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Aleister Crowley "Swiss" Thoth Tarot Deck

by Aleister Crowley & Lady Frieda Harris

The Aleister Crowley "Swiss" Thoth Tarot Deck-large, $20.00

Don't forget the books for this tarot deck:

Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot),
by The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley), Weiser,
$16.95

The Crowley Tarot, The Handbook to the Cards,
by Akron & Hajo Banzhaf, US Games,
$17.95

Tarot, Mirror of the Soul, by Gerd Ziegler, Weiser, $12.95

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 3.75 x 5.5 inches; or 96 x 140 millimeters. Large.

Back of card: A cross with gray, red, yellow & blue arms & petaled flower at the crossing. Behind is a checkerboard which seems to fall in towards the cross.

Booklet included: Yes, 41 pages, 3.55 x 5.4 inches, or 90 x 137 mm. Entitled, "An instruction book by the Hermit."

Publisher: AGMuller. Printed in Switzerland

Claim to fame: This is the famous Swiss printing of the Crowley deck, with - at the time - color superior to the standard editions. But times change & the new standard edition is virtually indistinguishable. The Swiss deck is available only in the large size, which is really large.

The publisher claims this printing includes the two alternative Magicians, but this is not so. There is only one Magician, the one shown above.

Comments: In this deck, major arkana cards are labeled Trumps, minor arcana suit cards have a keyword printed at the bottom (hard to read on the actual card & impossible to show on the illustrations above). There's also a mysterious black card with a modified Star of David in red. Notice that suit cards (ace through 10) often have no symbolic pictures, just the specified number of objects. This is a throwback to the pre-Rider Waite days & obviously not an accident. Crowley & Harris worked for five years on the cards, 1938-43, often painting many versions of the same card to get the final effect. Despite their efforts, the deck was not published until 1969, some 22 years after Crowley's death & seven years after Harris's. Crowley, of course, was the most famous - or notorious - magician of this century. His only peer in the English speaking world was a woman who went by the name of Dion Fortune.

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