No matter who, where or what we are, getting in touch with our true selves is not as straightforward as we'd like. However, our paths through self-discovery needn't be trodden alone. At Cygnus we want to help you on that path but also assist and encourage you to develop a sense of community and oneness with everything around us.
Christopher Vasey is a naturopath and a popular author on many health subjects. In this practical guide to supporting your lymph health naturally, he explores the essential role played by the lymphatic system in your overall health and offers self-care methods for strengthening and maintaining this important aspect of your body’s immune system. He details 12 natural therapies to support your lymph health and accelerate removal of toxins from the cellular terrain. He also looks at simple dietary changes and explains how food toxins are a principal cause for sluggish circulation or obstruction of lymph. He examines lymph drainage techniques, including compression therapies, breathing practices and physical exercises that stimulate the lymphatic vessels to improve circulation of lymph, blood and other bodily fluids.
176pp, 210 x 136 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This is a great little compendium of Japanese wisdom and teaching stories. The author was born in America to a Japanese mother and went on to undergo Zen training in Japan. Paula Arai started the book after her mother’s death when she went on a kind of pilgrimage to seek wisdom and thus comfort around the death of her loved one. There are many opportunities everywhere to start small processes of healing such as creating an altar, developing rituals within the family, chanting or paying close attention to small everyday tasks like watering the plants. There are illustrative calligraphies at the start of every chapter by her Zen teacher and wash drawings in black and white of everyday objects like flowers in vases and a broom, accompanied by haiku. It’s an inspiring book.
224pp, 187 x 145 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £17.99
The Divine Masters are a congregation of enlightened souls who have dedicated themselves to the healing and nurturing of the world. This has been an age-old concept that came to light in modern times through Madame Blavatsky. Included here are legendary figures like Saint Germain, Melchizedek, Kuthumi and Babaji, as well as the great world teachers like Buddha and Jesus. There are 44 cards and the images are like passport photos with the being looking directly at us. Each card then carries a quality embodied by that being and a statement embodying a message that they might be delivering. We can imagine that we can use this to connect directly with these beings or with a quality inside ourselves. Kyle Gray’s decks always do well at Cygnus, I think because they so effortlessly carry a beautiful, otherworldly quality.
44 cards and 160-page guidebook, 2023, RRP £17.99
This fascinating book explores all the ways in which the spiritual framework around humanity equally applies to animals. Where do the spirits of animals go after they die? Do animals have chakras or auras? Why were animals worshipped in ancient religions? The book is a deep exploration of the spiritual evolution of the animal kingdom. Drawing on both modern physics and metaphysics, he reveals, for example, how dogs can love unconditionally because of their large electromagnetic field, which nourishes the etheric bodies of those around them, and how cats can detect subtle energy shifts and disharmonies and conduct etheric filtration while they sleep. He also investigates the spiritual repercussions of meat consumption and animal sacrifice, and the possibility for transformation of all species as the age of Aquarius unfolds.
192pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
Louisa has written two previous books under the name Anna Delves: From Chrysalis to Butterfly and A Memory Returned, which have both been popular with Cygnus. This is her first new book for a long time and it recounts how we have fallen out of balance with the Source and shows us a path to finding connection again. Louisa runs a farm and retreat centre in the Cotswolds where she offers space and peace to people and also guidance where required that comes through her close connection to the Source. It’s this rare connection that enables her to get an insight into the deeper workings of the universe. What she has to say is hopeful because we are living with a sense of separation and it’s down to us to get past it. We need to listen closely to our own intuition and then do the work to be more honest and direct with ourselves.
324pp, 234 x 156 mm, Paperback, 2023
Whether viewed as a midwinter observance of the Winter Solstice or a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, for millennia cultures have honoured the darkest days of the year with lights, foods and festivities. Presenting an around-the-world tour of ancient Christmas celebrations, Pagan Solstice customs and magical seasonal plants, Ellen Evert Hopman shares lore, recipes, rituals and crafts you can make as a family activity to enliven your Yuletide observance. She explains how to perform Winter Solstice divinations and cook traditional foods and drinks such as Wassail and Elizabethan gingerbread cookies. And she looks in depth at the medicinal and magical properties of the many herbs, barks and berries associated with the Christmas and Yuletide season such as Frankincense and Myrrh, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Hibiscus, Bayberry and many more.
