Coaching with the Osho Zen Tarot

Book Reviews

Review of Donna’s book by Marianne Bocage, MA

Coaching with Osho Zen Tarot TNThe colourful Osho Zen Tarot is based on the vision and insights of Osho.

Osho was not just concerned with spiritual matters; he also focused on the ordinary, everyday reality. He thought it very important that you could interact with the world around you in an adequate way: you feel good when you are grounded in the daily practice of living. Understanding the importance of play, learning, work and self-development is as essential as understanding the depth of the wisdom of the Buddha.

The Osho Zen Tarot focuses on understanding life in the here-and-now. It is based on the ancient wisdom of Zen – a wisdom that expresses that the circumstances around us are a reflection of our own thoughts and feelings, although it is possible that we are not aware that these thoughts and feelings are there. The Osho Zen Tarot helps us focus our attention not on events outside of us but rather on events that take place in ourselves to find a new and clear understanding of what is happening in our own hearts. Tarot cards are a tool to make clear to us what we actually already know deep within. They are not intended to determine your future: that you can do yourself.

The images on the cards, created by Deva Padma, are rather easy to understand. The Osho Zen Tarot cards are very beautifully coloured and the images are contemporary, making it very pleasant to work with them. The detailed manual included in the set provides clues to what it’s all about, yet the Osho Zen Tarot has so much more to offer than just these elementary applications. If you can use this card deck in a professional way, the Osho Zen Tarot is a powerful and direct means for transformation. For this reason, the Osho Zen Tarot deck is very suitable for individual coaching sessions. The Osho Zen Tarot also offers a good and thorough basis to start therapeutic work of any kind in a certain direction.

One day when I was working with the Osho Zen Tarot cards, I still wanted to have more information than offered in the manual. I ended up finding this book by Donna van der Steeg who is a psychologist and has been deeply inspired by active meditation. She works as a teacher for ‘Psychology and Coaching’, as a psycho-social therapist and tarot professional and offers courses and workshops in various places around the globe. Her book is about the special effects of the Osho Zen Tarot on people and the possibility of mirroring the unconscious, by offering information, insights and practical suggestions.

It is a book that reveals the potential of the Osho Zen Tarot as a coaching tool and a colourful method for self-development. Topics such as proper questions, the bandwidth of cards, the choice of card layout patterns and ways of interpreting, specific cards for coaching, the way towards a total human being, crisis and rebellion and ‘in the world but not of the world’ come into the limelight.

An important quality in this process is the right way of questioning which in this book Donna made clear and obvious to me. For anyone who likes the Osho Zen Tarot and wants to know more about coaching, the manual that comes with the cards is simply not enough. This book is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in coaching with the Osho Zen Tarot.

It is a very readable book that offers a lot of explanations and has great additional value in understanding and working with the Osho Zen Tarot deck, offering also please and fun for people while applying the cards.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to gain more insight into coaching with the Osho Zen Tarot.

Review by Marianne Bocage, MA, clinical psychologist and Osho Zen Tarot practitioner, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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DonnaDutch-born Donna took sannyas in 1984 in Rajneeshpuram. A trained psychologist and teacher, she involved herself particularly in Osho’s active meditations which for her are “the key”. Back in the Netherlands she offered various meditations at the Osho Wajid Meditation Centre in The Hague. After discovering the ‘Osho Zen Tarot’ and realizing that working with the cards is like applying psychology, she began teaching people how to read them and consequently wrote above mentioned book. She wrote a second book in Dutch, Vieren als levenskunst, met meditatie-ideen (Celebration as a lifestyle, with suggestions for meditations).

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