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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Salamander (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0980409934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980409932
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,070,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Turtlemoongirl on 28 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is for serious tarot lovers! Covering a myriad of different exercises it gives you a firm grasp of tarot for everyday life. Written with humour, understandable and down to earth. This is a book you cannot do without in your collection.
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By Helen Powell on 19 Jan. 2014
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Excellent book a must have for your growing tarot library. You will always want to keep this book to hand
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By R D Milgate on 6 Nov. 2013
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Well written to Marcus katz usual standard, compliments 78 days perfectly. always within arms reach. highly recommended for any budding tarot reader.
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Innovative, enthralling. A radically different and enlightening take on Tarot.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT Tarot for Dummies 12 Dec. 2011
By Theresa Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not your average tarot book. And it certainly is no "Tarot for Dummies".

In fact, I am going to start off by saying that this book took me a lot longer to get through than most tarot books that I own. I'm a fast reader but this one demanded that I slow down and take my time. (The only other tarot books that have affected me that way were Jodorowsky's "The Way of the Tarot" and "Forest of Souls" by Rachel Pollack.)

Tarosophy by Marcus Katz strives to be a complete tarot book that covers exercises from beginner to advanced student with a section in the back for professionals. Packing that much into one book does run the risk of being a "jack of all trades, master of none" but the author manages to put together a pretty good book.

The beginner's section starts out with basic information such as how to choose your deck, preparing to read, an intro to Kabbalah (a simple but effective technique brings this home beautifully), archetypes, spreads and more. Just this section alone would have merited one book in itself but the author manages to get all this information in and make it digestible.

The intermediate and advanced section is where the average tarot reader may feel a bit lost. Here, the author delves into some pretty heavy stuff - from a 7 day ritual, to triads, 3D spreads, meditations, the natal chart, NLP techniques, deeper Kabbalah and more. This is not for lightweights. And some of the techniques presented may not be of interest for every tarot reader either. (For example, I would not be interested in doing a Thoth based ritual - but fans of that deck may be enthusiastic for something of that nature.)

I was impressed with some of the exercises presented in the book. In fact, a few worked very well (Living the Archetypes, generating your own keywords, Inner Guide meditation, merging the cards, and the fun Haiku method!). Tarot readers who are hungry for innovative exercises will love that part.

Many chapters finish with suggested reading lists that may encourage the reader to go even deeper in their tarot studies. The book is rigorously researched with scrupulous footnotes throughout - it's obvious that the author put a lot of effort (and love) into making sure that no stone was left unturned in this book.

I was especially fond of the appendix in the back geared towards tarot professionals - here the author shines brightly with a chapter titled "Half Your Market Think That You Are Evil". The information presented is solid and generously full of practical advice that will be of good use for any tarot pro. There is also a section on Tarot Law but this is written for a United Kingdom audience (the author is British). (If you are looking for legal advice for your country, you will need to consult your own lawyer to be sure you are following the proper legal guidelines.)

A fun but pragmatic "Top Tarot Tweet Tips" finishes off the book with sensible tidbits of wisdom that all readers will appreciate (my favorite: small glass picture pebbles to hold down your cards when reading outdoors!).

Some people may be put off by the overall tone of the book, which leans towards dry and scholarly. Also, if you are looking for a basic book that will give you the meanings of the cards with simple spreads, this is not the book for you. If you are a practical reader with an interest in common sense advice applications of tarot, this book won't be for you either. "Tarosophy" is best suited for the serious tarot student with an esoteric mindset.

Although this book may not be a general tarot guide, it WILL make you a better tarot reader if you are willing to plug away. It's not an easy read but for those who need a tarot challenge, this is the one you've been waiting for.

