Book Reviews

Book Review: The Compendium of Magical Things

By Radleigh Valentine

Published December 2018

194 Pages

While this isn’t a new book, I thought it was worth reviewing – for the synchronicities that led me to it if nothing else.  I don’t watch Gaia often, and usually only new shows turn up on my homepage.  The other day, a show from several years ago popped up on the topic of divination (which was not something I’d been actively searching for).  Turns out it was an interview with this author, Radleigh Valentine.  I wasn’t familiar with him but within minutes, I was entranced with his personality.  Before the show was over, I’d picked up a Kindle version of this book.

Radleigh’s approach is to take the fear out of communicating with the Divine (Source, the Universe, your guides, God, whatever you choose to call it).   His primary gift is psychic communication, particularly with Angels, but he’s also authored several books on manifestation and created a few beautiful Tarot decks.  In this book, he presents several oracles for communicating and manifesting through your own intuition with assistance from the Divine.

As I stated above, I was drawn to read this due in large part to the author’s personality and I’m happy to report it shines through.  The information is also on point.  Although it’s intended to be an introduction and overview, it covers a lot.  Including:

  • Communication with Angels
  • Communication with Faeries
  • Tarot and Oracle Cards
  • Lenormand
  • Runes
  • Pendulums
  • The I Ching
  • Astrology
  • Numerology
  • Meditation
  • Mantras

I’m sure there are more, but the only one I can think of that wasn’t covered was reading tea leaves.

In each chapter, Radleigh lays out what type of person might be drawn to that particular oracle and an overview of how each system works and ways to manifest with it.  Some chapters, like Astrology, I skipped over since I’ve studied it for over a decade but others I spent more time on.  Regardless of what you’re drawn to, this is intended to be an overview for beginners so more study would be necessary.  Except, perhaps, for the pendulum.  They’re pretty easy to work with.  However, he’s included a list of further reading for each topic and they’re pretty inclusive.  I was happy to see my favorite astrologist, Steven Forrest, on the list with the same book I always recommend to people when they’re beginning their astrology studies.

I was initially interested on the section on reading Runes, since I’ve worked with them but didn’t feel a great affinity for them.  What I wound up following up on was Numerology and the I Ching since I’m drawn to the more analytical, puzzle-oriented oracles.  I do wish Angels or fairies spoke to me, since Radleigh would probably be amazing to work with.  And I love the idea of mantras, but do not have the dedication to practice and use them effectively.

I find that I rate non-fiction even more subjectively than fiction, always keeping in mind how far it advanced my own knowledge.  This one didn’t add a huge amount to what I already knew, but it did propel me to look into a few methods more deeply.  And it was a joy to read.

I rated this book four stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

My rating system:

5 stars – Wow, I could not stop thinking about this book and/or I wish I’d writtn it.

4 stars – This was an awesome novel, I’d recommend it to friends.

3 stars – This was a good novel, I will look for more by this author.

2 stars – An okay novel, but I probably won’t look for anything else by the author.


Divination is not seeing the future; it’s looking at the present from a different perspective and seeing connections that were otherwise invisible.

Charbel Tadros

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