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Symbols of Christmas 

12 days of tarot 

What does the word 'spirituality' mean?

What does Shamanism mean to you and your life?

Dare to be 

Spirits in the Orb

The influence of Jipiter

Keeper of the Springs


The Force of God

The Classroom

Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards

Tidying the garden


Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into SAGB

In July, the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, opened a statutory inquiry into The Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (Formerly The Marylebone Spiritualist Association) Limited (registered charity number 225455).

In January 2013 the Commission was made aware that in 2010 the trustees had disposed of charity property and concerns were raised that the property, which was sold for £6 million, may have been sold for significantly less than its market value.  The sale was to a company registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).  The Commission has since been engaging with the Charity to establish the facts about the disposal, as it came to light that, shortly after the disposal, the property was sold on to another BVI registered company for £21 million.

To date, the charity trustees have been unable to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission that the steps they have taken and their decision-making in relation to the disposal were in the best interests of the Charity, and as a result the Commission opened an inquiry into the Charity on 8 July 2013.

The investigation by the Commission will examine whether, and to what extent, there was mismanagement or misconduct on the part of the trustees. This will include whether the trustees complied with their legal obligations and fiduciary duties as trustees when disposing of a charitable asset.

It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded the inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the Commission are available on its website.

The charity’s details can be viewed on the charity commission's website at

As at the end of November 2013, SoulSeekers understands that the enquiry is on-going.  The response of the SAGB, when received, will appear here.



by Jeanette Pearson

Imagine yourself living inside a beautiful house with many rooms designed to fill your every need.  Doors and windows surround you. Beyond these openings are other houses, the sky, and beyond.  You can rest comfortably within your house, and journey to enjoy the earth and sky, or visit others in their chosen houses.  As often as you wish, you can venture outside your house to share dimensions of yourself and return again. 

Your body is that beautiful house.  You live and breathe inside each room every day.  Your house comforts, protects, and embraces you in all that you do.   You can choose to close its doors, board its windows and be alone.  Without effort you can unlock each door and open every widow to expose yourself to the wealth of your existence.  The care and upkeep of your house reflects how comfortably you live inside of it. 

You are experiencing and exploring the world beyond more fully.  There is no specific time for this experiencing.  The capabilities and talents within you can open windows and doors that have been closed to you.  There is no competition, no limit to their use.  They will lead you through narrow corridors and expand them.  Disclose hidden rooms and brighten them, expose vistas of yourself and the world you have never seen and encourage you to use them.  Your willingness to accept these talents and capabilities will help you appreciate the realm of your potential and enjoy your growth. 

If you have spent most of your life waiting in darkness, seated inside your house before a gaping window, open yourself to this wonder.  Step outside of yourself, beyond the man-made structures, and rest within a natural setting.  Among the trees, rocks, birds, flowers and the earth, you will begin to feel all that you are and can be.  Breathe the air you share with nature.  Watch the clouds merge and flow.  Nature accepts change without right or wrong, always flowing and becoming.  Every sound and voice penetrates your own.  Each situation, person and living being you encounter touches you and teaches you, adding a part of its reflection to you.

Each moment sparks a pathway inside you to explore and extends to join with others tendering their own.  These roads can be travelled without fear of sharing life as you go on.  It is first, within your house, that you can find peace and recognise beauty.  Without losing yourself you will find, emerging past shadows, that this peace and beauty will enliven and benefit the glow of the world.

Jeanette Pearson


Symbols of Christmas

by Wendy Stokes

The central part of the Christmas story is the birth of a child, a symbol of new beginnings and one that brings hope for a better future.

We are told that three wise men followed a bright star in the Eastern sky that they believed foretold a royal birth.  Though we do not know from which country these travellers originated; it has been suggested that they could have been Zoroastrian priests from Persia, as these priests were known to be scholars, astrologers, diviners and interpreters of dreams.

The bright star represents aspiration, and the East is the place of dawn and light.  The number three represents expansion and collective action.  They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Gold was given because the new-born child was said to be of royal blood, frankincense to represent the perfume of the prayers of priesthood, and myrrh because this expensive resin was used to bless a holy person.  

We are also told that on a local hillside, a crowd of angels, symbols of spiritual communication, informed the shepherds, the men who protected the land and animal life, that royalty had been born and therefore majesty and power could be returned to the dispossessed people of this land.  

