The Book of Thoth – Special, Shiny Edition

You guys, this is some serious book porn that is about to happen. Prepare yourself. Lock the door, close the curtains, and then continue on to read this press release from Red Wheel/Weiser.

Aleister Crowley’s The Book of Thoth endures as one of the most definitive volumes on the tarot ever written. This classic text describes the philosophy and use of Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, a deck designed by Crowley and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. The Thoth Tarot has become one of the bestselling tarot decks in the world. It is also one of the most original interpretations of the tarot, incorporating astrological, numerological, Egyptian, and Qabalistic symbolism. While there are many other useful guides to this famous tarot deck, there are no others that explain the deck in its designer’s own words.

This new facsimile edition of The Book of Thoth is a faithful reproduction of the Samuel Weiser Inc. 1969 edition, which in turn was a facsimile of the original O.T.O. edition printed in 1944. The text is digitally restored, printed on a heavy, coated stock, and features revised color plates and black and white illustrations of the Thoth Tarot based on new photography of the original art, courtesy of the O.T.O. and The Warburg Institute. The book text block is smyth sewn, with a rounded back, and headbands. Printed endpaper reproduces the Egyptian motif from the board covers of the 1944 edition. The cover is quality cloth over boards with gold stamping on the spine, and is wrapped with a jacket which again features updated art while matching the original design. Weiser Books takes pride in the release of this new hardcover reprint on the event of our 60th anniversary in publishing.

“The Book of Thoth” releases in September. The super, sexy $60 hardcover edition is limited to 3,000 copies, so you may want to head over the Red Wheel/Weiser website to order your copy today!

Tarot of Bones

I love tarot decks! Who doesn’t? I have a stupidly huge amount of tarot decks considering I can barely use them. That doesn’t stop me from collecting them. I like all different styles of decks, but once you get to a certain critical mass, you start looking for decks that bring something different to the topic. This was why I invested in The Tarot of Bones Kickstarter, and am now the proud owner of the deck with accompanying guide by Lupa.

Some of you may recognize Lupa from a review I did of her book “New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Totemism”. She’s well known for her interest in and connection with nature. She’s an artist/crafter that works in animal bone and skins. And what started as an artistic interpretation of the Five of Pentacles for a tarot themed art show turned into a passion project to retell the tarot through natural elements.

Assorted wood, animal bones, rocks, shells, and dried greenery create a tarot deck unlike anything before it. The accompanying book, “The Tarot of Bones Companion Book” is a fascinating read, offering a unique perspective on tarot interpretation through the eyes of the animal kingdom. The book will work if you’ve never used a deck before, and offers insights that even an experienced reader will find interesting.

I know, I know. “Enough talk,” you’re saying, “show me what the cards look like!” I hear you, and here are a couple of images to whet your whistle.

The back of the cards.

The back of the cards.

By this point you’re hopefully kicking yourself for not supporting the Kickstarter campaign so you could get your own “Tarot of Bones” deck and companion book. Well don’t panic because you can buy your own copy right now from! But, if you’re feeling lucky, perhaps I could interest you in a giveaway?

That’s right! Lupa, the creator of “The Tarot of Bones” was nice enough to give me a deck and book to giveaway to one lucky reader! This contest is open internationally to readers aged 16 or older. The contest runs until Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern.

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