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  • Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs, A
    Joseph Polansky
    The book was really insightful and informative. It is a must-read for every one trying to understand life better. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone. . ~ Rubina Bashir, NetGalley/Booklove

  • Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs, A
    Joseph Polansky
    I enjoyed reading this book... the author manages to deliver the information in a positive light and from a positive standpoint, which adds a pleasant touch to the whole experience. This book is a good introduction to astrology and the part I enjoyed the most was the one where the author attempts to decipher the logic behind each sign’s characteristics. ~ Hajar Benmazhar, Bookishly Ever After

  • Palmistry Made Easy
    Johnny Fincham


    This is a slim volume containing a wide range, and reasonable depth, of information for people new to the world of palmistry. Topics covered include skin texture, hand and finger shapes and print and palm patterns. For those with some basic knowledge of the subject, the presentation can be a little confusing, as he assigns new names to familiar hand parts. For example, the Mount of Venus is called the "primal home, body and family quadrant"; the fingers, from index to little, usually ascribed to Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo/Sun and Mercury, are here presented as the Mirror, Wall, Peacock and Antenna fingers. Would make a very useful supplementary book for those taking a course.

    Paul Harrison, BAPS Member
    ~ Paul Harrison, Mercury Magazine, magazine of the British Astrological and Psychic Society

  • Secrets of the Combined Astrology
    Zakariya Adeel
    Synopsis: 144 Astrological Archetypes that reveal more about you than you knew about yourself. Secrets of the Combined Astrology is a comprehensive work focusing on the 144 combinations created when the 12 Chinese signs (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar) meet the 12 Western Zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces). Starting with the traditional four BAZI pillars i.e. day, month, year and time of birth, this information is converted into Astrological language the Western world understands, making what is otherwise a very complicated process easily accessible by the mainstream. Celebrities and public figures are used as references to illustrate each individual combination.

    Critique: Secrets of the Combined Astrology de-mystifies the procedure of melding both Chinese and Western astrology. Written to be accessible to general readers, particularly those of Western background, Secrets of the Combined Astrology is a "must-read" for astrology enthusiasts and anyone curious to learn more about the secrets their birthdate and astrological signs hold. Highly recommended especially for Metaphysical Studies collections.


    ~ The Metaphysical Studies Shelf, Midwest Book Review

  • Secrets of the Combined Astrology
    Zakariya Adeel
    Adeel's astrology is astute, uncannily accurate, and engrossing. His is the astral voice of authority. ~ Mary Bryce, Editor of Chat, It's Fate Magazine.

  • Mirror of the Free
    Nicholas Swift
    http://www.darkstar1.co.uk/mirrorofthefree.htm 24th November 2012

    Author Nicholas Swift advocates that the imagery from the cylinder seals parallels that of the Tarot of the Mediaeval period, an observation first made by the esotericist Madame Blavatsky (p12).  The Tarot is already thought to have been influenced by Arabic sources before it came to Europe.  Drawing on Blavatsky's thought, Swift's thesis takes this idea further.  He directly compares the enigmatic imagery of the Tarot with that of the ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals and finds some remarkably strong correlations.  The original Marseille Tarot was likely based upon ancient Mesopotamian imagery that had made its way into mediaeval Europe, he concludes.  Perhaps considered to be heretical in those times, the symbolism of the ancient Arabic world was hidden in plain sight through conversion into the cards.  The only problem was that the original symbolism was reinterpreted by the Tarot artists - the images contextualised into the 'modern' times of the mediaeval period.

    One of the many examples of this cited by Swift is the origin of the symbolism in the Tarot's "The World" card, above left.   He compares it with a cylinder seal of North Syrian origin, an example of which I tracked down on the British Museum's online database (above right).  Besides the lack of lion in the seal, the imagery around the central figure is very similar indeed...

    In addition, as a student of Persian and Arabic, Swift builds a case for a connection between the symbolism of the Tarot and that of the Sufis, the mystical teachings of Islam.  A reader of Gurdjieff, Swift also finds parallels with his wisdom, in particular his enneagram.  This then leads us into the Jewish mystical Kabbalah. The author delves into some deep philological arguments to draw these various strands together and, in so doing, creates a fairly comprehensive theory of the evolution of myth and symbolism in the Middle East - all in just 179 pages!
     
