Monday, 31 July 2017

Archetype Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Archetype Cards by Caroline Myss, published by Hay House, boxed 80 card deck with information booklet. £28.00 Author website:

The information provided assists you in self examination to discover which archetypes are active in your life.
Each card carries a title and an image, whether a light or dark attribute is activated. The booklet is concise and explains well how to use the cards and about archetypes and how to find yours. I found myself on almost every page! I like cards that have a self development/personal awareness angle as these have and I like work on archetypes. There are 74 light and dark cards which express archetypes and 6 blank cards are provided for your personal archetypes. The deck can be used alone or in conjunction with the book 'Sacred Contracts' by Caroline Myss who has a speciality in the field of archetypes and you will be both empowered and have insights with this card deck. 
Look out for her recordings too!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Jungian Tarot Psychology by Robert Wang

MBS Circle Network Book Review: Tarot Psychology - A Practical Guide to the Jungian Tarot by Robert Wang, published by Urania. Book has b/w scans of the cards, the title of the card, a subtitle of the archetype and a write-up of approx 600 words on each Major and approx 400 on the other cards. 

This is the book specifically designed to accompany the Jungian Tarot card deck. The book includes all the information you need to work with the 78 Jungian Tarot cards. These cards have been specially designed to provide a doorway into our inner world as per the psychology of the psychoanalysist, Carl Jung. Jung's  'individuation' process examines, through active imagination, the light and shadow self and leads to the true nature of life and death. Jung's archetypes connect us to the world's understanding, such as the positive and negative aspects of the mother. The intention of the work is to integrate these opposing energies through meditation and inner dialogue. The cards can be used for personal use or as a standard tarot deck for dvination for others. 
The cards have no titles or numbers but there is an appendix where numerology and astrology attributions are given. Meditations on the images within the cards is suggested and a conversation created to reveal emotions and memories which will become available for healing. For instance, our feelings towards authority figures, experiences of hardship, unhappiness and upset will be revealed alongside joy, hope, love, peace and laughter. 
The book explains a 24 week course in self study.
The 32 Major Arcana cards reflect the human condition and the book contains a 22 week course of meditations. The 16 Court cards are personalities for us to interact with within our mind's eye and to work towards a resolution of any conflicts that might rise within the mind. The 40 Minor Arcana are situations or events, decisions or behaviours which will also provide insights. 
I like this way of gaining self understanding but it helps a lot to have someone guiding me. If it was possible to place the meditations on youtube, I would use them daily. Reviewer: Wendy Stokes

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Entity Possession

Circle Network Book Review: Entity Possession - Freeing the Energy Body of Negative Influences by Samuel Sagan MD published by Destiny Books, 200 pages. Author website:

This book details Dr Sagan's formulated method, described as the 'ISIS Technique' which is used for the identification and treatment of undesirable spirit based entities. Examples are given, and types of entities, fragments and cords are described. Reincarnation information is provided. Taoist, Indian, Jewish, and other religious movements are honoured. Dangers are explained, such as miscarriage, abortion, shocks, drugs, surgery, etc., including losses, possessions, black magic, etc. Clearing and cleansing is described in such a way and the book acts as an instruction manual. I think this book is useful for an experienced practitioner rather than a beginner and removing entities is not something one can really learn from a book as it is extremely complex and has dangers. However, the book highlights some important aspects of dealing with spirit attachments and their removal. The author, a medical doctor, has a life long interest in consciousness, and has as a main interest, working with the third eye, and he runs his own school of meditation, titled Clairvision. 
Also by this author: 
Regression: Past Life Therapy for Here and Now Freedom
Sleeper Awaken
Awakening the Third Eye
Entities: Parasites of The Body of Energy
The Gods Are Wise
Return of the Flying Dragon
Forever Love White Eagle
Bleeding Sun: Discover the Future of Virtual Reality 


Review: Wendy Stokes

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Self Mapping

Circle Network Book Review: Self Mapping - The Practical Workbook - How to Awaken Your True Self By Brian Mayne, paperback £12.99 published by Watkins Publishing

"Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakens! Carl Jung

Brian Mayne is a life coach who was born into a travelling circus and fun fair family. Due to dyslexia and a disrupted education, he left school as a young teenager, hardly able to read and write. In his early 20s he took over a business which failed, leaving him with a debt of £1,000,000. He now shares his life lessons and his self improvement techniques with those who are seeking to overcome life's difficulties. The book includes information and a template on how to use mind mapping for insight, to increase your choices, control your actions, improve your attitude, develop self awareness, self acceptance, self renewal and self belief. There are suggestions, tips, aphorisms and methods to help the reader grow in understanding of self and others.

