Aleister Crowley and the Tarot Devil

Aleister Crowley (seated) For years I've been fascinated by a weird photo of Aleister Crowley sitting in some sort of yogic pose with a deranged look on his face. Recently, in preparation for a Tarot Boot Camp I was teaching, I found myself staring at the Devil card in the Tarot de Marseilles. Something was familiar about it, but I couldn't place my finger on what it was.

And then it clicked.

What do you think? Did the Devil of the 16th century Tarot de Marseilles predict the appearance of the Great Beast—moobs and all—three centuries later?

Aleister Crowley with the Devil Tarot Card

I'm kidding, of course. I think. . . .

Crowley & Devil Tarot Card closeup