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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Salamander and Sons (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0980409934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980409932
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Katz is a professional tarot teacher at the Far Away Centre, the first independent contemporary esoteric training centre in the United Kingdom. As the Director of Tarot Professionals, www.tarotprofessionals.com the world's largest professional tarot organisation, he has studied and taught tarot for 30 years and has delivered more than 10,000 face-to-face readings.

Marcus is also the co-creator of Tarot Town, www.tarot-town.com the social network for tarot readers, with thousands of people worldwide sharing innovative tarot development. He graduated from the University of Exeter as the first student in the world to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Western Esotericism - as such he is one of the few recognised academics in this field.

A licensed neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) trainer and neo-Ericksonian hypnotherapist with 20 years of experience training, presenting and teaching, he has completed training with Paul McKenna, Richard Bandler, John Grinder, and many other NLP luminaries.

His esoteric, kabbalah and tarot courses and workshops are attended by students from across the world, and he delivers three online courses in spellcrafting, kabbalah and alchemy to students through the Magicka School. He has also travelled and taught private groups across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States.

Marcus has learnt from, met and corresponded with many of the leading names in occultism during the past 30 years, and has enjoyed unparalleled access to private and academic libraries and rare manuscripts. His own library of esoteric books, magazines and materials is one of the largest and most comprehensive in private collection.

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Angelo Nasios
This book is bound to become a classic, it really is the best Tarot book I've read, absolutely worth every penny (and I pre-ordered mine at £30+!).
Sarah P
The information presented is solid and generously full of practical advice that will be of good use for any tarot pro.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not your average tarot book. And it certainly is no "Tarot for Dummies".

In fact, I am going to start off by saying that this book took me a lot longer to get through than most tarot books that I own. I'm a fast reader but this one demanded that I slow down and take my time. (The only other tarot books that have affected me that way were Jodorowsky's "The Way of the Tarot" and "Forest of Souls" by Rachel Pollack.)

Tarosophy by Marcus Katz strives to be a complete tarot book that covers exercises from beginner to advanced student with a section in the back for professionals. Packing that much into one book does run the risk of being a "jack of all trades, master of none" but the author manages to put together a pretty good book.

The beginner's section starts out with basic information such as how to choose your deck, preparing to read, an intro to Kabbalah (a simple but effective technique brings this home beautifully), archetypes, spreads and more. Just this section alone would have merited one book in itself but the author manages to get all this information in and make it digestible.

The intermediate and advanced section is where the average tarot reader may feel a bit lost. Here, the author delves into some pretty heavy stuff - from a 7 day ritual, to triads, 3D spreads, meditations, the natal chart, NLP techniques, deeper Kabbalah and more. This is not for lightweights. And some of the techniques presented may not be of interest for every tarot reader either. (For example, I would not be interested in doing a Thoth based ritual - but fans of that deck may be enthusiastic for something of that nature.)

I was impressed with some of the exercises presented in the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2011
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'Tarosophy' is one of the most well-researched books on tarot I've ever read. The author, Marcus Katz, has spent over 3 decades studying the tarot and it's history. Mr. Katz has compiled a wonderful journey through the tarot including techniques and exercises that will prove valuable to any tarot reader. Whether a beginning student or a practicing master, this book will compel you to move deeper into your personal journey and access areas previously unexplored. Clear, comprehensive, and intelligent writing brings a new dimention to the Art of Tarot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shortis on October 29, 2011
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Hey buy Marcus Katz new book, if you have any interest in the Tarot, I am just about half way through Tarosophy. Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It and am glad to say that it was worth the $30 price tag, he has a novel way of teaching tarot and I think this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the Tarot.
If for nothing else(and this book is packed with so much interesting info that I haven't seen in other tarot books) the cost was worth it just for a little spread for 'yes/no' questions, I used it at a workshop and everyone thought it 'da bomb' and have had several readers ask me to teach it to them.
Many of the exercises and tips I found really useful and have started adding them to our 12 month Witchcraft courses, especially our second year course which deals in the practical application of magick.
I am really glad to have pre-ordered it as, when I took a look, Amazon has it listed as Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
So they really need to get the book back on the shelves, think this will definitely be a collector ;)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sarah P on November 30, 2011
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Tarosophy. Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It (Modern Magistery series) If you're looking for a book containing tons of innovative exercises, masses of information and no more card interpretations (we already have enough books full of those!) this is the book you want to be reading. From beginner to advanced reader Tarosophy has something for everyone, if you enjoy Tarot you'll read this book from cover to cover and love it! This book is bound to become a classic, it really is the best Tarot book I've read, absolutely worth every penny (and I pre-ordered mine at £30+!). I can't recommend this book highly enough. Buy it!!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Angelo Nasios on October 1, 2011
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Unique, comprehensive, ambitious, fresh and elegant, these are just a few words you could use to describe Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It. Even these words limit how excellent this piece of tarot literature truly is. Tarosophy combines the words Tarot & Sophia (Greek for Wisdom) which simply means Tarot Wisdom / Wisdom of tarot. This book is packed full of wise words and excellent information, the material in here lives up to the name Tarosophy.

Marcus Katz author of Tarosophy has done the almost impossible, compiling 30 years of studying, reading and teaching tarot into one book that is suitable for beginners to advance readers

Tarosophy is not another Tarot 101 beginner's guide/ card meaning cookbook. This book is more like a professors lecture. If that sounds boring trust me this book is no dud. The writing style of Marcus is one of my favorites. In the world of Tarot books most authors are female, there is a small percentage of male tarot authors simple because there is a small percentage of male readers. I love to read a tarot book that is written by a man, simply because of the clean, cut and the less "woo-woo" airy aura, that female readers often attach to their work. Marcus is a down to earth author who presents tarot in the right way to new readers without them feeling they are getting into something that requires special spiritual lexicon or understanding.

Tarosopy is broken into three sections, with each section broken down into separate parts. The first section is for beginners. The second section is for intermediate and the finale third section is for advance tarots, which focus in on spiritual/progressive subjects like astrology and Kabbalah. I will talk about section one mostly for this review.
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