- Publisher: Salamander and Sons; First Edition edition (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tarosophy : Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape it Paperback – 2011
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 ;)
On the whole, the book comes across as a collection of patched together notes rather than as something unified. And I'm bothered by the authors' tendency to portray information as "secret" or somehow revelatory, when what they are "revealing!" is information that any scholar could find in the library. They are hardly the first to see those "secret" documents, and will hardly be the last.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Marcus Katz work! A must ready for anyone who wants to learn Tarot. Very well written and highly researched.Published 4 months ago by Phoenix Moonshadow
Section one gives quite a bit of very important information for the aspiring Tarot reader. I found it easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyed working with exercises. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Evalyne
I recommend this book to anyone getting into Tarot. This is a really great way to start learning how to read the Tarot cards, and it has lots of information in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jenny K.
Same thing we have seen 1000 times before, the price of this book is intentionally overinflated. If you have read one of Mr. Katz's books you have read all of Mr. Katz's books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very deep and practical alternative approach to the tarot, I would rather have a physical copy of the book.Published 23 months ago by Tracie
An interesting aspect with using the tarot for self spiritual growth and developing reading interpretations. Recommend as a fruitful read for Tarot fansPublished 23 months ago by Shazz
A fascinating, if a bit unorthodox, system for cultivating a personal understanding of tarot. It's part reference guide, part workbook and part philosophical manual, written by... Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I have begun to explore this first of two books and I am finding it to be everything I expected and more. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Sharon Merlier