Thursday, 31 August 2017

Crystal Visions Tarot



Circle Network Tarot Card Review:
CRYSTAL VISIONS TAROT CARD DECK by Jennifer Galasso Published by US Games Systems, Inc Website: www.crystalvisionstarot.com  
Jennifer Galasso studied art, graphic design and psychology and has produced a very enjoyable deck with a young female energy. Her fantasy artwork is also available as greeting cards, prints and figurines and her illustrations have been published in anthologies and magazines.

The title ‘Crystal Visions’ was taken from a music CD of the songwriter, Stevie Nicks, and the flowing beauty and elegance of these songs is reflected in the delicacy, femininity and enchanting quality of the card’s artwork. The symbol of the crystal ball is also detailed in several of the images within the deck and provides an

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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 www.wendystokes.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Oracle of Visions card deck review


Circle Network Oracle card deck Review: ORACLE OF VISIONS by Ciro Marchetti, published by U S Games Systems Inc, pack includes 52 cards (size 3.75 x 5.5 inches) and explanatory booklet. £17.99 www.ciromarchetti.com


It’s a feast! Carnival in Venice meets Cirque du Soleil meets Las Vegas Harlequin! You won’t find more Hollywood glamour than this!  
Ciro Marchetti has excited us yet again with his distinguished artwork! Following on from his immensely popular and amazingly beautiful tarot and Lenormand cards, we now have an oracle deck - but with a difference! Most oracle cards carry simple messages and lack depth but Marchetti has created this deck to inspire the reader. With minimal input, our inspiration, insight and intuition is encouraged to be individual and versatile. The cards carry a number only. If you wish for a title, the booklet provides titles, quotations and 100 – 200 words of information. All cards are read upright.
The cards are divided into 4 suits: Situations; Emotions; Actions and Behaviour. Two interpretations are provided for drawing for one card reading. A six card combination reading is also offered as a sample.  

Monday, 28 August 2017

Higher Reality Therapy


Circle Network Book Review: Higher Reality Therapy Nine Pathways to Inner Peace By Anthony Falikowski Published by O Books

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

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hallowquest


Circle Network Book Review: Hallowquest - Tarot Magic and the Arthurian Mysteries by Caitlin and John Matthews 254 page book to accompany the Arthurian Tarot Cards by Caitlin and John Matthews. 

This book contains black and white scans of each of the tarot cards in this deck, each of the Greater Powers has an extensive explanation, with archetypal and divinatory meanings, and there are comprehensive write-ups on the Lesser. The template for this deck are the Celtic myths and early mediaeval stories of King Arthur and the Round Table. Spear, Grail, Sword and Stone are the 4 Hallow suits and each have traditions, correspondences, archetypes of Kings, Queens, Knights and Maiden of four castles all described in a good level of detail. 


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Viking Oracle



Circle Network Card Deck Review: Viking Oracle - Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Stacey Marco with artwork by Jimmy Manton. 45 cards (6.75" x 5") and booklet set, published by Blue Angel. 25 Nordic runes are profiled plus 20 Viking themed cards. Very enjoyable myths and symbolism for divination and guidance from the Norse tradition. Cards provide a portal through time from ancient Viking society. Each card carries a title and number, individual image and rune letter. The booklet provides information on each card, keywords, and poems, plus the element. Reversed cards can be read!
Information on how to use the deck and dedicate the cards. Card spreads are one card reading, Sacred 3 Card Draw, 9 Worlds Draw, Thor's Hammer, The Pantheon Technique, Past, Present & Future. Scandinavian joy!
This is the gold standard for oracle cards, well researched with a demonstated love of the subject, well presented, a joy to work with! Review Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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
Author website:  http://www.alanafairchild.com/



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

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Gospel of Aradia

Circle Network card deck review: The Gospel of Aradia by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton. Boxed set with 36 cards and a 112 page guidebook. Published by Blue Angel Publishing £15.99


"The angels of one religion are the devils of another!"

Cards carry a title in Latin, an affirmation, a poem and a message. 

The story of Aradia is the story of the 'strega' the weaver of magic, mystery and enchantment, empowerment and creativity that can assist the self or others. 