The Christmas season usually lasts twelve days from midnight on Christmas Eve until the eve of the 6th January or what is called, the Epiphany, a word that means ‘revelation’.  In ancient days, the Jewish custom dictated that women remain separated from the birth of a child until a time of cleansing.  Then thanksgiving would be made and the woman would be blessed and the child blessed also.  On the evening of the 6th January, the Christmas decorations are removed.  

In addition to the Christian story, we have our modern traditions with new symbols.  We decorate our homes with tinsel and sparkling baubles to provide a colourful welcome to our guests.  Plum pudding, made from nourishing fat, will fill the stomach of anyone who has not had sufficient to eat at the meal-table.  This was an important supplement in days gone by when food was an expensive luxury.  The yule log is a symbol of warmth and plenty.  We burn candles to dispel the darkness of short winter days, just as many faiths celebrate the return of the sun by having a light ceremony at this, the darkest time of the year.

Wishing all SoulSeekers readers a special season of goodwill and every best wish for 2014.

Wendy Stokes


The 12 Days of Tarot 

by Madam Jacqueline

(1) 5 Pentacles

Pentacles refer to money and sometimes heading towards Christmas is more like a battle than a celebration.  The real meaning of Christmas gets lost in an avalanche of what presents should we buy, how much to spend on them and to whom are we giving presents too.  Along with Christmas dinner, where to spend Christmas day and what should we wear?

(2)   King of Swords

It doesn’t matter what others are doing or not doing for Christmas.  The King of Swords is saying to you to do what you want this year.  If it’s spending time away from the family, give them plenty of notice so they too can make other arrangements. 

(3)    9 of Swords

Swords are referring to stress.  Christmas is supposed to be a fun time spent with people you love and exchanging gifts and eating together.  Or spending time with others and giving your time.

To reduce stress make a list and tick one item a day off your list, this way you will feel in control and by 24th December you will have completed everything and have time to enjoy being with family.

(4)    5 of Swords

Don’t bite off more than you can cope with.

If you can’t cook for 16 people – then say so.  Or create a buffet instead or maybe ask other guests to bring part of the meal with them e.g. the starter, the pudding, wine etc.

(5)   6 of Swords

If you can’t meet up with family for Christmas then make arrangements to see them before or after, so you still get to spend some time with them.  If you looking to go away at Christmas you can always take the rest of the family with you as well.  (Just a thought!)

(6)   Knight of Swords

Try not to push people including family to spend it with you.  If they want to go away or see other members of family, then let them go.  Making people stay with you for Christmas Day will only create bad feeling.

(7)    Two of Wands

Christmas is the time to reflect on the past year, be grateful for what you have.  Even if it has been a difficult year, look for the good and decide what you want to do in 2014.

(8)  Knight of cups

If you can give to others such as a charity or give food for the homeless or abandoned animals then everyone benefits at Christmas time.

It’s the time of year to give love and reconnect with people who you may not have seen for a long time or want to get in touch with again.

(9)   Page of cups

Continuing from the Knight of cups, you may wish to connect with people but remember not everyone will feel the same and you have to be prepared that some people may not want to talk to you and you have to let them go.

By the same token, people may contact you and you may wish not to talk to them, it’s a two way street.

(10)   8 of Pentacles

Watch your money.  You have worked hard all year and you don’t need to go MAD just because its Christmas and end up broke in the New Year.

  •  Create a budget of how much your going to spend on gifts, food, decorations and parties etc. and stick to it.
  •  Look in shops and on line for sales and bargains.
  •  Ask others to bring part of the meal will save you money.
  •  Make agreements with friends and family to only spend X amount on a gift e.g. £5.00 or £10.00 each gift.
  •  Or only buy for the children.
  •  For adults you could have a Secret Santa.  Put names into a hat and whoever you draw out, you buy them a present and agree to only spend £10.00 or whatever the amount you want to.  Then all the adults get a present but you have only spent £10.00.

(11)   3 of Swords

Look after your health at this time of year.  Take time out and rest.  Try to not over-eat and drink as your suffer for it in the New Year. 

Be aware of potential dangers in your home – decorations, etc. as you may have pets, kids and other adults around and you may take your eye off the ball.

(12)   Ace of Swords

Enjoy yourself.  Make the most of what you have and give thanks.

Merry Christmas to all. 

Madam Jacqueline


What does the word ‘spirituality’ mean?

by Wendy Stokes

Hi, this is a good question.  The word is so often used, we hardly notice and we assume we all mean the same thing when we use this word, but it means many different things to different people.  Perhaps I can ask: ‘What does spirituality mean to YOU?’

