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Return to Book Page. Marianne Costa. The Tarot is first and foremost a powerful instrument of self-knowledge and a representation of the structure of the soul. The Way of Tarot shows that the entire deck is structured like a temple, or a mandala, which is both an image of the world and a representation of the divine. The authors explore the secret associations behind the hierarchy of the cards and the correspondences between the suits and energies within human beings.
Each description of the Major Arcana includes key word summaries, symbolic meanings, traditional interpretations, and a section where the card speaks for itself.
Jodorowsky and Costa then take the art of reading the Tarot to a depth never before possible. Using their work with Tarology, a new psychological approach that uses the symbolism and optical language of the Tarot to create a mirror image of the personality, they offer a powerful tool for self-realization, creativity, and healing. Get A Copy.
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To ask other readers questions about The Way of Tarot , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 13, Mir added it. The true study of the Arcanum begins with the consistent order of the entire Tarot; every detail, tiny as it may be, begins from the links that connect all seventy-eight cards.
To understand these myriad symbols, one needs to have seen the final symbol they all form together: a mandala. My interest in the Tarot is not this intense. I find the symbolism interesting, and even more so the visual qualities. I had thought, given Jadorowsky's interest in the visual that there would be something worthwh The true study of the Arcanum begins with the consistent order of the entire Tarot; every detail, tiny as it may be, begins from the links that connect all seventy-eight cards.
I had thought, given Jadorowsky's interest in the visual that there would be something worthwhile in terms of illustration, but in fact they are both minimal and generic. However, the author's writing is certainly compelling, and the material about his life is fascinating.
He worked with Marcel Marceau! He knew Leonora Carrington Carrington was also fascinated by the Tarot and references it in many of her paintings.
Here's an, er, thing, they did together: Recommended for those with a serious interest in either the Tarot or Jodorowsky's psyche.
View all 6 comments. Nov 28, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: would-read-again. It's hard not to approach a book about the tarot without some strong measure of skepticism. I do not believe in divination and honestly I read this book because I loved "The Holy Mountain" and "El Topo" and I wanted to learn more about the underlying symbolism of the Major Arcana. So, to say this book surprised me is a bit of an understatement.
Not only does Jodorowsky do a lot to demystify the tarot admitting its origins as a poker like game in the late Middle Ages to Renaissance but he at onc It's hard not to approach a book about the tarot without some strong measure of skepticism.
Not only does Jodorowsky do a lot to demystify the tarot admitting its origins as a poker like game in the late Middle Ages to Renaissance but he at once explores and explodes the various symbologies that have been imposed upon the tarot, from the rote interpretations that we're more familiar with in Waite-Smith decks to numerology inherited from the kabbalah though it s not without interesting overlaps , Jodorowsky puts the cards in their place: square pieces of card board with pictures on them.
Yet despite that limitation, he is also able to convincingly explore how tarot can be used to psychological and spiritual introspection. Though there are times he veers towards interpretations that seem either too Freudian or mystical to keep in line with some of his more "no-nonsense" passages, the book overall is highly insightful and interesting, and worth reading for anyone who is even casually interested in the tarot, but not afraid of reading through alchemical, Buddhist, Daoist, and Judeo-Christian analyses.
Oct 18, Tara Greene rated it it was amazing. This book came highly recommended from a friend of mine who is an amazing artist and reads tarot herself. I am a professional Tarot reader but had never studied The MarseillesTarot one of the oldest editions specifically which Jodorowsky works with in this book.
I had loved his films El Topo and the Magic Mountain years ago, as he is fascinated with archetypes and that is what the Tarot is. The fountain of archetypal knowledge and symbolism it is virtually the Unconscious itself. These are very mu This book came highly recommended from a friend of mine who is an amazing artist and reads tarot herself. These are very much his own chanellings as he describes each major tarot card as he embodies them.
It is very much his system. There is so much nuance and triggers to the imagination in his book. He describes very subtle markings in each card which would usually go unnoticed. He pairs the cards in a different Numerology than the system I had previously been using. There is so much eye opening content in this book. He goes through each of the 78 cards in the deck, with many layouts and questions.. His life is karmically connected to the Tarot and its ancient wisdom and knowledge.
An excellent book, very in depth. VEry different. HIghly recommended, you may uses it as a reference book. View 1 comment. Aug 12, Monica rated it really liked it.
This is definitely not an every day reading. This is definitely not a reading for everybody. This is a book that needs attention, an open mind and a desire to accept that nothing is static and that everything changes and it can be changed. The last paragraph of the book is mind blowing This is definitely not an every day reading.
The last paragraph of the book is mind blowing and basically the key to understand all those long pages when the author seems to have lost any measure. View 2 comments. Dec 28, Laura marked it as to-read. Oct 22, Gabriel Clarke rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in Finished at the second attempt. At worst, it's pompous and didactic, a sort of hellishly complicated self-help book by Tarot's own Paolo Coelho.
At its best , it's challenging, bracingly different and wholly refreshing. This is not a book for beginners but forms a genuine and much-needed alternative to the generic Rider-Waite-Coleman-Smith default. Highly recommended. Jun 19, AL rated it it was amazing. This book is my newest reference guide to life. I will be consulting it frequently for many years to come.
Not only will you get advice on how to understand to read the language of the Tarot, in addition you receive the wisdom of Jodorowsky and his profound journeys through life. He understands humanity and has discovered how to bring healing into the art of Tarot instead of mere divination. Become a mirror, as I have always been inclined towards, and find the means to heal the wounds of life.
Aug 07, Ollie rated it it was amazing. When I was 8 years old, my mother bought a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine that came with a free Tarot deck. She gave it to me to play with - together with its detachable guide - and I've been ever since a studier of it. I've read many books on the Tarot - from straight forward divinations, to books on the meaning of the cards when upside down - but this one truly stands out as different from all the rest. First of all, it's written by the filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, known for the films "El Top When I was 8 years old, my mother bought a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine that came with a free Tarot deck.
First of all, it's written by the filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, known for the films "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain", and its emphasis isn't on fortune telling but on spiritual awakening. Jodorowsky also says something I've never read before: that we should not try to foretell the future with Tarot cards, but use them instead as guideposts along a journey where we serve as mirrors to the person receiving the reading, gently guiding the person to find the answer within.
Costa, Marianne Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works by Marianne Costa. The way of tarot : the spiritual teacher in the cards by Alejandro Jodorowsky Book 24 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's insights into the Tarot as a spiritual path Works with the original Marseille Tarot to reveal the roots of Western wisdom Provides the key to the symbolic language of the Tarot's "nomadic cathedral" Transforms a simple divination tool into a vehicle for self-realization and healing Alejandro Jodorowsky's profound study of the Tarot, which began in the early s, reveals it to be far more than a simple divination device.
The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards
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