Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
The last time this intrepid card visited us was in July, on the heels of a Full Moon/Lunar eclipse. Just like today. So it is with great respect for his impeccable timing that we welcome back The Fool.
Similarly to that momentous crossroads moment, we are once more immersed in a time of existential questions and concerns. What has changed? What can we salvage? What has gone forever?
The Fool is all about potential, the promise of new beginnings, and risk-taking. How perfect for this week in which the new President-elect is actually beginning his transition to leadership, after weeks of recalcitrant drama and fury from the mad king who refuses to concede.
The Tarot’s Fool has ties to the trickster and jester, although he is not related to the Joker card in regular playing cards. He represents the spirit of those who are willing to break free of convention, in order to tell the real truth, to be more creative, and ultimately, wiser.
Sometimes disliked by those who revere analytical logic and the feeling of being in control, The Fool is a card of joy, risk-taking, and spontaneity.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, he sports a jaunty red feather. His arms are spread wide, his heart is unshielded. He gazes up to the sky and with his hand in the position of the Gyan Mudra, he holds a white rose–symbol of both passion and purity. Walking towards a precipice, he is accompanied by his companion dog who is either warning or dancing with him (or a bit of both).
His tunic is covered in circles divided into eighths – referencing the eight quarters and cross-quarter holidays of the Wheel of the Year. How fitting that this week we begin the first week of Advent, counting down to the great turning of the Wheel at Solstice.
As he stands on the edge of the unknown, The Fool carries a small satchel on a stick. He travels with only the essentials, free of all that is weighty or complicated.
However, look closely and you will see that the stick upon which his bag is attached is a magic wand. Is he aware of its power?
The Fool is only a fool to those who judge him. To us, he appears to be stepping off of a cliff, but in his own experience, he is following his bliss. As the brilliant Birth Cards course by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone reflects, The Fool may not be aware at all that it appears he is in jeopardy. And perhaps he is not; instead, his reality is that every time he steps out, the Earth rises up to meet him.
That is why the Universe loves The Fool, and honors him (and her), for in truth, no breakthrough, no cure, no discovery, no accomplishment in human history was ever made without someone being thought a Fool for trying.
The Eclipse and The Fool
Robert Wilkinson of Aquarius Papers offers a preview of December, along with an extensive analysis of the penumbral Full Moon eclipse on Monday, noting:
This month is as dynamic as last month, but again, there’s only one square showing the major friction, but it’s very wide. This Eclipse is positioning us for the future. The next two weeks is overcoming insecurity to find peace. Keep it simple as things move in various directions due to the Mutability of the Eclipse.
Whatever this takes away in terms of mental clutter and old truths and visions will be replaced by that which nourishes, and will activate during the Mars opposition to Pluto next June. So even though the effects from this Eclipse will end by May, the voids it will create will immediately begin to be filled by Mars, Venus, Sun, and Mercury…
Simplicity? Yes, definitely, agrees The Fool, whose luggage is small but contains everything necessary.
The wise Moon Circles astrologer Simone Butler offers additional insight to this Full Gemini (in tropical astrology) Moon:
A recent article in Science of Mind Magazine suggests that we humans can utilize curiosity (one of Gemini’s strongest traits) to dispel frustrations and make decisions. Neuroscientist Dr. Mark Waldman states that when in doubt or conflict, we should shift our minds toward curiosity to understand how things and people work.
It seems that curiosity happens in a part of our brain that’s incapable of being judgmental. Waldman explains that we’re born with three natural feelings: Comfort, discomfort and curiosity.
And the more we use curiosity to address discomfort, the more flexible we become and the less we suffer. He even goes so far as to call curiosity “the greatest secret to a happy life.”
The Fool would absolutely agree, especially when there are setbacks or roadblocks. What if we approached such challenges as mere curiosities that beckon further experimentation and exploration? In such a mindset, there are no failures, only interesting realizations.
Last but far from least, our good friend Lorna Bevan writes this week:
Stay mindful that we haven’t yet reached the very end of the rickety bridge between worlds that is 2020. Tempting as it is to engage in comforting magic thinking about the approaching Saturn/Jupiter Conjunction at the December 21st Solstice, we are now being tumbled in an eclipse wormhole through time that extends right to the Plutonic Capricorn New Moon on January 13 2021.
Between now and then, two cosmic wild card eclipses activate the Gemini/Sagittarius Axis of Truth. This intense photonic light creates a geophysical shock window that extends from 28th November – 3rd December then from the 7th – 21st December (!).
Expect emotional and literal high tides, storm surges and sudden shifts in your energy field. Use all the grounding tools you have to stay centred.
Eclipses are dramatic cosmic wild cards in your life. They shake you out of your feelings of complacency so that you can move from one stairstep to another. They are some of the most dramatic tools that the universe uses to get you to pay attention to areas in your life that need to change.
They work very rapidly – often in a blink of an eye switching off an old life, defragging you and rebooting you. They uproot you, surprise you and nudge you to a new level of your personal evolution or unfolding.
Luckily, The Fool is the Tarot’s perfect role model for successfully being uprooted, for starting from scratch, and for dancing into the unknown future.
The End of the End But Not Quite the Beginning
It is fascinating to me that The Fool joined us almost to the day at the end of 2008. At that time I noted it seemed ironic, “with so many things coming to a close, such as the final full month of the Bush administration and the end of the year itself.
“Generally, we don’t equate The Fool with completions; he is all about renewal and beginnings, and we are not quite really at the new beginnings yet. Are we?”
But as was the case both then and now, I continued, “The Fool is the Zero in the Tarot – the beginning and end of the Major Arcana journey, where all potential exists, all things are possible. He is on the brink between what has been, and what is yet to be. Similarly, here in America, we are in the strange period between the outgoing administration, but the new one has yet to take over.”
Of course, that 2008 transition was as different from this one as could be. For despite that time’s crashed economy and much external difficulty, it was, like all of our country’s power transitions, a peaceful and respectful one. But as I mentioned earlier, the changeover to the Biden-Harris administration is, at last, assured by law and in full progress.
It’s worth noting that the incoming American President, Joe Biden, has never minded being considered foolish. For years, he was known for his gaffes, but also for his ability to laugh at himself, and gracefully apologize when appropriate.
But, exactly like the Tarot’s Fool, it would be a mistake to think him dim-witted. Neither he, nor this Tarot archetype are unintelligent. In fact, Biden’s humble guilelessness has been the undoing of many adversaries who have underestimated him.
And I can’t help but mention that our President-elect, poised on the edge of his new responsibilities, seems to have injured his foot while fooling around and playing with his dog this past weekend.
No fun for him, but he hobbled out of the emergency room with thumbs up, still ready to take on the world. Isn’t Tarot delicious?
Dare to Be You
This week, whatever is beckoning to you, try not to overthink it. If it’s truly pulling on your heart, maybe you really should go for it!
(Of course, this does not mean to make unsafe, idiotic choices; for example, The Fool is no self-absorbed creep, and almost certainly would wear a mask.)
Sometimes, authenticity requires that we must be willing to risk failure. Who cares if we look naive, silly, childlike, and raw? So what if we end up having to clean up a mistake or two? Even though success cannot be guaranteed, you will always lose out on the attempts you do not make.
What crazy, foolish, you-ought-to-know-better thing is your spirit crying out for this week? It’s time to answer.
No more waiting, dithering, second thoughts, and self-doubts. If you have to address every possible objection, you will never get started.
Now is the time to dance into uncertainty. It’s time to kiss your life’s adventure full on the lips.