Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck Small features 78 cards painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from the occult scholar, Aleister Crowley, in a handy small size. The magnificent art deco work contains kabalistic and astrological attributions described in Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth. The art deco artwork of the Thoth is rich in Egyptian symbolism. To each of the twenty-two Major Trumps of the tarot is assigned, by tradition, a Hebrew letter and a path on the Tree of Life, as well as an astrological sign, element, or planet. The deck also reflects Crowley’s interest in alchemy and magic. The original Crowley Thoth Tarot has attracted a worldwide following, both for its striking beauty and for its complex depiction of occult knowledge. Since its initial publication in 1969, the deck has never been out of print. Included with the deck is a booklet of instruction, which contains two essays by Lady Frieda Harris and a commentary by Stuart R. Kaplan.
Boxed 78 cards with 48 page booklet
Publisher: US Games, Published December, 2005
Size: 2.8 x 0.50 x 4.3 inches, Weight: 0.694 Lbs
( 1875 - 1947 )
Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. Some biographers allege that here he was recruited into a British intelligence agency, further suggesting that he remained a spy throughout his life. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and Allan Bennett. During his honeymoon in Cairo in 1904 Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema. Announcing the start of the Æon of Horus, The Book declared that its followers should "Do what thou wilt" and seek to align themselves with their True Will through the practice of magick. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. A prolific writer, he published widely over the course of his life.
Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over Western esotericism and the counterculture, and continues to be considered a prophet in Thelema. He is the subject of various biographies and academic studies. Crowley is a prime example of allowing "glamour" to bend a disciple's path onto the left side, Evil is exciting and thrilling all the while it kills the Soul, Good is passive and boring to those who know not.
Lady Frieda Harris
(1877 - 1962)
Frieda Harris was an English artist in the art deco tradition, upon meeting Crowley and joining the Order Of the Golden Dawn she became interested in esoteric art. She is best known for her artistic designs for the Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck. She resided in England and moved to India, where she passed in 1962.
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