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  • Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs, A
    Joseph Polansky
    I used to be into Astrology, tarot cards, palm reading, etc. back in high school (who wasn't, right?) so this book really took me back and allowed me to tap into my spiritual side and get a new perspective on the different areas of my life as well as the lives of others. Some parts of the book were repetitive, but at the same time, I can see how the author needed to reiterate certain things because some people tend to pick up books like these and only read the parts about their specific zodiac sign. I really loved the insight I got from reading through this and am looking forward to learning more.

    ~ Jessica Kim, NetGalley

  • Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs, A
    Joseph Polansky
    Enjoyed the concepts of the spiritual side of each sign. It was obvious that a great deal of thought, research was done writing this book. I will keep and re-read as a reference tool. ~ Pam Reiss, NetGalley

  • 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

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    Astrologers use our position on Earth as the point of reference for finding meaning in the planets above - yet while we are gazing outward at the sky, how easy it can be to overlook the planet on which we stand! Chrissie Blaze offers a thoughtful meditation on the planet we call home and Her powerful contributions to our astrological understanding. ~ Alia Wesala, LMSW, Consulting Astrologer, President of the Association for Young Astrologers

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    Chrissie Blaze's take on astrology is revolutionary. In her research, she fills in the long missing blanks and gracefully weaves spirituality with historic facts. This tapestry is unique and urgently needed in a time of radical changes on earth. Changes that we as a human race often cannot comprehend unless we re-align to our sacred mother planet. The earth does not need to change. We do. This book is a masterpiece on our truly needed growth from an astrological perspective. ~ Michaela Ashaneya Baumgartner, The Whirling Rainbow Foundation

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    Earth: Astrology’s Missing Planet is a masterly and cogent blend of science and spirituality, to help us reconnect with our beautiful, living, breathing planetary home. Chrissie Blaze's book is a must-read for all astrologers, environmentalists, spiritual seekers and humanitarians, as we enter the brave new world of Aquarius. ~ Mollie Eilean Enwisle, M.Ed., ITEC, Author of The Mystic Power of Numbers and Numerologist

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    Like the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Astrology has traced the HIStory of the Sun only to become destitute. Finally in “Earth- Astrology’s Missing Planet”, Chrissie Blaze brings us home to our Divine Mother Earth and HER story of immense love that offers great Spiritual progress. A must read for all spiritual seekers, let the healing begin! ~ Penny Golden, Founder, Body Mind Spirit Radio Network and Body Mind Spirit Guide

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    In true style of her namesake "Blaze" Chrissie Blazes new work "Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet: Reconnecting with Her Sacred Power" is blazing a homecoming for humanity's soul to reawaken and return to innocence in the garden of our Planet, Mother Earth. Echoing the sacred feminine teachings of indigenous peoples the world over, Blaze's work realigns astrology to the original root knowledge, power and ancient wisdom of Mother Earth who holds each of us in our learnings in this lifetime. Linking us back to the superpower of Planet Earth and our own untapped collective feminine voice is not only timely, but truly urgent for humanity's conscious evolution. As Chrissie Blaze helps us reclaim the missing planet of Earth, she gives us the key to come home to ourselves and reclaim the kind of creative and transformational mother love that has the true power to reconnect and unite us as a global family and open the door to a future of personal and planetary peace. ~ White Eagle Medicine Woman, Founder/Director, Grandmother Drum International Peace Project

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    In this very readable book, Chrissie explains a brilliant concept which should revolutionize astrology for the New Age. She blends her extensive experience of the subject with a metaphysical understanding, which combine together with clarity and perception. For those seeking the next step in astrology's unfolding journey, this is the book for you. ~ Richard Lawrence, International bestselling author and Spiritual teacher

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    “Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet” takes astrology to a new level of awareness and transforms it into a more elegant and precise tool for the spiritual worker. ~ Brian C. Keneipp, Author of Operation Earth Light and Spiritual Teacher

  • Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet
    Chrissie Blaze
    "Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet" is a wise and welcoming invitation to explore our relationship to the earth, a fundamental influence on our lives. Chrissie Blaze opens our eyes to the preciousness of our home planet, which is easily overlooked both in astrology and in life. ~ Dr. Jen Green, ND, FABNO

  • 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

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