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Osho Zen Tarot - CARDS & BOOK SET

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Pack information: 79 cards with 176-page book
Card dimensions: 74x109mm
Authors: Osho International Foundation & Ma Deva Padma (Artwork)

They say: When life seems to be full of doubt and uncertainty we tend to look for a source of inspiration: what will happen in the future? what about my health, the children? what will happen if I make this decision and not that one? This is how the traditional tarot is often used, to satisfy a longing to know about the past and future.

This Osho Zen Tarot focuses, instead, on gaining an understanding of the here and now. It is a system based on the wisdom of Zen, a wisdom that says events in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. So it helps us to turn our attention away from outside events so that we can find a new clarity of understanding about what is happening in our own innermost hearts.

The conditions and states of mind portrayed by the contemporary images on the cards are all shown as being essentially transitional and transformative. The text in the accompanying book helps to interpret and understand the images in the simple, straightforward and down to earth language of Zen.

What Holisticshop staff think

"This deck is brought to you by the Osho International Foundation. The cards are designed by Ma Deva Padma, someone who studied with Osho for many years. This deck attempts to take many of his teachings and those of Zen and the Buddha and put them into the context of the tarot. Throughout the book there are references to the teachings and books of Osho.

This deck is beautiful, clear and bursting with ideas. Every card has a different picture and it's own story to tell. The suits have the new names of water, fire, clouds and rainbows. There are the same number of cards as a normal Tarot deck (except for one extra - entitled the Master). Card names have been changed, but in the pictures the energies being represented are similar. What we have here is an effective modern overhaul using ancient ideas that will appeal to a wide range of people. Beginners may find this of interest because the images are so graphic, while those that have studied the Tarot for many years may find this deck has many positive new ideas. This is an excellent deck and the book that accompanies also has much to offer."

By Brett Almond


Guest review

"I do find it hard sometimes to decide when a Tarot is not a Tarot. What is it that makes a deck of cards a Tarot? Some decks are so different from a traditional Tarot deck that I do wonder how they qualify to be called a Tarot. On the other hand, if they enable us to find meaning in a reading, and if they give us guidance, then perhaps that is what is important. The Osho Zen Tarot is a deck that caused me to ponder deeply on the essence of Tarot. The designers of the cards are unrepentant in changing the names of almost every card as the purpose of the Osho Zen deck is different from the usual decks. This deck is not concerned with the past or the future. Instead it is concerned with the here and now. Zen teaches that events in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings. Thus, there is a radical overhaul of the cards of the deck.

There are only two cards in the deck that have the traditional names, the Fool and the Lovers. The other cards of the Major Arcana carry names such as “No-Thingness” (instead of the Hierophant), “New Vision” (the Hanged Man), and “Conditioning” (the Devil). This change in understanding of the cards is meant to link up with the Zen emphasis on a non-judgmental awareness of one’s inner self rather than on an imagining of what may lie ahead. The guidebook suggests that the original Tarot is about a journey of discovery that takes the form of a spiral with each completion leading to a new level on the path, a new beginning with the re-entry of the Fool. This deck, however, has a new card, the Master, symbolising the end of the cycle of death and rebirth, a transcendence of journeying altogether, a loss of the ego in enlightenment.

The four suits of the Minor Arcana are also given new names, “Fire: Mastery of Action”, “Water: Mastery of Emotions”, “Clouds: Mastery of Mind,” and “Rainbows: Mastery of the Physical.” The four royal cards of each suit are still there but are given a specific concept such as “Intensity” (Knight of Fire), “Morality” (Queen of Clouds), and “Adventure” (Page of Rainbows). I was a little bewildered when I first tried to imagine how these ideas could be applied in a practical sense. Having used the deck on a number occasions, however, I have found that they can speak to situations and crises that I have experienced. For example, I know deep down that I can work too hard and get too stressed. In the dubious belief that I can achieve almost anything I know I have a tendency to ignore what is really happening to me. In a single card reading, then, I have drawn out, several times, the 9 of Fire, “Exhaustion.” This card has been telling me to throw off the shackles of being too caught up with routine and to let in spontaneity and fun. Creative work is then far more effective after starting again from a relaxed state of mind.
The artwork on some of the cards is very literal. The “Comparison” card, for instance, displays a wide tree trunk next to a narrow bamboo branch. The “Outsider” card shows a young child behind a locked gate looking out into the vast beyond where everything in the world takes place. The “No-Thingness” card is a plain black card with nothing on it except its name and number. Some of the cards, though, are more perplexing. The “Ordinariness” card shows someone in a field between two trees picking different coloured flowers. I find the picture quite attractive and I could not understand why it depicted “ordinariness”. The explanation in the book, however, tells us that there is beauty in ordinariness and we take the beauty of the world too much for granted. I really like that interpretation and it speaks to me in the situation my life is in just now. I was similarly confused by the “Courage” card, number 8 in the Major Arcana. It shows a small white flower growing out of a stone wall. It took a while for me to understand how this was depicting courage. Of course, it makes sense when you realise how the picture is being used symbolically. It is a huge challenge for a small flower to struggle against the weight and density of a stone wall in order to find sunlight. A parallel human challenge would require enormous courage. Yet it is possible. This is a hugely important message to the reader.

