The I Ching is both a purely sapiential book, and a divinatory or oracular practice book. As a sapiential it is a source of wisdom in life. As an oracle it is the tool to find harmony, an infallible compass for the correct orientation.
The permutations of Yin and Yang are represented in the I-Ching by the interaction of interrupted lines (- -) in the Yin, and continuous lines (-) in the Yang. They are used to form eight figures of three lines (triagrams).
These are interchanged to form 64 figures of six lines, hexagrams. The full version of the I-Ching has a different reading for each hexagram and for each individual line of the situation for which advice has been sought
The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, but over the centuries it has grown to incorporate everything from Astrology and Kabbalah to Runes (which predate the Tarot by 1000 years) and the I Ching (which predates the Tarot by 2500 years).
The Tzigane Tarot, also called the Tzigane Oracle or Gypsy Tarot, is a divination tool composed of 36 cards that is very explicit visually. It can be used in many different ways, by drawing one card or in a more complex manner such as, for example, using the Wheel of Fortune spread or the Cross etc.Continue reading