I used to buy this magazine every month without fail. While I have mixed feelings about the supernatural, fortune telling and spooky goings on in general, I am fascinated by the subject and would look forward to sitting down with a cuppa with the latest edition and soak up the latest collection of stories to have you looking over your shoulder and keeping the light on at night.
Unfortunately, these days I don't buy the magazine every month and while I will still pick up a copy if I know I'm going to the hairdressers or will be sitting about somewhere else for some time, it certainly isn't a must-have any more.
After months and years of past life adventures, soul mates, ghostly goings on in the garden and the like I think it's all got a bit repetitive and while I appreciate that it's difficult to keep coming up with new things, I would have thought that the magazine appealed to those who are looking for something away from the norm and so new angles and subjects are essential.
Also, I don't know if it's me who has been reading about this kind of thing for too long, but some of the stories either seem so run of the mill they hardly deserve the space or so far fetched I just tut and turn the page. For me it's the every day nature and real-life normality behind a lot of these stories that make me take them seriously but these are probably hard to come by and the people who have had the experiences might not be so ready to share them with a magazine.
I still can't resist a look when I'm choosing something to read but I don't feel this magazine is what it used to be.
68 meggeson aveTownhill ParkSouthamptonSo18 2EsTo Whom It may concernI have been buying TaB magazine for 20 years and I,ve had a subscription for the last 2 years.I have e-mailed and written as I am still waiting for my Feb issue.Can you please let me know what is happening as Feb issue has been in shops for a week and I subscribed as I was getting mag early.Yours sincerelyNikki Pope
While I am not a huge magazine reader I often find myself browsing the shelves during my supermarket trips and looking for something to read, often tired of the usual celeb filled options I'll sometimes pick up Take A Break Fate & Fortune for a little something different. It's certainly not a magazine for everybody, in fact for some it contains many subjects they may disapprove of such as mediumship(talking with the dead) Psychics and magic. While I am skeptical of the existence of such abilities I find it fascinating to read about and I'm sure we'd all like to hope that there is some form of afterlife where we can see our loved ones again.
Fate and Fortune is a spin off from the standard Take a break magazine which features real life stories, letters, competitions etc. It comes out monthly and costs £1.60, a lot of the content is similar to a standard Take A Break but with a supernatural twist. The magazine has the feel that it is aimed at the 25 and upwards range and definitely angles more towards womens interests then mens, not that I'm saying men don't read it, but it certainly feels more of a womens mag'
Fate And Fortune-
Like many of the "real life" magazines such as Take a Break, Woman, Bella etc the cover of the magazine is packed tightly with titles of the articles featured within, the magazines title itself is squashed at the top of the cover along with the issue date/number and the price. The cover usually features a suitably attractive but not supermodel style woman and in the case of Fate and Fortune she is always posed with an appropriately mysterious expression.
I wont go into too much detail on the actual articles after all they change every month and even the nature of the articles themselves may change with the need for the magazine to stay fresh and appealing, adding new topics and removing older ones. So writing detail about this months articles wont really help next months review readers.
The magazine has many regular articles such as a letters page where the top letter of the month receives a prize of £50, other printed letters also receive prizes. Voices from beyond the grave is another form of letters page where Mandy Masters contacts loved ones of readers who have written in, their letters usually contain little real information other than their names and who they wish to contact, Mandy will reply with a message from the relatives spirit, there are also messages from beyond the grave to people who haven't wrote in.
Real Magic is a section about spells. Leanna, a white witch, will guide you through spells and readers can write in with their own spells, if they are printed they can win £100.
True life is just that, stories from readers own lifes, just like you would find in any magazine only these stories revolve around spooky encounters, hauntings, psychic abilities etc...
Psychic detective features Kevin wade who with the help of his spirit guide will try and solve mysteries psychically after looking at the evidence and suspects involved.
Ask us anything is another section that relies on readers input answering their questions on all things spiritual and mystical including the ever popular Feng Shui.
The magazine is packed with different articles all featuring varied aspects of the supernatural world, as well as those Ive mentioned above there is regular competition and give aways sections, monthly features, Mystic mix, Your Health, Psychic road show where they tour the country testing locals abilities, Psychometry(using an object to get a reading/message from it's former, deceased, owner) Angels, Notice board which also features penpals and of course it wouldn't be complete without a horoscopes page.
Well you really do need to be open minded to read this, while I'm always happy to be proved wrong about the supernatural even I find it hard to read about a telepathic horse! Of course readers have no way of knowing whether the entire contents is fabricated or real but there must be some truth behind it, even if the letters answered are done so accurately by sheer fluke. Some advice of course is obvious when you read about someones problem or individual circumstance and so common sense can play a large part.
I do like reading the Voices From Beyond section, it is always nice to see the answers given by the supposed spirits, while part of me doubts the reality of mediumship it is always hard to answer the question "how would they know the finer details?" and it is always surprising to see what information the medium comes up with. It's a nice thought that our loved ones are out there watching over us and there if we need them. I feel the answers to the readers are important because even if they are not true they go some way in helping the reader feel better about their loss.
The psychic detective is a great section for all the amateur detectives out there, often the article will feature well known unsolved mysteries, while the conclusion reached may not be the real answer it is always fascinating to read, of course we will never really know the truth and that's why they're "unsolved" mysteries. You never know he might actually have the right answer!
I also like the True Life section, it gives you something fresh every month to challenge your beliefs, these are real people (at least they seem to be) having unusual experiences and if nothing else make a great story. It's kind of like watching Jeremy Kyle or another talk show, you can't quite tell if it's for real or exaggerated but either way it's fascinating and you can't turn off.
A few sections really dont appeal to me, although Im sure many find them fascinating. For example Real Magic, I just can't get into all this business about spells, it makes great books and films but I cant see how it would actually work in real life. Ok so they print readers own spells, but do they really test them themselves? Have the readers tried them with success? spells to increase fertility for example just seem like nonsense to me, if there's a problem that healthy living or in extreme cases medicine cant help then how are some funny words and wacky ingredients going to make a difference? And of course then there's the horse, while the problems and answers may be interesting it's simply the fact that they're using a "telepathic horse" that gets me, surely it would be just as good with a normal human psychic that has experience of problems and events similar to that of the readers.
