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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Larson Publications (July 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094391499X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943914992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining the ancient wisdom of the Toltecs and the Chinese in a beautiful way to serve the urgent need for change in our modern world. Many individuals, and thus our entire culture, will respond and benefit from this message. .." --Allan Hardman, Toltec Master/ author of The Everything Toltec Wisdom Book

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"Ramirez-Oropeza and Horden present a synthesis of oracular traditions. . . The result is a beautiful, pictorial-based guide that advises on intention and action for dealing with present and changing situations. . . ."

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This book is so informative and beautifully blends Toltec wisdom with the I Ching.
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We are all going through extraordinary times with fundamental changes that shake the very foundation of our lives, our country, and our planet.
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This vision is experienced in the moment, every time we open the book and throw the coins.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Madia Jr. on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
There is an ancient Eastern curse that says "May you live in interesting times." A quick glance at the daily headlines tells us that, a decade or so into the twenty-first century, these times certainly fit the bill.

The authors of The Toltec I Ching, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and William Douglas Horden, have made the often difficult to use I Ching accessible with this brand new book. I found their text both enlightening and easy to follow, and their approach of marrying a Chinese system with a Mesoamerican one yields abundant fruit. Ramirez-Oropeza, according to the dust cover, is "a mural painter, a performer in popular theatre, and a researcher/lecturer of the Nahuatl pre-Hispanic codices of Mexico." Horden "has researched indigenous divinatory systems of ancient China and Mexico with passion and independence since 1969. He is steeped in the shamanic world view."

What is new and key to this book is the focus on Balance. East and West, Masculine and Feminine, the 64 hexagram paintings and descriptions move away from the male, aristocratic biases that have mired the I Ching in the past, and call strongly upon the feminine creative principle in providing much-needed guidance.

The book, with its Mesoamerican influences, also situates its contents in the coming of December 21, 2012, when the Mayan calendar ends one age in anticipation of another.

The opening material is clear, concise, and uplifting. The "Introduction" details all of the aspects of the authors' process and rationale for combining the two systems that I have thus far mentioned. The "Casting and Interpreting the Oracle" section takes the reader through the process from casting the coins to producing the hexagrams that will guide the reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jean B. Raffa on June 11, 2010
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Once in a while a book appears that is exactly what the spirit of the times cries out for. The Toltec I Ching is one of those books. At the beginning of the 20th century Carl Jung said we each have a masculine and feminine side and repressing either creates psychological, cultural, and spiritual imbalance. Is there anything new about this message? No, spirit persons from every culture have always understood this truth and devised wonderful teachings to convey it, but advancing civilization keeps forgetting and digging itself into ever-deeper holes. So just when we are waking up to the frightening darkness and depth of our current hole -- featuring, among other things, genocidal wars, economic crises, and environmental disasters on a global scale -- along comes the Toltec I Ching.

The main character in this brilliant and beautiful oracle -- which combines the ancient wisdom of the Chinese and Toltecs with the sensibility of a modern-day spirit person in a series of 64 brief chapters that reads almost like a novel -- is the authentic Spirit Warrior.

The setting is the dual inner and outer worlds of the awakening soul.

The plot describes the journey of Everyperson through a series of psycho-spiritual tests which develop his/her masculine and feminine sides, strengthen intention, motivate action, guide direction, and create growing awareness.

The theme is how to free oneself from ignorance and transcend duality to become a conscious, responsible, enlightened being capable of making healing choices of benefit to the world.

William Douglas Horden's writing style is clear and masterfully organized logos artfully combined with imaginative, symbolic mythos.

And the format? Simply gorgeous!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Cottrell on September 18, 2009
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It is great to read such articulate thoughts. William, Mary, thanks. So often I find in the world of the oracular, a kind of fuzziness that I am told is supposed to be closer to the intuitions. Thinking is said to be a distraction. I appreciate your capacity to navigate the world of words and offer them to us clearly.
I was skeptical of this text at first. Although I am open minded, the idea of mixing these powerful traditions seemed like it would have produced a weak bastard of both. I have been surprised by what I am finding in this text that so skillfully combines the wisdom of these two ancient traditions. I am particularly happy to see the I-Ching in particular updated from a historic context that is long gone.
I have seen that if someone is open to the moment, the oracular nature of life itself will speak to them, no need for a book or sticks or coins. Life is the open book to be read. Having said that, I am grateful for your efforts and feel as if I am holding a newly forged tool by artists who have seen in a fresh way. I look forward to a developing relationship with the text, thanks again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GtheG on December 29, 2009
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I was very excited to get my hands on this new book, the Toltec I Ching ([...]). I am a long time user of the I Ching and my life has been deeply effected by what people call the "Toltec" teachings. I was so curious to see how someone might fuse the two. My only reference for such a fusion was a very old web site I Ching called the Warrior's I Ching ([...], click on "Nagual" then click on "Warrior's I Ching" - this site is NOT associated with the Toltec I Ching Book I am reviewing here). I have really enjoyed that tool over the years, so I was happy to hear someone else was putting some energy into a similar idea.

As it turns out my expectations were completely surpassed with the Toltec I Ching! The book goes into vast symbolic detail for each hexagram. The symbolism is narrative driven which is one of the main things I look for in an oracular reference. The entries are creative, insightful and come at the focus from many angles. The book paints a rich tapestry of myth and energy and has taken me on powerful journeys of self reflection and contemplation.

I met one of the authors, William Horden when he gave an evening talk at East West Books in Seattle this last fall. He walked us through some I Ching basics and then helped us to understand the relevance of the mythologies and imagery they use in the book. He was a very kind, gentle and sincere speaker and I could tell a lot of heart has gone into his work.

For a very direct idea of what the book is about and where the people behind it are coming from please check out their sample chapter, their blog and their radio show on their site. Groovy stuff.

This review originally appeared on my blog: [...]
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