Go for it!

Also by the author:
Goal Mapping
Sam, the Magic Genie

Review: Wendy Stokes

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Paths of Yoga by Andrea Tteja (Part I)

Andrea Tteja -
Ashtanga Yinyasa is the system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

The Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda) was founded in 1964 by Paramahamsa Satyananda to impart yogic training to householders and sannyasins. The Yoga techniques are a synthesis of many approaches to personal development, based on traditional Vedantic, tantric and yogic teachings in conjunction with contemporary physical and mental health sciences. These techniques are taught by Bihar Yoga Bharati and through health management courses held in the old BSY Ashram. Bihar School of Yoga also guides Yoga projects and medical research in association with prestigious hospitals, organizations and establishments. Programs made by Bihar School of Yoga are used in the education and prison Government sectors, in hospitals, by the Defence Services, private and public sector industries such as Indian Oil Corporation, Coal India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the Steel Authority of India, Hindustan Paper Corporation, Hindustan Copper Corporation, etc.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Paths to Yoga by Andrea Tteja (Part II)

Andrea Tteja -
Continued from Part I    

Karma: Selfless Service as a path to Yoga. "Karma Yoga is the selfless devotion of all inner as well as the outer activities as a Sacrifice to the Lord of all works, offered to the eternal as Master of all the soul’s energies and austerities." Bhagavad Gita

Right Attitude It’s not what you do that counts, it’s the attitude while doing it that determines if a job is a karma yoga job, i.e. a liberating job, or a binding job. Work is worship. Swami Sivananda advises us to "give your hands to work, and keep your mind fixed at the lotus feet of the Lord."

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Understanding the Messages of Your Body

Circle Network Book Review: Understanding the Messages of your Body - How to Interpret Physical and Emotional Signals to Achieve Optimal Health by Jean-Pierre Barral DO, paperback 240 pages, published by North Atlantic Books £17.99 Author website:

This is written by the academic expert in this field, and written for professionals more than the average reader. If you are a beginner, I suggest you watch some of the excellent videos which are available from the Barral Institute's youtube channel. 

The information in the book provides explanations of how to access wisdom from our body, as though our body is speaking to us, warning and applauding our life style, intake of foods, exercise, etc.

Also by this author:
Manual Therapy for the Prostate
Visceral Manipulation
Osteopathic Approach to Trauma
Manual Thermal Diagnosis
Manual Therapy for Cranial Nerves (co-authored)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

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.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Guide to Sacred Activism

Circle Network Book Review: A Guide to Sacred Activism By Andrew Harvey  Paperback £10.99  Published by Hay House Author website:

Andrew Harvey is 2011 winner of the prestigious Nautilus Silver Award for Social Change and is the founder of the international Institute for Sacred Activism and the Academy of Sacred Leadership. He has taught at Oxford and Cornell and other prestigious universities. He is known as a modern day visionary and mystic but, for me, his role is close to that of the Old Testament prophets; urgently warning, kindly admonishing and desperately pleading to prevent planetary suicide. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Seek Joy - Toss Confetti - Cehovet and Tesh

'Seek Joy - Toss Confetti' is a book which helps us to get more out of life, to raise our vibration and experience joy. Just by reading about this subject creates an awareness of the importance of this small and often overlooked word! We are introduced to joy as a spiritual quality which provides energy and healing.

“When I am happy, when I feel joy, the world around me functions from a peaceful mode. When I am unhappy, when I do not feel joy, the world around me functions from a chaotic mode. Peace versus chaos – I choose joy and peace!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Witchcraft - David Salisbury

Circle Network Book Review: The Deep Heart of Witchcraft - Expanding the Core of Magickal Practice by David Salisbury Published by Moon Books 251 pages £12.99 

David Salisbury comes from a place of being – from having lived the forces that he writes about, from interacting with them on a daily basis in his life. I was very impressed when I glanced at the table of contents, and the very “simple” manner in which this book is organized – the five elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit), the Gods, Deep Ritual In Witchcraft, Spinning the Wheel, and Putting it all together.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Pendulum Magic

Circle Network Book Review: Pendulum Magic for Beginners  -Power to Achieve All Goals by Richard Webster Paperback £13.50 288 pages Published by Llewellyn Worldwide Author website:

Richard Webster has written over twenty books about psychic subjects and his experienced and comfortable style is perfect for ‘easy to understand’ books for beginners. Published by the specialist publishing house, Llewellyn Worldwide, it has all the hallmarks of the best book on the subject of pendulum dowsing on the market today.

