The Fool

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The Spanish Tarot published by Fournier

This past week has been hectic and full of big changes, hence why I haven’t written anything here. Throughout all this time of changes, the fool has occupied my mind constantly.

It is a common habit of mine to be somewhat afraid and cautious with change. Moving somewhere new,  starting a job I have never done before, or even daring to follow the things I really want. As this week ends and the summer solstice is upon us, in the northern hemisphere, I have come to learn to face, embrace and stare into the depth of the unknown. This is where the fool has been enticing me. There are many ways to see the fool. For me, the fool is one that is outside of society, oblivious to the normative strains that constrain us. The fool is someone that blindly dares, sometimes for good other times for bad, and fearlessly and foolishly goes where s/he pleases. Outside of the the structures of society, of the major arcana, not exactly part of any journey. This is why the fool has no number, numberless, mutable, changing, and capable of being anywhere. The fool is only subject to his/her whims. Blindly courageous, occasionally to his/her detriment.

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Camoin-jodorowsky TDM, Le Tarot Noir by Hackiere, The Spanish Tarot by Fournier

Yet truly, I feel the fool’s energy is vital and necessary sometimes. Especially when facing fears, the unknown, changes, and daring to dream. The fool shows me that sometimes it is necessary to discard the bounds of society, to disregard all precautions and dare to be courageous and wild. Who knows what can be born out of that daring? The fool doesn’t know, neither do I, none of us will know until we try. The fool dares to try, to fail or succeed, to loose or to be victorious.

In many significant ways, in order to follow those things we really want in life, we need to have the spark of the fool, I need to keep the spark of the fool present. Daring to be, to stand out, to speak out, to search, to enquire, to think, to be outside of the fray, to break away from societal and cultural constraints, courting both danger and luck. This is what the fool has come to signify for me, one who dares to live, along with all the implications of living.

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Jean Noblet TDM reproduced by Flornoy.

As the summer solstice is ushered in during this full moon, I think about the fool, embrace the unknown, and daringly continue walking onwards. I encourage you, reader to experience the fool’s energy wisely, embracing all that life has to offer.

As always, happy reading.


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