The Tarot

Written by Jacob. Published on October 8th, 2016 at 01:30.

The Thoth Tarot. 78 Nights of Tarot.

I’ve completed a superficial study of Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris.

If I could identify the few things that sets this deck apart, it of course would start with Aleister Crowley, whose deep connection with Egyptology, Kabbalah, and Occult topics would compact this deck with dense symbolism.

Various deities and magical symbols from a variety of belief systems (e.g. Egyptian, Hindu, Greek/Roman). Color schemes derive from astrological associations and follows a very specific arrangement depending on what the card contains. Arrangements of the magician’s tools (wands, cups, swords, pentacles) follow arrangements found in geomancy figures and other representational objects. Cards contain astrological and alchemical symbols, hebrew letters, and other religious objects. If you use this deck, you should be familiar with a majority of these as they add deep and useful connections to Tarot readings.

Studying the Thoth Tarot has raised more questions for me than answers. Through it, I’ve learned about Thelema, Crowley, the Kabbalah, and western mysticism in general. I rarely ever read with this deck because I’ve only skimmed the surface, but I value it for it’s educational contributions to my practice and consider it a necessary path for opening the secrets of the Tarot.