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. The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians is the title of The Equinox, volume III, number 5, by English author and occultist Aleister Crowley. It is said that the Book of Thoth contains a number of spells, one of which allows the reader to understand the speech of animals, and one of.
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The Tarot and the Elements; The Twenty-two Keys, Atu, or Trumps of the Tarot. file:///D:/Books/Non-Fiction/Magick+Esoteric/Crowley/The book of Thoth/raudone.info . THE BOOK OF THOTH. Now Ahura was the wife of Nefer-ka-ptah, and their child was Merab; this was the name by which he was registered by the scribes in the. Graeco-Roman religion equated the Egyptian god Thoth, patron of scribes and writing, with the Greek deity Hermes, messenger of the gods and guide of souls.
I confess I don't get all the jokes, but at least I usually spot them I think. They say to you have to spend money to make money: But you're a bookish person, you're here at Goodreads after all: The Book of Thoth will replay you in spades or rather, in Swords.
So the book of Thoth is the companion book to Crowley's Tarot deck, a prognosticator of a rather intense nature, I'm told.
From What I garnered from Crowley's writing style, he tends to be very cryptic. Like most mystics, he shrouds his intent behind allegories and clues and outright denial.
This is to inspire the reader to actually "sweat it out" a little bit as well as provide a sort of qualifications test. There is some really cool shit though in this novel.
Crowley exposes the framework for So the book of Thoth is the companion book to Crowley's Tarot deck, a prognosticator of a rather intense nature, I'm told.
Crowley exposes the framework for the Tarot based on the Kabbalist "Tree of Life" With this, he translates the Tree homo-morphically onto the Tao te Ching, which I found pretty impressive. A good example of Crowley's blatant obfuscation may be told anecdotally. Upon reading the book, I was struck by the Hebrew Term "Yod Hesoth" which meant - according to Crowley - something akin to 'bearer of light' or 'light bringer' So when I uttered those words to someone who spoke hebrew, she covered her ears and said 'don't say that!
There you go.
View all 4 comments. Jul 13, Maureen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: One day when I was in The Hobbit Habit, my late and greatly lamented independent bookshop, a deck of Crowley Tarot cards threw themselves off a shelf at me.
I decided that any printed material that was that desirous of a place on my bookshelf should have a chance, so I bought the cards and a copy of this book. I enjoyed the references to the I Ching, and spent quite a bit of time with both the I Ching and the Tarot, trying to see how they fit together. I feel I derived a greater understanding of One day when I was in The Hobbit Habit, my late and greatly lamented independent bookshop, a deck of Crowley Tarot cards threw themselves off a shelf at me.
I feel I derived a greater understanding of both systems through doing this.
I hunted through a lot of mumbo-jumbo in this book to come up with the good bits. I am not a big Crowley fan, but I still have the deck and use it from time to time.
I wrote down the relevant information from the book, and put this book on a shelf where it has sat for many years. It is worth checking out Crowley to see how a person goes about constructing his own religion or cult or whatever kind of wacko group he came up with. I revere the Ching and admire the Tarot, but Crowley? Not so much. Jan 20, Satia rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is so densely esoteric that I was completely unable to comprehend what I was reading.
It is clear that Crowley is deeply versed in many of the primary teachings of his time but he does not present his knowledge in a manner that makes it even remotely accessible. I was disappointed because the Thoth Tarot Deck is my preferred personal deck. I had hoped to learn more about the images without having to read every detail about the sephiroth, Frazer's perspective on mythology and religion, This book is so densely esoteric that I was completely unable to comprehend what I was reading.
I had hoped to learn more about the images without having to read every detail about the sephiroth, Frazer's perspective on mythology and religion, etc. Actually, I probably would have adored all of that if Crowley had made it even remotely palatable or comprehendible. Although there are other books written by other people about this deck, I think I'll just ignore them for now. This book really burnt me out and I couldn't finish it as a result of it's style.
View all 5 comments. Oct 14, Joey Baker rated it liked it. There is nothing short about this essay. Interesting ideas, some very crazy ideas as well.
If you are intested in the connection between tarot, Jewish mysticism and the occult then its an informative read, although not an easy read. Aug 10, Parker East rated it it was amazing. An essential companion to the Thoth tarot deck, it is the most complete, lucid, helpful manual to the tarot that I have found.
However, I myself am starting to lean toward the I Ching for 'divination' purposes. The definitive, scholarly, tome for understanding any Tarot deck, particularly the relationship between Tarot and Kabbalah and most precisely the Crowley-Thoth deck. Within that framework it provides insights and connection between the Tarot of the Egyptians; the Tree of Life, the Sephirot, the I-Ching, Astrology, Elements and Indian philosophies the last as helping to explain some basic concepts around nothingness.
While the history of the Tarot is left open, not so much as to debate as to bei The definitive, scholarly, tome for understanding any Tarot deck, particularly the relationship between Tarot and Kabbalah and most precisely the Crowley-Thoth deck.
