Monday, 26 March 2018

Cave and Cosmos

Circle Network Book Review: Cave and Cosmos - Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality by Michael Harner, paperback 301 pages £15.58, Kindle £10.50 published by North Atlantic Books. www.shamanism.org

The late Prof Harner was one of the earliest pioneers, advocates and investigators of indigenous cultures and he repackaged them for Western consumption making shamanism a popular healing method. His followers describe him as a 'shamans' shaman' on account of his vast travelling and study of this subject matter as both an academic and a practitioner. The advantages of sharing his personal experiences is that he provides a glimpse into the nature of indigenous shamanism. Shamanism was his life long passion and this book is the sequel to his classic book The Way of the Shaman, upon which he made his name as a dedicated researcher. 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Spiritsong Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy, published by US Games Inc. Boxed set of 78 cards plus information booklet. Cards size: 3" x 5" Price Point: UK £15.34 US S17.99  website: www.paulina.ws


All 78 cards (Major and Minor Arcana) are individual artworks where animals rest in a fairyland bower of swirls, flowers. leaves and dots, like sand on a dreamlike seashore. The deck unites the traditional wisdom of tarot cards with the shamanic tradition, where animals provide spirit guidance and learning. The intention of this combination is to provide empowerment and insight, and connection to our higher self through the traditional wisdom of animals.

The four suits are: Acorns for wands, Feathers for swords, Shells for cups, and Crystals for pentacles. Each card carries an image, title and a few keywords. Some cards have had a creative name change: The Fool is now The Traveller; the Hierophant is Shaman; The Lovers is Love; Death is Transformation; The Devil is The Shadow, and others, always erring on the side of a positive and uplifting meaning. The booklet provides greater information on how to use the cards, their more advanced meaning, and suggested spreads, such as: One Card Oracle Reading, Three Card Oracle Reading, The Spiritsong Star (6 cards); The Spiritsong Healing (6 cards) and the Spiritsong Tree of Life (10 cards). Reversed meanings are included and the card backs do not expose which way the cards are laid.

Paulina Cassidy has produced several very popular card decks, The Paulina Tarot, Jodie de Vivre Tarot, Witchlings Deck and Book Set. She is an energy practitioner and a songwriter with music available for download.

I was impressed with this deck that features animals from around the world, many of which are endangered. It is a delight to work magically, reading tarot, with these fine and sensitive images, whose energy pervades the reading and adds wisdom and honouring to our world, so appropriate for our modern age! An excellent and very suitable Christmas gift! I am highly recommending this tarot deck! Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Friday, 23 March 2018

A Better World is Possible


Circle Network Book Review: A Better World is PossibleBy Bruce Nixon Published by O Books   395 pages Paperback £14.99 Author website: Free download available on this link: http://www.brucenixon.com/pdf/abetterworld.pdf

Bruce Nixon worked as a transformational advisor to many large international corporations and he is now a campaigner and consultant on environmental issues. He is the author of ‘New Approaches to Management Development’ (1981) ‘Global Forces: A Guide for Enlightened Leaders – what companies and individual can do’ (2000) ‘Making a Difference – Strategies and Tools for Transforming Your Organisation’ (2001) and ‘Living System: Making Sense of Sustainability’ (2006) and numerous articles, many of which are available on his website.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Power Animal Oracle Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Power Animal Oracle Cards - Practical and Powerful Guidance from Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D Farmer PhD, Artwork by Eric Nesmith, published by Hay House £13.99. Boxed set of 44 cards plus guidebook, for readings for yourself and others. http://www.earthmagic.net/