Spirituality is not about practising a religion and does not hold a belief about who God is, what God does or what God’s name is!  Spirituality is a part of the four aspects of our life.  We have our physical body, we have our mental faculties (for thinking and analysis), our emotional feelings, and we have in addition, our spirituality – but what does this word mean?

Spirituality is related to something unlike body, mind and emotions because it relates to how we live our life and the values and behaviour that we exhibit all day, every day. 

A spiritual path involves kindness, compassion, fairness and justice, peace, transparency, truth and equality.  Is it possible to walk a spiritual path and not care about other people?  I don’t think so.  Is it possible to live a spiritual life and not care about the ecology of our planet?  I don’t think so.  Is it possible to be a spiritual person and exploit or mistreat other people?  Definitely not!  Is it possible to walk a spiritual path and believe that others are not as good or special as you are?  No, spirituality involves a belief that we have been given this life to improve our community and the wider world – and also improve the future (when we might not be here ourselves). 

How is it possible to walk a spiritual path with so many difficulties and problems?  If we all care a little to make the world a better place, everyone's contribution can be added together.

The ‘spiritual’ relates to an eternal place which is not part of the material world.  It is a place of great natural beauty, joy, delight and wonder and is a path that can sometimes present difficulties.  Spiritual people think of others (a neighbour who might be unwell, for instance, who might like a call, or a person who might be in need of some other small kindness).  If you consider others today as you go about your work, you will be walking the spiritual path without even knowing it!

Wendy Stokes


Author of The Lightworkers Circle Guide.


What does Shamanism mean to you and your life?

by Michelle O'Brien

I wanted to start a little discussion.  No one will be right or wrong as we all walk our own path, in our own way.  How has Shamanism helped you?

For me, Shamanism proves itself over and over again through the synchronicities that I witness and the power of the work that is evident each time.

Shamanism to me is a marrying of the two worlds; the Spirit world and the earth plane, and I journey between both these worlds with ease now and as a natural matter of course to find information that I need, or to gain assistance and help in many ways.  I choose to live this way and become more aware of the inter-connectedness of everything as I go deeper and deeper along my path.  I value the input and help from the Spirit world that aides us in our everyday life and the choices that I sometimes need to make.

I have witnessed great work from this path in aiding self healing, healing for others, guidance for myself and others and the enfoldment of future potential always.  It is a path that allows you to continue to grow and learn for the rest of your life.  I will never know it all, but I am grateful for what I do always learn and for the help that I receive.  The Shamanic field is vast; meeting guides and totems, all types of healing, every day guidance, journeying to past lives, learning new skills, soul retrieval, spiritual gifts etc. etc. are just some of the many ways that this discipline can benefit you.

Michelle O’Brien


Dare to Be


When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!

Marilyn Whitestar


Spirits in the orbs

by Wendy Stokes

We have all seen opaque circular balls of light on digital photographs.  Klaus Heinemann, previously a NASA physicist with a PhD in experimental physics, believes these strange circles of light are spiritual phenomena and that they have a vital message for our world today.  

Orbs have taken Pam Raworth on a journey of discovery that began with the tragic death of her husband.  Her grief was transformed by the orbs which made their appearance on her photographs.  Some have patterns and some have images within the central space, some have beautiful colour combinations, some are moving, some still, most are orb shaped, but some have other shapes, reminiscent of birds, fairies or angels, and other possibilities.  Pam believes that the orbs are appearing to give us messages from the spirit world and that they have healing properties.

Pam has published a book to display some of these orb photos taken with her Nikon automatic digital camera.  She is interested in the feelings and thoughts which occur to those who view these photos and requests people contact her. ‘Amazing Orbs – Orbs and Other Light Phenomena’ by Pam Raworth is published by Balboa Press (a division of Hay House) ISBN: 978-1-4525-8397-6 £12.99 and features a selection of 48 excellent photographs of spirit orbs (each approx 8 inches x 8 inches in size and accompanied by a short introduction).

Wendy Stokes


The influence of Jupiter

by Lynne Carter


We now move beyond the Asteroid belt and arrive at the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter.  It’s larger than all the other planets put together.  Gas storms raging on Jupiter fill the atmosphere with ammonia.  It’s nature is hot and moist and it spends 120 days in retrograde motion.  It takes 11.86 years to circumnavigate a chart just once and it’s metal is tin.  Jupiter is known as the benific; provided the chart is in a reasonable condition an aspect from Jupiter usually brings some form of good fortune.  Jupiter through the signs gives information concerning ethical, religious and philosophical standards.


