Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week: April 13 – 19, 2009

The Fool – Again!
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom;
for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.
— William Blake

Evidently, we are not yet finished with the lessons and the leap offered by The Fool! He must have some very, very important information for us, to show up two weeks in a row. How delicious!

In order to grow into who we truly are, we must be willing to risk it. Taking the risk of authenticity is the scariest, most necessary thing you will ever do. And you’ll be required to do it over and over, many times, every day. But blossom you must, else join the ranks of the sleep-walkers who are hypnotized in their nightmares. I am sure you, as I do, see them every day.

Julia Cameron, author of our journey’s The Artist’s Way, writes, “In order to risk, we have to be willing to look bad. We have to be willing to be a sucker. We have to be willing to look like fools.”

The Fool is one of my favorite cards in the Tarot, because how people react to him is always very instructive. There he stands, the bliss ninny stepping off the side of a cliff, holding his rose, and gazing off into some invisible (to us) wonder. What a fool!

He makes many of my clients very uncomfortable. He is exactly what is wrong, they complain to me, with their husband/wife/child/co-worker. He represents exactly what they most fear, if they begin to explore what and who they would rather be. He is the antithesis of their need for control.

But The Fool is the zero of the deck – where all potential exists, all things are possible. He is poised on the edge of the new beginning, with his animal teacher/guide either warning or dancing with him (or a bit of both).

What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for this week? For truly, you must take that step. You must be willing to look incompetent, silly, childlike, and raw. Forget yourself and how you appear to others. It is time to let your wildest dreams lead you to be who you truly are.

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  • April 13, 2009, 9:00 am Marion

    Hello,

    regarding “the fool”, you might be absolutely right. This is my weakiest week ever! Seems I have something to learn – again. But it might turn out not that dreadful, maybe something very beautiful, at least right thing in the long run will turn out of it.
    But when will this all end 😉 Allways learning, allways?!

    Regards, Marion (Germany)

  • April 13, 2009, 9:10 pm Star

    I am about to take a big risk with my art and my heart. So I may be one of these ‘Fools’. During the past weeks as we have been working our way through the exercises for the Artist’s Way, I have also been creating beaded necklaces and a few earrings. I now have 28 items completed! I have already sold one! Yippee! I am going to display most of this work at a friend’s local shop beginning this week. I have had a couple items there for a few weeks, but not in an ‘official’ display. Now I have some display stands and a black felted and decorated bulletin board which will be able to show off all the items! I have received positive feedback and encouragement from this friend and my spouse. Although I am feeling a little vulnerable, I think I am ready. The bead work is an extension of my healing work that I have been doing a long time. Most of the necklaces are created for chakra balancing or “element” connection. In my healing practice, Polarity therapy, the elements (earth, air, fire, water, ether, sometimes called spirit or center)are of prime importance. I also incorporated my mandala drawing and coloring talents in the little cards and boxes I made for each piece of jewelry. When I get a digital camera, I’ll post images on my blog. The disposable camera did not work since I really need a zoom lens.
    I know Julia says to keep things to ourselves in the beginning of our journey. For me, this is not exactly the beginning, but more like the middle of my art journey which actually began approximately 10 years ago. I did not have a formalized structure to doing my art then. Now, I find that the structure of the Artist Way path has given me energy and guidance to be able to focus and produce some ‘real’ art! I am willing to take the risks I need to take to see if what I am doing will fit into my desire to get my art out into the world. This is a first step. I am pondering signing up for a day long art festival in town in June, if I can get those darn photos! I was procrastinating about that until I was sure I could produce enough art to have for sale at an all day event. I already have the pavilion, tables, etc. for a booth, I just needed the art to display and sell! I’ll keep you all posted.
    No matter how the public unveiling and/or sales go, I am enjoying my work and now have some awesome jewelry to wear myself! And the ideas for new pieces are practically overflowing my brain…a creative volcano! It feels energizing and magical. I really ‘get it’ about the need to create that is inside us.

    Beading away….late into the night….!

    Star*

  • April 14, 2009, 9:38 am Catherine BTW

    Can’t wait to see Star’s balancing beadwork!
    Marion, wishing you many right endings…

  • April 14, 2009, 10:43 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Yes and Yes and Yes!!!

    Star – I am so excited for you. Take care of your tender Artist Self (see today’s post), but I know and trust your self-awareness and wisdom, so I know all will be well! Can’t wait to see your work!
    xxxooxo,
    – Beth