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Tarot of Ceremonial Magick Deck Cards – Apr 1995

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Product Details

  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: United States Games Systems; Gmc Crds edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880797282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880797283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 7.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,265,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is one of the most interesting and useful books on the Tarot there are. The deck, once one gets past its crudities, i.e., it is drawn in a most amateurish fashion, is also highly interesting and useful, especially in that it contains Enochian and Cabalistic correspondences. The one thing that always has puzzled me in all the so-called cabalistic tarots, however, is that none of them follow the scheme of the Sephir Yetzirah, the primary classic of ancient Hebrew astrological occultism. It is beyond my comprehension, considering that the Sephir Yetzirah is crystal clear in its astrological correspondences to the ciphers. For example, the Cabalistic Tarot says that Ghimel corresponds to the planet Venus while the Sephir Yetzirah states that Phay corresponds to Venus. The Sephir Yetzirah states that Resh corresponds to Mercury while the Cabalistic Tarot says that Bayt corresponds to Mercury. Such discrepancies go on and on, I know not why, especially since the Sephir Yetzirah sets forth a mathematically solid, logical basis for its astrological correspondences. The Sephir Yetzirah demonstrates a perfectly conceived cosmological basis for the Cabalistic ciphers that are the Hebrew alphabet. The incommensurability between the so-called Cabalistic Tarot arrangement and the arrangement of the Sephir Yetzirah is something that someone with the intellectual qualities M. DuQuette appears to posess should look into. It is certainly worth questioning.
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This is a fascinating deck. The accuracy of readings is astounding, and the deck will continuously give the same card(s), consistently, during a reading / clarification of a reading. I have always had amazing results with The Thoth Tarot, but Lon Duquette's Ceremonial Magick Deck is definitely the most accurate and consistent deck I have ever worked with.
I wasn't too sure about buying it, at-first, because the artwork reminded me of the Golden Dawn deck, but I viewed the details of the corresponding book ( ISBN: 0877287643 ), via the enlarge feature, and decided to give it a chance, based upon Lon Duquette's other works. Suffice to say, I am thrilled that I made the purchase!
I am really enjoying this deck, and I like the artwork. The artwork is not as detailed and "busy" as Crowley's Thoth Tarot, but it is not as Intense, either...it doesn't beat you over the head with Symbolism. I would certainly recommend Duquette's Ceremonial Deck to beginners, but I would also suggest buying a few books about The Goetia, to understand the whole concept.
The Ceremonial Magick Tarot is surprisingly colorful, bright, humorous and intriguing. Duquette's personality comes through in this deck, and his long years of Research are embedded in the cards, as well.
Normally, I need to tune-up a deck and work with it a while, to tune-in to it's vibe...but, this deck spoke to me, the moment I broke the seal.
I believe this deck will be a great asset to anyone already using Crowley's deck, but it will also be a great Beginner's Deck. Of all my Tarot Cards, this Deck is in my "Top 3" favorites (the ones I use the most)--and has shifted to a position above "The Masonic Tarot."
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This is not another novelty Tarot deck. In fact, it recaptures the true magical tradition of the Tarot as few decks have ever done. I have to admit that it isn't as pretty as the Crowley/Harris Thoth Deck or the Cicero's Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot, but it has something more than either of these classics ... in your face Magick!
The four Elemental Tablets of the Enochian system of John Dee adorn the Aces - with the Aces and Court Cards you can construct the powerful Enochian Tablet of Union. The Small Cards bear the names and sigils of all 72 Spirits of the Goetia, and the names of the 72 Qabalistic Angels of the Shemhamaphorash, and the degrees of the zodiac and days of the year sacred to these spirits. Want to project your astral body in to the elemental worlds? The Aces and Court Cards display colored tattwa symbols used for that very purpose. DuQuette didn't just through this stuff on some cards and call it Tarot. All these magical correspondences, even the colors, are organized with anal retentive perfection in strict conformity to the most revered magical and qabalistic traditions concerning the Tarot.
The accompanying book is filled with all the technical information necessary to actually begin practicing Qabalistic, Enochian, and Goetic magick. The first question I had to ask myself after reading it was..."Am I ready for this?"
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I've had this deck a little over a month now and I must say that I am very pleased with it. Duquette has done a fine job of putting together a great deal of information in a small space. One of the best decks produced in the past few years.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and Much Valued Tool for Tarot Divination and Meditation April 23 2008
By EquesNiger - Published on Amazon.com
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Of all the decks I currently possess, this is the one that I rely on most. As a member of the EOGD, the fact that I rely on a tarot designed by a leading member of the OTO says something.

