Thoth Companion: The Key to
the True Symbolic Meaning of the Thoth Tarot (Paperback)
by Michael Osiris Snuffin. Llewellyn Publications,
November 1, 2007.
Many years ago, I was given a deck of the
Thoth Tarot along with a book of instruction prepared
by Aleister Crowley, the man who developed
the deck, entitled The Book of Thoth. I was
quickly overcome by the complexity of this
textbook. I found
it tedious and incomprehensible. I
was clearly out of my league.
Llewellyn's new Thoth Companion explains,
in detail, many of the reasons for my confusion.
Crowley made a great many assumptions in
regard to the reader’s level of
knowledge in the field of magick. He
assumed knowledge of the Golden Dawn society
and "thelemic" magical systems. I
have no knowledge of or interest in either
of these systems. Crowley
also left out large amounts of information
in regard to interpretation of the cards.
Despite all of this, I have used this deck almost
exclusively for many years when I wish to
utilize the knowledge of Tarot. The
reason I use and like it is that I access the
wisdom in the cards by the astrological symbols
in each card. I
have, also, used Angeles Arrien’s wonderful book of interpretations
for this deck titled The Tarot Handbook.
Now I have another option. With the Thoth Companion,
I can choose to look at the question from
the perspective of the magician, the astrologer,
or an intuitive using the art of divination.
This book is easily readable and mostly comprehensible
(I still have trouble with the Quabala, Thelema,
and Golden Dawn portions of the explanations
and find them uninteresting and tedious).
But in the fourth and final chapter, called
Tarot Divination, I found a wealth of information
on how to give a good reading, reading one’s
own cards, connecting with the Universe,
different spreads, exercises to develop skill
as a reader, developing intuition (you don’t
have to be born with it!), and “pathworking”.
If you are a student or skilled practitioner
of the art and science of Tarot, you will find this book useful in your
work and a good addition to your bookshelf.