The Xultun Maya Tarot
The original indigenous tarot
Created by Peter Balin in 1976, the Xultun Tarot was the first of the cultural or indigenous tarot decks. It is based on images from Maya history and culture and is also known as the Maya Tarot or the Maya Book of Life.
Taken from a single painting, it is the only tarot deck where the major arcana form a complete picture. This picture tells the story of the marriage of spirit and matter and what C G Jung called the individuation process.
In arrangement with Peter Balin, Kahurangi Press has undertaken to reprint the original edition of the cards (only 500 copies of the original deck were printed) in their original large size and and true to their vibrant colours.
The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot by Michael Owen, also by Kahurangi Press, is the companion book to this new edition of the cards. It explores the archetypes and alchemy of the major arcana of the Xultun Tarot through indigenous teachings and the analytical psychology of C G Jung and casts new light on the meaning of 2012.