Sunday, 30 October 2016

Divine Circus Oracle

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Divine Circus Oracle by Alana Fairchild and published by Blue Angel Publishing £15.99, a boxed set of 44 cards and guidebook with artwork by Maxine Gadd, Gracjana Zielinska, Melanie Delon, Nell Fallcard, Anna Marine, Lunar Sparks, Yeuchui Tang, Monique Tulp, Babette Van Den Berg. 

Cirque de Soleil style fashion and visage, these are 44 personalities of the circus ring who help you unleash your inner creative! The persona is a mask we wear and these masks inspire and entertain and allow you to step outside the everyday world into one of imagination and wonder. This is the place of dreams and the entrance to the Otherworld - the magic of the circus tent. The idea is that love triumps over fear and sadness, that we can all make someone 's day a happy one. There are no rules in this game! You work with intuition and a few guidelines from the book. Ask a question and choose a card. A ritual is provided to maximise the potential magic of the cards. Dedicate the cards, use words provided at each reading or make up your own. All cards are to be read upright.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

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. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Halloween Oracle

The Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco - Lifting the Veil Between the Worlds is Published by Blue Angel Publishing The box includes information booklet and 36 cards. 5 x 7 inches.
Experience the Scariest Night of the Year Every Night! Cards are not numbered and carry only a title and subtitle. I think it is important to see in death an aspect of life and it is important to honour those who have gone on the long journey before us. By doing so, we learn how to live our life with consideration and caring and joy and prepare for the eventual day when our number is called by the powers that be.

Several card spreads are suggested, one card (where you can use a pendulum to choose it), a 3 card spread for Halloween (card one represents the heart of the issue or question, card two, the challenge and card three provides the solution) or a 6 card Jack O Lantern layout (card one represents the heart of the issue or question, card two, the hidden issue, card three, the major obstacle, card four, the main fear, card five, the solution, and card six, what will happen if you engage the solution).

This is a fun deck, ideal for Halloween parties, to draw a card and find associations. As there are only 36 cards in this box, I would combine this with another deck if I could find a suitable one of the same size and genre. For those who like dressing up, we have the typical symbols - owl, bat, broom, werewolf, skull, skeleton, cauldron, crystal ball, ghost, ghoul, pumpkin, black cat, etc.

This is the Lady de los Muertos who offers acceptance and equality. At the end of this month is All Hallow’s Eve, 31st October. This lady of death from the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead reminds us to remember and honour all those who have gone on the great journey before us. The veil between the worlds is thin at this time. She honours and accepts that death will come to everyone, regardless of wealth or status. She has reverence for it, but also overcomes and celebrates it, laughing and refusing to allow it to crush the joys of life. It is the last taboo, many run from it but it catches up with all of us sometime. The card is life affirming.  The deck has a booklet with a four line rhyme and a 500 word explanation of each card, ideal to celebrate The Day of the Dead, old Celtic Samhain or our All Hallow's Eve style trick or treat.

The author Stacey Demarco and the illustrator, Jimmy Manton hail from Australia. It's good card stock but cards strongly rely on the intuitive ability and sense of fun of the reader. Wendy Stokes reviewer:

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. 

Awaken the High Priestess Within + video

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
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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

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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.   

Mycoocoon Colour Immersion Therapy

Mycoocoon is an amazing opportunity for a combined experience of aromatherapy, music, and colour immersion therapy. 
The colour therapy is conducted in one of two ways, either lying down on a comfortable sofa under a specially designed light canopy (which costs £16,000) or there is a specially designed wall unit which dispenses high density and high quality coloured light. Colour therapy has been well researched and scientifically documented and has a highly beneficial effect on the mind; aiding relaxation, reducing stress and improving energy levels. The colour also has effects on the chakras, so meditation whilst in the immersion enhances chakra healing.

My own experience was exciting and profound. I was asked to choose a sequence of different colours from a downloadable chart which is available from the app store (see below). I was asked to choose between several scents; each one evocative of a past life experience and these were added to my colour preferences and music was chosen to compliment these. I laid down on the soft sofa within the coocoon canopy and ear phones were placed on my head to deliver the music. I held in my hand a sample of the scent I had chosen and the colours of the canopy began to change, moving through rainbow colours of great purity and beauty. Soon I was transported, as if into another world. I saw a Japanese garden, full of different coloured azaleas, all of which had a slightly different scent, but their colour was vibrant and reaching out to me with their petals. Then I saw the most beautiful girl in the world. She was Japanese, with dark eyes and shiny black hair, but within the shiny blackness, all the colours were reflected. She wore a beautiful silk gown which also reflected an array of amazing colours. She spoke to me and told me that this special feeling was available to me at all times. I only need to conjure it! I think I drifted off into this heaven and did not want to wake up when the time had elapsed. It was rejuvenating! Colour has a beneficial effect on mood and the added music and scent enhanced the overall experience. 

