By Lon Milo DuQuette
Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot used to be his ultimate opus, the fruits of a life of occult examine and perform. With artist girl Frieda Harris, he condensed the center of his educating - astrology, Qabbalah, magick, gematria and numerology, and alchemy- into the seventy eight playing cards of the tarot. even though Crowley's personal publication of Thoth offers perception into the playing cards, it's a complex, dated book.
What has been lacking, and what Crowley authority Lon Milo DuQuette has created, is an introductory textual content for the deck. In transparent language, DuQuette offers every thing you must find out about Crowley's primary ideas to get the main out of utilizing the Thoth deck.
Many use the deck just because the paintings is so attractive, yet there's much more to it than that. DuQuette begins with the elemental old historical past of this very popular deck sooner than delving into descriptions of every card extensive, from either a only tarot standpoint and from an multiplied, magickal standpoint. each one card is defined intimately relating to its instantly tarot that means, that's then accelerated upon with the entire different attributions Crowley intended.
This distinct consultant should be of serious curiosity to all tarot readers who use the Thoth Tarot- in particular these trying to find correspondences with different occult structures to reinforce their readings- and may be valuable by way of scholars of Aleister Crowley's works.
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Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette