Journeys Through Time and Space by Lorraine Flaherty, published by Findhorn Press, 251 page paperback, £12.99

Lorraine Flaherty is a therapist who has formulated her own method described in the book. It is called "Inner Freedom Therapy" and involves examining past lives and possible future life projections. She has used the story of the Wizard of Oz to highlight the process towards healing and the exercises she provides could be described as the 'yellow brick road'. She details aspects of therapy sessions to show progressions.