Ah, to be a Fool for April–to skip along the springtime blossoms with the wisdom and whimsy of youth! Although the origins of the prankster holiday April Fools Day are shrouded in mystery (much like the Tarot)–and culturally the word “fool” usually refers to someone easily duped or tricked–the archetype of the Fool has a much richer history:
In her book, Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings, Rachel Pollack reveals:
The iconic modern image of the Fool as a joyous innocent setting off on a journey comes originally from the Rider deck of Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith. Arms out, happy and carefree, the Fool appears about to step off a cliff. He is fearless, simply because he has never learned to be afraid.
The Fool is the childlike nature in all of us that trusts with an open heart. Since he makes his choices based on love, not out of fear, he finds his needs met by the Universe. He is a symbol of new beginnings and second chances. However, as Pollack says:
…the fool as a free spirit is not just a concept. If we can identify with the Fool and allow the card to spark some of that spontaneity in ourselves, we too can do what is necessary in the right moment.
How is the energy of the Fool at work in your life? Are you allowing him to let go of what others think of you and follow your dreams? When was the last time you took a risk? Come in for a Heroic Tarot reading and discover how you can live every minute to the fullest!