Exploring the Thoth Tarot

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When I made my happy first acquaintance with Tarot back in 1988, it was via the well known Thoth deck created by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris in the 1940s. I was taken by the radiance and beauty of the cards. I felt the occult depth in their symbols asking to be uncovered. I studied Crowley’s The Book of Thoth as well as Sallie Nichol’s Jung and Psychology. Because I had decided that Tarot fascinated me in general. Hitherto, I had been involved with certain spiritual traditions of South-East Asia, but now Tarot served as my intro into the rich metaphysical heritage of the West.

The Thoth Tarot is particularly suitable for this as it combines symbols from so many systems, including Astrology, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Magic(k), Numerology, Sacred Geometry, Geomancy, the Metaphysics and Mythologies of many cultures, and not least modern science. It is a true Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! No wonder that the next decades saw me continuously treading all these roads to one degree or another…

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