If you are familiar to using Tarot Cards, you will notice most of the tarot deck has the Fool as the beginning card, the starting of the journey through life. The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for the journey through our life.
We begin with the Fool (0), a card of beginnings. The Fool stands for each of us as we begin our journey of life. We are a fool because only a simple soul has the innocent faith to undertake such a journey with all its hazards and pain.
At the start of our trip, the Fool is a newborn – fresh, open and spontaneous.
You will see that in the Fool Card, the man has his arms flung wide, and his head held high. He is ready to embrace whatever comes his way, but he is also oblivious to the cliff edge he is about to cross. The Fool is unaware of the hardships he will face as he ventures out to learn the lessons of the world. Isn’t this familiar in our life?
The Fool stands somewhat outside the rest of the major arcana. Zero is an unusual number. It rests in the exact middle of the number system – poised between the positive and negative. At birth, the Fool is set in the middle of his own individual universe. He is strangely empty (as is zero), but imbued with a desire to go forth and learn. This undertaking would seem to be folly, but is it?
It is important that we realize that we are the Fool and the Journey of the Fool is our own adventure through the magical realm of archetypal energies. The Fool an everyman character,is how we begin and how we end, from our childish wobbles and gibberish to our drooling dotage.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’
Till the next time…