Journey through the tarot: The Fool

Journey through the tarot: The Fool

“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?
Journey through the tarot: The 8 of Cups

Journey through the tarot: The 8 of Cups

  • Mystic Dreamer Tarot

    Mystic Dreamer Tarot

    Name: Eight of Cups (8oC)

  • Suite: Cups — emotions, reaction
  • Element: Water – emotions
  • Sign/Planet: Pisces — emotional, sensitive, empathetic
  • House: 12th – mysticism, secrets, hidden thoughts
  • Colors: blue – calm,peace; red – passion; yellow – happiness
  • Numerology: 8 – moving from pain
  • Symbols: water – intuition, emotion; mountain – journey; cups – emotion; moon – femininity, emotion
  • Upright:  Leaving, Respite, Seeking, Journey, Contemplation
  • Reversed: Stagnant, Confinement, Thinking of leaving
  • Character/person:  The Buddha — he left everything behind to focus on his spiritual being.

Personal Comments:

This card has an emotional tug on me. As a spiritual person, I always tend to seek retreat — especially through meditation or for grounding. As an introvert, my best way to charge back up is to walk off and be alone. I can’t stand being in a crowd for too long, and even shelter myself from my loved ones after being around them for too long.  As someone with bipolar, I tend to have to walk away from my own thoughts of negativity and regret.

Sometimes you have to leave things behind and let go — especially those things that bring negativity or pain into your life. Life is too short to live in misery.

This card also reminds me of the movie Seven Years in Tibet. The actor Brad Pitt accidentally ends up in the beautiful land of Tibet. There he meets the future Dalai Lama — which opens up a world of spiritual and emotional beauty. Although it wasn’t his intention, he went on a profound journey which changed his heart, and soul, forever.

cups08Description (Rider-Waite Tarot)

This card shows a man walking towards a mountain. He holds a staff in his right hand. He wears a red robe, and red shoes. The waters beside him ripple, and off in the background are sharp mountain peaks. The sky is a calming blue, and the moon looks downward. He is guided solely by the light of the moon, and his spirit.

Waite’s description:

A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.

Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical–giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence–either for good or evil.

Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.

Activity

  • Where is a physical place you can go to get away from everyone?
  • In that place put things that make you happy: pictures, stuffed animals, candles, etc.
  • In that place create an altar like area and include the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water.
  • Make sure that the area is always clean and away from others.
  • Make it comfortable. Include pillows, blankets, and other things to sit on.
  • Schedule a time to visit the spot daily and spend time in meditation. It doesn’t have to be long, just enough for you to refocus and refresh.

Journal prompt(s)

  • What are some emotions you need to let go of and leave behind?
  • Where are places you can find the most respite? Why those?
Journey through the tarot – The Ace of Cups

Journey through the tarot – The Ace of Cups

Art Nouveau Tarot

Art Nouveau Tarot

Fictional Character: Dory from Finding Nemo

Upright keywords: Emotional happiness, joy, love, fertility
Reversed keywords: Overwhelmed with emotion, sadness, tears, lack of hope, blocked feelings
All Aces: New beginnings
Suite: Cups – emotions & intuition
Element: Water – emotions & intuition
Numerology: 1 – new beginnings, new growth
Season: Summer

Personal Comments:

This card reminds me of the fun-loving, emotionally happy, and somewhat dense Dory from Finding Nemo. She was in love with life, and attempted to bring joy where it was lacking most. She was fearless… and could speak whale. That right there brings happiness and laughter to my own heart.

The ace of cups is the beginning of strong emotions. It’s that feeling when you are first in love; that feeling when your child does something amazing; that feeling when you have your first baby. There are so many moments of immense joy in life, and this card captures that all. Reverse, you don’t have that joy. It’s lacking; it’s blocked. Allow yourself to experience happiness in everything you do.

*I spoke about the Ace of Cups in a previous post titled “Experiencing the Ace of Cups“.

Description

(Based on the Rider Waite Tarot)
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This card shows a hand coming out of a cloud. Of the four aces, this is one of the two with the palm facing up. The chalice in the hand is yellow (perhaps gold?). Water flows up and out of the cup. There is a dove dropping a wafer down into the cup (communion). Water falls out beside the cup and hand down to the pond. The pond contains water lilies; the background is a murky gray (like the cloud), and far off there are green hills.

Waite’s description:

The waters are beneath, and thereon are water-lilies; the hand issues from the cloud, holding in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring; a dove, bearing in its bill a cross-marked Host, descends to place the Wafer in the Cup; the dew of water is falling on all sides. It is an intimation of that which may lie behind the Lesser Arcana. Divinatory Meanings: House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof. Reversed: House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution.


 

Colors: Blue – peace/calm, Green – abundance, Yellow – happiness, White – purity/innocence, Gray – unknown/murky
Astrological sign: All of the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
Astrological houses – 4th, 8th, 12th: A focus on family, inheritance, death, dreams, and spirit.
Symbols: water lilies – purity, innocence, femininity; Dove – peace & purity; Water – emotions

Journey through the tarot: The page of pentacles

Journey through the tarot: The page of pentacles

Tarot of the Hidden Realm

Tarot of the Hidden Realm

Fictional Character: Hermione from Harry Potter

Upright keywords: Pragmatic, Hard-working, Focus, Determination, Messenger, Student, Studious, New project
Reversed keywords: Stubborn, lack of determination, Disorganized, Materialistic
All pages: All of the pages have these characteristics: they can mean a message will be delivered or delayed; they can mean a new beginning to a project or job.
Suite: Pentacles – practical matters, finances
Element: Earth – slow moving, practical
Season: Winter

Personal Comments:

The pages always remind me of the Disney movie: “The Sword in the Stone”. The page in the movie, Arthur, was one who was young, naive, and determined to do the right thing. Always left with the chores no one else wanted, he still went on to do what he was called to do.

This page reminds me of my younger brother. He is extremely studious — a constant straight A student in all classes, including honor classes (definitely not me!). He is in JROTC as his extra curricular activity, and he cleans up nicely in his uniform. His plans are engineering in college, and then off to the military. Model soldier, model student. However, on the flip side, he can be stubborn, opinionated (not in a good way), and just downright ugly. If really bad he can be undisciplined and disorganized. All of which represents this page.

Description (Rider Waite Tarot)

This card displays a boy holding up a pentacle. He looks towards the coinpents11 and holds in a delicate manner. He wears a green cloak, and brown underclothing. His hair is black and atop it he wears a red turban.

Beneath his feet are flowers and grass. Behind him are trees with fruit, and a mountain with a peak. The sky around him is a vibrant yellow. In the far background is a field ready for seeds.

Traditionally pages were young male servants, who were also messengers. The page of pentacles represents a message that could take a while to be delivered — such as postal mail. They were attendants to knights as both servants and students learning the basics of combat.

The page is, in some decks, a young female rather than a male.

Waite’s description:

A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands. He moves slowly, insensible of that which is about him. Divinatory Meanings: Application, study, scholarship, reflection another reading says news, messages and the bringer thereof; also rule, management. Reversed: Prodigality, dissipation, liberality, luxury; unfavourable news.


Colors: Yellow – happiness, Green – abundance, Blue – calm

Astrological sign: Capricorn – the sign of goal setting, practicality, and hard-work. When not living out their sign: detached , pessimistic, and stubborn.

Astrological house – 10th (Midheaven): This house is where you show your public image and career. You shine here as this is what you were called to do in life. This house also represents the parent who had the most impact on your upbringing — traditionally the mother.

Symbols: Pentacles: Material issues; Mountain peak: Journey; Trees/Flowers: Abundance, Growth