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The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism

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New 3rd Edition

An exploration of the Tarot’s mystical roots, with a guide to The Tarot of Marseilles, The Waite Smith Tarot, The Alchemical Tarot, and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Now with 59 updates since the second edition and two new illustrations

The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism Third Edition incorporates the material that was in Alchemy and the Tarot and The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, but updates the facts and, as you can tell by the title, covers a lot more material—about three times as much, with 680 pages and over 302 illustrations.

 

Author

Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan.  He is the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim.  He is designer, illustrator, and author of The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, the award winning The Tarot of the SaintsThe Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery.  He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, “may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot.” He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism, written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series, and the author of Alchemy and the Tarot. He is the curator of The Fools’ Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum.  He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy. He has created numerous illustrations for books and magazines, his Facsimile Historic Italian Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he and his work have appeared on the BBC, A&E, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel. His newest work is a Lenormand oracle deck, The Burning Serpent Oracle, on which he collaborated with Tarot diva Rachel Pollack.

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Luana Marina

The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism

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Linda VanZuilem
Great company!! Highly recommend 😊

Book is great and so are the decks I purchased after reading it. Thanks for the fast delivery and gift pouches. Highly recommend your company 😊

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Heather W
Love this book!

I purchased this book for insight on The Alchemical Tarot deck. The book is densely full of information on the history of tarot, alchemy and related subjects. Robert M. Place’s passions for these come through and I found myself quite engaged and inspired by his presentation. The first half of the book is based on the historical aspects, while the second half contrasts the four different decks and the meanings behind each card. An amazing resource for anyone interested in tarot and alchemy.

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AL Cunningham
Highly recommended

I find this book to be an invaluable source of information and insight into the study of tarot and esoterica, that is perfect for anyone wanting an objective voice without the excessive scholarly pretense or carnival huckster mystery of many who profess occult knowledge. And to top it off, his visual art is some of the best you'll find, especially his Alchemical Tarot deck. HIs work has enriched my life tremendously and continues to do so every day.

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Alicia RS
investment reading

The title and description of this book is entirely accurate but the more of it I read, the greater my sense that its stated intentions are a very inviting jumping-off point and road map that actually contains strong relevance beyond the intentional areas of focus. I'm finding this volume invaluable for its stated purposes, to be sure, but I'm also discovering its contents are very useful to moving deeper into a more solid relationship with additional decks in my collection, such the Hermetic Tarot, Vinitski's Tarot of Magical Correspondences, and Smith/Astrop's Oracle of the Radiant Sun. Last night I realized this book is also giving me a stronger appreciation for the stripped down aesthetics of Taylor Bell's Sigil Arcanum deck, and what lies beyond and within its particular narrative arc. I'm sure I'll find more applications as I continue to read and re-consider my various decks from an enhanced perspective.

As always, Place's writing is accessible, lucid and enriching. He describes his personal experiences of a liminal nature in a way that strongly encourages us to place strong value on our own insights and increasing awareness, rather than simply holding up a particular expert's described experiences for any given reader's consideration, and thus perhaps too much application of the dreaded Yardstick Syndrome we all employ from time to time to our own recurring chagrin and disadvantage.

With that in mind, I'd advise those who struggle to articulate their tarot experiences and insights in an organically authentic (rather than self/conscious) writing voice to approach this volume, in part, as a writing/expressive guide on how we might proceed, one sentence or phrase at a time, to view their own metaphysical process and ongoing journey in a more cohesive and trans-personalized light.

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Luana Marina

The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism

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Linda VanZuilem
Great company!! Highly recommend 😊

Book is great and so are the decks I purchased after reading it. Thanks for the fast delivery and gift pouches. Highly recommend your company 😊

H
Heather W
Love this book!

I purchased this book for insight on The Alchemical Tarot deck. The book is densely full of information on the history of tarot, alchemy and related subjects. Robert M. Place’s passions for these come through and I found myself quite engaged and inspired by his presentation. The first half of the book is based on the historical aspects, while the second half contrasts the four different decks and the meanings behind each card. An amazing resource for anyone interested in tarot and alchemy.

A
AL Cunningham
Highly recommended

I find this book to be an invaluable source of information and insight into the study of tarot and esoterica, that is perfect for anyone wanting an objective voice without the excessive scholarly pretense or carnival huckster mystery of many who profess occult knowledge. And to top it off, his visual art is some of the best you'll find, especially his Alchemical Tarot deck. HIs work has enriched my life tremendously and continues to do so every day.

A
Alicia RS
investment reading

The title and description of this book is entirely accurate but the more of it I read, the greater my sense that its stated intentions are a very inviting jumping-off point and road map that actually contains strong relevance beyond the intentional areas of focus. I'm finding this volume invaluable for its stated purposes, to be sure, but I'm also discovering its contents are very useful to moving deeper into a more solid relationship with additional decks in my collection, such the Hermetic Tarot, Vinitski's Tarot of Magical Correspondences, and Smith/Astrop's Oracle of the Radiant Sun. Last night I realized this book is also giving me a stronger appreciation for the stripped down aesthetics of Taylor Bell's Sigil Arcanum deck, and what lies beyond and within its particular narrative arc. I'm sure I'll find more applications as I continue to read and re-consider my various decks from an enhanced perspective.

As always, Place's writing is accessible, lucid and enriching. He describes his personal experiences of a liminal nature in a way that strongly encourages us to place strong value on our own insights and increasing awareness, rather than simply holding up a particular expert's described experiences for any given reader's consideration, and thus perhaps too much application of the dreaded Yardstick Syndrome we all employ from time to time to our own recurring chagrin and disadvantage.

With that in mind, I'd advise those who struggle to articulate their tarot experiences and insights in an organically authentic (rather than self/conscious) writing voice to approach this volume, in part, as a writing/expressive guide on how we might proceed, one sentence or phrase at a time, to view their own metaphysical process and ongoing journey in a more cohesive and trans-personalized light.