OSHO Zen Tarot Cards


I am not generally a reflective, meditative, or introspective person. I am pragmatic and practical, love to keep busy and have difficulty sitting still through a movie, let alone meditating or attempting mindfulness. I find it difficult to relax and tend to go at everything full speed.

One of my students uses these OSHO Zen Tarot Cards in Swedish as part of her profession (she is a life coach), and wanted help with using them in English so that she could expand her client base to non-Swedish speakers. She had a Swedish Zen Tarot set and bought an English set for our lessons so she could use train in using them with her clients in English. She used me as a test subject for several weeks and I was blown away. Every card I picked had some meaning for me on that day. Every question she asked me led to insight and WOW! revelations about myself.

So I bought a set for myself – £11 on Amazon. There is also an app where you can pick a card each day. I plan on picking one card each morning and reflecting on it for that day. I can do it as I walk places, on the train. They will not all be relevant or have anything to say to me. But hopefully I will learn more about myself along the way.



This was the first card I picked, the first day I was helping her. I picked it, she asked me what I thought it meant and I told her what my instant reaction was and any further thoughts I had. Then she asked me questions to take it deeper. And then finally we read and analysed the meaning in the accompanying book.

The woman in this picture is living in a gray landscape, full of unreal, cut-out clouds. Through the window frame she can see colors and light and aliveness, and although she would like to move through the frame–as we can see by the rainbow colors appearing in her garment–she can’t quite manage to do it. There is still too much ‘what-if?’ activity in her mind. Tomorrow never comes, they say, but no matter how often it is said, it seems that most of us tend to forget the truth of it. In fact, the one and only result of postponing things is a dull and depressing feeling of incompletion and ‘stuck-ness’ today. The relief and expansiveness you will feel once you put aside all the dithering thoughts that are preventing you from acting now will make you wonder why you ever waited so long.

Postponement is simply stupid. Tomorrow you will also have to decide, so why not today? And do you think that tomorrow you will be wiser than today? Do you think that tomorrow you will be livelier than today? Do you think that tomorrow you will be younger than today, fresher than today?
Tomorrow you will be older, your courage will be less; tomorrow you will be more experienced, your cunningness will be more; tomorrow death will come closer–you will start wavering and being more afraid.
Never postpone for the tomorrow. And who knows? Tomorrow may come or may not come. If you have to decide you have to decide right now.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

  1. I wanted to give the app a try, but when I look in the app store I see 2 apps for the Osho Zen cards. Wondering which app you are using?

  2. In the app, you can set a notification for your card of the day. I get a card every day at 8 in the morning, so I can look at it and think on it during commute 😉

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