Aima. I can’t help but see it as unnecessarily limiting when, in order for one’s own perspective or teacher to be right, all others have to be, as if by definition, wrong. Heh The Supernal Sulphur purifying by fire. As a result she felt that “a humanistic and universal explanation of these symbols was needed so that the value of Tarot could be used in modern times as a reflective mirror of internal guidance which could be externally applied.” She believed that the Thoth deck symbols could be read in an other-than-esoteric way—specifically, as cross-cultural psychological symbols (archetypes from the collective unconscious).
Consulting Crowley's work on the Tarot and Meditation/Yoga, as well has is reference texts has been tremendously helpful. If you are intested in the connection between tarot, Jewish mysticism and the occult then its an informative read, although not an easy read. I salute Aleister Crowley’s creative powers and his willingnss to dive into consciousnss deeply AND I enjoy when fresh, mythological, psychological, cross-cultural references come into using the Thoth deck.
In fact, the subject tends to evoke an eerie silence among Taro-philes & Qabalists alike. This is to inspire the reader to actually "sweat it out" a little bit as well as provide a sort of qualifications test.
It’s an aptitude test and an inside joke that’s been around for a very long time. 231 : 343 : 127 MMM – Corect adress Their role is to unveil mysteries, leaving the mind all its freedom.”.
. From their generous talents is one of the most wonderful works of human creativity and divine imagination ever assembled. . Each card gets it's own description and meaning, with the Major Arcana getting lengthy write-ups. — . A bookseller friend of mine said the “Crowley Deck will never lie to you.” To me the tarot has a life of it’s own. the best i've ever read. It’s a work of genius, Egypt is the spiritual home of Crowley’s Liber Al, and The Book of THOTH his legacy. 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. The ‘book’ is thought to have actually been a collection of texts, 42 books, in six categories, that were said to contain all of the philosophical knowledge of the Egyptian people. (Although, I could imagine a poet doing things with a DO NOT CROSS sign in a poem. I’m not ready for it. The Egyptologists Richard Lewis Jasnow and Karl-Theodor Zauzich have dubbed a long Egyptian text from the Ptolemaic period "the Book of Thoth".
Tet The Force that represses evil. So my final verdict – both Arrien and Crowley have their good points. To me that emphasized that in many cases symbolism is so strong or perhaps in this case Frieda Harris was so well instructed that AC’s message reached me without having to read his Book of Thoth. Are Crowley’s works essential to someone wanting to use the deck? I was disappointed because the Thoth Tarot Deck is my preferred personal deck. I read this book in my twenties when I was experimenting with dark magic. May I use it in my article on my blog? The inclusive approach I find here is, I notice in my practice, most useful to the evolution of our souls, or individual potential. Of course, there may be commercial &/or proprietary imperatives for downplaying these alchemical applications of the deck…, Nonetheless, the ‘hidden stone’ definitely qualifies as the greatest punch line in the history of the world. All ways are lawful to innocence. I tend to agree with you about symbols. 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. But until an idea is added onto a symbol it essentially means the same sort of thing to most people. It will also survive even if we kill the Thoth deck; and still be able to convey the deep mysteries lieing concealed in the 78 visual representations of cosmic Forces.
Dark magic is stupid, tarot cards are ridiculous, and all of this stuff is claptrap. I think it so outshines all others there's little point in purchasing or using any other. Now crowley may link a symbol through his own ideas, to another set of ideas or symbols but this is just a new interpretation that is not currently at the time of its creation simething universal but something personal. So the book of Thoth is the companion book to Crowley's Tarot deck, a prognosticator of a rather intense nature, I'm told. As if I was committing blasphemy. © 2007-2018, Mary K. Greer All material on this site is copyrighted. 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. But, that’s my opinion. 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.
This does not detract from its value, however, for symbolism is one of the most useful instruments of instruction in the spiritual arts, because it continually draws from the subjective resources of the seeker the substance of his own erudition.”, “Any manner of writing formed by means of a conventional alphabetical, arbitrary system can, over time, be lost and become incomprehensible. Taking the opportunity now. Back then I wasn’t expecting any validation on the way that I read it, but I was rather surprised that in an open discussion group (so a group where all decks can be discussed, not necessarily just Crowley’s Thoth deck) I was so cornered for having started to read the deck without any prior knowledge of GD-teachings.
. The church father Clement of Alexandria, in the sixth book of his work Stromata, mentions forty-two books used by Egyptian priests that he says contain "the whole philosophy of the Egyptians". Angeles Arrien takes, at least in this case, the position that rejects the author’s intentions. 6. It would gain more credibility if the trump images were grouped together anywhere in Egypt (see my post on Egypt & Tarot). This work is not complete; therefore is there no equilibration. The bric-a-brac of the Thoth Deck however is in exquisite taste. Alan,
I find that I use a blend of Angie Arrien, Hajo Banzahf, and Crowley (with notes by DuQuette, et al), and that the more I read other people, the more I go back to Crowley with a renewed respect that I don’t think I would have developed as much if I hadn’t read other views. I consider the cards to be living beings and they sometimes say things I’d never get from the symbolism. I tend to think of the collective unconscious as the same thing as the Akashic Records and the Book of Thoth that Crowley claimed to be the depository of wisdom, so I fail to see anyone’s problem with someone accessing that wisdom independently, through their own filter. 3. Angles Arrien was one of the presenters and co-ordinators at the first Tarot Conference I ever attended at the Unitarian Church in San Francisco, I think in either 1983, 84, or 85……..my the years start running together! . base their reasoning only on inert scientific and dogmatic formulae. I was so delighted by this conversation. I find it to be brutally honest in readings.
“Stability.” — Taw The Bride.
They make the comment that you can carve a roast with a knife but, a sword has only on purpose. This work also unfinished. It presents the true tarot, which originated in Ancient Egypt, and survived in Greek and Hindu mythology.
If his book were to be lost to time, but Harris’ art were to survive, It would be read in the same way that we continue to read the TdM or any art whose story is dependent on what is represented.
With time, I came to regard it as a bit too superficial and fluffy to continue to use it… but a great stepping stone nonetheless. If you use anything, be sure to include my name and a link back to this site. While the subject never fails to stir up controversy, the Tarot de Marseilles pattern does function as a cipher for accessing the Hermetic knowledge encrypted within the sequence and structure of the Hebrew alphabet.
Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I think that individuals can use images and decks in which ever way has meaning. var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-7775239-1"); I will show your name and blog in my article. However, ideas can be added onto archetypes and this is where you are correct in saying that an understanding of these symbols would require knowing crowleys own individual thoughts. Her book offers this alternate perspective, based on the work of Carl Jung, Marie Louise von Franz, Joseph Campbell, Ralph Metzner, Mircea Eliade and Robert Bly. I haven’t read her work (yet). The Book of Thoth is a legendary book containing powerful spells and knowledge, said to have been buried with the Prince Neferkaptah (meaning perfect ka of Ptah in Egyptian) in the City of the Dead. I will be grateful to receive e-mails alerting me to more commentary on this wonderful subject.
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