Aradia was lost and wandering through the countryside, hungry and cold. An old woman finds her and invites her to share her meagre meal. The woman has an injured leg and Aradia prepares a poultice and shows the old lady how to make it and use it and she sings a song of healing. In the morning, Aradia is gone, but the woman finds her leg has healed. As she touches her shawl, three gold coins fall to the floor. She looks out the window and her old cow is young again and her old horse is strong again. Vegetables, herbs and berries have been planted in her garden.   


Saturday, 19 August 2017

The English Magic Tarot


Circle Network card deck review: The English Magic Tarot, boxed set of guidebook (160 pages) plus 45 cards published by Red Wheel/Weiser £19.99. Written by Andy Letcher, with art by Rex Van Ryn and Stephen Dooley (Rex provided the pencil sketches and Steve the inking and colouring). Foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm. 
Card size: 15cm x 21cm.

"It is human nature to create self-serving beliefs!"

With this deck, we enter the time from Henry VIII to the Restoration. We have dealings with the great minds of that time, Dr John Dee, John Aubrey and Sir Isaac Newton. 


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Book excerpt by Caroline Brazier





In Buddhist psychology we are interested in understanding the processes of conditioning which limit our ability to see the world clearly. The mind is conditioned by many factors and these affect our perception, creating subtle biases and colouring our experience in various ways. All of these colourations are in some way reflections of the sense of identity. At an unconscious level, we tend to seek out the familiar because it makes us feel comfortable, and safe, so when we look at things, we interpret them in the light of our pre-existing ‘blue-prints’ and fit them into stories which we already identify with.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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. 


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Mystic Dreamer's Tarot


The Mystic Dreamer Tarot boxed set with cards and book titled 'The Dreamer's Journal' by Barbara Moore,  Barbara Moore provided the text for 'The Gilded Tarot Companion, A Guide to the Mystic Faerie Tarot and Destiny's Portal. The cards are based on traditional tarot card meanings and reversed meanings are provided. Information on how to prepare for a reading, and there are pages for notes as this is a journal/workbook and instructions are given for its use. The card images are partly portrayed in soft tints and sepia colouring. Ask yourself 'what do I need to know about?' There is a 3 card 'past, present and future' suggestion or just lay down as many cards as seems appropriate and read the storyline. Other spread suggestions are provided. The moon is a recurring symbol in this deck, as the moon relates to intuition, creativity, magic and mystery.


Monday, 14 August 2017

The Shaman's Oracle Cards

Circle Network Oracle card deck review: The Shaman's Oracle Cards for Ancient Wisdom and Guidance by John Matthews, illustrated by Wil Kinghan, Published by Watkins
Publishing in a good quality box with pull out drawer with excellent card stock. Pack contains hardback book, 52 cards and a template pictorial of a hand to aid reading. Pack price: £14.99, yes, brilliant value for money!

Information is provided about palaeolithic art which is found worldwide, in Australia, the Americas, Europe and China and has inspired the artwork for this deck. Each card carries a different image. Other information provided is about shamanism as an ancient spiritual practice. There is information on how to use the cards and how to frame questions. A sample layout helps with this process. Beautiful poems accompany each card. The images were excellent in transporting me into an inspirational space where the reading flowed quite naturally, sometimes without needing the book's

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Flower Therapy Oracle Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Flower Therapy Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves. Boxed set of 44 cards and guidebook £13.99. http://www.hayhouse.co.uk/authorbio/doreen-virtue

Enjoyable high colour cards featuring flowers from across the world. How to use the cards, how to clear them, consecrate them, invoke angelic protection, and how to ask a question. Choose a 3 card spread or multiple cards! Each card is explained with 100 words of information on insight and healing. Gold leaf edging on mine, enjoyable high colour photo quality card images! Hay House is always good value and excellent quality card stock. The cards provide guidance for yourself and others. A latin and local name are given for each flower and a slogan of advice. Friendly, easy, take them to the coffee bar to share the readings with friends and family. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Creative Whack Pack Review