344pp, 228 x 152, Paperback, 2023, RRP £25.00
We have included another article by our friend Jennifer Kavanagh, who gave up her career as a literary agent to work in the community in London’s East End. She is now a wise spiritual teacher. This book outlines her experience from practising inside the Quaker tradition but it describes common principles from within the spiritual life. Quakerism has always been seen as the least dogma-laden branch of Christianity and one that many of us can approach without taking on mainstream Christianity per se. It’s a very hospitable place to work on our own contemplative and devotional practices. So, what is prayer according to her? What are the best conditions in which to pray? And how does prayer relate to practices within other religions, like Buddhism?
80pp, 216 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £8.99
Serge is an old friend to Cygnus, and it’s a pleasure to include an article by him. Here is his life story and the account of his spiritual development, from privilege into deep immersion. There’s a lot of name-dropping but a lot of humour as well. He also has a great deal of insight into human nature and clearly his life of material riches when he was growing up didn’t make him happy. The book could probably do with closer editing but there are some lovely anecdotes about people like Papaji, Mother Meera and the Magus of Strovolos, and other teachers who we would have read about. This is a life very unlike most of ours, but it shows how we can all follow the lessons of our conscience and change ourselves through strong resolution and some self-sacrifice.
336pp, 216 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £19.99
The Eleusinian Mysteries were the most prestigious initiation of the ancient world. The nine-day festival was run by a group of women called Melissae, or “bees”: married women, second only in rank to the Priestess of Athena Polias, who presided over Athens. They amassed incredible wealth, fame and political status. Herbal textbooks speak of a relationship between these women and the Lemon Balm herb (Melissa officinalis). This book explores their practices and how we can continue their work today. Bees are amongst our closest and most important allies and here we can learn how to strengthen those bonds and draw from their wisdom. Use this book to journey into the enchanting dreamscape of the hive with UK-based aromatherapist Elizabeth Ashley.
360pp, 216 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £20.99
Many of us at Cygnus feel that things in the outside material world are in some way wrong and don’t fit in with our values. Of course, perhaps that’s the way it’s meant to be and there is nothing we can do but focus on our own practices and our own consciences. But it can still be reassuring and give us strength if we understand what is happening. Kingsley Dennis is aware of this but throws us a rope which we can use to drag ourselves clear of it all, the “deep materialism” he says we are “embedded” in. His book is very much influenced by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Gurdjieff. Above all it is guided by Gnosticism, which is well used to mapping a dysfunctional world. The author maps out the territory very well and it’s daunting to contemplate. He urges us of course to stay awake, alert and above all discerning.
178pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £16.99
This deck is definitely one for the lightworkers. It’s energised, ambitious and very consciousness expanding. The Magdalene deck in the last Cygnus was very much related to the historical and mythical figure Mary Magdalene, whereas this set is channelled from the Magdalene Midwives, a higher dimensional collective intelligence, which is devoted to helping ascension efforts on earth. It’s esoteric but fascinating. The cards are all like sigils, mandalas or a cross between the two and appear against beautiful colour backgrounds. I have to say I don’t really understand the cards but they do feel full of potential and I feel drawn to them even though they aren’t really my thing. And the accompanying book is more than just a guide to each card – it’s a philosophical treatise about manifestation.
44 cards and a 124-page guidebook, 2023, RRP £25.00
This fascinating short book tells the alluring account of one woman’s encounter with the life and work of CG Jung and how she has been guided by his inquiries into the true nature of the human spirit. Her personal experiences around the death of her mother lead her to read what Jung wrote about his supernatural experiences and all the layers of existence below the surface life in the material world. The subtitle is A Short Guide to the Real Possibility of Life After Death which I think doesn’t quite get it right: it’s a guide to all the alternative possibilities in every sphere. She doesn’t seem to come to any overt conclusion but you feel the world is a richer place by the end of the book. It deals with big subjects but it isn’t academic. In fact it’s full of anecdotes – mostly from Jung – and is an enjoyable read.