In short, each of the categories of cards is allocated to various symbols which enhance the reading process. Aces are the four Elemental Tablets, respectively, which, when paired with the court cards and their subangles of the respective Elemental Tablet, allow you to form the Tablet of Union. Additionally, each of the aforementioned cards incorporates a tattwa and I-Ching symbol, effective in meditation, while certain of the Court cards additionally reflect degrees of the zodiac. The Trumps incorporate the respective Hebrew letter associated with each, along with (as appropriate) the primitive elements, the classical planets or the signs of the zodiac, as well as the Djinn of the Houses of Mercury and the Qlippoth. The small cards include each of the 72 spirits of the Goetia and their corresponding Shem-ha-mephorash angel, as well as degree of the zodiac and astrological significance.

Heady stuff, huh? What's truly amazing is that each of the cards reflects so vast an array of symbols, yet none of this conflict with the simple imagery of the representation on card itself, nor do they clutter it in any way. Having toyed with the Toth deck, whose use of symbology actually interferes with my ability to work with it, these symbols are not glaring and allow you to use them in the process, or not - their effect in this case being subconscious.

Originally a bit put off by the heavy Egyptian theme throughout the deck, I have now come to rely on this deck despite my aesthetic preconceptions. While I still use other decks, mainly for theurgic meditations, this is the deck I rely on for mundane work, and I sometimes rely on it entirely regardless of the intent of the reading or meditation. The readings I get are, in a word, spooky, (or at least they were when I started using the deck), due to their uncanny accuracy. I cannot stress the word "uncanny" strongly enough! Now, when this deck speaks, I give full credence to the predictions or insights, and either move to change the present circumstances or hold tight to a course of action.

Humorous to note that the "book" is 78 pages long. ;-)
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Greatest "Personal Statement" of a Ceremonial Magickian in the Last 20 Years Aug. 1 1999
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The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick is both deceptively simple, and deceptively complicated.

-- It is deceptively complicated, since it has such a complete set of correspondences on the cards - astrological symbols and other details, Goetic sigils, Enochian squares, and even, on some cards, I Ching Trigrams!

-- It is also deceptively simple - the colors are simple watercolors and most resemble those of a deck handpainted by a student in a magical order as part of his or her initiatory process, with some colors even unevenly applied. Far from searching for archetypal cultural or cross-cultural facial features, most of the male faces in this deck bear a surprising resemblance to the deck's author, and the female faces bear a surprisingly resemblance to his wife! (The Magician card seems to resemble someone else entirely.)

Surely this deck is the creation either of a pedant who ran wild throwing every occult symbol and correspondence he could find onto the cards!

Or surely this deck is the creations of a fledgling student, an amateur artist, necessary for his advancement up the ranks, put together with no expectation of publication!

And we should also ask: does the accompanying book, the Tarot of Ceremonial Magick (Tarot of Ceremonial Magick: A Pictorial Synthesis of Three Great Pillars of Magick) explain the deck and go far beyond it (how detailed can a mere deck of cards be, after all)?

Or does the actual deck go so far beyond the book, that the book is just a (relatively!) trivial footnote to the actual deck?

Having dwelled with the deck as an unruly companion since its first publication by US Games, and current republication by Thelesis Aura LLC (I own one copy of each edition), I now believe the Tarot of Ceremonial Magick deck is more akin to a complete curriculum of Ceremonial Magick than anything else. To _practicing_ the Magick, not to laying in the foundations of knowledge and intuition (I didn't say _just_ to laying in the foundations, because _every_ step in esoteric/occult education and practice is such a daunting and difficult one).

