Robert M Place's Newest Deck
The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, is available for 30 dollars starting January 30, 2013, on the order page.

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The Fool


The Fool

The woman dancing with the Greyhound represents the Wise Fool of the deck. This illustration is a homage to the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Burne-Jones, and the figure is based on his drawing called Folly. The Latin motto on top, "stultitia," means foolishness. It is the root of the word stultify.




The Magician


The Magician

The Magician holds his seven-pointed wand above his head and forms a lemniscate in the air. He is surrounded by symbols of the four suits and the four elements. This illustration contains elements that connect it to the earliest Tarots yet joins them with elements from modern occult decks. 




The High priestess


The High Priestess

This illustration of an ancient sibyl with her hound is the High Priestess for the deck. The image is based on figures of Thessalica or Europea Sibylla, one of twelve ancient sibyls who were often depicted in Renaissance art. Thessalica lived in Greece near the town of Thebe, the walled city seen in the background.



The Empress


The Empress

The Empress, with her dog and her eagle, is a symbol of sensuality, abundance, and passivity. She has elements that are derived from the Waite-Smith deck, such as the heart emblem, but also from the oldest Renaissance decks, such as the eagle. Her Eagle is ready to fly to the center of the world where it will meet the Emperor's eagle.



The Emperor


The Emperor

The Emperor is both rugged and refined. He has elements that are derived from the Waite-Smith deck but also from the oldest Renaissance decks. The Eagle on the back of his throne is ready to fly to the center of the world.




The Hierophant


The Hierophant

The name Hierophant comes from the name of the high priest of the Eleusinian Mysteries. It means sacred priest in Greek. Our High Priest has elements that connect him to Egyptian, Pythagorean, and Eleusinian priests, Popes, and Rosicrucians. 




The Lovers


The Lovers

The young knight in the center of the the Lovers card must choose between two lovers, a woman wearing a crown of laurel, representing virtue, and a woman wearing a crown of flowers, representing sensuality. The whippet that leads the way symbolizes fidelity. The knight is the hero of the story told in the trumps and he always chooses virtue so that the story may continue to the next level.



The Chariot


The Chariot

The Chariot illustrates the myth that Plato presented in the Phaedrus. The dark and the light horses and the charioteer each represent one of the three aspects of the soul: the Soul of Appetite, the Soul of Will, and the Soul of Reason. When we divide the twenty-one numbered Tarot trump cards into three groups of seven cards each, we find that the three groups correspond to these three aspects of the soul.
 




Justice


Justice

As in the earliest known Justice card, created for the Duke of Milan in the mid 1400s, Justice is seen here with her champion the knight. Ideally, as the embodiment of the code of chivalry, knights were sworn to uphold the virtue justice and to defend the honor of women. Justice passes her sword to her defender.



Hermit


The Hermit

The Hermit has climbed to a deserted mountain plateau where he can experience the seven-pointed star directly in its environment. The figure is based on Burne-Jones' painting, The Pilgrim at the Gates of Idleness.



Fortuna


Fortuna

Fortuna or Fortune stands blindfolded in the center of her wheel. As often found in Renaissance art, Fortuna's wheel, of time and fate, is represented by the celestial wheel of the zodiac. This is the oldest meaning of this symbol. Fortuna is a goddess of fate and the astrology chart was designed to map her influence at the moment of one's birth.




Strength


Strength

In the Tarot the virtue Strength is usually depicted as a woman who has tamed a lion. Her strength is not the physical strength of the lion but the greater strength found in love and friendship. Here, her friends include a greyhound and a Siamese cat. To make friends with animals one has to discipline one's self. This is the real training and this is the virtue Strength.



 

The Hanged Man


The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man depicts a man hung from an arch by one foot. In the oldest decks, this cards was called the Traitor and in the Renaissance this type of punishment was reserved for traitors. The Hanged Man represents a loss of position or an ordeal that our hero must suffer to complete his journey.




