Book Review: Color & Conjure

Color and Conjure: Rituals & Magic Spells to Color

Text: Natalie Zaman

Art: Wendy Martin

Llewellyn Books, 2017

$14.99 PB, 176 pages

 

Just in time for Halloween/Samhain is a lovely witchy coloring book, Color & Conjure with spells and commentary by Natalie Zaman and line drawings by Wendy Martin. If you’re a witch, pagan, or are interested in spells AND you enjoy coloring, then this is the PERFECT coloring book for you.

Containing 176 pages, Color & Conjure consists of 13 sections:

  • How to use this book
  • Money
  • Love
  • Family
  • Protection
  • Health
  • Creativity
  • Personal Power
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Magic & Nature
  • Awaken the Chakras
  • Coloring pages
  • Resources for adapting & enhancing your spells

In the section entitled, “How to use this book,” Natalie Zaman points out that intention and focus are of primary importance when performing spells & that coloring can be a valuable tool that helps to increase focus upon magical intentions. When you combine your intention, focus, a few well-thought-out words and perhaps some magical correspondences suddenly your coloring page becomes a powerful magical tool.

Color & Conjure is not simply a magical-themed coloring book. There are other titles that fit that description. Color & Conjure combines coloring with actual spells so that your own coloring can be used in combination with candles, oils, herbs, and other tools in order to set energies into motion that help to manifest positive change in your life.

Each chapter consists of 3 – 5 (mostly 5) spells with the chapter on the chakras containing seven, one spell for each of the seven main chakras. Instructions on how to perform the spell are included that cover wording, the use of candles & easily available kitchen herbs, and also suggestions as to which colors to use to color in the images based upon the meaning and magical correspondences of the colors. Instructions are very simple so even if you have no experience with spells you will be able to easily put Color & Conjure to good use.

What I particularly like about Color & Conjure, other than the wonderful idea of combining spells with coloring, is that the pages on which the spells are printed always include a small version of the corresponding coloring page, which is located in full size in the latter half of the book. You can follow the author’s coloring suggestions on that smaller version of the coloring page or make up your own just to see what it would look like and then color in the main coloring page. That smaller version of the coloring page is a great place to experiment with color and artistic mediums. The type of paper used in the coloring book is the same throughout so you will know how your artistic mediums will respond on the large coloring pages by practicing on their smaller counterparts. Each chapter’s lead page also has an image you can color.

Each spell includes the page number of the corresponding coloring page. For example, on page 38 the spell, “Mirror, Mirror,” which is a spell for self-love and self-appreciation has a smaller version of its corresponding coloring page on the lower left-hand side, along with a ribbon that includes a hand pointing to the words, “see coloring page 121 where you will find a large version of the same coloring image on page 38.

color & conjure color pageThe page numbers of the coloring pages are 1/3” from the bottom edge of the page next to the binding of the book. Each coloring page is completely perforated for easy removal for coloring and you can then set the page with your candles and other magical tools when performing the spell. Coloring pages are all printed single-sided.

After the spell is completed you can bury the coloring page, burn it, or keep it in your Book of Shadows as a remembrance of the spell you performed. I really like how the page numbers are so close to the binding. When you pull the coloring page out of the book the page number remains within the book so all you have on your coloring page is the image itself.

Coloring images have a ¾” border on all four sides so you can even frame these if you so desire. Wendy Martin’s use of line is quite pleasing to the eye. Line thickness varies ever so slightly throughout each coloring page that helps to emphasize some symbols over others. Many adult coloring books have highly intricate images for which you need to use something with a very fine point like gel pens. Wendy’s images have large enough areas to color that you can easily use crayons with Color & Conjure. Many adult coloring books do not work well with crayons due to the intricacy of the images. The drawings have an overall open and friendly energy to them and the compositions are all pleasing to the eye.