The competitions, give aways and horoscopes are nothing new. The only difference with this magazine is that the prizes are readings by a psychic or Tarot cards and such things rather than beauty products, cars, shopping trips etc .. How accurate the horoscopes are I can only guess, I suppose it depends on how the individual interprets them, I personally wouldn't live my life by what they predict though.
This is the kind of magazine that will keep me going for the month, Ill read the most appealing articles first and then work my way through the rest of it as the month goes by. I love that it isn't packed full of celebrity photos and little else like many magazines are, there is varied content and is very rarely repeated unlike in a magazine I once read that had 2 separate mentions of Sheryl Crow advising us to only use one sheet of loo roll at a time, this is pointless once let alone twice!
The magazine itself looks great, it is well laid out, easy to read and features lots of great pictures. There are far too many adverts but that's always the way with monthly magazines, you just have to skip through them and find the bits that interest you, of course there are no end of phone lines with psychics ready and waiting for your call, it's these things which pay to keep the magazine going. For £1.60 this is a magazine that is really good value for money, there is a lot of content for your pennies and it is only out once a month, just think there aren't many magazines with as much content out for 40p a week! One problem I've found though is that smaller shops(at least near me) don't stock the magazine and I have to rely on the supermarket having it.
It's isn't a magazine I would quickly recommend, while I enjoy it for a little light reading and find many of it's aspects fascinating many people simply will not be interested. If you think ghosts, angels and magic is all a load of hokum and nonsense then I seriously recommend you avoid this, likewise if you're a more serious fan of the supernatural, I dont think this magazine would be in depth enough for you, it's not one of the more serious supernatural magazines out there. Still over all I like it, it makes a pleasant change from the usual stuff and is a pleasant reminder that real life and not celebrity life is what matters, if you're like me and after something a little different then by all means give this a go.
I can take or leave celebrity magazines, I have never really got excited about the latest copy of Heat or Hello magazine, but the one thing I do love, merely for cheap laughs is Fate and Fortune which is a spin off to Take a Break. My mum buys Take a Break magazine and we usually argue over whom is going to do all of the puzzles first when I go around for dinner so when she stopped buying it I was hoping to find something else to keep me amused.
I found Fate and Fortune which appealed to me because I love reading into peoples astrological star-signs, I have been to see a psychic and a friend of mine regularly reads Tarot cards and I have always been fascinated by what the future holds for me and I love reading spooky stories of people seeing ghosts and coming back from the dead. However, this magazine is read by those with an interest in the stars, new age themes and complementary/alternative health issues not quite what I was hoping for I have to admit, but I am prepared to give it a go and see what it is like. This magazine is also monthly costing only £1.60.
The magazine usually has a bright front-page which is immediately eye catching upon any shelf and it does look very similar to its sister magazine Take a Break with its layout and design. As with Take a Break there is a savvy looking lady on the front cover surrounded by a mix of eye-catching headlines such as This dead pilot lives on in our boy and Psychic Slimming unlike the cover of the Take a Break Magazine where you have headlines such as My Sister is now my brother with Fate and Fortune there is something spiritual about the headlines.
Upon opening the magazine inside front cover gives an insight into what stories and articles can be found within the magazine by looking at contents list for this month with articles.
As with Take a Break there is a letters page in which those who read this magazine have sent in letters which are usually about something spooky they feel has or is currently happening to them and the best letter will win the prize of £50 for their efforts.
Next we have Voices from beyond and this section belongs to a medium that due to the thalidomide drug was born without any arms. She is called Mandy Masters and claims that she is able to contact your dead relatives or friends. Now I am not sure whether or not to take this section at all seriously but in this issue we have a letter from someone telling Mandy Masters some information about the person that they wish her to get in touch with for them and then Mandy will tell that reader all about this person and the relationship they shared with them and from looking at previous issues she is usually spot on.
Now if you think that is a bit off the mark let me introduce you to Leanna who is a white witch and this section for me is a bit weird because Leanna asks readers to send in spells and the best one gets printed and the reader wins £100, but it doesnt stop there because Leanna will also let you in on her secret spells too and she gives readers advice on which spells will work for their current problems and how best to perform them safely. So for anyone who annoys me watch out, I might just turn you into a frog!
Finally we have a section which is aptly named True Life and this time you can win £200 if your story is published about a real life encounter with the supernatural and some of the stories are similar to those you would find in Take a Break but they have an eerie side to them, some of the stories are quite sad and believable but having read some of these stories it becomes obvious that many readers sit and write any old claptrap to win the money, sounds much like a Ciao competition with many of the writers allegedly buying the said product of the week and reviewing it.
Now as I mentioned I have been to see a psychic and I am always interested in what other peoples experiences are so when I saw the psychic detective section in the contents page I was quite looking forward to reading it. Now the psychic detective is an ex policeman called Kevin Wade and Kevin goes around trying to solve unsolved murders and other crimes with his psychic abilities. Kevin will take on a story explain what he feels is happening and then give his very own verdict. The one story which does stand out for me I think was in the May issue and it was about a missing Mariner and Kevin has predicted that the missing mariner is infact not missing but is very much alive and living a life abroad. I wait with baited breath to see whether or not this is proven to be true.
Another section that I found really entertaining to read is called Psychometry. In this section readers send in a photo of a household item into Jayne Wallace and using her psychic powers she will give the reader a story surrounding the item and unlock any secrets the item holds.
Now in any magazine called Fate and Fortune there has to be a horoscope section and a list of every star sign can be found along with an insight into what will happen for you within the coming weeks and unlike most magazines where horoscopes are shoved in the back, within this one they are quite possibly the biggest feature spanning over 7 pages with details love, life, success and cash and if that doesnt satisfy you, there is also a chance to telephone your horoscope hotline for a more detailed horoscope.
