In my mailbox: The Lunar Nomad Oracle

Picture 21Weiser Books was kind enough to send Shaheen Miro‘s “The Lunar Nomad Oracle”. I have been working with it all morning and I plan to do a video review of it in the next few weeks.

I’m about half-way through the guide book and I’m stunned by the beautiful artwork of the included deck of cards.

Expect to see this set of cards at your favorite bookstore March 1st.

51zp-asefxl-_sx354_bo1204203200_The Lunar Nomad Oracle is a set of keys for unlocking and understanding your intuitive side, your “lunar self.” As a nomad on the path of the lunar self, you will awaken your sense of wonder and discover your creative desires to facilitate introspection, awareness, and lasting change.

The Lunar Nomad Oracle is inspired by the traditional Lenormand system, but unlike the Lenormand, this deck comprises 43 cards and additional significator cards that are multiracial and multiethnic. The Lunar Nomad Oracle cards are rich with layers, colors, and imagery, all designed to speak to the intuitive self. The book and deck allow users to explore their inner depths, looking for clues and prompts to activate their lunar side–their creativity, intuition, and inner wisdom. The symbolism of the cards helps the user formulate a story or reading. The process will be familiar to followers of tarot, but because The Lunar Nomad Oracle does not have suits or a linear structure, readers have the freedom and fluidity to really explore the deck and add their own insights and interpretations.

In my mailbox: Secrets of Chinese Divination by Sasha Fenton

Picture 20This week the good folks at Hampton Roads sent a free review copy of Sasha Fenton’s book Secrets of Chinese Divination: A Beginner’s Guide to 11 Ancient Oracle Systems. I’m looking forward to another cool book by Sasha Fenton. I’ve enjoyed reading her books Fortune Teller’s Handbook and Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Tarot.

Expect to find this one at your favorite bookstore February 1st…

Baffled by Chinese astrology? Confused by Feng Shui? Author Sasha Fenton delves into 11 major Chinese divination systems based on ancient practices, providing easily accessible introductions and instructions so the beginner can put these methods to use.

41ccfkbxmklIncluded are the following:

  • Chinese astrology
  • Feng Shui
  • I Ching
  • Chinese hand reading
  • Face reading
  • Lunar oracle
  • Mah Jong reading
  • Lo Shu Square
  • Weighing the bones
  • Yarrow stick divination
  • Four Pillars of Destiny

Review: Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign PotentialAstrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As you might guess from the title, “Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential” by Cass and Janie Jackson is basic Astrology with a focus on what might be considered “success” for you, whether that be money, relationships, heath, etc..

I really didn’t enjoy the Jackson’s last book “Astrology Plain and Simple” but upon reflection I’ve felt that I was a little unfair with my review. I was put off by the subtitle “The Only Book That You Will Ever Need” and I’ve really regretted that review. All that being said, I wanted to give this one a fair read.

In it’s 156 pages “Astrology for Success” attempts to be a merging of an Astrology book with a self-help book. It was okay, but the book didn’t work for me. It came off as very repetitive, it had no Index, it lacked a suggested readings, and had no conclusion. After the sun signs are covered the book shifts gears to a chapter on “Rising Sign” and fizzles to a stop. The authors really should have added some final thoughts.

I suggest checking this one out at the library.

51xrbuqcgqlDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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THE GRANDMASTER | From Ip Man to Bruce Lee

THE GRANDMASTER is available now on Digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung FU master, Ip Man who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

Written and Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Starring Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Hye-kyo Song, Cung Le, Chen Chang and Woo-Ping Yuen.

© Annapurna Pictures, 2013

Review: Reiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need

Reiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever NeedReiki Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Philip Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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All in all, I thought that Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones was a good read. In it’s 127 pages it attempts to give the reader a basic foundation of Reiki. That being said, the subject is far too big to be covered in a modest 127 pages. By chapter 3, we are advised to find a teacher.

Very interesting subject. I recommend picking this one up at the library.

 

Since originating in Japan in 1922, Reiki has been adapted to cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Reiki is used for healing oneself and others and for spiritual development. It works by combining two things: initiations that awaken and open your energy channels and techniques for using your hands, eyes, and intention to direct this energy flow where needed. Anyone who wishes to do this work must prepare by following particular methods and steps, all wonderfully explained in this introductory guide.

Discover why Reiki is so unique and learn about its origins, five precepts, attunements, basic hand positions, and special treatments created by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui. All the spiritual practices here have been specifically chosen to guide readers on a path of love, light, healing, and self-knowledge.

41nrumuho9lDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Winter is there, outside, is here in me

Winter is there, outside, is here in me:
Drapes the planets with snow, deepens the ice on the moon,
Darkens the darkness that was already darkness.
The mind too has its snows, its slippery paths
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–Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)

 

Review: Reflexology Plain & Simple

Reflexology Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever NeedReflexology Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Sonia Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As is with all of the Plain & Simple series, Reflexology is a diminutive book coming in at 131 pages. The book has a decent amount of helpful illustrations though the author, Sonia Jones, suggests that you use an additional book “Gray’s Anatomy” — so much for the sub-title “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need.” I enjoyed learning the basics of Reflexology but the last chapter meandered off course with basic self-help and aromatherapy and fizzled at the end . It’s almost as if the author was padding the book at the last minute.

Jones also suggests that you highlight or flag material in Chapter 5 for future reference. Why not give us an Index? Would that have been so hard? Instead of a “Word About Water”, where we are encouraged to drink water, how about an Index of your book?

All in all, it is a good book and I suggest checking this one out at the library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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