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The Fool

The Fool

Today’s card is The Fool, number zero of the Major Arcana. On the heels of the Death card, this  can be seen as a good omen. The Fool card in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck is often used to represent the Tarot in general. Most Fool cards picture a mountainside scene, a butterfly (transcendence and enlightenment), and the potential misstep that will send The Fool tumbling forward into the unknown. Early classical versions of The Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation. In some earlier instances, The Fool is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable, as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures.

Earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material world, and ‘looking over’ the Truth. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of The Fool arise — that of an innocent soul before its fall into matter, untainted by contact with society and all its ills. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves, and our current stage upon that path, in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization. The Fool also represents the beginning of a matter, the moment of inception, and the innocence with which we still perceive these dreams and ideas. This card is putting you on notice that if you have been putting off a new endeavor, now is the time to begin. Don’t be afraid to learn as you go but be mindful of pitfalls and misconceptions. Let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change. Keep your eyes, mind, and heart open in order to stay sure-footed on your path.

The Fool tells you lighten up! Let yourself be spontaneous enough to stretch beyond the realm of logic. There is no advantage to be gained by thinking you possess the knowledge, power, or control to direct reality. Open and receive without question, instead of trying to manage what’s happening at this time. The Fool has no ambition to manipulate a specific outcome but rather to just be happy to be part of the journey. Release any demands or expectations. Give your complete attention to events as they are occurring in the present moment and go with the flow!

Today, may you make a new or fresh start with joy and eyes wide open!