Just Getting Started With Tarot Readings? Begin by Focusing on the Images

Just like The Fool beginning his journey through the deck, learning to read tarot cards requires a little of trial and error.  A great way to begin is to learn to trust your senses and intuition. That’s just what tarot expert Liz Dean, author of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot, suggests here.


Get Intuitive: Work with Images First

You will be guided to notice certain symbols on the cards. Each card is full of symbols—but you will find that you notice one or two features that really stand out in each picture. These are what I call your intuition hooks.

Once you hone in on these, go deeper and connect with how they make you feel.

Don’t worry about the written card meanings in this book just yet. Say whatever comes to your mind straight away—before you begin to think what the symbols mean—and imagine yourself telling a story.

To develop the reading, trying looking at the quick-reference meanings only (see the book for more details) and then go back to the card images.

Staying with the image as long as you can stimulates your intuition, which is essential to a reading, whereas reading the words engages your logical left brain, which often becomes the judge, questioning if you’ve got it “right.”
There’s no right or wrong—just your interpretation.

You can read the detailed card meanings when you’re not giving a reading to develop knowledge.

But to begin with, look at the pictures first; this technique can help you read any deck of cards, not just Rider-Waite tarot.



Discover the facts, myth, history, and mystery of the spiritual art of Tarot-reading. Whether you want to learn to read the cards or deepen your Tarot interpretation skills, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot honors the deep heritage of Tarot, while guiding you through practical techniques.

Tarot expert Liz Dean offers an overview to all of the important elements of each card from symbols, to links with astrology, kabbala and numerology. The Ultimate Guide to Tarot also includes all the classic tarot spreads —Celtic Cross, Horseshoe, Star and Astrological Year Ahead—plus, a mini-layout to try for each of the 22 major cards.

Learn how to combine the three essential ingredients of a great tarot reading: knowing the meaning of the cards, how to lay them out, and trusting the intuitive messages the images often spark within us during a reading. This synthesis is the true magic of tarot.

With the authority and confidence this book offers, The Ultimate Guide to Tarot will be the must-have companion for beginner readers and tarot aficionados alike.

Answers to Your Top 5 Questions About A Greens Cleanse

Happy Earth Day! Get outside, plant something green and clean up your neighborhood. Give our planet some love. Gee, green and clean reminds us of something we’ve wanted to share with you…

So you wanna do a cleanse, eh? While the benefits are enormous — rid your body of toxins, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, increased energy, increased focus, better digestion — you may still have some reservations. Allow Shauna Martin, author of Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse, to answer some of your burning questions about whether or not a greens cleanse is right for you.


DailyGreens_High Res1Is cleansing safe for everyone?

No. If you are immune-compromised, pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffering from a chronic disease or ongoing health problem, cleansing may not be safe for you. As such, I highly recommend that you consult your physician before starting the
cleanse if any of these apply to you, or if you have any health issues or questions about the safety of cleansing.

Can I continue the cleanse for more than four days?

Yes! This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently. By the fourth day of the Daily Greens Cleanse, most people will start to feel really amazing, and as a result decide they might want to extend their cleanse. I encourage everyone to continue the Daily Greens Cleanse as long as you feel comfortable, and always consult your doctor if you’re not sure. I usually end up continuing a few extra days or until I have some social engagement that gets in the way.

Mayim Bialik, a star from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory and a vegan diet and lifestyle ambassador, continued the Daily Greens Cleanse for nine days the first time she tried it.

When you are ready to break the cleanse, be sure to follow the plan laid out in Chapter 6 of the book: Maintaining Post Cleanse.

Should I cleanse when I am pregnant or nursing?

No. Drinking a daily green juice is a great supplement to your diet when you are pregnant or nursing,DailyGreens_High Res2
but a cleanse is not a good idea during this time. One of the problems with cleansing is that the body releases a substantial amount of toxins into the system while it detoxes, and this can be harmful for your baby. Adding green juice to your
diet while nursing and/or pregnant, however, is perfectly safe and will give your body the added nourishment it needs.

What happens if I can’t finish the cleanse?

