Marcus’ book Tarosophy has been hailed as precisely detailed, engaging, accessible, practical, profoundly original, and a work of genius. In my opinion the book is simply phenomenal – an outstanding text that teaches the Tarot on multiple levels including divination, symbolism, spirituality, and mysticism. I was very impressed with Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It, and recommend it to you. I can think of no other single book that engages with the reader to teach Tarot so well.
Marcus begins the interview by recounting his esoteric experience, including an extensive background in witchcraft, Thelema, Golden Dawn, and chaos magick. He credits his work in these systems, along with his completion of the Abramelin working, as the source from which Tarosophy sprang forth. He shares his philosophy of Tarot as living wisdom engaged with the soul. We talk about his intention in formulating the book and some of the aspects that make it the most unique book about Tarot that I’ve ever read. Then Marcus shares anecdotes of readings, the origins of the word Tarosophy, talks about the restoration of spiritual dignity to Tarot, and much, much more.
“The Tarot is a veritable oracle, and replies to all possible questions with precision and infallibility. A prisoner, with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire a universal science, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequaled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. The oracles of the Tarot give answers as exact as mathematics, and as measured as the harmonies of Nature. By the aid of these signs and their infinite combination, it is possible to arrive at the natural and mathematical revelation of all secrets of Nature. The practical value of the Tarot is truly and above all marvelous.”
– Eliphas Lévi
Marcus Katz’s book holds keys to unlock our potential and bring us closer to realizing Lévi’s words.
In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Marcus Katz discusses impressions of favorite Tarot decks, talks about Tarot education, and shares some fascinating insights about the Abramelin working. Join us!
Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It by Marcus Katz
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outro music by Vespero – “Tower (impro)”