Color & Conjure will appeal to any magically minded person who also enjoys to color, but even if you don’t, this coloring book is a great resource of very simple and easy to perform spells. I recommend it to any artistically inclined witch, but also to anyone who would like a resource of quick and simple spells.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details regarding how this paper accepts various artistic mediums:

  • Overall size: 9 x 9 x 1/2″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: 176
  • Main coloring pages: 50
  • Smaller versions of main coloring pages: 50
  • Images of chapter headings: 11
  • Title page coloring image: 1
  • Concluding page image: 1
  • Perforation: yes
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 60 lbs (my best estimate)
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • crayons
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 4 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page.
    • Gel, glitter, and milk pens

Color & Conjure derwentI did attempt to use Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I layered 3 colors and then applied water somewhat sparingly. The paper did buckle on the colored surface as well as the reverse side of the page. Most of the buckling disappeared once the page was completely dry, but I can still feel the buckling if I run my fingers over the page; as a result, I do not recommend watercolor pencils or watercolors.

Crayons and colored pencils GLIDE over this paper. I had to be careful to not run out of the lines because the crayons and pencils glide so easily and quickly. This paper also helps crayons and colored pencils to present a very level color coverage. I did not see any streaking as I applied color. Gel, glitter, and milk pens all present even coverage on this paper so I highly recommend their use for smaller areas of the line drawings.

Color & Conjure pageNote: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer. I copy the images onto 110 lb light cardstock. That takes any artistic medium fairly well, but again, be careful how much water you use if using watercolors or watercolor pencils as the cardstock can “pill up.”

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Coloring Books of Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

I have enjoyed coloring since I was 2 years old. I have been very pleased with the advent of the adult coloring book phenomenon & extremely pleased that Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have created two delightful adult coloring books for Harper Elixer. Their titles are: The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds. The daughter of classic coloring book & greeting card illustrator, master artist Jessie Spicer Zerner, Amy Zerner followed in the artistic footsteps of her mother and is world renown for her tapestry collage art that has resulted in several tarot and oracle decks as well as unique clothing designs. Both coloring books are dedicated to Amy’s mother. All accompanying text is written by Amy’s husband, Monte Farber, who is an author in his own right, astrologer, and psychic. Together they have been a publishing tour de force for several decades.

enchanted-tarot-coloring-book-coverThe Enchanted Tarot adult coloring book consists of the major arcana and sixteen court cards from the tarot deck of the same title. Amy Zerner provided detailed line drawings of each image. Monte Farber provides the text that accompanies each image that includes the card’s title, positive phrase related to the meaning of the card, and a list of keywords. The text accompanying each image is provided on the facing page so as you work on coloring the image you can easily refer to the text on the left-hand opposite page.

At first glance the drawings for The Enchanted Tarot may appear to be overly intricate, but this is due to Amy Zerner including line demarcations for shading on faces, clothing, and other design elements. This element is not found in most coloring books so artists who enjoy shading to illustrate depth and dimension will appreciate the added line details.

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The Chariot from “The Enchanted Tarot” deck & “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

As you begin to work in the Enchanted Tarot coloring book I would recommend you begin with the larger areas first and work down toward the smaller more intricate areas of the illustration. Above is the Chariot card from the Enchanted Tarot deck and coloring book. Here is the same illustration again, but now it has been partially colored.

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The Chariot, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book, partially colored. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

Due to the detail of each image I do not recommend using crayons with The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. You will need an artistic medium that allows you a good degree of control over the application of color. Instead of crayons, I have used and recommend the following mediums:

  • Colored pencils
  • watercolor pencils
  • dual-tipped water-based markers (fine point at one end, brush at the other)
  • gel & glitter pens

You will need an artistic medium that allows your hand a great deal of control, so anything that ends in a point will work well. I do not recommend  alcohol-based markers, such as Copics. They will bleed through the paper. More on product specifics regarding coloring below.

Monte Farber describes their other coloring book, Enchanted Worlds, as a “magical enchanted-worlds-coloring-book-coverjourney through the world of imagination.” It clearly delivers on that promise. Whereas Amy Zerner’s illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book are fine lined & quite detailed, her drawings for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book are drawn with a thicker line. There are also more areas of the illustrations that have been solidly inked in, which adds black to the overall composition that makes colors pop when added by the colorist. I would say that the Enchanted Worlds coloring book is easier to color than The Enchanted Tarot, but as long as you keep your pencils sharpened The Enchanted Tarot makes for a fine coloring book as well. Those of you with less patience, however, I would definitely recommend the Enchanted Worlds coloring book to you over The Enchanted Tarot.

