A lot of folks have been asking about whether the Book of Maps files can be purchased now, though the deck itself is out of print and no longer offered for sale. Yes, if for some reason you would like to purchase what had been the Premium Package files for the SKT Vitruvian, you may do so for $15.
The deliverables include:
- PDF digital file of the Book of Maps, Vitruvian Edition. If you keep scrolling down through this page, you’ll find links to free chapter downloads and a more detailed description of the book.
- The Twenty-Two Weeks with the SKT workbook (printable PDF digital file only), more info about the workbook HERE.
- The tarot coloring book of the Major Arcana (printable PDF digital file only), more info about it HERE.
- Zip file folder of illustrations and images for which you are granted a license to use in any way you like for non-commercial purposes, including the black and white image files for the Major Arcana and selected Minors for talisman and spell crafting
Initially after selling out of the SKT, I had no intention of offering the Book of Maps separately, but we’ve been inundated with requests, so we decided aww, all right, why not. Here it is for those who really want it. =)
Please just bear in mind the entirety of the book is keyed specifically to the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot. It was intended to be an operation manual for the SKT, the companion guidebook just for the SKT, and therefore the Book of Maps is not a very good “general tarot study” text. It’s an SKT-study text.
Be sure to also check out the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot Orientation Course Series
How To Order
I’m going to give step by step instructions on how to order the course and get access to download all the materials for yourself.
- Send $15 noted above via PayPal to the e-mail address email@example.com. Yes, it’s going to say “James Zhang from Castro Valley.” That’s the Hubby. Also, this is the preferred method of payment. (~or~)
- Pay with your credit card by following this link: https://www.paypal.me/benebell. (~or~)
- Only if (1) and (2) are impracticable for you, pay by ordering me an Amazon Gift Card, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct link to Amazon gift card orders here.
- When you send payment, please include:
- Your name or a name identifier for me to reference you by, (~and~)
- Your e-mail address, so I know where to send your ordered course materials to.
But if any of that sounds confusing or you just don’t know, no worries. Email me at email@example.com to let me know you want to place an order. We’ll take it from there together.
Once I receive your payment as the purchase order, your course materials will be delivered to the e-mail address you specified within 2 business days.
If you don’t receive the course materials in the e-mail inbox specified within the two business days, then something went wrong. Doh! Please email me at the below address asap.
DELIVERY NOTE: So far I’ve been good about getting the course materials to you in less than 48 hours from when I receive the PayPal payment, so if that time has gone by and you haven’t received anything from me, first check your Spam folder. Second, check to see the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account. I may have sent it to that account if no e-mail was provided in the notes section of the transfer. If still nothing, then something went wrong somewhere, so contact me at the above e-mail addy ASAP so we can get things squared away.
VITRUVIAN EDITION, 2019
If you’re searching for info about the First Edition Book of Maps, go HERE.
The Book of Maps, Vitruvian Edition is a 740-page book at trade paperback trim size, with a word count of approximately 170,000 (for you writerly writers who prefer to assess by word count than page count).
You will also get a private, unlisted link to purchase a paperback copy if you’d like, from Lulu.com, which will cost you an additional $16.99 that you pay to Lulu for the printing service.
So what in the heck is in a 740-page book, after the teeny tiny LWB (little white booklet) that comes tucked inside the box with your cards, and after the MWB (Medium White Book) that anyone can download the PDF of for free or purchase the paperback for $9.24?
When I wrote the LWB and the MWB, I presumed I was writing to someone with little to no background in ritual magic, occultism, or Western and Eastern mystery traditions. I tried really hard to write card meanings that could still preserve the mysticism that the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot deck celebrates, but be accessible to the wider audience.
I did no such thing with the Book of Maps.
For the Book of Maps, I presumed I was writing to someone experienced in ritual magic, has studied the occult for years, and already practices some form of Western or Eastern ceremonial magic. I also presumed that you’ve worked through whatever shadow or triggers you have with institutionalized religion that words like God, Messiah, and references to angelology and psalms won’t freak you out or lead you to assume I’m trying to evangelize you into an Abrahamic faith. (I’m not.)
