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Aleister Crowley Thoth Small Standard Size Tarot Card Deck Rare HQ New & Sealed!
 

Aleister Crowley Thoth Small Standard Size Tarot Card Deck Rare HQ New & Sealed!

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Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck
The powerful Thoth Tarot deck was designed by Aleister Crowley, an influencial and controversial occultist of the early 20th century. He worked on the deck from 1938 to 1943. This deck was created to illustrate Crowley's The Book of Thoth. The artist is Lady Frieda Harris. She worked with Crowley's rough sketches to produce images that would be faithful to his interpretations and her own vision. There are two versions of the Thoth deck. The cards pictured to either side are from the version published by U. S. Games with green borders and more muted colors. A second version known as the Swiss Thoth is published by AGMuller. It has grey borders and is pocket-sized. A special edition of the Swiss Thoth is available from U. S. Games. This deck contains three versions of the Magus (Magician) card. (See below). There are also two companion books and a Spanish version of the Special Edition.


Crowley Small Thoth Tarot Deck
The magnificent Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck contains the kabbalistic and astrological attributions described in Aleister Crowley's The Book of Thoth. Deck includes 3 versions of the Magus card. The Crowley Thoth Tarot Decks currently available are published by AGMuller & US Game Systems, Inc.

SKU: CR80
ISBN: 0-88079-308-2
Size: 2-7/8" x 4-3/8"


Review by Bayati



In spite of the bad rap this deck sometimes receives (perhaps because it is preceeded by the reputation of its infamous creator), for me there is no other deck that provides me with such profound clarity and accurate guidance in readings. Though I own and have read several other decks, for the past three years, this is the only deck I use for readings.

When I saw this the complete deck for the first time in a local Metaphysical store, its flaming intensity scared me. There is a richness and complexity to it that both attracts one to its bold beauty and causes the same aversion the eyes feel when looking at the sun. Just as the eyes can't handle the intense rays of the sun, in my earliest tarot studying days, I wasn't quite ready for the Thoth.

A month later, I broke down and bought the cards, and in spite of their complexity (and perhaps because of it), found them the easiest to read. Each card is filled with a myriad of archetypal symbols, each adding to a potential meaning of the card. Simpler decks, with just one main image didn't really work for me because I found their possible interpretations too limiting. But, as I began to learn the Thoth, I often found myself inexplicably drawn to a certain aspect of the card (a symbol, a color, a picture) that would tend to add more specificity or color to the card's standard meaning. In decks with more straight-forward images, such as those in the Osho Zen deck (which I used to use in readings), I always felt my readings were too generalized.

I was a novice at the tarot when I first began using this deck. Some may not reccommend it for beginners because of the Thoth's heavy ties to Egyptian spirituality, Astrology, and the Kabbalah. I disagree. I still know nothing about the Kabbalah, and very little of the Egyptian references, but do not feel that my readings suffer because of it. The potency in this deck lies in its images.

However, a beginner (or master of the tarot for that matter) should have a good book to use as a reference. Crowley's Book Of Thoth is not one I'd recommend for anyone who wants to learn how to read these cards. Generic tarot books won't work for card meanings either. I own several books that specialize in this deck, and my favorite by far is Tarot Mirror of the Soul by Gerd Zeigler. It is one of the most concise books for this deck, yet it addresses nearly all of the details and symbols found in each card. It also has a picture of each card on the same page as its meaning, which is helpful.

In short, this deck offers infinite variations in meaning that results in more specific readings. Don't be thrown off by its complexity or the superstition surrounding it. They are just cards, but they are wonderful ones. I give this deck five stars.


Card Images from the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot
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