The Enchanted Worlds adult coloring book is organized in the same manner as The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. All text appears on the left-hand page with the image to color on the right-hand page. The text of the Enchanted Worlds is also written by Monte Farber and includes the title of the illustration accompanied by a positive affirmation or a brief description of the symbols included in the illustration. For example, the text accompanying “Gentleness” reads: “[t]he Flower Fairy makes her way across the rosy dreamscape, greeted by awakened birds, elves, and flowers, symbols of gentleness and compassion.”

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“Gentleness,” from “The Enchanted Worlds” coloring book. Photo courtesy of Amy Zerner.

The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds are no ordinary coloring books. If colored with intention the act of coloring becomes meditative and magical. According to the Artist herself:

With my books, while you color, you are meditating on the magic and meaning of each image, with words and affirmations by Monte. It becomes a ritual. We incorporate the intention of each tarot card and affirm each Enchanted World drawing with a message. We always like to balance wise words and images. That is our specialty. There becomes an ebb and flow between image and the silence and the words. In this way, coloring is elevated to a spiritual practice ~ Amy Zerner.

As an artist myself, I can vouch for the fact that the act of artistic creation is a large part of my spiritual practice. I enter a “zone” when I am creating and though I may suffer from artistic frustrations upon occasion, I always come out of a creative session feeling renewed and uplifted. Adult coloring books like The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds now make the benefits of creative meditation accessible to everyone regardless of artistic experience.

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The Wheel of Fortune, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Colorist: Fortune Buchholtz. Image courtesy of Fortune Buchholtz & Amy Zerner.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details, which apply to both coloring books and are as follows:

  • Overall size: 8 1/2 x 11 x 5.8″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: The Enchanted Tarot (80) Enchanted Worlds (82)
  • Images: 38
  • Perforation: none
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 80 lbs
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • watercolor pencils ~ 3 layers work well, but use minimal water for blending. I used just enough water to get the colors to blend.
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 3 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page. If layering more than 3 colors I would recommend inserting a blank sheet of paper to avoid bleed-through on the following image.
    • crayons work well on any type of paper and work well for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book, but due to the intricacy of the illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book, I do not recommend crayons.

Note: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer.

The adult coloring book “fad” appears to be here to stay. A trip to my local book and craft stores have become increasingly dangerous to my pocketbook as increasing numbers of coloring books appear on the shelves. Amy Zerner’s artwork translates very well to the coloring book medium and these books will be enjoyed by anyone who wishes for a bit of creative magic in their life.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Review: Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen

There are quite a few comprehensive books about Tarot, but Tarot Holistics tops them all. If you buy ONE book about Tarot that book should be Tarot Holistics.

At 874 pages, Tarot Holistics now holds the record for the longest book I’ve read since my years in graduate school. Despite its length, author Benebell Wen breaks the book down into manageable chapters that can be slowly enjoyed over time like a fine wine. I really took my time reading Tarot Holistics because, as with all truly great books, I did not want to see this one come to an end.

Consisting of 33 chapters with one chapter containing 39 chapter sections, nine appendices, thirty pages of annotated endnotes, and a 25 page index, the only thing lacking that I would have appreciated is a bibliography. Sources are mentioned throughout the endnotes thus making Tarot Holistics an indispensable addition to any Tarot library.

