The Book of Maps

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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).

The $10 upgrade to the Premium Package includes digital electronic delivery of the PDF file for the book.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vitruvian Addendum

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.

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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.