Saturday, 30 September 2017

Relaxation Hypnosis - Recommended


Relaxation which may cause drowsiness. Do not drive a vehicle. Allow 30 minutes to relax!

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. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Virgin and the Pentacle

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. 


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.

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, 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.  

Sunday, 27 August 2017

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 and

Rosslyn Chapel Book Review


Circle Network Book Review: ROSSLYN REVEALED - A Library in Stone by Alan Butler and John Ritchie Hardback £19.95 Published by O Books

Rosslyn Chapel is the most extraordinary church in the UK but so much has been written about it already that I wondered what Alan Butler and John Ritche would be able to add. Butler is a Templar expert and an astrologer and he joined forces with a local expert on Rosslyn, John Ritchie to explore the chapel. 


Friday, 25 August 2017

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, 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

Holistic Tarot



Circle Network Book Review: Holistic Tarot – An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen published by North Atlantic Books
Licensed Attorney specialising in venture capital and global investments, qualified Tarot Master, Benebell Wen is a member of the American Tarot Association and the Tarot Association of the British Isles. She is a Feng Shui consultant, I Ching practitioner, numerologist and an astrology enthusiast.

As you would expect from such impressive credentials, this book is highly academic but also very practical. I would say it is a comprehensive textbook for those who wish to use tarot for professional purposes. The recommendations for this book come from the echelons of our greatest tarot experts, such as Kat Black Liz Dean, Barbara Moore, Bonnie Cehovet and many more who have written extensively on tarot, some even creating their own decks.  

Sunday, 20 August 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

Saturday, 19 August 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. 


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. 


Mystical Lenormand

Quality German tarot and oracle card publisher, AGM Urania has produced the Mystical Lenormand, an inspired oracle card deck, designed by the medium, Regula Elizabeth Fiechter with artwork by the skilled, Urban Trosch. Both creators are experienced card specialists. Fiechter created the Mystical Kipper cards (and others), and Trosch has provided very competent artwork for the Mystical Kipper (and others).

These cards feature 36 images which have their origins in fortune telling cards which were first produced circa 1800 and were used by the famous Parisienne card reader, Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand, known as The Sybil of Paris. She read the fortunes for Empress Josephine, Czar Alexander, Robespierre and Marat and now cards based on her deck are extremely popular. The ‘Mystical Lenormand’ cards have an antique French flavour; they are stylish, meaningful and well-conceived.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Mystical Lenormand Review



This video explains how to read the Mystical Lenormand deck. Quality German tarot and oracle card publisher, AGM Urania has produced this inspired oracle card deck, designed by the medium, Regula Elizabeth Fiechter with artwork by the skilled, Urban Trosch. Both creators are experienced card specialists. In addition to the Mystical Lenormand, Fiechter has created the Mystical Kipper cards (and others), and Trosch has also provided very competent artwork for the Mystical Kipper (and others).



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

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.   


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.


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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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

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

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



Sunday, 13 August 2017

TAROT ILLUMINATI card deck review




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.

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. 

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. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Da Vinci Tarot

Da Vinci Tarot Artwork by Iassen Ghiuselev and Atanas Atanasov and the text of the little white booklet included in the pack by Mark McElroy. Published by Lo Scarabeo. The basis of the 78 images in this deck are the artworks of Leonardo da Vinci which have soft muted and sepia tinted tones. Computer graphics have been added to Leonardo's artwork to create this tarot deck but I enjoyed the cards and was transported back in time to Renaissance Italy. As Leonardo might have met Ludovico de Sforza who commissioned the earliest tarot decks of his time, maybe there was a consideration of the tarot in Leonardo's mind. 


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?