About Robert M Place

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This is the website of Robert M Place designer of The Alchemical Tarot,  The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, The Tarot of the Sevenfold MysteryThe Facsimile Italian Renaissance Woodcut Tarocchi, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, The Angels Tarot, and the Marziano Tarot. He is the author of the books that accompany most of these decks.  He has also authored 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, and the author of Alchemy and the Tarot. He is the curator of The Fools’ Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum in 2010. He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy in 2007. His Facsimile Tarocchi is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He has taught and lecture throughout the United States, and in Europe, Australia, and Brazil. He and his work have appeared on the BBC series “The Book of Thoth,” the Discovery Channel series “Strictly Supernatural,” and on the Learning Channel and A&E. He has been a frequent guest on the Woodstock Rountable on WDST-FM, People are Talking on WKZE-FM , and Mystic Musings on KKUP FM, Darkness on the Edge of Town on KTLK FM, and the Tarot Tribe on Blog Talk Radio.

His newest work are a Lenormand oracle deck, The Burning Serpent Oracle, and The Raziel Tarot: The Secret Teachings of Adam and Eve. On both of these he collaborated with Tarot diva Rachel Pollack. He has also just completed The New York Lenormand, a facsimile of an 1882 oracle deck and The Hermes Playing Card Oracle, a collectors set of playing cards that also functions as an oracle.

This website is a showcase for his card decks and books and includes his articles in an ongoing blog.

read more about him on Wikipedia:


Here is a discussion of Place’s work:


Listen to an audio interview with Robert M Place:

An Interview with Robert M Place on Biddy Tarot

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21 Responses to About Robert M Place

  1. Hello Robert, we knew each other a few decades ago when selling at art and craft shows out east. I’m a woodworker who did mostly furniture. You and Rose Ann made a custom piece of cloisonné jewelry for me. It was a necklace of a reclining nude about 2″ wide by 7/8″ high. I think we v transacted that around 1981. I need a picture of that from your archives along with a replacement price as it was just recently stolen. I trust you’re doing well and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Bob Kasnak


    • robertmplace says:

      Hi Bob,

      Sorry to say that I don’t have a picture of that piece. I only have slides of the few pieces that I used for portfolio items for applying to shows. And I am not sure where most of those are.


  2. Adriana Sandoval says:

    Where can I find the tarot cards to your book El Mensaje de Los Santos Guia del Tarot


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  4. Fiona says:

    Any plans to re release the Angels tarot? Can’t afford the big bucks being asked on Amazon sadly 😦


  5. Fiona says:

    Oh that’s a shame, it looks really beautiful.


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  7. durga81 says:

    Does your book The Alchemical Tarot help with the deeper meanings of the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery? Thank you. I love your work. I have 3 of your decks and can’t wait for the full Raziel deck.


  8. Dear Mr. Place,

    Thank you so much for sending me a copy of your book and deck, that I had ordered through Amazon in such a timely manner. It arrived on 11/9/2016 (As shocking to me as 9/11) in the morning with a knock on the door, just as I was contemplating about if it was even worth the bother of getting up! It’s arrival was a reminder for me to follow my passion and vocation no matter how crazy the outer world becomes. I am about to teach a 4 week Tarot class and ran into your site as I was looking up Pamela Coleman Smith correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz.


    Hisako Izumi


  9. Dawn Formisano says:

    Hi Robert, my husband Neil works out at your gym and says he’s known you for years and your a very nice man. I’m interested in having my tarot cards read. Do you give personal readings?


  10. I would love to own cards, but would rather purchase directly from you. Is that possible?


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