The classic Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck), designed under the direction of one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, first introduced the world to a reasonably usable esoteric Tarot deck fairly close in design to the designs used in the Golden Dawn by the inner order members (the earlier esoterically inclined Papus deck mis-attributed the letters to the cards, effectively undermining their value to both initiates and serious students); the Thoth Tarot (Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck) was a thunder bolt issued from To Mega Therion's brow to shatter our expectations and usher in the new "Aeon" according to Crowley's vision of a tectonic shift in human consciousness (if that sounds dramatic - and it is intended to sound dramatic - you only have to examine the Thoth Tarot to recognize what a powerful force it is); but Bishop (he is a Gnostic Bishop!) Duquette's Tarot does not have to shatter any walls, that has been done by Crowley, nor does Bishop Duquette need to coyly hide any secrets - the great secret of Magick is that most people who are unsuited to it instinctively avoid it, those who are inclined to it but are lazy never put in the work, and those who _do_ put in the work, have by that simple effort earned the "right" (right in the esoteric sense of not casting pearls before swine) to hear the truth. Not to mention that the work itself melts out the dross in them.

So, then, simply put, the Tarot of Ceremonial Magick is simply the Tarot of - cough - CEREMONIAL MAGICK!

Incredible. Put the very utility of the deck into its title so people's consciousness will simply elide over the meaning not hidden there, but broadly announced.

This is not a Tarot for arm chair students who collect but never use knowledge. (Although its study will give you the very bones of Magick - of the Qabalah, Enochian, and Goetia.)

This is not a Tarot for cartomancy, telling fortunes (although its "neutral" tone makes it well suited for such purposes, not to mention the abundance of information actually encapsulated in each card, from suites to court to trumps, makes them much easier to "read" than other decks, including much easier to read than decks with suggestive pictures and even summary meanings printed on the small cards).

This is a Tarot for the aspiring, practicing, or accomplished Magickian.

The Magickian who does as many psychic exercises as ceremonial (Initiation into Hermetics).

The Magickian who practices Enochian magick (Enochian World of Aleister Crowley & Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley).

The Magickian who practices Legemeton (Key of Solomon) medieval ceremonial magic and it's modern magickal variants (Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia, The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton - Clavicula Salomonis Regis, Book 1, and Daemonolatry Goetia).

The Magickian who practices a modern curriculum (The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema).

The Magickian who pieces together the threads of Master Therion's (Aleister Crowley's) order, the A.'.A.'. (Magick: Liber ABA (Book 4)).

There are many decks which are excellent for fortune telling. Some card readers have an outer, party deck, for the most public of occasions, like parties; some have decks they will only pull out for the faithful (those who will not question or mock); and some have decks they will only pull out for themselves. Most decks are excellent for developing intuition / psychic powers; for helping dream awareness and control; for "astral projection" (envisioning a waking dream based on passing into a portal whose door is one of the cards); for counseling (in the wholistic / shamanistic / bff senses); for an easy entry into the Qabalah.

This deck is amazingly simple - refreshingly innocent and in its coloring almost "naive" in a Parsifal-ian sense - yet the inclusion of both Enochian, in a clear and simple, and soundly logical fashion; plus the inclusion of all relevant astrological information; plus the inclusion of all the Day and Night spirits of the Goetia - is simply unique in the annals of Tarot publishing.

All that and yet it is also as clear, bright and visually appealing as the most popular decks, like the Rider-Waite and its variants (Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot, Albano-Waite Tarot Deck, and Universal Waite Tarot by Kaplan, Stuart).

As much connected to, and derived from, a legitimate magickal order as the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck, the Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.) Tarot Deck, and the Golden Dawn Magical tarot deck & book by Cicero/ Cicero.

And as much a personal magickal statement as the king of all decks, the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck.

If Crowley's deck shattered the barriers to the new Aeon, Duquette's deck undertakes the massive task of cleaning the resulting mess out of the Augean Stables.

Duquette's deck was hard to accept at first. Now that the stables have been cleaned, the beauty of this deck is clear.

Comment on the new edition: except for the box, virtually indistinguishable from the original. Printed in Korea. LWB (little white book, the inserted summary instructions included in the pack of cards) ably explains ALL MAJOR POINTS of Duquette's companion book. I can't recommend substituting the LWB for the BCB (big conventional book) but once you have read the companion book, the LWB will remind you of ALL salient points. It also has some very pithy and helpful "meanings" for the cards when used in divination as well as the best summary and explanation of the most popular spread used in divination, the so-called "Celtic cross" which is MUCH simpler than the original Golden Dawn system which can take hours to complete.

Highly recommended, even at the premium pricing (about 45) commanded by the current small specialty publisher, Thelesis Aura (see Duquette's own review of this deck on the new publisher).

