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The Xultun Maya Tarot (Classic Edition)

by Peter Balin

The 2011 Classic Edition is a re-creation of the original 1976 edition true to its larger size and vibrant colours. For the full story of how the cards came to be see here. For a full description of the major arcana see The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot, or for a preview see here.

Please note: This is not the Lotus Press 1978 edition sold on Amazon with muddy colours and playing card size.

The new edition of the Xultun Tarot is cause for celebration. The Xultun was the first “cultural” tarot, adapting the European images and structures to a very artistic and spiritual tradition. This has become standard but it was Peter Balin’s deck that showed the way. It is fitting, therefore, that we now have Michael Owen’s deep study.

Rachel Pollack, author of Tarot Wisdom

It is a facsimile of the pioneering 1976 Maya inspired tarot by Peter Balin. It is a very faithful, high quality production, with large 137 mm x 89 mm cards in vibrant colours, on an ever-so-slightly heavier card stock, but with superior trimming and corner rounding! Oh, and a nice new back design, and a bold new box.

Sumada, Aeclectic Tarot Forum

The new deck is indeed lovely and is very strong work. I think the subtlety of the differences is in fact a testament to the great effort that has gone into producing this new edition of the Xultun Tarot. Kudos to Kahurangi press for giving so many more tarot people the chance to experience this deck.

KhonsuMes, Aeclectic Tarot Forum

For more reviews see here.

Kahurangi Press 2010, 80 cards, major and minor arcana, 89 x 136 mm, 3.5 x 5.3 ins

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The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot

by Michael Owen

The Maya Book of Life: Understanding the Xultun Tarot is the companion book to the Xultun Tarot. It explores the archetypes and alchemy of the major arcana through indigenous teachings and the analytical psychology of C G Jung. The Xultun Tarot was created by New Zealander Peter Balin in 1976 based on images from Maya history and culture. It is the only tarot deck where the major arcana form a complete picture. This picture is a symbolic image of the alchemical marriage of spirit and matter and also a map of what Jung called the individuation process.

Please note: This book refers to the MAJOR ARCANA ONLY. The alchemy of the complete Xultun Tarot is unique and majors and minors cannot be adequately dealt with in a single volume. The Xultun minor arcana have a unique relationship, found in no other tarot deck, to the major arcana, and they contain further teachings of the Twenty Count and the Ecological Balance Laws. However, until that book is written the standard meanings of the minor arcana can be sourced from the many books on the Western tarot.

“Brilliant, eye-opening”

—Arthur Rosengarten, PhD, author of Tarot and Psychology.

​“A profound book of wisdom”

—Mary K Greer, author 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.

For more reviews see here. For sample download see here.

Kahurangi Press 2010, ISBN 978-0-473-11989-8, paperback, 500 pages, 6.1 x 9.2 ins, 156 x 234 mm, index, bibliography, 108 illustrations.

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About us

Kahurangi Press is a New Zealand publisher located in the hills above beautiful Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty.

Kahurangi Press is owned and operated by Therese McLachlan and publishes the works of Peter Balin and Michael Owen. Peter is a New Zealander, artist and writer who lives in the USA. Michael is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tauranga.

New Zealand was first settled by Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud), who arrived about 800 years ago. They journeyed here in the seven great wakas or ocean-going canoes.

New Zealand is the only country in the world whose governance is based on a treaty of equal partnership (Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840) between its indigenous people and European settlers.

In 1893 New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote. In 1984 New Zealand land, water and airspace became a nuclear-free zone. In 1999 New Zealand elected the first transgender woman to Parliament in the world. In the early 2000s women held the positions of Governor-General, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Leader of the Opposition, and Attorney-General. The current Prime Minister is Jacinda Ardern.

The Houses of Parliament in Wellington is round not square or rectangular nor does it have imposing statues. If that fact is meaningless to you, don’t bother with it. It is fondly dubbed The Beehive—riff on that one for a moment.

And finally, New Zealand is the home of the All Blacks, the national rugby team. Over the last 100 years they have a winning record unequalled by any team in any sporting code.

