The Yantra Deck - the art of being present
What is the Yantra Deck?
The Yantra Deck consists of 64 cards, each representing a particular concept, combined with an intention and a symbol, or yantra. Together, these elements affect the user on three levels: mentally, emotionally and subconsciously. The deck is a tool for self–inquiry, especially in combination with ‘conscious breathing,’ a self-empowering healing process. Combining the physical/emotional experience of ‘conscious breathing’ with mental/spiritual reflection provided by the Yantra Deck supports us to gracefully adjust to and embrace the changes life brings. Stimulating inner intelligence with spiritual wisdom and alternately entering the state of no-mind through the practice of breathing techniques allows us to find clarity and to integrate our growth and evolution.

'The Sanskrit word Yantra means loom, tool or instrument. A symbolic representation of aspects of divinity, a yantra consists of geometric figures, circles, triangles and floral designs. The yantra is primarily a meditation tool for spiritual aspirants. It is believed that mystical yantras reveal the inner basis of forms and shapes abounding in the universe. Yantras function as revelatory symbols of cosmic truths.' *‘Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia -

There are several ways to use the Yantra Deck. Different from Tarot decks, the Yantra Deck contains only ‘positive’ concepts. It speaks to the user directly, offering reflective wisdom and guidance for the spiritual path.


  The Artwork

The original artwork was painted on 12” x 12” slate tiles with metallic acrylics and inks. Some of the pieces are glazed. This body of work was created over the course of 15 years, reflecting different phases in the artist’s own evolution, both spiritually and in form. The cards show the reduced, but otherwise un-manipulated photographic reproduction of the originals.

Karl Working

About the Guidebook
There is a chapter for each of the 64 cards, in alphabetical order, containing:

How to use the Yantra Deck
There are several different ways to use the deck, each exploring a unique approach. Some can be seen almost like a discipline, while others can be very playful. We encourage you to be creative in finding ways to get familiarized with the deck. The better you know the deck, the more it can be of service to you.

One card a day
Drawing one card a day in the morning and then contemplating it whenever possible during our everyday activities is a powerful way to understand the concepts at a deeper level. We recommend to journal about all insights after the morning meditation. That way, over time, we can observe our evolution.

Body - Mind - Spirit
Draw a card each for body, mind and spirit. Look up the respective statements in the guidebook. After a short meditation on each card, write down your immediate feelings and thoughts.

Three Level Process
Here the user takes one card at a time, studies it and, without much thinking, rates it into one of these three categories:

Then placing the card in one of three piles, from left to right: Yes, Some, No. After going through the whole deck in this fashion, the user is encouraged to take the third pile (‘No’) and study each card again: These are the concepts where there is room for improvement in the spiritual process. The guidebook offers helpful insight and guidance.


Communication Process
This method is recommended for partners who want to improve their communication. It has proven to bring new perspectives and greater understanding into relationships. It is highly effective for couples but can also be explored with more than 2 people. Partner #1 draws a card, reads the intention and then adds to it whatever is on his/her mind, and so creates a sentence beginning with the intention. He/she then may add two more sentences for clarification, while partner #2 is silently listening. Then he/she passes the card to partner #2, who will create his/her sentence beginning with the same intention, and also may add two more sentences for clarification. The partners then may discuss the issue more or move on to the next card, which will now be drawn by partner #2.


The Spiral Reflecton Spread
The Yantra Deck is not a Tarot Deck and is not meant for divination in the usual sense, where the reader interprets the cards to the querent. Here we are being affected directly by the cards on the mental, emotional and subconscious levels. The Spiral Reflection Spread has proven to accurately show our current situation and development, provided we allow ourselves to become the intuitive observer, centered in the present moment, receiving meaningful spiritual guidance.

Shuffle the deck and set it down. With the left hand, cut the deck into three piles, from left to right. Then draw the cards and lay them out in their respective positions (see diagram): #1 from the left pile, #2 from the center pile, #3 from the right pile, #4 from the left pile, #5 from the center pile and so on. After all ten cards are drawn, put the left and right piles on the center pile and turn over the whole pile. The card showing represents the Foundation.

The positions are:

Below is the 22"x22" Spread Sheet included with the deck (click to enlarge).

Yantra Deck Layout