Here is an exciting new “historical” deck from Lo Scarabeo. If you found Etteilla’s Esoteric Ancient Tarots fascinating in structure and symbolism, but thought the art stark and unsophisticated, this deck will be a dream come true. True to the spirit of Etteilla, the art retains an antique feel while being sophisticated enough to please the modern palate.
Crowley originally intended the Thoth deck to be a six-month project aimed at updating the traditional pictorial symbolism of the tarot. However, due to increased scope, the project eventually spanned five years, between 1938 and 1943, and both artists died before its publication in 1969 by Ordo Templi Orientis.
The illustrations of the deck feature symbolism based upon Crowley’s incorporation of imagery from many disparate disciplines, including science and philosophy and various occult systems (as described in detail in his The Book of Thoth).