Friday, 29 September 2017

Elen of the Ways


Shaman Pathways -Elen of the Ways - Following the Deer Trods by Elen Sentier
Published by Moon Books - 89 pages Author website: www.elensentier.co.uk



Painting by Jocelyn Chaplin
In the Boreal woods that covered northern Europe and the Americas thousands of years ago, there seemed to have been an honouring of the deer family as having great spiritual power and this has continued to this day in many parts of the world, for instance, with the Reindeer still play a central practical and spiritual role for the Sami peoples of Northern Scandinavia. Reindeer are the only female deer with antlers and, as such, may have been, and could still be, especially sacred. The author argues that hunter gatherers would not have seen animals as good or bad as later people did. They would have been deeply respectful and attuned to all of them. Elen Sentier describes an extraordinary encounter with a female deer which was giving birth and she is able to tune in to the energies of the land and of animals and weaves her own personal experience with stories, myths, facts and theories. 


Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Truth-Seeker's Tarot Review

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Truth-Seeker's Tarot - Oracle Cards of Insight, Clarity and Wisdom by The late Prof David Fontana with artwork by Sylvie Daigneault. Boxed set of 78 cards, plus an explanatory booklet titled 'Understanding the Tarot' £16.99 published by Watkins Publishing. 


The booklet contains autobiographical information about the author with information about archetypes and symbolism and how to use and work with the cards. The deck is presented as a progression along the path of inner development, described as 'the Fool's Journey'. Each of the 22 Major Arcana has a page of esoteric information and advice 'when you work with this card, ask yourself'. The basics of the Minor Arcana are included. The suggested spreads are: the Seven Card Horseshoe, the 6 card Celtic Cross, and the 11 card Tree of Life. The images are attractive with gold highlights. 

I am using as a sample the card of 'Justice' which is traditionally depicted as a woman, following the ancient Greeks for who Themis was the goddess of justice. Her sword is ready to cut through ignorance that impedes spiritual enlightenment and represents the spiritual power that divides Heaven and Earth and guards the gateway to the Garden of Eden; while her scales, help her to weigh the value of all things and maintain the balance between trhe material and the spiritual. In many cultures, they are a symbol for weighing good deeds against bad at the moment of judgment in the afterlife.
Justice wears the red robe of worldly power. 
When you work with this card, as yourself: Am I using my inner judgment to guide me on my journey of self-realisation? If not, what prevents me? By examining your integrity and weighing the pros and cons of your actions, you can try to attain perfect equilibrium in your life.  Review: Wendy Stokes

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 the place 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.

Depression as a Spiritual Journey


Circle Network Book Review: Depression as a Spiritual Journey by Stephanie Sorrell is in Paperback £11.99 262 pages Published by O Books Author Website: www.stephaniesorrell.com/

There are a wide variety of depressive illnesses, all of which are incapacitating for the sufferer and immensely difficult to understand for family, friends and work colleagues. Stephanie Sorrell, herself a long term sufferer, has searched the world for methods that can provide insight and aid recovery. She describes her own ordeal and how it led her to achieve a Masters in Applied Psychosynthesis Psychology. Psychosynthesis was formulated by Roberto Assagioli over a hundred years ago and is described as ‘psychology with a soul’. This therapeutic approach emphasises the importance of the spiritual dimension which is usually denied by the Western medical model of mental illnesses. Because of the profound nature of depression, many sufferers will be drawn to the symbolic and metaphorical languages of the spiritual quest for meaning and enlightenment.

Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses & Heroines

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses and Heroines Divination Deck by Kay Steventon and Brian Clark, published by US Games Inc. Pack contains 52 cards size 2.75" x 4.75" with 52 cards, an information booklet and a spread sheet. £23.40

"The heroines task is to become herself in the world"

 
I have chosen as a sample Demeter, an Olympian Goddess, who carries the energy of ‘letting go’. She stands amidst her fields of grain watching over the harvest. As earth mother, she presides over fertility, birth, harvest, decay and rebirth. Her myth focuses on the loss of her daughter, Persephone, to the underworld. This poignant narrative of closeness, separation, grief, and reunion echoes the timeless theme of attachment and loss. On a divinatory level, Demeter suggests a breaking of the mother-daughter bond in order to develop independence. The card heralds a more mature phase of a relationship. Energy previously with-held, imprisoned 
feelings, or an aspect of the self that has felt violated can be released so that a new course of life may unfold. Attachment, separation, and loss are intricately woven into the tapestry of life. Mourning allows the process to be complete so that we may let fo and life can be renewed.