Each card has a title of an animal and an image and a few words of advice. In the booklet, each card is presented in alphabetical order and has 100 words of explanation about the animal and the message it carries. There are instructions about power animals, how to prepare the deck for reading, storage, for use, etc. Upside cards reveal a blockage in the energy. Also included is information on how to invoke a power animal. 
I really enjoyed these cards, the images are beautiful and the messages are short and concise. How wonderful the species are on this planet! Swan, otter, owl, deer, fox, lynx, squirrel, coyote, cougar, buffalo, black panther, bear, antelope, dove, dolphin, turtle, snake, salmon, lizard, frog, buterfly, and so many more, some endangered, and all with beautiful artworks. It is possible to expand the short messages with your own.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Victorian Steampunk Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: the Victorian Steampunk Tarot - Unravel the Mysteries of the Past, Present and Future by Liz Dean, published by Cico Books in a flip lid magnetised box. Includes a full deck of 78 tarot cards with an illustrated booklet. Computer graphic designs by Bev Speight. The deck captures the spirit of the steampunk. Based on Rider-Waite deck but each card carries an individual artwork, with clockwork hearts and butterflies, deconstructed burlesque, brass spy glasses and other Victoriana. The cards can be interpreted upright or reversed though the backs give this away. Steampunk unites the age of steam with modern counter-culture. Anything is possible, plasma screens, hot air baloons, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe! For those who love the magic of retro! 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

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.


Friday, 2 March 2018

Creature Teacher Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Creature Teacher - Animal Wisdom For All Ages by Scott Alexander King, illustrated by Sioux Dollman, boxed 45 cards and guidebook. www.animaldreaming.com

We can learn from other species and their intelligence, beauty and skills can provide us with guidance and inspiration that can enrich our lives. Wild and domesticated species are detailed with imaginary unicorn, dragons, etc., included.

Each card has an animal title and 3/4 word message and a hand painted image. The Guide book contains excellent and extensive information on each card. These are round cards and information on how to use them is provided. Spreads suggested are a one card reading and a three card reading. This would make a perfect gift for a teenager! I thought the box cover artwork looked a little 'Disney' and more for a pre-teenager. Don't be put off by the box cover artwork!
  The author, a primary school teacher has also has written:
'Animal Dreaming' and 'KIDS! Indigo Children and Cheeky Monkeys'.
Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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.  

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dream Reading Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Dream Reading Cards - Discover the Purpose of your Dreams by Rose Inserra, box contains 52 cards plus full colour booklet Published by Rockpool Publishing £14.99. Author website: http://roseinserra.com/

Magnetic flip open box with quality cards and full colour booklet. Each card has a number, a title, and three questions that the dream suggests need answering. The booklet contains information about dreams, and how to remember them, and explains how to read the cards and reproduces each card in colour with expanded information and guidance. The cards are divided into two categories: 30 theme cards with common concepts and 22 reading cards with 13th century Persian poet and Sufi Mystic, Rumi quotes.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lo Scarabeo Tarot


Circle Network Card Deck Review: 'Lo Scarabeo Tarot - The art of divining begins a new chapter' by Mark McElroy with artwork by Anna Lazzarini and published by Lo Scarabeo £17.99 

Nice slim-line cards 4.70" x 2.60". If someone has only one deck, this is the one to have! It is a combination of three premier tarot decks: The Waite-Smith, the Thoth, and the Tarot de Marseilles, and has been introduced by Lo Scarabeo as a flagship deck. It can be used for reflection and study or as a divination deck and the traditional meanings apply. It offers a flexible approach to divination suggesting the use of intuition though a good tarot book will be necessary for beginners as contained in the pack with the 78 cards is a little white instruction leaflet that gives just the card titles and two keywords, one for upright readings and one for reversed readings. A sample reading of the suggested 9 card 'Lo Scarabeo' spread is provided.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Tree Calendar

Sharlyn Hidalgo and the Celtic Tree Calendar. Network book review: 'The Healing Power of Trees - Spiritual Journeys through the Celtic Tree Calendar' by Sharlyn Hidalgo Published by Llewellyn Publications, in paperback and kindle 336 pages. http://www.alchemicalhealingarts.com/


Sunday, 18 February 2018

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/

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Inner Knowing


Circle Network Book Review: Inner Knowing - Consciousness, Creativity, Insight, Intuition, an anthology, published by Jeremy P Tarcher/Putnam A New Conscious Reader Series book.

