7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2012
If you are new to the Tarot and want to learn from one of the best Masters on the subject, look no further than this gem!
This is THE definitive work on Indian Mythology. The book is bound to become a modern classic : it is an erudite look at the classical world of Ancient India and reveals another realm to the reader, tapping into the infinite... wisdom of Yoga.
It is also one of the best reference guides to the Tarot to come out in YEARS!! It's right up there with "78 Degrees of Wisdom" by Rachel Pollack.
The Tarot cards are beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Jane Adams, who has previously worked with Dr. David Frawley.
Together, the book and pack are a perfect blend of East and West, of Yoga and Tarot. It is the place where Eastern Spirituality meets the Western Mystical systems and ultimately transcends both!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2014
This deck, the Sacred India Tarot (Yogi Impressions, 2011), is both beautiful and interesting. Even the packaging it arrived in shows wonderful attention to detail, as you can see in the collage to the side. It comes with a regular paperback-sized companion book of 327 pages, in a cardboard box, with an image from one of the four extra cards as an insert to hold the deck itself, also in a tuck box.
The book is full of detailed information on the cards and their related stories, as well as on various concepts in Indian mythology and culture. For example, there are about five pages devoted to the concept of karma. Each suit follows a particular story: Disks (Pentacles) are The Life of Buddha; Lotuses (Cups) are The Union of Shiva and Parvati; Staves (Wands) are The Legend of Rama; and Arrows (Swords) are The Epic Battle of Mahabharata.
For each card there are suit and card kattva's, a "revelation" explaining the story of the mythological figure chosen, Light and Shadow sections for interpreting the card in a reading, notes on its karma type and quality, and an "Insight of the card". Some cards, from both the Majors and Minors, also have an associated mantra.
So, the Lovers shows Kacha and Devyani, who were lesser deities, devas. There was a rivalry between two groups of devas, and Kacha went to study with Devyani's father to learn the secret of resurrection so that his group could become immortal. At one point, Kacha had to make some difficult choices, and it is largely for this that the myth was chosen, as both the Light and Shadow sections start with the works "Hard choices have to be made..." The author also quotes the Katha Upanishad: "The good is one thing; the pleasant is another."
In an interesting twist, all the Pages are dual figures. The Pages of Staves are the Ashwini Kumaras, twin hero-gods who heal karma and "hurtle through the cosmos in a dizzying effervescence of joy". Thus, while not traditional in their imagery, certainly the concepts behind the cards connect with normal tarot notions.
The deck also has four additional cards: two versions each of Death and the World, and two additional "Blessings" cards: the Blessing of Babaji and the Blessing of Ganesha.
Altogether, the cards can be read according to traditional meanings, yet there is a lot of additional depth here. The companion book makes for interesting reading, adding a lot of insights. The artwork is wonderful, and the cards would also be excellent for meditation or pathworking.