About Robert M Place

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Robert M. Place

This is the website of Robert M Place designer of The Alchemical Tarot,  The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, The Tarot of the Alchemical Magnum OpusThe Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, The Facsimile Italian Renaissance Woodcut Tarocchi, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, The Angels Tarot, the Marziano Tarot, and the Raziel 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 and The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism. 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.

Robert M. Place cutting the ribbon at the opening of the Museo del Tarocchi, in Riola, Italy, in 2007
Robert M. Place at the opening of the Fool’s Journey, an exhibition on the art and history of the the Tarot at the Los Angles Craft and Folk Art Museum. I’m 2010

He has taught and lectured throughout the United States and on five of the seven continents. 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 works 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, The Hermes Playing Card Oracle, a collectors set of playing cards that also functions as an oracle, and An Ukiyo-e Lenormand, an oracle decks based on Japanese art and culture.

Robert M. Place teaching in Hangzhou, China, in 2019
Robert M. Place teaching at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 2019

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

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An Interview with Robert M Place on Biddy Tarot

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35 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.

    • robertmplace says:

      it explains the Renaissance view of the cards that the That the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery is illustrating. The minor suits in the deck are based on the Alchemical Tarot.

  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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  12. Carol Probus says:

    Hello Robert! I bought your book the Buddha companion many years ago, I also bought the cards. I still have them but I noticed in the book that I had bought it said something about it was a early release book or words to that effect and it did not have all the pictures in the book of all the cards, were there many of them released like that? If so does it make the book any more valuable? I own over 300 tarot decks and am a retired professional reader. I love the book and deck and would not want to sell them I would just appreciate an answer to my question, thank you very much!

    • robertmplace says:

      Those are limited editions of a book that are sent out to reviewers before the actual publication. So that the reviews can get out early. They are not more valuable.

      • Carol probus says:

        Thank you for your response, I was just rather surprised when I opened the book and the pictures for each card were not there! I do love the book and cards they are so beautiful and they speak to me every time I use them! I am a retired tarot reader and have read cards for many years. There are not a whole lot of tarot decks that really speak to me but the Buddha tarot is definitely one that does!

  13. Kenneth W. Davis says:

    I lent someone my Tarot of the Saints deck and never got it back (except for the book and the Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Sofia card, which I have framed). Replacing the rest of the deck is quite expensive. Any chance of a new edition, or a recommended less expensive source?

  14. Sarah S says:

    Would ever consider re-releasing Tarot of the Saints in the future? I have just recently discovered that the deck exists, I felt an immediate connection to it from the pictures that I did see, but I just simply cannot justify what is being asked for it online these days (in Canadian funds it’s equivalent to a month’s rent for me). Thank you kindly.

  15. Laura Day says:

    Please release the Vampire Tarot again if possible, it’s beautiful.

  16. robert Kavanaugh says:

    Robert, Thank you for writing an absolutely gorgeous book, The tarot, history, symbolism and divination. I will read that one over and over. Wonderful! Thank you, Rob K.

  17. Brenda says:

    Is there any way to get a replacement card for The Vampire Tarot? I am in need of a King of Stakes card. Thanks. 🙂

  18. Robert, I’m so pleased to meet you online. I heard about you as a late comer to the BiddyTarot podcast. I’m a book binder and paper marbler and my mother taught me to read Tarot 30 some years ago. I’ve studied the history of book binding all the way back to cave art then clay tablets. The beginnings of paper also interest me greatly. I believe all craft is imbued with grace. I will be covering your work for the foreseeable future. I hope someday to invite you to Asheville, NC to teach a course.

    All my best, Mary Carol Koester

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