Luke Eastwood

Circle Network Book Review: The Druid’s Primer by Luke Eastwood
Published by Moon books Paperback price: £15.99 e-book price: £4.96

The Druid’s Primer is an excellent book on the subject of Druidry and is an inspirational read for anyone who is seeking to tread this spiritual path.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Tarot for Writers

Circle Network Book Review: Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner published by Llewellyn Books $19.95 US 
'Kick-start your creativity' with this book on using tarot cards - 'a machine for writing stories' for inspiration and guidance. Both John Steinbeck and Stephen King used tarot cards to develop their writing skills. Can you believe there are 500 suggestions in this book to help writers of all genres. Any tarot card deck of 78 cards can be used, with standard major, minor arcana. The deck profiled in this book is the Universal Tarot by Roberto De Angelis and black and white line drawings are used to demonstrate the cards and samples of inspired writing are provided with each of the 22 majors.  Each of the major cards has a correspondence, key symbols, keywords, astrological association, myths and legends, literary archetypes, writing prompts and a paragraph about how the major can be used to assist your writing practice. Each of the minor cards has a correrpondence, key symbols, keywords and writing prompts. At the back of the book is a glossary and an index.

The Way Home - Making Heaven on Earth

Circle Network Book Review: The Way Home - Making Heaven on Earth By Madis Senner Paperback 285 pages £11.99 Published by O Books Website:

Madis Senner has excellent credentials. As a global money manager, he has written extensively for the New York Times and other heavyweight newspapers and journals. However, he became disillusioned by exploitation and corruption in financial institutions and has become a faith activist. He now works to turn the world around and create peace and wellbeing on a personal and planetary level. He teaches and writes about sacred sites; how our thoughts create our reality and he also leads group meditations.  

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Noel Moules

Circle Network Book Review: Fingerprints of Fire - Footprints of Peace - A Spiritual Manifesto from a Jesus Perspective by Noel Moules  Paperback £12.99 Published by Circle Books Author website:

Noel Moules is the founder of 'Workshop' a Christian vocational training programme based in the UK under the auspices of a registered charity, the Anvil Trust. 

How can we discover the Jesus of the New Testament and understand his message of love, hope and peace after two thousand years of religious schism and manipulation? 

Da Vinci Enigma Tarot

Circle Network Card deck review: Da Vinci Enigma Tarot - by Caitlin Matthews, Boxed set of book and 78 cards with artwork taken from Leonardo's notebook drawings and writings, published by St Martin's Press.

For the author, tarot is not a method of fortune telling but to prepare for the next move by examining the present and we are urged to ask questions of the oracle. Sayings and quotes from Leonardo and information on elements, numbers, shuffling, choosing, clearing, augmenting, bridging and interpreting. Reversals of card meanings are provided but the card backs are not intended for both upright and reversed meanings. Each Macrocosm card (the Greater Archetypal World) has more than a page of explanation and are given untraditional titles, such as Enigma for II, Twins for VI, Imagination for VII, Time for X, Experience for XII, Passover for XII, Pain and Pleasure for XV, Deluge for XVI, Way Shower for XVII, Conception for XVIII, Birth for XIX, Renewal. Each of these 22 cards have a Latin numeral, a title, a message, an explanation of the image and background information to help with the reading, such as Soul-code, upright reading, reversed and disconnected. For and the Microcosm cards (the Lesser Manifest World) each have a title, a message, and an explanation of the background of the image, a soul-code, reversed and information about a disconnected energy relating to the card. 

The Integrated Self

Circle Network Book Review: The Integrated Self: A Holistic Approach to Spirituality and Mental Health Practice By Louis F Kavar Published by: O Books Paperback: £8.99 Kindle: £6.58 Pages: 86
Author’s website:

The Reverend Dr Louis Kavar is an ordained minister of religion, spiritual director, hypnotherapist and counselling psychologist. He works as an educator in the field of counselling and spirituality in the United States. He has travelled throughout the United States and globally in his pedagogic role.

Dr Kavar’s book posits an integrative approach towards spirituality and psychological practice. It offers a holistic framework encompassing mind, body and soul. It is primarily intended for mental health practitioners who are working directly with patients and offering psychological therapy.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

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.