Excerpt from: Tarot in the Spirit of Zen
"One thing that is very fundamental has to be remembered, and that is that whenever we are doing anything – astrology, future prediction, horoscope readings, palmistry, the I-Ching, tarot – anything that is concerned with the future, it is basically a reading of the unconcious of the person. It has nothing much to do with the future. It has more to do with the past, but because the future is created by the past, it is relevant to the future, too. Because people live like mechanical things, the prediction is possible. If you know the past of the person, unless the person is a buddha, you will be able to predict his future because he is going to repeat it. If he has been an angry person in the past, he is carrying the tendency to be angry; that tendency will have effects in the future.
"Ordinarily, an unconcious being goes on repeating his past again and again. It is a wheel-like phenomenon, he repeats it; he cannot do anything else. He cannot bring any new things into his life, he cannot have a breakthrough. That’s why all these sciences work. If people are more aware, more alert, they won’t work." Osho
In Tarot in the Spirit of Zen, which is a "handbook designed to broaden and deepen the understanding of those who use the Osho Zen Tarot," longer passages are provided for each of the seventy-nine cards of the set. The format of the book is straightforward and sensible. Cards are organized by suit, beginning with the Major Arcana, followed by Fire, Water, Clouds, and Rainbows, which correspond to the traditional tarot suits of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks or Pentacles. Cards loosely follow the traditional tarot meanings. The passages that explain each card - that make up the book - were not written with that purpose. Rather, they were selected and compiled from lectures Osho gave over the years, while he taught a simpler, more Zen way of living. The editors of the book chose passages that most effectively expanded upon the information in the Osho Zen Tarot, as well as corresponded most accurately with more traditional tarot meanings.
The book first reads like a collection of short lectures by Osho. These are often quite insightful, intuitive, and helpful. They share Osho’s unique vision and experience of Zen, which he stresses combine Buddhist and Taoist concepts, yet strive to find a place in no specific religious setting. Osho’s reflections tend to be quite direct and easy to understand - there are no Zen koans to ponder, for example - but in their simplicity they gently guide the reader into greater awareness. The book can certainly be read and enjoyed alone (without cards), which is an unusual bonus in a tarot handbook.
Included with the book is a high quality set of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards from the Osho Zen Tarot in miniature. For the first-time tarot user (or first-time Osho Zen Tarot user), this set of miniature cards is a lovely accompaniment to the book?.
For readers who prefer to stick with another favorite deck, such as the Rider-Waite or Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, Tarot in the Spirit of Zen will offer invaluable insights not available elsewhere. The meanings used for each card are unique to Osho’s vision, and can be readily applied to other tarot sets. ? from Tarot Insights (Website)
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