Gilded Tarot



The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti and Barbara Moore is a 78 card deck with a 64 page white instruction booklet in a front opening cardboard packet. It is published by Llewellyn Worldwide at £17.99 


Two very big names in the world of tarot, Marchetti and Moore, have combined their extensive skills in this very stylish deck. The setting is mediaeval; that sexy, candle lit era of wanton young ladies dressed in long silk gowns, and ravishing knights on chargers, dressed in equally beautiful brocades. This romantic styling is decorated with animals and birds, leafy bowers, Romanesque arches and twin pillars. Whilst working with the deck, the masquerade quality reminded me Cirque de Soleil performance titled ‘Kooza’ seen recently at the Royal Albert Hall. 


The Second Messiah Review

Circle Network Book Review: The Second Messiah - Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasony by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, published by Fair Winds Press, paperback 260 pages $18.95

This book is well researched by the authors of The Hiram Key and ties up some gaps in time. From the early times following the death of Jesus, the Jewish members of the royal House of David, a hereditary priesthood, have largely been forgotten, or perhaps intentionally hidden by the early leaders of the emerging Christian sect. These would have been the real Popes in true apostolic succession. Was there a bloodline that was protected until the time of the creation of the Knights Templar Order, when 11 selected French knights under Hughes de Payen, went to search under the Jerusalem Temple for what might have been scrolls, valuables, relics or other valuables, hidden for safety and left to them by their ancestors when Jerusalem fell in AD 70? The enormous building programme of cathedrals throughout France and 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Secret Language of Animals

Circle Network Card Deck Review: the Secret Language of Animals Oracle Cards by Chip Richards, published by Blue Angel Publishing £15.99 46 cards with explanatory booklet.

The booklet provides information about how to use the deck, with each card numbered and titled and provided with keywords, a spiritual perspective and a message and affirmation. There is a section about the importance of understanding current planetary concerns and some recommendations of charitable institutions who are involved in protecting endangered wildlife, many of which are teetering on the edge of extinction

There is a dedication to the 'loving, living pulse of Mother Earth and all her sacred children' and that God speaks through nature and how our evolution is bound up with our awareness. The whale, bee, snake, eagle, all so different, all so unique. The author was influenced by nature as a child in Colorado and now living on the coast of Australia where he feels in communion with the natural world.


Gnostic Healing


Circle Network Book Review: Gnostic Healing - Revealing the Hidden Power of God by Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston, published by Llewelyn Publications, 190 pages, Paperback £12.99

"We are all an emanation of the divine"

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Motherpiece Tarot Deck

Tarot Card Deck Review: 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 a 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. 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Adventures in Eco-therapy



Circle Network Book Review: Acorns Among the Grass - Adventures in Eco-therapy By Caroline Brazier Published by: O Books Paperback price: £11.69 Kindle price: £5.14 248 pages Author’s website: http://amidatrust.ning.com/profile/carolinebrazier



Sunday, 24 September 2017

Movement Medicine - How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams



Circle Network Book Review : Movement Medicine - How  to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams By Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan Paperback £10.99 Published by Hay House
Website: http://www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com/

We have seen the paintings of the dancing girls of ancient Egypt and we know that King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant, so it is with acceptance that we take a modern journey of the dance of life that connects us with the movement of all life

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Joie de Vivre Tarot



Circle Network Review: Joie de Vivre Tarot by Paulina Cassidy Published by US Games 78 card deck with white booklet (78 pages) £19.99 

It's a most entertaining tarot deck to delight all ages! The front of packet is pic of Three of Cups where Gleam, Glitter and Glow dance together in celebration of their blessings and achievements. Waters of vitality spring forth from three cup flowers on Glitter’s head. Glow supplies a plethora of fruit and the scarab beetle dancing at their feet carries a message of regeneration and creation.