178pp, 198 x 129 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £16.99
Anne-Marie is a death doula and this informative book tells us all we need to know about the process of dying, about how to let go and navigate the transition. Don’t forget that we can also die during life into a new existence and that dealing with death imaginatively can make us able to live better. Just as we might prepare a nest for one about to give birth, so can we lovingly prepare a nest for one who is dying. Anne-Marie incorporates ancient and modern death doula techniques, mindfulness practices and herbal support to show how anyone can physically, emotionally and spiritually care for the dying, whether at home, in hospice or even in the ICU. She deals very practically with every stage of the process: with the build-up to it – management of pain and anxiety – with the moments of death itself and with the moving on afterwards.
192pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.00
You can advance your Reiki practice to the next level with vibrational sound healing and shamanism combined in the beat of the drum. In this guide, Reiki master and shamanic teacher Fay Johnstone explores in detail the practices and benefits of shamanic drum journeying in the context of Reiki healing. Fay is the author of Plants That Speak, Souls That Sing and Plant Spirit Reiki, which are both popular at Cygnus. She shares Reiki drum techniques and step-by-step shamanic practices to bring empowerment, healing, connection and clarity to you and your clients. She shows how drumming allows a Reiki practitioner to dive into shamanic journeying for deeper guidance and insight on a client. Welcoming Reiki practitioners into the rhythm of the drum and the path of shamanism, this book will inspire you to journey deeper into the unseen web that connects us all.
208pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £16.99
This 60 card deck has been created by an Indonesian-born Chinese metaphysics teacher. The cards represent the 60 pillars of the five elements (wood, water, fire, earth and metal) in Chinese Metaphysics, grounded in traditional theories and Taoist wisdom, and channelled through a modern perspective. Divining a card’s meaning can be as simple as reading the guidebook entry or as deep as one’s understanding of Chinese Metaphysics might be. The colours are bright and stimulating and the theme of each card is one of a roster of familiar animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon etc) combined with one of the five elements. The book also gives a good grounding in Taoism to help you tune into the material. It’s ideal for anyone exploring Chinese metaphysics like Feng Shui or Taoism.
60 cards and 192-page guidebook, 2023, RRP £18.99
Ancestral magic as a practice is something that is easy to relate to. No one can object, as far as I can see, to living a better life now, inspired by people who went before us, and creating a poetic connection to them. This book is strong on creating an altar, finding out stories about ancestors and looking at the beliefs that used to predominate within a family, but it also describes having an ancestral guide and rituals to contact ancestors. It depends how far you want to take it. Chapters include Ancestral Karma and How to Work with It and What’s Your Family Totem and Other Talismans. This is one of those lovely larger-format Cico titles with flaps and plentiful colour illustrations, all for a very reasonable price.
144pp, 236 x 195 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
The subtitle here says it all: A Fourteen-Week Course to Learn Meditation and Transform Your Life. I like this book because it doesn’t separate meditation from Buddhism and make it sterile and functional, but it is to-the-point and direct and doesn’t waste time with theory and cosmology. The book advances in stages: it gives you a technique early on and then asks you to practise it for a week without moving on or reading any further in the book. Obviously I had to cheat to do this review! Those fourteen weeks will give you a grounding in meditation and insight that you will never lose. There’s no one who can’t commit to three minutes a day so the whole book gives you confidence to finally start meditating. The author is British by birth and is now a senior faculty member at Dharma College in Berkeley, California.
144pp, 203 x 134 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £16.99
Books on plant communication are becoming quite frequent now. However I know that this one is worth paying close attention to, because it has a foreword by Pam Montgomery, author of Plant Spirit Healing, plus an endorsement from eminent herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. This step-by-step guide opens us up to receiving the wisdom and healing gifts of plants, and the author includes chapters on specific plants like yarrow, plantain, mugwort and rosemary, which are all familiar to plant lovers on these shores. There are 16 plants and trees in total. Every chapter also has an exercise which is not specific to the plant featured in that chapter. This isn’t a book of recipes and remedies but it’s actually deeper than that; there are stories throughout and guidance on the overall character of each plant so that we can intuitively decide which to cultivate.
352pp, 229 x 151 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £17.99
This is a collection of Buddhist stories for children, compiled by a Scottish teacher who used to be a guest presenter on the Terry Wogan Show on Radio 2. They were formerly published in three separate volumes and now they have been brought together into one. This is a lovely big colourful hardback with plentiful illustrations that would be a great collection to read to your child, grandchild or any other young person in your life. The stories come from the Jataka Tales that were associated with the historical Buddha. They are intended to help with spiritual practice, including meditation and mindfulness. There are also additional sections in the book about the Buddhist teachings and about the practical aspects of meditation and the stories also happen to be lessons on Buddhist belief and practice.