Chapter headings are as follows:

  • Tarot Analytics: A Holistic Approach
  • A Concise History Lesson
  • Allaying Fears and Offering Theories
  • Choosing Your Deck
  • Anatomy of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
  • The Personal Journal
  • Beginner Rote Learning
  • Keywords
  • Cyclopedia of Card Meanings
  • Signifier Cards
  • The First Operation
  • Interpreting Court Cards
  • On Shuffling, Cutting and Drawing
  • The Fundamentals of Reading Spreads
  • Consideration of the Spread Landscape
  • Devising Tarot Spreads
  • Tarot Readings: A Step-by-Step Analytical Process
  • The Five Components of Circumstance
  • Assuaging Seekers When a Reading Seems Negative
  • Reading Tarot for Yourself
  • The Setting of a Tarot Reading and Energetic Supplements
  • Intermediate Ruminations and Practicum
  • The Value of Meditation to Tarot Practice
  • Inappropriate Questions
  • Ethical Considerations of the Tarot
  • Tarot and Love
  • Tarot and Professional Development
  • Using Tarot to Build Resilience
  • Depth Diagnostics
  • The Opening of the Key
  • Tarot de Marseille and the Thoth
  • The Professional Practice of the Tarot
  • A Personal Essay: How I Started
  • Appendix A: Tarot Spreads Quick Reference
  • Appendix B: Astrological Symbols and Elemental Associations
  • Appendix C: Ruminations on the Major Arcana
  • Appendix D: Profile Tables and Ruminations on the Minor Arcana
  • Appendix E: Profile Tables for Interpreting Court Cards
  • Appendix F: Numerological Associations
  • Appendix G: Pythagorean Numerology
  • Appendix H: Sample Logs and Templates
  • Appendix I: The Marseille Major Arcana

The most valuable types of information Tarot Holistics provides to new & seasoned readers alike in my opinion are:

  • discussion of court cards & the correspondences among them, which makes it simple to compare the different personality types
  • the analysis of the Rider-Waite-Smith that runs for 176 pages
  • the inclusion of 38 spreads that takes up 141 pages (see also Appendix A that discusses tarot spreads for an additional 46 pages)
  • card imagery and how it relates one card to the other in the landscape of a spread
  • Appendix G: Pythagorean Numerology

Personally, what I appreciate the most about Tarot Holistics is the writing stay of Benebell Wen. As an author myself I know that for a book of this length and type a conversational author’s voice is very important. How many long books have you picked up that had such a dry and boring tone that they put you to sleep? Tarot Holistics is not one of those books.

If you’re put off by the length do not allow that to stop you from adding this book to your collection. The writing style is quite personable. Throughout Tarot Holistics I felt as though Benebell Wen was speaking with me about Tarot over a cup of coffee in a nice little sidewalk cafe. The conversational tone of Tarot Holistics makes what may be an otherwise burdensome tome to digest a fun yet highly informative read.

I give Tarot Holistics the highest recommendation of any Tarot book I have ever read. If you’re new to Tarot, have limited space in your home in which to store books, or are on a tight budget so you require a book that covers Tarot completely & efficiently, I recommend Tarot Holistics to you.

You will not be disappointed.

As with most titles I review, I did receive this as a free review copy from the publisher. Receipt of an item does not guarantee I shall review it. I review only those titles I enjoy and think my readership will also enjoy and/or find useful.

Blessings,

~ Nefer

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The Celtic Cross Spread: Cutting to the Chase

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase

Shannon MacLeod

Illustrations by Beth Seilonen

Schiffer Books

Paperback, 208 pages

$19.99 USD

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the ChaseHave you ever wondered what it would be like to have a book you could reference for every tarot card’s meaning in every position of the Celtic Cross where it may appear? For beginner Tarot readers such a book, I believe, would make learning Tarot much easier. For advanced readers such a book would help in presenting ideas on how to tak readings in a whole new direction.

Such a book exists! The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase, by Shannon MacLeod is a breakdown of every single Tarot and what it would mean in every position of the 10-card Celtic Cross Tarot spread. The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase begins with a typical introduction to Tarot cards with a section entitled “How To Use This Book,” in addition to sections on how to use the Celtic Cross, plus a one-card and three-card spread.