Friday, 22 September 2017

Universal Prophecy Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Universal Prophecy Cards by Julie McKenzie published by Animal Dreaming Publishing, Author's website: www.Julie.McKenzie.com

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Journey to the Goddess Realm

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Journey to the Goddess Realm Oracle Deck by Lisa Porter, published by U S Games Inc. Pack contains booklet and 39 cards.
 "The goal of spirituality is to call forth our eternal spirit back into our earthly bodies."

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards

Circle Network Card Review: Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue PhD Published by Hay House £13.99 for box of 44 cards plus explanatory booklet.

The deck is designed for divinatory use for oneself or for others. The cards are of excellent quality, the artwork is detailed and can stand the scrutiny of a jeweler's eyeglass. 44 popular Goddesses are profiled with their history and function and a channelled message from each. The book offers an alphabetical list of each of the goddesses, instructions on working with the cards, how to consecrate and store the cards, how to give a card reading (including the use of inverted cards), how to choose which goddess to work with and how to invoke the goddesses.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Goddess, Grail and Lodge


Network Book Review: The Goddess, The Grail & The Lodge – The Real Da Vinci Code and the Origins of Religion by Alan Butler, paperback 360 pages £12.99 published by O Books 


With a foreword by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, this book has excellent credentials. I loved Alan Butler’s (co-authored with John Ritchie) last book ‘Rosslyn Revealed’ and this did not disappoint! The oldest religion is that of a goddess who was a great mathematician and whose relics are sites such as those of Malta and Gozo which are six thousand years old, and built as womb-like chamber within the earth itself. Do these have any similarity to the Mother Lodge of the Freemasons in Gt Queen Street? Could there be a complex system of lines upon which cities were founded and churches are built where the goddess was honoured? Were cathedrals built with knowledge of the circumference of the Earth which involved plotting the transits of the planet, Venus? What is the significance of the threshing floor upon which Solomon temple was built? Why is the archeology of Gaza so important and who were the Philistines? Has ancient knowledge survived, and if so, how, where and whom or what does it serve and why has it been hidden for so long? Described as ‘grail’ wisdom and symbolised in many ways, this book weaves a Golden Thread through the Cathars, Bogomils, Knights Templar and Freemasons and towards a New Jerusalem. Could the long haired Merovingian Franks and Burgundian kings have left messages for the future in the treasures of Sutton Hoo and does their knowledge come from the Minoan culture of Crete and kept alive through the tribe of Benjamin, the Essenes and Cistercians? Why were shepherds the first people to be told of the birth of the Messiah and what part does sheep rearing play in the ancient wisdom? Was the resurrection of Jesus linked to the annual resurrection of Osiris, the Egyptian God of Vegetation and was Jesus and Mary Magdelene involved in a goddess cult? Did an ancient wisdom reach the founding fathers of the US in Maryland and were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Christians?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Nature-Speak Oracle

Circle Network Oracle Card Review: The Nature-Speak Oracle by Ted Andrews, published by Dragonhawk Publishing in a good quality box which contains 60 cards plus explanation booklet. Card size: 11.9 x 9.4 x 4cm
The cards are related to the ‘Green Kingdom’ and bear photos of nature within an oval frame. Cards bear titles and subtitles and are divided into 4 suits - ‘Landscape Oracles, such as beach, borderland, desert, forest, garden, hot spring, lake and pond; Flower Oracles, such as iris, gardenia, orchid, tulip; Seasons and Climate Oracles, such as fog and mist, summer, snow, blue moon, clouds and Tree Oracles, such as maple, walnut, palm, redwood and rowan.
Some of the titles and subtitles are: Rainbow – Hidden Gift, Rain – Time to replenish, Dandelion- Persist in pursuits, Ferns – New Wonders  The deck has been crated to offer a divination tool to help uncover possibilities, choices and expectations and to help solve problems and accomplish tasks. Information contained in the booklet covers how to use the cards and care for them. The cards are all positive in their meaning, upturned cards do not have the opposite of upright meaning but are a variation of the positive. The back of the cards are a heart shaped leaf symbol with perimeter decoration.   


