From the mystical visions of alchemists, the perfect tool for finding inner wisdom
Born out of the mystical vision of artist Robert M. Place, The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed demonstrates the close link between alchemical symbolism and traditional Tarot imagery and illustrates that the Tarot, like the alchemical quest, is designed to lead one to the gold of inner wisdom. One of the most beautiful and sought after modern Tarot decks, the out of print first edition Alchemical Tarot has sold at auction for over $2,000. Now it is back in print at an affordable price. The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed is a digitally redesigned version of the original with improvements in the drawings, more vibrant colors, and reproportioned so that the art is more prominent. The deck includes the original Lovers card that was censored in the first publication as well as the Lovers that was published in that edition and a little-white-book that lists the meaning of each card. Each card in The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed is beautifully drawn and captures the enigmatic symbols of alchemy that are natural vehicles for communication with the unconscious mind. It can be used my Tarot readers at any level.
Robert M. Place on How the deck came to be:
In 1987, I was reading a book on alchemy when I became fascinated by an alchemical illustration representing the Philosopher's Stone. It depicted the Stone as a type of mandala with a heart surrounded by a thorny wreath and placed in the center of a cross that divided the background into four sections. Each section contained an image representing one of the four ancient elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. The heart had five drops of blood on its surface and a rose bud sprouting from its top. Besides the obvious connection with the Sacred Heart, the five wounds of Christ, and the crown of thorns, the image inspired a deeper connection. In a flash of insight, I realized that the symbolism of the design was entirely interchangeable with that of the Tarot's World card. The dancing nude on the World stands in the center of a wreath and she can be interpreted, like the heart, as a symbol for the soul. The creatures representing the four evangelists in the corners of the World are also symbolically connected to the four elements through their Medieval correlation to the fixed signs of the zodiac. This realization was like a key that opened a lock to a forgotten door. I sat mesmerized as images poured out of this new portal in my mind. They formed a parade of alchemical illustrations that were spontaneously paired with Tarot trumps and it became obvious that the trumps can be alchemical, and that the series of trumps describes the alchemical Opus. This insight led me into research, writing, and drawing and after eight years the result was an uncommonly beautiful and meaningful deck.