336pp, 234 x 187 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £19.99
It’s very pleasing to find a tarot set which includes warm and homely images from the midwinter season while also paying attention to the pagan origins of the festival. In that respect we couldn’t be in better hands as Kristoffer is the Head of the Anglesey Druid Order and the author of many bestselling titles including From the Cauldron Born and the Book of Druidry. The box includes a large format book and a classic Rider-Waite-Smith style deck of 78 cards. The suits are reimagined as candles (wands), good cheer (cups), candy canes (swords), and gifts (pentacles), and Kristoffer’s guidebook presents detailed descriptions of each card’s keywords, meanings, and holiday lore as well as five unique midwinter spreads that will deepen your connection to this magical season. A perfect gift!
78 cards and 312-page guidebook, 2023, RRP £36.00
This is a delightful hardback book full of recipes, remedies, tips and beauty treatments from the author’s own Eastern European tradition. It’s beautifully designed with an embroidered, patterned look that gives out the vibe of a Polish kitchen, both exotic and homely at the same time. There are also a few colour photographs. It’s like a treasure-trove that will lift and stimulate the reader, all inspired by the author’s Polish grandmothers. Ideas range from Camomile Baths for relaxation and optimism, to beauty products, such as a Lilac Body Oil for improving your skin and your intuition; from rituals like weaving wildflower wreaths for your midsummer celebration to nutritious recipes like elderflower cake for immunity.
208pp, 216 x 182 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £18.99
Shawn is a medium and teacher from the Native American tradition. His people are the Mi’Kmaq, who originate in the North Eastern part of the continent, straddling the border between Canada and Maine. The book is a delightful exploration of his people’s spiritual tradition and like the best of these books, it is full of illustrative stories which both entertain and teach. He describes his spirit guides and friends who passed on – he encountered these people even in his childhood. I am proud that books of Native American teaching are so popular with Cygnus. The book gives plentiful lessons on how to connect with spirit ourselves. We can also learn how to develop our psychic powers just like Shawn, which we can do through clairvoyance and clairaudience.
264pp, 217 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
Kris is the author of the bestselling “Crazy Sexy” series of books where she describes her cancer issues and her push for wellness. Oprah Winfrey calls her “an absolute game changer” and Sheryl Crow says she is “brilliant and inspiring”. Here she takes stock of her life and all its challenges – it’s an anecdotal “memoir” book that is immensely readable and also a little bit frank and foul-mouthed! It’s about grief, illness, pain and suffering but it’s very encouraging and it teaches us how to move through all the stuff of life and stay positive. It’s a book you can whizz through in a few sittings because it’s so conversational and full of stories. It doesn’t have any techniques or exercises but it’s comforting in a time when everything can feel so messy and radioactive.
240pp, 224 x 142 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £16.99
Both the authors of this book have had most or all of their training from within the Buddhist tradition and are teachers of the highest standing. They come from opposite poles: Sharon is an experienced practical teacher whereas Robert comes from a more academic tradition. This is a new edition of a book that came out ten years ago but there is extra content this time. Buddhism focuses a lot on dealing with anger because it’s one of the most destructive emotions and frankly it makes us unhappy. Fortunately the practice of lovingkindness is well placed to help with it in a very practical way. One of the best-known practices is to start by having lovingkindness for ourselves and then for the people we love. That’s the easy part. But where we really learn new skills is by extending it to those we are indifferent to and then ultimately to our enemies.
216pp, 216 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
Here naturally is the companion book to Longevity for Cats by the same author, cutting-edge vet Gary Richter. Dogs tend not to live as long as cats but there is still the same potential to extend that span. Recent advances in longevity science have shed light on the causes of ageing and how we can intervene to help our dogs live longer, healthier lives than ever before. Likewise this book shows us not only how to extend our dogs’ lives, but also to make those extra years healthy and fulfilling. You'll understand how to make the best choices for your unique dog, using diagnostic tests, personalised diet and exercise plans, supplements, herbs, pharmaceuticals, and even high-tech regenerative medicine.
