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The I Ching Tarot: A Game of Divination and Discovery Cards – 1 Oct 1996


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  • Cards: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill Inc; Pap/Crds edition (1 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834803380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834803381
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,106,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Answers to questions about life and love, fame and fortune, health and wealth are revealed in the "I Ching" ("The Book of Changes"), the central text in the ancient Chinese tradition of divination. Dating from 600 BC or earlier, its 64 pairs of trigrams (groups of three whole or broken lines), are believed to reflect the myriad and complex forces operative in any given situation; correctly interpreted they can clarify present or future events, offer subtle psychological insights, give direction and inspire action. This guide features a deck of 64 oversized cards with illustrations which are keyed to a 232-page manual interpreting their significance for the user. Instructions for arranging and reading the cards are given, and a follow-up coin divination method, used to elicit more precise responses, is explained. Both cards and manual are packed in a deluxe box.

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Format: Cards
This deck comprises sixty-four cards, numbered straightforwardly from one to sixty-four. It is essentially 'oracle' rather than 'tarot' but Lau does state that his reason for calling it the I Ching Tarot is that these days "tarot has come to be more widely used to refer to a deck of cards for fortune-telling".

The cards have a white background, with each one having a narrow band of colour at the top and bottom, giving the original Chinese name and the book-page number respectively. The illustrations are contained within a square in the centre of the card and are simply but beautifully executed. Above each illustration is the number of the card and the appropriate hexagram, whilst underneath is the Western name and a few words pertaining to the meaning of the illustration.

The accompanying book has a 'landscape' rather than 'portrait' format which works very well. Lau has given a brief but informative introduction to the history and development of I Ching, followed by an easily understood section about the eight trigrams. He does also point out that his interpretations are not the definitive truth about the I Ching, and goes on to encourage readers to develop their own understanding through regular use of the oracle. Several interesting spreads are outlined in the book, with one of them being the attractively named the 'Plum Blossom' spread.

One of the things I really like about this deck is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, with it's simple illustrations, yet at the same time, it is possible to use the deck for even the most serious of questions. To quote Lau, "this is an ancient game of sacred play, and one must always leave space for fun".
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Love this deck 9 Jun. 2009
By Lily Bhattacharya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
I don't like the I ching, but I love this deck. Its easy to use and has cheerful artwork. I used with my clients and they enjoyed too. Why its hard to find, I don't know. I recommend this for card deck lovers, it has a a brief explanation of each i ching reading on each card.
Some sample cards are Small restraint-Behave with propriety (a lion tamer with a lion), Great Gathering-Prepare for advancing (with a fisherman and fishnet). And the third is Positioning-Assume the proper stance with a boy looking at himself in a pond contemplating his next move. As I do readings, frequently, I can tell you it is great for the one card reading.
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Why is this out of print or so hard to find? 1 Sept. 2008
By A. Ybert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
Based on the I Ching, not tarot..An easier casting system, with very accurate outcomes. I love the bright cards, and use these often! The card stock is thin and low quality - a fault of the publisher, but I don't care. I love these cards.
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