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Tao Oracle: An Illuminated New Approach to the I Ching Paperback – Box set, September 18, 2002
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About the Author
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.
More About the Author
Years ago I created 2 interactive children's "pop up" books Ladybug, Smooth & Round In the Ground (Dinnerman Books) and I'm in the process of creating new titles for little ones. The illustrations for these new books are a delight to do and provide another colour, to the rainbow of creativity, that I have always enjoyed
I have always believed that art can (and does) change the world and throughout many years have enjoyed learning that my creations have had a positive influence on the lives of others. I lead creative workshops at our Embrace Art Studio, where I live with my stone sculptor husband, Ashika, in Australia. A third, fascinating tarot style deck, is well underway as well as 3 illustrated books for small children. To see more of my work, please visit: www.embraceart.com and www.thetaooracle.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I highly recommend it.
(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"
I use these cards for readings at the Tao Oracle Blog, TaoOracle.[...]. You can see many of the cards, and understand the insight they offer by viewing some of the readings there: I hope you'll visit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cards of Tao Oracle by Ma Deva are really superb in interpretation of the Hexagrams of I Ching, and the book helps you understand the dynamics of change around you and what... Read morePublished 9 days ago by k k garg
Totally gorgeous deck. I have several other tarot decks but count this as a new favorite. Beautiful, thoughtful illustrations on each card. Very evocative. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jane C
I don't appreciate that the Tao Oracle app I purchased several years ago, which looks exactly like these cards, has been disabled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JLamp
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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Naomi Manygoats
There is a reason the Chinese are taking over the world. The Tao Oracle is thier secret weapon.Published 3 months ago by michael oconnell
Didn't know if I would connect with this deck, but was so drawn to it that I bought it really on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ron Wilberding
Ma Padma expresses the infinite via the temporal with intensity and beauty. Check her other work on the Osho Zen Tarot.Published 5 months ago by Rocco Kaplan
For those coming from the Tarot tradition this may take a little work but it's worth it. If you have prior knowledge of the I Ching then you'll make the connections easily, is my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by leimar