7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
This is a great book that explains the symbols on each card. I remember looking at the Thoth tarot for the first time and wanting to understand each card in detail and struggling to find material. Well this does the trick.
It concentrates mainly on the cards - especially the Major Arcana in some detail - it does not look at Crowley's "Book of Thoth" in detail. It does mention the Qabalah and Tree of Life but you will need other books for that.
There are some discrepancies in meaning of the symbols that I have found between this book and others, for example, regarding "The Star" this book says that the Globe in the background is a symbol of the Earth, whereas Duquette (in the Thoth Tarot) states that the Globe is often confused for the Earth but is really a representation of the entire heavens! However, I do find this book better regarding the symbols and depth of meaning for each card (Major and Minor) than I do Duquette's and therefore it may be useful for any Thoth tarot reader to have on his/her shelf.
For anyone new to the Thoth Tarot I would recommend this as the first book to read, then Duquette's book (Understanding the Thoth Tarot), then Crowley's book "The Book of Thoth" and then the "Thoth Companion" by Michael Snuffin. These four books re-read will give you a great starting place.
The strength of this book rests in its explanation of the symbols on the Major and Minor Arcana and is a great starting point for the beginner and allowing further individual research with the material provided. Be warned, there are some typos and the binding of the book is not the greatest but it is still a worthwhile purchase.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
There are a lot of interesting books on the Tarot out there, and I have some of them myself. However this is the book I really needed back in the mid-70's when I started out. Whilst this can be recommended to those coming to the Tarot, especially the Crowley-Frieda Harris deck, for the first time, there is enough depth psychology and Jungian thinking here, to be of value to more experienced readers. This is far and away the most balanced, yet detailed, direct, yet subtle exegesis of the Crowley-Harris pack that I have come across. There are works out there that are more detailed with regard to the totality of the symbolism, that deal with the Qabalistic aspects of the Tarot, the Golden Dawn attributions etc. However with at least one of these, by the time I had waded through lengthy preambles, historical and biographical data etc., I'd almost lost the will to live. This book delivers on all the important levels, not least a number of useful spreads and some well-thought out observations on how to approach the use of the cards. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2006
This book is quite scholarly and gives in-depth but easy to follow explanations into the symbolism of the cards. The only exception is the lack of information on the Cabala, but I suppose you could fill a library on that subject alone. Good introduction for those who do not have a lot of knowledge in the occult. Recommended only for those who take the tarot seriously, this is not another shallow new-age effort.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2013
This is an extremely well written book, with all definitions and concepts well unpacked and explained. I thoroughly recommend this.
22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2001
The most amazing philosophy behind a pack of cards with a strange connection to the subconscious. Accepting and learning from Crowley's theories based on the qabala leads to an insight into human existance and a guide towards development. A word of warning - this is not for those afraid of the truth, or those weak enough to not control the cards but instead be swayed by them.