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The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V Paperback – November 4, 2011


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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel Weiser, Inc.; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877282684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877282686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the re-incarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. He is the author of several Weiser Books titles, including Book of Thoth, Diary of a Drug Fiend, Magick, Book of Lies, Book of the Law and 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings. He was a poet, mountaineer, secret agent, magus, libertine, and prophet - was dubbed by the tabloids "The Wickedest Man in the World."


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This is one of those books that gets better with every reading.
Altjungr
No one can make Crowley understandable like Lon Milo Duquette, and for me his book is Rosetta Stone of The Book of Thoth and the Thoth Tarot.
Renus Hyena
"The Book of Thoth" is a great asset to any Tarot Library and a good place to start studying the System.
Graham D. Lincoln

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Crowley sets his whimsical, humorous (notorious?) writing style aside, to take a deep, reverent look at The Tarot. This book contains more information about The Tarot and the Creation of The Tarot than numerous other books combined. This is not a "fluffy" book for amateurs, but a well-written and researched work connecting The Tarot with The Qabalah and Astrology.
If the tiny booklet in the Tarot package left you wanting, this is the book you desire to fulfill your hunger and thirst for more knowledge. I have been reading books about The Tarot for ten years and "The Book of Thoth" has quenched my thirst.
However, I also recommend purchasing "The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Symbols," by Angeles Arrien ("Tarot Symbols from a Psychological, Mythological, and Cross-Cultural Perspective").
"The Tarot Handbook...." by Arrien, uses Illustrations of "The Thoth Deck," by Crowley and Lady Frieda Haris to explain the Jungian Psychology of the system, and gives a Helpful Overview of Interpreting the Thoth deck.
So-far, "The Thoth Deck" is the BEST deck I have ever found (I collect Numerous decks) aside from "The Ceremonial Magick Deck" (by Lon Duquette) & "The Masonic Tarot" (which is hard to find). Nearly every Serious Tarot User/Student I know uses The Thoth Deck, with wonderful & Accurate Results.
I do suggest, however, finding the Palm-sized Thoth deck, as opposed to the Oversized Deck--which is harder to manipulate. The cards work on a principle of Psychokenisis combined with Jungian Psychology. But, whatever works for you, personally.
"The Book of Thoth" is a great asset to any Tarot Library and a good place to start studying the System. However, many people need to begin with a simple deck, such as Rider-Waite, before delving into the in-depth study of Crowley's works.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on February 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Aleister Crowley's writing (in general) certainly is one of the most complex styles that I have come across. Quite a learned man, however one must realize to bypass the content of his words and see through them as if they were covers to different tombs of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. His Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) may be his best work and seeming most thought out (aside from Magick: Book 4). To buy the book is not enough, one surely would need the card set as well to get the full effect of his descriptions of the cards. Introducing the Tarot in history as well as the inflential men of the Tarot. Highly regarding Eliphas Levi and his book Transcendental Magic: Its Dogma and History as one the best and classic works on the Tarot (also suggested is Paul Foster Cases book "The Tarot: The Wisdom of the Ages"). I would say that Tarot Divnitors are not advised for this book because Crowley does not use the cards to fortell anothers future, but rather as meditative devices to alter ones consciousness and peer into the unknown world, seeing the other universe - that is prophecy. After explaining the relationship of the Qaballah, he moves on to the deck itself beginning like most with the Fool. Going through all 22 Trumps and 56 Minor cards deciphering the cards himself and placing it in word symbols for you to figure out. Its not often one can understand this at first reading. Many readings are neccessary, as well as looking through many other books of Tarot and occultism to begin to unlock Crowleys 'tombs.' You will soon find yourself not reading it, but referring to it like one uses a dictionary.Read more ›
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Zepp on September 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
My rating of the book is subject to change depending on the type of knowledge you think it will impart. If you want a simple interpretory key for Crowley's Thoth Tarot, I rate this book a 1 and think the booklet that accompanies the deck coupled with studies of the Golden Dawn with better serve you. As a reference tool to aid your understanding of Qabalah and some of the deeper (and I do mean DEEEEEP) belief systems underlying the tarot, I rate it a 5. That's why my overall rating of the book is a 3.
To me, it's a must for any serious student of occult studies, especially if you're really drawn to the Tarot. The Book of Thoth is one of those books that can take a life time to read and its concepts can take quite awhile to digest. I'm a book junkie and I had a serious headache by the time I got a few pages into this one. Not that its content is not valuable - it is just very dense. Those already familiar with Crowley's work will probably have an easier time understanding it, but if you're a newcomer to metaphysics, I'd recommend waiting awhile before you pick this one up. Crowley chronicled so much metaphysical information in his lifetime and within his writing there is a lot of truth to be uncovered ... but then there's the chaff of his insanity to seperate from the grain of his experience. Having a background in some of the beliefs which influenced his own prior to immersing yourself in this book would probably aid your interpretation of it tremendously - I got it a year into my tarot studies and it was tooooooo much, but now, 14 years later, it's an easier read. Deciding whether or not you will purchase this book really depends on how deeply you want to scratch the surface of occult studies and that genius everyone loves to hate: Aleister Crowley. In closing, I strongly recommend that you read some excerpts from this book before committing to its purchase.
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