Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot

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Weiser Books, Nov 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 352 pages
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Understanding 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.
 

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I'm happy to read anything from Lon Milo DuQuette, he thinks before he writes.

Contents

THE BOOK OFTHOTH A MAGICK BOOK?
3
LITTLE BITS OF THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
7
ALEISTER CROWLEY AND THE GOLDEN DAWN
11
THE LADY AND THE BEAST
14
THE ART
19
THE PROPHET AND THE BOOK OF THE LAW
21
THE AEON OF HORUS
26
THE VISION AND THE VOICE
34
Atu XXI The Universe
153
THE MINOR ARCANA
161
THE SPIRIT OF THE ACES
162
THE FOUR ACES
165
Ace of Wands
166
Ace of Cups
167
Ace of Swords
168
Ace of Disks
169

SECRETS OF THE ROSE CROSS BACK
38
SECRETS OF THE TREE OF LIFE
58
WORLDS OF COLOR
65
THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL
70
THE CARDS
79
INTRODUCTION TO THE CARDS
81
INTRODUCTION TO THE MAJOR ARCANA
85
ATU OF TAHUTI THE MAJOR ARCANA TRUMPS
95
Atu O The Fool
96
Atu I The Magus
99
Atu II The High Priestess
102
Atu III The Empress
104
Atu IV The Emperor
106
Atu V The Hierophant
109
Atu VI The Lovers
112
Atu VII The Chariot
114
Atu VII Adjustment
117
Atu IX The Hermit
120
Atu X Fortune
123
Atu XI Lust
126
Atu XII The Hanged Man
128
Atu XIII Death
131
Atu XIV Art
134
Atu XV The Devil
137
Atu XVI The Tower
140
Atu XVII The Star
143
Atu XVIII The Moon
146
Atu XIX The Sun
148
Atu XX The Aeon
150
THE CRAZY MIXEDUP WORLD OF COURT CARDS
171
Knight of Wands
175
Queen of Wands
176
Prince of Wands
178
Princess of Wands
180
Knight of Cups
182
Queen of Cups
184
Prince of Cups
186
Princess of Cups
188
Knight of Swords
190
Queen of Swords
192
Prince of Swords
194
Princess of Swords
196
Knight of Disks
198
Queen of Disks
200
Prince of Disks
202
Princess of Disks
203
THE SMALL CARDS
205
Wands
213
Cups
224
Swords
240
Disks
245
METHOD OF DIVINATION AND THE MEANINGS OF THE CARDS
274
GLOSSARY OF THELEMIC AND TAROT TERMS
290
NOTES
313
BIBLIOGRAPHY
328
PERMISSIONS
331
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Lon Milo DuQuette has been involved with occult studies since the late 60s and has become an acknowledged and widely-recognized authority within the world of modern occultism. He is the U.S. Deputy Grand Master of the O.T.O. and lives with his wife Constance in Costa Mesa, CA

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