A 4-day cleanse is what personally feels right for me and seems to be the magic number for most people looking to reset and recharge. Through years of practice, I have found this to be the most effective time frame for cleansing. However, every
person will have his or her own unique response, and I have found that even one or two days of cleansing is a helpful boost to your system. Any decision to move toward a healthier you is a positive one, so congratulations on taking the first step!

Can I work out while I am on the cleanse?

Yes! The Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse is designed to provide you with sufficient energy to do your normal day-to-day activities, including exercise. I do recommend, however, that during a cleanse you stick with lighter forms of exercise that do
not cause increased hunger. You’ll have to determine which forms of exercise are right for you, but during a cleanse I try to stick with light strength classes like yoga and barre or light cardio like a short run or spin class.


Are you craving junk foods? Feel sluggish and tired all the time? Fueling yourself on caffeine and sugar on a daily basis? Then it’s time reset your mind and body with the Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse.

Jump start your body and give yourself a “spring cleaning” during the week so you’re refreshed and looking amazing for the weekend. The book features four key cleanses: one for each season of the year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and New Year). The vegetables and fruits in each cleanse are selected to coincide with fresh, delicious seasonal produce so that you can juice right in your own home. Try the 4-day cleanse or if it’s right for your lifestyle, try the 7- or 10-day cleanse.

The best part? You don’t have to eliminate food on the Daily Greens cleanse. Founder Shauna Martin recommends a raw diet while you juice, so you’re not just limited to just liquid, and you’ll still be able to refresh, rejuvenate, and reset as you would with other cleanses. So you get the same benefits of a cleanse without starving yourself! No more cleanse headaches or irritability, and you’ll feel the results almost instantly.

You can make these yummy green recipes right in your own kitchen, anytime you want. Daily Greens juices contain easy to follow recipes that include up to 6 pounds of raw produce cold-pressed into each bottle. Each juice is the equivalent of 9 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits. They are naturally low-calorie because less than 10% fruit is used so you don’t spike sugar levels. No water, sugar, or preservatives are added. The juices are naturally vegan, naturally gluten-free, naturally dairy- and soy-free, non-GMO project certified, and absolutely delicious.

So if you’re ready to reset your body, lose weight, or just give yourself a much-needed energy boost, the Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse has exactly what you need. With a foreword from Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory.

Make Your Spine Happy With This Bow Yoga Position

Hockey Playoffs are here. For fans, it means fun times at the games. For players, it means playing harder than ever. Hockey athletes know that playing hard can mean a tough time on your back and quads. One way to stretch it out is to try this yoga position from Sean Vigue, author of Power Yoga for Athletes.


If you want a happy spine and loose quadriceps, drop down and do a Bow.

bowbigTHE BOW

  1. Lie on your stomach, and reach your arms to your sides, while bending your knees 90 degrees.
  2. Lift your chest, press your pubic bone into the mat, and grab your feet or ankles. You may use a small towel or a strap if you’re unable to reach your feet or ankles.
  3. Press your toes to the sky, while lifting your chest and keeping your chin slightly tucked. Stretch your arms as much as possible, and pull your shoulders back. Hold for five to ten deep breaths or until it’s not comfortable, and release.



Hockey, football, baseball, golf, swimming, lacrosse – whatever your sport of choice, yoga will help you to improve focus, flexibility, and performance.

Power Yoga for Athletes is perfect for those who want a total body and mind workout. Yoga is the ideal cross-training tool and a perfect stand-alone exercise, whether you’re looking to improve balance, focus, control, breathing, posture, or flexibility; strengthen your back, joints, or core; or reduce or heal from injury.

Yoga benefits athletes of all types, helping you to improve your athletic prowess and hone new strengths. You’ll find many poses ideal for the sport of your choice, including:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Golfing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Football/rugby
  • Hockey
  • Tennis

Featuring more than 100 yoga poses from instructor Sean Vigue, Power Yoga for Athletes incorporates more than just poses. It describes a whole-body program for cross-training and conditioning. Each yoga pose features step-by-step directions, instructional photography, muscles being worked, overall benefits, and the sports for which each pose is ideal. Get the balance, strength, and focus you need to perform at your best.

