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Grafix 45 Artist's Coloured Pencils in Storage Tin
Grafix 45 Artist's Coloured Pencils in Storage Tin
Offered by Good For You CIC
Price: £8.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Pencils ever!, 13 Aug. 2014
I initially picked this set of colouring pencils as they seemed like reasonable quality (for the price) and the colour selection looked decent. However all that changes as soon as you actually attempt to draw with them. How anyone can justify calling these "artists" pencils I do not know because they are probably close to being the WORST colouring pencils I have ever used! (I picked a simple still life to draw in order to test them out).

First off, these pencils are SO hard that with normal pressure on the paper virtually no pigment comes out. Secondly, they are very waxy (which may account for the distinct lack of pigment maybe?!) and so you need to press VERY hard in order to get any decent colour on the paper (and even then the coverage is disappointingly wishy washy). Thirdly, due to their extreme waxiness the colours do not layer or blend well at all, thus shading is made extremely difficult and you very quickly get a shiny build up appear on the paper - at which point you cannot apply any more pigment and the colour does not adhere to the paper and instead you get unpleasant crumbles on the surface which then smudge and smear when you try to remove them!

Feeling somewhat frustrated and wholly dissatisfied with the experience thus far, you now encounter problem number four: Due the amount of pressure required to create anything even slightly resembling the desired colour (and by this time you are also fuming as your creative enthusiasm rapidly drains away and is replaced by a frantic urge to simply get ANY pigment to stay where you want it on the page!) you find that the pencil leads break. A LOT. This sudden snapping of the lead, combined with the extreme force you are already applying results in the surrounding wood of the pencil creating nasty scrape marks on the page as the broken piece of lead flies off in an indeterminate direction and your colouring efforts screech to a rapid and catastrophic halt.

Needless to say, these pencils are a recipe for artistic disaster, they are completely joyless and pointless to use, they are a waste of money, and they are most certainly NOT artist grade in the slightest. In fact, I would not even recommend them for children, due to the frustration and annoyance they cause after only ten minutes of use. Seriously, in this day and age, even for a budget set of pencils I expected better. The most useful part of this whole set is probably the storage tin. The rest need to be thrown in the bin. I shall not be purchasing anything made by "Grafix" ever again. Truly atrocious.


Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers
Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers
by Suzann Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Flower designs, but simply not practical to use., 29 Jan. 2013
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This is a lovely book in so far as it is chock full of many different types of delightful crochet flowers that leap off the page and make you want to pick up a crochet hook and create them immediately! The author clearly has a passion for both crochet and flowers and it is great as a browse through and get inspired type of book.

However, a major flaw becomes evident as soon as you sit down and actually want to set about making any of these items. First off, the book is written all in American crochet terminolgy. This in itself is an annoyance but I usually just ignore the written instructions and follow the pattern charts when creating crocheted pieces so the terminolgy used in the descriptions is of little consquence as the symbols on the pattern charts are universal and can be followed regardless of whether it is a UK or US publication.

But unfortunately therein lies the problem with this book: THERE ARE NO PATTERN CHARTS!

How something as obvious as pattern charts could have been omitted in a book on crochet I cannot understand. For anyone who is used to crocheting, once you have learned the universal symbols for the various stitches in crochet, it means that you can basically then pick up any crochet book (UK or American)and get to work straight away at a glance by just interpreting the pattern charts regardless of what "language" the terminolgy is actually written in.

Unfortunately in this book, each and every flower "how to" only has long written out instructions e.g. "Round 1: ch 8, sc in next two stitches, hdc, sc etc" (already I am thinking "okay so in UK terms that means chain 8, then single crochet, oh wait no that means double crochet in UK stitches, then, hdc? ah, half double crochet, oh wait no that means half TREBLE crochet in UK terms..." etc etc and this repeats for EVERY round!! Very confusing and NOT a quick OR easy way to create these supposedly quick and easy flowers!!!!

The inclusion of the universal symbol charts for each one (which need not have taken up more than a quarter of a page for each) would have completely avoided this stumbling block and made this a 5 star, brilliant and easy to follow book. But a complete absence of any charts means it is merely a 3 star book - looks pretty and lots of lovely ideas in it, but just not practical to use on a regular basis. Overall, very disappointed.


