The illustrations of the Thoth deck are rich in symbolism, based upon Crowley’s stated desire to incorporate symbols from many disparate disciplines; including science and philosophy, as well as to draw on his extensive knowledge of various occult systems. The pip cards in the four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks) depict their objects in carefully-crafted positions. For example, the Four of Swords (which Crowley named “truce”) shows four swords with their points toward the center of an imaginary square, suggesting a possibly tense peace.
The card illustrations are uniformly stark and vividly illustrated throughout.
Neither Harris nor Crowley lived to see the deck published. The first full publication was in 1969. This initial printing was seen by many to be of inferior quality, and in 1977 Harris’ paintings were re-photographed for a second edition. The current edition is based on a further update that took place in 1986.
Features 78-card deck and companion booklet.