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A Unique Synthesis of Sacred Indian Mythology and the Tarot
The Sacred India Tarot deck is truly an offering from India to the world; a world in which boundaries seem to be getting erased rapidly. A world in which the same energy functions through everyone without discrimination, irrespective of religion, nationality, gender, caste or economic divide.
It is the first and only Tarot deck that works solely within the parameters of sacred Indian mythology – almost the world’s only living mythology today. Millions of people daily worship, or meditate upon, the deities depicted on the cards of the deck. This is what really gives The Sacred India Tarot an unmatched spiritual power and contemporary resonance.
A Universally Accepted System for Raising Human Consciousness
The Tarot is not, as is commonly thought, just a predictive tool used to gaze into one’s future. Its uses continue to mutate as societies change. It can generate answers to life-questions; act as a trigger to intuition and creativity; function as an invaluable aid in meditation; and, serve as a complete spiritual process or path in itself. It is finally, a system for raising consciousness. The Sacred India Tarot deck is a celebration of various aspects of the Supreme Consciousness, which we all are and which we all experience in our lives.
The Sacred India Tarot – Culturally Diverse as the Country Itself
This Tarot deck is populated with the country’s most beloved and popular gods, goddesses, saints, sages, kings, queens and heroes of legend and history. Each imbued with his or her own attributes, strengths, weaknesses and moral stature that illuminate the many facets of both divine, semi-divine, and mortal personalities. There are figures from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythologies. There is also the venerated Muslim fakir, the Sai Baba of Shirdi and the Advaita master Sri Ramana Maharshi. Such an eclectic mix of spiritual figures is possible only in India, where people risk everything they have, including their life and sanity, in the effort to realize God or attain nirvana or enlightenment.
Innovations in The Sacred India Tarot
A conventional Tarot deck typically consists of 78 Cards divided into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana is comprised of 22 Cards while the Minor Arcana consists of 4 Suits with 14 Cards in each suit. However, The Sacred India Tarot breaks this convention by creating a deck of 84 Cards. Its Major Arcana has 4 Extra Cards. Two of these cards are Grace Cards titled respectively the ‘Blessings of Ganesha’ and ‘Blessings of Babaji’. The other two are alternatives for the Death and World Cards and their rationale is explained in the text of the cards. Although not entirely necessary for conducting Readings, they add significant spiritual dimensions to the deck.
Lessons from Gods, Goddesses, Saints and Sages
While the Major Arcana Cards feature archetypal forms of the gods and goddesses of India that represent esoteric knowledge and destiny in the life of the person, they possess the added dimension of representing the evolution of life consciousness in a yogic perspective. India’s two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, are the inspiration for two suits of the Minor Arcana. The remaining two suits illustrate the life of the Buddha and the great love story of the culture – that of Shiva and Parvati.
While the Major Arcana tends to be more spiritual in outlook than the Minor, there is no intention to discriminate any set of cards over the other. All aspects of the Tarot are valuable, in context. And, context is all.
Superbly Illustrated Cards, 350-page Comprehensive Handbook
Intentionally veering away from the typical, calendar style imagery of Indian gods and goddesses, the illustrations ofThe Sacred India Tarot deck are highly stylized and are devoid of any specific racial features or characteristics. This gives them a universal appeal and acceptance.
The comprehensive, knowledgeable yet lucid text in the accompanying Handbook explains the illustrations as well as their context within the Tarot. Cross-cultural reference points throughout the body of the text help not only Tarot practitioners but lay readers as well, to identify, understand and assimilate the seeming complexity and the depths of meaning underlying The Sacred India Tarot. The Handbook provides sharp, focused and clear insights on various aspects of Tarot, Indian mythology, card meanings, doing readings, and also includes unique spreads using Indian symbolism
An altar for Babaji
The cradle of The Sacred India Tarot that holds the Tarot deck is designed to serve a dual purpose. Once you have removed the deck of 82 cards, you can pull out the cradle from the sides, and it will become a decorative three-dimensional altar. Before commencing a reading, you may briefly meditate upon the image of Babaji to guide you. Alternatively, you can use it as your personal altar before which you can light a diya and some incense to meditate upon the image of Babaji.
The Sacred India Tarot is ongoing proof of the ancient Indian belief in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family.