Monday, 21 January 2019

Hallowquest and Arthurian Tarot

                                                                            
'We must create once more a pure work' W B Yeats

Hallowquest Tarot Magic and the Arthurian Mysteries is the title of the companion book that accompanies The Arthurian Tarot Cards by Caitlin and John Matthews. This specialist deck and book style initiatory course in the Mysteries of Britain are based on the mediaeval stories from Britain and France of King Arthur, the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail and feature the personalities, places and events that will be well known to students of these extraordinary tales. The authors are specialist tarot creators and this is one of their best! It presents a coherent deck which features the Greater Powers (Major Arcana) and Lesser Arcana (Court cards and Minor Arcana) correspond to the four seasons and the traditional cups, swords, pentacles and staves. Black and white scans are provided of the cards in the book. There are rituals, meditations, occult explorations and shamanic journeys and Hallowquest provides a year's meditation course as a series of doorways into the archetypes and symbolism in order to provide a structure for personal self development.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

The Tablets of Light


Circle Network Book Review: The Tablets of Light - The Teachings of Thoth on Unity Consciousness by Danielle Rama Hoffman, published by Bear & Co, Paperback 290 pages £16.99 Kindle: £16.14 Author Website: http://divinetransmissions.com/author/divinehoffman/

This book contains the channelled message of 'The Emerald Tablets of Light' from Thoth, the spirit guide of the author. We are introduced to a new language and a new way of thinking and speaking. Reclaim yourself by choosing to be a Connected Vibrational Recogniser, claim your Light Body, create through Divine Design, experience the Potency of Life Force Within, remember your Cosmic Choice, reconnect with Source, find out The Blueprint of Unity Consciousness, decode the Divine Sequence Within, lift the Net of the Mass Consciousness Grid, learn to Spiral Multidimensional Wholeness into Everything, transcend your perceptions, choose 'yes and no' at the same time, increase your Bandwidth, discover What You Left For Yourself to Find, take a Divine Mission Hookup, be who you fully are, stand out, get a Divine Energy Spirit, reclaim your Divine Access Point, Awaken to Universal Design Codes - and more!

Saturday, 19 January 2019

9 Dimensions of the Soul

Circle Network 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.



Friday, 18 January 2019

The Sacred Feminine Anthology


Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, Edited by Rev Dr Karen Tate, Published by Changemakers Books. paperback £10.38 400 pages 


This is an anthology of specially chosen articles from keynote speakers, authors and activists who are supportive of the Divine Feminine, each article is between 400 – 1,000 words in length and a short autobiography of the contributor follows each article. All articles cover some aspect of the goddess and are derived from many cultures, for instance, sacred activism, social change, planetary welfare, healing, empowerment and mutual support, in addition to challenges to major patriarchal religions. Worship of the Divine Feminine fills many a gap in general religious thoughts and fail to promote women to positions of power and influence or to recognise the importance of the many benefits that are offered from honouring matriarchal spirituality. Amongst the articles are several interviews which have been aired on the radio broadcast by the presenter Karen Tate. Several of the articles are written from a US perspective but where-ever one is in the world, one can gain something from each and every contribution provided. I have not provided each of the article titles but just idea/s that caught my eye which I thought worthy to mention.  

Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Power Deck by Lynn V Andrews

The Power Deck - The Cards of Wisdom by Lynn V Andrews with artwork by Rob Schouten. Book and 45 cards in pack published by Jeremy P Tarcher. For personal self development rather than reading for others because 'to heal our planet we must first heal ourselves'. You are instructed to pick a card each morning for beauty, health, strength and wisdom. The booklet provides information on how to use the cards. There is also a 'sacred wheel' 6 card spread offered. Cards divide into directions and colours to represent the required energy. There is an exercise to work with fear and instructions on keeping a journal with 7 questions for guidance. A daily prayer for empowerment is provided.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Pocket Book of Mindfulness Review

Circle Network Book Review: The Pocket Book of Mindfulness - live in the moment and reduce stress. Hardback, 380 pages. Published by Arcturus.

"Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave"

With contributions from Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, Deepak Chopra and other leading lights who provide a short quotation, explanation and information on how to use Mindfulness to improve relationships, achieve contentment and tranquility, and enjoy greater health and happiness. 

Finding Heaven Here


Circle Network Book Review: Finding Heaven Here - By John C Robinson Paperback £9.99  240 pages  Published by O-Books Author’s Website: http://www.johnrobinson.org/

Dr John Robinson holds two doctorates, as an American interfaith minister and as a psychologist. In this book, he explains very simply, the complex subject of finding Heaven here on Earth. This is where psychology meets spirituality. The book allows the reader to touch what feels like the spiritual realms, if only for a moment. Heaven is a state of mind, and if we can spend time in this beautiful place, the trappings of the modern commercial world fade into the distance and are replaced with peace, contentment and appreciation.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

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. There was a decree for all boy children to be put to death in the OT but Moses was 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 parallels in the life of Jesu, where there are similar roles or similar statements.



