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The Fool — Spiritual Message of the Day

August 7, 2011

The Fool -- Tarot of the MastersWe are souls not of this world, yet born into it. This state of being “in the world but not of the world” is reflected in traditional considerations of the Fool card. Perhaps the best example is the common use of a metaphor called “The Fool’s Journey” in which the Fool travels through the other Major Arcana cards, experiencing and learning from each along the way. And so although this card is placed in the Major Arcana, it is also separate from it.

Consider also this card’s curious assignment of the number zero. All the other cards have a counting number, but we don’t count with the number “zero.” One is the first number, two is the second, and so on, but what is zero? The zeroth number? So again, the Fool is in the Major Arcana but not of the Major Arcana just as we are in the world but not of the world.

We may also consider that we, like the number zero, are nothing. This is not meant as a put down. It means that our essential Being is not a thing (no-thing) of the material world. For example, you may be a student, but that’s not really what you are; you may be a parent, but that’s not really what you are; and so on. All those roles in the material world that we play, they aren’t who we really are. Our true identity lies outside of the world; we are souls living a material life for a while.

So all the ideas of who we are, which we’ve accumulated through our experiences and assimilated through the labels that other people have put upon us and that we have put upon ourselves, define us only if we let them. They are just garments we have put on and that we can also take off if we choose, if we remember that we are, always, pure potential.

So every day is a blank slate upon which we can write a new story of who we are. We typically don’t see it that way, thinking that we are defined by all that has come before. But that’s not true if we decide to recognize and access our unlimited potential and if we decide to march to the beat of whatever drummer we choose to hear.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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