Reebok Deck Workout Bench
Reebok Deck Workout Bench
Offered by Powerhouse Fitness
Price: £142.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome, versatile piece of kit!!, 31 July 2012
This review is from: Reebok Deck Workout Bench (Sports)
The Reebok Deck is a truly great piece of equipment and one which I think is definitely in a class of its own! At the time of writing this, it seems like Reebok are the only manufacturer to have come up with this neat idea - now instead of having to buy a seperate aerobic step, a high step (popular for moves such as the step up/leg press etc)and then also seperate a weight bench and/or an incline/decline ab bench this innovative Deck does it all in one!!!

Set it at its lowest setting and its a decent sized 8" high aerobic step. It is not quite as large a surface area as the health Club Step (which I also own) but its quite adequate enough for doing most step workouts on. The surface of the board has a sort of rubber coating (the coloured part) which means your foot is not going to slip off in a hurry!

Within a matter of seconds you can flip out one of the legs (which are neatly attached and tucked away under the board when not in use) and voila - you have an instant incline/decline/ab bench! Flip out the other leg and you have a 14" platform/bench - perfect for doing weight training on or exercises such as leg press, one legged lunges etc. Both of the legs lock into position very easily and are released again by an easy to operate release handle located on each side.

But it doesn't stop there with just the flat bench - one side of the top surface also flips up to become a backrest - there is a choice of 3 incline positions which lock into place (an almost upright position for seated exercises, a 45 degree incline bench and then another even lower incline). This feature is really unique and it vastly increases the uses to which you can put the Reebok deck! Not only this but the back rest (and also the bottom of the legs) have notches in them where you can secure forms of resistance such as rubber tubing, enabling you to perform a variety of exercises in lots of different posistions. When the back rest is up it also reveals a storage compartment underneath in the belly of the step- very handy!

The Reebok deck has not only been very well thought out in terms of design and usability - you can do everything from step cardio to using it as a plyometric box to resistance training with bands, dumbells or a barbell etc but it is also very well built - it is solid and sturdy and the feet have very decent rubber grips on them. The surface feels extremely good quality like it will last for a very long time. And the best part is that is is so quick and easy to change step height/positions etc that you lose no time during workouts having to set up other equipment as the deck is so multi functional!! Then of course, when you are done working out, you simply flip the legs back down underneath it and at 8" in height it can easily be slid under a bed or stood up on end in a corner meaning that it is also pretty compact and easy to store too!

Finally, the icing on the cake is that Reebok have recently expanded upon the original Deck (avilable in dark blue colour) and are now also producing really bright and funky coloured decks (currently available in bright cyan with yellow and bright magenta pink with yellow). These colours are really exciting and fun and they make the Reebok deck stand out as a really fantastic and eye catching product!! When you think of how much buying a seperate step, weight bench etc can cost, it really is great value and in my opinion it is a MUST for any home gym!!!! SO overall the Reebok Deck is an exceptionally good product!!! Highly Recommended!! FIVE STARS!!!!


Reebok Deck
Reebok Deck

5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome, versatile piece of kit!!, 31 July 2012
This review is from: Reebok Deck (Misc.)
The Reebok Deck is a truly great piece of equipment and one which I think is definitely in a class of its own! At the time of writing this, it seems like Reebok are the only manufacturer to have come up with this neat idea - now instead of having to buy a seperate aerobic step, a high step (popular for moves such as the step up/leg press etc)and then also seperate a weight bench and/or an incline/decline ab bench this innovative Deck does it all in one!!!

Set it at its lowest setting and its a decent sized 8" high aerobic step. It is not quite as large a surface area as the health Club Step (which I also own) but its quite adequate enough for doing most step workouts on. The surface of the board has a sort of rubber coating (the coloured part) which means your foot is not going to slip off in a hurry!

Within a matter of seconds you can flip out one of the legs (which are neatly attached and tucked away under the board when not in use) and voila - you have an instant incline/decline/ab bench! Flip out the other leg and you have a 14" platform/bench - perfect for doing weight training on or exercises such as leg press, one legged lunges etc. Both of the legs lock into position very easily and are released again by an easy to operate release handle located on each side.

But it doesn't stop there with just the flat bench - one side of the top surface also flips up to become a backrest - there is a choice of 3 incline positions which lock into place (an almost upright position for seated exercises, a 45 degree incline bench and then another even lower incline). This feature is really unique and it vastly increases the uses to which you can put the Reebok deck! Not only this but the back rest (and also the bottom of the legs) have notches in them where you can secure forms of resistance such as rubber tubing, enabling you to perform a variety of exercises in lots of different posistions. When the back rest is up it also reveals a storage compartment underneath in the belly of the step- very handy!

