The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mysteries

September 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s an IndieGoGo Project well worth getting behind …

Tarot scholar, artist, writer, and all round good guy Robert M. Place is about ready to print his newest deck – The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mysteries.

Place has been working on it for years and describes it as the ‘culmination and synthesis’ of all his art and scholarship.

And given the incredible depth of his art and scholarship this deck is sure to be amazing.

Take a look at Place’s project page to learn more about the cards and how they’ve developed through the years.

And donate if you can. The perks are great and you can be one of the first to get a copy of this very special deck.

I can barely wait to get mine.

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NYC Tarot Classes with Robert M. Place

July 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’re in New York City and want to learn some Tarot this summer, I suggest you check out Robert M. Place’s three-week Tarot workshop, An Introduction to the Tarot: Guidance and Wisdom for Our Spiritual Journey.

He’ll be holding three weekly 2-hour sessions starting Wednesday, August 8th at the New York Open Center on East 30th Street.

Using his incredible book The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination as a guide, Place will start the course by exploring the historical symbolism found in the original Renaissance decks.

He’ll go on to teach techniques for developing your intuition and for reading cards as a message from the Higher Self.

Take a look at his website to learn more. If I were in NYC in August, I’d definitely be at those classes.

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Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place – Divining Methods

July 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Tonight on Beyond Worlds we welcome back the brilliant and always illuminating Robert M. Place.

He’ll be joining Donnaleigh de LaRose and myself to talk about methods of divination.

Using everything from entrails, bones, and shells, to stars, palms, and Tarot cards, humans have been busy divining for a long time now.

What does it mean to ‘divine’ and how have we been doing it? Not to mention, why?

Is divination the same thing as predicting? Or is it something more?

These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring with Robert, and it’s sure to be fascinating.

Join us live in the chat room, or you can call in to listen at (646) 200-0765.

Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place – Divination
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
7:00 pm ET (4:00 pm PT)

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A Wheel & the Moon – a new short film in the works by Chris Paradis

June 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s another interesting IndieGoGo Tarot-ish project …

Chris Paradis, known in the Tarot world for his Rock n’ Roll Tarot, is directing a short film called A Wheel & the Moon.

Paradis’ screenplay is adapted from the Jonathan Carroll short story called A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on some Swings.

It looks at the story of a young gay man who finds out that he’s going blind. In his quest to avoid dealing with what’s happening to him, he discovers the real miracle of vision.

I’m not sure exactly how the Tarot is incorporated into Paradis’ adaptation, but from the sounds of it, the cards play an important role.

Tarot art from Robert M. Place’s new Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery will be featured in the film.

And some of the perks for people who donate include Tarot readings from Paradis himself, and/or original artwork from Places’ new deck.

Take a look the Wheel & the Moon project page to learn more. I think this is going to be a fascinating film.

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Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place – Alchemy pt. 2

April 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Alchemy and the Tarot by Robert M. Place

Tonight on Beyond Worlds we have the surprise return of Robert M. Place! He was just with us a couple of weeks ago talking about alchemy, but there wasn’t nearly enough time to learn all we wanted to.

So he’s back! And he’ll be leading us through his new book, Alchemy and the Tarot: An Examination of the Historic Connection. He’ll also be talking with us about the third edition of his Alchemical Tarot. I have it, and it’s just brilliant!!

Join Donnaleigh de LaRose and myself live in the chat room. Or call in at (646) 200-0765.

It’s going to be a great show.

Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Palce – Alchemy pt.2
Sunday, April 22, 2012
7:00 pm ET (4:00 pm PT)

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Beyond Worlds – Robert M. Place Talks About Alchemy

March 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed, Edition III, by Robert M. Place

Tonight on Beyond Worlds we welcome back the fabulous and incredibly knowledgeable Robert M. Place.

He visited the show a couple of weeks ago and talked about Pamela Colman Smith, the Tarot deck she created, and her incredible life.

If you missed it, you can listen on the radio player below.

Tonight Place will be teaching us all about alchemy, and as the creator of the Alchemical Tarot, he’s the perfect man to do it. I can hardly wait.

Join me and Donnaleigh live in the chat room, or call in at (646) 200-0765. And bring a pen and paper, you just might want to take notes.

Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place (Alchemy)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
7:00 pm ET (4:00 pm PT)

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The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Alchemical Tarot by Robert M. Place

Here’s a worthwhile project to get behind – Robert M. Place’s 3rd edition of The Alchemical Tarot.

Harper/Collins in London published the original version of this deck in 1995, and Place himself republished it in 2007. Both editions have sold out.

Fortunately for me, I got myself one of the originals back in 2003. But if I’d known it was going to be worth as much as $2,000 just a few years later, I might have treated it more gently, or at least kept the box.

It’s a gorgeous deck, filled with magic. The images are beautiful, but even more importantly the messages are brilliant. It’s alchemy expressed through the lens of the Tarot, and is unlike any other.

The second edition of the deck, called The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed, updated the first version. And the third edition has even more changes, including a second Lovers card.

Apparently, Harper/Collins thought Place’s original depiction of the Lovers was too risqué. Now we can decide for ourselves. I can’t wait to see it.

Also updated in this third printing, are the card backs and the little-white-book, which has become a little bigger.

Place is ready to go to print, and he’s going to do it no matter what. But he’s got an IndieGoGo page and is offering some wonderful gifts for those who’d like to help him raise the cost of printing.

Take a look at his page and consider helping an inspired deck be reborn.

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The Tarot: History, Symbolism and Divination

July 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

The Tarot by Robert Place

If you haven’t read it yet, definitely take a look at The Tarot: History, Symbolism and Divination by Robert M. Place.

It’s been out since 2005, but I finally read it last week and it’s amazing. I might even say it’s the best Tarot history book I’ve read to date.

To understand the origins of the Tarot, it’s important to understand the European culture from which it grew. Renaissance art, alchemy, hermeticism, neoplatonism – it’s all part of the story, and Place tells it very well.

He takes us card by card through the Major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseilles, explaining the symbols and why they may have been chosen.

As the ‘blueprint’ to all occult decks to follow, understanding the symbols in the Marseilles is vital to understanding how the ideas in the later decks developed.

Ultimately, Place’s focus is on the Waite-Smith Tarot, designed by Arthur E. Waite and painted by Pamela Colman Smith.

He looks at all 78 cards in the deck, and as an added bonus, offers some tips on how to use them. There are exercises, spreads and a summary of the six patterns found most often in readings. All very useful.

It’s a fantastic book for new readers, and old, and anyone who’s interested in Renaissance art, history or philosophy. It left me wanting to learn more.

And fortunately, Place hasn’t stopped teaching. He’s just published a new book called The Fool’s Journey: The History, Art, and Symbolism of the Tarot, based on The Fool’s Journey, his 2010 Tarot exhibition at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum.

I can’t wait to read it.

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Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place

June 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Robert M. Place

Robert M. Place


Tonight, Beyond Worlds is thrilled to welcome back Robert M. Place.

A true star of the Tarot world, Robert is the designer and author of The Alchemical Tarot, The Angels Tarot, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery.

And if that weren’t enough, he also the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination; Astrology and Divination; Shamanism, Magic and Alchemy; and his brand new The Fool’s Journey: The History, Art & Symbolism of the Tarot.

This man knows his cards. And he’s going to share some of his mastery with us tonight. It’s going to be great!

Join us live in the chat room, or call in at 646-200-0765.

Beyond Worlds with Robert M. Place
Sunday, June 18, 2011
7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT)

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