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Tao Oracle: An Illuminated New Approach to the I Ching Paperback – Box set, September 18, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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.
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Overall, Good energy, good interpretations. I am very happy with this purchase.
It never fails to share love, wisdom, guidance, and inspiration.
Regarding the chief criticsm on this site: yes, there may be other more profund books on the I Ching, including of course the ancient texts themselves, but that is not the point. The little book that comes with the cards is just a helpful additional tool. These amazing cards themselves are the point.
They are pure, accurate, useful, and inspiring. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these beautifully and profoundly rendered card illustrations -- with perfect use of shape, form, subject, and color -- are priceless in helping to reveal the inner nature of the I Ching and make them thus more accessible to all who would benefit from this ancient oracular device. They also enable one to learn from the I Ching in a faster and more comprehensive manner than is available solely through the coins or yarrow sticks.
They are not just Tarot cards, they are fine art.
This is why I use them -- and am grateful that they are in my life.
Thank you, Ma Deva Padma. Your work is extraordinary skillful -- and extraordinarily divine!
(By the way, I would love to know if you have posters available? I will have to check online -- I particularly love your card of Peace, finding it as soothing as anything I have ever seen!)
One of the most strikingly awesome cards in this deck is Hex 37: The Family. 12 images that encompass every age, gender, and ethnicity of the human race - each with eyes that have that "knowing look" and a welcoming smile. Meditating on this image moves me profoundly and my eyes well-up. Many blessed thanks to mystic Padma for bringing such a wonderful image into creation.
Easiest way to bond with this deck? Pick a card, and then study it intensely for 7 days.
a visual representation of the I-Ching [YìJīng], with its 64 hexagram themes -- I thought it would be a fun way to learn the subject.
And additionally, I'm always interested in finding new top-notch Oracle decks to add to my collection.
• aesthetic & thoughtfully hand-painted card designs. [see product photos]
• comprehensive book of card-explanations & essential background info. It's far larger than your typical Oracle booklet.
In short, you can tell a lot of mindfulness, skill, & care went into the creation of this deck,
by the same artist who crafted the Osho Zen Tarot.
Nice job, Padma.