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A painter and the designer of the Osho Zen Tarot, Padma combines principles of tarot and the symbols of the I Ching in this illuminated approach to divination. "Tarot is a pillar of wisdom from the West; the I Ching, a pillar of wisdom from the East," she writes. "They are different esoteric paths approaching the same mountain peak." With the aim of helping seekers "look within," Padma offers this dual system. The directions, which are a bit confusing for those unfamiliar with casting, require the seeker to use three coins in order to access the changing nature of his or her question; the lushly illustrated tarot deck gives answers to the question, and the accompanying booklet offers interpretations of these answers. This method not recommended for the novice or the impatient, but it's an interesting new approach for those already comfortable with divination.
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Ma Deva Padma is a painter, illustrator, and designer. She is the creator of the best selling Osho Zen Tarot and The Tao Oracle: An Illustrated New Approach to the I Ching. Padma lives and works with her artist husband, at their studio in Australia. Her fine art has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is a lecturer on tarot art as a means for meditation and self awareness.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312269986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312269982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deal with the here and now effectively with this in-depth divination tool. The ancient Chinese method of acquiring wisdom, the I-Ching, comes alive through the awesome art work of the Tao Oracle by Ma Deva Padma. This deck makes the I-Ching entirely accessible to beginners, and the cards' depth and beauty is sure to captivate even advanced practitioners of divination.
From my dabblings with divinatory devices, I believe I can go out on a limb and say that this is the best new divination tool of the year 2002. Padma is also known for the beautiful Osho Zen Tarot, a Tarot deck designed for those concerned with living fully in the present moment. Besides artwork you can just melt right into, there are a lot of other things going for the Tao Oracle.
First, I don't know how you could just pass this deck up on the shelf without giving it a second, or third look. Its earth-toned, sturdy outer packaging depicts card #27, "The corners of the mouth". The card shows a meditative, serene face with a white flowering tree superimposed over the right side of the face. It denotes the importance of achieving body-mind balance towards maintaining good health.
The cards themselves are named, numbered, and each includes extremely helpful word associations. The card's I-Ching symbol appears in the lower right and special symbols created by Padma are on the lower left to help emphasize the natures at work in the I-Ching symbol.
At the top, a Yin-Yang symbol depicts the colors associated with the hexagram, which again, reinforce the duality of forces at work on the card. Sometimes these forces are in harmony, reinforcing each other, sometimes they conflict, showing challenges to be overcome.
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By Lisa Lee on October 28, 2002
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I have worked with the I-Ching for years and also Tarot. I also love Ma Deva Padma's artwork. So, when I saw this oracle, I just had to get it! The artwork is beautiful and really captures the meanings behind the I-Ching hexagrams. You dont even have to look at the book. But the book adds alot to the reading.. is very well written and easy to understand. A must-buy for anyone who wants a fresh view of the I-Ching.. or for anyone wanting to try a new oracle.
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I own several Tarot decks but love this one, by far, the most. The artwork is extratordinary and the information beautifully and clearly written. Several friends have visited and pulled a card or two, left speechless by the appropriateness of the explanation. You are left facing what you most need to know, and ambitious to move through it.

I highly recommend it.
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By Cyndi on March 22, 2011
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I've had the Tao Oracle cards for almost 3 years now. These are the first cards I've ever used - and I am totally amazed at how they will define for you what is present in your life at the moment. Every one I've drawn at any given time has been right on and has then helped me to obtain a broader perspective regarding the issue at hand. I don't know how many times I've reached for the Tao Oracle in times of stress, sadness, confusion and happiness as well. Just reaching for the cards immediately calms me. The artwork is beautiful and the insight of Ma Deva Padma is awesome.
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I have long loved tarot cards for their beauty! But when it comes to readings, the I Ching really seems to hit the nail on the head for me, even more so than tarot. However, the traditional meanings of I Ching drawn from ancient China can have modern people saying huh? These cards are so beautiful, and do a wonderful job of translating the meaning for that card to the reader. The keywords and symbols on the card are a big help too. I only wish the book had a portrait format instead of landscape. And I wish the deck had its own little box inside this box, but it is far more secure than most decks that come in big boxes with a book. The cards are well made, unlike a lot of decks out there. They are large and difficult to shuffle, but not nearly as difficult as the big, really thick Angel cards by Doreen Virtue. If I was on a desert island with only one deck, this might very well be it though!
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The book that comes with the set is a fairly modern take on the I Ching. Gone is the lovely poetry of Lao-Tzu. Gone is the wealth of chinese euphimisms. Gone is the delicate symbology. OK, so there's the fact that most people don't get that stuff, but if they don't why are they interested in I Ching or the Tao?
(now that that is off my chest, you can mull it over)

As for the cards, which is to a large degree what you buy the set for, they are very multicultural in a new age modern genre. There's some Mayan, American Indian, very wide assortment of Asian depictions of people, as well as African Americans. There are a large number of cards with a sort of floral etching that radiate energy but not in an asian fashion. While I love the oversized cards of the deck, the cards should have been surfaced to protect them and make them easier to handle (playing cards and most tarot decks have a plastic surface to aid in handling). As is, they are hard to shuffle or spread out, they clump when attempting either move.

I'll definitely use the book, it covers changing lines for each hexagram succinctly. But given how the cards don't budge when you try to handle them, I'll be throwing coins instead. Speaking of which, her instructions for throwing coins are rather muddled. If you'd like a concise explanation (and a couple of modified methods) I recommend you wiki "I Ching divination"
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