I’m really enjoying Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book, The Way of Tarot. Currently, I’m in Part Five: “The Reading of the Tarot”. There are many fresh ways of saying things I’ve been saying for years. Some of my favourite statements in this section of the book include:
- When we eliminate the illusion of “reading the future”, the Tarot becomes a psychological tool and a tool for self-knowledge. By honestly confronting the characteristics of our personalities that have gone off course…we can attain knowledge of our real essence, in other words, what is innate in us and not acquired. (page 420)
- The tarologist reads the present, which is the true unknown for the consultant… (page 432)
- I promised myself to establish gestures for reading the Tarot that had the perfection and humility of a Zen tea ceremony. (page 428)
- In no case should the tarologist pass herself off as a superior individual…Our sole power is the power to provide help, if we are asked for it. (page 436)
- …the practice of reading for oneself is one of the best means for gaining a deeper comprehension of the Tarot…it is also an awesome device for going deeper and for learning humility, which allows us to put our finger on our defense mechanisms. (page 436)
I appreciate Jodorowsky’s desire to get himself out of the way during a consultation and to be as clear a mirror as possible for the client’s own wisdom. Anyone who wishes to become better at the art of working with the tarot for self and/or others would do well to spend time with Part Five of The Way of Tarot.