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 - astrology, Qabbalah, magick, gematria and numerology, and alchemy- 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.
What has been missing, and what Crowley authority Lon Milo DuQuette has created, is an introductory text for the deck. In clear language, DuQuette provides everything you need to know about Crowley's fundamental principles to get the most out of using the Thoth deck.
Many use the deck simply because the artwork is so beautiful, but there is so much more to it than that. DuQuette starts with the basic historical background of this extremely popular deck before delving into descriptions of each card in depth, from both a purely tarot perspective and from an expanded, magickal point of view. Each card is described in detail regarding its straight tarot meaning, which is then expanded upon with all the other attributions Crowley intended.
This unique guide will be of great interest to all tarot readers who use the Thoth Tarot- especially those looking for correspondences with other occult systems to enhance their readings- and will be treasured by students of Aleister Crowley's works.
Lon Milo DuQuette is a bestselling author and lecturer on such topics as magick, tarot, and the Western mystery traditions. He is currently US Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orentis and is on the faculty of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and the Maybe Logic Academy. Among his many books, he is the author of My Life with the Spirits, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, and Tarot of Ceremonial Magick. He lives in Costa Mesa, CA, with his beautiful wife Constance. Photo credit: Paul Soso