The cards of the deck are a mixture, with some lovely cards and some not so lovely. There are some harsh images and a number that depend on severe geometric shapes. It may be a small point but I know that my own intuitive senses depend on smooth imagery, even when they are giving a sharp message. One very strong and effective message is that of the “Master” card. The message that mastery of oneself is the issue comes across very well. The problem for me is that the card bears an image of Osho himself. Alas, I am not a devotee of his and I would have preferred a picture of an imaginary character or, more preferably, a gender inclusive one. “Mastery” would have been better than “Master.”

There are no less than eight spreads in the guidebook, and a glossary of symbols used in the artwork. The quality of the text, not too wordy but sufficient as regards the philosophy behind the creation of the deck, makes this an easy deck with which to acquaint oneself. I am not a Zen Buddhist myself, nor am I any other kind of Buddhist, but I was able to make good use of this deck. It will not suit the more traditional user of the Tarot but for those wanting to be more in the “here and now,” the Osho Zen Tarot may be just the thing."

By Vernon Marshall

Dictionary Terms Explained

Osho
Osho was a worldwide renowned mystic born in India in 1931 and left his body in January 1990. He said, "My message is not a doctrine, not a philosophy. My message is a certain alchemy, a science of transformation." In the course of his work, Osho spoke on virtually every aspect of the development of human consciousness.

By the late 1960's he had begun to develop his unique dynamic meditation techniques. Modern man, he said, is so burdened with traditions of the past and anxieties of modern-day living, that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he can begin to discover the thought-free relaxed state of meditation.

By 1974 a commune had been established around him in Poona, India, and the trickle of visitors from the West became a flood. Today this commune is the largest spiritual growth centre in the world. He spoke of the search for harmony and wholeness that lies at the core of all religious and spiritual traditions, illuminating the essence of Christianity, Hassidism, Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Tao, Yoga, and Zen.

Tarot Cards
The Tarot is a specific system that has 78 cards in total. There are 4 suits (referred to as the minor arcana) and 22 other cards (referred to as the major arcana). Each card represents a specific energy. And each card, through the picture on the card, is trying to help you to feel the specific energy of that card. The reason there are so many different kinds of Tarot decks is that Different Tarot decks may present this energy in different pictorial form. We have lots of articles on Tarot.

To learn more visit our Tarot Articles Section

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What Holisticshop staff think

"This deck is brought to you by the Osho International Foundation. The cards are designed by Ma Deva Padma, someone who studied with Osho for many years. This deck attempts to take many of his teachings and those of Zen and the Buddha and put them into the context of the tarot. Throughout the book there are references to the teachings and books of Osho.

This deck is beautiful, clear and bursting with ideas. Every card has a different picture and it's own story to tell. The suits have the new names of water, fire, clouds and rainbows. There are the same number of cards as a normal Tarot deck (except for one extra - entitled the Master). Card names have been changed, but in the pictures the energies being represented are similar. What we have here is an effective modern overhaul using ancient ideas that will appeal to a wide range of people. Beginners may find this of interest because the images are so graphic, while those that have studied the Tarot for many years may find this deck has many positive new ideas. This is an excellent deck and the book that accompanies also has much to offer."

By Brett Almond


Guest review

"I do find it hard sometimes to decide when a Tarot is not a Tarot. What is it that makes a deck of cards a Tarot? Some decks are so different from a traditional Tarot deck that I do wonder how they qualify to be called a Tarot. On the other hand, if they enable us to find meaning in a reading, and if they give us guidance, then perhaps that is what is important. The Osho Zen Tarot is a deck that caused me to ponder deeply on the essence of Tarot. The designers of the cards are unrepentant in changing the names of almost every card as the purpose of the Osho Zen deck is different from the usual decks. This deck is not concerned with the past or the future. Instead it is concerned with the here and now. Zen teaches that events in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings. Thus, there is a radical overhaul of the cards of the deck.

There are only two cards in the deck that have the traditional names, the Fool and the Lovers. The other cards of the Major Arcana carry names such as “No-Thingness” (instead of the Hierophant), “New Vision” (the Hanged Man), and “Conditioning” (the Devil). This change in understanding of the cards is meant to link up with the Zen emphasis on a non-judgmental awareness of one’s inner self rather than on an imagining of what may lie ahead. The guidebook suggests that the original Tarot is about a journey of discovery that takes the form of a spiral with each completion leading to a new level on the path, a new beginning with the re-entry of the Fool. This deck, however, has a new card, the Master, symbolising the end of the cycle of death and rebirth, a transcendence of journeying altogether, a loss of the ego in enlightenment.