Therese McLachlan

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And no, we are not on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or whatever. Never have been. Maybe sometime.

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When you order the Xultun Tarot and the Maya Book of Life from us we can offer a discount on our regular Amazon price. The Xultun Tarot cards are printed in New Zealand (to the exact specifications of the original 1976 deck) and shipped directly to you. If you order through Amazon we ship to Amazon warehouses in remote corners of the world like the USA and the UK. Then Amazon ships the cards to you. Buying directly from Kahurangi Press allows us to pass on our Amazon costs to you. When you order the Maya Book of Life from us we print-on-demand with Lightning Source in the USA, UK or Australia and they ship to you. Shipping is FREE world-wide. Shipping times: 5-10 days depending on location. All prices in US dollars. New Zealand orders are GST inclusive.

All the Rough Beasts: The Death of the Earth, Part 1

by Michael Owen

Is the Earth dying? Yes. Is it already dead? Don't know. Is there still time? Probably not. All the Rough Beasts, the first in The Death of the Earth series (upbeat title, eh!), explores how some writers and cultures in the past–Ovid, Goethe, Jung, and the Maya–have dreamed and seen what is already here.

To think the unthinkable allows what does not have a home to find a home. Then it will not appear in matter the same way as it might have done. Perhaps. A dose of robust and thoughtful pessimism is needed to balance the mindless optimism that infects us. Oh, but there's still time! We may have gone past the tipping point and there may be no time. Time to think about the unthinkable.

At some point the decline, long past reversible, will become obvious. The deniers and sceptics and diggers and drillers will have long passed away and we will think "How did it to come to this?" Heroic optimism will not save the day. Then the keening and wailing will begin.

Gaia will shake and move her body to survive. In assent, the wombs of women will cease to create. Pussy will not be available for grabbing. Legs will be closed. The patriarchy will collapse, sink to its knees, and fade away, like Faust, going blind. And unthinkable will be the rage of the children toward the father for killing the only mother we ever had.

Future books in this series will explore the historical, psychological and religious roots of what has come to pass, and how we might dream a different future. Check in from time to time on our sister site www.death-of-the-earth.com

Kahurangi Press, 2018, 164 pages, ISBN 978-0-473-44919-3

The 27 Club: Why Age 27 Is Important (Revised 2018)

by Michael Owen

Is the 27 club just a myth? (No). Is it a “curse?” (No). But the 27 Club is not what you think. It’s more than the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and others. Michael Owen uses the teachings of the Moon Cycles and C G Jung’s notion of the puer to understand the creative person who is always young beyond his years and often dies an early death, physical or emotional. He explores the natural 9 month, 3 year (Little Moon) and 27 year (Big Moon) rhythms, based on the length of human pregnancy, by which the psyche grows and matures, and looks at what happens when we under- or over-reach ourselves. Not a book on astrology, The 27 Club gives new insights into the timing of crises and opportunities during our twenties. This “calendar” is applicable to any birth and death—a life, a business, a relationship. And read about the 27 year cycle and 9/11.

Kahurangi Press, 2012 and 2018, 132 pages, ISBN 978-0-473-20684-0


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Jung and the Native American Moon Cycles

by Michael Owen

The Moon Cycles are an indigenous teaching about the archetypal influences and forces that affect us at different times in our lives. Michael Owen shows readers how to place the events of their own lives on the Moon Cycles and gain a new perspective on the births and deaths (inner and outer) in their life. They will see what learning periods are ahead of them and understand the importance of the nine-month, three-year and twenty-seven year cycles. Freud died 27 years after he fainted in Jung’s presence and said “How sweet it must be to die.”  And Jung dreamed of the 1945 firebombing of Dresden 27 years before it happened.

This book offers new insights into Jung’s life and death and how the rhythm of his life coincided with the great events of the 20th century. It also casts new light on Jung’s fateful encounter with Freud as well as his relationships with women and his supposed anti-Semitism.

Nicolas-Hays, 2002, 310 PAGES, 6” X 9”, ISBN 0-89254-059-1

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