For those readers who are interested in Health Issues there is a section titled Your Health and here you will find numerous recipes for herbal remedies which can help with many differing conditions and you might also find a slimming feature which will give you the best advice there is on slimming for that month, notably the advice changes from month to month.
So far we have gone through some of the more believable aspects to this magazine and now we enter what can only be described as completely off the wall and having 4 or 5 different sections to choose from such as The Noticeboard which will tell you about spooky goings on around the Country and an Angel Psychic who tells people who is looking out for them during their daily life. Does anyone believe they are surrounded by a Guardian Angel? In the Ask the Angel section if you want to know more about these angels then Jayn Lee-Miller is the expert in this field and she will start by giving you an insight into what different types of angels there are and when and how to ask for them for help. Jayn will then go on to explain up to 3 angel cards and their meanings and answers the reader's questions.
Then we have Texas and well lets just say seeing is believing. I am sure a lot of people will remember the television programme Mr Ed it used to be on Channel 4 and it was about a talking horse, well Fate and Fortune has obviously found a relative of Mr. Ed because let me introduce you to 15 year old Texas the psychic horse. Now if you have an issue and you are at your wits end and really just do not know what to do, Texas is an agony aunt whom you can write too and tell your problems and he will help you deal with them using his owner to pass on and communicate with the readers.
Now no magazine is complete without the puzzles and prizes section and as this is the feature my Mum and I argue over the most I am finally glad to see that I have got my own section which contains things like Sudoku and arrow words, the kind of puzzles you would expect to see in Take a Break funnily enough and with prizes to be won of a normal nature, which for this magazine is rather weird as I was expecting to win a years Free Tarot Card reading or something more peculiar. However the competitions are serious and you can send your answers in by post, by phone or fax.
As with many magazines these days it is very much reliant on adverts and in Fate and Fortune you wont be surprised to read that they are all based on spiritual readings which encourage you to ring hotlines, on a premium rate number to get your Tarot Readings and so forth.
So what did I think to Fate and Fortune? In the future if I am tempted to pick up any of the Take a Break range I will stick with the main editions and will steer well clear of the Fate and Fortune spin off. Well presented and packed full of easy to read stories I found myself in hysterics at times but in the end, poor old Texas and his psychic abilities was too much to handle even for me. As I have said, I really like reading my horoscopes and have had my Tarot Cards read but I couldnt possibly take any of it seriously and anyone who believes a horse has psychic powers and communicates through his owner is well in need of a little help. So I will definitely not be buying this again anytime soon. £1.60 might not seem a lot, but when you consider that I only really enjoy the horoscopes and fairly easy puzzles it is actually overpriced.
Take a break
This is one of those magazines I picked up a while ago, in error- I merely saw Take a Break and thought it was the original magazine by that name. needless to say, its quite different, although being a spin off of the original magazine, this does promise to deal with true life stories. I was never especially convinced by the original, but continued to give this a go.
A few readings on, mainly when I need light and not overly taxing reading, and I am at the stage now where I am sitting with the June edition in front of me- nothing very spooky there.
Deciding to be original, I start at the very beginning, and there, as with other editions I have bought is the stereo typical front cover. Why so? As ever, there is a rather attractive, glitzy lady on the front, although what she has to do with spooky goings on eludes me. Tightly packed with attention grabbing headlines, her rather nifty turquoise outfit eludes me, instead I am bombarded with statements such as This dead pilot lives on in our boy and Psychic Slimming.
The price of £1.60 is similarly almost, but not quite obscured; not a lot to pay for some quite astonishing articles!
Inside front cover gives me the fascinating contents list for this month, dealing with the Weird and Wonderful, including the mystery of the missing mariner, Regulars, with such astounding topics as asking the angels, Questions answered and Puzzles and offers.
With such a choice, its hard to know where to begin
As with most magazines, there is a section devoted to letters, and this section is right at the beginning, with a double page spread devoted to readers aiming to grab £50 for the prize letter. Hard to know if the letters are true or if people are trying for the cash prize, but I always find myself reading them, before being drawn to the antics of the spooky reporter; I am almost tempted to send in my details but if I have to have a ghost grab my leg like the poor unfortunate in this months magazine, then I think not
The regular section include a range of articles and features, all dealing with the supernatural, and sometimes quite hard to believe.
Mystic Mix deals with the with the weird and wonderful and this month includes a rather strange article about a mother who heard her son speaking from beyond the grave, telling her to keep his sperm so he can have children. Makes me wonder if there are any takers.
Real Magic is the section where you can send the white witch Leanna (yes, she has a broomstick) your spells which have worked. Leanna answers readers spells, giving advice, and then gives an example of her own magic, straight form her own spell book.
Psychometry allows people to send in pictures of objects with a brief description, and Jayne will give you the story and using her psychic powers, will unlock the secrets. So, if you want Jayne to read a possession, send a picture to the e mail address.
Angel expert, Jayn shows you how your angelic protectors can help you, and these pages are littered with examples of readers sending in angelic experiences and drawings of their own angels
Of course, there has to be horoscopes, and in this magazine they take up no less than 7 pages, covering love, life, success and cash, as well as the chance to telephone your horoscope hotline to pay lots of money for a detailed horoscope.
The Noticeboard puts you in touch with spooky goings on around the country, and allows people interested in this sort of thing to find a pen friend.
The Psychic Love Coach answers your love questions, and although she cant answer questions personally, she can answer them in the magazine, and give ideas as to how you can tap into universal love I want some of that!
~~Weird and Wonderful~~
This seems to be the sections where most of the excitement and changes come into force, with true life stories and experiences in real Take a Break style.
The Psychic Detective investigates strange goings on, and this month its the case of a missing mariner. He gives his verdict, and has decided that the man in question is living a life abroad I do wonder if he will come forward and prove the detective right.
There is a section where you can close your eyes, and get the flower petals to read your past, present and future, but I seem to get a different reading each time I try it out
We also have articles about a pilot who has been reincarnated as a small boy and spooky pets who come back from the dead, as well as possessed phones and a dead father who appears on the sofa.