    Perhaps this was too ambitious an undertaking for the space available.  The content of the book is deep and detailed... I think his underlying thesis is a sound and even rather compelling one...

    Although these arguments will interest my own readers, they are not the life and blood of 'Mirror of the Free'.  It is in the comparison of visual symbolism that the book shines brightest.  His analysis of the Wheel of Fortune takes him into the debate on reincarnation, and on Temperance we examine a link to the Kabbalah.  It's all rather clever stuff.  In one of his many detours, he explores whether left brain versus right brain functionality have a role to play in understanding some Biblical myths.  And he provides a quite delightful telling of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the protagonist of which is, naturally, linked to the Strength card.

    There's much to consider in the way of ideas in this book... its core thesis is rather engaging.
    ~ Andy Lloyd, Andy Lloyd's Book Reviews (blog)

  • How to Read an Egg
    Colette Brown
    How could you resist a title like ‘How To Read An Egg: Divination For The Easily Bored’? Or, as author Colette Brown says: “You have tried the tarot, ruminated with the runes and are all angel carded out! Now try the less well known, the tribal, the forgotten and the truly bonkers! Divination, the art of prediction or psychic insight by use of supernatural means, can be accurate and fun!” The odd thing about divination is that is works ... some swear by the Tarot, while others go into crystal thrall and pendulum twirling, or spend hours gazing into a crystal ball shot through with rutile. Some excel at one type of divination, while other methods leave them cold ... now Colette Brown has come up with a highly unusual and fresh approach to learning about divination. Or as the man said: where else could you have so much fun without laughing. This book is non-stop fun but with serious undercurrents that are perfect for the beginner who wonders why they can’t get to grips with a particular technique or divinatory method. Highly recommended.
    Melusine Draco: Author and Principal of Coven of the Scales. ~ Melusine Draco, Amazon (2), B&N, Waterstones, Goodreads

  • Tarot: From Novice to Pro in One Book
    Colette Brown
    As an experienced Tarot reader it didn't take long for me to discover that this is an excellent book. In ‘Tarot: From Novice to Pro in One Book’, Colette Brown makes more sense in her introduction than other books do in ten chapters. She begins by advising the novice to use one of the traditional decks as a starting point but once you have mastered the technique of reading the cards, then let your Tarot deck chose you ... “ You may be attracted to a deck that more suits your spiritual outlook, culture or aesthetic. Once a deck truly speaks to you intuitively, you will feel completely at home with the tarot.” This is a very important point, and one that members of my group argue about all the time – no one can recommend a particular deck to you because if you’re not on the same wavelength, the intuitive images needed for successful Tarot reading, will not come through.

    As someone who never moves without consulting the Tarot, I found Colette Brown’s approach to reading the cards refreshingly simple and would have no hesitation in recommending her book to new members of my group. The exercises included in the book are simple and straightforward, without any hidden esoteric meaning – that comes later. I particularly liked her admission ... “I personally do not read reversed cards as negative or the opposite of its traditional meaning as I feel that the deck is perfectly balanced as it is. Instead, I ask the reader to “feel” whether the card is exerting its positive or negative influence on the situation under investigation. These “feelings” only come after plenty of practice and a good understanding of the various combinations of cards found within the spread. It also requires a degree of confidence and self-belief.” I second that!

    Melusine Draco : Author of The Hollow Tree
    ~ Melusine Draco, Amazon (2), B&N, Waterstones, Goodreads

  • How to Read an Egg
    Colette Brown
    What a fun book! Ms. Brown spent time researching the "unusual, the taboo, and the simply too weird and bonkers" forms of divination and then tested a bunch of them on willing guinea pigs from her facebook page. The research and results are shared in her breezy writing style, making it a lot like sitting down to a 'cuppa' with a good friend who happens to be a witch.

    Some of the odder forms of divination were the oenomancy (wine), moleosophy (skin moles), omphalomancy (belly button), and rumpology (buttocks). The readings were as fun as the methodology implies, and interesting as well. Later chapters focus on psychometry, bibliomancy, dowsing, and bones. One chapter discusses the 'taboo' forms, such as necromancy, anthropomancy, and scatomancy. Another looks at omens abd superstitions. The book ends with a chapter on how to do your own readings, and a 'dictionary' of symbols and their meanings.

    Aside from my personal opinion that any symbol dictionary is a waste of space (my symbology will not read the same as yours, or his, or . . . you get the point.), my one small criticism is that we aren't ever told whether the readings were accurate.

