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4.0 out of 5 stars Lau's Landscape, 6 May 2012
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Miss W. Merrymoon "Willow Merrymoon" (West Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The I Ching Tarot: A Game of Divination and Discovery (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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