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Protagonist
August 7th, 2010, 01:40 PM
A few days after my 13th birthday, my mom gave me $20 and turned me loose in Barnes and Noble. I bought my first tarot deck, and soon began the long, somewhat-neverending process of mastering the arcane symbolism of the Rider-Waite tarot. After ten years (and a brief stint with the Golden Dawn) I now feel comfortable reading with almost any Rider-Waite clone, or any deck that shares similar symbolism. I now own a huge collection of decks: the Archeon, New Palladini, Golden, Paulina, New Century, Manga, Welsh, St. Petersburg, and the Thoth.

The one I can't read with is, obviously the Thoth. Lately I've been really bored and looking for a challenge, and have been considering trying to learn the Thoth tarot. I keep telling myself that Crowley was a Golden Dawn member, so the symbolism can't be all that different, right? At the same time, I'm not sure if I have it in me to learn a whole new system. I mean, it took me ten years to really grasp the Rider Waite system. Is it worth it learning the Thoth deck, or should I stick to what I'm good at?

aranarose
August 7th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Yes, it's worth it. I call the Thoth my ass-kicker deck. It's no-holds-barred and completely blunt. The readings have a completely different tone and feel to them.

Micheal
August 7th, 2010, 03:03 PM
I think it would be worth it, but I'm biased being a Thelemite myself. The symbolism is a little different because Crowley created it to correspond with the Book of the Law, and also he broke his Golden Oath by putting the Tarot in the correct order so that it corresponds with the Hebrew alphabet. One reason why I use the deck is because of it's astrological and Hebrew correspondences. The Golden Dawn Tarot invocation appealing to IAO and HRU can also be applied to Thelema as well.

Have you ready the Book of Thoth by any chance? If not, that's one thing I would recommend if you're going to give it a go.

GEBS
August 8th, 2010, 11:05 PM
I would also suggest learning it. Lon Milo DuQuette has a book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1578632765?tag=lonmilocom-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1578632765&adid=0KM6DFRKSV02P1V1EX78&) and also classes (http://www.maybelogic.org/courses.htm) to help in your learning. I don't think the class is currently running but keep an eye on the linked page for his start dates. Learning Thoth Tarot is definitely worth the effort.

Micheal
August 9th, 2010, 01:40 AM
Lon Milo DuQuette has a book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1578632765?tag=lonmilocom-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1578632765&adid=0KM6DFRKSV02P1V1EX78&) and also classes (http://www.maybelogic.org/courses.htm) to help in your learning.
Oh yes, I like his The Chicken Qabalah as well. If one meets any confusion, he's a good source to gain some insight.

GEBS
August 9th, 2010, 02:32 AM
He makes everything user friendly. I have to admit I have a hard time keeping interested in some of Crowley's writing. DuQuette always keeps me interested.



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Fireyone
August 24th, 2010, 09:34 AM
Absolutely! The Thoth deck is my go-to deck, yes it is blunt but also very much about what's going on inside, and in my opinion that is what Tarot is: a snapshot of our inner states.