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Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot was his final opus, the culmination of a lifetime of occult study and practice. With artist Lady Frieda Harris, he condensed the core of his teaching into the 78 cards of the tarot. Although Crowley’s own Book of Thoth provides insight into the cards, it is a complicated, dated book.

Lon Milo Duquette: Thoth Tarot Book Review – Esoteric Meanings

Now, in clear language, Lon Milo DuQuette provides everythi. Now, in clear language, Lon Milo DuQuette provides everything you need to know to get the most out of using the Thoth deck. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Now, in clear language, Lon Milo DuQuette provides everythi Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot was his final opus, the culmination of a lifetime of occult study and practice.

Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 03, Rob rated it it was amazing. Every time I tried to dive into it, I was enchanted by Lady Frieda Harris’ beautiful imagery of the deck and so wanted to use it.

However, each time I cracked open the companion Book of Thoth, I was left confused and frustrated. I tried and tried but could make very little sense of the Book of Thoth. I knew the deck was rich in symbolism, but understanding what was going on seemed insurmountable with Crowley’s ‘short essay’ Ha!

Plus it seemed as though you needed a deep understanding of Qabalah, astrology, alchemy, Thelema, various mythologies, etc. So I always just stuck to my tried and true Rider-Waite Deck. At the beginning of this year I decided to give it another shot.

Couple of items worth noting. Lon Milo Duquette’s writing style is approachable, clear and funny. He is clearly a scholar of Crowley, Thelema and Tarot, and can deliver scholarly wisdom directly.

Second, Lon describes his evolving relationship with the Thoth Tarot. He then outlines all the things he wished he had when he started out. Each background material is given a chapter to give you a brief, but solid background on Qabalah, hermetic symbolism, and the basics of Thelema and Aleister Crowley.

Once you actually dive into the cards you have a solid background on what is coming. This is incredibly helpful. Plus, the book is filled with footnotes; if you want to dive deeper, there are plenty of clearly mapped paths you can go down.


I now feel I have a solid grasp of the deck and am able to get rich readings from it. I have not looked back to my Rider-Waite deck since. Also, after reading, I feel I actually understand The Book of Thoth to a degree, meaning I can read it and can figure out what is being said through the symbolism. Jan 28, Princessjay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Truly a necessary beginner’s primer on the Thoth Tarot. I’d been immolating my brain upon Aleister Crowley’s original accompanying text The Book of ThothDion Fortune’s Duquetet Qabalaand Robert Wang’s Qabalistic Tarot — all of which contain immensely valuable information and will require much re-reading to absorb — yet this process could have been 10x easier had I just started off with DuQuette.

He provides just enough background understanding on mill, Thelema, and Crowley’s personal s Truly a necessary beginner’s primer on the Thoth Tarot.

He provides thorh enough background understanding on astrology, Thelema, and Crowley’s personal symbolism, in clear and simple prose, to launch one upon an easier exploratory course into esotericism than the one I just endured. Sep 23, A rated it did not like it Shelves: This may be one of the first books that I absolutely hated that I will hold onto for a little while longer.

Mostly I just wanted the card reference but I suffered through the terrible conversational yet obscure duquettee of DuQuette. Admittedly I am a skeptic. The only chapter I appreciated was his discussion of guardian angels as it seemed to make some sense.

Lon Milo DuQuette – Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot – 2002

The chapters on colors, qabbala, tree of life, etc. View all 3 comments. Sep 01, Krapp rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The below review doesn’t reflect that. There are many useful facts about the Thoth Tarot herein that everyone ought to know, who uses that deck. Tthoth very un-Thelemic, personally, and DuQuette’s tone gets on my nerves.

That’s doesn’t detract from the usefulness and quality of this book, which I’d underestimated. Now 4 stars, up one from before. There’s nothing particularly wrong with by Lo [EDIT] Rereading this book, I found it helped me more than I thought it had, and helped more the second time. There’s nothing particularly wrong with by Lon Milo Jiloit’s merely unnecessary.

You can learn about Crowley’s Tarot from it, true. But if you learn the little “white book” that’s in the box that’s Tarot-speak for the instructionsyou will be able to dquuette Aleister Crowley ‘s Thoth Deck after some practice, unless you happen not to like it.

Then, if you enjoy over top prose and, well, the voice of Aleister Crowley, then read The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. It’s not a very difficult book. Crowley—maybe despite, maybe because of—the porphyry of his prose as well as its high quality and the strange and unique voice of the man coming at you through the written word is almost a great writer.


DuQuette teaches always amiably a dumbed-down version of Crowley. Do you need a dumbed-down version? You’ll be missing a lot. It’s all truly embarrassing.

DuQuette himself is amusing, entertaining, avuncular. His books the ones I’ve read may be omitted.

Go buy something worth the money. Jul 22, Kerie rated it liked it Shelves: Well this is interesting and all in a hyper intellectual kind of way.

I would have appreciated the symbolism much more when I was younger and was really into brain power kinds of things. However my impressions now after all the radicalization I’ve gone through in the past duquftte of years are more negative than positive. I come away from reading this thinking Crowley was a rather arrogant, cultural appropriator that over thought things to the extreme. And that all the various symbolisms embedded i Well this is interesting and all in a hyper intellectual kind of way.

And that all the various symbolisms embedded in this deck come from older civilizations and therefore widen our gap from living as authentic human beings in harmony with the natural world rather than closing it. These symbols and ancient ideas were part of our falling from our llon state and trapping ourselves in this nightmare world we now live in.

As Zerzan says, the advent of symbolic and abstract thought is the true fall from the proverbial “garden of eden. Jul 05, Stella rated it really liked it.

If you want something to clarify Crowley’s book, this is the one to go with. While Duquette does seem to be promoting a kinder, gentler Beast at times, the book never degenerates into new age blather.

Duquette does have the chops and everything is explained in a clear, well-organized manner. This should be read in addition to Crowley, however, not instead ofobviously. Nov 09, Thursday rated it it was ok. I read this to keep calm during pre election week. My heart is now elsewhere.

I’m sure not a Platonist. And I don’t have time for destiny. I have work to do.

I don’t have any complaints. This is a good intro and commentary on Crowley’s Thoth deck. As problematic as Crowley is, it’s always fun engaging with him and those who engage with him for a living. I basically stopped halfway through. My heart is elsewhere. And this deck is too If I read tarot again. This seems like an honest and good commentary for the Thoth deck.

Another thing this book does well is show the symbolic possibilities tarot offers us in helping us understand and meditate on our lives, world and narratives.