“The Fool Tarot card is a card of potential, new beginnings and innocence. This Tarot card shows the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest. The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.
In a Tarot reading, the Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. The Fool is all about new experiences, personal growth, development and adventure. The Fool Tarot card asks you to take a ‘leap of faith’ and to trust in the Universe in that if you begin a new journey, you will find success. This Fool lives a carefree life, free from worry and anxiety. He does not seem to mind if he does not really know what lies ahead.
The Fool Tarot card may represent a choice to be made—one of vital importance. However, there are always many different options available and the choice must be made wisely. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool encourages you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem. This is a time when you need to truly ‘believe’ and have faith in where the Universe is taking you.
The Fool is an excellent Tarot card to meditate on if you are experiencing a lot of fear in your life. The Fool enhances courage, risk-taking and the creative expression needed to open up new areas in your life.
The Fool is always whole, healthy and without fear. He is the spirit of who we are, the spirit expressed and experienced as wonder, awe, curiosity and anticipation. We never know what is in the future but like the Fool we must blindly go forward. You need to trust that you are a spirit born into flesh to enjoy life and grow in experience. Take a chance and see what happens (biddytarot.com).”
We begin our lives as fools. Naive, innocent and completely absorbent of all that life has to offer us. As time goes on we begin to protect ourselves, our feelings and others based on what we perceive as dangerous, frightening or likely to harm us.
This innate ability comes to us with good intentions and purpose. We need to be afraid of the hungry lion because maybe it will maul us. Is there a chance however, that if we provided food and love to the lion, the lion would have no need to maul us and therefore we wouldn’t need to be afraid?
What is accomplished with fear can be accomplished with love. Fear is faster but love is more effective for both the giver and the receiver.
What’s more is we can allow fear to come and go like waves on the shore but we do not need to cling and revel in it thinking it will protect us from the depths of the sea.
Fear is temporary, like grief, pain, happiness, excitement, anxiety, hunger, and every other emotion we experience as human beings.
We shouldn’t hate, dislike or discount fear. We can appreciate it for directing us towards a certain challenge, let it go and replace it with love.
I came to a certain realization recently (many actually) which included what love truly is.
It is rare that I quote the bible but in this case it says it best:
5 Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. 7 Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
-1 Corinthians 13:5-7New Century Version (NCV)
There are so many songs, poems, people, messages that encourage us to believe that:
- love is dramatic because it is passionate
- love hurts when it is unreciprocated
- love is dangerous when given to the undeserving
- love is frightening
- love makes people do “crazy things”
but that is not what love is.
What is described in these statements are fear. Fear of losing control, fear of being judged, fear of not being enough, fear of losing someone or something, fear of being “taken advantage of” and fear, although an acceptable emotional, is selfish. Love is not selfish.
This is not to say that we cannot love someone and still be afraid. It is to say that our “being afraid-ness” is not about them, it is about us. There is something within us that we need to heal, a whole that needs to be filled, or a truth that needs to be realized.
Love can be given freely, with or without being spoken, with no negative consequences.
Once that is realized, the rest is a lot more work!
So now, anytime I feel afraid, angry, defensive, uncomfortable at someone I love, I realize that there is something about myself I need to meditate on. It’s a daily struggle that sometimes seems insurmountable but with each conquest, a peacefulness comes that makes living life so much better.