The Fool

December 10, 2010

The Fool

The Fool represents the “every person” – 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 skips 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 wisest.

The Fool represents the Negative space above the Tree of Life, the source of all things. It is the Kabbalistic 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.

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