Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot

Now a classic in the field, used by students of the Golden Dawn as well as by those who want to understand Crowley's tarot. This is the definitive study of the Egyptian tarot and is used as a key to all Western mystery disciplines. Color plates of eight cards.

Book of Thoth 978-08772-82686 £16.99
The Book of Thoth : 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. The book is recorded in the vernal equinox of 1944 (an Ixviii Sol in 0° 0' 0" Aries, March 21, 1944 e. v. 5:29 p.m.) and was originally published in an edition limited to 200 numbered and signed copies.
This book describes the philosophy and the use of Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, a deck of Tarot cards designed by Crowley and co-designed and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. The Thoth Tarot has become one of the best-selling and most popular Tarot Decks in the world.
The original 200-volume edition was bound in Morocco leather and printed on pre-wartime paper. Crowley sold ₤1,500 worth of the edition in less than three months.

The book is divided into four major parts:
Part One: The Theory Of The Tarot.
Part Two: The Atu (Keys or Trumps).
Part Three: The Court Cards.
Part Four: The Small Cards.
Part One is further divided into three chapters; Part Two into two chapters and an appendix; Part Three into one chapter; and Part Four into one chapter. The book includes a list of plates depicting the Tarot cards as seen by Crowley and Harris.
There is an Appendix A: the use of the Tarot in the Art of Divination; and an Appendix B which includes the obiter dictum: "the 'correspondences' are not arbitrary". Appendix B also includes the Key Scale of the Tree of Life with the conic sections of mathematics and a diagram attributing the trigrams of the I Ching to the ten Sephirot.

Available from deep books at £16.99 plus p&p or from all good booksellers.

Friday, 13 January 2012


The Favole Tarot displayes gothic scenes by illustrator Victoria Frances. Born in 1982, her childhood in the forests of Galicia and the romantic environments she discovered in her first trips to Paris and London were important influences in her work. At the age of 22, she published Favole 1: Stone Tears, based on her memories of cities like Venice and Verona. Ms. Frances is now known as one of the most important contemporary illustrators. The boxed deck includes 78 cards in full color (card titles in Spanish). An instruction pamphlet is included, with a general introduction to tarot.