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The Osho Transformation Tarot [Paperback]


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30 Jun 2000
Throughout the centuries, the mystics and sages have used parables as a way to help us more easily remember and reflect on the deepest secrets in life. Osho is a master storyteller of our times, who has an uncommon knack for bringing the timeless wisdom of ancient parables right into the 21st century, in a way that gives us immediate and practical insight into the realities of contemporary life.
The emphasis of the deck is not on prophecy or divination-rather, it directs us to the hidden potential of transformation and renewal in every aspect of our daily lives, if we only know where to look for it. Choose a card for the day, and read the accompanying story as a theme for contemplation. Or use as simple spread to explore the dynamics of a relationship, or to gain insight into a specific question.
60 beautiful cards illustrating parables and teaching stories form the world's great wisdom traditions-including Zen, Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Tao, Christian and Jewish mysticism.
A book containing the parables, summary meanings for each card, the instructions for a variety of simple card readings to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of everyday life.

Product details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Pap/Crds edition (30 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312245300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312245306
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 17 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,260,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite decks. 10 Oct 2000
By Uri Raz - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'll start with a warning that, in contrast to the Osho Zen tarot deck, this deck is NOT a tarot deck in the traditional sense - it is a set of less than 78 cards, not divided into major arcana and 4 suits of minor arcana.
Some versions of this deck feature an extra card with Osho's picture, which is missing from this version. Personally, I dont like this card as I feel as if it encourages a personality cult.
This set includes 60 cards. The art is beutiful and simple - no heavy symbolism (= no astrology, numerology, cabbala, etc) as in decks like Crowley Thoth or Rider-Waite-Smith.
The book gives for each card a short explanation and a story from which the scene on the card is taken. The stories are multi-cultural (zen stories, jewish stories, chrisitian stories, etc), feature known figures (e.g. Moses, famous zen teachers), and are very enlightening.
The stories themselves are interesting and readable enough to make this deck worth it's price just for the value of the book as reading material.
The deck leads to a warm and personal reading style - both the reader and the readee can relate to the stories and figures in the cards. The reading session has more in common with story telling than with horoscopes (a la 'you'll meet a tall dark stranger') which is different from, and to my taste favourable over, that encouraged by other decks.
All in all I highly and warmly recommend this deck.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is as cool as the cards! 31 Oct 2001
By R. Byrd - Published on
Maybe even cooler. :)
Really, the book is what attracted me to this collection. I saw it a few weeks ago, started reading the back of the box and realized that the book was pretty much what I'd been wanting for a while: a book of parables. I'd had a fondness for mythology since middle school, but rarely indulged to this degree. The stories are from different paths (Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Christiantity, etc.), and each corresponds to one of the 60 cards ... except when the cards double up on a story to impress an opposite meaning. This deck, as is the Osho Zen Tarot, is named for a man who loved to tell such parables to his followers, the Bagwaan Shri Ragneesh (remember that old dude who led the commune in Oregon?), but he's only really mentioned in the intro and closing of the book.
Not having read many parables, I find this book utterly charming. The cards and illustrations I find a bit less so, but I think that for the first time since collecting divination decks, the artwork is less important to me for understanding the meaning behind the cards.
The cards measure 5.25" x 3.25", and are bordered with a grey pattern on the picture side. The backs feature an orange circle painting that is also shown on the box. The artwork is amazingly colorful and, while I've seen decks that are visually more appealing to me I will say that the drawings are very skillfully rendered and fairly often get across the point of the story. I've been told that I have big hands for a woman, but I'd find this deck little tricky to shuffle playing-card style (which doesn't seem to suit the mood of the deck anyway). The cards are covered with a semi-glossy and not terribly slick coating.
This deck is probably one of the best divinatory systems I've ever picked up. The book is gripping, so as to not force memorization of the cards as much as to make reading them intuitive. I feel as if I know -- a little bit -- the people portrayed in the stories ... and many of the meanings behind the cards are things I've consciously pondered on my own.
Aside from the word "tarot," I feel that this deck is exactly what it's title claims it to be. If you learn well from stories, I highly recommend this deck.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened stories 21 May 2000
By Claudia - Published on
This ended up being my favorite Tarot deck - each tarot card comes with a teaching story - often a little story of the life of an enlightened Master, like Gautam the Buddha, Jesus.....
If you pick the tarot card with sincerity and are open to the message of the stories, it can change your life....
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick insights that get better with time 11 Sep 2005
By Jason L. Schroff - Published on
Just reading the stories on the tarot cards reminds me of the possibilities of meditation and awareness. Even just glancing at a card during the day can shift my mindset. Great stuff.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No cards! 1 Oct 2010
By Nigel - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Firstly this is a great wee book of short stories, with excellent narrative and meaningful messages, it's profound, easy to understand and fun.
Unfortunately I only got the book, with no cards! So beware, make sure it says 'book with cards'.

There are a couple of rewritten stories, done to illustrate the point Osho was aiming for. The most glaring of these is Chuang Tzu's 'stink tree'. He calls him Lao Tzu and gives a different interpenetration, however if you imagine you're sitting around a fire listening to some tales from the ancestors, you will really appreciate this book. It's a real treat.
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