Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and the setting of the sun, and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and equinox! …. We are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars, and love is a grinning mockery, because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the tree of Life, and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table. — D. H. Lawrence
In order to bloom 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 bloom you must, else join the ranks of the sleep-walkers who are hypnotized in their nightmares.
One of my most cherished guides on the path to healing, author Julia Cameron, 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 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.
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).
The Fool is only a fool to those who judge him. In his own mind, he is simply following his bliss. And here’s the thing. The Universe loves the Fool, and honors him, for in truth, no breakthrough, no cure, no discovery, no peace, no accomplishment in human history was ever made without someone being thought a Fool for trying.
What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for today? For truly, you must take that step into what is wild, what is not cut off from the earth and stars. That is where your love is, that is where passion leads you to be who you truly are.
It is the only way to be truly alive.
Look closely at The Fool and know that you are both the traveler, and the white rose held tenderly in his hand.