While the LWB and MWB try to give accessible divinatory meanings for each card, the Book of Maps assumes you’re not necessarily that interested in adopting my card meanings (because you’re going to arrive at your own unique relationship with these cards), but rather, would be interested in hearing about why I chose the symbols I chose for each card, where I got what from, and what is what.
If you loved the rational basis and analytical approach of my first book, Holistic Tarot (North Atlantic Books, 2015), then you are not going to like The Book of Maps at all.
While I would assert that both approaches lead to the same destination and together, bring you full circle, Holistic Tarot is a beginner’s tarot book while The Book of Maps is an advanced occult practitioner’s grimoire for operating the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot deck.
I’ve tried include a good sampling of preview pages here for you to skim and get a clearer picture of what I’m talking about. Click on any of these images of page spreads for an enlarged view of the text.
Why did I wrote The Book of Maps? I have no idea. I didn’t want to. I certainly had better things to do with my time.
I just had to. The whole point of the book is about access and transparency. Nothing in SKT is intended to be hidden from you. There’s no hiding in plain sight (at least not on purpose– it may be “hidden” because you’re not looking) and there is no withholding of crucial keys from you.
Anyone who dares to know and is willing to put in the work will know. My intention every step of the way from the millisecond I decided to make this deck and its guidebooks public is for the SKT to be the catalyst that amplifies your superpowers. Wherever you are, working with the SKT will push you into advanced territory from where you were.
The Vitruvian Edition of the Book of Maps includes a large chunk on I Ching divination and how to integrate the tarot and I Ching.
You’ll see the same magic square here that we find in European Renaissance magic and, before that, Persian magic, which is where we get the four magic squares depicted on the Four Archangel cards in the deck. Here, we see how this same magic square operates in Eastern esotericism.
Step by step instructions on how to use the tarot cards for hexagram construction are provided, along with all the reference tables you’ll need.
Short form oracles for all 64 hexagrams in the I Ching are also provided in the text.
And here’s something I haven’t seen anywhere else– correspondences between the 22 heavenly stems and earthly branches in Chinese esotericism and the 22 keys of the Major Arcana.
Here, we talk about gematria, first the attributions of the 22 keys with the Hebrew letters and then the attributions of the 22 keys with the Chinese stems and branches. I’ll also get into how to work with these attributions in spell-crafting.
The PDF file includes bookmarked section headings and structure tags, which means the Table of Contents is hyperlinked. In any digital e-reader, you’ll be able to click around from chapter to chapter with relative ease.
Table of Contents
To get a comprehensive sense of what you’ll find in the Book of Maps, check out the table of contents below.
Read Excerpts from The Book of Maps
And there are lots and lots of free reading material in case you’re still on the fence. Read excerpts from the book, provided below.
- Author’s Introduction
- Design Statement
- What is a Beneficent Spirit? (excerpt of chapter only)
- The Significator [PDF download]
- First Septenary: Integrate the Self [PDF download]
- Realm of Aces: Nucleic Seeds [PDF download]
- Realm of Twos: Provision [PDF download]
- Realm of Sixes: Nurturing [PDF download]
- Holy Guardians of the Orbs (Pentacles/Disks) [PDF download]
- Zoroastrian Magical Protection Charm
- Hermeticism and Spirit Keeper’s Tarot
- Cultural Integration and the Prisca Theologia
- Evocation of Waite and Crowley
- Sampling of Invocations [PDF download]
- Reading Tarot for Others
- Tarot, the Magus, and the Olympic Spirits [PDF download]
For those who already own the Book of Maps, First Edition, order of the Premium Package also includes a separate 292-page digital book file called the Vitruvian Addendum.
The Vitruvian Addendum is a formatted addendum book you can print out and keep with your First Edition Book of Maps. That way, you don’t have to print out the entire 740-page Book of Maps Vitruvian Edition.
Printing the 740-page book costs $16.99, whereas printing the 292-page addendum costs $8.49, so that’s why I prepared the addendum offering for those who already paid for and printed out the First Edition Book of Maps.
Book of Maps, First Edition (2018)
If you’re searching for info about the First Edition Book of Maps, go HERE.