Death


Death

In the Tarot, Death is usually depicted as the Grim-Reaper, who harvests the heads and limbs of his victims. Here, Death is depicted as the goddess of the poets, who harvests the body so that the soul is free to return to the sevenfold mystery.



 

Temperance


Temperance

This illustration is a homage to the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Burne-Jones, and the figure is based on his painting of the same theme. It was the first card designed for this deck. Temperance is quenching the fire with water but she is connected to the fire and may not succeed in killing it without harming herself. She also may not let the fire consume her but must maintain a balance between the two.



The Devil


The Devil

This is the Devil trump from my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. The Devil is depicted as a fallen angel, the evil twin of his enemy, St. Michael, the archangel. Although he represents the irrational forces of the unconscious, he introduces us to the final stage of the trumps, the stage that represents the Soul of Reason. His captives, who remain unconscious, represent the first and second stages. They are chained to him only in that they are asleep and unaware of his influence.

 



 

The Tower


The Tower

Now that the Devil has been recognized, the egotism that he represents can be cleared away to make room for the spiritual ascent represented by the next trump, The Star. In the Tarot, this preparation is symbolized by a proud tower that has had its roof blown off by lightning.

 




The Star


The Star

With the Star, the spiritual ascent has begun.  Seven smaller stars form a heavenly ladder ascending to the sevenfold mystery. The woman ascending the ladder is based on a painting by Burne-Jones titled the Star.




 

The Moon


Merhounds of the Moon

This ilustration is the Moon card for the deck. The Mermaid, who is Diana, ascends from the depths of the sea or unconscious mind. Her companions, the seadogs are part greyhound and part dolphin. Along with their nautical Diana they attempt to connect the depths of the sea with the celestial orb.





 

The Sun


The Sun

This is the Sun trump from my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. The mermaid from the depths of the sea, depicted on the Moon card, has ascended to meet Apollo, the god of the sun, music, art, and logic. This is a divine marriage, a meeting of the unconscious and the conscious minds.





Judgement


Judgement

This is the Judgement trump from my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. On this card Gabriel, the Angel of Judgement, calls the dead back to life in the sevenfold mystery. The seven-pointed star represents the essence of virtue, which is the true food of the soul.




 

The World


The World

"Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars." Proverbs 9:1

This is the World trump from my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. The woman in the center is Sophia, whose name means wisdom, the seven symbols represent the seven virtues, which are her seven pillars. In the corners are the four cardinal virtues, Temperance the vessels, Strength the lion, Justice the scales, and Prudence the mirror and snake. Prudence is the principle virtue and the other three represent its parts. With Prudence we have wisdom or Sophia and she is the mother of the three Christian virtues, Faith the cross, Hope the anchor, and Charity the heart. The realization of these seven virtues is the sevenfold mystery.










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More information about and illustrations from The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery will be appearing on the Alchemical Tarot website
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Also, to learn more about the deck, read this interview that Place did with Tarot author, James Ricklef:
James Ricklef's Tarot Blog





 

 

Ordering Decks and Prints

The Deck and any of the illustrations on this page can be purchased.
The decks are 30 dollars each. The prints are 30 dollar signed limited editions on 100% cotton rag paper.
The image size is 9.5" by 6.25"centered on an 8.5" by 11" paper with a rag mattboard backing and enclosed in a protective plastic envelope.
Larger prints 17" high printed on heavy cotton rag paper with archival ink (designed to last for 100s of years) may also be purchased for 300.00 dollars.

 


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Robert M. Place the Illustrator

Robert M. Place has designed five published Tarot decks, The Alchemical Tarot, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot,and The Angels Tarot.
This deck will be his sixth. It is titled The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery.
Illustrations form this deck have been used in an advertising campaign and have won a 2004 ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation
and they have been the subject of an article in the January 28, 2010, Los Angeles Times. 

To contact Robert M. Place to ask for a quote on an illustration project or to ask for a CD with samples of more of his illustrations:

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Robert M. Place
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e-mail: robroseplac@aol.com





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