The Reebok deck has not only been very well thought out in terms of design and usability - you can do everything from step cardio to using it as a plyometric box to resistance training with bands, dumbells or a barbell etc but it is also very well built - it is solid and sturdy and the feet have very decent rubber grips on them. The surface feels extremely good quality like it will last for a very long time. And the best part is that is is so quick and easy to change step height/positions etc that you lose no time during workouts having to set up other equipment as the deck is so multi functional!! Then of course, when you are done working out, you simply flip the legs back down underneath it and at 8" in height it can easily be slid under a bed or stood up on end in a corner meaning that it is also pretty compact and easy to store too!

Finally, the icing on the cake is that Reebok have recently expanded upon the original Deck (avilable in dark blue colour) and are now also producing really bright and funky coloured decks (currently available in bright cyan with yellow and bright magenta pink with yellow). These colours are really exciting and fun and they make the Reebok deck stand out as a really fantastic and eye catching product!! When you think of how much buying a seperate step, weight bench etc can cost, it really is great value and in my opinion it is a MUST for any home gym!!!! SO overall the Reebok Deck is an exceptionally good product!!! Highly Recommended!! FIVE STARS!!!!


Reebok Deck
Reebok Deck
Price: £103.07 - £253.19

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome, versatile piece of kit!!, 31 July 2012
This review is from: Reebok Deck (Sports)
The Reebok Deck is a truly great piece of equipment and one which I think is definitely in a class of its own! At the time of writing this, it seems like Reebok are the only manufacturer to have come up with this neat idea - now instead of having to buy a seperate aerobic step, a high step (popular for moves such as the step up/leg press etc)and then also seperate a weight bench and/or an incline/decline ab bench this innovative Deck does it all in one!!!

Set it at its lowest setting and its a decent sized 8" high aerobic step. It is not quite as large a surface area as the health Club Step (which I also own) but its quite adequate enough for doing most step workouts on. The surface of the board has a sort of rubber coating (the coloured part) which means your foot is not going to slip off in a hurry!

Within a matter of seconds you can flip out one of the legs (which are neatly attached and tucked away under the board when not in use) and voila - you have an instant incline/decline/ab bench! Flip out the other leg and you have a 14" platform/bench - perfect for doing weight training on or exercises such as leg press, one legged lunges etc. Both of the legs lock into position very easily and are released again by an easy to operate release handle located on each side.

But it doesn't stop there with just the flat bench - one side of the top surface also flips up to become a backrest - there is a choice of 3 incline positions which lock into place (an almost upright position for seated exercises, a 45 degree incline bench and then another even lower incline). This feature is really unique and it vastly increases the uses to which you can put the Reebok deck! Not only this but the back rest (and also the bottom of the legs) have notches in them where you can secure forms of resistance such as rubber tubing, enabling you to perform a variety of exercises in lots of different posistions. When the back rest is up it also reveals a storage compartment underneath in the belly of the step- very handy!

The Reebok deck has not only been very well thought out in terms of design and usability - you can do everything from step cardio to using it as a plyometric box to resistance training with bands, dumbells or a barbell etc but it is also very well built - it is solid and sturdy and the feet have very decent rubber grips on them. The surface feels extremely good quality like it will last for a very long time. And the best part is that is is so quick and easy to change step height/positions etc that you lose no time during workouts having to set up other equipment as the deck is so multi functional!! Then of course, when you are done working out, you simply flip the legs back down underneath it and at 8" in height it can easily be slid under a bed or stood up on end in a corner meaning that it is also pretty compact and easy to store too!

Finally, the icing on the cake is that Reebok have recently expanded upon the original Deck (avilable in dark blue colour) and are now also producing really bright and funky coloured decks (currently available in bright cyan with yellow and bright magenta pink with yellow). These colours are really exciting and fun and they make the Reebok deck stand out as a really fantastic and eye catching product!! When you think of how much buying a seperate step, weight bench etc can cost, it really is great value and in my opinion it is a MUST for any home gym!!!! SO overall the Reebok Deck is an exceptionally good product!!! Highly Recommended!! FIVE STARS!!!!


