“With Great Risk Comes Great Reward” – Thomas Jefferson

  • thefoolhobbitName: The Fool (0)
  • Sign/Planet: Uranus (Aquarius)
  • House: 11th – groups, friendships, community, brotherhood, mankind
  • Element: Air – intellectual, communication, logic
  • Colors: blue – peace,calm,emotions; yellow – joy, intellect; white – purity
  • Numerology: 0 – new beginning
  • Initial thoughts:  new beginning, travel, journey, going out, rebirth
  • Upright: going on a new adventure; having a new start; taking a risk; innocent
  • Reversed:  foolishness, recklessness
  • Symbols: sun – hope; mountain – journey; dog – conscience
  • Character/person: Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings) – travels on a long adventure despite risks and doubts

Personal Comments:

Here we start our tarot journey at the beginning – the fool. It is within him to leave behind the past and move towards something new. Something revolutionary.

This is all too true in each of our own stories. Phases and situations come to an end, and we are moved, sometimes forced, to go a new direction. We have fears, yet, the anticipation of something new and novel pushes us forward.

In one of the chapters of my life, I lived as a military spouse. We moved a few times, and none without their own trials. Each time was a risk, an adventure, and a myriad of emotions. Everything was new. Everyone was new. And here I was — for the most part — all alone.

For every time in our life, we had a beginning. It was up to you to rise up to the challenge or let it defeat you. The fool in our journey is no different. Rather than allowing for defeat, he opened up his soul and allowed it to grow, develop, and flourish.

The next time you open a new chapter in your life, how will you let it affect you?

Description of The Fool (Rider-Waite Tarot)

The Fool card shows a man about to walking towards the edge of a cliff. He carries with him a small hobo bag, indicating his need to carry little, and leaving much behind. Behind him is a small white fooldog — his conscious and those reminding him to turn away. The sun shines brightly above, in white, a color of purity and clearness. He carries with him a white rose, a symbol of purity and growth. He gently holds it, showing tenderness and understanding beyond his age. The sky is an exuberant yellow bringing about feelings of happiness and thought. In the backgrounds are mountain peaks showing that there is still much of a journey that needs to be done.

Waite’s description

With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.

 

Activity

  • Write down five things that you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done. Make sure these are major things. Moving away, started a business,  changed careers, going back to, wrote a book, college, etc.
  • Pick one of those things and write down the reasons you’ve never done what you’ve wanted.
  • What’s stopping you? What’s holding you back? What can you change so that those things can’t hold you back any longer.
  • Set a plan of action to make what you wanted to do a reality.
  • Begin today with your new journey. Start a journal so you can come back and review your enthusiasm.
  • Don’t listen to the little dog in the card! He’s trying to be one who holds you back. Know that you can do it. Create small steps and create rewards for each milestone.
  • In your tarot journal: What does it feel like to take a risk? What does it feel like to have a new beginning? How do you identify now with the fool?

Journal prompt(s)

  • When was the last time you allowed yourself to take a major life-changing risk? What was the outcome?
  • What do you think of the quote “With Great Risk Comes Great Reward”? Do you allow yourself to take risks?