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Creative Whack Pack by Roger von Oech published by US Games Inc £15.00
64 Creativity Strategies to Provoke and Inspire your Thinking! This deck is designed to jog your mind and provides advice to kick start your future - a fascinating method to increase your options, challenge your habitual thought and behaviour patterns, help you look for and find new ideas, improve your decisions and do things differently to produce a different result. Each card offers a brain-storming strategy for changing your life. There are 4 suits, Blue for the Explorer who gains new information, Orange for the Artist who gains a new technique, Green for the Judge who gains new decision making abilities and Red for the Warrior who gains courage and willpower. The deck can be used professionally, in workshops and meetings or for individual use to troubleshoot and problem solve. The author also has produced 'A Whack on the Side of the Head' and 'A Kick in the Seat of the Pants' and 'The Innovative Whack Pack'. Despite the aggressive language which must have blocked sales, the card deck (and the app) are worth adding to your 'wish list'. There are 3 methods of how to use the cards which can be used alone or with others. The cards come with a little white booklet and the sales run into over a million. This is an ideal gift for young and old alike, male or female, everyone can change their life with this deck of cards. Stuck in a rut? This is the deck for you!
Dr von Oech has a PHD in the history of ideas from Stanford University. He is a conference organiser and speaker and is an advisor to Apple, Sony, Disney, Intel and IBM.  Review by Wendy Stokes

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Soul Coaching Oracle Cards

From Soul Coaching Oracle Cards by Denise Lynn http://www.deniselinn.com/ published by Hay House. We have 52 cards in the box with a guidebook with a page of text per card and a black and white scan. Excellent card stock as always from Hay House. Sample card readings: The card (right) of Compassion with an affirmation: 'The vibration of compassion shines through my every cell". You are a deeply compassionate being. Allow the light of your goodwill to shine to the world. Accept the care that the Creator has for you. You are loved and immensely lovable. Start with yourself, gently and lovingly accept yourself as you are. You dont need to be perfect. Release your judgements and negative beliefs and you will have greater undersranding for others. Release guilt and shame because they no longer serve you. Forgive yourself and others. All the vibration of compassion shine through every cell in your body. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

From Grief to Goddess

Circle Network Review: From Grief to Goddess by Jude Garrecht, published by Animal Dreaming Publishing, pack of cards contains 21 affirmation cards, Separate paperback with 103 pages. Author website: www.dreamingtheseed.com


Guardian Angel Cards


Circle Network Card Deck Review: Guardian Angel Cards - Loving Messages from theAngels, 44 cards by Toni Carmine Salerno, 44 cards with no images, no booklet, just text and colour on heart shaped cards, giving a message of inspiration, guidance and healing. Brief but positive 50 word information typed on the coloured cards. How to use the cards to receive an answer to a question are given in the information on how to use the cards. Cards are divided into suits with 5 cards containing a short prayer. Artist and author, Toni Carmine Saleerno has produced a very large number of card decks for his Australian publishing house, Blue Angel. Twee! So easy to read the short text message directly from the card. A nice gift! Send an oracle card with a message to a friend with a birthday card!  

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Horik Svensson



Circle Network review: The Runes - The Future Revealed with the Ancient Norse System of Divination by Horik Svensson, published by Carlton Books. Box set contains 25 ceramic stones bearing a runic letter, a hessian bag, an explanatory instruction book. 
The word 'rune' means 'whispered secret'

Monday, 7 August 2017

Matrix Healing

Circle Network Book Review: Matrix Healing - Discover Your Greatest Health Potential Through the Power of Kabbalah by Raphael Kellman MD with forward by Larry Dossey, published by Transworld, paperback 270 pages £7.99

"Our material world hides an unseen world of great potential for healing"
Matrix - mother; source; origin; womb

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Wisdom of the Golden Path Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Wisdom of the Golden Path Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno, artwork by Yuehui Tang, 45 cards and information booklet in pack published by Blue Angel Publishing. You are invited to 'see things from a higher perspective' and receive personal guidance and also use the cards to read for others. There are positive messages and affirmations. Toni Carmine Salerno has produced a large number of card decks through the Blue Angel publishing house of Australia. He is an author and has also produced mind body spirit CDs and is an artist in his own right. Yuehui Tang is an award winning major in oil paints and is a freelance illustrator. It's a nicely produced deck, typical of the excellent quality expected from Blue Angel Publishing with high quality card stock and packaging. Suitable for a young market I would say! Review by Wendy Stokes

