Tarot of Ceremonial Magick Reviews
The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick is a brightly coloured Tarot deck with art that includes pieces from many systems, overlaid with Hebrew, astrological and other assorted symbols. Suited for beginners to ceremonial magick. Previously out of print, it's now available again from Thelesis Aura.
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - US Games 1997 Thelesis Aura 2011
Review by Bonnie Cehovet
Lon Milo DuQuette has done his usual masterful job of presenting high esoteric material in a manner that can be oh so easily understood. Tarot of Ceremonial Magick is the companion book to Mr. DuQuette's Tarot of Ceremonial Magick deck. In it he expounds on the synthesis of what he terms the three great pillars of magick: Astrology, Enochian Magick and Goetia. This information, once assimilated, can be used to understand any other deck that incorporates it also.
DuQuette describes the Tarot as a living mandalla - a pictorial breakdown of the mechanics of creation. In the Tarot he sees a visual representation of it's Qabalistic foundations. In learning to understand the Tarot we come to understand other Qabalistic based systems.
DuQuette sees the Tarot as a wheel, with each card having it's own place upon that wheel. There is a very interesting, easy to follow section acting as an introduction to Qabala that covers the four worlds, the ten Sephiroth and the thirty-two paths. The schematics are easy to follow and give a step by step understanding of the structure of the tree of life.
DuQuette's section on the Major Arcana provides several correspondences for each card:
Hebrew Letter (with the English equivalent)
The Meaning of the Hebrew letter
Path of Sepher
Quote from Aleister Crowley (Crowley's Mnemonic)
The divinatory meanings for the Major Arcana are placed in three sections of interest: spiritual matters, matters of the heart and intellectual matters. The student entering one of these cards is indeed entering a magickal world!
DuQuette's introduction to the Aces provides some interesting food for thought. He introduces the concept of the fifth element - that of Spirit - and posits that Spirit reveals its presence in the four Aces and the Court Cards. This indeed is the basis of Enochian magick. Each Ace contains the following correspondences:
* Tattwa symbol
* Enochian Attributions:
* Tablet of Union
* Elemental Tablet of Fire
In his section on the Court Cards, DuQuette discusses Astrological Attributions, as well as correspondences with the I Ching. Each Court Card contains the following correspondences:
* I Ching Hexagram
* Tattwa Symbol
* Enochian Attributions:
* Tablet of Union
* Elemental Tablet
* Angels of the subangle
* Good Angels
Page 122, figure 12 shows us what DuQuette calls the completed Qabalistic mandala, with all of the Tarot cards. It is quite an impressive graphic of how one works ones way out from the center of the wheel to the outer rim - and the changes that one encounters along the way.
Each of the pips contains the following correspondences:
* Angels of the Shemhamphorash
* Day Spirit of the Goetia
* Night Spirit of the Goetia
* Enochian Attributions
There is a small section on reading the Tarot, using the Celtic Cross spread. I do see how this information can be used in a reading, but for me, the esotericism of the Tarot is best placed in Ritual and Ceremony.
There are several Appendixes to this book - all of which are filled with wonderful information:
* Astrological Information
* Rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram
* Temple Openings and Enochian Calls
* Goetic Evocation
* Liber 231
This is a very useful book for
studying the works of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley,
and a very good reference book for the study of
Ceremonial Magick. It is not intended for the beginning
student. It is an excellent addition to any serious Tarot
Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.