Reviews & Comments
"Once in a while a book appears that is exactly what the spirit of the times cries out for. The Toltec I Ching, a reworking of an ancient oracle by a contemporary sage, is one of those books. The use of oracles common in many civilizations of antiquity including the Greeks, Norse, and Egyptians. The most well-known is the Chinese I Ching, or 'Book of Changes', a collection of linear signs originating in the Shang Dynasty (16001046 BC). Oracles have long had an important role in Tibet and the Dalai Lama still consults one. The Yucatec Mayas consulted the writings of an oracle priest who correctly predicted the disastrous coming of the Spaniards.
"Horden's Toltec I Ching combines the ancient wisdom of the Chinese and Toltecs with the intellect and sensibility of a modern-day spirit person. For example, at the beginning of the 20th century Carl Jung said we each have a masculine and feminine side and repressing either creates psychological, cultural, and spiritual imbalance. Is there anything new about this message? No, spirit persons from every culture have always intuited this truth and devised wonderful teachings to convey it, but advancing civilization keeps forgetting and digging itself into ever-deeper holes. So just when we are waking up to the frightening darkness and depth of our current hole featuring, among other things, terrorism, economic crises, worldwide violations of human rights, and environmental disasters on a global scale along comes the Toltec I Ching.
"This brilliant and beautiful oracle is written in a series of 64 brief chapters that reads almost like a novel. The main character is the authentic Spirit Warrior. The setting is the dual inner and outer worlds of the would-be warrior's awakening soul. The plot describes the warrior's journey through a series of psycho-spiritual tests which develop his/her masculine and feminine sides, strengthen intention, motivate action, guide direction, and create growing awareness. And the theme is the exact same one found in my books: how to free oneself from ignorance and transcend duality to become a conscious, responsible, enlightened being capable of making healing choices of benefit to the world.
"William Douglas Horden's writing style is clear and masterfully organized logos artfully combined with imaginative, symbolic mythos. And the format? Simply gorgeous! Martha Ramirez-Oropeza has painted 64 extraordinary full-color illustrations in a style as simple as it is profound; the print is plenty large for aging eyes; each page has a sense-satisfying heft; and the cover is as sturdy as a non-hardback book could possibly be.
"In short, the team of writer, painter, and Larson Publications has created a work of art worthy to sit on the shelf with the world's spiritual classics. The only books I've underlined more are my King James Bible and the complete works of Carl Jung. If you have not yet added The Toltec I Ching to your spiritual library you're missing a key to the mystery, and mastery, of your soul."
~ Dr. Jean Raffa, PhD
"The Toltec I Ching does an incredible job of engaging the collective human experience of psychological defeat and the Spirit Warrior's task of restoring personal power and transforming that dream. It will help many people move 'away from the Old World of force and competition toward the New World of ethics and cooperation...'
"Combining the ancient wisdom of the Toltecs and the Chinese is a beautiful way to show the power of these truths, and reinforce the urgent need for change in our modern world. Many individuals, and thus our entire culture, will respond and benefit from this message . . ."
~ Allan Hardman, Toltec Master
Author of The Everything Toltec Wisdom Book
"Ramirez-Oropeza and Horden present a synthesis of oracular traditions... The result is a beautiful pictorial-based guide that advises on intention and action for dealing with your inquiry into present and changing situations. They imbue philosophy with action, and intention with point of view, so you can plot your course and wrestle with your own destiny."
~ Robert L. Spencer
Author, The Craft of the Warrior
"The Toltec I Ching is a wedding of two ancient traditions that speaks to the New World view of balance and harmony that all of us are called to embrace. Through its stunning artwork and lucid text, this book inspires us to see more clearly, live more creatively, and love more fully. I highly recommend it to all those seeking to understand the wisdom of the ancients and put it into daily practice."
~ Ray Dodd
Author, The Power of Belief