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Natural Magic

Circle Network Book Review: Natural Magic - Spells, Enchantments and Self-Development by Pamela J Ball, published by Capella Ring in a binder book describing, since earliest times across the world, the mystery, wonder and excitement of spiritual traditions and belief systems. With rituals, blessings, prayer, meditations, spells and symbols; information about elements, sacred space, lunar magic, etc. Well presented in workbook style, I enjoyed this book and learnt much that is practical, creative and imaginative.
The author is from Hawaii and is a writer of great renown with these additional books to her name:

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Secret Language of Colour

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Secret Language of Colour Cards by Inna Segal, 45 cards plus guidebook in a quality box £12.99 published by Atria Books. Author website: http://innasegal.com/
Each card has a number, a title, a subtitle and an image. The booklet has information about colour and how it can be used for healing, how the cards can be used to answer a question, you can place them on your body to clear your energy centre's (chakras), use them to work with other people, to meditate, to eat and drink colour, wear colour, paint, be creative, spend time in nature!  The booklet provides a section on frequently asked questions, and each card has a page of explanation about the meaning of colour and how to connect with it. 
Also available by Inna Segal are audio programmes and courses and the book The Secret Language of your Body and The Secret of Life Wellness.
Sample card: Rainbow, number 1,  Connect to Spirit in Nature. Rainbow ray is a combination of many colours together, making it a very powerful and regenerating energy to work with. Rainbow allows you to lighten up and feel happier and more alive. It also opens the mystical realm, connecting you to Spirit, fairies, angels and your creativity. Allow Rainbow rays to lead you into the realm of fairies. 
Connecting to the Spirits of Nature. Go to a park, and look around, and find a tree that attracts you. Stand still and focus within, feeling the tree's pull as it beckons you. Walk over to the tree, and place your arms around it. Feel its connection to the Earth, to the other trees, to the world. Allow some of the tre's Divine energy to pour into your body, fill you up, and awaken your own Divinity. Walk around the park, smell the flowers, and listen to the birds singing. Smile as you take in the beauty of nature. Visualise a Rainbow and allow it to bathe your body, strengthening your connection to nature and to the Divine. Then ask the Rainbow rays to connect you to the fairy kingdom. You might begin to notice sparkling lights around the flowers. Talk to the fairies and ask them to help you in any areas of your life where you need assistance, as they are great at manifesting. Say 'Divine Intelligence, please allow me to connect to the fairy kingdom to awaken my vitality, aliveness and Divinity'. 
Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Flower Reading Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Flower Reading Cards - Discover the Language of Nature by Cheralyn Darcey (author and artist), published by Rockpool Publishing, 36 cards in magnetic flip to open box with high quality explanatory booklet £14.99 Author website: www.cheralyndarcy.com

International flowers are featured, each card carries a title and subtitle, and linocut artwork, which is also painted by hand. The meanings have been developed through research and enquiry, personal experience and observation. In the booklet, each card has its common name and latin name, meaning, challenges, a botanical profile and a place of origin. Each flower has been given a personality by this environmental artist who uses recycled materials for the past twenty years for her artworks. Also provided is information on how to use the cards, pick a flower for each day, for oracle readings, meditation, healing and education. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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

The book contains black and white images to illustrate ideas within the text. There is a full colour pul 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 as the most suitable deck for the purposes of understanding the nature of projection and of making the process of the unconscious mind, conscious. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Angels in my Hair - Lorna Byrne

Circle Network Book Review: Angels in my Hair - The True Story of a Modern-day Irish Mystic by Lorna Byrne  Published by Arrow Books  352 pages Paperback: £7.99  Kindle: £5.22 Author's website:  www.lornabyrne.com 

Lorna Byrne was able to see and hear angels as a child but was slow to learn at school and her parents considered her backward. She was brought up in very deprived financial circumstances and was a lonely child but angels surrounded her with messages of love, comfort and good fortune. Helpful spirits, such as Michael, Elijah, Arabia, Kaphas and Bird Angel guided her, advised her of the future, and granted her healing abilities in later life. As a child, Lorna needed to keep her psychic ability secret as even her parents (and later her husband) did not fully understand her, though they grew in understanding as Lorna developed her gifts.

Sacred Rebels Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Sacred Rebels Oracle - Guidance for Living a Unique & Authentic Life by Alana Fairchild with artwork by Autumn Skye Morrison, published by Blue Angel Publishing, £15.99 boxed set of 44 quality cards and guidebook. Author's website: http://alanafairchild.com/