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Malgré la réputation sulfureuse de l'auteur, chacun devrait se forger son opinion en lisant ses ouvrages. Ce livre sur le tarot permet de comprendre pourquoi par exemple un cinq d'épée = défaite, ou un 2 de coupe = amour. On trouve dans ce livre, une explication pour chaque carte, ce qu'elle représente, ce à quoi elle fait référence en fonction de son énergie, de l'alphabet hébraïque. Par exemple, Crowley explique pourquoi il a inversé la VIII= justice et la XI = force ainsi que la lettre Tsadi et Hé entre l'Empereur et l'Etoile. La structure du tarot y est dévoilée, Crowley parle de l'Egypte, de IHVH, de la Golden Dawn, de l'arbre de vie... Ce livre est très riche et les informations qui y sont données permettent d'avancer très vite dans l'étude des 78 lames.
Ce livre, malgré son approche assez rude pour les débutants, est une vraie mine d'or pour tout ce qui concerne le tarot de Crowley, le Thoth Tarot. Au delà de la signification de chaque arcane majeure et mineure, on y apprend énormément de choses sur tout ce qui entoure ce tarot, les choix de Crowley, les liens avec l'arbre de vie de la Qabbale, les couleurs, les interactions zodiacales et planétaires, les différentes cultures (Égyptienne, Gréco-romaine, Hindou, ...) et bien plus encore. Pour rendre la lecture de ce livre plus accessible et plus méritante, je recommande le livre de Lon Milo Duquette, "Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Taroth", lui aussi en anglais, mais un anglais bien plus accessible. Duquette, avec un style très clair, un certain humour et beaucoup de pédagogie s'efforce de décoder et traduire le "Book of Thoth" de Crowley, sans pour autant prendre un ton condescendant. Pour moi les deux livres vont de pairs (Duquette renvoi régulièrement à celui de Crowley pour mieux en expliquer les notions parfois assez alambiquées) et sont deux fabuleux outils pour étudier et utiliser le deck de Crowley (à des fins divinatoire ou comme outil de méditation et de développement personnel).
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A Masterful & Thorough Exposition of The Mysteries of Tarot29 septembre 2001
Graham D. Lincoln
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Crowley sets his whimsical, humorous (notorious?) writing style aside, to take a deep, reverent look at The Tarot. This book contains more information about The Tarot and the Creation of The Tarot than numerous other books combined. This is not a "fluffy" book for amateurs, but a well-written and researched work connecting The Tarot with The Qabalah and Astrology. If the tiny booklet in the Tarot package left you wanting, this is the book you desire to fulfill your hunger and thirst for more knowledge. I have been reading books about The Tarot for ten years and "The Book of Thoth" has quenched my thirst. However, I also recommend purchasing "The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Symbols," by Angeles Arrien ("Tarot Symbols from a Psychological, Mythological, and Cross-Cultural Perspective"). "The Tarot Handbook...." by Arrien, uses Illustrations of "The Thoth Deck," by Crowley and Lady Frieda Haris to explain the Jungian Psychology of the system, and gives a Helpful Overview of Interpreting the Thoth deck. So-far, "The Thoth Deck" is the BEST deck I have ever found (I collect Numerous decks) aside from "The Ceremonial Magick Deck" (by Lon Duquette) & "The Masonic Tarot" (which is hard to find). Nearly every Serious Tarot User/Student I know uses The Thoth Deck, with wonderful & Accurate Results. I do suggest, however, finding the Palm-sized Thoth deck, as opposed to the Oversized Deck--which is harder to manipulate. The cards work on a principle of Psychokenisis combined with Jungian Psychology. But, whatever works for you, personally. "The Book of Thoth" is a great asset to any Tarot Library and a good place to start studying the System. However, many people need to begin with a simple deck, such as Rider-Waite, before delving into the in-depth study of Crowley's works.
