17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Please decide for yourself,
This review is from: Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards (Paperback)
I read the review by mr Stanton first (is it 'mr'? my apologies if it isn't), then decided to buy the book anyway, mainly out of curiosity. Please do read his review too, because it accurately describes the books flaws.
On the added fingers and toes: Jodorowsky assumes that the space between two fingers (can't remember which card it was, but the review of mr Stanton will tell you), which has been given the same colour as the hand, probably a printing mistake, is an extra finger. The extra toe is really clearly a part of the slipper in the regular Marseilles, and the adaptation in Jodorowsky's tarot does not look convincing to me.
And that is what makes the theories of Jodorowsky so unreliable. He sees his interpretation, or the interpretation of the 'original' Marseilles tarot, which he claims to have found in a shoebox, as the True Interpretation, without looking at it critically and without investigating other possible interpretations. With respect to the fingers and toes: nowhere does Jodorowsky mention the very possible other way I suggested of interpreting of what he sees.
He has many interesting views on the meanings of the cards though, and interesting suggestions for spreads.
His main interest in the Tarot seems to be the magical, occult side of the cards and their system. His psychological views are very Freudian, with a lot of emphasis on genitals.
So, whether this will be a useful book for you, is for you to decide.
If you are, like me, interested in Jungian psychology, and see the cards mainly as a psychological tool, this book will probably be a disappointment to you.
If you like hermetic societies, magic, and occult things, you will probably like the book.
If you are looking for a trustworthy book on the tarot of Marseilles, this book will not make you happy.
If you are curious, and interested in reading about unusual and strange theories on tarot history and meaning, you may like this book.
I do find this book an interesting read, it does sharpen my mind and makes me think - when I do not agree with J., which is almost all the time - why exactly I do not agree, and whether I can accept his theory as at least a possibility.
I do hope my review will have helped you to make up your mind about this book.