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In approaching the Book of Thoth (which I've been doing persistently - and occasionally even penetrating it - for some 45 years now), I've kept in mind the lines from the the opening "Bibliographical Note:"

". . . to reproduce the whole of his Magical Mind pictorially on the skeleton of the ancient Qabalistic system."


"He succeeded in uniting under the Schema of the Holy Qabalah, of which the Tarot is the greatest single element, all philosophical and magical systems soever, including that of the Chinese."

Hyperbole aside (and I have strong suspicions Crowley wrote or at least edited that text himself), I've always seen the BoT as an exercise in syncretism to partially satisfy the stated goal. It would have had to encompass a multi-volume encyclopedic set in order to be as detailed as we might have wished.
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