Gaze slightly upward. Welcome in the far horizon and the sweep of the ancient sky. Give names to the clouds. Shout out praises to the birds, saluting them for being so skilled at soaring through the air. If you can see a pale slice of moon, thank it for its artistry in managing the tides.
~ Rob Brezsny, Glory in the Highest, from Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia
When I pulled today’s card, I had to laugh out loud. I have been completely preoccupied with this particular card for almost a week, as it is the focus of where I am right now with my book. So with Tarot’s classic sense of humor, he pops up and waves to everyone in this coming week.
Welcome to The Fool!
If the world has perhaps been weighing too heavily upon us, here is our invitation to lighten up!
In his hand, the Rider-Waite-Smith Fool holds a white rose – symbol of passion, beauty, and purity. He is about to take a fall into the unknown, despite, or perhaps encouraged by, the little white dog at his heels. He carries his “baggage” with him, indicating he has not entirely abandoned his history or life experiences.
Yet there is nothing weighty or ponderous in his bag. And the stick upon which it is attached is a magic wand. One could surmise that The Fool is unaware of his own power.
The Fool is the Zero in the Tarot – the beginning and end of the Major Arcana journey, but not a part of the story itself. And rather than the Minors’ focus on, say, matters of the mind in the Swords, or security and resources in the Pentacles, remember that the Majors offer us powerful life lessons that affect all aspects of our lives.
The Fool invites a complete reboot, right down to the soul level of our lives.
Let’s Start Something
Here is the perfect guide as we celebrate the transitions of our young people, who are now graduating from schools around the country and stepping into their new lives as adults.
Also, many of us are planning Summer vacations, hoping to leave behind for a little while our serious grown-up cares, in order to enjoy much-needed recreation.
As our holidays beckon, The Fool is an ideal companion for carefree days. He encourages us to play, dabble, experiment, and take creative chances.
We stand on the cusp of a new beginning. Let us embrace any uncertainties and changes with gladness.
I Double-Dog Dare You
The Fool dares us to break free of convention, and to tell the real truth. He is the part of us who knows that to be more creative, we must be willing to embrace failure. For without taking that flying, crazy, wild step, we will never move forward, much less, succeed.
The Fool is only a fool to those who judge him. In his own mind, he is simply following his bliss. The Universe supports the Fool’s crazy wisdom, for he embodies our true humanity.
To fall in love is to be The Fool. To speak truth to power is The Fool.
And no breakthrough, no cure, no discovery, no accomplishment in human history was ever made without someone being ridiculed as a Fool for trying.
Taking the risk of total authenticity is the scariest, most necessary thing we will ever do. And we are required to do it over and over, many times, every day.
But dare we must, or 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.
The Life-Healing Antidote for Our Need to Control
What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for this week? For truly, you must take that step.
Please don’t over think this! The point is that we must be willing to look incompetent, silly, childlike, and raw.
Shed the baggage of second-guessing, perfectionism, and seemingly adult skepticism. Innocence offers you power and joy. Time for a fresh, clean break and a leap into Mystery!
Want to know what your true path is?
Our true path is not there until we make it, by the walking. Our life’s purpose only reveals itself as we move towards it.
Have a foolish, wonderful week!