Essays by renowned psychologists, philosophers, scientists, thinkers of all kinds and sprcialists on the topic of wisdom and understanding and the hidden powers of the mind.

Contributors:
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Anne Weiser Cornell
Sylvia Boorstein
Erich Fromm
Daniel Goleman
Jack Cornfeld
And others.

Friday, 16 February 2018

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, 15 February 2018

Tarot of Dreams

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Ciro Marchetti's 'Tarot of Dreams' boxed set of 83 cards plus written guidebook by Lee Bursten, published by U S Games Systems Inc. http://www.ciromarchetti.com

These cards are inspired by dreams, but not the type of daydreams or fantasies, hopes or inspirations, but by the dreams we have at night whilst we sleep and are a communication between the unconscious and the conscious mind and lead us to greater personal understanding and understanding of the world's collective unconscious. The cards are designed to inspire us to develop new perspectives, examine our associations and to encourage us to think creatively. Our learning can be limitless.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Celebrating Love in London


‘Love, soft as an easy chair, love, fresh as the morning air; One love that is shared by two, I have found with you. Like a rose under the April snow, I was always certain love would grow; Love, ageless and evergreen, seldom seen by two. You and I will make each night a first, every day a beginning; Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed, they warm and excite us, 'cause we have the brightest love.’ ‘Evergreen’ song lyrics by Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand:

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Green Man Tree Oracle



Circle Network Card Deck Review: The Green Man Tree Oracle – Ancient Wisdom from the Greenwood by John Matthews and Will Worthington Published by Connections Book Publishing. cards plus companion book.

“It is wise to listen to the voices of the trees for they tell us much that we might otherwise forget” Tacitus.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Mystical Kipper



The Mystical Kipper is a very elegant deck of 36 fortune telling cards, created by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and the artist, Urban Trosch, and published by the card deck specialist, AGM Urania.

Smaller than traditional card size but true to the size of the original cards, these Kipper cards depict scenes from a by-gone era. The origin of the cards is lost in the midst of time, perhaps the cards were named after Berliner, Mrs Susanne Kipper, who lived at least one hundred years ago, or perhaps they were used by the Wipper travellers. Whatever their origin, a period of wealth and beauty around the turn of the 19th/20th century is reflected in the artwork and in military, legal and agricultural matters. The cards are mainly figurative.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Gaian Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Gaian Tarot - Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves text and artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert, published by Schiffer Books, quality boxed set of 78 cards and guidebook. 

I am immediately attracted to the title, as caring for the Earth Goddess is also caring for ourselves and for future generations. For me, the New Age is about Earth centred spirituality, and this deck has this important emphasis. This is Tarot for those who love the natural world. It has been 9 years in the making and is a spiritual weathervane to connect us to the Divine Feminine. It is presented as an eco course to raise planetary consciousness. The author is a teavpcher and workshop facilitator, the deck  highlights the importance of indigenous species and the dangers of imported species. She is a sage woman, one of the wisdom keepers of the Goddess spirituality movement and she presents the deck as a tool for inner awareness and guidance. 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Rosslyn Chapel Decoded

Circle Network Book Review: Rosslyn Chapel Decoded - New Interpretations of a Gothic Enigma By Alan Butler and John Ritchie, paperback, £10.99 US $21.95 Published by Watkins Publishing, 262 pages.

This is an outstanding book by two of the biggest authors in current esoteric investigation who are specialists in investigating the enigmatic Scottish masterpiece, Rosslyn Chapel. What new is there to say? Evidently lots! Why was the Chapel built? What is so very special about the building? What ancient knowledge was used in its design? Was an ancient religious movement involved? What special information do the authors insist is given to visitors to the Chapel? When all is silent, what can be heard? Is there a scent in the building, as what is that scent? 
The research takes us from Scotland to the US, through amazing accounts of Hiram Abif, royalty, astrology and astronomy, ancient texts,