The Card of the Day: The Fool



The Fool is the archetype of freedom, humor, and new beginnings. He is the wayward hero of the Tarot, the embodiment of the young adventurer just getting started on his quest. He is the only card numbered "0" in the deck. This means that he is not attached to any "identity" that he must prove to others. He's not the "King of this," or the "Knight of that." He's just "a fool," simple, unencumbered by worry, and completely free. The Fool's wisdom lies in his lack of pride and ego. He never despairs if he doesn't look "competent." That's just another box he would hate to be suffocated in. He's not afraid if people laugh at him. He invites it, and laughs with them! This humor gives him an inexhaustible resilience. It also carries magical healing powers, for himself and others.

Are you ever afraid of looking really stupid? Can you laugh at yourself as you haphazardly try to learn something new? Is there an unrealized dream you still have, but you are too scared to go for it?

The Fool knows what every domesticated cat knows.........that humans are just stupid monkeys. Why should he fret over what others think? People who buy into maintaining an image limit themselves, by a self imposed box to suffocate in. That's not living! The Fool is free to walk openly wherever he dares. He is free. The Fool can never be boxed in, kept, or defined by others. He goes his own path. The Sun is shining and his spirits are up. He is wearing the ugliest pattern this side of creation. It brings him great joy to flaunt it. If he gets happiness from it, that's all that matters. It's not like he's hurting anyone!

The Fool doesn't seem to be paying any attention to possible future calamities. His head is occupied with the thrilling possibilities of the day. Could he be in danger of going over the edge of the cliff? Possibly... but maybe that would be fun....he never actually got to die before... The Fool knows an important secret: Things are never as bad as they might appear. Somehow he always manages to get back up again unscathed. The Universe has a soft spot for fools, and blesses them with the craziest luck.

When the Fool appears he is calling you toward a new adventure. It's time to escape from the confines of ruts and routines. What do you still dream of doing? What would make your life feel lived? The Fool represents the need for taking risks. Even if others might think you are foolish for trying, it's time to throw your hat in the ring for your dream. Take an action toward your goal and don't overthink it. Just begin and momentum will follow. Leap into the unknown landscape of possibility. 

Release your inner-fool, for your heart's desire awaits! Abandon the self consciousness that prevents you from appearing too enthusiastic in public. Release thoughts of "I really should do this." or "What will so-and-so think?" from your consciousness. Learn to laugh at yourself and the world. Remember that after all the work and worry of "crafting an image" for others, you were still a primate. Let go of fears that stem from the ego and over-concern you with how you appear to others. Find the sunny, warm, funny, innocent and optimistic spark that waits deep within you, and set it free! You will be much more fun to be around.

The Fool gleefully whispers his words of wisdom to you: "Let go and cast off your fears of trying, of dying, and of looking stupid. They're cheating you out of the fullness of life."

Elliot Oracle