Fitness-Mad Air Dome Pro
Fitness-Mad Air Dome Pro
Offered by SportsShop4u
Price: £64.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant product! Highly recommended!!, 23 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Fitness Mad Air Dome Pro (Misc.)
The Fitness Mad Air Dome is a brilliant (and cheaper!) alternative to a regular Bosu. The base of the dome is extremely sturdy and well made - it is screwed together firmly and the dome fits very snugly and securely into the base. It feels very solid and strong and is clearly built to last! The base has 6 anti slip feet on the underside (these are integral to the design of the based and NOT the cheap stick on rubber grip pads that come off during use!) As a result, the Air Dome does not move across the floor at all when jumped on even from quite a distance! So no unintended skidding across the carpet! The base also has two small hooks on either side so you can also attach resistance bands if you wish to add more variety to exercises. These are discreet and do not get in the way or impair the function of the dome if you don't want to use them - they are just an added bonus for versatility. The Dome itself is very easy to inflate with the pump provided and when inflated it is a very good size and density - that is, I found it to be neither too hard nor too soft, in my opinion it inflates high enough to act as a good alternative to an aerobic step (and is much more cushioning on the joints too) but it still offers enough squish to create a balance challenge. Another bonus is that it is a lovely smart silver colour (a nice change from the usual blue of regular Bosus) and is very easy to keep clean with a damp cloth. The variety of exercises you can perform on the dome (using both sides) are almost endless - this is the 3rd balance trainer of this type that I have purchased and for both style and functionality this is certainly one of the best!! Highly recommended!!


York Fitness OK! Famouslyfit Core Workout Dome
York Fitness OK! Famouslyfit Core Workout Dome

63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a Bosu!!! A really excellent top quality product!, 17 Mar. 2012
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I already own a Bosu, but wanted a second one as I have some workout DVDs that use two balance domes at a time. This product was a good price and I loved the bright red colour! Although its called Ok FamouslyFit Core Workout Dome it is actually by York Fitness which is reassuring (I already own squat racks and an exercise bike also by York Fitness and their products have never let me down yet so it is a brand name that I trust).

So on to the dome itself - this is an excellent product! It is extremely sturdy and well made! The inflatable ball portion is very securely held into the base and the base itself feels very SOLID - unlike my other balance trainer which has more give in the plastic base, the Famouslyfit dome does not feel like it is going to give out on you when you use it flat side up for pushups etc. Another great feature is that the flat side has green rubber grippers over most of the surface -I have had trouble with other similar products where the grip is achieved by small rubber pads that are glued on - these slip on carpet and come off with heavy use. In contrast this dome's green grippers form an all over gripping surface so the dome does not move at all on either hard floor or carpet, and the rubber grip pad is extremely well attached to the base so its not going to come off in a hurry! For anyone who uses a balance dome regularly for exercise, this is a great plus point as it will really prolong the life of the product! Another neat feature is the two little holes on either side to enable you to attach resistance tubes for more varied exercises (although please note the tubes themselves do not come with the dome but can be purchased seperately). I have another brand of interchangable resistance tubes with clips on the end and these fit on just fine.

The dome is easy to inflate with the pump that is provided, there is an exercise chart and also a guide to inflation heights - low, medium & high which you can measure against the side of the dome as you pump it up to make sure you do not over inflate it. I notice the actual dimensions of the product are not displayed on Amazon's page (at time of writing) so I'll give the dimensions of the dome here:

Diameter (from edge to edge of the black base) is 59 cm (23")
Height (when fully inflated) is around 23 cm (9")

The size of the product is about an inch smaller in diameter and height than my other Bosu dome - the difference is slight and certainly does not affect the ability to perform all the exercises you would do on a regular bosu on this balance dome instead! The dome can be under-inflated to create a squishy surface, or when fully inflated it gives a good firm level of bounce (but still enough instability to challenge balance). The red surface of the dome is smoother than the more ridged/ringed surface of a Bosu dome but I do not find this to adversely affect grip at all.

