Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dream Reading Cards

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Dream Reading Cards - Discover the Purpose of your Dream 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.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

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 

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,

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Secret Legacy of Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Circle Network Book Review: Jesus Mary Joseph - The Secret Legacy of Jesus and Mary Magdalene by Ariadne Green published by Palm Leaf Press, 316 pages £10.80

'The truth is not hard to kill and a lie well told is immortal' Mark Twain

In the sixth century, Pope Gregory manipulated information provided in the New Testament about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and he accused Mary Magdalene of being a prostitute! He also changed the role of Jesus and the message of his mission. This book explains that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children, and they travelled from Judea to Egypt and then to Gaul and Britain. This is a well researched book which provides detailed information and new material of considerable interest. I sensed whilst reading it, a peace and tranquility, and a beauty that the author, Ariadne Green, imparts to the reader. Green has a background in Educational Psychology, with a thesis in the Philosophy of Psychology, focussing on consciousness studies. She is also a dream expert who devoted ten years to this particular book, including he visit to places in the Middle East associated with the life of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Magicians of the Gods

 
Circle Network Book Review: Magicians of the Gods - The Forgotten Wisdom of the Earth's Lost Civilisation by Graham Hancock published by Hodder Books £9.99 paperback 592 pages with many colour plates, Author website:

This is the sequel to the International Bestseller 'Fingerprints of the Gods' which excited me, and on account of this, and his other books, I became interested in this British author's work.



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. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

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 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

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.



Monday, 5 February 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.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Michael Meacher


Circle Network Book Review: Destination of Species - The Riddle of Human Existence by Michael Meacher  Published by O-Books Paperback: £9.99 251 pages Author’s blog: http://www.michaelmeacher.info/weblog/

Michael Meacher is a New College Oxford and LSE graduate, a leftish Labour politician who almost became our Prime Minister during the Blair years (which I would have supported). Environment Minister from 1997-2003. He is a columnist for the Guardian newspaper and The New Statesman, has authored a book about the plight of elderly people in mental hospitals and here he examines the origins of the Universe, why we are here and where we are going. He examines a huge number of theories and perspectives, including the Big Bang, the formation of our planet, ideologies about an intelligent Creator, our development as human beings and what the future is likely to hold and why.

Mystical Wisdom

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Mystical Wisdom Card Deck written by Gaye Guthrie with artwork by Josephine Wall, published by US Games Inc. Pack contains 46 cards with explanatory booklet. £19.99
Each of the 46 cards carries a title, a concept related to the title, an image and an additional line of information. In the booklet, each card is given 100 word explanation on each of the goddesses with information on how to use the cards. Each card has a short mantra.
You can choose a single card for a quick insight into a particular situation you are seeking direction for. A three card spread is suggested for a week and a 12 card Celtic Cross spread for a more in depth reading.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Symbolon Cards


Circle Network Review of Symbolon card deck by Peter Orban, Ingrid Zinnel and Thea Weller, published by US Games Inc. 80 cards in the pack with an instruction leaflet that explains the use the cards and provides information on each card. There are no suits or court cards but some cards bear a resemblance to tarot images. The artwork is representational and loosely based on fairy tales, myths and archetypes and is designed to make what is unconscious more conscious, to assist with personal insight. The deck is for reflection, to summon the past, not the future. They are not intended for use for fortune telling or prediction. There are no 'yes' or 'no', only why, how, who, what and when! Each card provides 'the problem', 'the way through' and 'the solution'. I have enjoyed working with this deck in a new and creative way which is more about understanding the self than attempting to predict the future.


Friday, 2 February 2018

Dr Anthony Louis Tarot Plain & Simple + Robin Hood Tarot video

Over 150,000 copies already sold of this excellent user-friendly book, ideal for beginners especially. All 78 cards are explained with key words and phrases and situation and advice, including card inversions. The author, Anthony Louis is a retired psychiatrist and a highly respected teacher. He provides examples from his own clients and suggests six very insightful spreads, including laying out five cards each morning for a review at the end of the day, a horoscope spread of thirteen cards, a celtic cross spread and a twelve month spread. Astrological and numerical connections are included. Carl Jung's explanation of causality and Einstein's space-time continuum are covered, as is the history of tarot card use and how tarot works. Louis helps the reader to get in touch with the archetypal wisdom of the collective unconscious as he suggests the cards provide the equivalent of a Rorschach ink blot test onto which we project our situation. The book is ideal for those who wish to read for themselves or read cards for others and is the best book for beginners I have read. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Relaxation Hypnosis - Recommended


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

Monday, 29 January 2018

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, do not expect a yes or no answer as there are no definitive answers in life! This deck focuses on learning about yourself 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 excellent book 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. 


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Tarot for Magical Times



Circle Network Card Review: Tarot for Magical Times By Rachel Pollack and Johannes Fiebig. Published by AGM Urania. 160 page full color explanatory book £10.21 http://www.tarotworld.com/catalog/online-catalog.html

‘Enlightenment is man’s emergency from his self-incurred immaturity.’ Kant

Astrologically, we are influenced by the planet Pluto which entered the constellation of Capricorn in 2008. It will occupy this position until 2024 during which time we will experience a process of cultural and personal transformation due to the breakdown of organisational structures, dogma and habits. Previously, when this planetary configuration occurred, it was the time of the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment. Tarot for Magical Times focuses on this precise issue and uses the card of the Tower to play a central role in representing this planetary position.


Saturday, 27 January 2018

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

Friday, 26 January 2018

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.  

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Moon Magic

Moon Magic - Myth & Magic, Crafts & Recipes, Rituals & Spells by D J Conway, published by Llewelyn Worldwide, 308 pages with text and black and white sketches.
'How to Make the Moon Work for You!'

This book, written by one of the most knowledgeable persons within the pagan/Wiccan arena, explains how to use the Moon's influences in order to deepen our connection to its cycles. Our ancestors worked with planetary influences, to plant and harvest, to take action, to honour and respect the rhythms of nature, in dark, crescent and full aspects. The female author, DJ Conway, has an extensive catalogue of authored occult non fiction and occasional fictional tales.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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

Monday, 22 January 2018

Mystical Lenormand

Quality German tarot and oracle card publisher, AGM Urania, has published 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 Lenormand and Trosch has provided very competent artwork.

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 others of the French Court, 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.