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Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

I Ching expert and Tarot.com founder

Paul O'Brien -- or "Paulo" as he is affectionately known -- is our resident I Ching author and the original founder of Tarot.com. He invented the category of divination software back in 1989 by producing the first I Ching program, Synchronicity, which ran on early Macintosh. Subsequently, he produced the Oracle of Changes and Tarot Magic CD-Roms until he took his craft to the web, where he founded I-Ching.com and Tarot.com.

As described in his third book, Great Decisions, Perfect Timing, Paulo's professional mission was to provide universal access to authentic divination systems. Through Tarot.com and I-Ching.com, this mission was certainly accomplished!

Paulo's involvement with the I Ching began as a teenager making fun of it. He skeptically tossed his first I Ching reading and found his foolish query was completely ignored. Instead of any reference to what he asked, he got Hexagram #4: Youthful Folly “... the student lacks respect for the teacher." Shaken, but chalking it up to chance, he tried again and got some text "questioning the sincerity of the seeker." Paulo was stunned by the way the revered oracle had accurately reflected his energy and intent in the present moment. He became fascinated by it, which started a life-long labor of love studying the I Ching. After decades of study and practice, an I Ching reading guided him to develop a new, modern version of the I Ching for computers, with text that was non-sexist, non-militaristic and more suitable for intuitive decision-making in modern times.

So, in 1988, after 15 years in high tech, Paulo took a leap of faith—leaving a highly paid executive position to found Visionary Software, Inc. and develop of one of the first multimedia programs (5 years before CD-Roms) — an interactive version of the I Ching, known as Synchronicity Software for the Macintosh. (As a result of that groundbreaking effort, Paulo was to become known as "the father of interactive divination.") Now, some 30 years later, the I Ching has once again guided him … this time to have his modernized I Ching text translated back into Chinese. As a result, the same illustrated I Ching you experience here at Tarot.com is to be published as a book by a publishing house in Beijing that is owned by the Communist Party. How ironic this I Ching oracle can be!

Position: Executive Director, Divination Foundation

Sun Sign: Gemini
Moon Sign:Cancer
Rising Sign: Leo

License Plate: LET GO

Books by Paulo:
The Visionary I Ching (ebook only)
Divination: Sacred Tools
Great Decisions, Perfect Timing: Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence

Free Book Sharing:
Go to Divination.com/freebook to download a free copy of Great Decisions, Perfect Timing for iPad or Kindle or PDF formats (paperback via Amazon).

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