The Restoration of the Spirit of the Tarot
For Alejandro Jodorowsky as for Philippe Camoin, that which is sometimes called the "restoration" of the Tarot is actually the renewal of a Spirit that the two authors call the Tarot, and not the restoration of an old deck. For Philippe Camoin and Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Tarot is a great Spirit and not a deck of cards.
This work that was accomplished is much more significant than a simple restoration of an old deck. Their work consisted of recovering symbols that had been scattered throughout Europe in order to rebuild a complex esoteric structure unknown by any of the initiates of the last centuries. It was a major work.
The Camoin-Jodorowsky Tarot de Marseille is not a simple historical Tarot deck, as some who know nothing of the Tarot de Marseille have erroneously claimed.
The Rebuilding of the Tarot
The attempt of Rebuilding of the Tarot de Marseille was a scientific work which was undertaken over several years by Philippe Camoin and Alexandre Jodorowsky. "Almost all of the Tarots in the world are copied on the pattern of the Tarot de Marseille", observes Philippe Camoin, in the light of numerous irrefutable signs which he has gathered and uncovered in the course of his investigations of the Tarot de Marseille. The essential goal of this research was to rediscover the symbols, the purpose, and the primary meaning of this monument of Western culture, in a way that the language is equally intelligible to our friends in the East. It is helpful to quote here H.P. Blavatsky: "The Tarot is the key to all of Western esotericism."