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The Fool — Spiritual Message of the Day

February 18, 2013

Tarot of Ceremonial Magick -- FoolIn the section on the Fool card in Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom, the author tells of a Native American belief that “each of us has a spirit child inside of us, and this child is the part of us that can fly if only we know and accept it.” This account calls to mind a saying (which is attributed to John Burroughs) that is often associated with this card: “Leap and the net will appear.”

The idea that sometimes we must take a leap of faith to achieve something of value is so important that it has been expressed often by sages of all cultures. Here is but a sampling of quotes that express this wisdom from a few of our more contemporary pundits:

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: ‘As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.’” — Joseph Campbell

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” — Henry David Thoreau

“To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure,
But risk must be taken,
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” — Henry Miller

“The Universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.” — Shakti Gawain

That final quote takes things a step further than the rest. What does it mean that we are taking risks on behalf of the Universe? It refers to those actions, those leaps of faith, through which we co-create with the Divine. In other words, what’s important is not just that we take risks, but that the risks we take are for endeavors that serve a higher purpose. It may not always be easy to know if we are serving that purpose, but we do get better at it as we travel along our spiritual path and become more familiar with a feeling of rightness that we can’t put into words but that we can recognize nevertheless.

So when should you take that leap of faith? That’s a crucial question. The answer is that you should take that leap when you feel in your heart of hearts the tug of your soul urging you in a new direction. However, you have to be willing to rest in silence now and then to be able to hear that call.

For all its power, a spiritual call is often but a whisper, and the clamoring call of errant desires can easily drown it out. Experience will help you know the difference, but until then, a way to differentiate between the two—the call of your ego versus the call of your soul—is to consider if this new direction is merely of benefit to you or if it also serves the good of the world around you.

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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Today’s pithy Tarot meaning (for the Fool) is illustrated by the Fool in Lon DuQuette’s Tarot of Ceremonial Magick. To find out more about this great deck you can read my interview with Lon from about 2 years ago.

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