Shows an ability for leadership and innovation in philosophy, education and other spiritual endeavours.


Here there is awareness that all material resources are regarded as a form of energy.  They have a tendency to attract wealth.  This wealth may not only be financial but found in the house where Jupiter is located ie. the 11th house suggests a large number of friends.


As Gemini deals with communication, Jupiter placed here can be linked to excessive talking and thinking.  This placement gives a broad outlook and an enquiring mind.  People will seek further education to seek this expansion and relationships can be formed when they find people they can meet on their own intellectual level.


Jupiter is well placed in this sign.  This position bestows a good family background but one not necessarily attributed to wealth, but more on a moral footing.  The influences normally instilled are of kindness and moral principles.  As Cancer is linked to the home, business interests can be linked to real estate and food, farming and food production.


Leo is the sign of optimism and self confidence.  Jupiter placed here can bring about someone who seems to exude this.  The down-side is they can bite off more than they can chew.  They do on a large scale and tend to have an interest in religious music and art.


There can be an excessive attention to detail with Jupiter placed in Virgo.  People can shoulder a great deal of responsibility; learning the art of delegation would be helpful in they get involved in a group project.  If Jupiter is well placed there will be honesty and integrity characterised in work and business dealings.


There is a strong concern with moral principle in relationships and justice.  Relationships will be formed on a moral basis.  Subjects will tend to marry someone with religious connections or spiritual values.


Jupiter placed in Scorpio can bring about intensity on a grand scale.  Whichever house has Scorpio on the cusp the affairs of that house will be important.  If it is the 8th house people tend to work in areas connected with taxes, banks, and there maybe an interest in occult subjects. 


Here Jupiter is in one of the signs it rules.  There can be a love of philosophy, travel and foreign cultures.  The sign of the archer is an arrow being launched into the distance.  This far-reaching symbol gives people the ability to see the big picture.  They develop a farsighted outlook on life and sometimes prophetic insights into the future.


Jupiter placed here is well aspected will give great integrity and moral conduct when linked to business ethics and the responsibilities of high office.  People with this position can find themselves in positions of economic and political responsibilities.  They exercise prudence, caution and mature judgement, but can lack imagination and creativity. 


In Aquarius Jupiter indicated people who have no class, racial or religious distinctions.  There values are impartial and democratic.  They like to mix with all walks of life.  They are tolerant and understand that every one can live the same life style, and that each person has their own place on the evolutionary spiral of life.


Jupiter in Pisces is now in the second sign that it rules.  It gives emotional depth and compassion.  People with this position champion the underdog, they work in hospitals or charitable institutions.  On occasions their sympathies may be taken advantage of.  They can have psychic abilities and intuitive perception.

Lynne Carter


Keeper of the Springs

by Ada Mackay

Years ago I read a book of sermons by Dr Peter Marshall who was the chaplain to the U.S. Senate until his early death in 1949 (Remember the film ‘A Man called Peter’?).  One of the sermons was called “Keeper of the Springs” and what Dr Marshall wrote then is I think still of relevance to our world today.

He tells the story of a man who was paid by the city council to keep the springs of water which fed the town’s river clear of mud, silt, mould, leaves and other foreign matter so that the water was always clear and pure.  It helped the town’s industry by turning mill wheels, watering the gardens of the city, encouraging swans to sail on its surface and children to play on the river banks.

However the city council decided in order to save money to dispense with the man’s services and build a reservoir instead.  The water from the new reservoir was not as clear as formerly and it had slime and a green scum.  The mill machinery became clogged and would not work, the swans deserted the river and finally an epidemic of sickness raged which touched every home in the city.

The city council met and acknowledged their mistake and asked the Keeper of the Springs to return to duty to which he gladly agreed.  Once again pure, crystal clean water was available in the city, the swans came back, the sickness disappeared and life became as it was in previous days.

Dr Marshall went on to liken the condition of our world today to our lack of the morality and purity which once we had.  He regarded the “Keeper” of these springs as the parents who, in the home environment, reared children and guided them into the correct pathways of life.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it,” [Proverbs 22:6].  Nobody can deny that our country today is in a very bad state.  We have alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse, pornography, cruelty to animals. Then we have the destruction of our natural world with many animal species near the brink of extinction and all due to mankind’s greed.  Every week we read of someone, perhaps a complete stranger, being stabbed and murdered on the streets. 

What can be done to eradicate these evils from our society?  Today our homes are very different from formerly.  We have working mothers, absent fathers, single parents and marriage breakups. Years ago families attended church and youngsters belonged to the youth organisations of the church where again they learned the rules of good citizenship.