272pp, 217 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
There have been many many books full of what they call “hacks” to increase human life but not many on doing the same for pets, at least not in the mainstream trade. Gary Richter has been a practising vet since 1998 and he is already the author of a couple of books on pet care for Hay House. People love to have their cats around for their company and affection so why not try and prolong that relationship? He writes about what can be done now to keep your cat healthier and living longer, but he is careful to discuss the science behind it as well and he also goes on to outline the future possibilities for animal longevity. The book is straightforward and not difficult to follow and there is an index and copious notes that we can take up to find out more for ourselves about the science.
256pp, 217 x 136 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
Weird Walk is a small magazine written by three semi-anonymous writers based in England which celebrates the ancient ritual year in the UK. This is their first book, which brings together many of their best writing to form a year-round portrait of the ancient places of Great Britain. It’s a bright yellow and well-designed hardback, full of photographs and drawings and descriptions of places like Avebury, Stonehenge and Castlerigg and ancient celebrations at Ottery St Mary, Abbots Bromley and Chepstow. It’s a respectful celebration of much that is magical about this island and an encouragement that we too should walk around these places and try and re-energise and reactivate the ancient powers dormant here. There is more to life than smartphones, TikTok and online gambling, as we all know.
284pp, 216 x 183 mm, Hardback, 2023, RRP £19.99
Pema is one of the wisest and most reassuring teachers around right now. She is an American-born Buddhist nun who has directed various monasteries and schools across the continent. She is also the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart and many other books. As much as we might try to resist, endings happen in every moment – the end of a breath, the end of a day, the end of a relationship, and ultimately the end of life. And accompanying each ending is a beginning, though it may be unclear what the beginning holds. Here Pema Chödrön shares her wisdom for working with this flow of life – learning to live with ease, joy and compassion through uncertainty, embracing new beginnings and ultimately preparing for death with curiosity and openness rather than fear. This was previously in hardback.
240pp, 210 x 133 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £19.99
Evelyn Elsaesser is part of a group that is conducting some much awaited research into After-Death Communications (ADCs) using in-depth surveys answered by more than 1000 respondents from across the globe. This book details the results of the first of 5 phases and already provides overwhelming evidence of the frequency of ADCs (50-60% of us), supplying information about both the circumstances in which they happened and their aftermath. Here then we read about the survey itself, including the data collected and the demographics of those surveyed, then a description of the different types of ADCs identified and how they occur, followed by the impact of ADCs on the those who experience them, on their belief systems and the beneficial impact on the mourning process. Packed with testimonies taken from the survey to illustrate every point, this book is a treasure trove of both experiences and science that will be sure to make you smile and feel reassured.
352pp, 214 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £17.99
Marie Diamond has a host of famous followers whose endorsements of her work propel this book onto the ‘must-have’ list. She clearly does great work with Feng Shui, using it to help with relationships, success, health, money, wisdom and more, and in this book she shares her techniques with us so we can work with it too. The book begins with the basic background information about Feng Shui and the ideas behind it, then there are chapters on how to use Feng Shui to help attract different outcomes, such as improved family relationships or a more successful career. There are also Feng Shui dos and don’ts for each room in the home, using crystals to help activate the Feng Shui and so much more. It is a great one-stop resource for all our Feng Shui needs and one that we can refer back to whenever we need to.
240pp, 197 x 130 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £10.99
Marcela Lobos is the author of Awakening Your Inner Shaman, a book we featured in an earlier Review and which proved very popular. This is her follow-up where she takes a closer look at the 10 rites of the Munay-Ki, which she describes in the subtitle as 10 Shamanic Initiations to Heal Past Wounds, Awaken Your Conscious Evolution and Reveal Your Destiny. It’s both a personal journey where we get insights into her own initiation into Andean shamanic teaching and a guide to being able to benefit from these teachings ourselves. She invites us to join her in exploring sacred ways to transform trauma and suffering into wisdom and joy and to understand our place in the cosmos. She also gives examples of this work in the stories she tells of her students and the transformations they have undergone. The book includes a fascinating introduction from Alberto Villoldo, who also happens to be her teacher and her husband!
