Marcus Katz and Tarosophy

Internationally renowned author, Tarot reader and teacher Marcus Katz joins us in podcast episode 101 to discuss his book, Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It.


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.

Tarosophy logo

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.

Tarosophy by Marcus Katz

“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

Tarot Professionals

Tarosophy Tarot Town

Tarot Courses

The Far Away Centre: Courses in Tarot and Magic for Today’s Students

The Book of Abramelin” Wikipedia entry

Neuro-linguistic programming” Wikipedia entry

intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos – “Awakening”

outro music by Vespero – “Tower (impro)”

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Connie Klein March 26, 2011, 9:51 PM

    Can’t wait for this book to become available!!!!!!

  • bokeh July 14, 2011, 11:46 PM

    The sound quality is not too crash hot on this one. Definitely doesn’t sounds like it’s truly 128kbps / 44KHZ.
    Doesn’t sound like it’s just the phone either. both voices sound slightly auto-tuned.
    Good show though. Normally the sound is much better. Cheers.

  • Michael D. May 4, 2013, 12:07 AM

    I really love this show, even after a couple of years since its debute. Marcus has been a true inspiration for me. I have completed his 78 Days around the Tarot diploma course, and am a lifetime member of his recent project, Magicka School. He has accomplished so much more since this show and would love it if he were able to do another show.

    • gkaminsky May 4, 2013, 5:03 PM

      Thanks Michael! Marcus is an inspiration to me as well. I’d love to have him return for another interview. I think he’s one of the most interesting and important people involved in esoterica today.

  • Becky November 14, 2013, 1:15 AM

    I keep dipping into it. It is an extremely interesting read with lots of charts and exercises to help get a handle on the cards or to develop a system for using them. I don’t find the book at all preachy and the exercises are interesting and FUN. In some ways it reminds me of Tarot for Yourself .

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