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Alexandre Jodorowsky and the Rebuilding of the Tarot

When Philippe Camoin chose Alexandre Jodorowsky to help him to spread a secret teaching on the Tarot which had never before been revealed by anyone, he wanted simply to pass along an unknown initiatory message and to pass it along in a secret way.

But Alexandre Jodorowsky suggested that he recreate a deck of the Tarot de Marseille, which would enable him to show the world that this was truly a serious and authentic teaching. He told him that he must outdo his ancestors, correcting the errors that had been made in the old Tarot decks.

So it is thanks to the impetus given by Alexandre Jodorowsky that the Tarot de Marseille was redesigned with the codes and symbols of the secret teachings which Philippe Camoin had initially wanted to simply pass on orally. Naturally, Alexandre Jodorowsky brought his customary genius to the work; many other symbols were in this way rediscovered thanks to him.

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"Sometimes we were searching for the explanation for a symbol which had disappeared. Alone, we could have searched for hundreds of years to no avail. But, as soon as we began to work together, we would find the solution immediately. One of us would propose a hypothesis. The other would suggest an improvement and advance another hypothesis. And so on… Some time later, and sometimes even after only a few minutes, we would find the answer to something that thousands of searchers of the Tarot had sought for centuries. Our enthusiasm was always equal to our discoveries.

We felt like the Masters of Tarot for the whole planet, since we were the only ones to know all its secrets, and we will always feel that way. It was an extraordinary feeling…" Philippe Camoin

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