216pp, 230 x 150 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This isn’t your normal Cygnus title but it’s very good and I have never really seen anything like it before. It’s an alternative take on heritage, a guidebook to places where weird things happened: some of them are quite dark but others are more upbeat, being places associated with gods and goddesses from different traditions. There are photos of some of the locations made to look like Wish You Were Here postcards. There are some practical tips on where to stay in these places which range from London to Nantes, New York to India and the wastes of the Sahara to Stranraer in Scotland, but it’s not meant to be a practical guidebook. It’s an inspiration to visit a set of amazing places, like Avebury and Chiswick House in the UK or Zugarramurdi in Spain and Hendaye in France. Just being close to these sites of initiation or alchemical practice will surely inspire us.
290pp, 203 x 178 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £18.99
This is a fascinating book but it’s hard to describe. It’s about alchemy, sacred geometry, freemasonry and native American shamanism. It’s printed on heavy paper and is full of photographs, diagrams, colour illustrations and plates. It’s full of wisdom even though it is a bit strange. The author suggests that the Philosopher’s Stone is a shape like an oblong square rounded off at the end, which is the same shape as a Masonic Lodge as described in freemasonry. This is then illustrated as operating in the human body in all its systems. Finally he tells many stories about a Native teacher he met living further up the mountain from him. These are intriguing and they teach us a lot. The author manages to bring it all together at the end and reveals how transformed he has been by all this material. I can recommend it but it’s a weird one…
192pp, 229 x 153 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £18.99
This is a more political book dealing with the bigger planetary system than other books that are just about inner mental strength. Like so many others though it’s still about healing. The author is a doctor in neuropsychology who went through a process of deep pain and trauma in her early 30s which helped her remember a pre-birth trauma she had undergone. But as the subtitle of the book underlines, this is not just about personal, it’s also meant to help us deal with planetary trauma, including climate change and the pain of colonisation. Most of the energy teachings come from the Chinese and Taoist models as she shows us that a subtle touch along certain meridians is able to increase neuroresilience and makes us able to get past the trauma and shocks we have endured in our lives. It’s a less personal book than other titles here, but it holds out genuine promise in helping us with the things that terrify us.
192pp, 227 x 151 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
This is a very profound book that takes on a lot of heavy issues. It’s about healing inside and realigning your life, either because you have to when you are dealing with challenging grief or loss or because you want to when your life feels aimless and meaningless. The subtitle of this book is Practices to Quiet Your Ego and Align with Your Soul and I believe that this is something that many of us want to do. Sue is an intuitive and a Soul Regression therapist and this book contains many transcripts of conversations where she uses these skills with her clients. Her skills might not be directly available to us, but there are exercises throughout that coax us into using what we have to see things from our soul’s perspective. I think the book has the potential to bring us home to ourselves and live the life we know is right for us.
272pp, 228 x 151 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
EFT means tapping and this is a guide to using tapping to heal animals from behavioural, emotional and health issues. To be honest I am not 100% sure how it works but there’s a lot of evidence across the spectrum to show it does. In practical terms it looks like acupressure in as much as it soothes the meridians running through our bodies. In this case much of its impact is effective through the relationships between humans and their animals, or animals and their humans, and this book is great to help us get on better with the animals we share our spaces with, both when they are under particular pressure, or just in a more general sense if there is discomfort or misunderstanding. There are plenty of diagrams showing us where on the animal to do the tapping, plus of course stories from the author’s own animal care practice.
192pp, 228 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This is an exceptional book on how to overcome the often devastating effects of childhood trauma. It has received a host of glowing reviews, including one that claims that “this could be the best book on trauma I’ve ever read”. Alex Howard, author of Decode Your Fatigue, writes fluently and with clarity, bringing his own experiences and other case studies into the narrative which help make the point that there are all sorts of traumas in childhood that might be having an effect on us. The book is laid out in three parts: part one looks at trauma and the ways that it echoes later on; part two teaches the RESET model for creating change in your nervous system; and part three is a comprehensive look at the ABCD of trauma healing in the real world of our relationships with others and committing to lasting change.