One of the most important tasks in life is guiding the next generation, for it is they who will become our new leaders, employers and workforce.  It is they who will lead our world into future years and they who in turn will educate and guide the next generation.  As Spiritualists we all know that materialism is the greatest barrier to our spiritual growth.  Material desires are fuelled by the need for money and, to obtain money, parents work long hours and are not so available as in previous times for family relationships.  There is no longer the ‘extended family’ of aunts, uncles and grandparents to fill the needs of children.  Everybody is working to get money to satisfy material longings — smoking, overseas holidays, keeping up with the Jones’s.  Does all this really bring happiness?  Looking back nostalgically to former years many would say they were happier then and more contented with less.

Yes indeed we need to bring back into our lives the “Keepers of the Springs” to renew in our society the lifestyle of former times.  A Chinese proverb expresses it thus:-

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.

When there is order in each nation, there will be peace in the world.”

 If you would like to know more about my thoughts on Spiritualism then read my book ‘Why I am a Spiritualist’.  The book costs £5 incl P&P and is available direct from me.

Ada McKay

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by Wendy Stokes

Both the 36-card 'Mystical Lenormand' card deck (pictured right) and 36 cards 'Mystical Kipper' (below right) have been created by the medium Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and the distinguished artist Urban Trosch.

Trosch has painted the ancient images in egg tempera on wood, building many layers of paint to create a polished and luminous finish, a method usually used for painting icons.

These fine artworks have the look of miniaturist paintings and have a dreamlike and otherworldly quality that lends itself to the use of intuition by the card reader.  Many cards are figurative (contain paintings of people) and the portraits are extraordinary and delightful.

For those who like animal symbolism, most cards carry at least one magical animal; the settings are antique and luxurious.

Regula Elizabeth Fiechter is a medium with deep dedication to working with cards, especially these two antique fortune-telling card systems. Each pack has an insert of a little white booklet which offers background information and explains how to get the best from your readings with suggested spreads.

The cards are slightly smaller than usual, about two and a half inches by three and a half inches.  As many of the spreads involve large numbers of cards laid on the table, the small size is convenient.  Strategic cards are read in combination with others that are close by, diagonally, vertically and horizontally.

The two decks - the Lenormand from France (circa 1800) and the Kipper from Germany (circa 1900), are intended to be complete deck systems in their own right and the packs have explanatory inserts but the Mystical Lenormand has a detailed book which is available separately from the card deck.

I have found using the two decks together as a combination deck of 72 cards deepens issues, potentials and traits within the readings and both decks are compatible and are a delight to work with.

Wendy Stokes


The Force Of God

by Malcolm G Bradshaw

We are part of the God force,
It lies in all those that see,
A vision of truth, a vision of love,
A vision that all men are free,

For the light of love that lies dormant,
Can be lit by all those that care,
Can be kindled with love,
Can be kindled with hope,
For qualities we all should share.

We are all part of the God force,
A force that only seeks peace,
A vision the world stops killing,
Where torture and wars will all cease,

Let that which lies dormant,
Be a beacon to all in a storm, 
Let them bathe the light that is within,
Draw them close, let the flame keep them warm.

We are all part of the God force,
For your love will have lit the light,
For the vision of truth, and the vision of love,
In others will forever burn bright,

So, follow the path you have chosen,
Ask nothing in return,
Just be a beacon to those in darkness,
Shine forth, so men can learn.

Take from that God force,
All the power that you will need,
To give hope to the loss and bewildered,
And Knowledge for all men to feed,

Then those visions of truth, and those visions of love,
Will only be visions in your mind,
For the light of God has entered,
To teach the world to be kind. 

Malcolm G Bradshaw


The classroom

by George Rixon 

If we look upon this earthly world as a classroom, then we are all pupils learning lessons - the lessons of life.  There are so many different lessons to learn and not all of us are set the same tasks. They are presented to us in many ways, for example there is the lesson of being alone and learning how to cope with that loneliness.

There are lessons of sadness, fear, perhaps poverty and hunger.  There are also the good lessons to learn such as happiness, laughter, and love.  If we work through these lessons to the best of our ability then we gain experience for our spiritual progression, and by learning our lessons, we can help others.  If we have experienced loneliness, sadness, depression, hunger and fear and won through, then we are more qualified to help others.  We can apply our understanding and thus help others who are experiencing similar situations.