Starting with The Fool and traveling on through the entire78-card deck, each card is discussed in detail. Upright and reversed meanings are provided for one card at a time for every position within the Celtic Cross spread. The Celtic Cross Spread: Cutting to the Chase is charmingly llustrated by Tarot artist Beth Seilonen (the artist behind Tarot Leaves (Schiffer, 2011), Dream Raven Tarot and Bleu Cat Tarot (both Schiffer, 2013).

The image of each card is presented as a simple black and white line drawing that breaks each card down into its most elemental symbolic elements. The images make for a useful tool for people new to Tarot who may find many of the decks available today overly cluttered with symbolism. Beth Seilonen’s illustrations are simple, straight forward, and easy to understand, even for someone brand new to Tarot.

An example as to how the book is to be used is as follows. Let’s say you’re asking whether a business proposition you have been offered is a good idea. The outcome card to your Celtic Cross spread is the Chariot, reversed. Refering to The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase, you would turn to the section on the Chariot, which is on pages 38 – 40. The Chariot appears reversed in the outcome position of the Celtic Cross spread for your reading so you would turn to page 40, look for the meaning of Chariot, reversed under the heading of Card Position 10, and there you would find the following interpretation:

Without a major change in priorities, you are doomed to fail. Re-examine what it is you think you want to see if it is something you really need.

 That’s not the best outcome in the world, but at least you would have your answer. This is just an example to show you how simple it is to use this book.

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Cutting to the Chase is a handy guide; however, I would like to conclude with a word of caution. When you read Tarot cards always rely first on your intuition. I teach my students to examine the image and to go within to discover what emotions the card image conjures up for them. Then attempt to interpret the card. Never rely on a book for all the card meanings. The Celtic Cross Spread: Cutting to the Chase is a helpful guide to anyone learning the Tarot or wishing to gain a more thorough understanding of the Celtic Cross spread, but our intuition is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal. Don’t be afraid to use it.

Wishing you many blessings!

Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.

Author of The Egyptian Lenormand (Schiffer Books, 2015)

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Book Review: Tarot Interactions

Tarot Interactions, by Deborah Lipp.  Llewellyn Publications, 2015. Paperback $16.99 Kindle $9.99

How many of us wished we had someone to tutor us when we first began learning to read tarot cards? I learned on my own with the massive help of Eden Gray’s classic text, The Complete Guide to the Tarot (Bantam Books). It was the only tarot book I could find in my home town in the late 1970s even after much searching and asking (plus dealing with weird looks!).

These days there is a wide variety of tarot books easily available and the task of choosing just 1 – 3 for a beginner can be quite daunting and overwhelming. As a tarot instructor myself I appreciate books that read like a course on tarot rather than start off with a dry (and often incorrect) “historical” overview of how the Tarot came from Atlantis, Egypt, or gypsies, then goes into a discussion of the symbolism and meaning of each card, and finally concludes with the classic Celtic Cross spread & perhaps a few others.

Tarot Interactions does not follow the conventional tarot book mold. In fact, it breaks it, and quite spectacularly. When it comes to tarot books I am very difficult to impress. I’ve been reading and studying tarot since 1976 and have basically read them all. Yet I always go back to Eden Gray, and another wonderful classic no one should be without, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack (Weiser Books). I have been recommending these two books to my students for nearly 20 years. Now I can finally add a third, Tarot Interactions.

Tarot Interactions is quite different from the old formula we’re all accustomed to reading in a “how-to-read-tarot” book. What I really liked from the start is the personable method of writing Deborah Lipp has. As you read the book it sounds as though you’re sitting with her at your dining room table with a deck of tarot cards spread out before you. She is seated next to you sharing her method of reading the tarot while you sit there trying to soak it all up like a sponge. I love it when authors take the time to construct their writing style so that they are speaking WITH a reader as opposed to speaking AT a reader. Deborah Lipp is clearly well-informed about the Tarot, but she does not come across as a know-it-all. She comes across as a teacher who takes the reader by the hand in order to guide them through the material.

