Tokens of Light –
66 Paths for insight and prediction
according to the Hebrew Alphabet
Author: Orma Ben-Shoshan
Artist: Orma Ben-Shoshan
“The “Tokens of Light” is a powerful tool
that will help you attain insights about the course of your life,
for consultation and prediction according to the cosmic DNA.“
from the book
Orma Ben-Shoshan is the creator of several metaphysical products, including the “King Solomon” oracle cards, the “Wheel of Wisdom”, the “72 Names” divination cards, as well as amulets for love, health, success and protection. Her latest work, the “Tokens of Light”, is based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which are seen as the principle forces that compose the universe. Used as a tool of divination, the letters represent the directions and attributes that are currently affecting the Seeker’s life.
The set comes in a beautiful lift top box, containing 68 cards (66 reading coins and two extra amulet coins, for blessing and protection), a cloth bag to keep the reading coins in, and an 86 page interpretation booklet. The two amulet coins are meant to be kept with the Seeker, and not included in the readings. The Blessing amulet contains the priestly blessing for protection and fulfillment of your wishes. The Protection amulet contains letter combinations taken from the “72 Names of God” that will help bring balance and success to all areas of life.
The Reading Coins are two-sided – on the front side is the coin number, with the a Hebrew letter underneath it, along with a serial code to which the Seeker’s answer relates. On the back side is an illustration, done in a circular format to match the card, that acts to reinforce the card’s message.
The Interpretation Booklet describes the 22 Hebrew letters as channels through which divine abundance flows into the universe. In essence, the power of the creator is being realized in the material world. The letters carry their own unique spiritual and energetic attributes, and vibrational energy. Ben-Shoshan does a very good job of describing the 22 Hebrew letter, and how they comprise the kabbalistic “Tree of Life”. She also goes into the Book of Creation, the 32 Paths of Wisdom, and how they relate to our everyday reality.
In developing the “Tokens of Light”, Ben-Shoshan chose three different aspects of each of the Hebrew letters to compose a system of 66 definitions. The Seeker will be able to see the relevant directional forces in their life, and also will be able to determine the actions that need to be taken to resolve them. The premise here is to preserve the flow of cosmic energy through life, and not to resist it.
There are six different questions that the companion book lists as questions to ask the tokens (coins). I would personally take these as a place to start, rather than having them place boundaries on what I could ask. They are as follows:
1.Why is … (this or that) happening tome, and what do I do in order to improve the situation?
2.In what direction will my affairs develop, and what should I do in order to get the best out of the circumstances?
3.What should I do in order to solve a particular problem?
4.What is the nature of the person/affairs that influence my life at this moment?
5.What is the result that I should expect? Will … (this or that) happen?
6.When will … (this or that) happen? Is it a long or short process?
The LWB presents each of the 66 coins/tokens as text only. The significance of the letter, and the quality carried into the Seeker’s life is discussed. It is advised not to ask the same question twice in the same reading session. If clarity is needed, another coin/token is to be drawn. It is also advised not to ask “undefined” questions, just to test the system. Vague or irrelevant responses may be due to lack of focus on the part of the Seeker, or the Seeker is not meant to have the answer at this time.
Ben-Shoshan discusses the use of one through four coin spreads, working with dates and timing, Yes/No answers, reading for other people, and refreshing (clearing) the coins/tokens.
An example of how the coins/tokens are presented would be coin/token 48 – Ayin III (Enslavement To Matter). In relation to the letter, Ben-Shoshan writes: “With the letter Peh, the 17th letter, God created planet Venus and Wednesday of the week, its gematric value is 80. Peh is associated with the earth element, and connects between Sefirat Gvurah (strength) and Sefirat Hod (splendor). In Tarot it is attributed to Tower card.” In discussing the coin/token, Ben-Shoshan notes that it refers to enslavement, power and exploitation. The Seeker is working with something that is beyond their powers, and is frustrating.
I really enjoyed working with all of the coins/tokens. Several them stood out for me: 17 (Vav II) – bridging, meditation and arbitration, with its really cool image of an individual kneeling on a walkway suspended in the air, and card 50 (Peh II) – fertility, openings and blossom,, with its image of a lovely flower, with a face almost hidden in the lower right hand side of the card, caught my attention. Then there was card 62 – Shin II (involvement and pertinence), with its image of what appears to be an intruder binding a sleeping couple with ribbon. Coin/token 52 – Tsadi I (to take a stand) shows an individual with his head appearing to be wrapped in bandages.
Coin/token 43 – Samech I (completion and closing) shows the imagery of an individual being carried (seated) on a stretcher of some type, releasing small boxes into the air. Coin/token 21 – Zayin III (Making a living with spiritual knowledge) shows the image of an individual on what appears to be a rooftop, reaching out to an image to his right.
The images are done in a fantasy fashion, with depth of muted color, blending in to a colored border that surrounds the image. The imagery is comfortable to look at and read with.
I loved working with this oracle – it can be read on its own, or in conjunction with another oracle or Tarot deck. No previous knowledge of this system is necessary to get good readings.
© October 2011 Bonnie Cehovet