She is strong and beautiful, with an expression of intense brooding, as if about to become aware of secret wonder. The composition of the tarot deck there are 3 parts to a tarot card deck. This website is dedicated to providing tarot readings using aleister crowley and lady frieda harris book of thoth in its purest form, using crowleys original meanings. Book of thoth crowley the tarot and the universe youtube. In his book on the thoth tarot, duquette writes, when we ask what. The book of thoth aleister crowley 1969 tarot cards rare. She is consequently on the brink of transfiguration. You must be the empty vessel, ready and eager to be filled. The book of thoth is a gorgeous reproduction of the etteilla iii deck, first printed in late 1800s.
I am still waiting for a book to take me through all the detailed imagery of the cards and get in depth, deck specific guidance but i did my first reading immediately. He founded the religion of thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the. The knight of wands the lord of the flame and the lightning the king of the spirits of fire a winged warrior riding upon a black horse with flaming mane and. Crowley referred to this deck as the book of thoth, and also wrote a 1944 book of that title intended for use with the deck. The cards were painted by lady frieda harris according to instructions from the occult scholar, aleister crowley. This section provides links to all of the minor arcana in the thoth tarot deck. Even though it is quite obvious, still not an easytounderstand book. Although crowleys own book of thoth provides insight into.
The cards work on a principle of psychokenisis combined with jungian psychology. The oracle deck was linked to the egyptian god thoth, adding to the. The book of thoth has long been associated with the tarot, which is said by many to be the embodiment of its teachings. The book of thoth is a great asset to any tarot library and a good place to start studying the system. Crowley was undoubtedly one of the finest occult minds of our time and soon realised that despite the historical interest in the tarot that occultists harboured, there was a distinct lack of authentic texts that explored the cards, let alone develop them.
With the best italian and international artists, each lo scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value. However, the key to the qabalistic interpretation of tarot seemed lost. The book of the archer the principles of discordian magick energy the concept of order applied magick advanced i ching. Thoth tarot major arcana tutorials esoteric meanings. Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of tarot, lo scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors. He was the french occultist who was the first to popularize tarot d. First impressions of the thoth tarot book and card set book by evelin burger and johannes fieburgh. This is the undertaking of a new path, or the path has not yet been chosen, and insight is needed on the way forward. The magnificent art deco work contains kabalistic and astrological attributions described in aleister crowleys book of thoth. Thoth tarot book and cards set first impressions youtube. The thoth tarot has become one of the bestselling tarot decks in the world.
Games deck that is the size of regular playing cards, i am happy to say that my deck was printed in belgium and by samuel wieser inc. The deck was illustrated by lady frieda harris, an artist whose husband earned a baronet, hence her title. Oct 18, 2016 a new kit featuring one of the worlds bestselling and most popular tarot decks. His original idea had been to execute a pack after the tradition of the mediaeval editors, corrected in the light of the descriptions given in the equinox i, vii and viii.
There are other books which may be a bit more understandable like lon. The thoth tarot was the result of five years of painstaking effort by legendary occultist aleister crowley, whoin conjunction with artist lady frieda harrisreinterpreted the traditional 78 card tarot deck to adhere to crowleys own philosophies as well as esoteric knowledge of everything from science to. By clicking on the card image you can access the associated youtube video and written account for that particular minor arcana card. Crowley thoth tarot card deck tarot bags, tarot cards. I have the etteilla i and i adore it for historical purposes, but the book of thoth is by far much more beautiful. Thoth tarot deck 1943 ancient egyptian connections. The stunning art deco artwork of the thoth is rich in egyptian symbolism. Etteilla was the pseudonym for prominent french occultist jeanbaptiste alliette, the first to popularize tarot card. The 78card tarot deck used by esotericists has two distinct parts. The artist is lady frieda harris and she worked with crowleys rough sketches to produce. The fool personifies a return to spring, starting a new cycle of growth. This is the 3rd version of the cards developed by etteilla in the 1700s.
Happily, the back of the cards did not have a web site logo on the back, just a simple sixsided sigil. Thoth tarot deck by aleister crowley, frieda harris. Twentytwo trump cards correspond to the 22 paths on the kabbalistic tree of life. Evelin burger and johannes fiebig have written more than 30 books on tarot including the ultimate guide to the riderwaite tarot and the ultimate guide to the thoth tarot both llewellyn and the interpretation of dreams, fairy tales, and other symbols and oracles, which have been translated in more than 10 languages and have sold more than 1. Here we release you the tarot divination as exactly described in. The major arcana tarot card meanings connect to laws of the universe the tarot archetypes represented in the major arcana group of cards are pictures that represent life and the stages and experiences we all go through. Several methods of reading are available, including the famous 15card thoth method. Lo scarabeos tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality.
The thoth tarot is a divinatory tarot deck painted by lady frieda harris according to instructions from aleister crowley. Sep 07, 2017 aleister crowleys the book of thoth endures as one of the most definitive volumes on the tarot ever written. I bought the second edition of the book of azathoth. The book of thoth is a site that is dedicated to uniting the principles of knowledge, method and wisdom with the purpose of finding the true path to enlightenment. Although crowleys own book of thoth provides insight into the cards, it is a complicated, dated book. Aleister crowleys thoth tarot was his final opus, the culmination of a lifetime of occult study and practice.