This is, I think where it gets most out of touch with reality. Each month, we have a section on voices from beyond where readers are suitably amazed at the accuracy of many Masters messages from dead loved ones. Fair enough, this I have seen before, and I have also heard of people reading dreams, but the monthly appearance of Texas the psychic Horse this is a tad strange to say the very least. Every month, this four legged agony uncle soothes the souls of people and their pets. Described as a 15year old with spirit guides, he relies heavily on the help of his animal owner and communicator to pass on the messages. Quite how this is done I will never know, but there are plenty of letters from people writing to Dear Texas
~~Other bits and pieces~~
As with most magazines, there are puzzles and prizes, including such normal activities as arrow word and Sudoku.
There are freebies to be won and a spa break in London.
The magazine is also heavily reliant on adverts- these being mostly of the spiritual kind, encouraging the reader to make premium rate phone calls for readings.
Happily the magazine encourages you to recycle it after use.
~~What I think~~
As I said, the first time I read this was an accident, and I would say quite a happy accident. I have then flicked through it on numerous occasions, in the same spirit (no pun intended) as I flick through the more well known Take a Break; on the whole I am astounded at how dull and non happening my life is compared to the lives of others.
Some of the articles and features are quite frankly hard to swallow, but I do admit to getting a bit spooked by things like the photos although the realist in me tells me that it is so not a forest spirit walking their dog! On the subject of hard to swallow, I dont think I can possibly take the psychic horse seriously, and I do wonder if these people writing to a horse are for real
On the whole, I am fairly cynical about this kind of thing, and get the feeling that the readers writing letters may be trying to win the £50 prize. However, for a light hearted read, and taken in context, its not taxing, not over priced, and at times quite unbelievable.
Not one I would have delivered on a monthly basis, but for a magazine full of pictures and topic openers, a goodie!
Thanks for reading
Ok for a start off I am not big into magazines of any kind (with the exception of computing mags) and I am certainly not an avid reader of the original take a break magazine or this spin off from it (take a breaks fate and fortune) so in order to write this review I have done plenty research, a fair bit of first time reading of this mag and I have also taken a lot of very good advice from my fiancée who cant get enough of these types of magazines, so here goes!
The original take a break magazine has many features in it and one thing I have to give it great credit for is the fact that it tells real life tales and stays away from slagging off celebs and taking pictures of them not looking their best which I feel is a very poor way to try to entertain people. The original take a break mag actually pays people like you and I for our real life stories not only so others can delve into your secrets but so perhaps our experiences can help other readers. For me this magazine gets a thumbs up, however the spin off mag which this review is about gets an all together different vote from me.
Take a breaks fate and fortune magazine is a monthly magazine which for me contains a collection of the biggest lot of rubbish I have ever had the misfortune to read. Including sections on voices from beyond, real magic, the psychic detective, phantoms on film and other such garbage. It is very much a magazine for people who are believers in the supernatural, horoscopes and being able to contact the dead which to me is all nonsense. I will however let you know what the magazine holds in store for you so you can make up your own mind.
The front cover:
Where better to start than at the beginning? The front cover is very bright and definitely catches the eye, especially the guys eyes as it follows in the footsteps of its sister magazine with a picture of a beautiful girl on it for some reason best known to the publisher. Apart from the pretty girl it has only the price, the month of issue and a quick description of what you can expect to find inside.
This is a list of the features in this months issue (May 2007) but my fiancée assures me they tend to be pretty much the same from month to month.
Letters: as you can probably guess from the title this section is used to publish letters that readers have sent in usually about something spooky they feel has happened to them or rather in my opinion some ghost story they have dreamed up to try to win the prize of £50 for best story.
Voices from beyond: this section belongs to a medium that due to the thalidomide drug was born without arms. She goes by the name of Mandy Masters and claims to be able to contact your dead relatives or friends. This section kicks off with a letter from some deluded person telling the great Mandy Masters a bit about the person they wish her to get in touch with, then without any prior knowledge or so we are led to believe Mandy will tell the reader all about this person and the relationship they shared with them and guess what? From what I have read shes usually right. Now I dont mean to mock people who believe in this sort of stuff I am just giving my opinion on it and on what I have read.
Real magic: what magazine would be complete without a section from its own resident white witch? Well this magazine wouldnt anyway and it has one named Leanna, she not only lets you into the secret of her spells but offers you a prize of £100 if you send her a spell of your own good enough to be printed in this fine magazine.
True life: take the title very lightly because once again there is a prize involved, this time £200 can be won if they publish your story of your real life encounter with the supernatural. Having read one from this month and one from last I feel the people writing them are as mad as the people who came up with the idea of this magazine in the first place.
The psychic detective: I loved reading this part, not because I was drawn in by this ex policeman Kevin Wade who now goes around trying to solve unsolved murders and other crimes with his psychic ability but because it gave me the best laugh I have had in years. Mr Wade is pictured in his trench coat and there is a story of the crime he will investigate followed by his judgement on what went on. He could clearly write anything he liked as the cases have indeed never been solved so we have no idea if what he says is anywhere near the truth or not.
Psychometry: according to my other half this section is a fairly new one but I can tell you its equally as crazy as the rest. In this section readers send in a photo of a household item and she gives them a reading from it, brilliant eh?
Your health: this is one of the more believable parts of this magazine. It contains recipes for herbal remedies and a slimming feature. Judging by the rest of what I have read though I would still suggest things in this section be taken with a pinch of salt.
Horoscopes: well we all know what to expect from this section, a list of all the star signs followed by some mumbo jumbo about what to expect in the coming weeks. What I have never understood about this section not only in this mag but in any, is if the mag has around say a thousand Leos reading like myself then are we expected to believe that we are all going to come into money or meet the love of our lives all in the same month.
Psychic road show: each month a group of psychics go out and about giving readings to members of the public then return to write a bit about them for us all to be amazed by.
Phantoms on film: this section is for the readers to send in images they have captured which appear to have spooky images within or strange goings on for us all to gape at.