Thursday, 14 September 2017

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 illuminated cards, highly embossed with silver, 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. A little white booklet contains instructions for ‘The Chessboard Game’ and card interpretations in English and 5 European languages.  

This highly unusual deck features glorious artworks on every card. It is a novelty card game presentation, not for tarot reading and without the usual tarot card titles. It is believed by some to have been produced for Pope Pius II during the Congress of Mantua in 1459: the cards depict allegorical and philosophical themes and are divided into 5 sections: The human condition; Apollo and the Muses; The Arts and Sciences; The Geniuses and Virtues; the Planet and Celestial Spheres. These topics suggest an aide memoir used in 15th century Italy. The 25 separate cards have two smaller images on each with a word of interpretation on each. 

It is a rare, original and wonderful joy to handle these cards with their magnificent artwork and superb quality production. I think you will love this deck! I would say, however, that if the card game does not suit the purchaser, the cards can be used to compose your own meanings for inspirational readings. Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Universal Goddess Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Universal Goddess Tarot by Maria Caratti, published by Lo Scarabeo. 5inches by 3 inches card size. £22.95 


78 goddesses of the world pictured with latin numerals only. Major and minor arcana with court cards all pictured. Information is contained in the little white booklet is in English and 5 other languages. Suggested 'Temple' layout has 6 cards; 1 and 2 represent the current situation, cards 3 and 4, the solution, 5 offers a sacrifice and 6 the response. The deck can be used for meditation upon a goddess, for fortune telling or for learning about personal growth, learning and enjoyment. Card backs are designed in such a way that it is impossible to know before the card has been revealed whether it is upside down (reversed) or not but no reversed meanings are given in the accompanying leaflet. There are words from the mouth of the goddess to guide, advise and inspire. 


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Whispers of Love Oracle Cards

Circle Network Review: Whispers of Love Oracle Cards - for attracting more love into your life by Angela Hartfield with artwork by Josephine Wall. Published by Blue Angel Publishing. Pack of 50 cards and 72 page booklet. £13.99 Author website: www.angelahartfield.com   Artist website: www.josephinewall.co.uk
Each of the cards carries an image, number, title and simple positive message pertaining to love and caring. Based on the Law of Attraction, you can read the cards for yourself or another person. A card for daily reading is suggested or a 3 card spread for past, present and future or a four card 'relating' spread. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Shining Woman Tarot by Rachel Pollack



Shining Woman Tarot by Rachel Pollack is a wonderful deck of 78 cards, inspired by international myths, shamanic journeys, esoteric traditions, stories, tribal art and other creative enjoyments. There are Kabbalistic, standard tarot, Native American, prehistoric rock art, fairy tales and other influences. There are scenes from Greece, North America,
Malta, Ireland, England, France, Denmark and the Netherlands. The title 'Shining Woman', refers to the last card of the major arcana, usually titled 'The World'. The image is a celebration of life and appears in images throughout the card deck, such as ,'The Tower', '3 of Stones' and 'Awakening'. Symbols of animals occur, such as the turtle (or tortoise), toad, snake and fish. Some of the traditional tarot titles have been changed into 'Tradition' and 'The Hanged Woman'. There is the soul's journey through the major arcana from birth to enlightenment, the four suits of minor arcana which are descriptive of human experience in all its varied forms. Wands (fire) are trees: cups (water) are rivers: swords (air) are birds: pentacles (earth) are stones. Each card is given a poem and a write up in the booklet. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

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; a decree for all boy children to be put to death in the OT but Moses 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 Jesus in similar roles or making similar statements.



Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Chocolate Lover's Message Cards



Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Chocolate Lover's Message Cards by Rosie Shalhoub, published by Animal Dreaming Publishing in a magnetic flip top box with 70 cards and instructions on how to use them. Author's website: www.festivalofdreams.com.au

I enjoyed these cards! Let's get together and have some fun while we learn something about self- development.