Overall, this product offers a fantastic alternative to a regular Bosu (in fact it is my balance trainer of choice now as I prefer it over the usual blue dome). It is funky and functional, well made and very enjoyable and fun to use!
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Sarah: A Heroine Of The Old Testament (Canaan Trilogy 1)
Sarah: A Heroine Of The Old Testament (Canaan Trilogy 1)
by Marek Halter
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story from an interesting perspective, 21 July 2008
I was surprised to find this book on amazon with only a 1 star review! I have to disagree with the previous reviewer who seems to think that Marek Halters books should be approached with a view of gaining insight into the lives of people in the Bible. That is to overlook the fundamental fact that this is a FICTIONAL story which uses the biblical time period as its setting. Therein it's similiarity to the Bible ends, although the reader is encouraged to imagine that the story is taking place in that time and the surrounding background is based upon old testament events. But no one know who, or even if the characters in the bible really existed, and certainly not what they were like as people. So how could this story even begin to "fill in any gaps" I wonder? I found the style of writing engaging, as it allows you to relate to the main character Sarah, and it offers readers a chance to imagine what life *might* have been like back then, especially for women. It is in no way meant to be a fill in for a bible story and to assume thus is to miss both the point and the enjoyment of this story. If you are a Christian wanting Bible stories, simply read the bible. Or, if you are a non-christian like myself who is interested in historical fiction, or fiction even loosely set in a certain historical time period, then you may find that this book is not a 1 star book as the previous reviewer would have you believe. Just because it is not a Biblical replica, does not mean it is not a good story.
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Celtic Mini Tarot (Lo Scarabeo Decks)
Celtic Mini Tarot (Lo Scarabeo Decks)
by Lo Scarabeo
Edition: Cards
Price: £7.68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A deck of two halves, 8 May 2008
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This deck has been illustrated by two different artists, and to me, I have to say that it really does show. In fact it is the style of the artwork more than anything else that jumps out at me as being the essence of this deck.

Initially, I found this unpleasant as I always think that the artwork of a deck should complement and enhance the learning and meaning of each card, but it should not dominate it. In other words, there is nothing wrong with being struck by a picture (this is good as it often stops one in ones tracks and makes one think) but it is difficult when the picture just seems to blare gratingly from the card instead of subtly drawing you in.

And thus we come onto the distinction between the Major and the Minor arcana. This feels like a deck of two halves. The two arcana have (I presume) been drawn by each of the two artists, one tackling the Major and the other the Minor. And I have to say, my first impression on seeing the Majors was "ugh!" as they can be described variously as overt, grotesque and comic-book like. (They are not all as bad as this, but those words did spring to mind whilst looking at certain ones of them). By contrast, the Minor arcana are softer, more dreamy, easier on the eye and subtly draw you in. So often I find tarot decks that have a beautiful, well thought out and lavishly illustrated Major arcana, and then the minors are pretty much left to fend for themselves with perhaps a splash of token thought and symbolism scattered throughout them. Imagine reversing that contrast and you get more of an idea of how this deck feels.

Sometimes the difference between a minor card and a major card (still from an artwork point of view) can be quite subtle, but it is still clear that they have been drawn by different people and while in some ways it is good to have the two arcanas distinct in the stories that they tell and the scenes that they depict, contrast should be the aim, not clash. When fanning through the deck, the gentle colours and intrigue of the minor arcana are interrupted by the harsher colours of the major, but what struck me most was why the people in the major arcana all had to be grimacing or looking demonic!! With the exception of the Lovers card (very cartoon/comicbook like but with a maniacal looking child in the background) and Judgement, some of the major arcana characters look ugly (the Empress, Justice) or positively mental and half crazed (the Fool, Strength and the Tower).

Now don't get me wrong, as I believe the Tarot should depict both light and dark, happiness and sorrow and just about every emotion in between, and I have no problem with dark or even violent images in their place, but again these emotions are usually explored through the Minor Arcana, with specific cards for each facet of human experience. However, the Major Arcana cards are usually deeper than one specific emotion or meaning and usually depict a more sophisticated and well-rounded set of symbolism into which you can fall and explore the many nuances held within each archetype. In many decks, with the exception of Death, the Devil and the Tower, the Major arcana cards are usually not overtly violent in depiction, having more subtle and interesting lessons to impart than just one clear message as many minor cards are apt to tell. Perhaps the point I am trying to make can be illustrated particularly well with a typical suit of Swords card - for example whichever way you interpret the image of 3 swords piercing a heart, you cannot fail to get a feel for the overall message of the card! The Celtic Tarot seems to have taken this typical minor arcana feel of interpretation and transferred it over into the Majors - for example the Strength card is a young girl (grimacing of course) actually trying to strangle a beast. How is one meant to interpret this Major card (of which strength can also mean kindness in the face of adversity) when she is clearly doing nothing but trying to use strength of the angry sort, to overcome her obstacles. I feel this image would have been fine for a more straightforward Minor interpretation, but as a Major card, it feels too overt, like it is pushing one variation of the cards meaning forward at the expense of all the others.

