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Osho Zen Tarot card meaning

The Osho Zen Tarot deck is essentially based on the transcendental game of Zen and is one of the few non-traditional Tarot decks and it consists of 79 cards. Many changes have been incorporated into the suit which is representative of the Zen theme, including one extra major arcana card for Osho. The cards themselves are inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful. There are no traditional identifiers on any of the cards. The numbers or symbols are given in a small diamond at the bottom of each card; this numbering and colour are used to distinguish the cards, but the court cards are identified by a directional arrow in the diamond.

Some details of the osho zen deck are as follows.

Major Arcana: 23    Minor Arcana: 56
Minor Arcana Style: They consist of Unique Scenes without visible Suit Symbols.

Suits: Water, Swords, Clouds, Rainbows
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King

The Major Arcana are:

0-The Fool
1-Existence
2-Inner Voice
3-Creativity
4-The Rebel
5-No-thingness
6-The Lovers
7- Awareness
8-Courage
9- Aloneness
10-Change
11-Breakthrough
12-New Vision
13-Transformation
14-Integration
15-Conditioning
16-Thunderbolt
17-Silence
18-Past Lives
19-Innocene
20-Beyond Illusion
21-Completion
22-The Master

The Fool is 0   Strength is 8   Justice is 11

The osho zen tarot meaning also differs from traditional Tarot decks. Each card is associated with a keyword.
For example, in the Major Arcana, Card number 1 is associated with Existence. It consists of a naked figure sitting on the lotus leaf of perfection, looking out at the beauty of the night sky. The osho zen tarot card meaning associated with the Existence card speaks of a person’s importance in the world and as a part of this Existence. It sheds light on the person’s place in the Universe and how Existence needs the presence of the person. Every person has their own unique quality which cannot be replaced by anyone or anything else.

The Tarot has traditionally been used as tool of divination i.e. as a tool which can satisfy our curiosity by showing the past or predicting the future.  But the Osho Zen Tarot deck is about understanding the present. Since it is a system based on the wisdom of Zen – which states that events in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. This tarot then teaches us not to be obsessed with outside events but helps us to focus on our innermost thoughts and aspirations.

The images on the cards are of a more modern nature and the medieval symbols associated with the traditional Tarot decks have been discarded.  All the conditions and states of mind depicted on the cards are essentially transitional in nature and through self-awareness and the attainment of enlightenment they may be transformed changing our ideas and attitudes about life.

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