08 December 2009

mystical cleverness

playing in sunset in the western desert, egypt
The Fool in the Tarot, is the spirit in search of experience.

The Fool represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world.

In the deck of the Tarot, the Fool is the first card of the deck. When you study the Fool card, you see the sun shines behind him. The sun represents the divine nature of the Fool's wisdom and exuberance. On his back are all the possessions he might need. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty.

He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as his animal desires, sometimes as the call of the "real world", nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly unconcerned that he is standing on a precipice, apparently about to leap, engaged in the supremest act of idiocy or trust.

The number of the Fool is 0, a perfect significator for the Fool, which can become anything when he reaches his destination. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero. Zero is nothing, a lack of hard substance, and as such it may reflect a non-issue or lack of cohesiveness for the subject at hand.

Over the last few weeks, I've been getting back in touch with my Tarot deck.

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