Our purpose in life is not a thing that we must choose or figure out; it is revealed as we move towards it.
As school bells ring, and the Summer holidays officially end, The Fool makes an encore as if to say, “Get moving!”
Having just visited us in early August, 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) wonderment.
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.
Does he not see the danger? Shouldn’t he be taking someone’s advice, playing it smart, following the rules?
He is the antithesis of our need for control.
But folks, if there ever was a time when our illusion of control was being busted, it’s now. (It sure is for me, at least!)
The Fool is the zero of the Major Arcana – where all potential exists, all things are possible. He is poised on the edge of the the Hero’s Journey, with his animal teacher/guide either warning or dancing with him (or a bit of both).
The more important something is, the less likely it is that we will know ahead of time how it will turn out. But moving forward is essential, even if you feel like you are walking over the edge of a cliff.
In order to grow into who we truly are, we must be willing to risk everything. 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 you must dare to be who you are, 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.
Julia Cameron, the author of 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.”
What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for this week? Clear the decks, reboot the system, toss out the baggage!
Now at the end of Summer, preparing for Autumn, let’s get out the confetti — we’re going to celebrate a happy new year, a brand new beginning.
For truly, we are all being asked to take that step. All bets are off. We do not know what the new country looks like and there are no road maps except our own inner trusting.
It may look incompetent, silly, childlike, and raw to those judging critics stuck on the sidelines of life. We are definitely going to screw up — many times.
So what? Forget yourself and how you might appear to others.
No more waiting, dithering, second thoughts, and self-doubts. This is our “get out of jail free” card. Now is the time to step forward, though we might not know to what distant lands our journey may take us.
Our true path is made in the walking; our heart’s desire only reveals itself as we move towards it.