San Francisco, Weiser Books, 2003. Paperback, 330 pages. New.
The Thoth Tarot deck, designed by Aleister Crowley and executed by Lady Freida Harris is one of the most distinctive and popular Tarot decks in existence, yet its esoteric symbolism is sometimes difficult to approach without an in-depth knowledge of various occult fields and Crowley’s own perspectives on magick. In this book, Lon Milo Duquette provides a much-needed accessible guide to the Thoth Deck, its unique symbolism and its arcana. DuQuette covers each card in depth, highlighting Crowley’s distinctive use of symbolism and artistic composition, as well as the sources and traditions being drawn upon. He also discusses how the Thoth deck is placed within Crowley’s own system of magick.
Illustrated throughout with monochrome and colour images of the Thoth deck, diagrams and charts, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot is an excellent complement to the Thoth Deck, and to Crowley’s own work on the subject, The Book of Thoth.