The Book of Thoth is a wonderful book, that I recommend unreservedly for anyone who owns the Thoth Tarot it may not the best place to start your studies. Instead I’d suggest Lon Milo Duquette’s Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth. Duquette will not teach you the standard meanings of the cards, but he will teach you how the system works, where it comes from, and where to go next. Even if you have no interest in astrology, qabalah, magic, Egyptian mythology, alchemy etc…you can still get much of value from this deck. My experience however was that the decks ability to expand my areas of interest and knowledge was one of its most attractive features.
“I have found this simple method of allowing the questioner to become the primary participant in his or her own reading to be surprisingly clear and accurate. With so few cards in the spread the type of card (Trump, Ace, Court Card, or Small Card) becomes especially significant. The classic rules of thumb are:
An abundance of Trumps may indicate a “destiny” moment or period in the client’s life; a grand, karmic moment over which they have little or no control.
An abundance of Small Cards points to a moment or period of time in the client’s life over which they have much control. Their behavior and decisions can change lots of things.
An abundance of Courts might suggest other people involved are key factors. They might even be identified by the birth dates the card represents.
An abundance of Wands might suggest the client’s life purpose, will, career, or business is a key factor.
An abundance of Cups might suggest issues such as love, art, creativity, or sex are key factors.
An abundance of Swords might suggest conflict, anxiety or health is a key factor.
An abundance of Disks might suggest money is a key factor.”
Lon Milo DuQuette