Classes and Lectures

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Introduction to the Tarot with Robert M. Place
at the NY Open Center

Three weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 6 – 7:45 pm;


May  8, 15, and 22, 2019

and again on

November 20, December 1, and 11, 2019

at The New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street, New York


The Tarot is a deck of cards that can be used as a tool for developing intuition, but it is more than this. The cards in a Tarot deck contain symbolic images that express a mystical philosophy, a philosophy that stems from the mentors of Western culture, Pythagoras and Plato, and that has been cherished by mystics and sages over the centuries. The philosophy is expressed not only in individual pictures but in the structure and organization of the deck. Effectively, the Tarot is a map of the spiritual universe, a mandala, divided into separate components but maintaining the pattern through the relationship of each component to another. When this philosophy and structure is understood and the cards are used as an intuitive device, a communication happens between the conscious self and a source of wisdom in the unconscious that I call the Higher Self. Used in this way, the Tarot is like a personal sage that one can converse with whenever guidance is needed. As day to day decisions are made from this place of wisdom, using the Tarot becomes a spiritual path.

In this three-part class we will first study the symbolism of the Tarot as its Italian Renaissance creators intended and come to see the spiritual message contained in the deck. Then we will learn and practice techniques for developing intuition and reading the cards as a message from the Higher Self. Students will need a Tarot deck created by Robert Place or the Waite-Smith Tarot.

For this class it is recommended that you buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism by Robert M. Place. The course is based on this book and you will get the most out of the class if you read it. The book will be available at the Open Center bookstore. You may also buy a copy of from this website and read it in advance of the class.

For more information on the class contact the New York Open Center

(212) 219-2527

New York Open Center


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Hermeticism and the Tarot

With Robert M. Place

Creator of The Alchemical Tarot, The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, and author of The Tarot, History, Symbolism, and Divination

July 14, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Miraba Books

23 Mill Hill Rd,

Woodstock, New York 12498

In The ancient city of Alexandria, Egyptian, Jewish, and Greek culture merged to become one amalgamated Hellenistic culture. In this cultural melting pot the mystical Egyptian god Thoth, the god of magic and words of power, was equated with the Greek Hermes, the god of communication, magic, and wisdom. In the Egyptian texts, the name, Thoth, was customarily followed by a triple title; therefore, in Greek his name became Hermes Trismegistus. And this thrice-great Hermes was credited as the author of a series of texts that covered magic, alchemy, and astrology. These Hermetic texts became the cornerstone of the Western mystical tradition.

In this class we will use The Alchemical Tarotto learn how Hermeticism was infused into the Tarot form its origin.  And how we can make use of this ancient wisdom to make our lives better today. We will discuss symbolism and learn how to read the cards as a message from our inner wiser self.


Contact Jeff Cuiule at

Mirabai’s Website

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Tarot at the Met
An Afternoon of Tarot History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Wednesday, in the Summer

To be announced 

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I will once again take a small group of people into the back rooms of the Metropolitan Museum to look at the museum’s collection of historic Tarot and divination cards, ranging from the earliest woodcut Tarocchi, printed in 15th century Italy, to rare 19th century Le Normand divination decks. All accompanied by my talk on the history and symbolism of the cards.  This year we will also see one of the oldest and richly illustrated books on divination with cards, Le Sorti, published in Venice in 1540.

The afternoon at the Met is $80 per person, prepaid. Each participant is also responsible for obtaining a ticket for entrance into the museum for the day. There is only room for 14 people at this event so don’t delay; it will fill up quickly. I will be handling this event  myself; so all arrangement must be made through me.

To register contact me at:

Payments can be made by PayPal, check, Visa, or Master Card, or by requesting a PayPal invoice.

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Shanghai, China

Using The Traditional Tarot:

 Divination with The Tarot of Marseilles and early Italian decks

Three days

October 2019

For Further details contact Giselle Gao at:

or WeChat: GiselleGao


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9 Responses to Classes and Lectures

  1. ArdensEye says:

    Hi Robert,

    I took a workshop with you just after the first printing of the first deck and book, both of which I still have, it must have been 1995 or 1996. The workshop was in Northern California, maybe Berkeley or Sonoma County? Your class was important to me and I continue working with the Tarot. My name was Sidra then; I have been living in Berkeley, CA since 1984.

    I plan to buy your “Alchemy and Tarot” book, the Renewed 4th Edition deck and the new Marziano deck through Indiegogo. Just wanted to check in with you after all these years. I am very glad to see your work has developed so deeply and that you remain a productive artist and writer. Cudos to you!

    My new name came through mystical channels, using the Kabalarians of Canada’s system of analysis and resonance. I legally changed it on December 19, 2003. It was part of my alchemical transformation, helping me move gradually from lead into gold, or more balanced, so to speak.

    Thank you for what you have contributed to world knowledge, healing and beauty.


    Arden Kamille Varnel


  2. ArdensEye says:

    The class was August 11, 1996, and my name was Sidara, as you inscribed the book to me on that date.


  3. Emilija Klein says:

    Will you ever come to Saint Louis?


  4. Christa Shearey says:

    Do you teach classes at The Open Center New York often? Just curious because I am interested in the class but can’t make it in this May.


  5. Kate says:

    Hi please do u know the next class /september or so 2019!! I too will miss mayb& very much look toward the possibility of a class.. Thank u!!!


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