The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards

By Alejandro Jodorowsky

Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s insights into the Tarot as a non secular direction

• Works with the unique Marseille Tarot to bare the roots of Western knowledge

• offers the major to the symbolic language of the Tarot’s “nomadic cathedral”

• Transforms an easy divination device right into a car for self-realization and therapeutic

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s profound learn of the Tarot, which started within the early Nineteen Fifties, unearths it to be excess of an easy divination equipment. The Tarot is before everything a robust device of self-knowledge and a illustration of the constitution of the soul.

The approach of Tarot exhibits that the complete deck is established like a temple, or a mandala, that is either a picture of the realm and a illustration of the divine. The authors use the sacred artwork of the unique Marseille Tarot--created in the course of a time of non secular tolerance within the eleventh century--to reconnect with the roots of the Tarot’s Western esoteric knowledge. They clarify that the Tarot is a “nomadic cathedral” whose parts--the seventy eight playing cards or “arcana”--should constantly be considered with an expertise of the total constitution. This knowing is key to totally snatch the Tarot’s airtight symbolism.

The authors discover the key institutions in the back of the hierarchy of the playing cards and the correspondences among the matches and energies inside of humans. each one description of the key Arcana contains key notice summaries, symbolic meanings, conventional interpretations, and a bit the place the cardboard speaks for itself. Jodorowsky and Costa then take the artwork of studying the Tarot to a intensity by no means earlier than attainable. utilizing their paintings with Tarology, a brand new mental process that makes use of the symbolism and optical language of the Tarot to create a replicate picture of the character, they provide a strong software for self-realization, creativity, and therapeutic.

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You are going to recognize the adventure of 1 who doesn't communicate in his personal identify. “The go in my hand isn't really an tool for giving orders. it's the image of my pleased annihilation. i've got pacified my wishes, remodeled this pack of starving wolves right into a flock of swallows celebrating sunrise with their track. i've got grew to become the tumultuous ocean that agitated my center right into a lake of milk, as calm and candy as that which flows from the breast of the Virgin. Whoever has thirst might come drink from my spirit. I refuse no one whatever. i'm the door that each one keys may perhaps open. “He who has entered my soul can enhance to the uttermost restrict of the universe and to the tip of time: i'm the ultimate frontier among phrases and the unthinkable. ” VI L’amoureux/ the sweetheart Union, Emotional lifestyles The identify of this card isn't, as frequently inspiration, The fanatics, plural, however the Lover, singular. notwithstanding, on it we see 4 human-shaped figures (the 3 members and the angel), and, taking it extra, extra entities which are the Earth and the sunlight. between them, who's the sweetheart? The significant determine that's frequently interpreted to be a tender guy? The determine at the left, whom a few view as a transvestite? or maybe the angel, the little cupid aiming his arrow from the sky? those questions come up simply because Arcanum VI is, in addition to The Tower, essentially the most ambiguous playing cards of the Tarot, and a type of that's so much poorly understood. VI represents in Tarot numerology step one into the sq. of Heaven (see pp. 60, sixty four, and 65). it's the time once we cease imagining what could please us to start doing what we love. the most important tone of this card matters excitement and emotional lifestyles. this is often the very it's because it's so complicated and so wealthy in conflicting meanings. It opens the sphere to numerous projections, and one thousand meanings should be attributed to it, every one of which might be correct at a given second. what's happening with this trio? Is it a quarrel, haggling, a call, a union? the 2 figures at the left are taking a look at one another, whereas the only at the correct is asking off into house. the entire of humanity can 157 158 the most important Arcana be comprehended via this card. The family members of its protagonists are super ambivalent. key terms Eros • middle • selection • Emotional area • clash • Ambiguity • Trio • Social Life • Community • Siblings • Doing What You Love the location of those figures’ fingers is intensely attention-grabbing to monitor. 5 arms in numerous positions signify the complexity of the relationships in play. the 1st determine, at the left, has put her hand at the moment one’s shoulder in a gesture of security or domination, both pushing him ahead or protecting him again. Her correct hand is touching the hem of the boy’s tunic. The flow of her prolonged index finger should be interpreted as a wish to slide over to his penis or, on the contrary, a prohibition on doing so. The boy has his correct hand pressed opposed to his belt. In passing, we must always notice that this yellow belt has 3 bands and is equal to that worn through the lady at the left.

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