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The Crowley Tarot: The Handbook to the Cards Paperback – August, 1995
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The book's failing is the staggeringly low standard of editing and publication. Wrong card images on some pages, typos on many pages, uneven editing of the translation, and a cheap "exploding" binding (leaving pages falling out within weeks of purchase) really take the shine off an otherwise excellent book.
The meat and potatoes of this book focuses on giving you the impressions that the two co-authors have of each card in the Thoth deck. While definitely nothing to be taken as gospel, both authors give the impression of having spent some time studying the deck and correspondences, you'll find that there's also the admission of some indecision in a few areas. After the cards codex there's a historical perspective on the developers of the deck, an index of astro/cabbalistic terms with Trump orientation, and a few spread ideas for personal development.
Within you'll find a breakdown on the developmental history of the deck...an entry for each card with astro correspondences, significance, and a handful of different contextual divinatory meanings, imagery and applicable imagery history....and a brief history of Crowley and Harris.
What you will not find within this book is a quick interp chart for 'reading the tarot in two easy lessons'. If you're looking for that sort of reading tool, pick another book.
Designed for the intermediate to serious student of this particular deck, those reading to get a little further into the Thoth deck than the surface will be pleased with this book.
While Crowley's "The Book of Thoth" is the definitive text to accompany the Thoth deck--and if you spend a lot of time with the deck, you're going to want to dive into that eventually--this book is very detailed while still being user-friendly. For those new to the Tarot, or to the Thoth deck, this is probably the best place to start. A good bridge between this book and the BOT is Lon DuQuette's *excellent* book about the deck.
The presentation of this material is also very well-done; the layout makes the book easy to use as a reference.
Finally, the spreads in the back alone make this worth the price of admission!
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This being my number one choice and with the "Angeles Arrien tarot handbook" I can't see a need for anything else. The two together are great.Published 3 months ago by nuisjud
This book is exponentially better than the one that actually comes with the deck (mine came with Gerd Ziegler's "Tarot: Mirror of the Soul"). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Liza K
I have had this book at least 15 years and it is still my go-to book for using the cards.
First, let me say that Tarot isn't magic. It's most like guided meditation. Read more
Great book. Very well written and devided by different areas to focuss on if work or relationships.Published 8 months ago by Luminita
This is a really nice guide to the cards that includes summaries of the symbolism of the art, keywords, and simple interpretations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SB