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GIP - The Fool

trevcuteboy inspired me to make my latest icon, posted herewith. It's the Fool from the Aquarian tarot deck, the first and only deck I own, and have owned for about 20 years now. I've always loved the artwork, and I've always gotten a kick out of tarot in general. The Fool, particularly, relates to me, for a few reasons, not the least of which is the description of the card (from aeclectic.net):

With all his worldly possessions in one small pack, the Fool travels he knows not where. So filled with visions and daydreams is he, that he doesn't see the cliff he is likely to fall over...

At #0, the Fool is the card of infinite possibilities. The bag on the staff indicates that he has all he need to do or be anything he wants, he has only to stop and unpack. He is on his way to a brand new beginning. But the card carries a little bark of warning as well. Stop daydreaming and fantasising and watch your step, lest you fall and end up looking the fool.

The Fool... almost always stands for the Querent alone, no one else. In standing for the Querent, the Fool represents a time of newness, a time when life has been "re-started" as it were. The person feels that they are back at Zero, whether that be in romantic affairs, or career, at their job or intellectual persuits. Far from being sad or frustrating, the Querent feels remarkably *free*, light hearted and refreshed, as if being given a second chance. They feel young and energized.

In addition, they likely have no idea where they're going or what they're going to do. But that doesn't matter. For the Fool, the most important thing is to just go out and enjoy the world. To see what there is to see and delight in all of it.

Unfortunately, in this childlike state the person is likely to be overly optimistic or naive. A Fool can be a Fool. This is the card likely to turn up when a Querent is thinking of investing his money in a new, "sure fire" business. Or when the Querent is sure that it's "love this time!" Like the Fool, they're so busy daydreaming of what might be that they're ignoring what is. They're about to fall right off a cliff. Time for them to listen to that watchful little dog, which might be a concerned friend, a wise tarot reader, or just their instincts.

As a card, the Fool ultimately stands for a new start. When it turns up the Querent might be about to make a move, not just to a new home, but new job, new life. There's more than just change, renewal, and a brand new beginning in the Fool, there's also movement, a fresh, exciting new time.
All of which describes a lot of turning points I recognized in my life (both at the time and in hindsight), and a lot of how I view life (for better or for worse) and always have.

The biggest significance, though, is that fact that the Fool has shown up in every single spread I've ever had read for me, usually inverted. I've only had less than a dozen readings because of this - in a way it totally freaks me out that it keeps cropping up, and in another I don't want to break the streak, as I really identify with him. (Of course others have said that the fact that he keeps coming back shows I'm in a rut, but I disagree - it seems to me he's telling me I'm on the right track and always have been.)

So there he is. I'll likely use him for deeper musings, or when I'm feeling like a fool. :)



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Dec. 14th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
yeah but inverted it means you are being a fool versus the fresh faced vibrant Brahma seeking the new and unfamilar filled with visions of what may be this time

Fool is also my favourite card and if i ever find a nice trench i plan to paint a fool card on the back filled with the sacred imagery that is special to me. such as the Fool character himself with be an Anthro Coyote (as the sacred fool and sage he is perfect for it) with a cat at his heels instead of a dog (in some buddhist beliefs cats are higher spiritually evolved. Also i love kitties) Also i tend to think of the Road Runner when i see the card from the old Warner Bros cartoons. i think the fool will keep on walking never realizing he left the ground and not falling cause he did not study law. :)

the Fool also represents to me one of the perfect images of Brahma as Brahma's entire purpose is to experiance it all. everything good and bad from as many perspectives as possible. and the fool is setting out on that journey
Dec. 14th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Inverted doesn't always mean you are being fool, although it can mean that. I always took it to mean you need to watch your step more carefully, as more serious consequences may be coming.
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
"Invert" is an archaic term for faggot, too.
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
I really need to come up with an "Oh, so gay!" icon.

Just sayin'.

You coming on the 23rd? Quincy's looking forward to more extinct Scotch.
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
and faggot is a term reffering to gay people being thrown on pyres to make them hotter so they could more effectively burn witches. latter this i guess fell from fashion or some such or the gay people hid better so they burned large baskets of cats. who were then no longer easy to find and the rats proliferated nicely bringing fleas and black death. the lesson here is faggots and cats are nessasary to civilized life
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
hmm everything i have always been taught and that i have used with good results is the inverted is the negative aspects of the card (excepting things like 10 o stabby bits and tower) which of course are influanced by where in the spread and other cards and such but generally.
as far as watch your step and serious consequences think about it. what kind of advice do you usually give a foolish person. Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention. Save for another day and do not spend it all in one place. that kind of thing
Dec. 14th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
20 yrs, fuck ya old (giggles)
Dec. 16th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
y helo thar fellow tarot fan!

I have four or five decks myself. I've been interested in them since I was a teenager, mostly because of the graphic design. Then I started reading up on them as historical artifacts. I usually use them as meditation devices though, rather than doing actual readings, as each card represents a facet of the human experience.

One of these days I'll finish that tarot deck I've been working on.
Dec. 17th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
I love that Tarot deck. The art is gorgeous.
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