Texas the psychic horse: although this is not the last section in the magazine I have left it last to write about because if you thought I was making it up you might stop reading. There truly is a section in this magazine in which you can write in sort of agony aunt style and tell your problems to Texas the not only psychic but also talking horse. Dont know about you but I am truly amazed!!! (Falls of the seat laughing)
As with most magazines this one is littered with adverts and competitions. The adverts tend mainly to be for premium number call lines for tarot readings and the likes although some of the competitions offer decent prizes.
My over all opinion:
Although people who just enjoy reading can pretty much just pick up anything and browse through finding something of interest I feel this is an either love it or hate it type magazine. If you are a believer in all things psychic then you will probably really enjoy this magazine. On the other hand if you are a non believer then you will probably not find anything of interest in these pages. If you are unsure and feel you would have to try it to be sure then the good news is it is fairly widely available, most newsagents and supermarkets will have a copy and at only £1.60 it doesnt break the bank to give it a shot. As I have made perfectly clear this magazine was not for me and if like me you are a sceptic then give this a wide berth unless you just want it for humour value because the thought of grown adults writing in to a talking psychic horses certainly gave me a laugh. If on the other hand this sort of thing is right up your street then this magazine will have enough variations of the unknown to keep you interested from beginning to end.
I just have to end by saying that although I have made fun of this magazine through my review it is merely my opinion and it is not intended as a put down to people who do believe in life after death, horoscopes and such like. this site is all about opinions and I am sure there will be reviews written on the subject by people who enjoyed the magazine. I would also like to say that if this is not for you then try the original take a break it just might be!
Once again I hope you found my review useful and enjoyed reading it, thank you all.
I must admit I am not a huge fan of magazines and usually only buy them if I am going on a long journey, the main reason being I can't be bothered reading all these celebrity mags. Let's be honest they only tell you what they want to be public knowledge and every different magazine will usually have the same story, you know what colour the latest wag or BB wannabes knickers are! (Sorry rant over) But this magazine does appeal to me firstly it is monthly and secondly I am interested in all things natural and spiritual the other bonus is there is very little about celebrities.
So I will try and give you a good overview of the content.
The cover is quite colourful and has the usual take a break layout with the usual pretty girl why I don't know but there she is! It also states the month the one in front of me is May 2007 but the whole layout inside and outside is usually the same. The price is also quite prominent and is £1.60 and then lots of headlines advertising the different stories and articles inside the mag.
Firstly you get your letters where people write in with their very short tales of spooky going ons. The prize letter wins £50 and just for getting published £25.
Then a small section for the spooky reporter where a member of the public reports on a ghost hunt they have been on at a nice spooky place usually a pub!
Down the side of page 3 you have the contents for the rest of the mag.
My opinion . These little sections do not take to long to read and can be funny, believable and interesting.
This month includes a psychic CV from famous medium Mia Dolan who is on a TV programme called Haunted homes. Also lots of little snippets of information about different things including this month the medium that had correctly revealed in 1944 through her spirit guide that 2 warships had been sunk but the admiralty had not made this public and worried she was a threat to national security they arrested and jailed her she died in 1956 but she still has been denied a official pardon.
My opinion . I like this section it always has something interesting and eye-catching and the stories are mostly factual.
VOICES FROM BEYOND
This is Mandy Masters section she is a medium who was born without arms due to the thalidomide drug and helps the readers contact their dead loved ones.
This starts with a letter from a reader, which doesn't give much away apart from the person, they want to contact and then Mandy tells the reader all about their relationship with the person and different things to prove it is them like how they died and important dates. It then goes back to the reader who gives their whole story of why they want to contact that person had how well Mandy did. There are usually 3 different readings and stories and the readers are always blown away by how accurate Mandy is.
There is also a small section with messages that Mandy has for unknown readers from her spirit guides. So if you know Alan from Poplar tell him his Nan has a message for him!!
This month there is 2 stories and also a section from Mandy explaining how she can't use her spirit guides for her own family. I must admit the way she writes is very open and honest and in it's own way believable.
Then at the end is a small section from Mandy's postbag from readers asking for help and her short replies.
My opinion . This section is very easy to read but I do find it a bit similar each month. The letters and replies from the readers are very heartfelt and I always read them with the opinion of if it helps someone get through their loss then that is a good thing. Also it depends if you believe in mediums but then if you are buying this mag then you are at least curious.
This is the real magic section with a white witch called Leanna, It gives you lot's of tips for performing your own spells and how to perform them safely. Leanna usually gives you 1 spell and also prints a couple of reader's spells with her opinion and advice with them. They will also pay you £100 if they print your spell, the kind of spells you get are fertility ones, money, health & this month getting rid of rats!!
My opinion To be honest I haven't tried any of the spells, as I am a bit weary of them but I have been tempted to turn a few people into frogs! From reading the spells in here they are very easy to do and no eye of newt required!
These are the real life stories that pop up, this month's is about a solider that haunts a theatre in Tameside, a young girl who has written a book with the help of her spirit guide, a woman who believes a scarf she was given helped to heal through a car crash, leukaemia and a heart attack and also a girl who received a strange call from her dead mum's mobile on her wedding day when the actual phone was uncharged and hadn't been used since her mum died. The main true-life feature this month is about people who use their psychic abilities at work, which includes a nurse, taxi driver & a plumber! Also if you have a good spooky story they will pay you £200 if they publish it.
My opinion These stories are usually interesting, well written, not drawn out and can sometimes be quite sad; some I find a bit hard to believe but then again there are also some that are very believable and a bit creepy. You usually get a good outcome and not a lot of the tragedies that you get in a lot of mags.
ASK US ANYTHING
The ask us anything section which sees readers asking questions about anything spiritual including Feng shui which has a regular feature here this months is for the garden and the best place to have a patio. Also the 13 moon phases, body language and trying out spiritualist churches.
My opinion This section is interesting and I have picked up a few a few tips on crystals and some of the pagan festivals that are still celebrated.