Cacao ceremonies are very popular and these are the cards to accompany them! The idea is to honour nature, the growing seeds, the nurturing and wonder of joy and delight in what nature provides. Whether you like dark, milk or white chocolate, with nuts or mint, as a drink or as a cake, outdoors or indoors, after dinner or whenever friends get together to talk about life, these little cards facilitate conversation, sharing and joy.

Each card has a title and subtitle, a photograph image on one side. On the other side is a warning message about what could be, and a positive way to deal with it, followed by an affirmation. Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk




Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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. 

A 15 card reading is suggested titlted The Garden of Scheherazade. Traditional tarot card meanings are opened to include the wider storyline which helps with creativity and intuition for the reader. Upright and reversed meanings are provided in a few words in the lwb. The backs do not give away the fall of the cards and depict Scherazade in a garden with a rose and a reflective pond. A jewellers' eye glass adds to the enjoyment of these cards. 

This is a fascinating tarot deck for those who enjoy imaginative journeys and seek a tarot deck that will stimulate them! Let your imagination run loose! Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Esoteric Tarot



Circle Network Book Review: Esoteric Tarot - Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabala by Ronald Decker 312 page paperback with line drawings Published by Quest Books Price: £14.99 

The author, Ronald Decker, has provided detailed historical research, comparisons with various early decks and their uses. Ancient texts are explored: we visit China where dice with pips, such as dominos, become paper cards with pips; via Persia, India, Russia and even consider possible links to Mongolia. The life and works of the Hermetic teacher and tarot designer, 'Etteilia' (Jean-Baptiste Alliette) is provided along with the information that Casanova forbade the use of the cards and threw them on the fire because they revealed

Monday, 4 September 2017

Visconti Tarot

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

This is the perfect gift for a tarot enthusiast! Embossed with gold, these are the most beautiful images from the earliest known tarot decks (1300s), known as Visconti-Sforza, which are now in museums across the world or owned by 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. 

Wands for work, Pentacles for business, Chalices for love and Swords for legal and health matters. The little white booklet in the pack suggests the way the Visconti Tarot is designed to be read. Do not expect this deck to be an average tarot deck. It is very different in its use. The seeker asks a question, and the suit that pertains to their question is chosen to answer their question. A 5 layer spread is suggested in the lwb which provides instructions in English and 5 European languages. The backs do not reveal whether the cards fall upright or reversed.The tarot artwork for this deck is by the masterful hand of Atanas Alexander Atanassov, coupled with the high expertise of the tarot publisher, Lo Scarabeo. This is a tarot deck to cherish for a lifetime. I highly recommend these stunning cards! Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Sacred Journey Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Sacred Journey Cards by Cheryl Thiele, 44 cards in a pack, designed for those who keep a diary, and can be used for inspiration and self reflection. Small round cards that fit comfortably in the palm of the hand, each card has a title and subtitle with a hand cut stamp artwork similar to a wood or lino cut. The deck is divided into the 4 elements, fire, water, earth and air. I think these cards require imagination or a teacher to get the best from them. If you are running out of ideas for your journal, choose a card or couple of cards, and get writing! Great for a beginner who needs a pointer to get started. https://sacredjourney.com/

Friday, 1 September 2017

Cat's Eye Tarot

Circle Network Card Review: Cat's Eye Tarot by Debra M Givin DVM Published by US Games Systems, Inc Price: £16.99 
The 78 cards of the major and minor arcana are represented in this novelty deck which has a white booklet within the pack that offers card titles and concept keywords, an explanation of the upright card symbolism and an interpretation for each card. Each of the cards is painted by Debra M Givin, the deck’s creator, who is a qualified veterinarian and cat specialist practising in Portland, Maine since 1982.
The card sizes are traditional and the meanings have a traditional flavour. The major arcana cards are emphasised by their purple colours, the minor arcana’s colours and symbols are: Wands, represented by orange (creative energy), reptiles and flashy reddish gingers; Cups by red (emotional energy), fish and sweet, black and white cats; Swords by blue (intellectual energy), birds and the talkative Siamese and Pentacles by brown (earth energy), mice and solid, practical tabbies. The art-work tells a story and is without mystifying esoteric symbolism. The card backs depict a long-haired tabby cat’s face with green eyes.