Thoth Companion : The key to the True Symbolic Meaning of the Tarot
Michael Osiris Snuffin
Review by Sorita d’Este for Avalonia
This book is a very good primer for anyone wanting to study the Thoth tarot. It covers the Qabalistic symbolism of the cards, from a Golden Dawn and Thelemic perspective. For magicians and pagans alike the discussion of the symbolism and associated themes is solid and maintains the traditions of the roots the cards have been drawn from.
All in all this is a very good book, and my main gripe with it is the title, which I feel is a bit of advertising hype. The book is not the key to the true symbolic meaning of the tarot, it is a good introduction to the symbolism employed in these cards. As such it is a good springboard to learn more and is very worthwhile as such for anyone starting the journey of discovery with the Thoth Tarot, which is, alongside the Rider Waite Tarot, one of the best tarot decks for those working within the western mystery tradition to learn and explore magickal symbolism with.
Ceremonial magician and professional tarot reader Michael Osiris Snuffin (Washington) has been studying the Thoth tarot for over a decade. He joined the Ordo Templi Orienties (OTO) in 1996. Seven years later he founded the Temple of Light and Darkness, a group dedicated to performing Golden Dawn initiations in accordance with the Law of Thelema.