The book of thoth the complete guide to the tarot, magick. Jean francois alliette, better known to us by his pseudonym etteilla, was an important figure in the development of modern tarot. In the late eighteenth century, he published the first known book focusing on the use tarot for divinatory purposes and created the first set of tarot cards. Crowleys book of thoth is not one id recommend for anyone who wants to learn how to read these cards. The major arcana greater secrets, or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits. However, it is also very complex, and in my opinion, it cannot be read as you would a standard rw based deck.
Please note that all the card meanings and descriptions were taken from the pictorial key to the tarot, by a. Crowley referred to this deck as the book of thoth. Waite in his book the pictorial key to the tarot 1910, and they have become standard for most of the englishspeaking world. Maybe the esoteric understandings of the thoth deck come from the particular shapes of the symbols. The cards, their suits, and major arcana were also linked to gypsies, a disparaging name for the romani people, who many believed were from egypt since disproven. With artist lady frieda harris, he condensed the core of his teaching into the 78 cards of the tarot. The book of thoth the mysteries of the tarot, crowley, magick and egypt revealed at the book of thoth. Aleister crowley 1875 1947 was an english occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. The book of thoth tarot is a program for those who wants to get the most of spiritual techniques about divination with tarot cards. This classic text describes the philosophy and use of aleister crowleys thoth tarot, a deck designed by crowley and painted by lady frieda harris. Theory of the tarot the book of thoth the libri of. Oct 12, 2016 first impressions of the thoth tarot book and card set book by evelin burger and johannes fieburgh. The book of thoth etteilla tarot is a reproduction of a nineteenth century tarot deck based on the deck created by etteilla. And the associative, resonant experiences of the thoth deck symbols such as the ones i tend to receive in tarot readings, though i also find the esoteric ones popping up, too come via the roots of the symbols.
Aleister crowleys legendary deck burger, evelin, fiebig, johannes, harris, lady frieda, crowley, aleister on. The princess of disks, the last of the court cards, represents the earthy part of earth. There is there fore no mention of the three veils of the negative, which was discussed in the description of the tree of life. The artist, david palladini, is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous works, including the eye of the dragon by. The book of thoth by aleister crowley and lady frieda harris. One of the classics of modern tarot, aleister crowleys thoth tarot has remained one of the most popular decks available for decades. Crowley referred to this deck as the book of thoth, and also wrote a 1944. Aleister crowley and the metaphysical thoth tarot gaia. Her crest is the head of the ram, and her sceptre descends into the earth. The aleister crowley thoth tarot was created by occultist aleister crowley, who wrote the thoth deck book as the accompaniment that helps explain the meaning of the cards, the types of spreads card positions, and the way to properly read them. Thoth tarot deck is accompanied by a guide book to help users are equipped with knowledge of reading cards and the connection between image system of cards and many fields such as astrology, arts, music, myths, tree of life, runes, elements, and other prototypes.
This deck appeared in paris around 1870 from a seemingly anonymous or otherwise forgotten artist. The deck itself, besides working as the elemental and zodiacal symbol association system of popular tradition, functions simultaneously as a qabalistic tree of life and taoist i ching. Tarot, possessed in her own right the essential spirit of the book. Set includes 78 cards, a 216 page illustrated book, and a chrysalis tarot spread sheet cards measure about 234 wide x 434 tall approx. A new kit featuring one of the worlds bestselling and most popular tarot decks. This tarot deck was created to illustrate crowleys the book of thoth. The compelling imagery on the 78 cards of the bestselling aquarian tarot deck brings medieval tarot symbolism into the modern aquarian age. The subject of the book the tarot is called the book of thoth or tahutiis the influence of the ten numbers and the twentytwo letters on man, and his best methods of manipulating their forces. The cards depicted in this book are only one set of the many that have appeared during the long history of the tarot. Atanassov 2015, cards,flash cards for sale online ebay. The deck was illustrated by lady frieda harris, an artist whose husband earned a baronet, hence her.
Egypt is the spiritual home of crowleys liber al, and the book of thoth his legacy. Printed in numerous editions and numerous sizes with new editions on the horizon the appeal of this deck cannot be underemphasized. Book of thoth etteilla tarot by lo scarabeo, lo scarabeo. In keeping with the misplaced belief that such cards were derived from the book of thoth, etteillas tarot contained themes related to ancient egypt. The oracle deck was linked to the egyptian god thoth, adding to the tarots air of mystery. Here the triple currents of mysticism, magick and the tarot combine as one force. The essence of the book of thoth and the accompanying thoth tarot deck was to show the limitations of material existence hence it is not a deck just filled with happy cards and highlight the need for a greater purpose to life by following ones holy guardian angel hga or higher self and complete the great work the spiritual. A short essay on the tarot of the egyptians is the title of the equinox, volume iii, number 5, by english author and occultist aleister crowley. Together they bent their energies to the formidable task of preparing the 78 cards of the book of thoth. The thoth tarot was the result of five years of painstaking effort by legendary occultist aleister crowley, whoin conjunction with artist lady frieda harrisreinterpreted the traditional 78card tarot deck to adhere to crowleys own philosophies as well as esoteric knowledge of everything from science to.40 345 826 1352 1208 979 1164 122 393 1431 622 308 890 223 604 1343 824 729 1096 898 565 1433 941 417 196 118 1377 1051 327 197 808 893 1332 909 465 393 27 925 239 518 1057 1446 120 435 1052