Wednesday, 19 September 2018

You Are Magical by Tess Whitehurst

Two parts – show chapters and what is in them. You are magic sections at end of chapters, has a quote and something for the reader to do or can do. Knowing your legacy chapter – more of a brief history lesson of different moments in history. She does talk a few different things like the elements, astrology, tarot, I Ching, sabbats and others. Along with tips to live magically every day. The book is more of a beginner/ introduction book. Part two includes more of a place to do spells and other workings – that include things like abundance and success. I think you could adjust these to what you have or want.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

A Young Adult novel with twenty eight chapters in first person. It follows the main character Rose. Other characters include her friends Grace and Naya, and Tristan Meyers who like Rose and keeps staring at her. It is about how Theo Lockhart becomes a missing person at school – which no one really knows. Theo comes to her door stating he needs her help and instructs her not to call the police, and that he will only be a few nights. He wants her to hide him. She reluctantly agrees and states he must stay in her room no matter what. They are able to make it through a few days before her parents find out and sent back home and goes back to school. Overtime while staying with her and in the aftermath of the stay the two do find their way into a relationship.

So it is more of that classic YA novel where two different characters end up starting or developing a relationship through the course of the book.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Crystal Code by Tamara Driessen

Balance your Energy, Transform Your Life

Crystal 101 is more of shopping, maintenance, chakras and more. Rituals include meditation, altar and grids. In the guide you get the name, what they help with, information, mantra, physical healing, chakra and source. As well you get an image of the crystal. In the section of colour and meaning there is a few sentences per colour, and is not that long. So the reader does get a quick introduction to a small selection of crystals, one that are used more often and are great crystals.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Hatch by Joe Fletcher

A three part book of poetry. This book of poetry is more on the dark themes and spooky tone. Some of the poems are like a story. Others are like a list. Then others are set up like other poems. The sentences are vivid, create a good imagery. A story in each poem. An interesting set of poem that would be really good around Halloween or campfire.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Number Nineteen

Below are some facts about the number nineteen.


Number 19 is a prime number only divisible by number 1 and itself.

It is made up of the first and last single number; 1 and 9. This makes number 19 a number of completions. Nineteen is the number of beginning and end. Number 1 vibrates the energies of uniqueness and independence. It also provides the power of motivation, progress, ambition, and striving forward. It shows that with new beginnings you will achieve success. Number 9 represents the energies of the Universal Spiritual Laws. It also leads to the spiritual enlightenment, awakening, inspiration, serving humanity, and becoming a good example. It promotes intuition and problem-solving ability. Overall, it is the sign of completion, an ending that will lead to the new beginning.

Nineteen is an auspicious number being associated with success and honor. This number is filled with joy and happiness.

The Ancients called this the ‘Number of Surrender’ as your life needs to link up with the Universal Life.
The number 19 is an endurance vibration. It brings everything into focus, winds up old accounts and starts off anew.

19 is often alone. The self-determination has so much force that 19 often feels alone even while interacting with others.

The essence also contains the ideas of drive, independence, self-sufficiency, exploration, compassion, tolerance, enthusiasm, and a powerful initiative.

The moon will appear in the exact position among the stars every 19th year.

This is called the Metonic cycle or Enneadecaeteris (Greek word meaning nineteen years) and is the 19 year cycle of the moon.

The lunar and solar cycles coincide every 19 years.

Number 19 is the number of spiritual activity in Kabbalah.

In the Tarot number 19 is the Sun. All great things are associated with the sun. This is a very auspicious card.

Number 19 has much of the same qualities as number 1. This is because the digit sum equals 1; 1+9=10 – 1+0=1.

It is a masculine number.

In Islam number 19 has the numerological value of Wahid. Wahid is one of the names for God and means “One”.

In Islam there are 19 angles guarding Hell stated in the Qur’an 74:30; Over it are nineteen [angels].

Anniversary of marriage which marks 19 years is bronze.

The number 19 is the atomic number of Potassium (K).

In Japan, 19 is a sign carrying misfortune because it is said JUKU, which means also "sorrows repeated".

In the I Ching, the 19th kua is usually translated as ‘Approach,’ meaning the approach of Spring or the approach of good fortune. It can also, however, refer to the approach the truly great take to life.

The key to this kua is in the commentary from Confucius: “The Superior Person has inexhaustible affection for the people. Nothing hinders him in his care for them.”

Sum of the twelve apostles and the seven deacons of the incipient Church.

Nineteen chapters of the book of the Wisdom of the Ancient Testament.

The mosque of Cordoue has nineteen gates on the Court of the orange trees.

The staircase of "Member", the pulpit of the "iman", has nineteen steps.

Gautama Buddha was 19 years old when he left the palace of his father and he went to search wisdom.

According to Edgar Cayce, the birth of Christ would have occurred the nineteenth day of March.

There are in Quebec 19 dioceses.

People associated with this number are self-absorbed mostly. They are often famous for unusual things. They are dependent on others, and that needy nature creates so many imbalances in their life. Only by learning balance and self-confidence, they can fight all the obstacles in life.

The 19 person loves anything luxurious or which indicates that they are powerful and/or successful.
Men appreciate all power tools, a top-of-the-range barbeque or a good bottle of brandy or wine.
Women love champagne, a box of quality chocolates, a subscription to their favourite magazine, or a voucher for a day-spa.


Spiritual Meaning

It is the reminder that you have accomplished your goal or you are near to achieve it; also, any particular chapter from your life has ended or near its end.

It shows that closing one door will only open a new one, so you should not get worried. You should remain active during the process of completion because soon you will achieve something even better.

