Skye Alexander

Book Review – 10-Minute Crystal Ball: Easy Tips for Developing Your Inner Wisdom and Psychic Powers by Skye Alexander

July, 2019

Book Review
10-Minute Crystal Ball
Easy Tips for Developing Your Inner Wisdom and Psychic Powers
by Skye Alexander

In one of the previous issues I had the opportunity to review Skye Alexander’s book, Magickal Astrology: Use the Power of the Planets to Create an Enchanted Life and thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity, yet complexity provided in a compact book. This month I am reviewing another of Skye’s books entitled, 10-Minute Crystal Ball: Easy Tips for Developing Your Inner Wisdom and Psychic Powers. Skye is a practitioner of magick and knows the value of honing your intuitive self as a support to the work of the magick and the mundane.

….”(actually) you do have a “sixth sense”. Everybody does. Most of us just don’t use it.
This untapped resource-your psychic power- is a natural readily available ability
that can increase your appreciation of the world around you,
enrich your interactions with other people and
help you create the life you want.”….1.

Ms. Alexander makes this statement as part of the Introduction and it is one that is filled with empowerment and the opportunity for greater self-awareness. I appreciated the way in which she reminded us that we have many gifts that have largely been ignored or put aside and that one of the greatest intentions for honing your psychic senses is anchored in the practicality of the mundane experience as corporeal beings and less about being the “all powerful Oz”.

Recognizing that we live busy lives and the demands of modern life leave little, if any time, for practice of psychic abilities, Ms. Alexander offers a compendium of exercises and experiences that fill the space of a 10-minute coffee break. This makes the material contained all the more accessible and, more importantly doable in breaking the work into bite-size pieces that can slowly be folded into the 24/7-365 that we, practitioners speak of.

As a side note, the visual component of this hardback book was very appealing, and the compact size nestled easily into my hand and fit discreetly in a tote bag. It is illustrated and section separated by pages inscribed in Gold and Black inks on glossy paper and the feel is one of a tactile-visual experience that is rich and luxurious in offering.

10-Minute Crystal Ball is organized into Two Parts introducing seven (7) chapters. Now before we go any further let me clarify that this book is not (only) about Crystal Ball gazing. I suspect that this was a title used as both a nod to the traditional fortune teller using the crystal ball, the depth of insight and visioning one thinks of when crystal gazing; and I found it to be an excellent gateway, so to speak for exploring many of the modalities used in developing the psychic gifts.

Part One dives right into the specific of mental processes, psychic opening, meditation, telepathy, dreams and realms to be entered as the consciousness shifts into a larger expression of interaction with the subtle energies that surround as a means of inquiry and inspiration.

Chapter 3: The Psychic’s Toolbox presents a sampling and basic “how to” of the Tarot, Runes, I Ching, Pendulums, Crystal Balls and more. This approach provides the reader with opportunities to “play” and “try out” the various tools of oracular work before settling into one that resonates and piques the interest for deeper study.

The Intuitive arts and divination are broken down to include Astrology, Numerology, Hand Analysis and Graphology. These arts fuse scientific principles with the organic energetic information and require less of an overt visual cue, as in the case of Tarot cards, and more of analysis and processing of information gathered.

Part Two, which comprises more than 2/3rds of the book allows the reader to begin the work of practice and experience. Chapter 4: Intuition, takes us back to some of the staple exercises that many will easily recognize. Sensing objects concealed in hidden boxes, guessing who is on the phone before you answer to name a few. The exercises, and there are tons, are meant to use and stimulate the physical senses as the more etheric and psychic of these opens to another layer of processing beyond simply seeing, hearing, feeling, etc. And, as promised each can be done in a space of limited time and some can even be done discreetly in more public settings. Remember that 10-minute coffee break, I mentioned? How about…

… Look at a cloud formation. As they drift through the sky, clouds constantly
change shape….. gaze up at the sky. Relax your mind and watch the
cloud formations-what images do you see in them?
What impressions do they inspire in you?…2.

Chapter 5: divination is devoted to the art of prediction. These exercises are designed to create a pattern of paying attention and allowing the information to flow in a recognizable way as you tap into the realms of probability and synchronicity. Tools such as runes, pendulums and Tarot cards are folded into some of the exercises, ad others require nothing but your full attention and conscious intention to see beyond the veils of illusion. “Gazing” or being able to attune your visual imagery to be receptive, exercises make use of a flame, a blank TV (no Poltergeist jokes here), a crystal ball and staring at the Moon.

Chapter 6: Other People prompts engagement and observation of those around you. This is also a way for us to remember that we are part of something more than ourselves and that although there may be the solitary work of the psychic practitioner, we are continually impacted by all of the variables that are part of our environment and physical (as well as etheric) space. These exercises are designed for developing Mental Telepathy and learning to Read Other People. The very first of these being a routine occurrence that we engage in and rarely would include as part of our psychic development practice. “Pay attention to your first impression of a person” takes us to the headspace of sensing more than the obvious when meeting someone….

… Your first impressions tell you a lot about someone-this response
is how your intuition communicates information to you…3.

The final Chapter 7: Problem Solving is meant to pull all of the pieces together and actually make use of what you have experienced and learned along the way. Developing these gifts is of no value if they are not put to use and one of the most obvious uses is to seek the answers needed, sense the information received and than apply its wisdom towards making something better. The starting point for this shift in perception is to….

…Ask for Help: Unless you ask for help, you may not receive it. Think of
your inner wisdom as a good friend who is always
willing to lend a hand if you request it…4.

10-Minute Crystal Ball: Easy Tips for Developing Your Inner Wisdom and Psychic Powers is a wonderful addition to the plethora of books on psychic development. Ms. Alexander has once again provided the inquisitive reader with the tools to begin their own course of study and exploration in a compact, concise and interesting book…….. I bet you knew I was going to say that!

Visit the author’s web page:

https://www.skyealexander.com

Footnotes:

1. Introduction
2. p. 72
3. p. 129
4. p. 167

10-Minute Crystal Ball: Easy Tips for Developing Your Inner Wisdom and Psychic Powers on Amazon

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

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Seeing the Signs

December, 2017

Three About the Tarot

If you are like me, the best gifts under the Yule tree are books. I like historical novels – Elizabeth Chadwick and Sharon Key Penman are favorites of mine – and books about goddess religions and divination – especially cartomancy. As I shop, I look for books that I want to give to my loved ones but I always find ones for myself. Here are three books about the tarot that might interest you – either as gifts for another person, or to give to yourself!

Here are three books about the Tarot that would make great gifts for any Tarot enthusiast.

The first one is Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Tarot, by Sasha Fenton.

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I am well acquainted with the works of Sasha Fenton – I have her The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook, which was published back in the 1980’s – and it is one of my favorite books. Anyone who is versed in divination literature knows who Sasha Fenton is. This is a fine book, a little over an inch in width. Published by Hampton Roads Publishing, it’s a slick, shiny mass-market paperback in eye-catching red and yellow. Fenton stresses the “story-telling” method of using the cards – a way of linking the cards together to create a narrative that foretells the future for your client. This is quite like the method that Caitlín Matthews talks about in The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook – one card modifying another card and creating a complete sentence or concept. The one thing I found curious is that Fenton believes that VIII should be Justice and XI should be Strength – which is fine, many tarot decks switch those cards because of esoteric belief systems – but the Tarot cards shown in the book is the Rider-Waite deck, in which VIII is Strength and XI is Justice. I would have thought that Fenton would have picked out a deck that matched what she was writing about. But that’s really a small flaw in an otherwise fabulous book.

It’s a great little handbook. Each card is presented with a keyword or several keywords for easy memorizing. There’s an explanation of the card and then some additional information, with the reversal meanings as well. I’ll tell you one thing I like about this book – she has a diagram on how to turn the cards over. I was doing it wrong for years and years. I had no idea! One day I figured it out on my own but here it is – on page 153. There’s at least ten spreads with sample readings and examples of how to “link” cards and also how to tell time with the cards.

If I bought this book as a gift for a friend or family member, I would buy the Tarot de Marseille as a companion to it.

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Tarot: Plain and Simple by Leanna Greenaway is also published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company.

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This book is only an inch in width but is packed with information. Although Greenaway writes “that this book is intended to help a beginner to get a good start in the art of Tarot” (p 9), I wouldn’t buy this book for the novice. It is written for the serious Tarot card reader – the person who has decided to go into business. It is written for the person who wants to be a professional reader. There are handy charts to aid memory and exercises and tests throughout the book which, if used properly, will help the student to learn the Tarot to the point where they will be able to read for any client quite competently. There are only two spreads but there is a chapter on how to talk to your clients and the various kinds of clients you may encounter. For the person who is serious about reading the Tarot, this is definitely the book. I would purchase The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti to go with this book.

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The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot by Skye Alexander is my favorite of the three.

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A hard-bound volume, two inches wide, it is published by Adams Media. Thick paper, really nice printing. Quality all the way. This is one of the most informative books I’ve read about the Tarot in a long time – it ranks up there with books by Mary K. Greer and Sallie Gearhart. Written from a Wiccan point of view, it is definitely a modern book – it talks about the history of the Tarot but then brings it fully into the 21st century. Filled with quotes and charts and correspondences of all kinds, it’s far more than just a book about the Tarot. It’s a guidebook par excellence.

There’s a chapter on Numerology and the Tarot. Each Suit has its own chapter and the Major Arcana is covered in a large chapter. Each card has the usual keywords and description of the card and the upright and reversed meanings. There are also meanings for your job, your money and your love-life, since most readings are focused on one of those three issues. There are tarot spreads and spells and other ways to use the Tarot in magic.

I can’t recommend this book too highly. It is my new favorite Tarot book. Everything about it is wonderful. If I were to buy this for a Yule present, I would buy the Everyday Witch Tarot, because it’s a modern witch tarot deck, like the book. Maybe I’ll get it for myself for Yule!

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Brightest Blessings!

References

Alexander, Skye. The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot. NY: Adams Media, 2017.

Fenton, Sasha. Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Tarot. Charlottesville: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2017.

Greenaway, Leanna. Tarot: Plain & Simple. Charlottesville: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2017.

Matthews, Caitlín. The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards. Rochester, VT: Destiny , 2014.

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/everyday-witch-tarot/

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/gilded/

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/marseilles/

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About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.