272pp, 278 x 229 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This book is an extraordinary combination of a heart-stopping true story and a heart-felt exposition on the meaning of life, freedom, consciousness and purpose. After many years of feeling unhappy and unsure of her place in the world, Anke Evertz had a near-death experience that would terrify most of us: she was consumed by fire in her own living room. But rather than collapse into complete panic, she relates how she found herself leaving her burnt body and watching serenely from the outside as she’s rushed to hospital and put into an induced coma for nine days. Her fascinating, astounding book then tells us about her spiritual journey over those nine days and how she is given the answers to all her questions. Once well again, she puts them into practice. Not surprisingly this has been a best-selling title in her native Germany.
240pp, 212 x 134 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
You need to know that the subtitle of this book is The Capture of Medicine by Animal Research and How to Break Free, which is probably going to get you to pay attention. Written with pace and passion, this book reads almost like a thriller: “Learn how an experienced medical professional takes on the establishment with expert use of science and data and is criticised and pilloried only to fight on and bring change” sort of thing. The evidence she presents is pretty devastating and depressing, because it clearly shows that the experiments carried out in the name of our health are not fit for purpose and with the massive advances in modern research and technology, they are outdated. This is a powerful book and hopefully it will change some minds.
304pp, 197 x 128 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £9.99
In 1989 Vivianne wrote a book called Wicca, which was one of the first pagan books to be published for a long time and which became a real go-to text on the subject. She has written books since but she is still best-known as a pagan, even though she has done lots of work since in shamanism and Jungian psychology. This is a good book that I enjoyed reading because it’s full of anecdotes about her life but it also brings in wisdom and teachings along the way. It tells stories that range across the world in all the places she has visited for her own personal learning and to teach others in classes and workshops. It really encourages and lifts the reader to go and search for magic and enchantment in their own lives, just as she has picked it up in all those wonderful locations. Ronald Hutton calls it “the best book on the experience of magic that I have ever read”.
336pp, 199 x 129 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £10.99
It feels like quite a long time since we last had a book from Diana Cooper, one of the most popular British spiritual authors and a pioneer, especially in her work with angels. The Golden Future is well worth the wait, and it’s an intoxicating description of the amazing future that awaits this earth and all the life on it. She goes into detail about why this is happening and the stages on the way there. More importantly, she tells us how to raise our own frequencies and to prepare to make the best of this upcoming Golden Future. Diana, like many writers now, discusses moving up into the Fifth Dimension, and she gives many visualisations, tools and exercises to help us live there comfortably. This is of course highly recommended to all fans of her teachings and everyone willing to move up into the light.
304pp, 214 x 136 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99
Many of us already know what an inspiring teacher Pierre is. His books contain many stories of spiritual healing both from his own life and from people in challenging conditions in West Africa for example and on death row in Texas. I am pleased to say that this is more of the same. It’s not a big book but it’s packed full of teachings and anecdotes and there is little superfluous theory. It’s great as a pick-me-up and an overall uplift when we are tired and perhaps down a little. It’s interesting to read that he too had to rediscover his spiritual strength after it was all blown away. There are also practical teachings in the book as well as stories and personal accounts. The three questions he suggests we try and answer are: Who am I deep down? What am I really looking for? And what is the deep motivation for my search?
28pp, 210 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
I must admit that this wasn’t a book I was originally going to include in Cygnus. It came out in May and I initially thought it was perhaps too pagan and too “up close and personal” with the reality of death. However I think it’s a touching and perceptive book that deals with issues that are hard to find discussed elsewhere. Death is something we all have to deal with, usually many times, and it helps if the process is meaningful. The author is a spirit medium and is very used to being present at death. She suggests positive ways of approaching it and relates many encouraging stories and messages about communication with the person during and after death. I think if we read this book we will come up with better ways of helping friends and relatives with this transition and perhaps we can also make constructive plans for our own.
128pp, 228 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This is the third oracle deck from this very popular author and trailblazer. She writes that the previous two were very much based on astrological and astronomical facts whereas this deck is completely intuitive – she says that the moon made her do it! The box contains 48 cards and a comprehensive 126 page guide book full of interpretations of the symbols and suggestions for readings. Cards include: Blood Moon – COURAGE, Moon Goddess – HIGHER POWER and Moonstone – SLOW IT DOWN. The colours are all mysterious and dreamy reds, yellows and blues: pastel shades and never gaudy and bright. They contain isolated figures in empty landscapes which are often deserts. We feel that moon energy guides our deeper thoughts and feelings so these cards should be an intuitive conduit to our subconscious.
