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  • Cards: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430261
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,955,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an interactive oracle and means of divination that functions as a sacred mirror for self-exploration and soul transformation. Based on the divination tool known to the ancients of Mesoamerica as the Cross of Quetzacoatl, or Tonalpohualli, The Toltec Oracle provides a mirror with which to see the hidden truths and potential of our souls. It gives us the deeply reflective space that allows the contours of the soul to be seen as it interacts with the governing principles of life. The deck consists of 20 Tonalpohualli cards, calendar signs that represent archetypal situations of life, and 13 Ruler cards, which depict the main deities and sacred principles of the Toltec tradition. Using original sources of Toltec literature, poems, paintings and philosophical texts, The Toltec Oracle gives the meaning of each card as it related to Toltec symbolism and metaphysical concepts, as well as how that meaning is affected by the placement of the card in one of the four quadrants in the principle layout spread corresponding to body, mind, emotions and spirit. More than 200 exercises and practices with practical applications for the reading accompany the cards.

The actual artwork on the cards is taken directly from original 16th century Toltec codices.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ludivine cahoreau et alex. on 14 Sep 2004
Format: Cards
thank you Mr victor sanchez for having brought this shamanic tool to the world.
Already after reading the Author's note, the acknowledgements and the preface, I knew I had found something precious that need to be treated with the greatest respect.
The book is really well designed and very clear and better than any other self help tool I have ever tryed before as it gives food for thoughts and action to take to transform every aspect of your world. I actually bought 5 copies and gave them to some of my special friends. I would advise anybody interested to know more to go to his website: [...] ; we have decided with my partner to go to new mexico to experience some of his seminar, may be see you one day on one of Mr Sanchez's seminar !!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Consult The Wisdom Of The Toltec Oracle 16 Nov 2004
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
"The Toltec Oracle...will show you the lights and shadows of your soul. In relation to your luminous side, you will discover the power, gifts, and unknown resources that you possess to help you through this magical journey that is your life. As for your shadows, the Toltec Oracle will be the mirror wherein you will be able to see the disowned parts of yourself that you need to acknowledge and reintegrate. This will enable you to grow into a more whole human being--able to accomplish what is meant for you to accomplish in your life." --Victor Sanchez

The Toltec were the highest culture developed in Mesoamerica who developed a body of shamanic practices to enhance states of awareness, connect with the sacred, and see the deeper sense of existence. The tradition of the Toltec still endures today, and author Victor Sanchez has encapsulated this ancient wisdom in The Toltec Oracle, a 33-card deck featuring colorful artwork from original 16th-century Toltec codices.

In Toltec spirituality, there is only one God that manifests itself through multiple natural forces which are also called Poderios; The Creator is known as Senteotl. So while many deities are mentioned within this tradition, they are symbols that reflect how things work in the Universe--guides to understanding the sacred arrangement that the Great Spirit made of the world so we can live in harmony with this arrangement. The Toltec had a strong orientation to pragmatism, and thus were not drawn to abstract speculations about God. In fact, the Toltec were proponents of movement and action, creating spiritual practices that woould being sense, joy, and efficiency to their actions in the world.

The Toltec Oracle reflects the concept of sacred duality, and shows us that embracing the vision of complementary opposites could provide a means for us to evolve into a superior way of coexisting in human society. This approach was called kinam, which means the power that arises from harmonizing opposites. The two sides of duality is the "Tonal" and the "Nagual". The Tonal represents the reality we can see with ordinary perception and that we can rationalize. The Nagual, or Nahualli, represents the mystery, magic, and silent knowledge.

According to Sanchez, the realization of our dual nature with a Tonal and Nagual side is key for our individual process of evolution. Most of the imbalance we suffer in life is mismanagement of one of these two sides. He likens the imbalance of having one without the other to having two legs but walking with one.

Sanchez maintains that the primary function for an oracle is not to serve as a divination tool, but as a window to the governing principles of life and as a mirror for the soul. Indeed, the The Toltec Oracle is not a simple question and answer device, but an authentic path for self-development. Thus, consulting this particular oracle may require an investment of time, especially for the Mirror of Life Spread, as well as taking appropriate action based on the information you receive.