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A Moving Pictogram of the Universe14 février 2000
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Aleister Crowley's writing (in general) certainly is one of the most complex styles that I have come across. Quite a learned man, however one must realize to bypass the content of his words and see through them as if they were covers to different tombs of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. His Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) may be his best work and seeming most thought out (aside from Magick: Book 4). To buy the book is not enough, one surely would need the card set as well to get the full effect of his descriptions of the cards. Introducing the Tarot in history as well as the inflential men of the Tarot. Highly regarding Eliphas Levi and his book Transcendental Magic: Its Dogma and History as one the best and classic works on the Tarot (also suggested is Paul Foster Cases book "The Tarot: The Wisdom of the Ages"). I would say that Tarot Divnitors are not advised for this book because Crowley does not use the cards to fortell anothers future, but rather as meditative devices to alter ones consciousness and peer into the unknown world, seeing the other universe - that is prophecy. After explaining the relationship of the Qaballah, he moves on to the deck itself beginning like most with the Fool. Going through all 22 Trumps and 56 Minor cards deciphering the cards himself and placing it in word symbols for you to figure out. Its not often one can understand this at first reading. Many readings are neccessary, as well as looking through many other books of Tarot and occultism to begin to unlock Crowleys 'tombs.' You will soon find yourself not reading it, but referring to it like one uses a dictionary. If one wants a fresh new look at what Crowley is talking implying in all of his sublime wordiness, I highly and strongly reccomend Timothy Leary's book "Game of Life" and "Info-Psychology." The former is a dedication to Crowleys work on the Tarot told in Leary's style (which he equates evolution with Tarot), while the latter is Leary's own neuraliterate book which ties in with the former. The Book of Thoth is the most original book to date on the Tarot system and highly reccomended for anyone looking to understand truly what the cards mean, as well as Crowleyites and occultists in general. A wonderful piece of work!
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A Must for Serious Students of the Occult18 septembre 2003
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My rating of the book is subject to change depending on the type of knowledge you think it will impart. If you want a simple interpretory key for Crowley's Thoth Tarot, I rate this book a 1 and think the booklet that accompanies the deck coupled with studies of the Golden Dawn with better serve you. As a reference tool to aid your understanding of Qabalah and some of the deeper (and I do mean DEEEEEP) belief systems underlying the tarot, I rate it a 5. That's why my overall rating of the book is a 3. To me, it's a must for any serious student of occult studies, especially if you're really drawn to the Tarot. The Book of Thoth is one of those books that can take a life time to read and its concepts can take quite awhile to digest. I'm a book junkie and I had a serious headache by the time I got a few pages into this one. Not that its content is not valuable - it is just very dense. Those already familiar with Crowley's work will probably have an easier time understanding it, but if you're a newcomer to metaphysics, I'd recommend waiting awhile before you pick this one up. Crowley chronicled so much metaphysical information in his lifetime and within his writing there is a lot of truth to be uncovered ... but then there's the chaff of his insanity to seperate from the grain of his experience. Having a background in some of the beliefs which influenced his own prior to immersing yourself in this book would probably aid your interpretation of it tremendously - I got it a year into my tarot studies and it was tooooooo much, but now, 14 years later, it's an easier read. Deciding whether or not you will purchase this book really depends on how deeply you want to scratch the surface of occult studies and that genius everyone loves to hate: Aleister Crowley. In closing, I strongly recommend that you read some excerpts from this book before committing to its purchase.
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Not for Tarot Readers5 août 2000
Roy L. Daman
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This book is a good book for those who are working their way on the Tree of Life. It explains, in a lot of detail, why the symbols are the way they are. Crowley uses the Scientific method to get his point across and uses alot of mathematics to describe his formulas, so be prepared to think about what you are reading. Also, keep in mind, he was writing at the begining of this century. This is not an easy read, however, but once you understand some of the basics, you realize how the tarot fits into all of this. This book is not for normal tarot readers in search of how to read tarot, but it can help you along those lines if you pay close attention to the work. This book is more along the lines of self-discovery. This is described as that each card correlates in some way to the Tree of Life and that it shows it's true nature through the cards, thus allows the reader to work with the Tree of Life via the Tarot. You do not need the tarot to work on the Tree of Life, but it helps. Kind of like sign posts on the way to the Kether. If you are interested in evolution of the soul and enlightenment, this book will help. (It also might help with your mathematical skills! :) ) Keep an open mind, and genuinely think about everything that Crowley is saying, and you will reap alot of information from this book. This is a definite MUST READ for those who are searching for enlightenment!
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The Universe in a deck of cards...1 décembre 2004
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Brilliant! Eloquent and detailed exposition on the symbols of the Thoth Tarot deck, and the Universe itself. Not only an invaluable resouce for those studying magick and the occult but also those in the fields of anthropology, psychology and theology (Christian mystics may find the discussions of the Fool, The Hanged Man and Death in particular interesting.)
Familiar (and not-so familiar) symbols are discussed in-depth, revealing their origins, and true nature.
Contains detailed and tables of correspondences including the Qabala, I-Ching, Planets, Astrology etc
An absolute "MUST HAVE" for students of Magick and the Tarot