After reading Tarot with the popular Rider-Waite style decks and numerous clones of such, I had reached a point in my life in which I could not shake an ever present nagging thought that there simply had to be more to reading the cards.
Time after time, shuffling, cutting and laying the tarot cards out in myriads of positional spreads year after year, I began my search for deeper meaning.
The Tarot and the Magus by Paul Hughes-Barlow caught my eye and I felt the first rush of fresh new inspiration.
Little did I know that his way of using the Golden Dawn’s OOTK (Opening Of The Key) method, that my love of Tarot would truly begin to transform myself and my ability to read for others.
With his no nonsense, tell it like it is style, the reader is drawn into an amazing experience of everyday twists and turns of ones mundane adventures to the realization of ones Spirituality and of the nature of the HGA (Holy Guardian Angel).
At this point, I must add that down through the ages, both the Thoth Tarot and particularly Aleister Crowley himself, have been maligned much to the detriment of true spiritually minded individuals looking for honest answers, leaving a gaping hole of knowledge that could have been acquired if not for misinformation and the pure guesswork of it’s critics.
The Tarot and the Magus is eleven chapters dealing with a range of subjects, starting with an introduction that includes his journey as he began writing this book.
Chapter one begins with the Fool, the Universe and the Aces, which concludes with the crowning glory of The Golden Dawn’s signature OOTK (Opening Of The Key) spread. Paul explains the basics of how to begin this spread so that nearly anyone can easily understand in this beginning of a magical operation.
Subsequent chapters cover both Major and Minor Arcana as well as the Courts and all of their correspondences needed to understand important sequences of events and their probable outcomes almost to the letter.
I was totally amazed at how accurate and detailed the Crowley Thoth is when using the elements, counting and pairing methods. I had struggled for years trying to get as in depth as I did in just a few days and using the techniques Paul teaches in this awesome book! It’s well worth it’s weight in gold!
The Tarot and the Magus also introduces Kabbala, the Tree of Life as well as subjects that show the reader how Tarot can be used with everything from mundane questions to magical operations alike, making this book appealing to novice or seasoned readers.
I’ve seen reviews stating that one must have some prior knowledge in these areas but in my honest opinion, a simple knowledge of basic tarot concepts and meanings are all that is really needed because after reading a few pages of The Tarot and the Magus inspires one to go deeper and further, thereby gaining a wealth of information that can transform lives.
I heartily recommend this book to any person who requires a rich and full world view!
Author: Paul Hughes-Barlow