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Book Reviews: Reiki for Beginners & Reflexology for Beginners

February, 2018

Book Reviews:

Reflexology for Beginners–Stefanie Sabounchian

Reiki for Beginners – Victor Archuleta

I am a certified reflexologist and a Reiki Master Teacher, and for years I have practiced these modalities together. So, it seems only fitting to present these lovely little books in one review. The books are written in the same style: a brief introduction to the modality, how it works, and its background and history. They are similarly illustrated many clear, detailed and colorful diagrams. As the titles indicate, the content is directed to beginners interested in practicing on themselves or their families.


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Reflexology for Beginners by Stefanie Sabounchian addresses foot reflexology only. So if you are looking for a broader exploration that includes ear and hand reflexes and methods, you won’t find it here. That said, this book is a fantastic introduction to the practice. Stefanie Sabounchian has written a wonderful “how-to” manual that covers basic principles, various techniques for reflexing and best of all, a comprehensive illustrated directory of reflex points. The illustrated maps of these points are accompanied by specific directions on how to work each one. At the back of the book is a directory of ailments, with listings of recommended reflexes for addressing them. Sabounchian’s description of the finger techniques for working reflex points is outstanding. I tried her method of fingerwalking and found it useful in refining the techniques I learned in my training. I was happy to see that she included a discussion of contraindications and precautions for working with foot reflexology at the start of the book; it can be dangerous to use reflexology in pregnant women, organ transplant recipients, and people with other medical conditions without knowing what you are doing. As soon as I read her discussion of contraindications, I knew the book had been written by a true professional! If you are looking for an excellent primer to start learn how to use foot reflexology for friends and family, I highly recommend learning the practice as great method for stress reduction and health promotion AND using this book to do that. Sabounchian provides a good sequence for working the reflexes on both feet, so you have a blueprint for conducting a full session.


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Reiki for Beginners by Victor Archuleta, like its reflexology counterpart, provides a well-designed and illustrated manual for “newbies” who want to explore the practice. I was surprised that Archuleta completely omitted any reference to the fact that Reiki energy is “turned on” in a practitioner via a series of hands-on attunements from a Reiki Master. Most Reiki traditions emphasize this “hands-on” lineage to which a practitioner belongs and through which the oral teachings are passed down. He refers throughout the book to the transfer of “subtle energy” from giver to receiver; in my understanding, this “subtle energy” may differ somewhat from Reiki energy, although it is beneficial nonetheless. And the principles and methods Archuleta discusses apply in the absence of traditional attunements. I especially appreciate his instructions to practitioners on how to prepare for a session and how you create not only a physical but an energetic space that the receiver will inhabit with you! Preparation is key! Like Reflexology for Beginners, there is an ailment directory with “prescriptions” for self and family treatments. Archuleta provides a traditional hand placement series guide for treatment by physical ailment and includes a section on treatment by chakra hand placements. A practitioner can choose a treatment approach, or combine the two!

The professionalism of these two authors shines through in their work. That is the best aspect of these books – you are learning from people who know their crafts! The other wonderful aspect is the illustrations. They are simple and clear and are great visual guides for getting started. If you are curious about reflexology or Reiki for self or home use, do dip into these very practical primers – you will find them quite simple to understand and use.


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About the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

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SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

June, 2016

Two Book Reviews

Merry meet.

Small books are fun to grab and travel easily. This month, well take a look at two that are about spells.

Little Cauldron of Good Luck Spells by Midia Star, first published in Great Britain in 2004, is a collection of more than 40 spells and charms to bring about good fortune.


Dedicated to all those who are down on their luck right now,this 128-page book offers a magical helping hand. There are good luck spells for an audition, travel and selling your home. Others cover business, finances, love and health. Nearly all take up two pages, assuring that nothing is too complicated. Tools and ingredients are common and simple.

Readers are also given a section on banishing bad luck, and advice on how to retract a spell that was cast and then regretted.

The book starts off with a brief introduction including rules of the Craft and some basic information that serve as a base for working magic. Star rightfully notes, You can craft spells using no tools whatsoever, except for the tool within you the power of your mind,and,The best spells are the ones that come from inside you.

Not every spell will resonate with every reader, and while you can follow the recipes which the author states do work you are also free to piece together parts of more than one to tailor something for yourself.

The Little Book of Hexes for Women by Sophia was printed in 1997. The professional psychic, spiritual teacher and author offers hexes for nasty landlords, phone or door-to-door solicitors, drivers who steal your parking spot, people who leave you waiting and individuals who always tell the ending of books and movies. If you feel youve been wronged, chances are Sophia has a curse you can use for revenge.


While the introduction states this book is just for fun, a laugh, a harmless way to blow off steam,it also calls itself an instant karma-adjustment-how-to book.

Hexes, bindings and cursing are not for everyone, and some paths forbid it. Like other forms of magic, hexes are serious and should be done after careful thought and with a clear intention. For instance, the hex for people who are always on the phone (yak yak yak )reads, These people can tie up a phone line for hours, talking about nothing! It is remarkable, but it can go beyond irritating. When enough is enough, pull the plug with this little number!The spell to correct that calls for dipping a black feather in patchouli oil, drawing a W in the air and repeating a chant, leaving the feather under the phone or a under a photo of the person – “at night when the moon is half-waning.

If it is important to you to put a techno snob in his or her place, to seek revenge for a bad haircut or to change the behavior of couples who use cutesy-wootsieterms of endearment, then this book will offer hexes so you can have the last laugh.

Both books are available on

Merry part.

And merry meet again.