Osho Zen Tarot Deck Review

I was browsing a local metaphysical shop, looking for a new “friend” if one happened to speak to me, and the fella working there was SOOOOOO excited about how great the Osho Zen deck was, I ended up buying it. His joy at sharing something he obviously loved was infectious. I thought it was a beautiful deck, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to read with it. I actually bought it to ride his happy wave.

It is beautiful, though. I had to give him that. The artwork is colorful and striking. Many of the images Eastern-flavored, using highly saturated colors and some modern imagery. The pictures are engaging and expressive. It IS the kind of deck you may get just to admire, because the cards are just flat out engaging.

Osho ZenThe teachings espoused in the card interpretations are from Osho, a Zen master. Osho himself was quite a colorful character, controversial but interesting.  Nonetheless, I was annoyed discovering an extra Major Arcana card for “The Master,” representative of transcending the cycle of life and death and illustrated by a painting of (the deceased) Osho. This struck me as contrived and self-indulgent, considering the concepts within the deck and book should already be enough to introduce his perspective. Y’kno? But it’s easy enough to nix that card if you don’t want to participate.

The suits are Fire, Water, Clouds (Air), and Rainbows (Earth), represented by elemental icons.  For each card, the companion book has black and white card images, a selection from Osho relating to the card’s meaning, and a less poetic suggested interpretation.  Some of Osho’s selections may require extra consideration if you have little exposure to Zen philosophy. No particular attention is paid to astrological correspondences beyond that inherited by the semi-traditional card associations.

I actually had the deck for several years before I learned to read with it. I was concerned I’d have trouble interpreting it. Once I got to know the cards a little better, I found I could indeed get sharp and helpful readings. Card interpretations are often similar to the Rider/Waite, but sometimes focus on specific aspects or angles of the traditional meanings. Suits are represented by the colors in the diamond icon at card’s bottom, and court cards are designated by their corresponding elemental symbols to make identification easier.

I find this deck to be direct, very much on the blunt side. I don’t consider that a criticism, personally. I highly value directness. I also am a fan of Zen—I find freedom in detachment and see gifts in mindfulness. But not everybody feels the same, so bear in mind your own preferences when considering this deck.

Some of the imagery packs a punch, and there are a number of cards that some may consider bleak. A random sampling:

I would recommend this deck for people who like Zen-flavored perspective, prefer straight talk and are willing to put in the time needed to get to know these cards. In return, they’ll return vivid imagery, new perspective, and to-the-point advice.

Anyone work with this deck? Your thoughts?

p.s. Feel free to request this deck when booking a session with me.

Due Diligence! Weekly Tarot Video, 5/5/14

So what do you need to keep in mind for the coming week? A little video to pull that weekly flow together.

You like my face here? Har!

Short version: Don’t just accept someone else’s word for it. I’m unfortunately seeing potential for hidden agendas in play this week, so exercise caution and check out the facts that matter to you  independently. Especially important anytime you have that “funny feeling”–to me, it’s kind of a flat uncomfortableness around statements where the words and emotional tone don’t match, a sense of the words being empty somehow.

Those funny feelings will not steer you wrong.

You have use for this advice? I’m hoping, NO!

05/03/14: Still lazy? Day Off! / 9 of Cups!

9 cups meaning

Tarot is once again stuttering with a repeat appearance of the Nine of Cups. Y’all know I shuffle the cards, because I wouldn’t be picking the same ones over and over again. Of course, if one was going to choose a repeat, the “wish card” would be a good one to choose!

Good day to take off. It’s a Saturday, so a lot of y’all do that anyway. I don’t always, but I’m going to see what I can manage anyway.

Indulge yourself, and don’t overbook. There’s satisfaction to be had, if you’ll allow it. How often is not allowing it the issue, anyway? Personally, I say grab these days whenever you can and make the most of them. They make the following days when there isn’t so much room for leisure much easier.

So once again, license to indulge, granted!

And speaking of grind…I’m going to be switching up my forecast routine. I know y’all read and love the dailies from the consistent feedback I get, so I’m not abandoning public forecasts entirely. But sometimes it feels like they have become such a significant part of what I do, there is not energy for other types of creative work. I won’t be abandoning the forecasts entirely at this point, but I will be experimenting with frequency, format and variations to see if I can’t maintain the public service angle for now while allowing my energy to get redistributed a little.

So be on the lookout for changes…I’m kind of excited to see what I come up with. Har!

You ready for some time away from the grind?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

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05/02/14: Joy of Just Being / Sun

Sun Tarot Meaning

The Sun comes out in the guise of “innocence.” This is a charming rendition, showing an elderly man clearly enjoying communion with the preying mantis, surrounded by beautiful, pink blooms.

I am not thinking of the sort of “innocence” referring to ignorance, the lack of understanding that comes with inexperience. After all, our old man looks like he’s been around the Zen garden a time or two!

Instead, I’m seeing this as a purity of identity. The brand of innocence I’m thinking of is a lack of attachment to outside evaluation. This guy isn’t worrying about what other people think of him, talking to a mantis. (Totally something I’d do!) Instead, he’s simply present in his joy of the moment.

This innocence is a simplicity, a lack of complication. No guile, no posturing, calculations. No agenda. Just being, true to himself in the moment.

I can do that.

How do you do with “just being?” Do you find it joyful?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

Confused? I can help.

05/01/14: Lazy Day! / 9 of Cups

9 of Cups Meaning

Well Osh Zen calls a spade a spade, huh? The 9 of Cups is “laziness” here, but it’s a happy laziness. Hello, Taurus season! How are you?

One thing I’ve had to remind myself over and over again, that “me time” is kind of important. It counts.

Today, carve yourself out some as you desire. You can say Dixie said so. I don’t know who will give a $%$ that Dixie said so. But she does! There is bonding to be had, or clarity, or stress reduction, or inspiration, or who knows what sort of serendipity will be born? I know we have responsibilities and I’m not telling you to call off them. I’m saying “joy” needs to be on the list.

In other words, expect a direct payoff on enjoyment, relaxation, and indulging some wish. Some may call it “lazy” but I’m calling it “necessary and rewarding.”

What makes you happy today?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

Schedule a session with Dixie. It’s a wonderful indulgence!

04/30/14: Mind your own Karma / Queen of Swords Reversed

Queen of Swords Reversed Meaning

I used to be kind of judgmental. The people that work with me now, my clients who know me and my approach would no doubt be shocked to realize this because it’s the one comment I hear over and over again in my work. “I get no judgment from you,” and they’re right. They don’t. This is because I used to be sure of everything in the world and much of what I was so certain of I would bet my life on? Turned out to be flat-out wrong. At least based on what I see now.

Also before I had kids, I knew EVERYTHING there was to know about raising kids. Snort!

Life has a way of humbling us. It’s part of how we grow. Today? A day for growth.

It’s another day where I’m going to tell you to keep your words sweet, lest you have to snack on them later.

The reversed Queen of Swords in the guise of Morality is a severe, harsh figure and I don’t like her much in this avatar. Neither does anybody else! That biblical verse about straws versus rafters applies. Take care of your OWN business and let others take care of theirs.

Mind your own karma. Got it?

You avoiding the urge to mind somebody else’s karma?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

And if you need some help figuring out what’s minding your own karma versus what’s supporting a loved one, call me.