Daily Workouts Just Got Real – 11 Things You Need to Take Your WODs to the Next Level

Working out at home has so many advantages and starting up a new WOD or CrossFit routine can be a lot of fun. If you’re spending less time at the gym and more time getting fit, you might want to get a few key pieces to push your workout to the next level.  In his upcoming book, 365 WODs; Burpees, Deadlifts, Snatches, Squats, Box Jumps, Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Lunges, Pushups, Pullups, and More, Blair Morrison takes you through eleven key tools you’ll need to get get the most out of your core exercises.



For me, a 16KG (35 lb) kettleball is a good place to start. Photo by Knuckles, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Ideally, your sandbag will be refillable. This will allow you to adjust the weight of the sandbag as you progress.


With a utility knife (or drill), some durable glue, and sand, you can convert an inexpensive rubber ball into your own personal medicine ball.


You only need one to start. The pure iron ones are easier to grip than the rubberized ones. I suggest women begin using an 8 kg (18 lb) and men a 16 kg (35 lb).


You can probably get away with three sets: a light, medium, and heavy (based on ability). Avoid adjustable dumbbells, which can add time to your workouts.


Go with wooden rings. They’re much easier to grip and last much easier to grip and last longer.


If it starts and stops, it’s good. You might try just using You might try just using the clock function on your smartphone.


There are a lot of DIY options out there, and they aren’t too difficult to build. It’s definitely cheaper than buying one and shipped. Choose an option with three different heights depending on what side you rest it on—rather than one that relies on stacking. Also, wood is better on your shins than metal.


Rubber horse stall mats are the best. They’re easy to clean and they never tear or wear out. Look for them at a tractor supply stores or pet stores.


Don’t waste money on a speed rope unless you already know what you’re doing. If you’re just starting out, any jump rope will do.


Although manila ropes (the brownish ones) are cheaper, brownish ones) are cheaper, they’ll make a mess and tear up your skin. Spend a little more money on a polyester fiber rope.


Often tractor supply stores have old tires where the tread has worn through on one side, and you’ll either get it for free or really cheap. You should also check online. But keep in mind, no two tires are the same. Before you buy it you’ve got to feel it to see if it’s something you can flip.

365 WODS

Challenge your body with the ultimate resource of daily workouts.

Fast-paced exercise programs based on high intensity interval training are sweeping the nation. Their recipe for success is the WOD, or workout of the day. Planks, squats, crunches, pushups are all great, but changing up a routine can be challenging, and it can be difficult to find a resource for so many different workouts. Until now.

365 WODs features a new workout for each day of the year. With endless variety, you’ll never become bored with your fitness routine. You’ll find:

  • Instructions and step-by-step photos for 40 fundamental movements, allowing you to perfect your technique and avoid injury
  • A choice between beginner, intermediate, and advanced difficulty levels for each WOD
  • A glossary so you can make sense of common terminology and acronyms
  • Workouts for the gym, at home, and on the road

The ultimate resource of exercises, 365 WODs will help you push your limits all year long.

Celebrate the Thai New Year with this Cleansing Ritual

The stars align, water flows and in Thailand, today marks the beginning of Songkran 2015.  Water is extremely important in the days surrounding Songkran and many people celebrate this time with cleansing rituals and joyous water fights in the streets.  Let astrology expert Sarah Bartlett, author of Spellcraft for a Magical Year, guide you through a ritual to bring prosperity to your home in the new astrological calendar.

The Ritual of Songkran

Songkran, meaning “astrological passage,” is celebrated in Thailand for the traditional New Year, which falls around the 13th to 15th of April.

The festival originally honored Phra-In, the god of wealth and king of the gods.

The Vedic god Indra, known in Thai as Phra In (fig.), depicted on the three-headed elephant Erawan (fig.), whilst holding a trident and a sword.

It is said that once Brahma lost his head in a wager with Phra-In (Indra in Hindu mythology), and the head was handed to the safekeeping of seven goddesses. As they passed the head from one to another, it signaled the start of the new year.

Phra-In’s appearance at the Songkran festival indicates future weather trends. If he is armed, the year ahead will be stormy; if he carries a torch, it signifies hot weather; a pot foretells rain; and a wand indicates calm days and little rain.

During the festival, Thai people throw water down the streets and toss water at each other; in fact, cities and villages are filled with water festival parties, famous throughout Southeast Asia.

You too are going to celebrate Phra-In’s rain-bringing powers, but in a purely magical way.

