… and when we come to know from experience that the dark and the difficult are needed as much as the light and easy, then we begin to have a very different perspective on the world. By allowing all of life’s colors to penetrate us, we become more integrated.Commentary for “New Vision” (Major Arcana #12 The Hanged Man), Osho Zen Tarot.
Here is the newest addition to my tarot deck collection, The Osho Zen Tarot.
I picked this deck because I feel like there’s a lot of transformation I still need to navigate. Perfect time for this in Scorpio season, no? It’s very specialized if you read through the contents page. The book by the way is quite thick and lovely. The reviews also played a part in swaying me to buy it as it was mentioned quite a bit that the feel and connection with the deck was a very fresh and different experience. Similar to the Lovers Path Tarot that I posted recently, it’s designed for something beyond what I would call a typical tarot reading.
The book with notes and explanations will be put to good use. It’s easy to recognize a fair amount of the traditional card symbolism in this deck. But, there are many layers to the imagery that really transforms these cards into a differently tuned instrument of divination for me. When I shuffled through the cards, I knew instantly this deck was a tool I needed to aid me in my personal growth and buying it was the right decision for me.
Photo #1 shows the Aces of the four suits: The Source (fire), Going with the Flow (water), Consciousness (clouds), and Maturity (Rainbows!). Also to the left is The Fool, one of the most traditional looking interpretations. While a majority of the artwork is incredibly vibrant, I find even the visuals with more limited palettes (e.g.: Ace of Clouds in the above photo) are still very striking and engaging rather than being bland or off-putting. Looking at black and white text all day and then going through these cards, I can’t help but be reminded of how vivid the world really is.
Photos #2 and #3 showcase my two favorite cards in tarot: the Death Card (Scorpio energy on deck.) called Transformation here and the gorgeous Queen of Pentacles named as Flowering! I melt.
Photo #4 is of one card from each suit in the Minor Arcana to showcase the artwork and scope of the deck: King of Wands, Three of Cups, Eight of Swords, and Seven of Pentacles.
There were dozens of cards I wanted to pull out for this part of the post, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone who buys it.
While the Lover’s Path Tarot is the deck I used strictly for relationships because of how penetrating it can be during a reading, this deck I will be using for shadow work and deep issues. Having skimmed the book and examined a fair amount of the deck, I feel like these beautiful images bely how powerfully aware these cards are. And I think that’s a good thing in a way. I think people who would perhaps avoid a penetrating reading about their emotional and psychological selves might see how beautiful the cards are and buy it for that reason.
I’ve said many times, Shadow Work is Important Work. Life is not all Love and Light — a phrase I’m really beginning to dread. Any tool or methodology I can use to understand why I operate the way I do, what I can unlock within myself, where I need to go on my journey in this life, I think is a gift that should be embraced. I hope people really give this deck a try. It may be that these cards will help us leave behind our avoidant behavior and aid us in embracing and healing our true selves.