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Tarot Card of the Week, Sept. 5-11, 2016: The Fool Returns

Our purpose in life is not a thing that we must choose or figure out; it is revealed as we move towards it.
Beth (me)

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.

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  • September 7, 2016, 3:22 pm Owl Guy

    I could not agree with this sentiment more. “Our purpose in life is not a thing that we must choose or figure out; it is revealed as we move towards it.” But it is something that deserves serious contemplation about what lights your inner fire. “The purpose of life is to understand your life’s purpose” owl guy

  • September 7, 2016, 4:27 pm Sharri

    Well my friend, again I read the Card of the Week AFTER I decided to take a leap of my own and head off to the middle of nowhere, Tennessee this weekend for an energy retreat…never been to the place, but just know I have to go.
    Thanks for offering this at a time when you MUST take REALLY GOOD CARE of your precious self. Love and light and warm breezes to you Dear Beth.

  • September 8, 2016, 6:08 am Kate

    Wow. That was just what I needed. Thank you. Your strength and endurance for own experience is truly helping other people, right now, Beth. You rock.

  • September 10, 2016, 12:16 am Janet

    Great post, Beth. “Our purpose in life is not a thing that we must choose or figure out; it is revealed as we move towards it.” Very nice. I like to think our purpose is something we actively create and choose on a daily basis, rather than something “out there” that we must either chase, wait for or walk towards. :o)