Sunday, July 4, 2021

Review: The Pendulum Kit

The Pendulum Kit
Author: Sig Lonegren
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

"The pendulum is a tool that bridges the gap between the logical left brain and the intuitive right brain. Now you can unlock the mysteries of the earth and its energy fields and tap into the unlimited potential of your own mind as you learn the secrets of dowsing with a pendulum."

The Pendulum Kit comes with everything you need to begin divining answers to any questions. The guidebook guides you through the process and the pendulum is provided for you along with many charts to use for your divining.

I introduced myself to the process of divining with a pendulum years ago. The results were really amazing, but as the author warns, I didn't stick with it long. There's only so many questions you can ask and once answered you set the pendulum aside.

"Too many dowsers who have some initial success with their pendulums find that, after a while, they have less and less use for dowsing, and then they stop all together. The trick is to do just the opposite and see if you can find more and more ways to use dowsing."

The guidebook has a lot of information on the art of dowsing and divining. The most important part though is the exercises provided and the actually going through the process. You begin by finding your pendulum's movements for searching, yes, no, and maybe. 

After that, there are exercises to help you build on your abilities to divine the answers to many questions. You are guided through how to use the many charts provided for you. 

And, to help you not run out of ways to use dowsing, the author provides multiple ideas and different tools to use during your dowsing experience.

I recommend this kit to anyone interested in beginning their journey into the dowsing world. You won't be disappointed with the results and this guide is the perfect beginning.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Review: The Shadowland Tarot

The Shadowland Tarot
Author: Monica Bodirsky
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 78 card deck, 208 page companion guide, Schiffer signature box with magnetic closure lid.

“This deck and book explore the realm of shadows and shadow work to help you seek the wisdom and light of self-awareness.”

The Shadowland Tarot follows the traditional Waite-Smith Tarot system; however the author has changed two of the Major Arcana cards: the Fool is now the Seeker, and the Judgement is Discretion. The artwork of the deck pulls from traditional cards, but is unique in its style. The images are meant to cast light on the shadows to aid in shadow work.

The guidebook first takes you into the reasoning behind this deck and the intent of the author.

"When you use The Shadowland Tarot you will see yourself, your personality, and others reflected within the artwork. After all, aren't we all monsters and misfits to some extent, given our individual quirks and differences?"

The two-page layout for each card is perfect for this deck, with just enough information to make your journey exciting and guided.
After exploring each card, the author leaves you with tips on how to use the deck, guided symbolism, and spreads designed specifically for this deck.

The Three of Wands shows an octopus perched upon a rock, holding candles, lighting the way for a ship to enter the harbors.

"You are lighting the way for many people right now, and they rely upon you to navigate life more than your realize."

Reflection: Am I prepared to respond when opportunity shows itself?

Shadows: Solitary, failure, inaccuracy

The Eight of Pentacles shows an artist decorating a collection of skulls. He is focused and patient as he creates his artwork.

Reflection: What skill do I feel I could use to improve my current situation?

"This message often appears when you are seeking more from your life and are not sure where to begin."

The matching drawstring bag, sold separately, makes a great addition to complete the set. 

I recommend this deck to anyone wanting to do shadow work, but also for any tarot reading. 

Grab your copy from Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Review: The Grail Tarot

The Grail Tarot
Author: John Matthews
Illustrator: Giovanni Caselli
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 78 Card Deck, 192 page companion book

"The Grail Tarot brings together two of the most enduring and enigmatic mysteries of the Middle Ages: that of the Holy Grail, once described as the holiest relic in Christendom, and the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Knights Templar."

Schiffer Publishing has brought back The Grail Tarot from the previous published, out of print, edition of 2007.

The cards of the Major Arcana "form a continuous frieze when laid side by side, creating a landscape in which events follow each other somewhat in the manner of a cartoon." The four suits of the Minor Arcana also form a sequence, following the journey of the seeker.

The guidebook begins with a brief history of The Grail and the Knights Templars, and then delves into the cards. Matthews begins with a short overview of the Major Arcana. Each individual card is described in a short paragraph, presented with a background, and meaning. He also offers a Grail Question for each of the cards. 

The Gnostic Christ/Grail Question: What knowledge informs your life?

After a brief overview of the Minor Arcana, the author gives an overview of the suit and then the individual cards, including description, background and meaning.

The Two of Lances, traditionally the Two of Wands, shows: Gray skies and lashing rain. The knight stands dejectedly at a crossroads, soaked and bedraggled, his former determination gone. Hidden within the rain is the shape of the lance, but the knight cannot see it because he is turned inward on his own feelings.

The One of Vessels, traditionally the Ace of Cups, brings "the presence of bounty, fulfillment, plenty-the richness of life itself. The Seeker rediscovers the joy of the quest."

Matthews closes the guidebook with a chapter on Working with The Grail Tarot where he offers some thoughts on getting to know the deck and a variety of different spreads to use with this deck, along with sample readings.

I recommend this deck to anyone who wants a better understanding the mysteries of The Holy Grail and The Knights of Templar. 
Grab your copy from Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)