While the history of the Tarot is left open, not so much as to debate as to being pointless, much of the history of the interpretation and meaning of the Tarot is explored. At base, this is a philosophical work hewn, then whittled, with [sometimes] excruciating detail. Part three is on the Court Cards; most of a page for each, and each page is stitched with references that add much more. All of this is directly in the context of the Sephirot.
The back fifth of the book are plates, or images of each card in the Thoth deck black and white with four to a page. It is essentially a guide to interacting with the cards with very specific instructions on how to shuffle and pull cards, and how to ask questions with internal dialog included.
The last appendix is filled with very detailed tables and diagrams that are key to most everything in the rest of the book. There are some color plates of cards here too. One might start with using this book as a card guide then exploring the deeper sections as a general understanding of the context is gained. For myself, I did an initial cover to cover read; gleaning as much, if little, as I could. As an aside, I recommend getting a print copy versus a site version as you'll often be flipping from front to back with a marker or two within.
Hardcopies can be had on site for US unless you want one of the original signed editions - that will cost you three grand. Paperback on site is about 18 bucks, less if used, of course. It will be a longer process of learning for myself, but this is a primary source of information for anyone.
Most other sources pull directly from exactly this, or pieces of the sources Crowley used, and translated with his own [very qualified] eye, so, while there is other data out there, this beast is vital to your Tarot journey.
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Sep 02, Patrick Mooney rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: From their generous talents is one of the most wonderful works of human creativity and divine imagination ever assembled. It is a book that is worthy to invoke the name of the great God, Thoth-Tahuti, for it is a storehouse of vitally preserved ancient information capable of leading you to your own divinity!
There are many who paint Crowley as a dark character, and he himself was quite happy being painted that way! This does not mean these characterizations are completely true. I took a gamble once, betting my entire life, that if I only had The Book of Thoth as my guide, I could find the way to complete happiness.
I am happy to say that it worked! I am now living a life that feels like the fulfillment of Crowley's dream for the New Aeon. So shall it be! It is a noble goal of which I am glad to contribute to as well. It is my pleasure to give praise and honor to this man and his works with the divine talents of my word and tongue. I drink of my life with lust and vigor, in gratitude for your spiritual rigor, which set my Soul aright, and bore me to the Heaven Realms of pure Aeonic delight!
Well done, Master Therion! Jul 22, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the definitive volumes about the tarot and classic Crowley. He delves into the history of the cards and their relation to Kabbalah the Hebrew mystic code, not the fad 'sleb' thing of wearing bracelets and the Tree Of Life.
Each card gets it's own description and meaning, with the Major Arcana getting lengthy write-ups. There's also some essays which help the reader understand the secrets of the cards further. Colour plates of some of the Crowley deck beautifully painted by Freda Harris One of the definitive volumes about the tarot and classic Crowley. Colour plates of some of the Crowley deck beautifully painted by Freda Harris are included in the centre section - with black and white versions making up their own part of the book.
The writing is, of course, typically Crowleyan. He doesn't give up the secrets easily - although if you're familiar with his writings in the "Equinox" and some of his other magickal works, you may grasp some or most, if you're an adept of the message. I don't know that I'd recommend this book to a Crowley beginner - but if you have experience of the tarot and have read a bit more of Uncle A's stuff, this is definitely worth a look. Nov 05, Erik Mallinson rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is essential to understanding the basics of the Thoth Tarot.
The LWB that comes with the deck is incredibly obtuse and short when compared to the amount of sheer data that each card includes.
Another terrific companion to the Thoth Tarot believe it! A huge chunk of the story involves a deep exploration This book is essential to understanding the basics of the Thoth Tarot.
A huge chunk of the story involves a deep exploration of the Tree of Life through the symbolism of the Thoth Tarot and Crowley. Nov 11, Nathan rated it it was amazing. Crowley, the Tarot, and the occult in general have a really - and I mean, really - distorted image in popular culture.
He has helped to develop a serious - but not dogmatic - approach to the varying schools. He is a master of grasping their interrelations and connections - and understanding these connections is imperative. If you try some Crowley's exercises and follow some o Crowley, the Tarot, and the occult in general have a really - and I mean, really - distorted image in popular culture. If you try some Crowley's exercises and follow some of his suggestions that he provides in this text as it relates to the Tarot and his book on Meditation Book 4, Part 1 , you will notice a change.
Fascinating stuff. It's a shame that this thinker is distorted and has such a poor image in culture. But, I guess that's partly his fault. Sep 09, Cameron rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anyone who studies the Thoth Tarot, or perhaps any tarot, should read this. It really brings out the mythos surrounding each card into full bloom, making a living form of divination that allows and encourages further personal introspection and commentary. The connection with astrology, which is my favorite divination and study, helped me understand and associate the symbols along with planets, colors and numbers.
Jul 05, Stella rated it it was amazing. The Beast can be a bit cryptic at times, but his books are well worth the effort. He gives you a lot of information that Waite holds back.