There is all kinds of merchandising for colour enthusiasts and the equipment is being promoted to high end hotels, spas and health centres. During the month of November, there is a special introductory offer of 30 minutes for £45 in Central London or a free session for magazine reviews. T: 07931 508341  and ask for Julie at

Review by Wendy Stokes

Gift box for tarot lovers! The Enchanted Tarot + video

Circle Network Card Review: The Enchanted Tarot by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Box containing 78 cards, 192 page fully illustrated guidebook Published by Connections Book Publishing 

We are invited to enter ‘a realm of myth and magic’ and this quality deck certainly delivers both by providing a depth of symbolism within traditional and other tales. I can vouch that this deck will come up to expectations for tarot card and art-work enthusiasts. Its strengths are its profound wisdom set within the card concepts and also the beauty and majesty of its illustrations (which can be viewed under a magnifying glass for added enjoyment).

Three powerful aspects of understanding are provided for each card. These are under headings of ‘The Dream’, ‘The Awakening’ and ‘The Enchantment’. The Dream supplies detailed explanation of each card’s concept, The Awakening provides personal guidance and The Enchantment assists development to deal with the issue which might arise as a result of the choosing of the card.

Journey to the Dark Goddess + video

Circle Network Book Review:  Journey to the Dark Goddess – How to Return to Your Soul by Jane Meredith Published by Moon Books  Paperback: £12.99 Author website:

Jane Meredith provides a valuable method to relieve depression and grief by integrating a part of our life which is usually repressed to our detriment. The ancients provided a map in the form of myth, as they knew there is life wisdom in confronting death before it happens. The Goddess was the one who wove the thread of life, cast on and struck down, and She is the one to guide our journey to life review and wholeness.

Monday, 24 October 2016

The Virgin and the Pentacle + video

The Virgin and the Pentacle – The Freemasonic Plot to Destroy the Church by Alan Butler, published by O Books, paperback 192 pages £12.99 

This book opens with describing the vision of the Madonna at La Salette, France, on 19th September 1846 when two illiterate children (a 14 year old girl and an eleven year old boy) delivered to the church authorities a message of great criticism. The date was strategic as it was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (which takes place in the sun sign of Virgo, that of the Virgin). On this date, the planets were aligned in such a way as to be very extraordinary and the place also was very interesting. There are ancient lines throughout France known as ‘salt lines’ often ending in ‘al’ or ‘hal’ meaning ‘salt’. La Salette is on one of these ancient lines. It is stated that when many of the Knights Templar escaped when their order was persecuted, they arrived in Switzerland, Portugal, Scotland and perhaps America, and taking with them their secrets, such as the honouring of Mary as a symbol of Isis, the ancient goddess. The KT had connections to the great Cistercian abbeys, created by St Bernard and possibly they had connections to the Essene Brotherhood which were thought to have influenced Jesus and John the Baptist. 

Dreams of Gaia

Circle Network card deck review: Dreams of Gaia by Ravynne Phelan. Boxed set of 85 high quality gold leaf edged cards and a guidebook. Published by Blue Angel Publishing £23.00
To Seek, to Feel, to Grow, to Heal! 

The deck is designed for self awareness communication with the 'Divine Gaia', the Great Spirit of the natural world. As you work with the cards, a yes or no asnwer is not provided as there are no definitive answers in life. This deck is more about learning about the self and about life itself, and when the cards speak, they provide options and possible solutions. Keeping a journal is suggested for best results. 

Each card has an image, a title and a number and greater explanation from the guidebook provides key phrases, meanings, past present and future for the Major cards and a 'potential blockage' which is the term used for an in depth reversed reading for that particular card. The deck is structured beyond the normal tarot deck for more advanced readings. There are 12 minor cards plus Queen and King. A number of card spreads are suggested. The Guide of 3 cards; the Dreamer's if 9 cards; The Dreaming Tree of 12 cards. 

