Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How The Fool Card Applies To The Current Ression - How It Can Help You

I would like to share my insight and knowledge about the tarot. This information can be useful for anyone learning the tarot, or just wanting more insight of what the cards are about and how they apply to our lives and experience. I think first I would like to exploration of each card in the tarot starting with the major arcana. I will be using the Morgan Greer deck for these teachings.

We will start with the first and last card of the major arcana The Fool, which opens and closes the circle for 21 cards. Remember with the 22 cards of the major arcana we will explore symbolism, the esoteric and the energetics. This knowledge can be useful in doing a 1 card reading for the self or others.

First it is important to understand that the cards of the major arcana represent the consciousness, unknowing in a zen or Buddhist sense and the rulings of a higher knowledge and cosmic order, along with mysticism. It is important to always remember that these teachings and understanding have been taught, learned and passed on down
through the ages. Some are relevant to the consciousness of the time. Information that has been channeled through limited and unfortunately lost human knowledge, experience and understanding. It is always important to remember yes the cards have interpretations and definitions but nothing is carved in stone. This can be learned by working with various decks with different themes.

In life there is a positive and negative element to all situation. Everything has a polar opposite. It is the same with card so do the cards. They can reflect the positive or negative.

The first card we will examine is THE FOOL.

Some decks like call the fool the card of zero no begging or end. In some decks it start the major arcana and in some it ends it appearing after The World. Again these are my feeling and thinking about The Fool..

For me this card represents beginning, birth, youth emptiness, unknowing, learning, gathering information, androgyny (could be male or female), completion and beginning of a cycle. Someone who has the qualities of this card would have a very new born, youthful sense of approaching life. Wondrous. They would love to jump right in and experience things without worry of the outcome. A risk taker. A impulsive person and also intuitive, they would not be blocked with excessive intellect. They would also understand and be moved by cosmic impulse. They would follow their own path in life.

The Fool = Freedom

As The Fool experiences the journey of life passing through the remaining cards in the major arcana he becomes humbled by life's experience. The Fool can be looked at as the player in the game of life. It you see The Fool landing after The World card he has succeeded in the journey.

The Fool can also mean in approach to situations and things, energetic, emptiness,
space, and going within to start new.

In the Morgan Greer Deck The Fool appears to be going on his journey alone with exception of his pal the little white dog. He looks a head care free not worried. Seen is a white rose,white garment, and white dog. They all represent purity and the divine. The dog who follows eagerly looks like he is barking to get his master or friends attention. Thus the divine trying to wake up The Fool. The Fool needs to take heed to the inner and divine voice within. The dog seems to warn of danger...But...does the fool listen....Do he care what others think? No....But Does he listen to that inner guidance to keep him safe...not always...the negative aspect of the this card.

Any one with this card representing them needs to practice discernment. Also notice that the fool has no real luggage, baggage. He travels lightly, the weight of the world does not way him/her down.

Now with this learned information about The Fool, lets apply it to certain situations. How would the elements of The Fool influence certain situations, people etc.

A Child: The child or teen represented by this card would be going off into the world. One who thinks for him or her self not worrying what other think. They could be heading off to school, to travel alone, a child starting school. Travel to somewhere unknown,which may seem odd to others. Their spirit would guide them there.

President Obama: This card for sure would symbolize his new found journey as president. Energetically he may think he knows what he is in for, but in regard to this card he has not seen the tip of the cosmic iceberg. He may have had experience as a senator, but nothing compares in his experience to what he must journey through now. There would be a deep sense in him that may not know all the answers why he ran and actually one....this unknowing as if a force pulled him into it all. This would be the energetics of The Fool card. As with this card he must stay light on his feet so to speak, but grounded and not carry negative baggage with him into his term. He must pay attention to others needs and remain open. A negative tendency of The Fool is to sometimes be oblivious to others and their needs.

How would The Fool card be applied to the recession/depression we are facing:

Again The Fool remains opens to all possibilities and thinks that way. A trait of The Fool is optimism but not false optimism. The Fool would easily try to push doors open that seems closed or open doors that no one else wants to open. Also The Fool takes nothing personally, and is not bothered by criticism. He/she just explore and moves forward. Very important The Fool is not afraid to ask for help or receive it. The Fool would be a person who finds a new path to take over the same mountain! Again he/she travels with a dog the loyal companion. The loyalist is the guidance of the divine in all situations. On a physical plane it would represent keeping connections of family and friends and loved ones maintained and close during times of hard ship. Very important to The Fool....The journey is more important, fun and exciting that the end result and destination.

Just to touch on some of the negative qualities The Fool card can represent:

Reversed: going to extremes, not paying attention, no focus, doing things on a whim when your gut tells you different. Ignoring those near and dear to you. Focused only on self interest to the exclusion of others. Thinking you know all the answers when actually you don't have a clue or know nothing.

The reversed would also be: experimenting with drugs because of the influence of others. drugs in general, alcohol etc. It would also represent a person who is sick due to vitally blocked chi or prana energy.

Stay tuned for next month to learn about The Magician/Magi

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