THE PSYCHIC DETECTIVE
Yes there is such a person! He is Kevin Wade an ex policeman who is shown in a picture complete with trench coat and hat! Every month he looks into an unsolved or suspicious murder or death and tries to solve it. This month is the murder of Valerie Percy who was a young American girl who had been bludgeoned to death in her bed while her family slept. You firstly read the story behind the murder and then you get the suspects and possibilities there are a lot of photographs and then you get the conclusion after Kevin consults his guides. You can also send your suggestions into Kevin Wade for him to investigate.
My opinion This is actually my favourite part of the mag, I know it can't be proved one way or the other but you do find out a lot of facts that you may of not known before. Also he has looked at a lot of famous suspicious murders or suspicious deaths and some of them have been really interesting.
Every month they have a different feature and this month is crystal medicine, it is laid out with the ailments in alphabetical order and the different crystals that can help. You always get a short introduction and also advice on how to use them. Like wearing amethyst can help acne & headaches, jade for constipation & endometrisis.These pages are very well laid out, eye-catching and easy to read.
MY opinion . I usually find these features interesting and fun especially this one as I have loads of different crystals and like to know what each one is for. A lot of the time you get little psychic tests telling you to look at a set of pictures and pick the one that stands out and then read what this means. I usually pick the one that says you are tense and need a rest!
This is a new section with Jayne Wallace, basically people send in pictures of home items and she gives you a reading from them. I have seen this done and people usually give the medium pieces of jewellery not toasters! I hate to think what my toaster would say about me
My opinion This is a new one and to honest it's not my cup of tea or toaster! But it fills up a couple of minutes.
TEXAS THE PSYCHIC HORSE
No you are not seeing things! This is actually the problem page and apparently people do write in with their problems for Texas to help them with! He is a 15-year-old Appaloosa and communicates telepathically (believe it or not he doesn't actually speak!) with his owner and answers the public's problems.
My opinion The page is well laid out and the problems seem genuine and the replies are always positive and helpful but I still have a problem with the horse I mean is he being paid and is there a psychic horse union? Sorry will now stop being sarcastic!
This is a good section for natural remedies and they also have a slimming feature. This month helps with Kidney stones, Shingles and styes.
My opinion I like this section because it gives good advice for common problems, a friend of mine has just been told she has shingles and I told her about the article, which suggests using Lysine cream, her doctor agreed with this and she said it really did help.
ASK THE ANGELS
This is the section for anyone who wants to know more about angels, Jayn Lee-Miller is the expert and she starts by giving an insight into the different angels and when and how to ask for help. She then goes on to explain 3 angel cards and their meanings and answers reader's questions.
My opinion This can be a very interesting section and it is nice to believe that you have a guardian angel looking out for you.
Well let's be honest it had to be here especially in this mag! These are better than the usual magazine horoscope you get 2 signs per page and they give you love, life, success & cash.
My opinion I usually go straight to cash! I do like these horoscopes and try to remember the important dates but as they are a month in advance I usually forget them.
Every month 3 psychics go to a different place around the country and give readings to 2 members of the public each. You read a small amount about the psychic and then the outcome of their readings.
My opinion These are usually quite good most of the time the psychics are very accurate but sometimes they do get it wrong and they do print this, so it is more realistic.
This is where people advertise upcoming events all over the country such as body & soul fairs, dream workshops, paranormal events & tarot workshops to name but a few.
MY opinion These are very well laid out with the place names in bold writing so you can quickly see if there is anything in your area. I have only seen a couple of medium nights in my area but they are very widespread.
PHANTOMS ON FILM
Craig Hamilton-Parker takes a look of 3 photographs that readers have sent in with spooky looking images in them and gives his verdict whether or not they are paranormal or not. You do get a lot of pictures with orbs (little round spheres that are supposed to be spiritual energy) and some that look like images of people or spirits.
My opinion This is another interesting section and Craig does say if he thinks there is a logical explanation. Sometimes I can't make the blurry shapes out but then read the verdict and then work it out.
There are a few of these dotted through the mag usually to win a spooky night somewhere or a reading with a top psychic. The kind of competitions are using your sixth sense to find an object in a picture, answering a simple question or completing a puzzle. You can phone, fax or send your answers by post.
You also have the 5 fabulous prizes giveaway which this month includes A TV/DVD combi & DVD's.
My ownly gripe really are the amount of adverts for psychic premium rate phone lines, there are a lot dotted through the mag.
MY OVERALL OPINION
I really do like this mag I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it does have the added factor of having the same format every month with a few new bit's and pieces added. It's not a really serious psychic mag but there are other magazines that cater for that end of the market. I don't always read every article straight away but will go back to it through the month, basically if you are interested in anything spiritual, new age, mediums or anything a little bit different then this may be for you but if these kind of things freak you out the I would give this one a miss. I must admit my other half takes the mick when I buy my copy but funnily enough it always seems to end up in the bathroom where he does most of his reading!
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~~ Take A Breaks Fate & Fortune ~~
I have recently stopped buying all my weekly magazines and I just keep to my regular monthly ones, mainly because I was just not getting the time to read them all. I chose this one because I love spooky stories and reading about anything spiritual. So, enough of my waffle lets get down to business of the magazine. The one I have in front of me is the July 2006 issue; the majority of the format is the same on a monthly basis, just changing the stories and the finer details.
~~ The Cover ~~
Why is it they always have to have a pretty girl on the front to try and attract your attention? Anyway, we have a pretty girl who is surrounded by banners advertising the stories inside to draw you eyes to. I wont go through them all here, as I will be mentioning them throughout the review. You can also find the price on the front which is £1.60, which is not bad for a monthly issue containing a full 60 pages.
~~ Your Letters ~~
We have skipped the contents page on pg 2 and gone straight for page 3, the top half to be exact. It is as it says your letters; they give £25 for each letter printed and the prize letter gets a £50 new age gift set, comprising of CDs, Oracle cards and more. The stories are broken down with little titles, Luckiest, Warmest, Nicest and Loveliest.