With Phra-In’s magic, you can achieve a fresh start in business or lifestyle, where the symbolic rains bring you financial benefits, prosperous living, good luck and blessings.


Photo of Tourmaline courtesy of Wikimedia commons.


  • A bowl of spring water
  • A bowl of rice
  • A bowl of your favorite fruit
  • 1 piece of green tourmaline

To honor Phra-In, first sprinkle some of the spring water all around the floors of your home. It should be just enough to seem like gentle rain, the kind you would imagine being right for a good harvest. If you have outside space, do the same outside too; this invokes the rain god.

At the entrance to your home, place the bowl of rice (a symbol of happiness), the bowl of fruit (symbolizes the element Earth),and the piece of green tourmaline (enhances vitality and courage). Leave all day as an offering of welcome to the prosperity and wealth of Phra-In.

In the evening, remove your offerings and place the green tourmaline under your pillow for the night.

The god’s magic will begin to work into your life over the next few days; the longer you leave the green tourmaline beneath your pillow, the more powerful the magic and the better the results.


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Draw upon beneficial universal energy at any time in the year to maximize your spell success! Using planetary, solar, and other natural influences, as well as the ancient power of pagan holidays, goddess energy, and traditional festive dates, Spellcraft for a Magical Year gives a month-by-month guide to spells, rituals, and enchantments.

This comprehensive almanac by the renowned Sarah Bartlett includes important celebrations. Discover which spells work best on Sabbats, Halloween or All Soul’s Day; as well as days devoted to deities from world spiritual traditions such as Greek Demeter, Hindu Durga, or Persian god, Baal. Spellcraft for a Magical Year reveals specially designed spells and rituals for all major dates to benefit you and your loved ones. Follow step-by-step instructions for performing the rituals, using talismans or amulets, and casting spells around New and Full Moons, solstices, and equinoxes. There is also a unique guide to bewitchments according to the apparent path of the sun through the sky to boost fertility, love, creativity, prosperity and well-being.

This eclectic spell book also uses invocations, blessings, talismans and amulets drawn from a wide range of traditional magic practice from around the world, including medieval grimoires, ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian magical tablets, Greco-Roman Magic texts, all completely updated for the modern-day witch. By working with the cycles of nature, you can stay in tune with the rhythms of the universe to help manifest your dreams.

Sarah Bartlett is the author of several spiritual and occult books, including the bestselling ‘Tarot Bible’ and the ‘Essential Guide to Psychic Powers.’ An astrologer for many women’s magazines such as UK Cosmopolitan, She, Spirit and Destiny, and the London Evening Standard, Sarah currently contributes to BBC Radio 2 show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon, as well as to www.theastrologyroom.com, of which she is a founding member. She has recently written ‘Supernatural Places’ for National Geographic, and ‘The Afterlife Bible’ for Octopus. Dividing her time between London and the south of France, Sarah teaches and practices astrology, tarot, Wicca and other occult arts.


Fertility Troubles? Know When to Get a Semen Analysis

When trying to grow your family, it is not uncommon to hit a few bumps along the way. There can be many reasons why a couple can have trouble when trying to conceive. Discover what Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich, authors of Feed Your Fertility, have to say about male factor infertility and what you and your partner can do.


Approximately 30 percent of infertility cases are due to sperm issues, also called male factor infertility. The most obvious indication of male infertility is a prolonged period of unprotected intercourse without conceiving a child. For most men, there are no obvious signs and symptoms, and the news that their swimmers are not top notch often comes as quite a shock.

What the West Says

Sometimes underlying problems such as genetic or structural issues that might prevent the passage of sperm, or hormone imbalances, come with signs and symptoms. These may include the following:

  • Infertility, or the inability to conceive a child
  • Erectile dysfunction or problems with ejaculationIllustratedPregnancy
  • Loss of or reduction in facial or body hair (signifying hormonal imbalances)
  • Pain, swelling, or lumps in or around the testicles
  • Low sperm count, volume or motility, or poor morphology
  • Risk factors for sperm issues include the following:
  • Using alcohol, tobacco, and certain illegal drugs
  • Being overweight
  • Having certain past or present infections
  • Being exposed to toxins
  • Overheating the testicles
  • Having a prior vasectomy or vasectomy reversal
  • Being born with a fertility disorder or having a blood relative with a fertility disorder
  • Having certain medical conditions, including tumors and chronic illnesses
  • Taking certain medications or undergoing medical treatments, such as surgery or radiation used for treating cancer
  • Performing certain prolonged activities such as bicycling or horseback riding, especially on a hard seat or poorly adjusted bicycle