When new opportunities are about to knock on your door, you will see number 19 everywhere.

It is also the reminder of self-help. It means that you should not wait for the help from outside but initiate your journey on your own, and it will lead you to the advantages. Your positive attitude could not be helpful for you only but others as well.

Number 19 tells you to be the good human also. It asks you to serve humanity in whatever way possible.

Your life purpose is more than what you are after, and you should know that; by helping others, you will complete your soul mission.

When you want to step towards a new career that benefits earth in any way and you see number 19, it is the go-go signal for you. It is the message from the universe that you will gain success in this field.


The Game of Go

The game of Go is an ancient Chinese board game. It is a game for two players and played on a grid consisting of 19X19 lines. A fair warning, the game of Go is complicated. This game is suited for adults who welcome a challenge.

This game is truly historical as it dates back to 2500 years ago. It must be perfect for the history lover who enjoys board games.


The 19th President of the United States

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877-1881) was the 19th President of the United States. There was must dispute about how Hayes won the election (by congressional commission).

Many believed he won by fraud. The first telephone was installed in the White House during Hayes’s presidency. Also the first typewriter arrived at the White House during his term in office.

Hayes and his wife were deeply religious. Liquor, dances and games were banned from the White House during his presidency. He was Republican.

His wife Lucy was the first presidential wife to be called “First Lady”. She was also nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy” because she banned alcohol from the White House.


The 19th State of the United States

Indiana became the 19th state of the U.S. in 1816. On the side note; there is a town in Indiana called Santa Claus. It is the only postal address in the world that officially bears this name. We suspect they receive lots of mail close to Christmas.


Number 19 is the number associated with Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of Mercy.
She is the most popular goddess in Asia. The majority of homes in South-East Asia will have a picture or a statue of the beloved goddess.

Her birthday is the 19th of the second Chinese month.

She became a Buddha on the 19th day of the sixth Chinese month.

Kuan Yin received her sacred pearls on the 19th of the ninth Chinese month.


Number 19 in the Baha’i Faith

Number 19 is an important number in the Baha’i Faith. Their calendar has 19 months. Each of the 19 months consists of 19 days. They have a 19 year cycle. The super cycle is 19X19, 361 year.

Every 19 days people of the Baha’i faith come together for a meeting they call “The Feast”.

The founder of the Baha’i faith was Baha’u’llah. There were 19 Apostles.

Mírzá Músá: The brother of Baha’u’llah

Badí‘: Martyr, he was only 17 years old when he was tortured and killed.

Mírzá Muhammad-Hasan: – beheaded in 1879 because he was proclaimed a Baha’i. He is known as the “King of Martyrs”. His brother was also beheaded for being a Baha’i

Hájí Amín: (1831 – 1928) He lived a long life spreading the new faith.

Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl : (1844–1914)Spent his life travelling and spreading the new faith

Varqá: A matyr, murdered in 1896 by the Persian authorizes for being a Baha’i.

Mírzá Mahmúd:–Murdered by poisoning in 1928.

Hají Ákhúnd: (1842-1910) He was appointed “Hand of the Cause”.

Nabíl-i-Akbar: (1829 – 1892) He was appointed “Hand of the Cause”.

Vakílu’d-Dawlih: (1830 – 1909) He was Bab’s cousin.

Ibn-i-Abhar: He spent his life travelling and proclaiming his faith. Died in 1917

Nabíl-i-A`zam: (1831 – 1892) When Baha’u’llah died he was so distressed he committed suicide by drowning himself in the sea.

Samandar: (1844-1918) a very dedicated Baha’i from a wealthy family.

Mírzá Mustafá: (1837-1910) Devoted all his life to the Baha’i faith

Mishkín-Qalam: (1826 – 1912) was highly respected and well-known as a calligrapher.

Adíb: (1848–1919) He was a «Hand of the cause”.

Shaykh Muhammad-‘Alí: (186 -1924) Travelled many places including India spreading the word.

Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín: (1818-1903) Transcibed Holy writings and given the name “Ornament of the Near Ones”.

Ibn-i-Asdaq: He was one of the four “Hand of the Cause” appointed by Baha’u’llah. Died in 1928


On the 19th

March 19, 1931: Nevada legalized gambling.

March 19th is the feast day of Saint Joseph (husband of Mary, mother of Jesus). He is patron saint of carpenters, immigrants, fathers, workers and a peaceful, happy death.

November 19th is International Men’s day


The lucky numbers and dates of 19

The lucky numbers – 1, 10, 28, 9, 18, 27, 5, 14, 23. No other figure can not be harmonious, and all are hostile.
Lucky dates – 19. and 5.
Lucky days – Tuesday, Saturday.
Lucky color – red.
Lucky stone – Topaz.
Diseases – smallpox and blood pressure. The diet should be used ginger and garlic.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing by Joanna Henly

There is a set up chapter that talks of things like point of view and how to hold a pencil. Also understanding the face – angles, facial relationships, and others. It goes into different facial features like eyes and ears. As well as skin tones and hair. The book does have images of techniques and examples. Not a total beginner book, not step by step – though there is a little of it. The book has tips to work on portrait drawing. It is a slight beginner book – more beginner to intermediate drawer. Shows a variety of different not show how to do each one.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Dishcloths to Crochet by Pat Olski

In the contents page there is a small image next to the title of the project, so you get a quick glance of the project. The is abbreviations and basic directions to make changing loop – common to see this is many beginner books. Pattern with side note – finished size, yarn, notion and gauge. You get a full image of the dishcloth. Not for the straight out beginner but once you got the skills down and practice these ones can be done. There are twenty five patterns – so the book is not that long to get through if you read before doing the patterns.