It is said that one doesn't so much pick a Tarot deck as it picks you. To add to that, often getting one is like getting a car without the manual. This is one of those times. This is the companion book for the Xultun Tarot deck. Although Peter Balin deals with two distinctly alien cosmologies, the Western Esosteric Tradition and the Mayan Tradition, he uses the structure of the Tarot to weave them together without it becoming an eclectoplasmic pastiche. This was my first real introduction to the mythology of the native peoples of the Meso-American region and it is a great primer also on the basics of their numerology, totems, mystic terms, and icons. He has done good research although he often lapses into romanticizing the Maya, he nonetheless acquits himself of the kind of cultural pillaging and dubious credentials of such as Carlos Castaneda and Lynn V. Andrews. He also adds his opinions on organized religion, sexuality, and the enigmatic legacy the Maya left. A very good read!