- Elemental trump of Air
- Hebrew Letter: Aleph (ox)
Key Words: openness, trust; ready to take a risk; courage to stand your ground; freedom, independence; creativity; great potential; possibility to take a quantum leap; listening to the heart’s voice. (From Gerd Ziegler’s Tarot: Mirror of the Soul)
Indications: You are ready for a new beginning, perhaps even a quantum leap. Give in, dare to leap, even if fear attempts to hold you back. Trust the voice from within your heart.
Questions: What is the »tiger of fear« for you? How do you imagine the courageous leap into the new? What does it look like? Where does your heart call you to go?
Suggestion: Draw other cards for the above questions if their answers are not clear for you.
Affirmation: I now follow my heart. I am open, and ready to go wherever it may lead me.
The Fool is both the first and the last card of the Major Arcana, depending upon which way you look at it. According to Richard Cavendish, author of The Black Arts, “If [the cards] are followed downwards from the top of the [Cabalistic] Tree, they show the evolution of the universe from God to Man. In the opposite order, starting from the foot of the Tree, they are the way of the soul’s ascent to God” (p.99). It is my intention on this 78 journey through the tarot deck to learn the cards in a way that is meaningful to me, but to also ground my understanding in the studies and wisdom that has come before me. In this way, I feel the Fool to be the perfect place to begin my journey, particularly on the first day of the year.
In Lon Milo DuQuette’s Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, he writes: “In essence, there are not twenty-two trumps, there is only one―the Fool” (p.97). In this sense, the Fool represents the entire journey through the trumps, neither first nor last, but zero, encompassing all the cards. In this way, the Fool is not a jester of medieval conception but the greatest trickster of the universe. DuQuette continues, ” The fool propounds the ultimate riddle…The Fool is more than God. The Fool is the nothing we refer to when we say “Nothing created God.” Cameo Victor identifies three stages of the Fool: the Innocent, the Wise, and the Enlightened. I ‘m also reminded of the saying “From ashes to ashes, and dust to dust,” so too do we begin as the Fool and return to the Fool as well.
The Rider-Waite deck’s depiction is that of a young man, boyish and good looking, approaching the edge of a cliff, seemingly oblivious to the danger in front of him. In his left hand he holds a flower, and in his right, a stick with a satchel tied to it. A small, white dog stands on its hind legs, gazing at its master with seeming both affection and concern.