Sunday, 13 January 2019

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.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

The Goddess Pages

The Goddess Pages - A Divine Guide to Finding Love and Happiness by Laurie Sue Brockway, paperback 321 pages £14.76 published by Llewelyn Worldwide www.GoddessFriends.com

We are invited to 'Discover the Divine Within' with this interfaith minister who has written several books. The Goddess Pages details ways to work with a number of different aspects of the divine feminine with rituals, offerings, chants, affirmations and practices such as letter writing, for transformation, healing, guidance and direction. The contents are divided into 6 sections, beginning with a test of Goddess IQ. Then we have a section to reclaim our Goddess nature, work with Goddesses of self empowerment, strength, love and romance, family life and relationships, work and finance and play and lightheartedness. Each Goddess helps with reclaiming female power, confidence and happiness.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Walking An Ancient Path

Circle Network Book Review: Walking An Ancient Path - Rebirthing Goddess On Planet Earth By Karen Tate ISBN: 978-1-84694111-5 John Hunt Publishing - 2008 Paperback- £11.99 / unavailable on Kindle 390 pages Author website: http://www.karentate.com/

Rev Karen Tate is an ordained minister who conducts ‘rights of passage’ ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies. She is also the co-author of ‘Sacred Places of the Goddess – 108 Destinations’ and is eminently qualified, in this book, to suggest an alternate and transformational spirituality which honours the Goddess through connecting to the landscape and through discovering a way of being which involves prayer, peace, honouring and service. She is also Radio Show Host, a writer, a speaker and a workshop leader. She also conducts tours to sacred sites across the world.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Gems Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Gems Oracle Cards by Bianca Luna, 32 cards published by Lo Scarabeo. £15.99 cards and booklet in English and 6 other languages. Information on how to read the cards, each gemstone has a profile with a title, number, astrology symbol, chakra and yoga asana. Also included with each card is a 30 word message, ideas for meditations with suitable questions, and the general energy of the gemstone. Excellent card stock. Cards are arranged in element suits of fire, water, earth, air. Also included are use for a talisman and ritual for charging the cards. A suggested spread for a 4 card Treasure Chest. I found this deck precise, and it condenses a great deal of information into the space available. A pleasant surprise! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

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. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

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, one of Lo Scarabeo's specialities. When handling these cards, I feel a sense of reverence they carry power within their production. If this is your only deck, you will need no others! Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Monday, 7 January 2019

Da Vinci Tarot

Da Vinci Tarot Artwork by Iassen Ghiuselev and Atanas Atanasov and the text of the little white booklet included in the pack by Mark McElroy. Published by Lo Scarabeo. The basis of the 78 images in this deck are the artworks of Leonardo da Vinci which have soft muted and sepia tinted tones. Computer graphics have been added to Leonardo's artwork to create this tarot deck but I enjoyed the cards and was transported back in time to Renaissance Italy. As Leonardo might have met Ludovico de Sforza who commissioned the earliest tarot decks of his time, maybe there was a consideration of the tarot in Leonardo's mind. 


Sunday, 6 January 2019

Tarot of Ascension

Circle Network card deck review: 2012 Tarot of Ascension by Pierluca Zizzi with artwork by Michele Penco and published by Lo Scarabeo at £17.99 - The end of the world as we know it is a gateway to profound transformation. As each soul reawakens, all humanity Ascends. This is a pack of 78 tarot cards (size: 7 x 12.5cm) and an instruction leaflet in 5 European languages which gives information on each card. 

Saturday, 5 January 2019

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.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Visconti Tarot

Visconti Tarot - An Extraordinary example of Renaissance Art, published by Lo Scarabeo. 

From the distinguished specialist card publisher, Lo Scarabeo, this is the perfect gift for a tarot enthusiast! Embossed with gold, these are most beautiful images from the earliest known tarot decks (1300s) - known as Visconti-Sforza. They are displayed in museums across the world or owned by privileged 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. These cards offer beautiful works of art which can be appreciated by using a jeweller's eye glass to see the detail. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

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, 2 January 2019

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! 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Hypnosis

The video uses a particular kind of trance induction, of which there are many. Relaxation is important and the music helps also. Hypnosis began to be very popular in the 1800s but Franz Mesmer was before this date (1734 - 1815) and he worked with hypnosis in Paris in the last decades of 1700s. With hypnosis, the patient and the therapist work together to achieve relief of symptoms and improvement in daily living. We do not know exactly how hypnosis works, but it is believed to work due to the impression the hypnotherapist makes on their client. Some fnd it easier to go into a trance than others and much depends on the powers of the therapist to bring about significant levels of relaxation and a feeling of confidence in their powers.  

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 

Lo Scarabeo are my favourite card deck publishers. These are  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 is 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.