Oracle Card Reading

The first card I have chosen for Circle Network readers for November is from the Fairy Tale Fortune Cards by Liz Dean where each card is accompanied by the story of a fairy tale that has a valuable message. This chosen card is titled 'The Tree' and whenever it is chosen, it brings the possibilities of improved health and long term benefits. The tree itself is a symbol of spiritual growth, development in relationships and of course, it is a symbol for our family tree, so we remember those within our extended family and those who have gone on the great journey into the world of spirit. The booklet includes a story of the Singing Ringing Tree which has the message that growth is always possible, no matter what our situation, we can make the best of it and remember that past challenges make us stronger.

The second card is from Healing With the Fairies from Doreen Virtue and is titled 'Awakening Your True Self'. The card's message is about discovering your authenticity and the person who you were born to be. This means you must go on a journey of discovery, for your true interests, passions and desires. You will discover your original sense of humour and childlike, innocent enjoyments. A cloud of falseness will be lifted as you no longer try to fit in with what someone else wanted you to be. Use the affirmation: I now give myself permission to be true to my self.

The third card is from Numerology Guidance Cards by Michelle Buchanan and is number 14, titled 'Moderation'. It indicates the need for constraint and self control. Are you engaging in addictions? If so, you must get these under control because they will get in the way of you achieving success and happiness in your life. The operative word is 'balance' in all things. You must contact your higher self, honour commitments, care for others, align yourself with what is healthy and good. So from now on, be in harmony with all aspects of your life. Exercise temperance and self discipline. We all get out of balance sometimes. Make sure you bring yourself back to the middle path or get some help to do this as it is probably the most important thing you will do. 
The last card is from Magical Messages from the Fairies by Doreen Virtue and it is titled
'Healing, Healed, Healer' and the message is that healing is surrounding you and your current situation, whatever that might be. Healing is always appropriate, to restore, alleviate, inform or inspire, to guide or to relieve. We all have healing abilities, though not all use them. However, healing is the greatest of all mediumship gifts and when the chips are down, we often learn that we are able to access this gift. So why wait until something serious happens to become a healer? Read some books on the healing arts or take a course. Your prayers will be heard. Move forward with your purpose in life, which involves one of the many aspects of healing, whether it be distance healing, hands-on, counselling, coaching, teaching or supporting practically, such as telephoning a lonely person, doing shopping for someone unwell or giving someone a lift if you have a car. 
Reading by Wendy Stokes

LeGrande Circle & Sideshow Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: LeGrande Circus and Sideshow Tarot by Joe Lee, published by US Games Systems, Inc., card size: 3.5" x 4.5" 78 cards plus information booklet in a strong, lift-off lid box. 

Joe Lee has worked in circuses as a clown and fire-eater. He is also an art teacher so he knows the ropes and has produced this themed deck which reflect the energy, atmosphere, sights and sounds of the circus and all the fun of the fair. The cards are very squarish in shape and have a vintage style poster look (1930s - 1950s). Wild animals, many endangered, were still used in circuses - and in some countries without animal rights laws - still are, so their contribution is included in this deck. Lion, tiger, elephant and horses were the mainstay of the circus and they are featured on the cards. You will also find every daring do imaginable here from Ringmaster, highwire, trapeze, strong-man, knife thrower, clowns of all kinds, people from all countries, to those at the front of house who are not forgotten along with the massively hard work involved in putting up the big top and taking it down again and getting the show on the road to the next location. The stress and strain, with the help of the elephants is the price to pay for the magic, sensation, amazement and joy that the acts are designed to provide. 

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

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.  

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Earth Magic

Circle Network Book Review: Earth Magic - Ancient Shamanic Wisdom for Healing Yourself, Others and the Planet by Steven D Farmer, 265 pages published by Hay House. 

Our lives have become detached from nature and this book provides a way to relate once again to its beauty, meaning and importance and it helps us to appreciate, watch, value, learn from the seasons and cycles of life. Our sacred assignment is to be a steward of this planet and to care for all species. The price of civilisation is one of consumerism, addictions, pollution, global warming and extinction of species. Ancient tribal spirituality, known as shamanism, honours the Earth and has the capacity to heal through the rhythms of the drum, through dance and meditation, through ceremony, storytelling and ritual and through connecting to the Otherworld. The author develops contemporary shamanism around these aspects. We are provided with philosophy and exercises which enhance our understanding of the natural world and how we can work ecologically to heal our life. Steven D Farmer is an ordained minister, psychotherapist, an author of several books and is the radio show host on Earth Magic Radio. He lives in Laguna Beach, California. I liked this book and recommend it. Review by Wendy Stokes

