The Fool #0 Mar 10, 2007 21:03:47 GMT -5
Post by Senbecc on Mar 10, 2007 21:03:47 GMT -5
This card shows a picture of a young man walking towards a cliff edge, with a long rod leaning over his shoulder. On the end of the rod there appears to be a handkerchief holding all of his worldly possessions. Following beside him is a small white dog. He is almost oblivious to what pitfalls may lay before him. He is on a journey, a journey of discovery. He is almost like a tourist, as he looks right, left, above and below to anything that catches his eye. He is curious and adventurous. He wants to know everything and is keen to look, learn and discover whatever life is going to teach him. He is innocent of life and will probably make many mistakes along the way. He is a student of life and will have to learn by his own mistakes. He is a wanderer, with great enthusiasm for life and for love. He is young and open-minded, with a desire to have many new and varied experiences so that he can get a taste for life and decide what it is that he really wants. He does not yet know what the world will bring, nor what his unique destiny is, but he will soon find out.
This newest feature presents a basic analysis of the entire Tarot Deck, one card at a time. The first card in review is the The Number 0 card of the Major Arcana: The Fool.
The Fool is one of three cards in the Tarot that is sometimes numbered uniquely, according to the author or illustrator of a tarot deck. Most often, the Fool is placed at the beginning of the Major Arcana and is given the Number 0. Sometimes, the Fool is listed as the last card in the Trump cards, and given the Number 22. Technically, the Fool is very much akin to the "Jester" or "Wild Card" in regular playing cards. He is outside the confines of the regular cards, which gives him a special status which makes it reasonable to place him at the beginning of the deck. In this analytical series, the Fool follows the traditional 0 placement.
The Fool is also known as Le Mat and The Spirit of the Aether
Card Number: 0
Key Number: 11
Hebrew Letter: Aleph
Numerical Value: 3
Gemstone: Clear Quartz
The Fool represents the "everyperson" - the essence of us all embarking on the journey of life, self-discovery and mastery. He is the innocent, the whimsical, the "inner child" mixed with the "inner sage" that lives down deep inside of us all. He faces life and his journey unafraid, trusting, the perfect example of total and utter faith that all will be well, that every experience has a deep essential meaning. He trapses along the crags of life, regardless of any hidden peril or disappointment, his eyes are turned to the heavens and he knows that he will be kept safe and whole along his travels. Key words associated with the Fool are new beginnings, important decisions and optimism.
The Fool is sometimes known as the most worthless card, yet also as the most valuable one. He is the first and the last, the alpha and the omega. It represents both the fledgling beginner and the adept master. The Fool reminds us of things, sacred things, that we have forgotten or repressed. The Fool knows his or her own ignorance, thus is seen as the most wise.
The Fool represents the Negative space above the Tree of Life, the source of all things. It is the Qabalistic Zero, the Equation of the Universe, the initial and final balance of the opposites, both the father and the mother - male and female, in an abstract sort of way. The Fool is intricately linked with all 21 cards of the Major Arcana - in fact, many theorists maintain that the other Major Arcana cards are parts of the Fool's whimsical journey of self-discovery, culminating with the Number 21 World Card, bringing successful completion, accomplishment and fulfillment. Because the Fool is trusting and open to all experiences, he provides the perfect role model as we too embark on our life journey. The Fool coaxes us to walk our own path, not the path of the "herd". To trust our own inner voice, our intuition and our inner knowing and to embark on our life course with faith and a stout heart. We need trust, faith in the goodness of life and people, and an undying belief that all will work out exactly as it should.
The Fool is the ultimate "Free Spirit" - this card represents the self-actualized person, free from societal constraints, someone who is able to let go of outmoded beliefs and ideals with the courage to pursue their own special path.
The Fool Card in a Reading
The Upright Fool card represents a new beginning, a fresh start in any aspect of our life. When this card is drawn, we are faced with important choices and decisions which need to be made as we begin this new life-cycle and to deal with any difficult challenges along the way. The Fool tells us to face these challenges with energy, optimism and faith, which will ensure a positive outcome. It also points out that we must develop faith in our abilities to make the right choices, to keep the faith, and to walk our own unique path with optimism and hope.
The Reversed Fool card gives us a clear warning that we must resist the temptation to act recklessly or immaturely in any new situation. We must accept our responsibilities and commitments and honor them wholely. Due consideration is required - problems and indiscretions resulting from impatience or impulsiveness are indicated. It also shows inhibitions that are caused by mental, emotional and physical restraints and tensions. We are burdened with a sense of obligation towards society and our daily duties.