48 cards and a 126-page booklet, 2023, RRP £17.99
In her introduction, Ehime Ora explains that she created this book to nudge us closer to mindfulness through accessible short prose and affirmations. So, here we have an affirmation, prayer or reflection for every day of the year which, if followed, will take us on a healing journey and help us connect with our ancestors. Examples are: “I pray that you see life through. I pray that you let it show you just how good it can get” and “If you’re feeling stuck, speak to the heavens. A path to freedom will open up.” The author also encourages us to allow our ancestors to guide us: “Ask your ancestors a question and then open to a random page in the book. Trust that the ancestors will guide you to the page that contains the answer you seek.”
416pp, 177 x 129 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £13.99
Richard Lister is the author of Runes Made Easy and clearly has a passion for these ancient sigils, their power and their history. He writes with such joy about them, it’s hard not to want to know more. In this book, he invites us to explore runic astrology, and to enjoy immersing ourselves in Nordic myth and legend along the way. We learn what runic astrology is, how the runes correspond with each astrological sign, how to cast and interpret our runic birth chart and rituals to master runic astrology. With helpful tables to refer to and a unique combination of mythos and practical advice, the book truly shows us how to tune into our past, present and future.
272pp, 197 x 130 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £12.99
This is something new and different from Gordon Smith, a story about loss and grief, and the power of nature to heal. Our hero, Dill, is a young boy whose sister has died and he and his parents have moved to a remote cottage in the countryside to try to recover. Dill enjoys exploring the wild landscape of the Dip-n-Dells with his trusty spaniel, Bramble and, with the help of his grandmother, Dill learns a magical language that allows him to befriend the animals he meets and uncover the secrets of the mystical landscape around him. As his friends in nature help him to understand the cycles of life and death, the cloud of sadness surrounding Dill begins to lift. Determined to share this gift with his parents, Dill and his friends set out to bring light back into their lives. In doing so, he finds out that where love is involved, anything is possible...This charming story would be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
272pp, 198 x 130 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £10.99
Belinda Womack has been a channel for the 12 Archangels for more than 30 years and here she shares their advice on overcoming what they call a “lack of abundance”. It’s a heartfelt commentary on how to overcome personal discontentment and appreciate all that life has to offer, with some advice on financial gain too. The angels share healing visualisations to help tackle deeply embedded layers of guilt and shame. They are also aimed at raising the vibration of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs, to attract happiness, confidence and a sense of freedom. The words are kind, supportive and reassuring, and carry you along so you feel better just by reading them. This is a book to savour, to dip into when feeling low and to work with when trying to connect with your true self and everything you want to be.
272pp, 228 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.00
Calista, interestingly once a cancer research scientist, is based in Perthshire. She is described by Theresa Cheung as “a rare and radiant angelic light…” and this shines through in her new book. It’s a follow up to her lovely Oracle deck, and is a quality title with thick paper and full colour illustrations. It’s an in-depth guide to the 17 female Archangels – each named to symbolise the quality she represents, such as Grace, Hope, Clarity or Joy. Calista shares their direct loving guidance and wisdom, focusing on their specific Divine and Angelic qualities as well as how they connect to the colour rays, their fellow Archangels and the crystal realm. Each chapter also offers an Angel ritual, an attunement, affirmations and a reflective “Rise like an Angel” exercise and blessing to help you embody Angel consciousness. In addition, the book includes the Angel Healing A-Z Prescription Guide, which allows you to discover the energetic causes of disease states.
352pp, 229 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £18.99
A guide to awakening the wisdom of the feminine soul, this new book from Mara Branscombe presents an inspiring look at the seven feminine archetypes that prevail in the modern psyche: Maiden, Mother, Sage, Huntress, Lover, Mystic and Queen. We are taken on a journey to meet these archetypes, in order to really understand them and their influences on us throughout the different stages of our lives and the positive impact each of them can have. Studying each of the archetypes chapter by chapter, Branscome unveils lots of fascinating information and things to think about. She also includes step-by-step creative practices, guided visualisations, mind-body rituals and soulful poetry. These embodiment techniques are designed to help us shift our consciousness away from our habitual patterns and to help us to embrace all that the divine feminine can grant us.
256pp, 228 x 152 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £14.99