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The Way of Tarot


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Table of Contents

Preface by Marianne Costa

Introduction by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Structure and Numerology of the Tarot

Opening: The Tarot Is a Complete Entity

To Begin

Composition and Rules of Orientation

The Numerology of the Tarot

The Ten Stages for Constructing the Mandala

The Eleven-Color Scale

The Major Arcana

Opening: An Architecture of the Soul

To Begin

Le Mat/The Fool

I Le Bateleur/The Magician

II La Papesse/The High Priestess

III L'Imperatrice/The Empress

IIII L'Empereur/The Emperor

V Le Pape/The Pope

VI L'Amoureux/The Lover

VII Le Chariot/The Chariot

VIII La Justice/Justice

VIIII L'Hermite/The Hermit

X La Roue de Fortune/The Wheel of Fortune

XI La Force/Strength

XII Le Pendu/The Hanged Man

XIII L'Arcane sans Nom/The Nameless Arcanum

XIIII Temperance/Temperance

XV Le Diable/The Devil

XVI La Maison Dieu/The Tower

XVII L'Etoile/The Star

XVIII La Lune/The Moon

XVIIII Le Soleil/The Sun

XX Le Jugement/Judgment

XXI Le Monde/The World

The Minor Arcana

Opening: The Humble Guardians of the Secret

To Begin

The Degrees of the Numerology

The Aces

- The Twos
- The Threes
- The Fours
- The Fives
- The Sixes
- The Sevens
- The Eights
- The Nines
- The Tens
- The Numerological Degrees by Suit
Swords * Cups * Wands * Pentacles

The Honors or Court Cards

- The Pages
- The Queens
- The Kings
- The Knights
- A Summary of Meaning by Suit
Swords * Cups * Wands * Pentacles

The Tarot Two by Two

Opening: Consciousness as a Joint Work

To Begin

The Duets of the Two Decimal Series

I The Magician--XI Strength
II The High Priestess--XII The Hanged Man
III The Empress--XIII The Nameless Arcanum
IIII The Emperor--XIIII Temperance
V The Pope--XV The Devil
VI The Lover--XVI The Tower
VII The Chariot--XVII The Star
VIII Justice--XVIII The Moon
VIIII The Hermit--XVIIII The Sun
X The Wheel of Fortune--XX Judgment

The Couples of the Tarot

- The Fool--The World
- The Magician--Strength
- The High Priestess--The Pope
- The Empress--The Emperor
- The Chariot--The Star
- Justice--The Hermit
- The Moon--The Sun

The Pairs That Add Up to 21

Numerical Succession and Transfer

The Reading of the Tarot

Opening: How to Become a Mirror

To Begin

First Steps to Reading the Tarot

- With One Arcanum
- With Two Arcana
- With One, Two, Then Several Arcana
- With One Partner

Reading Three Cards

Reading Four and More Cards

Reading Ten and More Cards

Conclusion: The Tarotic Philosophy


About the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a filmmaker who made the legendary El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He is, also, a psychotherapist and author of many books on Tarot and spiritualism.


"A profound work that is both penetrating and fascinating. It offers thought-provoking commentary on the cards from a pair of authors who are among the world's most deeply knowledgeable authorities on the tarot." * Kooch Daniels, co-author of Matrix Meditations, Oct 2009 *
"The Way of Tarot is a very impressive work. Whether you agree with the authors conclusions or not, it will make you think outside of the box, and will perhaps be the impetus needed for someone out there in the Tarot world to connect the dots between their thoughts and present them for examination. . . . This is a worthwhile addition to the Tarot library of anyone that wishes to move beyond the divination aspects of the cards into self-realization." * Bonnie Cehovet, certified Tarot Grand Master, Aeclectic Tarot, Oct 2009 *
"An excellent all-around guide to both the nuts-and-bolts practical and the spiritual sides of Tarot, The Way of Tarot is filled with invaluable insights for Tarot practitioners of all skill and experience levels." * The Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, Feb 2010 *
"The beginning of this book reads like a sophisticated treasure-hunt adventure. It also happens to include a history of tarot cards, which will be invaluable to people who are studying tarot seriously. . . . a reference they can go back to over and over again as they gain experience with the cards." * Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer magazine, Feb 2010 *
"The purpose of this book is to show the reader how the tarot can be seen and used in a practical way that is holistic, balanced,and grounded. . . . The Way of Tarot can be a guide along this path." * New Spirit Journal, Vol. 5, No. 12, April 2010 *
"The beauty of this deck is that Jodorwsky puts aside the Kabalistic and other Western influences upon the tarot and just studies the primal and bare gestures, numbers, and minute details . . . " * Indras Net, blog: The Sync Whole;@The Heart of Jupiter-Evolve!, Mar 10 *

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