- 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: #1,581,284 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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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.
There is a wonderful section on legalities that everyone needs to read
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 11 months ago by Phoenix Moonshadow
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 14 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 17 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 on March 2, 2014 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 on February 28, 2014 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
This is a great book if you have had trouble in the past trying to learn tarot. It is loosely based on a qabalistic approach of the Golden Dawn variety. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Zeppo