So I’ve been learning the Thoth Tarot deck as prompted by EA’s Mastering Divination course, but I’m a little confused by the differences between EA’s explanation of the meaning of the court cards and the traditional descriptions via Crowley et al.
EA distinguishes them as follows:
Which makes intuitive sense, but Crowley in his Book of Thoth writes:
Essentially (from what I can gather) Crowley intended the Knight of a suit to be the highest or final maturation of their element (equivalent to the King in the Rider-Waite deck) while EA puts the Queen in that position with the Knight under her. Now I realize there is no one true way to interpret Tarot cards as we all rely on our own personal intuition, but I am wondering if in doing it EA’s way one is potentially missing out on the intended symbolism built into the imagery of the cards.
Anyone familiar with the Thoth deck able to shed some light on this?
The Major Arcana fits nicely. The Minor Suits, not so much. Its up to you whether you find a place for Qabalistic application or not.
Amusing to say the least that Tarot was never used for Qabalistic purposes until the Golden Dawn, though some would argue the Rosicrucians found the purpose, invented the Tarot, raised Jesus from the dead or marketed the concepts of pyramid building to Imhotep.