Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Tarot Journey: The Fool


This card has no number in the Tarot. It represents the Fool, the universal questor, setting out on a journey. Like a babe starting out in life, the Fool starts the journey with only the bare necessities, bundled into a kerchief. The bundle carries all the Fool’s possessions, worldly and otherwise – mostly otherwise, because it is the qualities we bring to the journey that count, and they will be tested – courage, faith, strength and wit.
In the traditional Tarot cards, the fool is often depicted stepping off a cliff, because life is a great leap into the unknown. As the Fool continues the journey, there will be many encounters, many adventures before the final destination – and that, the Fool hopes, will be the fulfillment of a dream, a chance to begin another quest, not an end in itself.
The Fool reminds us that it is often the journey itself that is the quest – and that the journey, and the way we choose to travel, is more important than the final destination. The Fool is always optimistic, always hopeful, always setting out on some new quest. The gypsy reader sees the Fool many times, because we all seek our heart’s desire, and even when someone prosperous and settled comes for a reading, she expects to see the Fool – because it is not gold and silver that give us our heart’s desire, but love, creativity, laughter and adventure. Without them, all our journeys lead nowhere.

3 Comments:

At 5:23 AM, Blogger Karen said...

May my heart always yearn for adventure, my foot inch toward the leap of faith. May I embrace the fool in my everyday journeys. Thank you, Gail, for this meditation on the journey.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Luna said...

I didn't realize I am the fool (among other things, of course.) Life is only one big adventure after all. Thank you Gail!

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Hi Gail,
I just love the story of the Babe and her start in life and your comparison with the Fool and then what it is we all bring to the journey that in the end count...
Courage,Faith,Strength and Wit...
and this has never been more evident for me than in this group I travel with....that all these qualities are present in "Abundance"
I do not need the Tarot cards to tell me this, I revel in it each day I access the writings of you all and this for me is the most wonderful part of my life's journey...I consider myself indeed
"A Blessed Woman" ...
My jounrey is complete I crave no more than this......
Lois (Muse of the Sea)

 

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