Black Power Tarot

August 19th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to take a look at the new joint project between musician King Khan and filmmaker, philosopher, and Tarot Guru Alejandro JodorowskyThe Black Power Tarot.

Illustrated by Michael Eaton, the Black Power Tarot is a fresh take on the Major Arcana of the Marseille deck, replacing the traditional images with black activists, comedians, musicians, and other important public figures.

For instance, Tina Turner is Strength, Richard Pryor is the Fool, and Sun Ra is, of course, the Sun.

King Khan came up with the idea for the deck, while Jodorowsky supervised the production and design.

I think it’s fabulous. I want one.


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Julie's Haircut Plays the Tarot

January 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s a nice quiet way to start off the day … a beautiful rendition of The Tarot from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Holy Mountain.

This version of the piece is performed by the Italian band Julie’s Haircut and is from their limited edition 10” single Julie’s Haircut play Jodorowsky & Rota.

The original song was written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Ronald Frangipane and Don Cherry, and can be found on the Holy Mountain Original Soundtrack.

The image is by Jon Carling.

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The Holy Mountain at MoMA PS1

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Movie Poster for Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain

I seem to keep writing about director and Tarot master, Alejandro Jodorowsky, but that’s because there keeps being things to write about …

The MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY is presenting Jodorowsky’s 1973 cult film The Holy Mountain every day, through June 30th.

It’ll be played continuously with starting times at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., during regular museum hours, in the Third Floor Main Gallery.

Of course, The Holy Mountain is available now on Blu-ray, but this is a chance to see it in a cinematic setting.

Jodorowsky himself plays the Alchemist in his film. He’s also the director, composer, set and costume designer. Clearly, he had a singular artistic/spiritual vision, and was determined to make it manifest.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were principal funders of this occult masterpiece, and the Beatles manager, Allen Klein, produced it.

Tarot imagery abounds throughout the piece, but it’s not for the faint of heart, or those that like to keep Tarot fluffy.

The Fool is a thief and the Holy Mountain is possibly nothing more than a cinematic dream.

If you get a chance – go see it!!

And follow Jodorowsky on Twitter.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and The Holy Mountain

May 13th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky

If you’re a Tarot reader, you probably know that Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Tarot master.

He’s the author of The Way of Tarot and Psychomagic, helped restore the Tarot of Marseille and regularly speaks about the Tarot and its symbolism.

But he’s better known throughout the world for his films.

The 1970’s classics, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, are two especial fan favourites. Both are surreal classics dripping in occult symbolism.

Until 2007, neither were available in North America or the UK.

Last month, the Blu-ray version of The Films of Alejandro Jodorowski was released. It includes both films and special goodies like:

Holy Mountain original theatrical trailer
Holy Mountain deleted scenes with commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Tarot with commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Holy Mountain restoration process
•Feature commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
•English, French, Spanish, Brazilian, and Portuguese Subtitles

It’s already available as a DVD box set, but this new release gave me an excuse to post the fabulous trailer for El Topo

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks Some Tarot

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a listen to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about the Tarot.

As usual, he’s fascinating. And there’s some trippy images to look at while you’re listening.

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