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  • Cards: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes Publication (March 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780977643
  • ISBN-13: 978-9780977641
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Place Artist/Author

Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, author, and illustrator, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan and graced the covers and pages of numerous books and publications. He is the designer, illustrator, and co-author, of: The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot. He is the designer, illustrator, and author of The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, and The Vampire Tarot. 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. And, he the author of Astrology and Divination and Shamanism which are part of the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series published by Facts On File.

Robert is recognized throughout the world as an expert on and gifted teacher of the Western mystical tradition and the history and philosophy of the Tarot. He has conducted lectures and workshops in education centers in the United States and Europe, including the Open Center, Omega Institute, The New York Tarot Festival, and The Reader's Studio in New York, The World Tarot Congress in Chicago, The Southeastern Regional Tarot Festival in Florida, and The Museo Dei Torocchi, in Riola, Italy. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel series Strictly Supernatural and his work has appeared on The Learning Channel and A&E.


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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 and graced the covers and pages of numerous books and publications. 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 award winning The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot and The Vampire Tarot. 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. He has also created illustrations and authored articles for numerous books and magazines.

Robert has conducted lectures and workshops on the Tarot in education centers in the United States and Europe, including the Open Center, Omega Institute, The New York Tarot Festival and The Reader's Studio in New York, The World Tarot Congress in Chicago, The Southeastern Regional Tarot Festival in Florida, The Third International Conference of the Association for Esoteric Studies in Charleston, The Museo Dei Torocchi in Riola, Italy, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. He is the curator of the Fool's Journey, a Tarot Exhibition at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. He and his work have appeared on A&E, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel, the TV series Moonlight and Monk and were included in a documentary on vampires on Animal Planet. He was honored with the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of The Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy, in 2007 and his recreation of a historic 15th century woodcut Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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The illustrations are gorgeous and the symbolism is wonderful.
Marion S. Wilhelm
I highly recommend this deck, the images are inconic and archetypal and it contains the original "Lovers" card in both PG-13 and R rating.
J. Burgos
This sophisticated deck guides us deeper into the journey of the soul and the archtypal connection to the higher self.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2008
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Originally published by Thorsons in 1995, when the Alchemical Tarot went out of print, many clamored to buy both the deck and companion book--often at a steep price. In fact, the original edition still fetches hundreds of dollars with the companion book by Rosemary Ellen Guiley going for $75 or more online.

Fortunately for Tarot enthusiasts, Hermes Publications/Robert M. Place have issued an updated version of this deck called The Alchemical Tarot Renewed.

The two main differences between the original and the renewed version is that the cards no longer have the pillars flanking the imagery, making more room for the art to shine. Also, the Alchemical Tarot Renewed contains TWO versions of the Lovers card: the original, which was deemed too sexy for publication, and the cleaned up version which was included in the original deck.

When I first bought this deck, the cards were quite flexible, causing me some concern as to their durability. I'm happy to report that I've been using the Alchemical Tarot Renewed exclusively for my client readings and the card are holding up admirably--even better than decks from large publishers, in fact.

Although I found the austere images intriguing, I admit to being flummoxed with some of the alchemical symbolism in this deck. So I thought I'd put it on the shelf until a companion book became available to unlock its secrets.

In the short interim, tt just so happened that I stumbled upon a series of teleclasses given by Robert Place; although I was disappointed at the time to discover I had missed the live classes on the Alchemical Tarot itself, I was thrilled that he was offering a teleclass called the Hieroglyphs of the Soul.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Livvy on February 21, 2009
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Just a little bit about my background, I'm not a tarot reader. I just started collecting tarot decks for personal meditation and for stimulating my creative writing. What I look for a deck are symbolic images that resonate with me, radiant images that are multi-layered in meaning, decks that have history and depth. As my first learning deck, I have purchased the Radiant Rider-Waite Deck and I'm quite pleased with it, considering that many books out there reference the Rider-Waite Deck, so I had no other choice but to buy one.

Upon my search I came across the Alchemical Tarot and was intrigued. Although at $30, it is very costly and doesn't even come with a companion book like it's predecessor. So I decided to take the plunge after seeing a few pictures of the cards online.

This was my first impression: The cards are slightly bigger than the standard deck, which is ok, but the cardstock in comparison is quite flimsy and the laminate is very thin. My deck had several cards with scratches, spots without lamination, and actual creases within the card; all probably due to the lower grade cardstock. Also, the LWB was of no help. Not that they ever are, but some do contain more info than others. This LWB did not delve into anything about the symbols on the cards. Just basic keywords. Why Mr. Place did not include the revised companion book with the deck is beyond me, especially for $30. My suspicion is that he probably figured he can promote his teleclasses and cd on the Alchemical tarot for a few years before he markets the book which will probably retail for so much less. Of course, that is just my speculation. It's important to have the companion book for this deck, unless you have the time to research the symbols in all the cards or are familiar with the alchemical symbols.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Tedesco on June 3, 2008
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this new version is a wonderful addition or new tarot for those interested in exploring The Alchemical Tarot by Bob Place and pub. by Hermes Publications. Hermes Pub. is a new publishing house that can be found on the many sites of Leisa ReFalo and also Robert Place. Mr. Place's seminal text, 'THE TAROT: HISTORY, SYMBOLISM AND DIVINATION will make THE ALCHEMICAL TAROT: RENEWED easy to read for oneself or others although that text uses the images of The Pixie Smith Tarot (rws). That said, a wonderful forthcoming cd for your computer is going to help everyone access Robert Place's on - going classes on The Alchemical Tarot complete with imagery due to the wizardry of Leisa ReFalo! This CD for The Computer has Mr. Place's classes in Audio and images from The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed to help us understand not only The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed but Alchemy in general. i have been a 'test case' for this CD for the Computer & can vouch for its wonderful ability to ease both the student and professional reader into complete understanding of The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed. to repeat: Hermes Publications is a new publishing company that will very soon be putting out a cd for COMPUTERS ONLY ( forthcoming) that are a compilation of bob's classes on his Alchemical Tarot that totally will clear up any ?'s the first - time user of The Alchemical Tarot might have. that said, the Alchemical Tarot Journals available at tarotconnection.net will help the tarot reader/student experience for themselves their own reading and keep a journal that is personally meaningful. taking the classes which provides all handouts & experiencing the cd, owning the journal & interfacing all this w/the Alchemical Tarot is the full experience that is worth it's weight in Alchemical Gold.
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