Archive for March, 2011

by Doreen VirtueArchangel Raphael Healing Cards

This deck comprises of an instruction booklet and 44 cards; each named for an aspect of health and wellbeing. Each card offers a short written prayer and is decorated with a different original full colour painting. Seven artists were commissioned to produce the original illustrations and prints of the paintings can be purchased from the artists’ websites.

Doreen Virtue holds University degrees in counselling psychology and facilitates angel workshops throughout the world. She also writes books about angels and ascended masters. This latest deck is her fourteenth card pack based on working intuitively with angels. It specialises in contacting the Archangel Raphael, whose name means ‘God heals’ or ‘he who heals’ and it concentrates on gaining insight into health issues.

The cards can be used for oneself or for someone else. It is suggested that the enquirer asks a question, shuffles the pack and chooses a card or cards (two simple card spreads are provided for beginners). The booklet is then used to provide more information about the symbolism and meaning of the selection.

The presentation box is high quality, the cards well made and finished on the edges in gold leaf. The caduceus design on the card backs is the ancient staff of Hermes and is an international healing symbol. I enjoyed working with these cards which offer positive thinking and uplifting messages and help awareness of minor health issues.

Review by Wendy Stokes

Published by Hay House   www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-4019-2474-4


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by Rob UnderhillSecrets of the Stones

An inspirational film written and produced by Rob Underhill who has studied the ancient world through the perspective of spiritual archaeology. It explores the hidden mysteries of the ‘Secrets of the Stones’ through the eyes and wisdom of the ancient cultures of the Mayan, Egyptian and Peruvian epochs. The visuals are accompanied by music specially composed at Mount Shasta by Paul Armitage to create a meditative journey of the soul.

This DVD is an evocative overview of the stone structures of ancient cultures, with the aim of encouraging people to discover for themselves the deeply spiritual elements to be found within these cultures.

I found it particularly interesting that there are many strong links with beings from space linking back to the time when men and women walked with those beings from the stars. There are many signs and hints pointed out to us on the stone architecture, including the solar cross that can be seen all over the world. We also get to meet Dr Cabrera who has compiled a 60 million year old library of carved Peruvian stones, showing images dating back to the dinosaurs.

The commentary, visual imagery and atmospheric music combine to provide a truly watchable film that is also very meditative.

Review by Heather Charnley



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 by Patricia CrowtherCovensense

Covensense was written in the hope that it might be helpful to witches, pagans and other occultists. Patricia Crowther has answered some of the many questions concerning the numerous facets and mysterious byways which surround the practices and beliefs of witchcraft, both ancient and modern.

I found this a very readable book, covering information I hadn’t come across before. For example there is information about the language of flowers – in the past couples in love could send certain flowers to each other and they held specific meanings. More importantly, secret messages could be sent between witches during the persecution years in the same way. There is also mention of some herbs I’ve not seen anything about in other books I’ve read on this subject. I was also interested to see that there is a link between the pentagram and Venus, as the planet’s movement through the skies creates a five pointed star.

This is an encyclopaedic collection full of interesting information – very useful for newcomers to the craft or Paganism. Also for anyone on the spiritual path for the Old Ways have a legacy well worth discovering.

Review by Heather Charnley

Published by Robert Hale   www.halebooks.com

ISBN: 978-0-7090-8720-5

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by Marco PogacnikNature Spirits & Elemental Beings

Marco Pogacnik’s evocative images of the nature spirits draw our attention to the lost harmony of the natural world which has been disrupted by the impact of human culture.

This book is a journey through Marko’s life and experiences. Through his eyes you are able to follow how he first encountered nature spirits and elemental beings and he encourages the reader to get out into nature and experience them for themselves. It is a story of one mans life and you are invited to follow in his footsteps and re-connect with nature and all that it has to offer.

To begin with I found this book a little hard going but after the first couple of chapters I understood what Marko was trying to convey. Nature spirits are beings that I am very keen to make contact with and through this book I was able to set off with clear ideas of how to proceed. It was very helpful to know that even Marko had to take time and patience to achieve his goal which meant that when I first tried and did not succeed I was not put off. Anyone wishing to do the same will find this book very informative.

Review by Sandra Roberts

Published by Findhorn Press   www.findhornpress.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-175-1



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by Heidi SawyerThe Intelligent Guide to the Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is the hidden power of intuition that we all have hidden within us. Heidi Sawyer is Course Director for the Institute of Psychic Development and travels the world teaching psychic awareness and self-healing. This book outlines the journey Heidi took to develop her own extrasensory powers and shows you how to cultivate your own with concise and clear advice.
This book is a very easy read, written in down to earth language and offering examples of the author’s own experiences others to develop the ideas and strategies presented for cultivating your own sixth sense. The author describes what it is like to be a psychic and the process of developing your psychic skills. She also gives ideas about how to choose a psychic for yourself for a reading or healing. She explains how to cope when psychic skills are just too much and how to help psychic children.

There are so many points in this book where I found myself saying “…that is so true, I found that too!” For me, Heidi’s book is a confirmation of some of my own experiences, but for those who are not psychic, it may help them to understand those of us who are. Particularly profound is the section where she describes her relationship with her mother who did not want her to be a psychic. This will help lots of people who are, or who have been in a similar situation – it is a great insight into the journeys of those of us who are “different”.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Hay House    www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-84850-224-6



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by J M HarrisonNaked Being

This is a collection of over 400 insights for all seekers of the inner self. It is a fusion of mainstream spirituality, esoteric oneness and non-duality. It is a powerful foundation for positive and lasting life changes. The author gently guides the reader into the experience of present moment awareness (the Now) and then shows you how to go beyond this.

I read this book cover to cover and then found that I wanted needed to revisit sections and reflect deeply upon what was written there. The numbering of the statements makes it easy to dip in and out in this way. The book attempts to deliver answers to the reasons for being and the way to the heart of your true nature and does present spiritual ideals in an accessible form. It is challenging reading however and does need profound reflection to begin to gain understanding of the deeper meanings enclosed in the simple statements within the book e.g. “If you want to see the truth of what you are, then empty your mind and give the stillness that remains your undivided attention.”

Not an easy book, but a very worthwhile one.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by O Books   www.o-books.com

ISBN: 978-1-84694-303-4


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by Gordon SmithWhy do Bad Things Happen?

When the UK’s most highly respected medium, Gordon Smith, gives a reading to a bereaved person who has lost a loved one in tragic or sudden circumstances, they often want to understand why that death has occurred. Gordon Smith does not claim to have definitive answers to these questions, but in this powerfully inspiring book he shares his understanding of fate, destiny, free will and karma.

This is an easy to read, chatty book in which Gordon Smith shares many of his experiences as a medium and the understandings he has come to about death and the lessons it brings to us. He looks at issues like death as a punishment, karma, what triggers violent death, how we can overcome trauma in this lifetime, waking up from the dream stream and preparing for death. He also outlines some meditations that can help us along our own paths.

This book shows just how much the author has helped a range of people come to terms with loss, emerge out of grief and find their way back to life again. Some of the stories quoted are very moving and the understanding shown by Gordon Smith is profound and helpful to the reader. We should all read this book to help us face our own mortality and that of those close to us, especially in our society where such discussions are still largely taboo. As such a positive view of immortality of Spirit, it will help to uplift our thinking.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Hay House   www. hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-84850-102-7


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