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5.0 out of 5 stars Not really for beginners, 20 Feb 2011
This review is from: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot: An Authoritative Examination of the World's Most Fascinating and Magical Tarot Cards (Paperback)
This is a work of enormous erudtion and represents a lifetime of hands on experience, all presented with a combination of clarity and humour. There is little to add to what has already been said, however anyone essaying the Tarot as a beginner would do better to look elsewhere. Although the Thoth pack is replete with symbolism largely lacking in other packs, it is not necessary to fully understand the symbolism, as a basic grounding in Tarot divination technique is sufficient. When I first used the Thoth pack in the mid '70's, it was as an absolute beginner, and having found the Book of Thoth somewhat obscure, I resorted to Alfred Douglas's "The Tarot" and via that small book got along just fine with the Thoth pack, despite the fact that the illustrations were drawn from a different pack. Douglas's book remains IMHO, still the best entry point into an understanding of the divinatory use of Tarot. Beyond that, meditating on individual cards is perhaps the best way to become acquainted with any pack, though if this approach is taken, one ought to be familiar with banishing rituals, using them for both opening and closing any meditation, in order to avoid unlooked for epiphenomena/side effects.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 11:49:54 GMT
Wildfire says:
From the "look inside" sample reading I got the idea of self-indulgent anecdotal story telling that centred around Crowley, about which a huge amount has been written. The author seems to pay scant attention to the Qabala upon which Thoth hangs and without that understanding can only be superficial. Perhaps he does detail it deeper into the work but the introductory material doesn't encourage me to find out.
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