My Opinion: I really enjoy reading these letters, they are sent by ordinary people wishing to share their spooky experiences.
The other half of this page is where people have sent there eerie photos in to be analysed by Craig Hamilton-Parker, he will tell you if he feels you have captured a ghost or is it a little bit of dust or a flash reflection.
My thoughts: Again I find this interesting especially the pictures, sometimes it is very obvious on the picture and other times I have had to really look to see what they are trying to show us.
~~ Mystic Mix ~~
Our next couple of pages are designated to Mystic Mix short snippets of information and pictures, where you are bound to find something that will capture you interest. In this months issue we learn about Limelight Flower Essences that have a 21st Century twist, where you can get things like a teenage blend to help with anxious adolescents, or even one to help against the bullys.
We learn about a Channel 4 program that showed Robbie Williams being hypnotised, an Indian man who was shunned by his family as they thought he was a ghost, plus a few more other snippets.
My View: These are briefings of which some you will find you just skimp over, some you just wont believe as they sound so far fetched, but overall they will amuse you and interest you so well worth a read.
~~ Voices From Beyond ~~
The next three pages are dedicated to this section Voices from beyond where Mandy Masters demonstrates her amazing psychic powers. On these pages she answers your letters and helps you make contact with your loved ones in the spirit world. There are usually three main readings, where Mandy makes a contact and all the information she gets is written down, then the respondent gets to put across their message to their loved one and say what they understand from Mandys message.
There is also a tiny little section for people out there, so if you know Alf from London or John from Leeds, then get yourself a copy as there is a little message for you in it. Finally on Mandys section you have a little problem letter section, it only covers three problems, but Mandy briefly offers some advice.
My feelings: This is a nice section I always enjoy reading about evidence of life everlasting. It is nice as well to read the feedback from the recipients and from what is put down in the magazine; Mandy comes across as an exceptional Medium.
~~ Competition ~~
Each month scattered about the magazine are competitions and freebies for you to try for, we are now at page 9, so lets take a look on this pages competition.
This month you can win a Butlins family holiday and Spa experience with some spending money thrown in as well. All you need to do is read the advertising feature (oops sorry competition), locate the answer to a very simple question and bobs your uncle, pop it on a postcard, keep your fingers, toes, legs and anything else you can cross in the hope that you are that lucky winner.
You have to be in it, to win it, lol.
~~ Ask us anything ~~
Yes you guessed right your intriguing questions are answered here, but not just a Q & A section, no they spice your questions up with colourful pictures and they only cover around 6 questions across two pages. One of these is a Feng Shui Question, which has its own regular monthly corner of the magazine.
This months Feng Shui Corner is about what we wear is it good or is it bad Feng Shui.
Do you know the difference between a life coach and a counsellor? Do your plants pick up on bad vibes? Learn a little about Pyramids and Palm readings and finally how to spice up your sex life.
What do I think: You can usually find something in this section that catches your eye, it covers a variety of items and alternatives, it is an area where you can ask questions and find out about subjects you have little or no knowledge of.
~~ True Life ~~
This is where your stories are told, plus you get paid the princely sum of £200 if it is your story published. So if you have a genuine spooky story you want to share and have you photograph in the magazine then go for it, send it in they are always on the look out for more.
This months story is about a Ghostly Airman that is now finally at peace. It tells us the story of a family that were haunted regularly by this airman over a period of time; they also had objects thrown about across the room. Then in 1996 long after the family had moved away from the house they were watching the local news when they saw a story on there old street. It was telling them that a World War II Hurricane bomber was discovered buried underneath the street, with the pilot skeleton still in the cockpit.
My Opinion: This was quite a moving story and it was sad to here that he had been covered up and left where he landed by the local authorities at that time. It was nice to know that finally he could be at peace. I really do enjoy the true life stories they put here.
~~ Real Magic ~~
We have reached pages 14 & 15 for this section which belongs to Leanna Greenaway a white witch that works for the magazine.
It usually carries a feature story of someone that has used a spell and how it has worked for them, followed by a couple of questions from members of the public asking for help. Leanna will give advice and a simple spell to get desired results.
My thoughts: I do read this but it is not one of my favourite sections as I dont like the idea of tampering with magic spells. I can say though, the spells they mention do appear easy to follow and it is not all about toads legs and puppy dog tails, also there is no mention of snakes or spiders either, lol.
~~ True Life (Readers spooky reality!) ~~
Again here is a chance to read some eerie stories that have been sent in and selected for publication. There are three stories spread over the three pages, comprising of one main story which is slightly longer and two shorter tales. In this months copy the main story is an endearing story from Birmingham and messages from beyond the grave. A short story from Ohio, USA where a couple meet and believe they were once married 2000 years ago and finally a story about EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) where a lady tells us how she heard her dog speak to her from the other side.
What I think: I enjoy these real life stories; they are normally stories that have good endings not like a lot of true stories/ real life tragedies other magazines portray. I dont necessarily take on board everything I read, but it is nice to read of the upliftment these people get and their experiences.
~~ The Psychic Detective ~~
A former policeman and now a top TV psychic Kevin Wade investigates famous unsolved crimes. There is a picture of Kevin Wade posing in a trilby and a trench coat, very prohibition, lol. Well, back to the article, it starts off with the story of the family and the crime. This months investigation is the true story of The Fugitive (the one starring Harrison Ford), about Dr. Sam Sheppherd and the murder of his wife Marilyn. After reading the initial details Kevin Wade looks at all the possibilities and the suspects from all the evidence provided at the time of the crime and summarizes in his conclusion by asking his spirit guides. This takes up three whole pages of the magazine so you can see how deep it goes.
My Opinion: I have found I really do enjoy this article, and yes I know that it cant be proved whether or not Kevins spirit guides have told him right or wrong, as each murder still remains unsolved. But I have learnt a fair bit about unsolved famous murders that I didnt know before. It is really an interesting read.
Oh and by the way, you can send in a suggestion of an unsolved mystery that you would like him to investigate. Get those thinking caps on.