The four suits of the Minor Arcana are also given new names, “Fire: Mastery of Action”, “Water: Mastery of Emotions”, “Clouds: Mastery of Mind,” and “Rainbows: Mastery of the Physical.” The four royal cards of each suit are still there but are given a specific concept such as “Intensity” (Knight of Fire), “Morality” (Queen of Clouds), and “Adventure” (Page of Rainbows). I was a little bewildered when I first tried to imagine how these ideas could be applied in a practical sense. Having used the deck on a number occasions, however, I have found that they can speak to situations and crises that I have experienced. For example, I know deep down that I can work too hard and get too stressed. In the dubious belief that I can achieve almost anything I know I have a tendency to ignore what is really happening to me. In a single card reading, then, I have drawn out, several times, the 9 of Fire, “Exhaustion.” This card has been telling me to throw off the shackles of being too caught up with routine and to let in spontaneity and fun. Creative work is then far more effective after starting again from a relaxed state of mind.
The artwork on some of the cards is very literal. The “Comparison” card, for instance, displays a wide tree trunk next to a narrow bamboo branch. The “Outsider” card shows a young child behind a locked gate looking out into the vast beyond where everything in the world takes place. The “No-Thingness” card is a plain black card with nothing on it except its name and number. Some of the cards, though, are more perplexing. The “Ordinariness” card shows someone in a field between two trees picking different coloured flowers. I find the picture quite attractive and I could not understand why it depicted “ordinariness”. The explanation in the book, however, tells us that there is beauty in ordinariness and we take the beauty of the world too much for granted. I really like that interpretation and it speaks to me in the situation my life is in just now. I was similarly confused by the “Courage” card, number 8 in the Major Arcana. It shows a small white flower growing out of a stone wall. It took a while for me to understand how this was depicting courage. Of course, it makes sense when you realise how the picture is being used symbolically. It is a huge challenge for a small flower to struggle against the weight and density of a stone wall in order to find sunlight. A parallel human challenge would require enormous courage. Yet it is possible. This is a hugely important message to the reader.

The cards of the deck are a mixture, with some lovely cards and some not so lovely. There are some harsh images and a number that depend on severe geometric shapes. It may be a small point but I know that my own intuitive senses depend on smooth imagery, even when they are giving a sharp message. One very strong and effective message is that of the “Master” card. The message that mastery of oneself is the issue comes across very well. The problem for me is that the card bears an image of Osho himself. Alas, I am not a devotee of his and I would have preferred a picture of an imaginary character or, more preferably, a gender inclusive one. “Mastery” would have been better than “Master.”

There are no less than eight spreads in the guidebook, and a glossary of symbols used in the artwork. The quality of the text, not too wordy but sufficient as regards the philosophy behind the creation of the deck, makes this an easy deck with which to acquaint oneself. I am not a Zen Buddhist myself, nor am I any other kind of Buddhist, but I was able to make good use of this deck. It will not suit the more traditional user of the Tarot but for those wanting to be more in the “here and now,” the Osho Zen Tarot may be just the thing."

By Vernon Marshall

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I had a reading with this set last week and I found the cards were so powerful that for the first time I was really attracted to a set of Tarot cards; so glad I ordered them from this company as I am delighted with prompt and friendly service. I love the cards which are very beautiful and full of promises.
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I received my Osho Zen Tarot Card today, a day after I ordered it. Paid less and the condition is excellent. New and in good shape. I am very very happy with the service and I will recommend it to my friends. Thank you so much.
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I have just today received my Zen Tarot deck in the post, and I must say that I am extremely pleased with their quality, and beautiful illustrations. I purchased my cards mainly for self-enlightenment, and meditation, but I can see how these tools can be used to help others looking for the same inspirations in their lives. I would recommend them to the novice, or to the seasoned Tarot reader.
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I was introduced to these brilliant and beautifully illustrated cards by a colleague and instructed how to use them as oracle cards. I have since given lots of extremely powerful and accurate readings. The cards really do work as an instrumental and innovative psychic tool on many levels and are particularly useful in life guidance. I would very strongly recommend them as a tool no serious worker should be without. Delivery is extremely quick and easy!
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As a first time buyer, I would like to say thank you to all your staff for a swift and efficient service. The book, cards and bag I ordered are of top quality, and I will be purchasing more from you very soon. Thank you again for a top quality service.
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Amazing service, they arrived the next day, beautifully packed. Thanks
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These cards are an ideal daily inspiration and meditation tool. The cards are illustrated beautifully and the descriptions give you ideas for development. These are excellent cards for a novice tarot card reader because the book that accompanies them is very easy to use - but are equally good for the experienced user. The wise words of Osho apply to people at any stage of their life and spiritual development. So far, all the readings I've given have been very accurate and helpful.

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