When to Get a Semen Analysis

In our experience, most men don’t find out their sperm is less than superior until they’ve been trying to conceive for a while and their partners take it upon themselves to seek medical care: A semen analysis is part of the workup. Aside from any emotional stress involved, a semen analysis can never hurt, and it’s not a bad idea to get things checked out before you start trying to make a baby.

Definitely get your swimmers assessed if you’ve been trying for a year or more and have any of the following:

  • Pain, discomfort, swelling, or a lump in or around the testicles
  • Erectile or ejaculation issues
  • Lower than usual or a sudden decrease in sex drive
  • A history of testicle or prostate issues
  • A history of groin, testicle, penis, or scrotum surgery
  • Reversed vasectomy (which can lead to development of antisperm antibodies where the immune system attacks the sperm)

Semen Analysis Results

Understanding the numbers on a sperm analysis can be confusing, especially because the parameters keep changing and there is more than one way of looking at them.

Following is a comparison of the two most up-to-date perspectives, the Kruger Strict and the World Health Organization (WHO).


As you can see, the most recent (5th) edition from the WHO reduced the criteria for morphology from 14 to 4 percent. This is based on the addition of a test created by Dr. Kruger, who made the definition of normal form (morphology) MUCH stricter than it used to be. These forms are analyzed through a complex lab test.

What Kruger discovered is that sperm that meet the strict shape criteria have a better chance at making it through cervical mucus and up to the fallopian tube for fertilization. These more strict guidelines also seem to have improved IVF outcomes.

What the East Says

As we discussed earlier, genetics are the domain of the Kidneys, in particular Kidney Jing. Sperm themselves are essentially pure Jing, and thus problems with sperm quality or count are generally attributed to Kidney deficiency. Semen, a liquid substance, also has a yin component, so in the case of low overall volume, yin must be addressed. When Kidney deficiencies are compounded by obstructions, pain, or swelling, then a diagnosis of either Blood and Qi stagnation or damp heat is added on to the Kidney diagnosis. Kidney deficiencies related to male fertility are diagnosed like this:

Kidney yin deficiency presents with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, poor sperm morphology, low semen volume, possible overactive libido, restlessness, heat, and anxiety.

Kidney yang deficiency causes erectile dysfunction/inability to sustain erection, very low libido, low sperm count, poor motility, feeling cold, lethargy, and possibly depression.

Damp heat leads to swollen, hot, or painful genitals, pain with urination, and/or abnormal discharge from the penis.

Qi and Blood stagnation are caused by congenital deformities (such as a missing vas deferens), undescended testicles, varicocele (a varicose vein in the scrotum), vasectomy, or other surgical history.

Much like his female counterpart’s treatment, Chinese medicine practitioners address male infertility with herbs, acupuncture, diet, and lifestyle modifications.

Because spermatogenesis takes roughly three months, it’s a good idea to commit to implementing these changes for at least that long before expecting improvement to be reflected in new semen analysis.


Do you want to make a healthy baby and have a healthy pregnancy?

Are you interested in a holistic approach to fertility?

Do you need to optimize your fertility due to your age or health conditions?

Are you trying to conceive and experiencing challenges?

Very few women and men expect to have trouble when it comes to having a family, and coming up against obstacles can bring about epic levels of stress. Deciding what steps to take can be absolutely baffling.

The good news is that Feed Your Fertility is here to help you. Inside, fertility professionals and authors Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich will guide you on a path to making the nutritional and lifestyle changes you need to help support healthy fertility and pregnancy. Inside you’ll learn:

  • How your lifestyle may be inhibiting your ability to conceive – and what to do about it
  • Why popular fertility diets may be leading you down the wrong road
  • What foods to eat to optimize and nourish your fertility, and how to adopt a real foods diet
  • How to determine your personal health imbalances that may be interfering with your fertility
  • How to use Chinese medicine to bring your body into balance and improve your odds of conception
  • How to streamline your supplements and take only what you really need
  • Your natural and medical treatment options for common fertility issues
  • How to navigate the medical fertility world and when to seek help

Get your pregnancy on track the natural, time-tested way and enjoy your journey to motherhood with Feed Your Fertility.