_____________________ original title and review follow (from 1999)
[Original title: Best Deck Since Ciceros' Golden Dawn Tarot]

IMHO, there are basically four kinds of Tarot decks out there: historical decks, dating back to the Renaissance (and their modern re-drawings); visionary decks, ranging from the sublime (Thoth Tarot by Crowley) to the slightly ridiculous (Tarot of the Cats); correspondence decks, which conglomerate various occult symbols (such as astrological and kabbalistic symbols); and magical order decks (such as the Rider-Waite deck, the Thoth deck by AC, the Golden Dawn deck by the Ciceros).

Of course some decks cross over the boundaries, being visionary, including copious correspondences (not just suggestive imagery) and having their roots in a bona fide magical order.

Duquette's new deck is just such a deck; it is weighted heavily towards correspondences, so much so that its author calls it 777 (a famous book of correspondences)on cards. However it also includes very workable images which can trigger the imagination, good key words and divinatory meanings. And, it is the product of a reputable member of a magical order.

The frosting on the cake is the incorporation of the Goetic images and Enochian images.

I think this would be an excellent deck for divination (it works for me) while also conditioning the subconscious to several families of potent symbols.

I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Dec 15 2014
By Joan Botto - Published on Amazon.com
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Great deck!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lon Milo DuQuette is a Magician's Magician July 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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From as far back as I can remember I wanted to be a magician. Not any magician mind you, but a magician like Merlin in King Arthur's Court. A magician that could fly, walk on water, become invisible and do all sorts of wondrous things. That's what I wanted to be. I still do. But age has tempered my dreams. Now I want to fly in the Inner Worlds, walk on the scintillating water of the subconscious, become invisible to the negative forces of this world and change myself. To be truly loving and compassionate would be nice and I do try. But in my present human condition I fall fare short of perfection in this or anything else.
It's magick that makes these things possible. Lon Milo DuQuette is a magician, a magician's magician. He teaches in a simple and straight-forward manner. He makes complicated ritual uncomplicated and easy to replicate. He brings the Qabalah down to elementary terms easily understood. He removes confusion concerning the Cube of Space. All these things he teaches in a non-threatening and humorous manner.
His book is filled with more information than I can probably digest in a lifetime. He does a good job ilustrating the paths on the Tree of Life for the 22 Trumps and explaining the 10 Paths for the pip cards...The deck is the standard size and quality we have come to expect from U.S. Games, larger than a poker deck but not too large to handle easily. Each card contains information about astrology and two systems of magick. The court cards also contain the I-Ching hexagrams. The Magical systems are the Enochian and Goetia which are adequately explained in the text...
If you aspire to being a magician, a ceremonial magician, a ritualist, a scholar of magick, or diviner of magick, this deck and book is good place to start. If you want to mold yourself into a better person, to change yourself like magick, this is great place to start.
a review by Alexander DeGrate, The American Tarot Association Newsletter, Spring 1999
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can you wish for? Oct. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Reprinted with publisher's permission from MANTEIA, a magazine for the mantic arts No. 15, November 1995. Published by OUROBOROS, ROSKILDE, DENMARK Reviewer: K. Frank Jensen, Editor and Publisher
Lon Milo DuQuette's Tarot of Ceremonial Magick With this deck we are back to the genuine tarot tradition, back to what tarot was before the modern card reading craze began in the 1970s and the growing popularity turned tarot into a mass medium. Apart from also being a card game, tarot was for about one hundred years, beginning in the mid-19th century, essentially a tool for the practising ceremonial magician. DuQuette is one of these with great experience, and in this deck he has combined the various systems that the magician uses to obtain his goal: Self-mastery, illumination and spiritual liberation.
This deck is a natural sequel to other genuine magick decks, like THE GOLDEN DAWN TAROT and Crowley's BOOK OF THOTH. DuQuette has added more symbolic references than the mentioned decks; apart from the Hebrew and astrological references, this deck also has references to the Enochian tablets, to the 72 spirits of Goetia and to the Angels of Shemhamphorash. The Astrological references are extended to also include the decanates. References to the Tattwas and the I-Ching hexagrams are also included.
What more can you wish for?
The tiny booklet gives only a short survey over these symbolic systems, but a more extended study can be found in a book by the same author: TAROT OF CEREMONIAL MAGICK (Weiser 1995).