If we have wealth and power, we have to learn to use them wisely and well, not selfishly for our own purposes.  We have to learn to replace anger with love, to erase selfishness and to replace it with giving.  If we learn our lessons well, then we can graduate from this earth, to a more spiritual world that much easier.  

But those who play truant, refusing to listen and to learn, thinking only of themselves and brushing all spiritual truths to one side, will find when they enter the spirit world that they have not spiritually graduated, and will have to face their lessons all over again.  If we open our minds to God and the spirit teachers, they will help us with our lessons, but they will not do all the work for us, but guide us in the right direction.  When we enter spirit, God will not judge us, neither will those in spirit, we have to undertake that task ourselves.  It will be like that of looking into a mirror.  We will see how we lived our earthly lives, and all the good things that we did, and the mistaken ways that we trod.  

We cannot escape that kind of judgement and before we can progress any further in a spiritual direction, then all the wrong things that we did on earth must be put right.  In the spirit world, there are more lessons to learn, for progression is part of the natural spiritual laws.  If you ignored the spiritual lessons that you had to learn on the earth, then you have missed the opportunity to be able to express yourself fully as a spiritual person when returning to the world of spirit.

George Rixon


Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards 

by Doreen Virtue PhD Published by Hay House£13.99

reviewed by Wendy Stokes

The deck is designed for divinatory use for oneself or for others.  The cards are of excellent quality; the artwork is detailed and can stand the scrutiny of a jeweller’s eyeglass. 44 popular goddesses are profiled with their history and function and a channelled message from each.  The book offers an alphabetical list of each of the goddesses, instructions on working with the cards, how to consecrate and store the cards, how to give a card reading (including the use of inverted cards), how to choose which goddess to work with and how to invoke the goddesses. 

I have chosen one card as a sample for SoulSeekers readers: Kuan Yin (pronounced Kwan yin) with her attribute of ‘Compassion’ says ‘release judgments about yourself and others, and focus on the love and light that is within everyone.  The message from this goddess is: Gentleness is the strength behind true power and this comes from feeding yourself and others with nourishing actions.  Shield yourself from harshness and seek gentleness.  Be happy, be kind, be sweet, but most of all be true to yourself.  Kuan Yin is the Eastern goddess who hears all prayers.  She is the essence of purity, nurturing love and gentle power.  She has vowed to stay close to the earth until all people are enlightened.  She is the protector of women and children and she awakens musical gifts and abilities as well as psychic understanding. 

Doreen Virtue is a doctor of psychology and a clairvoyant, writer and an international workshop leader.  She has authored a large number of popular books.  Many artists and designers contributed to the digital artworks.

Reviewer: Wendy Stokes


Tidying the garden

by George Rixon

Some gardeners at the end of each year prepare for the coming spring. They clear out the unwanted plants and the weeds then dig over the soil. Maybe they started with a simple garden but as the years go by, they extend their plant and flower growing, to receive the benefit when the garden begins to flower in the spring and summer.

At the end of the year the gardener will also prune the roses and other bushes that need cutting back, for they are taking up to much room and from certain positions the garden cannot be seen by those over grown bushes and trees.  It can take many years of hard work before a garden can be made into a showpiece.  

We all have a garden of thought within our own minds, but how many of us neglect it, not caring if the garden reflects to others of what it should be?  We all have thoughts that grow like weeds such as envy, jealousy selfishness.  Do we ever stop and think that those low thoughts in growing like weeds will one day stifle the mind just totally creating a wilderness of unpleasant thoughts?  If we believe in God no matter who we are or what religion we belong to, then we must know in truth that we cannot walk in God’s spiritual garden of truth, when we have neglected our own. 

Is it not best that every now and again we look into that garden within our minds?  We can start pruning back those unpleasant thoughts so we can grow a personality that is not only pleasing for one’s self to express but for others to see as well. 

How about a make-over in that garden, to plant seeds that will grow with the ability to show genuine compassion and understanding?  Let us dig up those thoughts of self and see that in God’s garden everyone has the same right under his laws.  Let us tend to the rose of love within our hearts and this year, give it more food, so that it can grow to fruition in splendour.  Look after that garden in your mind and it in turn will look after you.

George Rixon.


Channelled by Marilyn

There is no fire like greed, 
No crime like hatred, 
No sorrow like separation, 
No sickness like hunger of heart, 
And no joy like the joy of freedom. 

Health, contentment and trust 
Are your greatest possessions, 
And freedom your greatest joy. 

Look within. Be still. 
Free from fear and attachment, 
Know the sweet joy of living in the way. 

from the Dhammapada, Words of the Buddha

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