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- Publisher: Weiser Books; New edition (September 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07541FM1R
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I bought the deck, and immediately had to get this book. Helps SO much with reading the actual cards.
If you buy the deck... you better buy this next.
You're going to want to anyways.
If he simply went through all the cards, as so many other books do, well, his book would be like the others.
But he goes over the underlying theory (if I might be forgiven for calling 5000 years of mysticism "theory") and sets a very nice basis for the things that are revealed in the Thoth Tarot.
There are not all the many people who are actually qualified to explain all this complicated mystic information but he certainly is. And of the people who can explain it many of them would, no doubt, make it dry. But, good lord, he keeps it interesting.
And all this explication is essential because the Thoth Tarot really is the culmination and the bringing together of many many mystic lines of inquiry over thousands of years. It would be truly overwhelming if Mr. Duquette didn't treat the subject with his incredible depth of knowledge and excellently accessible writing!
As you might have guessed by this point, I highly recommend this book!
I have studied the deck with both Crowley's and Duquette's interpretations on hand, and have found the experience far more rewarding than my attempts to use Crowley as my sole resource.
Highly recommended to be used in conjunction with - but not as a replacement for - Crowley's interpretation of the deck.
Although the Book of Thoth was jam-packed with knowledge, there were definitely a lot of holes to fill for someone who isn't a member of mystery schools, or privy to the genesis of the deck.
DuQuette pretty much answers all the questions I had about the cards and Tarot in general, right down to the meaning of the colorful Rose Cross on the back of the cards. He even reveals certain astrological trends in the cards that I only discovered on my own, after much time working with the cards (because they weren't mentioned in the Book of Thoth).
Basically, before he gets into the specifics about the Tarot cards (in Part 2), he provides an extensive overview of useful introductory material you should know -- this is all information that DuQuette himself wished he knew at the beginning of his study of the deck that would’ve expedited his learning; and it will do the same for you.
(Part 1: “Little bits of things you should know...”, Chap. 0-11, p.0-70)
This includes insights into Crowley, the Book of the Law, the Vision and The Voice, Frieda Harris's artistic process, the strange “4 scales of color”, the Hermetic Rose Cross, and how all of that relates to the cards & understanding their full meaning. This material isn't tedious- it's all interesting and the chapters are short.
Last I very much enjoyed his aesthetically appealing layout for the card descriptions (includes card images!) -- as opposed to Crowley's standard essay format.
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It will really help you on your path to getting to know the Thoth deck. Of course you’ll still need to put in a lot of work yourself but this book will make your journey more revelatory!