All that said, this is not a bad deck per se, and I do find that once you have keyed into and got more used to some of the depictions on the cards, you start to get a feel for where the deck is coming from. It is meant to be based on Celtic myths and legends when all said and done, and the Celts were not exactly renowned for being all sweetness and light! I feel that this is a deck that you need to spend some time working with, before it really speaks in the manner which the artists obviously intended. I am glad that I bought the "mini" version of it, firstly because it was cheaper and hence I didn't spend too much on a deck which I can't say is my favourite, and also as it is perhaps a deck to carry round in a pocket (it is small enough) and contemplate on your travels throughout the day.

I do feel that there is learning to be had from this pack, but just beware of the artwork itself which may be a little too overpowering for taste.


Essence of the Tarot: Modern Reflections on Ancient Wisdom
Essence of the Tarot: Modern Reflections on Ancient Wisdom
by Megan Skinner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A book to grow with, 5 May 2008
This is an exceptional and unusual Tarot book. So many books on the market seem to follow the standard format which simply introduces Tarot and then steps the reader through each card from the Fool to the King of whatever the author places as the last suit of the minor arcana, trotting out a divinatory meaning of each card and then wrapping up with some spread layouts and sample readings.

Essence of the Tarot takes a more ingeniously slanted approach. While Essence of the Tarot DOES step through the cards, the difference is that the focus is only and entirely on the Major Arcana (the minor arcana is not covered) and whilst divinatory meanings for each card are given also, the true focus of the book is not on "how to read the tarot" (although some spreads are presented) moreover, it is the spiritual journey through the Major Arcana that is the important focus and the true value of the book.

Some may feel that a Tarot book that only covers the major arcana is incomplete, but that is missing the point of the book. The Major Arcana, being the spiritual journey, deserves a book all of its own because it is within the major that we find the deepest lessons and learning. Of course the minor arcana is important also (and perhaps may deserve a different kind of book dedicated to it alone), but by focussing on the essence and truths of each card of the 22 Major cards, the reader is taken on an intriguing and enlightening journey. This is accomplished in two ways, as the first half of the book imparts the "ancient wisdom" of each of the cards, discussing the archetypes and energies that each card represents in an engaging way. Each card is covered well. I got the feeling that while the author's discussion on each was not necessarily of immense length, she made sure that every sentence added something to the understanding, and imparted a different facet of knowledge about the card in question, building up an overall picture of all the "essence" it contains. The result is a succinct but very densely packed analysis of every card in the major arcana, which I found akin to savouring a tasty meal. Her words are nourishing, stimulating and thought provoking. She also explains the astrological symbolism and why each card is ruled by the element and planet that it is associated with. The second half of the book again goes over each card in turn, but this time applies "modern wisdom" and insights from modern life as to how the tarot is both relevant and can manifest itself in our everyday lives.

I found myself reading perhaps one or two cards at a time, then putting the book down to go away and contemplate on what I had read. That is not to say that I didn't want to read on to the next one and learn more, as I actually found the book quite hard to put down as it is written in an engaging style that draws you in. But to fully absorb each card into your psyche, I found that tackling a few pages at a time and then assimilating what you had read before continuing worked quite well for me. In this way, I feel it is a book to learn from and grow with, as one grows with the Tarot. Often this happens very subtly and I found myself not actually realising just how much I was learning at the time, yet phrases and key messages from the book kept coming back to me over a period of several days, and I realised that it was this book, more than most of the others that I have read on the subject that fulfils my need at this time as I am ever seeking to deepen my awareness and understanding of the profound impact of these cards.

So if you are looking for a "how to learn the Tarot" book, then I would suggest that you perhaps look elsewhere (and there are plenty of other good ones to choose from!) as this book may not suit an absolute beginners as a first book, but if you are already familiar with Tarot and want to deepen your understanding and immerse yourself into the archetypes behind the Major Arcana then this book is certainly a great buy! I would recommend it either as a companion to other books to increase knowledge and bring new insights into your readings, or it works equally well as a meditation tool where you pick and focus on one card at a time and absorb the learning more intuitively. A must-have essential for the modern day, and a great addition to any serious Tarot student's library! Highly recommended ! :)


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