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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738711926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738711928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The purpose of The Thoth Companion is to explore the symbolism of the Thoth tarot and provide a comprehensive analysis of the deck. Using material from the Golden Dawn and Thelemic systems as the basis for analysis, this book will show how the symbols in each card define and shape the meaning of the card as a whole. In addition, it will reveal the complex correspondences and elusive secrets that Crowley encoded within the Thoth tarot. Chapter One of this book examines the trumps of the deck, and includes an introduction that discusses Crowley's primary sources for the design and symbolism of the trump cards. Chapter Two decodes the complicated symbolic framework of the court cards presented in the Golden Dawn's "Book T" and adopted by Crowley in the Thoth tarot. Chapter Three analyzes the symbolism of the suit cards of the Thoth tarot. Chapter Four gives instructions for tarot divination and includes exercises to help you learn the meanings of the cards and develop your intuition. Tables of symbol sets and correspondences are included in an appendix.

About the Author

Ceremonial magician and professional tarot reader Michael Osiris Snuffin has studied and used the Thoth Tarot for over a decade. He is an initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis and the founder of the Temple of Light and Darkness, a group of operative magicians united to work through the Golden Dawn system of initiation in accordance with the Law of Thelema.

Michael Osiris Snuffin received a BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Communications and Media from The Evergreen State College, and went on to earn an Editing Certificate from the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, Washington, where he works as a freelance editor and writer.

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I have studied and practiced various forms of occultism for over fifteen years, with particular interest in the Golden Dawn, Post-OTO Thelema, the Left-Hand Path, and Chaos Magick. With the help of the Goetic spirit Glasya-Labolas, I founded the Thelemic Golden Dawn group Temple of Light and Darkness in 2003, and served as its Chief Adept until leaving the Temple in 2010. I give lectures and write essays on Thelema, sorcery, tarot, and other occult subjects, and I've published some of my work at www.hermetic.com/osiris.

I have a BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Communications and Media from The Evergreen State College, and I recently earned a Certificate in Editing from the University of Washington. I live in Seattle, Washington, where I work as a non-fiction book editor.

I look forward to the re-release of my second book, The Complete Conjuring Spirits, recently rewritten and expanded to include more information on the Art of Archangelic, Goetic, and Enochian Sorcery. Stay tuned for more information.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Calendo on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Excellent. Clear where Crowley's "Book of Thoth" is confusing. The author adds in the reference points that Crowley left out, and there is no meandering off topic as in Crowley's writing.

As with the Crowley book, there is a scholarly symbol-by-symbol analysis that allows the reader to understand the card for herself, rather than, as in many Tarot books, a menu of adjectives and action verbs, supposedly a distillation of the symbols in the card.

Better to understand the card itself and then distill the meaning on your own. This makes for more dynamic readings, grounded in the present moment and you own intuitions at that moment.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Star Child on July 12, 2008
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This book as its title suggests, covers the meaning behind the images and symbols of the Thoth tarot deck. If you are looking for an understanding of the images and symbols this book will definitely help you. The author describes everything from the Qabalistic (Tree of Life) perspective. For every card there is an indepth description including the Minor cards.
What it doesn't have however, is a long description about what the card means in a reading. But I don't feel that this is the purpose of the book. There are plenty other books that do that including Angeles Arrien The Tarot Handbook and Tarot the Mirror of the Soul by Ziegler. I am happy I bought it as it adds to my Thoth Tarot book collection and each book I find fills a gap. I thought it was worth the buy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Billings on March 20, 2008
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This book is really well written and informative. I've found it to be a great addition to my collection of tarot books, as it has unique content not found in my other books. It explains complex content in a comprehensive way that is not at all condescending or mysterious. This book has something for anyone interested in the tarot, from a beginner to an expert level.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald W. McFarland on March 3, 2012
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This is the one book in the Thoth deck that I've come across that is truly helpful in using and understanding the deck. It retains a great deal of information on the various symbols and correspondences for those who want or need them while still making the deck accessible to a wider audience. Crowley's original work is still available to anyone who wants to slog through it but most people these days have neither the time nor the background to really make sense of his turgid and meandering writing style. So thank you, Thoth Companion, for a great public service.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Elson on January 23, 2011
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This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 11/4/07.

In case you didn't think the world of ceremonial magic was a complex tapestry, "The Thoth Companion" is here to set you straight. Every tarot deck deserves contemplation, a careful study of its symbolism and associations. However, when the rich world of tarot collides with the complex world of ceremonial magic, as it does in the Thoth tarot deck, a guide would be appreciated.

With that I present to you "The Thoth Companion" by Michael Osiris Snuffin. In the introduction he suggests that this book is not for beginners, and I would agree. Without some basic Golden Dawn or Thelema knowledge, the book may seem to be in another language. Although I'm fairly clueless when it comes to Crowley, I'm a bit of a Regardie fan girl, so I had enough knowledge to follow along.

This book is fantastic. I wish I could get someone to write as detailed a book about every tarot deck I like (although few decks are interesting enough to warrant this level of examination)! The book is divided into logical parts. First are the trump cards. Each card is discussed, and a photo of the card is provided. With each trump card the author lists the Hebrew letter, meaning, attribution, path, and connects. This has a lot to do with the Tree of Life, which is big in the ceremonial magic world. If you don't know what the Tree of Life is that I'm talking about, you're not ready for this book. Next section is the court cards. Again, detailed discussion of each card, and listed with the individual cards are elemental attribution, Zodiacal attribution, crest, symbols, key concepts. Finally, as far as card types go, there are the suit cards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allegra Printz on August 18, 2012
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While this book is a useful addition to the THOTH Tarot cannon, and has its place, it does not stand alone. Its strong points are the cards in relation to the 4 worlds of the Kabbalah, to the symbolic details of the Golden Dawn Inititiations, and to sexual symbology It includes some clear charts.

I found the annotation of the individual card symbols good but not comprehensive; while I gleaned some new information, overall this book feels a tad thin. It is incomplete as a sole reference guide to this deck; card divinatory meanings are adequate, but not newly or individually insightful.

I found some glaring symbolic omissions:
O Fool - no identification of the pinecone on Thyrsus sceptor as symbolic of the pineal gland;
II High Priestess - no reference to the Grid of Light whatsoever (?!) - or its symbolism as the final veil of the Ain Soph Aur
XXI Universe -no identification of the `strange whorl' in the background as a Mobius Strip!
XVII Star- Mis-spelling of Primum (NOT primium) Mobile really irritated me.
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I recommend this book - but with some reservations: for use along with Angeles Arrien's The Tarot Handbook; Akron & Banzhaf's The Crowley Tarot, & Lon DuQuette's Understanding A. Crowley's Thoth Tarot- all 3 of which are deeper and juicier.
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