Wednesday, 9 October 2019

SPIRITUAL REVIEW - Pathworking the Tarot: Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice from the Cards - Leeza Robertson

Release Date: 08/10/19
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

SYNOPSIS: Deepen your connection to the tarot cards with this book's amazing approach to pathworking. Just as using a tarot deck is a journey through a story, so is pathworking a journey of meditating. As you pathwork through the cards, you'll learn how to meditate on what is discovered in your readings. Pathworking the Tarot introduces you to three pathworking styles: intentional (intentionally selecting cards based on theme), intuitive (letting the cards guide you), and wandering (combining a little of both the intentional and intuitive styles).

Using straightforward techniques and hands-on exercises, author Leeza Robertson guides you through each of the 78 cards and the story it tells. This remarkable book inspires you to go further, deeper, and wider with your tarot knowledge and to expand your spiritual being through your experiences with your deck.

REVIEW: Having recently read one book on tarot, my interest has only increased and my thirst for knowledge needs sating, so when I had the chance to read and work my way through exercises explaining how to connect a personal relationship with the cards I couldn't wait to expand my understanding.

The book is well written, takes the reader on a journey that helps you understand the cards more regardless of which set you use and above all else helps you find ways to use them in your reading that will allow you to make connections and remember them without having to keep refering to individual pieces of paper.

Yes theres' a lot within this book and you will end up rereading multiple cards a number of times to help you get the meanings contained within but with this guide it allows you to easily take it at your own pace to help commit to memory. For me its a book I will reread a good few times and I do feel its a title that will give a lot to anyone who reads it.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

SPIRITUAL REVIEW: The Ancient Magick of Trees - Greogry Michael Brewer

Release Date: 08/10/19
Publisher:   Llewellyn Publications

SYNOPSIS: Part field guide and part magical resource, this unique book helps you not only identify more than one hundred common trees across North America and Europe but also discover their medicinal and magickal properties. Author Gregory Brewer provides detailed information about the mythology and symbolism of trees from around the world along with an abundance of exercises and meditations suitable for Pagans of all skill levels and traditions. Highly organized and easy to use, The Ancient Magick of Trees is the only book you'll need while studying trees. Whether you're seeking the scientific characteristics of a particular species or the folk traditions and remedies associated with it, this comprehensive guide is a must-have for those who want to grow their magical practice and enhance their understanding of our unique relationship with trees.

Whilst we all know that tree's effect our every day life as well as can alter our moods, we very rarely look deeper than that often choosing to destroy rather than nurture believing that we're the pinnacle of intelligence. 

Within this title, the reader if given thoughts to question our understanding of the natural world as well as clear thoughts about how through various texts the ancients revered and understood the importance of the natural world around us. Add to this a well written break down of the various trees and their medicinal as well as magical properties and for me, its a book that is well written, has you asking questions and for me is something that is not only though provoking but a chance to get to know the natural world a lot better. Great stuff.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

SPIRITUAL REVIEW: Morbid Magic - Tomas Prower

Release Date: 01/10/19
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

SYNOPSIS: Written with a mix of reverence, approachability, and deadpan wit by an actual mortician, Morbid Magic is the first multicultural guide to death spirituality and traditions from all over the world and throughout history. Discover the lore and magic of death, both on the physical and spiritual planes. Explore hands-on activities, spells, and prayers that will help you work through your own mourning process. Take solace in the personal stories and anecdotes contributed by writers from a variety of cultures and religions. This fascinating book makes death a more approachable topic, and it helps you understand and utilize the profound wisdom of cultures around the globe. Morbid Magic presents an amazing, in-depth look at how the world deals with death.

REVIEW: Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes however people are normally more willing to talk about the taxes side of things rather than death. Having recently gone through a bereavement in the family I've been coping the best way I can by working my way through it. So when this title arrived to review I was more than interested.

Taking the reader on a death tour of the world, we get to see how many cultures deal with death, traditions associated with it and presents you with a number of exercises to work through so that you see death as a part of your own cycle and helps you plan for not only dealing with the loss of those who have left you but also to give you idea's and thoughts on how to deal with what will happen after you own time.

Its well written, advice and information comes from those knowledgable of each religion and also all round tells you things in a matter of fact way. Back this up with an easy to follow journey of the world and all round its a more than fascinating read.