Waite seems to have scrambled his Tarot a bit for the unwashed masses, too - are his Kings really Princes? There's things on a couple of them that hint at that. RWS is still a great classic deck, but if you want to learn occult Tarot, go with Crowley. Aug 01, Rin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I honestly can't remeber enough details to even give a proper reading with my Crowley cards.
VERY interesting and links alllll kinds of mystical and scientific stuff! Coincidences are neat Along with the official tarot cards. Very difficult to read, as is most of Crowley's writing unless maybe you're a Thelemite , but it's useful as a reference for the Tarot. Mar 31, Doug rated it liked it. Frankly, this was too much book for me. I'm merely an amateur tarot enthusiast, by no means a acolyte of "divination".
So Crowley's masterwork thesis here, that tarot, Qabbalah, astrology, numerology, I Ching, and the Egyptian pantheon are all connected and mutually reflective isn't what I would call "useful" to someone who wants to read the cards.
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That said, even with my rudimentary experience, I can definitely get the sense from this book that Crowley really really knew what he was talking abou Frankly, this was too much book for me. That said, even with my rudimentary experience, I can definitely get the sense from this book that Crowley really really knew what he was talking about and had designed the Thoth deck with a level of sophistication beyond anything I was expecting. The book is useful for getting a sense of his psychology, to know how he felt about the e.
Queen of Swords and how that was both similar to different from scholars in other times using different decks. So I can't say the book was the most practical addition to my tarot library, but it was nonetheless very well written and hints at the wide supernatural context from which the Thoth deck came.
Nov 16, Gayle West rated it it was amazing.
The only Tarot book worth reading, in my none too humble opinion. Gone is all sentiment. You'll find none of the easy to consume prophesies of Rider-Waite. Crowley has covered every esoteric there is to cover in the Book of Thoth.
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Divination with this book requires study and understanding. It's brilliant. Jul 18, Jasper Baltazar rated it really liked it.
I do not support a lot of Crowley's beliefs and I don't think he was a very admirable person; he was a settler and his work stems from the appropriation of indigenous cultures, but this book is pretty fascinating nonetheless. Feb 26, Sophie rated it it was amazing. That information he put into the Book of Overcoming Apophis and with that destroyed, the Kanes work with him to retrieve this book to learn how to destroy Apophis.
They succeed in retrieving it from where Setne had hidden it behind many traps and an Apis Bull and use it to track down and summon Apophis' sheut.
Setne then betrays them and steals the book as he needed them to summon the sheut because as a ghost he can't cast even a simple summoning spell. However, he can cast the binding spell and plans to use the sheut blackmail Apophis into working for him. Sadie Kane arrives and rescues Carter and Zia, but when an army of demons arrives, Setne gets away with the book. Carter and Sadie are able to use what they learned to destroy Apophis and Setne later comes to congratulate Carter and is seen with the book which he gets away with again.
Setne now has the potential to cause great trouble with the book, though as a ghost he lacks the ability to cast most of the spells. However, while Carter, Sadie, Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase manage to stop these plans, they realize they are likely just tests.
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Carter, Sadie, Percy and Annabeth team up together to stop him. While they fail in saving Wadjet and she is consumed, they are able to save Nekhbet and Carter severs Setne's hand and retrieves the Book of Thoth. Believing he doesn't need it anymore, Setne lets them take it as he gets the Crown. Trying to figure out a way to defeat Setne, Sadie suggests using the Book of Thoth since it helped them destroy Apophis. Nekhbet reveals that the Book contains a spell to imprison gods, but that it would require a combination of Greek and Egyptian magic, an enchanted circle and rope, consecrated ground and other things that would have to be improvised.
In order to perform the spell, Sadie reveals her secret name to Annabeth, allowing her to use Egyptian magic and help her create the circle. Carter enchants the rope while Percy hosts Nekhbet to fight Setne. Using a combination of his own power over the sea and Nekhbet's abilities, Percy defeats Setne and brings him to Governor's Island where the others have prepared the spell. There, he throws Setne into the prepared circle.Entire generations of researchers have searched for it, sadly, unable to find anything.
It is also said that there are versions that are different. It was believed that he who read the contents of the book would obtain the means to decipher and master secrets related to the earth, the sea, the air and the celestial bodies. It exists and is kept in the British Museum.
Secret ways of communication could be discovered with its help. But here is the paradox — the Book of Thoth has never been published to this day, not even in the form of fragments. Choose A Format.
The bric-a-brac of the T Aleister Crowley's and Frieda Harris's the actual artist behind the paintings Thoth Deck is the only Tarot deck that might be called intoxicatingly beautiful.
This Demotic text, known from more than forty fragmentary copies, consists of a dialogue between a person called "The-one-who-loves-knowledge" and a figure that Jasnow and Zauzich identify as Thoth. The creature told John Dee that he would be able to see many worlds and contact intelligent creatures every time he looked into the crystal.