~~ The Oracle ~~
The next four pages are covered by the Oracle this is different each month but it usually has something to do with your star signs and compatibilities, personalities etc.
This months issue covers Fire, Earth, Air and Water signs, holiday ideas and compatibilities. For instance I am Sagittarius (Fire) and my hubby is Libra (Air), so put us together and lets see what Great Holiday would suit us both.
Fire & Air = A sailing holiday in the Isle of Wight (we both love the Isle of Wight, but we both get sea sick, ahh could be a problem), A day skiing at the Tamworth Snowdome in Staffordshire (NO,NO, NO I cant even roller-skate, IM A WIMP!!), A dancing holiday (I love it, hubby hates it, oh dear), Exploring St Lucia, A trip to Mexico (we wouldnt mind either of these two).
Well two out of five aint bad. Anyway give it a go and have a laugh!!
~~ Texas: The Psychic Horse ~~
Yes believe it or not Texas is a horse and he is the magazines only four legged agony uncle and yes people do write in with their problems.
Texas is a 14 yr old Appaloosa horse, he communicates (telepathically, no he does not open his mouth and have a conversation, now behave) with his owner Holly (not Mrs Dolittle). He communicates messages through Holly and back to the reader, so this page is your letters and answers from Texas.
What do you think???
I will say I do like the way they do the layout with each letter starting with your question, then what Texas has to say followed by your feedback and from what is printed it appears to be very positive feedback.
~~ Navel gazing ~~
This is this months topic of conversation, it does change monthly and it did cause quite a stir in my office the other day (but thats another story). So what is Navel gazing, well it shows you how to read your navel, by looking at its position on your belly and how your navel looks.
Does your stick out or is it a deep concave, whatever it is can describe your personality. You could have fun with this getting everyone to flash their belly button for you to analyze
My thoughts: I think this is a bit of fun and can be quite surprising how accurate the results are. It is nice trying out the monthly experiments with your friends and family.
~~More Comps ~~
A couple more competitions for you to rack your brains on, you have a chance of winning a one to one reading with their tarot expert Jayne Wallace (who also has her own section later on in the magazine). Or you could try your hand at the Su-doku competition to win a one to one reading with psychic medium Pat Putt.
~~ The Dream Diva ~~
Joan Hanger was Princess Dianas personal dream coach (well thats what it says in the magazine). She is here to help you interpret your dreams. She usually answers two readers letters about their dreams. Also there is normally a small message relating to dreaming. In this months issue it mentions inspirational dreaming and how you can use your dreams to inspire you in life.
This is not an area that gains my attention, but saying that I wont totally dismiss it, it is a very interesting section if you want to learn more about your dreams.
~~ Giveaways ~~
I have mentioned earlier that doted about are the freebies and comps and you will see the odd little advertisement for a giveaway, where you either phone a number or send in a postcard. This page is dedicated to a mixture of giveaways, a competition and a reader offer, five of them in all.
1. A chance to win a reading
2. Send in a postcard for a chance to win a ruby beaded necklace
3. A chance to win a DVD player and a copy of Stay DVD on a postcard entry, with runner up prizes as well.
4. Want to see the Shamania festival nr. Pendle in Lancs, 3 pairs of camping tickets up for grabs.
Finally a chance for a the giveaway prize of a set of White Eagle Medicine Wheel Cards, or alternatively you could take up the reader offer of saving £3.00 and buying yourself a set for just £14.99.
~~ Your Horoscopes for the coming month ~~
A page is designated for each star sign and your horoscope is broken down into Love and Relationships, Fun and Friendship, Family, Cash, Career, Inner You and finally important dates throughout that month.
~~ Psychic Roadshow ~~
The roadshow goes to a different town each month and puts three local talents to the test, each psychic gives a reading to two members of the public they have met walking around the town.
My Opinion: What I like about his piece is once again the magazine tries to put across an unbiased opinion, there is a brief description of each medium, followed by the details of the reading for each participant, then you are given the respondents opinion of the reading even if they do not understand what the medium has given. I think this is a brilliant section.
~~ Notice board ~~
These two pages give you an idea of whats on in and around the country. They need your input to advertise your event here. I always take a look for anything near to my area. There is also a section where other readers who are looking for penpals with similar interests.
~~ And Now the End is Near ~~
We are now coming towards the end of the magazine, we have lost around 4-5 pages with advertising and classified ads, but before we leave the magazine we still have more to enjoy.
The Psychic Love Coach: where people write about the love problems and their love expert Alison Chan Lung offers her words of wisdom. It is not a big section only two letters are covered a month, so if you send in your problem you may have a long wait for a public answer, it may be best to talk to each other.
A final competition for you to test your own psychic abilities, there is a picture with five objects and something is hidden under one of them, it is up to you to say which one it is and if you are right you could have the chance of winning £50.00.
Jaynes Tarot Workshop this is another regular article where Jayne takes you through some of the tarot cards and there meanings, she also does a tarot reading for last months lucky competition winner.
Finally (whew yes weve got there at last), we end the magazine with Uri Gellers Mystic Masterclass. Each month Uri Geller talks about a different subject and he also gives you a little exercise to try (No not spoon bending). This month he talked about Animal instincts, talking mainly about birds and how tests have proven how intelligent they are and how they recognise different bird songs. The exercise in this issue talks you through practicing telepathy, its fun you should give it a go.
~~ Overall Opinion ~~
I love the magazine thats why I subscribe to it, I like the way it backs up what readings are given with constructive feedback from the recipients. I enjoy the stories, I do love spooky stories, and I find there are lots of things that can be of interest. I dont always read every article, but I do read the majority of them, plus you get all this for the fairly reasonable price of £1.60 per month, which is not bad if you consider how much weekly magazines cost these days.
If you have an interest in psychics, mediums, new age theories, anything different then this will be of interest to you, they have even had stories on aliens in previous issues. I would recommend it to you.
But if all this does not spike your interest I would give it a miss.
Well if you have got this far, I sincerely hope I did not bore you to death and I thank you very much for reading it.