    More than anything this is a fun little book that will add to your divination collection. ~ Lisa McSherry, http://facingnorth.net/Divination/how-to-read-an-egg.html

  • How to Read an Egg
    Colette Brown
    Another entertaining and informative book from Colette Brown. This little tome of treasures takes you through all sorts of divination practises from the traditional to the mad and some just totally bizarre. Use this book for reference or to dip into and try your own divination skills although there are one or two that you might want to avoid... ~ Rachel Patterson, Author and Kitchen Witch

  • How to Read an Egg
    Colette Brown
    When I was offered a review copy of a new book about divination called How to Read an Egg,I was intrigued. I’d never heard of egg-reading – or ovomancy – before. As well as being curious, I was delighted to find out something new about eggs to blog about before the Spring Equinox and Easter, having over the years already written about egg superstitions as well as egg-related folklore, myths and legends. As soon as the book arrived I was keen to start reading and learn.

    It turns out that egg-reading is a form of scrying that is not too dissimilar to fortune telling using tea-leaves, which I have tried before. The idea is that you look for shapes and patterns - formed in the case of eggs by egg white - and interpret them to help answer people’s questions and give an indication of what might happen in the future.

    ...but the book itself is not just about egg-reading. Its subtitle is Divination for the Easily Bored, and it is covers a range of ways to perform divination that are slightly unusual. The press release from publisher Dodona says: "You've tried the tarot, ruminated with the runes and are all angel-carded out! Now try the less well known, the tribal, the forgotten and the truly bonkers!" And, yes, some of the methods covered are a little bonkers, it has to be said.So now I know how to read an egg, but the book itself is not just about egg-reading. Its subtitle is Divination for the Easily Bored, and it is covers a range of ways to perform divination that are slightly unusual. The press release from publisher Dodona says: "You've tried the tarot, ruminated with the runes and are all angel-carded out! Now try the less well known, the tribal, the forgotten and the truly bonkers!" And, yes, some of the methods covered are a little bonkers, it has to be said.

    Although How to Read an Egg: Divination for the Easily Bored is aimed at beginners to the art of divination in that it explains the techniques in an easy to understand and humorous fashion, I think it will also appeal to experienced clairvoyants. Anyone wanting to find out about some more obscure techniques of fortune telling will certainly find them here. For the right person, this book could make a good alternative to the traditional chocolate egg as an Easter present.

    Read more on http://www.badwitch.co.uk/ ~ Lucya, Badwitch blog

  • Transformational Truth of Tarot, The
    Tiffany Crosara
    Winner of Prediction Magazine's Best Spiritual book of 2012, this unique book shows the Tarot in a whole new light....
    The Tarot is a reflective tool that fosters inner revelations and we need to look at ourselves in its mirror for transformation to take place. This book shows us how. ~ , Watkins Review

  • Transformational Truth of Tarot, The
    Tiffany Crosara
    When people first open a tarot book, many of them will idly skim through, checking out the pictures and looking for key words and phrases. Then when they finally do go back through and read the book, they start with the first chapter after the introduction. Because honestly, who wants to read the introduction anyway, right?

    The Transformational Truth of Tarot has an introduction that is really worth reading. Tiffany Crosara talks about her journey, but not just the wonderful, magical parts of it. There’s the part where she tricks herself into believing the tarot is telling her exactly what she wants to hear, and her dismay—and later hope—in realizing the truth.

    I was especially moved by her description of how the cards predicted a miscarriage for her, and after it happened, how she put them away only to eventually allow the tarot’s wisdom to help herself and others through healing, empowerment, and positivity. I saw myself in many parts of it. It was personal and powerful...

    Overall, this is a decent introduction to the tarot, and if you’re looking for a book written by a tarotist who really lives their craft, I’d suggest The Transformational Truth of Tarot by Tiffany Crosara.

    http://facingnorth.net/Tarot-Cards-and-Books/transformational-truth-tarot.html ~ FacingNorth, http://facingnorth.net/

  • How to Lavish a Leo
    Mary English
    How to Lavish a Leo doesn't confine itself to Sun-Sign descriptions alone but includes the combinations that distinguish one Leo from the next. Initial chapters cover the Leo Sun and the twelve Ascendants, and the Leo Sun and the twelve Moon signs. the Leo with an Aries Ascendant is far more extroverted than the Leo with a Cancer Ascendant , for example. The quotes that go along with these particular combinations clarify the difference, Louis Armstrong is a Leo with Aries on the Ascendant and he said.
    'Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.' Then, Robert De Niro is a Leo with Cancer Ascendant , and he states that 'people don't try to show their feeling, they try to hide them.
    Isn't it interesting how we judge the world around us through our own filters.

