by Aleister Crowley
Book of Thoth is a name given to many ancient Egyptian texts supposed to have been written by Thoth, the Egyptian god of writing and knowledge. They include many texts that were claimed to exist by ancient authors, and a magical book that appears in an Egyptian work of fiction.
Now a classic in the field, used by students of the Golden Dawn as well as by those who want to understand Crowley's tarot. This is the definitive study of the Egyptian tarot and is used as a key to all Western mystery disciplines. Color plates of eight cards.
"It (this book) is not just a description of each card, but this is only half of the book. It also goes into detail about the meaning of each suit and number, and the planets and astrological signs associated with each card. This part might be the most valuable part in understanding the deck. The book includes a history and the origin of the Crowley Tarot deck, and the Tarot in general."
"After the enlightening introductory material, Crowley gives descriptions of all the symbolism in each of the 22 Atu cards. Starting with #0 the Fool card, I was worried about the pace of the book because he provides an exorbitant amount of folk parables to which the Fool’s symbolism corresponds; I found this tedious for my purposes, but it’s all still esoteric interesting info, and this may be fine depending on the reader.
Thankfully it does not continue that way, and the rest of the Atu descriptions are relatively short and concise.
I’m glad to learn the actual reasoning behind what's going on in each card, seeing that there's a logical ‘scientific’ design behind each card. This book is definitely something you want to read if you plan on working with tarot to do readings, or even just for self-study.
Similarly, Part 3 describes the significance & meanings all the Court cards, and Part 4 describes all the Minor Arcana.
First Crowley describes the Qabalistic theme of each of the sets overall (e.g. the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s etc.) and then goes into specific detail about the meanings of each particular card within each suit. These descriptions are brief, fear not.
And last, this book also has a lot of bonus material: appendices, charts, etc.
Definitely recommended if you want to know the Tarot in depth from its esoteric foundations."