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Rachel Pollack

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The Burning Serpent Oracle is Rachel’s thirty-fifth book.  Her thirty-sixth book, The Child Eater, a novel, will be published in July of 2014.  This joining of divination and fiction is fitting, since in 1980 Rachel’s first novel, Golden Vanity, was published at the same time as her first Tarot book, the now-classic 78 Degrees of Wisdom.  78 Degrees has been in print continuously since 1980, and has been praised all over the world as “the Bible of Tarot readers.”  Rachel has written nearly twenty books on Tarot and divination, including Tarot Wisdom, The Forest of Souls, and The New Tarot Handbook.  

Her non-fiction also includes books on art, on mythology and religion, and a poetry collection, Fortune’s Lover.  With David Vine, she translated the ancient Greek play, “Oidipous Tyrannos,” better known by its Latin title, “Oedipus Rex.”  Rachel is the creator of the Shining Tribe Tarot, with pictures designed and drawn by Rachel.  With fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, she designed the Vertigo Tarot, with art by Dave McKean.  Rachel’s novels have won the World Fantasy Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.  The Child Eater will be her seventh novel.  She has also written comics and graphic novels for DC Vertigo

Rachel’s books have been translated into fifteen languages.  She teaches creative writing in Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Her other website is  She also has a blog at

Robert M Place

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Robert M. Place is an internationally known author and illustrator, whose clear, insightful books have won critical acclaim and whose award winning works of art have graced the covers and pages of numerous books and publications.  He is the designer, illustrator, and co-author of: The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim particularly for their insight into the mystical nature of the Tarot and their skillful and illuminating graphics. He is the designer, illustrator, and author of The Buddha Tarot; The Tarot of the Saints; The Vampire Tarot; and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, which is published under his own label, Hermes Publications along with his updated Alchemical Tarot: Renewed.  Beside the books that accompany each of his decks, he is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and which Booklist has said, “may be the best book ever written on… the tarot.”  He is also the author of, Alchemy and the Tarot, The Fool’s Journey, Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism. He was the curator of “The Fool’s Journey,” an exhibition on the History, Art, & Symbolism of the Tarot, at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and he was the guest of honor, cutting the ribbon at the opening, of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy. His facsimile of the earliest printed Italian woodcut Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Place is an internationally recognized expert on the history, philosophy, and practice of divination.  He has conducted lectures and workshops in Italy, Australia, and China, and regularly at the New York Open Center, Omega Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Tarot Congress, the New York Tarot Festival, and the Readers Studio.  He and his work have appeared on the BBC series “The Book of Thoth,” the Discovery Channel series “Strictly Supernatural,” and on the Learning Channel and A&E. He has been a frequent guest on the Woodstock Rountable on WDST-FM, People are Talking on WKZE-FM, and Mystic Musings on KKUP FM, Darkness on the Edge of Town on KTLK FM, and the Tarot Tribe on Blog Talk Radio.

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