Biography[ edit ] Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Columbus, Nebraska , he was an aspiring studio musician and recording artist in the s, releasing two singles and an album, Charley D. DuQuette began writing professionally in and has since published 19 books translated in 12 languages. They live in Costa Mesa, California and have one son. John Dee , and Goetic spirit evocation. He is perhaps best known as "an author who injects humor into the serious subjects of magick and the occult. DuQuette occasionally appears on radio and television as a guest expert on subjects involving the occult.

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In his opening chapter he says he is as qualified as anyone to comment on the subject of the Thoth Tarot. The first part consists of an introduction to the background philosophy behind the Thoth Tarot and is by far the best section of the Book. Section two starts on page 80 and consists of the descriptions of the Thoth Cards themselves.

All of these sections are extremely useful in giving the reader an insight into both Mr Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris and their work. Again all of this information is very useful to the reader.

He rarely offers any of his own views and insights and here lies my main gripe with the book. Since in the first chapter he states he is as qualified as anyone to discuss the Thoth Tarot having been part of the O. O for years, he then looses confidence and refuses to explore the cards in any depth and this is a great disappointment after all the build up in section one.

The amount of space offered for each card is too little in my opinion and this is made worse by the fact that he chooses to describe the original Golden Dawn card without actually giving us a picture of the card!

Im a big believer in a decent photo and the ones of the tarot cards in the book are small and are of poor quality. On the left page above the sold line is all introduction , with some information on the Golden Dawn Card which we dont have a picture of.

This pattern repeats to varying degrees throughout the minor arcana cards.


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