The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism, Third Edition

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An exploration of the Tarot’s mystical roots, with a guide to The Tarot of Marseilles, The Waite Smith Tarot, The Alchemical Tarot, and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Now with 59 updates since the second edition and two new illustrations

The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism Third Edition incorporates the material that was in Alchemy and the Tarot and The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, but updates the facts and, as you can tell by the title, covers a lot more material—about three times as much, with 680 pages and over 302 illustrations.

This is a fantastic book and covers the topic in a great deal of detail. I spent decades learning a lot of this stuff, I wish someone had sent this back in time, it would have saved me a lot of time!

Seriously, this is a great resource and I consider it a must-have for anyone doing tarot who wants to learn about the history and foundations of tarot and related topics. It has greatly expanded my thinking on the topic.

Fran Kostello 

This is a great book for anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of Tarot. I’d also recommend picking up either Robert’s Alchemical Tarot or his Sevenfold Mystery Tarot as a companion to the book.

Sean Tierseron

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I really enjoy your writing style. I have your big 3 1/2 pound book by my chair and I’m in it every day. I much prefer your writing to others, pretty much hands down. Yours are the best-written, most informative and useful Tarot books in print.

Ferol Humphrey 

If you want a well researched perspective that doesn’t simply pass on the old myths, read Robert’s work.

Clinton Combs

This is a great book for anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of Tarot. I’d also recommend picking up either Robert’s Alchemical Tarot or his Sevenfold Mystery Tarot as a companion to the bo

Sean Tierseron

The Third Edition is $45 plus shipping: $9 in the US, $26 for Canada, and $40 for other international orders

For US orders, the book order can be combined with an order for The Alchemical Tarot ($35), The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery ($35), or both decks ($70) for no additional shipping cost

For Canadian orders the combined shipping cost for the book and one or two decks is $48.  For all other international orders the combined shipping cost is $75.

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Customers in the UK can buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism, 3rd Edition from Watkins Books in London

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US customers can use this link to buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism, 3rd Edition and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery2nd Edition together:

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US customers can use this link to buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism, 3rd Edition and The Alchemical Tarot, 5th Edition together:

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US customers can use this link to Buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism, 3rd Edition together with both decks

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First of all let me thank you and tell you how much I appreciate your work.

Your book “The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination” has been a strong influence on my spiritual development. The serious scholarship in your book as well as the intuitive approach to the Tarot has opened me up to the spiritual tradition surrounding the Tarot. I am deeply indebted to you for all the mystical experiences that my interaction with the Tarot has given me.

I was really impressed by the scholarly breadth combining art and cultural history, Neoplatonism and the history of the Tarot. I am currently a PhD student working on geophysical problems related to the detection of gravitational wave detectors for the upcoming Einstein telescope project in Europe, so a competent scholarly and scientific
approach is very important for me.

I am really looking forward to reading the new edition of “The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism” and learning more about your research and interpretations.

Alexander Mundt

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This is a great book for anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge of Tarot. I’d also recommend picking up either Robert’s Alchemical Tarot or his Sevenfold Mystery Tarot as a companion to the boo

This book is amazing . I finally want to study tarot; it goes back even to Egypt,I can follow the real history, and from the Hermetic Tradition, and really study the tarot as a path.

Rebecca Garcia

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This book has a place of honour on my shelf. I only got it last year and I’ve just about worn the spine through and creased so many corners from flips. It’s truly a Bible among Tarot books. Thank you sir.

Eric Chor


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Three weeks old and it looks like I’ve had it for the 30 years I’ve been doing this. The spine is shot, notes in margins and sticky flags are the devils incarnation I swear. LOL

Joyce Staton



The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism incorporates the material that was in Alchemy and the Tarot and The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, but updates the facts and, as you can tell by the title, covers a lot more material—about three times as much, and it is now updated with 680 pages and over 302 illustrations.

This book is intended to be a guide to my Alchemical Tarot and my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. It is the companion book for both decks. But it also covers the Tarot of Marseilles and The Waite Smith Tarot. So that it is a guide to the Tarot for anyone using any deck. Each chapter starts with a full-page illustration on the left hand page and the text on the right hand page. The first two pages of each chapter are illustrated below:

Click on this link to read my article on this book on NFReads:

Why I wrote The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, 

and Neoplatonism


A special thanks to Ken Russell for editing the book

Ken Russell is a Life and Business Coach, and an all-around Renaissance Man. He’s worked with the Tarot for many years and the Alchemical Tarot and the Sevenfold Mystery Tarot in particular. He has presented workshops and trainings, and has provided readings throughout Massachusetts. You can learn more about Ken’s coaching practice at cavedraw.com. Or, even better yet, by contacting him directly at +1 617.460.3837 or ken@cavedraw.com.  


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