There are two sets of cards in The Toltec Oracle: the Tonalpohualli Cards and the Ruler Cards. The Tonalpohualli Cards coincide with the twenty day signs of the Toltec Calendar, and reflect the archetypal life situations we experience. The Ruler Cards, however, represent the thirteen most important deities of Toltec spiritual lore. These deities represent the highest governing spiritual principles of life.

This box set comes with a glossy, color-coded layout of the Cross of Ketsalkoatl, a Toltec model used by the Toltec for mathematical calculations, oracle readings, and healing procedures, among other uses. Instructions are given on how to do one and two card readings, as well as the more comprehensive Mirror of Life Spread. For the latter spread, four cards are chosen from the Tonalpohualli Cards to go into the four quadrants, and one card is chosen from the Ruler Cards to go in the center. Sancehz gives you the background and general meaning of each card. In addition, there is a comprehensive explanation of the card position for each of the four quadrants--for example, if 19 Kiawitl-Rain were to fall in the Body Quadrant--as well as the meaning of the Ruler Card in the center which influences the entire reading. Each placement features suggested questions and activities which are designed for you to examine and probe the deeper meaning of the situation you're asking about in light of the card placements and their accompanying wisdom. In fact, there are more than 200 exercises and practices with practical applications for the readings accompany the cards.

Also included is a 274 page book that provides the foundation of Toltec spirituality, and how this way of life applies to the oracle itself. You're encouraged to take your time with this oracle--to sit with the selected cards, meditating on the placements as you would a mandala--and to take notes of your impressions, as well as your answers to the questions Sanchez poses.

I thought this oracle would be difficult to use, especially with all the words in the Nauatl language. However, Sanchez is a very lucid writer who is obviously used to "breaking it down" in order to teach others. I did a comprehensive Mirror of Life Spread and journaled the results. I still need to sit with some of the information that The Toltec Oracle provided (or rather, I probably need to take action!), but I found the results to be amazingly accurate and quite challenging. This oracle is certainly not a "feel good" oracle, because both "the light" and "the dark" will be exposed for your consideration. Sometimes, we don't want to "own" those disowned parts of ourselves, and since the crux of Toltec spirituality is movement and change, challenge, as well as encouragement to reach higher, is a side effect of this powerful oracle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book. Innovative yet very respectful and on point with the Traditional essence. 9 Jan 2014
By Bravo One - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
Victor Sanchez is a great author. While most authors just co-op Traditional knowledge of various cultures and rehash it., Sanchez does great at presenting Traditional Meso-american wisdom in a practical and contemporary way. This oracle is simple yet very profound. A great asset to one's spiritual library, especially if you are looking for something true to the authentic Indigenous spirit and dislike the monotonous new age garbage that's out there these days.
Five Stars 8 Nov 2014
By Lorella Leonetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
The best oracle after the I Ching!
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Background and practice of Toltec divination for today 29 Nov 2004
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
Sanchez gives instruction for using the 35 cards with the folded chart with a place called "Heart" in the middle and places for the body, mind, emotions, and spirit in the four corners. Book, cards, and chart are neatly packaged in a colorful slipcase. Toltec religious and mythological figures are pictured on the cards. In addition to giving directions on use of the cards for an astrology-like reading of one's personality and future, Sanchez gives an overview of the Toltec spiritual principles such as dualism and interconnected fields of energy that their use is meant to incorporate. Sanchez is an anthropologist living in central Mexico, the area of the ancient Toltecs.
2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
what is wrong with J. P. G. Cox "jpgm"? 10 Oct 2004
By baphomette de medici - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
great oracle. read the biased J. P. G. Cox "jpgm" then judge for yourself...we don't need more self-righteous, negative critiques...hey amazon! the review by J. P. G. Cox "jpgm" doesn't help sell this book you offer...think about that. IN LA'CHECH
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