Zombie Tarot

Zombie Tarot – Mystical Prediction Oracle is also known as ‘Your Weapon of Choice’ and ‘An Oracle of the Undead’. This is a novelty card deck published by Quirk Books. It consists of 78 cards illustrated by Paul Kepple (author of The Housewives’ Tarot) and Ralph Geroni of Headcase Designs and a 96 page instruction booklet offering three key words and a brief explanation of the energy by Stacey Graham (author of The Girl’s Ghost Hunting Guide). 
These are boxed in a deluxe carton, suitable for keeping silver bullets or cremation ashes!
I overcame immense reluctance to work with this deck and having placed my prejudices to one side, I studied the collages which are created from 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s American newspapers. I soon began to enjoy the gruesome elements of this deck. The card backs are black with the blackened image of a zombie in a sultan’s hat adorned with a jewelled brooch and feather. Wands are represented by limbs, pentacles by bio-hazard symbols, cups by skulls and swords by hatchets. Suggested are five spreads, for ‘the Beginner’, ‘The Broken Heart’, ‘The Gravestone’, ‘The Eyeball’ and ‘the Severed Head’.

TAROT ILLUMINATI card deck review + video

Circle Network Review: Tarot Illuminati – The Light Within by Erik C Dunne, published by Lo Scarabeo 

The computer generated artwork is extremely ornate and very elegant and includes some interesting symbolism with strong archetypal energies. This is certainly the most stylish and glamourous deck I’ve seen and for those who like to meditate on tarot cards, the images invite you to step within and experience the profound and magical landscape. I especially like the colouring. Working with the cards, I found them the most inspirational of the card decks I have in my extensive collection. I found that when I used large spreads I felt quite mind-blown due to the degree of power which is generated from these cards.

Golden Tarot Review - Kat Black + video

Circle Network Card Review: Golden Tarot by Kat Black Published by US Games Systems Inc £21.20 quality box with 78 cards and 198 page explanatory book. Website:

Originally produced online where it gained publicity and recognition, this very beautiful card deck is produced to a very high standard and edged in gold leaf. The illustrator has used paintings dating from (1200-1500), a little known period known as International Gothic Style of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Many are owned by European churches. Tapestries, silks and brocades, carving, gilding, landscapes of hills, castles and crowns, gothic arches, stained glass, palfreys, talbots and flags, ornamentation and fine detail are the enjoyments of this deck. Classes of feudal society and aspects of human frailty are shown. The Rider-Waite symbolism is the foundation for the card concepts. The deck is for use more for personal insight and review than psychic fortune telling.  

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Inferno - Dan Brown

Circle Network Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown, Hardback 480 pages £20 Kindle: £7.20 Audio CD £11 Published by Bantam Press Author website:

 Film now out on general release

In this book, the reader is introduced to some fascinating concepts. We are told at the outset that  'ignorance is no longer a forgivable offense', for instance, and 'the darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis'. The question is posed: 'What if God was wrong'? In that case, 'Abandon hope all you who enter here' is an appropriate quote from Dante's Divine Comedy (which is not a comedy at all) and we are all on the brink of certain doom whether or not Robert Langdon catches the Transhumanist or not. However, he is hot on the heels of a man with concerns about escalating human

Spirit Orbs

We have all seen opaque circular balls of light on digital photographs. These strange objects are also seen on CCTV cameras. Klaus Heinemann was a NASA physicist and has a PhD in experimental physics. He believes these strange circles of light are spiritual phenomena and that they have a vital message for our world today. Orbs have taken Pam Raworth, a Chingford resident, on a journey of discovery that began with the tragic death of her husband. Her grief was transformed by the orbs which made their appearance on her photographs. Some have patterns and some have images within the central space, some have beautiful colour combinations, some are moving, some still, most are orb shaped, but some have other shapes, reminiscent of birds, fairies or angels, and other possibilities. Pam, like Prof Heinemann, believes that the orbs are appearing to give us messages from the spirit world and that they have healing abilities. Pam has created this book to display some of her orb photos, most of which were taken in her garden or home with her Nikon automatic digital camera. She is interested in the feelings and thoughts which occur to those who view these photos in the book and requests people call in to The Bookshop in Station Road, which is owned by Joanna Raworth, her daughter or get in touch through her Facebook page. Pam is working with Susan Dunderdale Jones to produce meditations for the sequel to this introductory book, so watch this space!

‘Amazing Orbs – Orbs and Other Light Phenomena’ by Pam Raworth is published by Balboa Press (a division of Hay House) £12.99 and features a selection of 48 excellent photographs of spirit orbs (each approx 8 inches x 8 inches in size and accompanied by a short introduction). Visit: Reviewer: Wendy Stokes