(And although I enjoyed the book, I am giving it 4 stars because I feel that this book is not for everyone - absolute beginners will be overwhelmed and those who want a simple guide may be disappointed.)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great book worth the high price tag!!! 29 Oct. 2011
By Paul Shortis - Published on Amazon.com
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Hey buy Marcus Katz new book, if you have any interest in the Tarot, I am just about half way through Tarosophy. Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It and am glad to say that it was worth the $30 price tag, he has a novel way of teaching tarot and I think this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the Tarot.
If for nothing else(and this book is packed with so much interesting info that I haven't seen in other tarot books) the cost was worth it just for a little spread for 'yes/no' questions, I used it at a workshop and everyone thought it 'da bomb' and have had several readers ask me to teach it to them.
Many of the exercises and tips I found really useful and have started adding them to our 12 month Witchcraft courses, especially our second year course which deals in the practical application of magick.
I am really glad to have pre-ordered it as, when I took a look, Amazon has it listed as Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
So they really need to get the book back on the shelves, think this will definitely be a collector ;)
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Amazing and informative! 14 Dec. 2011
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'Tarosophy' is one of the most well-researched books on tarot I've ever read. The author, Marcus Katz, has spent over 3 decades studying the tarot and it's history. Mr. Katz has compiled a wonderful journey through the tarot including techniques and exercises that will prove valuable to any tarot reader. Whether a beginning student or a practicing master, this book will compel you to move deeper into your personal journey and access areas previously unexplored. Clear, comprehensive, and intelligent writing brings a new dimention to the Art of Tarot.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Looking for an original book on Tarot? 30 Nov. 2011
By Sarah P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tarosophy. Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It (Modern Magistery series) If you're looking for a book containing tons of innovative exercises, masses of information and no more card interpretations (we already have enough books full of those!) this is the book you want to be reading. From beginner to advanced reader Tarosophy has something for everyone, if you enjoy Tarot you'll read this book from cover to cover and love it! This book is bound to become a classic, it really is the best Tarot book I've read, absolutely worth every penny (and I pre-ordered mine at £30+!). I can't recommend this book highly enough. Buy it!!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant and masterful. This is not your typical tarot book 2 Oct. 2011
By Angelo Nasios - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unique, comprehensive, ambitious, fresh and elegant, these are just a few words you could use to describe Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It. Even these words limit how excellent this piece of tarot literature truly is. Tarosophy combines the words Tarot & Sophia (Greek for Wisdom) which simply means Tarot Wisdom / Wisdom of tarot. This book is packed full of wise words and excellent information, the material in here lives up to the name Tarosophy.

Marcus Katz author of Tarosophy has done the almost impossible, compiling 30 years of studying, reading and teaching tarot into one book that is suitable for beginners to advance readers

Tarosophy is not another Tarot 101 beginner's guide/ card meaning cookbook. This book is more like a professors lecture. If that sounds boring trust me this book is no dud. The writing style of Marcus is one of my favorites. In the world of Tarot books most authors are female, there is a small percentage of male tarot authors simple because there is a small percentage of male readers. I love to read a tarot book that is written by a man, simply because of the clean, cut and the less "woo-woo" airy aura, that female readers often attach to their work. Marcus is a down to earth author who presents tarot in the right way to new readers without them feeling they are getting into something that requires special spiritual lexicon or understanding.

Tarosopy is broken into three sections, with each section broken down into separate parts. The first section is for beginners. The second section is for intermediate and the finale third section is for advance tarots, which focus in on spiritual/progressive subjects like astrology and Kabbalah. I will talk about section one mostly for this review.

Marcus introduces us to tarot and goes to work throwing out the myths of tarot like the requirement that a deck be gifted to you and the like. What is the Tarot? Marcus goes on to explain that tarot is a metaphor, a map, compass; it's a mirror and can be used in many ways. It can be used for casting spells, making talismans, telling fortunes and to discover yourself. Marcus says, "tarot is not a solitary system, it likes to make friends". The tarot has been connected and associated with astrology, kabbalah, psychology, magick, Gnosticism and much more. Simply put, tarot is a lot and has no limits to how you want to use it and what to apply it to. It is flexible.

Marcus then goes to talk quickly about Tarot History and those dam pesky gypsies and bunk and junk in that is floating in the air about tarot origins.

After than comes some very good information that all readers should read. The parts about Metaphor, Symbols, Archetypes and How does Tarot Work were very enjoyable to read and very fresh. Marcus explains what a metaphor is (via three qualities) and how tarot is a metaphor by way of the symbols in the images. Symbols are components of the metaphor, which are seen as clues and triggers to something hidden or unknown to us.

How does Tarot work? Marcus takes his own jab at this with the help of some quantum physics (based on Itzhak Bentov's description of holograms) I wont go into detail about this, you need to read it yourself. Synchronicity is next talked about as a way tarot may work and Marcus explains it better than any other person. There is some confusion as to what synchronicity is and how it relates to tarot and Marcus clears the air about this.

Archetypes are touched upon quickly, mainly to explain what they are and are not in the tarot. Marcus makes it clear that The Fool is not an archetype its self. "The Fool is an example of an underlying archetype of which the fool, jester, clown, trickster are all arising images".

This is all just a small part of Section one. Now just imagine the rest of the book! Tarosophy is filled with exercises (50 of them!) as well as illustrations. Tarosophy is also sourced and footnotes are everywhere, so if you can look at Marcus' sources for yourself. Tarosophy will be sure to become a new instant classic in the tarot community that in 50+ years people will still be reading & learning from it.
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