Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I would like to post the response that I got for my cards in the Tarot collectors forum worldwide. The RespOnse is very encouraging and its heartening to know that so many people are interested in my deck of cards .

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Sacred Indian Tarot

A beautifully hand- drawn deck of Indian cards combining the traditional elements of the tarot with a rich tapestry of Indian images, traditions and symbols for the first time ever.

The Sacred Indian Tarot deck combines the classic symbolism of the Norse Tarot with the aesthetic richness of Indian mythology. The book contains twenty – two (major arcanas ) unique hand painted cards with images taken from the rich pantheon of Indian mythology. A full deck of Tarot consists of the 22 Major Arcana, or Trump cards, and 56 Minor Arcana divided into 4 suits, from which playing cards are derived The Major Arcana represents cosmic principals and its symbols serve as tools to help the viewer find self-knowledge and a connection with the Divine .

Easy to use , every card in this deck corresponds to its Nordic equivalent retaining its form and structure. However the images used to represent them  are  taken  from  Indian icons, symbols and rituals. .

The cards of the Nordic Tarot , consist of potent archetypes that are rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Archetypes are ancient, universal patterns of behaviour that are common to all cultures and people across the world. The symbols, forms and figures used in The Sacred Indian Tarot are rooted in the tenets of the Hindu belief system giving the tarots a unique Indian perspective.

The Sacred Indian Tarot deck is truly a collector’s item which can be used to gain a refreshing insight into love and relationships, finances, career planning and much. The book breaks new ground in Tarot divination making it a wonderful tool for self quest

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Major Arcana cards

The Fool (0)
The Fool-Vidushak(Indian name )

The Card – The Interpretation

The Fool is an interesting archetypal that marks the beginning of a life journey culminating in the World card. The Fool is a spirit in search of experience. The Fool’s journey stands for new experiences, beginnings, spontaneity, optimism, purity of purpose and unconventional thought process and symbolises, a journey into self knowledge .

This card indicates problems that may arise from extreme restlessness, ill considered decisions, confusion and poor application of life energies. Lack of focus, apathy and single mindedness can lead to trouble. Symbolically, the fool can be understood as one who is naïve and lacking in forethought. Discipline and grounding are needed to achieve your life purpose...

Vidushak- The Saga

The Vidushak is a blend of "the clown of Sanskrit plays and a folk performer in Indian Mythology. Vidushak is a natgiri, a vagabond and is a wise character who delivers a constructive message to society in a light and spiritual vein. The Vidushak is the first card of the major arcana and from a symbolic perspective, this archetype represents a spiritual life journey beginning at the base level of physical survival to lessons in self-empowerment, self – discovery, generosity, compassion, and self-esteem .


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Indian Mysticism a bridge to the TAROT

Indian Mysticism a bridge to the TAROT

Ganjifa and Playing Cards
Indian cards may have influenced the standard four suits that are prevalent in the tarots and the standard deck of cards . It is usually thought that the Tarot cards are different from normal ordinary playing cards. On the contrary, the deck of regular playing cards was indeed the predecessor to the tarot deck of cards. Playing cards came to Europe from Islam, probably via Muslim Spain, much before the appearance of tarot. 
They appeared quite suddenly in many different European cities between 1375 and 1378.  European playing cards were an adaptation of the Islamic Mamluk cards in the late 1300s, by which time they had already assumed a form very close to those in use today. It is not known whether these cards influenced the design of the Indian cards used for the game of Ganjifa, or whether the Indian cards may have influenced these. One theory suggests that the Indian cards may have influenced the standard four suited playing card the origin of which is believed to be in China after the invention of paper.

The Ganjifa card deck with 96 elaborately painted cards may have inspire the Persian game of "As Nas" a five player, 25 card game. Nas is one of the earliest games that most resembles the playing style of poker of today.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Sacred Indian Tarot

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"The Sacred Indian Tarot "
Symbols, Images and Icons from Indian Philosophy and Mythology
Kiren Rai

This First ever deck of Indian cards combine the classic symbolism of the Norse Tarot with the aesthetic mastery of Indian culture and mythology.

As an avid collector of tarot decks from all over the world, I have an interesting collection of tarot decks collected over the years, from all over the world. I have around fifty tarot decks , my most treasured ones being a Chinese tarot deck with the most amazing artwork, an Egyptian book of tarots, the rare Garuda cards from Indonesia and others such quaint decks.

On looking for an Indian deck of tarot cards, I could find available only the Kama Sutra cards and the Osho cards which are undoubtedly beautiful, but limited in their range . Considering that India has such a rich tradition of divination, I decided to put together an Indian book of tarots cards, using Indian images to represent the classic tarot prototypes. There is a strong similarity between the early tenets of tarot and the Hindu belief in karma as a regenerative process of consciousness. It is this principle that form the archetypes of the tarot and are AN integral part of The Sacred Indian Tarot

The Sacred Indian Tarot contains twenty-two unique hand painted cards with archetypes taken from Indian epics and mythology . The structure, nomenclature of the major arcana remains the same, however the figures used to represent them are taken from Indian icons, symbols and rituals, giving the subject an entirely Indian understanding.

So for instance, the “High Priestess” a powerful intuitive feminine force has been represented by an Indian prototype, Shakti. Shakti the active, dynamic feminine power is synonymous with the “High Priestess” who manifests, sustains, and transforms the universe.

The fearsome eyes and skull of Yama, represents the “Death “card. Yama like the “Death “ card personifies the consequences of mistaking our temporary delusions for our true selves. Every mental and physical possession with which we identify will one day come to an end. “The Fool “ finds its prototype in the Vidushak, “The Emperor “ in Purusha, , “Sun” in Surya, the “Moon “ in Chan drama and various other characterizations.

The book also explains the significance of each archetype and its importance in the construction of the Indian deck of cards. Each card comes with a detailed interpretation, a reversed meaning and a saga of the Indian archetype in a booklet that comes along with the deck of cards .

For the beginner, the book provides an exhaustive guide on how to use the tarot, complete with a basic guide to the meaning of each card. The Sacred Indian Tarot can be used to gain a refreshing insight into love and relationships, finances, career planning and much more.