The title, Tarot Interactions, refers to how as readers we can relate to and use the Tarot. Furthermore, within a reading the cards interact with one another. Every two-card combination means something and also the meaning of a card changes based upon its position within a spread. In this manner the Tarot cards themselves also interact with each other. As a reader it is important to pick up on all of these nuances. Deborah Lipp explains how these interactions work and she offers a wide variety of exercises to take the reader through a learning process. Meanings of the cards are included, but she goes far beyond that and teaches through her book how the cards interact with each other and how meanings can change based upon a card’s position within a spread.

Meditation and keeping a journal are both encouraged, and I highly recommend at least keeping a journal as you work through this book. You will want to keep a record of the exercises you do and the results you get so as you work more with Tarot Interactions and time passes you can go back to check your progress. Meditation will help to open your psychic centers and heighten your intuition as well, so that is also a recommended practice while reading this book and beyond. Even as a seasoned reader myself I found the exercises to be useful. People who are new to Tarot will find the exercises not only useful but also great guideposts for their journey.

As I read Tarot Interactions I envisioned Deborah Lipp as a kindly teacher who only wishes for her students to understand the material at hand and is all too happy to share her own experiences with reading the cards. I wish this book had been written in the seventies when I was learning. It would have made my progress much easier.

I highly recommend this book to beginners, but seasoned readers will also find it to be quite useful as well.

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Wishing you many blessings,

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Psychic Workbook: review

The Psychic Workbook, by Karen Fox, PhD., Schiffer Books 2015. 223 pages. 8 1/2 x 11″, PB. $24.99.

Psychic Workbook

“Being psychic is a learned skill.” (page 4, emphasis mine)

I rarely pick up a book & then can’t put it down. The Psychic Workbook is on of those rare books that is not only well-written, but it is highly informative and helpful. Anyone who wishes to work on developing their intuition and psychic abilities more fully will find this book to be one of the most useful titles ever written on the subject.

The book begins by identifying the “clairs” (clairaudience, clairsentience, clairvoyance, claircognizance, and even clairalience and Psychic workbook pageclairgustance), which are classifications of various types of psychic ability. The author then focuses on short exercises that help you to identify the clairs that are the strongest for you. Once you have done that, the rest of the book is filled with numerous exercises for you to do in order to develop your strongest clairs more fully AND to also focus on developing the other clairs.

Exercises range in length from short to those that require perhaps up to 20 minutes to complete, and everywhere in between. What I particularly appreciate about The Psychic Workbook is that the author provides ample space within the pages not only to record all of your answers to the questions contained within the exercises, but there are always psychic workbook page 2several pages of lined blank paper at the end of every chapter where you can record your own observations. This is really nice because then you’re not required to purchase a journal, unless you are addicted to journals like I am.

The Psychic Workbook is well-written and easy to understand and does not leave the reader feeling like an authority from on high is talking down to them (a personal pet peeve I have with many books of this nature). Instead, the tone of the book focuses on an attitude of “try this, you might like it; and if not, simply move on to something else.” Don’t feel you MUST complete EVERY exercise in the order in which it is presented. I skipped around in the book and did those exercises that interested me the most and this approach worked out just fine for me. If you want to carry out each exercise in order, of course there isn’t anything wrong with that approach either. Many people, when they are faced with a book that contains exercises have terrible flashbacks to school and having to complete all exercises within a chapter in order to be tested on the material at the conclusion of the chapter. This book is nice and friendly. I doubt very much that you will experience any unpleasant school-related flashbacks. In fact, had my schoolbooks been more like this one I may have enjoyed school even more so than what I actually did. I loved school simply because I love the process of learning new things.

Chapter headings are as follows:

  1.  So You Have a Hunch: What IS Psychic Ability & Do You Have It?
  2. Getting Started: Know Your Psychic Sense
  3. Meet the “Clairs”: Components of your Psychic Sense
  4. It’s Easier Than You Think: 7 Approaches to Psychic Development
  5. Getting Unstuck: Create the “Package” For Your Psychic Abilities
  6. It’s There When You Need It: Using Your Psychic Ability in Everyday Life
  7. Your Next Step: The Final Frontier is Not Space (Sorry, Star Trek)

The final chapter title made me laugh.

