Monday, October 8, 2012

0 The Fool

0 The Fool



Keywords: Accepting your choices, Acting on impulse, Adding the new & unfamiliar, Adventurous, "Anything goes", Beginning, Beginning an adventure, Being spontaneous, Being true to yourself, Belief in yourself, Believing, Carefree, Change of direction, Cooperation, Courage, "Crazy" chances, Crossroads, Dancing with the joy of life, Doing the unexpected, Effort, Embracing folly, Entering a new phase, Expanding horizons, Faith, Feeling loved, Feeling carefree, Feeling protected & loved, Feeling uninhibited, Follower your heart, Folly, "Foolish path", Frankness, Going on a journey, Happy-go-lucky, Having faith, Heading into the unknown, Heart's desire trusted, Hope through prayer, Impulsive actions, Innate wisdom, Innocence, Innocent joy, Into the unknown, Journey, Joy, Letting go of expectations, Letting go of worry & fear, Life is good, Living in joy, Living in the moment, New beginnings, New path, New phase in life, Nothing is certain or regular, Path of adventure & wonder, Protected, Pursuing a pipe dream, Recapturing innocence, Spontaneity, Starting something new, Staying open, Striking out on a new path, Surprising someone, Taking a "crazy" chance, Taking the "foolish" path, Trusting the flow, Trusting your heart's desire, Uninhibited, Unlimited potential, Unpredictable

As Card 0, the Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes - nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction - one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.


The Fool is a blank slate, beginning at the beginning, all things are new. He’s happy-go-lucky having no experience with the potential pitfalls of life. He steps forward with his eyes looking at the clouds, he dances his way down the path. If he continues looking at the clouds rather than forward in front of him, he could stumble into a hole or off a cliff. Or worse, miss a new path that may be easier, or more adventurous, or full of more opportunities.
The Fool isn’t following a defined road. He’s walking his own path, being spontaneous and adventuresome. For one to do this, one must have an innate wisdom and lots of courage.

This card shows a journey of some sort is beginning or about to begin. A crossroads has been reached and a decision must be made. By letting go of expectations and doing the unexpected, one is able to reach new heights never even previously considered. All options are open, take advantage of them!

Have faith in your decisions, let go of worry & fear. Believe in yourself and the choices you will make, regardless of how crazy or foolish they may seem.

The adventure begins, being at the crossroads of a grand adventure. A new chapter opening in your life.

Playing it safe isn't keeping on the path. Your life is a blank canvas - you are starting anew. New beginnings bring wisdom & courage.

Trust your potential and be spontaneous.

If this card is in the #1 position in a reading, your evolutionary journey through life begins. When in the #10 position it represents the folly of proceeding on a course of action while ignoring the likely pitfalls.

Hope through prayer. Doubt destroys faith.

Rewards from community activity. Group cooperation.

Realization of humanitarian efforts.

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Positive Dignities
Hanged Man - having faith in what is, going with the flow
Star - innocence, faith, trust
Judgment - rebirth, new starts
3 of Wands - expanding horizons, going into unexplored territory 

Negative Dignities
Hierophant - following convention, routine
Death - ending, closing down
Devil - feeling cynical, lacking faith
2 of Swords - blocking off experience, feeling tense, holding back
4 of Pentacles - order and regularity 

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Use this card for magick works involving new adventures (job, home, business), making a decision when faced with choices, when you need strength to move forward trustingly even though you have no idea where the path may lead. 

Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with Road Opening oil.

Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 

Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.

Use a pendulum to discern which path to take.

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The ideas can be endless! Just use your imagination and run with it. You'll be surprised with what you'll come up with! :)

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