Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot: An Authoritative Examination of the World's Most Fascinating and Magical Tarot Cards
Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot was his final opus, the culmination of a lifetime of occult study and practice. With artist Lady Frieda Harris, he condensed the core of his teaching into the 78 cards of the tarot. Although Crowley's own Book of Thoth provides insight into the cards, it is a complicated, dated book. Now, in clear language, Lon Milo DuQuette provides everythi...more
I'd been immolating my brain upon Aleister Crowley's original accompanying text The Book of Thoth, Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabala, and Robert Wang's Qabalistic Tarot -- all of which contain immensely valuable information and will require much re-reading to absorb -- yet this process could have been 10x easier had I just started off with DuQuette. He provides just enough background understanding on astrology, Thelema, and Crowley's personal s ...more
There's nothing particularly wrong with by Lo ...more
I don't have any complaints. This is a good intro and commentary on Crowley's Thoth deck. Decent scholarship. Well cited.
As problematic as Crowley is, it's always fun engaging with him and those who engage with him for a living.
I basically stopped halfway through. My heart is elsewhere. And this deck is too...not for ...more
This is not a keyword reference, or instant tarot, this is a guide to understanding the Thoth tarot. This book is not a one time read through, to be sure. A bit easier to read, or along side of the Book of Thoth. Expect dives into color, numerology, Kaballah, symbols, and letters between Crowley and Harris.
However my impressions now after all the radicalization I've gone through in the past couple of years are more negative than positive. I come away from reading this thinking Crowley was a rather arrogant, cultural appropriator that over thought things to the extreme. And that all the various symbolisms embedded i ...more
I loved this book but only gave it four stars because I was so distracted by the numerous spelling and grammatical errors it contains. The same words were consistently misspelled throughout and the wrong word or words that made no sense were inserted where they had no business being. As someone who majored in English in college and respects the proper fuselage of the language, found it very unprofessional on the publisher, editor and proofreaders' parts that they failed t ...more
There are a lot of good things in the book worth quoting, but about half of it was devoted to explaining Golden Dawn magic, at the expense of Crowley's interpretation, genius and vision of the Law of Thelema.
That which disappointed me the most was that he could not figure out why the arrangement of the Kerubim in the Hierophan ...more
This is a very good companion book to the Thoth deck, my next one will be the book of Thoth before I start using the deck.
If you are just starting out in tarot or metaphysics this book might be too heavy for you, but the information he clarifies helps create a base to those who started with Waite-Smith style decks. He also tries to clarify some of the more confusing golden dawn terms and how the Tree of Life works.
The pace is equal to a high-school text. All of the pictures and charts put the power behind the punch, giving you all you need to divine the mysteries of the Crowley-Tarot universe.
Still, if you want to know what they don't want you to know, this book is full of clues.
Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, he was an aspiring studio musician and recording artist in the 1970s, releasing two singles and an album, Charley D. and Milo, on the Epic Records label.
He married to his ...more