Triskelion: Symbolizing the Power of Three

The triskelion is an ancient symbol that many may recognize, but what sort of power does it hold? The number three is hugely prevalent in the universe, throughout history, and in various beliefs. Learn the true meaning of this spiritual symbol from Sarah Bartlett, author of The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols.

The spirals of the triskelion represent the power of the divine one, plus the merger of the masculine and feminine principles.

The spirals of the triskelion represent the power of the divine one, plus the merger of the masculine and feminine principles.

Ancient emblem comprising spiral symbols
Newgrange, Ireland c.3200 BCE

A triskelion is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, and the term originates from an ancient Greek word meaning “three legged” or “three times.” It appears throughout Celtic and European Iron Age art and decoration. The triskelion symbol also features in many other early cultures, including on the decoration of Mycenean jugs and drinking ware, on the coinage of Lycia, and as a heraldic emblem on the shields of warriors on Greek pottery. With the arrival of Christianity, the symbol took on a new meaning, as that of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Its popularity continues today as a decorative symbol of faith for Christians of Celtic descent around the world. It is also the symbol of Sicily, where it is called the trinacria. 


Outside the 5,000-year-old temple of Newgrange, Ireland, a lone entrance stone bears the curious motifs of the triskelion.

The Three Graces (c. 1505) by Italian artist Raphael is one of many depictions of a triad of deities important in ancient spiritual beliefs.

The Three Graces (c. 1505) by Italian artist Raphael is one of many depictions of a triad of deities important in ancient spiritual beliefs.

The triskelion appears as a motif in ancient rock art. Around 5,000 years ago, as the sun reached the winter solstice, a large group of priests, initiates, and lords squeezed into the passageway and inner chamber of a mystical temple at Newgrange, Ireland. It was a place of astrological, spiritual, religious, and ceremonial magic, and the moment that the sun began to climb in the sky again in the depths of winter was a time for special celebration: a time to give thanks to the sun and for the new fertility of the year ahead. It is here that the triple spiral motif, known as the triskelion, is found carved on the passageway and on the lozenge-shaped entrance stone as well as on several of the surrounding curb stones.

The number three is also a sacred symbol worldwide and considered magical. In ancient Greek mythology there were three Fates, three Graces, three Gorgons, and three Furies. Even Apollo’s Pythia sat on a three-legged chair, and Cerberus was a three-headed dog. In Celtic mythology and early Indian philosophy, threeness or the triad is a magical number, considered to be the merger of the power of two—the masculine and feminine—plus oneness, or the divine itself. A threefold nature materializes in a mysterious fashion but still obeys universal laws, which is why it is also associated with various forms of magic and spell casting.

The triskelion in Celtic mythology is said to symbolize the past, present, and future embraced in the now. This probably derives from the manifestation of three goddesses—maiden, matron, and crone—who became the triple goddess Brigid, and from earlier triads of gods in Indian mythology. The triskelion is also one of the primary symbols of the contemporary movement known as Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, which uses the symbol to represent a variety of triplicities in its cosmology.

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Explore The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols with this beautifully illustrated compendium of 100 diverse arcane tools and writings said to hold the key to the mysteries of the universe. From the Aztec Calendar Stone and the Spear of Destiny to magic circles and Navaho sand paintings, each relic, symbol, and depiction is presented and analysed in detail to reveal the beliefs and practices of past civilizations from all around the globe. Philosophers, astrologers, prophets, poets, and artists from every age and culture have whispered secrets to pharaohs, statesmen, kings, and queens. In Renaissance Europe, two powerful women – Catherine of Medici and, later, Elizabeth I of England – patronized the most important magi of the time. John Dee’s obsidian mirror revealed the future of the nation to Elizabeth, while Nostradamus divulged spiritually inspired prophecies to Catherine at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Engaging and informative text brings to light the secrets and intrigues that surround each mysterious object and the obscure arts of the people who used them, and highlights how to decode their signs and symbols.