    Two chapters explore the Leo problem areas and the potential solutions, once you understand your Leo better by knowing the Moon and Rising signs you are in a position to lavish him or her. ~ Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope

  • How to Listen to a Gemini
    Mary English
    It’s a great read, with many very significant insights into Geminis’, their personalities and the one hundred and one things that go into making up the many colourful and diverse aspects of their lives.

    If your partner, boss, or significant others in your life really wants to figure out just what makes you tick, buy them a copy; It may help providing you, and they, do appreciate that with a Gemini everything is infinitely changeable in life, especially theirs!

    Alternatively if you have a Gemini as a treasured member of your staff, definitely go out and buy a copy!

    Mary English knows her subject well and the chapters dealing with discovering just what aspect of Gemini we belong to is well detailed and very helpful. The step-by step guide to creating your own astrological chart is clear and easy to follow, that is there to help you understand yourself of course, but, once you get to the more complex bits like house systems, remember to hold on to your patience and try not to rush: I am saying this from experience because all you do is get thoroughly muddled and have to start again and as a Gemini, I did not appreciate having to retrace my steps.

    The book is one of series which helps you understand all the twelve signs of the zodiac and compliments some of the many other books available on the subject of star signs and their influences on events, people and career.

    We are all more than curious about what lies ahead for us, what make us what and who we are, therefore we can’t resist trying to take a peek into things unknown or pondered upon, which is where this series comes in very handy. Enjoy peeking!

    http://www.bluewolf-reviews.com/index.php/books/new-age/item/475-how-to-listen-to-a-gemini ~ Jan Mawdesley, http://www.bluewolf-reviews.com/

  • Healing Divination
    Shirley Laboucane
    Fabulous book packed full of not only healing divination ideas but so much more. The author has also included lots of psychic development information as well along with extra bonus info on angels, guides, animal totems, auras and chakras too - a definite must have book. ~ Rachel Patterson, www.kitchenwitchuk.blogspot.co.uk

  • How to Lavish a Leo
    Mary English
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting and edifying!

    Format:Paperback
    This is a must-read book for anyone who is or who knows a delightful Leo! As in all the other books in this series, Mary English brings this sign alive. Her engaging style and in-depth knowledge of her subject shines through on every enjoyable page. Highly recommended. ~ Christine, Amazon UK

  • How to Lavish a Leo
    Mary English
    Phew! I'm not so bad!


    This isn't the first book I've read of Mary's...but it was the first one about me (well, Leo's!) I loved the format of the book. It made it really interesting to read, and easy to dip in and out of. Mary's books give you a real insight into the star sign in question, enabling you to understand more about a person's character. Highly recommend to all Leo's, and anyone who lives with one :) ~ HMurray, Amazon UK

  • How to Lavish a Leo
    Mary English
    Perceptive, original, in-depth and fun!

    How to Lavish a Leo is a thoroughly enjoyable look at the Leo personality. After I read it, I had a deeper insight into the Leo personality and how he/ she relates to other people and to the world. Mary English covers enough basics of astrology, that anyone could pick up this book and appreciate it. Throughout the book she has perceptive comments by Leo personalities, which makes the subject come alive.She covers Leo from so many different aspects that you end up with a firm understanding of that sign. If you're a Leo, or in a relationship with a Leo, or work with, or for a Leo, this book is a must. It's informative, original and fun to read! ~ Alan Heal, Amazon

  • Palmistry Made Easy
    Johnny Fincham
    Mr. Fincham’s new book Palmistry Made Easy is exactly as it promises – a clear overview of the basic tenets of palmistry, which provides the reader with simplistic guidelines for using this age-old technique for understanding the connection between the hands and the persona of the person. Fincham brings forward some new information not found in earlier manuals on this subject, allowing for a deeper insight into the tapestry of the human design. ~ Jean Adrienne, Author of Power Tools: The Ultimate Owner’s Manual For Personal Empowerment

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