April Fool’s Day!

April Fools DayFool card from the Dragon Tarot deck.

Reposted from 2006: Today  we celebrate the Fool, which is particularly appropriate in light of the Aries New Moon next week.

The ancient system of Tarot is the precursor to our modern deck of playing cards, and is thought by some to have been the carrier of secret mystical knowledge during the times of the inquisition. The Fool reminds us that we have limited perspective as we walk through our life, and that we carry with us little but trust that life will take care of us on our adventure. Every morning when we wake up, we trust that we will meet the same world we left the night before. We trust that the Sun will bring day and the Moon night. We have little control over our destiny other than the choices we make from day to day, and in that we are very like the innocent Fool of the Tarot.
The Fool is the zero card – the point of beginning and hence its association with Aries, the first sign in the zodiac. According to the research of , 15th century  plays, “the Fool appears as a character called “Nought” who is subject to derision because he plays no attention to [conventional] morality.” In Shakespeare’s plays it is only the Fool who has the courage to reveal the truth through riddles and games, thereby showing the most profound wisdom.

The Fool is a shamanic character as well. While medieval playwrights cast the Fool in the role of the mentally disturbed, indigenous traditions all over the world respect those who see visions and hear voices as shamans rather than cast them aside as mental cases. The Fool as the Zero point is the perfect circle which has no beginning and no end. It is the perfect archetype for our journey on Planet Earth.

This year let’s celebrate April Fools day with more than practical jokes and goofs. Let’s follow the example of Aries, who lives by instinct. Let’s remember that part of ourselves that is wise enough to see through the blinders of our social conditioning, and yet open enough to trust our instincts and our internal barometers as we walk courageously through the journey that is our lives. ——–

By | 2010-04-01T14:03:04+00:00 April 1st, 2010|Miscellany|1 Comment

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  1. beaverldoge April 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Happy holidays,

    The Fool to me isn’t a zero or a “begining”, such as in Aries. “Nought” as the Fool, means an absence of something, a lack of something, not a value as specific as a time of commencement, as in a cardinal sign.

    The Fool has what is needed to travel through life, as indicated by the little pack carried on the staff. The Fool is a winged being and can travel bringing messages, though not all the Fool says is welcomed. A Fool lives a travellers life, outside of community but still attached. This difference lends accesses planes of information “outside” of social conditioning.

    The Fool represents simplicity. This simplicity can incate a lack of what we are socially conditioned to regard as necessary, be it in intelligence or in materials.

    A protective grace covers a fool when they live in simplicity. They have nothing anyone else wants. They may suffer with lack of judgement but they may be excused for what they say because “they don’t know any better”. However, the fool will say what must be said.

    A Fool doesn’t seek perfection but experience. As for a perfect circle, I can’t say. A circle never meets itself, that’s Pi. It’s close but it doesn’t, hence it’s the great engine driver for all things.

    Gemini might be the closest sign to represent the Fool, but as we know, fools can be found everywhere. How well a Fool does in life depends on how society is conditioned to view people lacking in intelligence or material goods and more importantly, if they like what they hear.

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