Thursday, 27 April 2017

Runes Oracle Cards

Circle Network Card Review: Runes Oracle Cards by Bianca Luna with artwork by Cosimo Musio. The box contains an instruction book (in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portugese and Russian languages) and 24 cards.

This deck was commissioned by Lo Scarabeo and I enjoyed the excellent paintings. Runes are the ancient alphabet of the Nordic people and each image is a symbol which has meaning. There is information about the author, and instuctions on how to read and divine with the cards and how to prepare yourself for a reading. Each card is detailed with information about its ancient meaning, a key word for quick reference, the image portrayed on the card, what kind of energy the card has, and a suggested meditatation on each card. 

There are several spreads offered, The Milestone is a very simple one card reading. The Celtic Cross uses four cards, The Spread of the Three Wise Men has three cards, Spread of the Psychic has four cards. There is useful information about meditation, such as a Classic and a Focused Meditation style, and how to use the cards as a talisman. You can charge a card with power so that you can leave it by your bedside while you sleep and it will give you the power you require. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Numerology Guidance Cards

Circle Network Oracle Card Review: Numerology Cards by Michelle Buchanan with artwork by Jonathan Quintin. 44 cards in box with instruction booklet published by Hay House. Card size 3.8 x 9.5 x 14cm. £14.99

These are high quality cards and the instruction booklet explains how to bless and connect to the cards by talking to them, placing them over your heart and affirming your intentions. Then perform a 5 minute visualisation. There is also information on how to use the cards and how to perform a reading, such as being clear about asking a question and selecting your card. In addition to a one card reading example, a 3 card reading is shown which offers ‘situation’, ‘action’, ‘outcome’ or a ‘3 points of view’ card. There is also a multiple deck reading where you use ‘Numerology Guidance Cards’ with another deck, such as an angel or tarot deck. Every card in the deck has a different colour for recognition, a number and a title. In the booklet, there is an explanation for every card and number and an affirmation. The design is the same on the front (it is described as a ‘Merkaba star tetrahedron’ and the backs of the cards are a blue/purple colour with a circle described as a ‘Flower of Life’.   

Saturday, 15 April 2017

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, 11 April 2017

Dreams of the Goddess

Circle Network Book Review: Dreams of the Goddess - Discovering the Divine While You Sleep by Scarlett Ross, published by New Page Books 222 pages paperback 

By the author of Nostradamus for Dummies, this is a 'discovery journal' style workbook with exercises, rituals, meditations and with space at the end of each chapter to record thoughts and experiences. The USP for this book is not just for understanding dreamwork but for focussing on dreamwork that is devoted to the feminine aspect of deity, and to listen to what they say to us while we sleep at night. Scarlett Ross is a teacher and workshop facilitator with 18 years of working in the field of metaphysics. She has something new to contribute to dreamwork in this unusual and interesting method of dream therapy. A brilliant topic for goddess lovers and also for dream enthusiasts. Review by Wendy Stokes

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Amida Comes West

Circle Network Book Review: The Other Buddhism - Amida Comes West by Caroline Brazier Paperback £11.99 Published by Mantra Books 296 pages Author website:

In this book, the Rev. Brazier discusses Pureland Buddhism, weaving her insights from contemporary psychology and psychotherapy, with an analysis of the issues facing the world in the twenty first century, whilst sharing her love of medieval Japanese poetry with its zen-like quality. 

This is a charming book, which was a revelation about a devotional approach to Buddhism that I had not previously encountered. As a student of eastern religions, I feel honoured to be asked to review this book. The path of Pureland Buddhism is a focus on tariki  (harnessing a higher power) as opposed to jiriki (the path of self effort).

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Eternal Crystals

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Eternal Crystals Oracle Cards by Jade-Sky, published by Blue Angel, £14.99 with 44 cards and booklet in the set. Each of the 44 cards (5.4" x 4") has a title of a gemstone and a number, an energy that the card relates to and which chakra relates to the gemstone. Also provided is a channelled message for giving special attention to life and healing, guidance and direction with suitable questions. Spreads are a one card, Heart of the Matter Layout, a 3 card Past, Present and Future Layout, and Diamonds in the Future 7 card layout. Jade-Sky is an Australian psychic who also offers workshops. The cards are artworked by Jane Martin who is a life-coach. Ideal for new readers and for more experienced readers who would like a specific card deck devoted to crystals. It is a nice deck! Enjoyable!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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:

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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

‘Simplicity’ Made Easy by Jennifer Kavanagh

Jennifer Kavanagh has run a community centre in London’s East End, worked with street homeless people and refugees, set up a microcredit programme in London, and worked as a research associate for the Prison Reform Trust. She currently sets up microcredit programmes in Africa and facilitates conflict resolution workshops for Alternatives to Violence (AVP), both in prison and in the community. Since selling her business, after a year’s travel round the world in 2001/2, Jennifer found that she did not want her flat or most of its furniture, and has felt liberated by letting go of many of her possessions. Although she now lives in central London, her flat is small and quiet: an urban retreat, with an occasional glimpse of the stars. Jennifer finds balancing an active life with a pull towards contemplation provides a continuing and fruitful challenge. As she writes, “Life in the world is about a series of balances: of the life within and the outside world; inner experience and outward witness, plenitude and the void”.

Ben Mijuskovic - Loneliness

Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic  is available on Kindle £2.52 with 309 pages and there is a FREE download of the book from the website.

This book focuses on the link between literature, psychology and philosophy throughout time and on humankind's ability to deal with loneliness. The author, Ben Mijuskovic, explores the various ways society uses loneliness, for example, "punishing" prisoners by isolation from others. The book discusses in detail the reasons why children fear being alone and how adults deal with a similar anxiety but do not share their concerns with others. The author is Professor and this is very much reflected in the style of writing. The book provides in depth academic understanding and will be of great interest to students and fellow academics. Reviewer: Susan Griffiths: