New Book: The Silent Doorkeeper

Coming in February, 2021

The Silent Doorkeeper:

The Alchemical Tarot Shines a Light on Covid-19

by Scott Martin

The latest offering from Hermes Publications

A 152-page full-color book covering the entire Alchemical Tarot and applying the wisdom gained from each card to life during a pandemic.

Born from a mystical vision and years of study, The Alchemical Tarot makes use of alchemical imagery to create a unique set of symbols that is capable of unlocking inner wisdom. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Scott Martin, author of the award wining Bringing the Tarot to Life, turned to the Alchemical Tarot for solace during this time of crisis. He chose a card a day and what emerged is a spiritual journal covering this world pandemic.    

The Silent Doorkeeper will be here in February

but it can be preordered now

The book is $20 plus shipping: $8 in the US, $26 for Canada, and $38 for other international orders.

To order, you may email Robert Place and request a PayPal invoice:

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US Customers may use this button to order through Gumroad:

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US Customers may use this button to buy the book

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Scott Martin has created, or maybe discovered, a brilliant new way to enter and explore any Tarot deck, a seventy-eight day journey into wisdom and insight.  What is brilliant about this book is that he does not simply apply the cards and their symbolism to a chosen topic.  The topic is a matter of life and death, not just to Scott, but to all of us, and the urgency of the subject allows him to enter into an intense conceptual dialogue with the cards, bringing them vibrantly to life.  The writing is passionate, and always clear.  And because his method removes one card every day until only the final one is left, there is a sense of getting closer and closer to a core truth that seems at the end to have been inevitable all along.  A wonderful book.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay joyous.

Rachel Pollack, author of 78 Degrees of Wisdom and creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot


There is so much tarot in the world these days that a piece of sparkling and invaluable originality in this field is a true rarity. Scott Martin has created just such a rarity. He shows us how easy it is to answer any question with any card from any deck, even one that’s unfamiliar. This book is a must-read, not only because of its revelatory technique, but because this 78-card reading with Robert M. Place’s landmark Alchemical Tarot is on a subject of central importance to the whole world today. 

There is so much tarot in the world these days that a piece of sparkling and invaluable originality in this field is a true rarity. Scott Martin has created just such a rarity. He shows us how easy it is to answer any question with any card from any deck, even one that’s unfamiliar. This book is a must-read, not only because of its revelatory technique, but because this 78-card reading with Robert M. Place’s landmark Alchemical Tarot is on a subject of central importance to the whole world today. 

Wald Amberstone,  Director of The Tarot School


Scott Martin worked with one card every day since the beginning of the pandemic, and through his card meanings and reflections, shows us how tarot powerfully taps the zeitgeist.Leading us expertly through the symbolism of Robert Place’s Alchemical Tarot, Scott relates each card to his experience of the pandemic world. This wisdom-journey is both intimate and universal – as we travel with Scott through the cards, we dive deep to find meaning in the critical situation we all face. In each page and card, we feel the soul’s call to awaken, to act, and to care for one another; to reflect, to create, to live fully. Through the darkness we are living in, The Silent Doorkeeper is a beam of hope. 

Liz Dean, author of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot and mother of The Game of Thrones Tarot Card Set


Scott Martin’s The Silent Doorkeeper: The Alchemical Tarot Shines a Light on Covid-19 is not just a seventy-eight day tarot journey, but a seventy-eight day expedition into the unconscious mind. While Scott’s original intent was to explore the images in Robert Place’s Alchemical Tarot and relate them to Covid-19, his process opens the door to a personal intrapsychic experience for each of us and may be applied to any tarot deck and topic. Much like psychological projective tests which are intended to uncover feelings, desires, or conflicts that are out of our conscious awareness, Scott’s exercise of selecting a card each day and exploring it in relation to one topic or theme allows us to initially bring to mind what is in conscious awareness. However, as the activity unfolds gradually, day-by-day, card-by-card, the unconscious mind is provoked and engages in connecting to deeper levels of understanding and revelation. In a time when so much has become so overwhelming, Scott’s process encourages us to take a breath and mitigate our thinking in order to access our inner resource states which can lead us to valuable insights and potential solutions.  

Joseph T. Schippa Ph.D, Clinical & Coaching Psychologist

Scott Martin began pursuing his fascination with Tarot after retiring from teaching, both on the secondary and college levels in 2009. He worked as a Theatre Arts teacher, director and mentor.He combined that love for theatre with Tarot in 2017 when he wrote Bringing the Tarot to Life, Embody the Cards throughCreative Exploration, awarded “Best Mass Market Book of theYear for Innovation and Insight” by The Tarosophists Association. The book has been translated into Russian by Avvalon LoScrabeo. He has also facilitated a number of Tarot workshops in various
venues in New York City.

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