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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press (January 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910261016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910261012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guide to the Xultan (Mayan) Tarot Deck, Peter Balin, the painter of the Xultan Tarot Deck, has written a book about the tarot and the Mayan Indians' view of the world. This is a very relevent book that deals with American knowledge, it will serve all the Tarot decks regardless of their origin. The reader journeys with the Fool towards the impeccability of the sorcerer, with each step along the way clearly defined. The graphics alone are so spellbinding that even if you are not interested in the Mayas or the tarot, there is something in the book for you.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Izaguirre on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is said that one doesn't so much pick a Tarot deck as it picks you. To add to that, often getting one is like getting a car without the manual. This is one of those times. This is the companion book for the Xultun Tarot deck. Although Peter Balin deals with two distinctly alien cosmologies, the Western Esosteric Tradition and the Mayan Tradition, he uses the structure of the Tarot to weave them together without it becoming an eclectoplasmic pastiche. This was my first real introduction to the mythology of the native peoples of the Meso-American region and it is a great primer also on the basics of their numerology, totems, mystic terms, and icons. He has done good research although he often lapses into romanticizing the Maya, he nonetheless acquits himself of the kind of cultural pillaging and dubious credentials of such as Carlos Castaneda and Lynn V. Andrews. He also adds his opinions on organized religion, sexuality, and the enigmatic legacy the Maya left. A very good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theoni Lussos on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is nice. Has a lot of information but nothing that directly deals with the images in the Mayan Tarot Deck which is the main reason I wanted it. I was rather let down on this, for while the divinatory meanings are more elaborate than the LWB (little white book) that comes with the deck, they are nothing but traditional Golden Dawn astrological associations and meanings. I think if you are interested in Mayan History there are better books out there. The Mayan Oracle: A Galactic Language of Light by Spilsbury or her earlier oracle deck The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars [With 44 Full-Color Cards] [BOXED-MAYAN ORACLE, alas she did no tarot,will inform you more of the traditions and symbols of the civilization than this. Don't let this deter you from the deck though, it's superb. It's just unfortunate Balin does not share his thoughts for why he chose what pictograms he did for the cards.
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Some of the schools of thought in this book are a bit outdated (you can tell it has a rather 70's-ish vibe to it..... especially the whole section about sex that seems to come out of nowhere, haha!), but in order to read the cards it was meant to accompany, this book is vital.
The second half is a page focused on each individual card and all the info you'd need to read them. It also shows the journey of the fool through the tarot.
I don't particularly like the format of the physical book, though it is probably my pickiness. It is a very wide book as you can tell from the picture, so it won't fit a book shelf well at all. Compared to every other tarot book I have it sticks out an extra 5 inches or so...
This makes reading it a little daunting because of the way the text has to be formatted in columns. The pictures on a lot of the pages do help though.

For anyone NOT studying design though, this is a good book and I would say mandatory for anyone who gets the Xultun Tarot.
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By MissBert on April 8, 2013
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This book was written a long time ago and some of the calendar information isn't quite right, but it's an interesting view of how the Maya's calendar and culture was viewed in the past. The Xultun Tarot (sold separately) isn't required for you to learn from the book, but if you buy the deck, you DO need the book too!
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