Unboxing: Osho Zen Tarot

… 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 thereโ€™s a lot of transformation I still need to navigate. Perfect time for this in Scorpio season, no? Itโ€™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, itโ€™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. Itโ€™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.

The Fool (Major Arcana #0), and the Aces, Osho Zen Tarot.

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.

“Transformation” (Major Arcana #13 Death), Osho Zen Tarot.
“Flowering” (Queen of Pentacles), Osho Zen Tarot.

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.

“The Creator” (King of Wands), “Celebration” (Three of Cups), “Guilt” (Eight of Swords), and “Patience” (Seven of Pentacles), Osho Zen Tarot.

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 donโ€™t want to ruin the experience for anyone who buys it.

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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.ย 

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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.

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