The author, Dr. Karen Fox, is a professional psychic medium, medical intuitive and psychic educator with over 30 years teaching experience. She currently teaches at the Aspen Program for Psychic Development in Denver, Colorado. She is educated in the formation and organization of curriculum and this is very apparent throughout The Psychic Workbook. The book reads like a course book from start to finish. Exercises are well organized, to the point, and all are very helpful.

The Psychic Workbook will appeal to anyone who has ever had an intuitive hunch and who is interested in developing their intuition further. The Psychic Workbook would also be of interest to those of us already psychic in one or two areas, but may want to train ourselves to develop skills in other areas of psychic development. The Psychic Workbook will appeal to newbies as well as seasoned psychic professionals and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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UFO & Alien Management: Book Review & Author Interview

UFO and Alien Management: A Guide to Discovering, Evaluating, and Directing Sightings, Abductions, and Contactee ExperiencesUFO & Alien Management

Dinah Roseberry

Paperback spiral-bound

SchifferBooks.com

$12.99

I’m not big into aliens and UFOs, but I will tell you I saw a UFO once, maybe twice, but definitely once & one of my best friends was with me so I have a witness. It was hovering over a home in our neighborhood & we ran the 2 blocks back to my house screaming our heads off all the way. It’s one of those things a person just never forgets. What if you have had a UFO or alien experience, but you have blocked it from your consciousness?  UFO & Alien Management addresses that as well as offers information for those who do remember their experiences, or bits & pieces of them. The author, Dinah Roseberry, focuses on offering information on how any reader of this book can take themselves through a UFO/alien regression in order to discover if they have hidden memories. If you just suspect you MIGHT have had an experience, this book is definitely geared to help those who may be repressing memories to bring them forward so they can then be dealt with in a healthy manner.

UFO & Alien Management has a sturdy cardboard cover akin to higher grade paperback books; however, unlike a typical book, this one is spiral-bound. This is done so the book will lie flat when a person is reading the text for a guided regression session. As you read UFO & Alien Management you will not have to keep your hand on the book to keep it open to a page or weigh the sides of the book down with rocks or anything if you are using it for a regression. It lies perfectly flat for this purpose, which is a very nice touch as it makes the use of the book easy and convenient.

Printed on semi-glossy high-grade paper and consisting of 80 pages, UFO & Alien Management  is a presentation in a simple and straightforward manner. Dinah Roseberry has a very personable way of writing and you will feel as though she’s right there next to you telling you all about the subject matter. UFO & Alien Management would be enjoyable by anyone who has had an alien or UFO experience, but even if you haven’t and you’re just a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars, the book is a very interesting read.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dinah about her book. What follows is that interview.

Nefer: The importance of spiritual protection during an ET regression is a new one on me. Would you care to further expand upon the reasoning behind this? Have you or your clients had negative experiences, hence the need for protection?

Dinah: There are all kinds of situations where one should practice protection. Paranormal investigators (the smart ones) do this routinely because things can turn wrong on a dime. Star Beings are an unknown; there is lots of speculation about good, bad; right, wrong; safe, dangerous. It’s best never to take chances. I have definitely heard of those who have had frightening things happen to them relating to UFOs and Star People. Protection is protection and can be used for anything—a trip to the dentist, a long drive down a dangerously icy highway, a visitation from aliens. Why wouldn’t someone want their spiritual protection in place before becoming involved in things unknown? It never hurts to be careful. My recommendation is not to enter this field without it.

Nefer: It sounds from reading your book, UFO and Alien Management, that you have worked with Archangel Michael a long time. What has your experience with him been like?

Dinah: I always feel protected now that I know he is about. I found out about his protective nature when attending an Angel workshop with Pat Cassell. Through her, he offered a specific prayer so that he could be called upon whenever I needed him for protection. Believe me, I keep him running! I don’t always call on him just for myself, either, but for anyone going through anything! A psychic I know asked me once if I had a request for Michael. (She hears her answers audibly in her head (clairaudient).) I asked for more protection. He answered: “What, again?!” She said that he laughed and then added, “Of course.” I also interact with the archangel Raphael for my health and other angels have shown up in varied readings I’ve had. I’m always in awe whenever I feel they are around.

Nefer: What is/are your reason(s) for writing this book? How do you hope your book will help others?

Dinah: To be absolutely honest, I decided to write this book because of money. Not making money, but because I know that people sometimes find the high cost of hypnosis for alien abduction or UFO experiences to be beyond what they can manage. I went through this personally and just had to let things pass me by, because I could not afford to purchase assistance. Some fifteen years or so later, an opportunity was given to me to become a certified hypnotist (more archangel, guide, and light being help). I found that there was a way to conduct a “pre-session” via visualization that could give lots of information about any kind of UFO event for someone wanting to “find out what really happened.” For my process, one just has to be calm, persistent, follow the rules closely, and allow the information to surface. Then, at that time, a person can decide if a hypnotist or other assistance is needed. Oftentimes, their questions will be answered and no more help will be desired. The book takes a self-help approach, giving the methods, the preparations, the goals, the cautions…it offers a helpful and important place to start.

Nefer: Can someone benefit from your book who has had no UFO or ET experiences?

Dinah: The short answer is yes. Some people don’t think they have had an experience, when in fact they have. This can bring that kind of thing up from the subconscious. Also, people interested in the topic can use the method to make contact, but I do suggest caution with this and for people to consider the dangers.

Nefer: You list different types of aliens. Most readers will only be familiar with the Grays. Is it safe to assume different alien races have different agendas; and if so, how do we know this to be the case?

Dinah: This, of course, is total speculation. I haven’t a clue about agendas. Much of what I have experienced, read about, heard about, etc. spouts theory—just like I do. (Although I should mention that I’ve had several experiences and was part of a small group who—on September 13, 2012—saw 19 UFOs.) We really don’t know the truths or whys. Are there people who do know? I believe there are. And yes, I believe they are keeping information from us. (I guess you can see that I’m a bona fide conspiracy theorist.) My thinking is this: if we, here on this planet, have people who have agendas, why wouldn’t that kind of thing occur everywhere in some fashion? The whole thing is a scary concept. It always rolls back to the question: Do we really want to know? Uhmm, sorta kinda maybe—as long as there are no big spider aliens. I just couldn’t deal with that. (And I should say that I’ve heard that there are bug aliens that resemble spiders.) We very well could be taking a chance trying to interact just because of this agenda thing. Speculation all.

Nefer: In your considered opinion, are aliens here to merely observe (as in: “hey! Let’s take the kids to the zoo!”), to help with our technological development or physical evolution, or to take our planet for their own? What is/are your reason(s) for your opinion?

Dinah: I do believe they are observing and one source has said to me that we are never alone in our lives—there are dozens of aliens standing in our rooms watching everything we do—24/7. (Creepy.) We’ve all heard about the good ones, too. They are here to help us move our vibrations upward—boy do we need more help if that’s the case. There must be some truth to the theory that there is a council that rules over the whole body, otherwise why wouldn’t they just come on down and a) take over, b) have us for lunch—or take us to lunch, c) get rid of all the scum—or add said scum, d) cure our diseases or wipe us out with their own brand of germ; or e) give us still more technology (maybe they already have and that’s why we have so many problems). I try to keep an open mind on these things. I want really bad to believe in the good…and I’ve had mostly good experiences. Others I’ve talked to, not so much. Which brings us back to your beginning question about protection!

I wish to thank Dinah Roseberry for taking the time to reply to my questions about UFO & Alien Management. I believe her contribution to the field to be an important one as it will allow many to access regression techniques that until now may have been beyond their means. I do reiterate what Dinah has said and stress the importance to everyone to please invoke some type of spiritual protection before any regression attempt. This also goes for contacting your spirit guides and even reading Tarot, Lenormand or oracle decks. 

 

People can find out more about Dinah Roseberry and her books at  www.roseberrybooks.weebly.com or specifically her  book UFO and Alien Management at www.ufomanagementgroup.weebly.com.