Friday, January 9, 2009

The Fool (0)

Although numbered 0, The Fool is the first card of the Major Arcana. It represents a journey, particularly of a spiritual kind, since the Major Arcana deals with spiritual issues.

In the foreground there is a baby reaching out to touch the fire flames, unaware of the danger he is in. His mother hurries frantically to pull him away from the impending danger. Behind them, we see a young man setting out on a journey in all innocence, like the baby - unlike the baby, he will not have anyone to protect him from danger. On the journey of life, he will learn how to shoulder his own responsibilities, through experience, and he alone will need to make decisions and select choices.

On the road ahead there are many alternative routes to be taken; these represent the choices and decisions in our life. There are many forests, dark and mysterious, to test his bravery and determination. Will he go on or will he turn back?

The plant in the foreground is Ragwort, a potentially toxic plant. There is also a partridge, which symbolises deceit. Along with the obvious dangers of fire, these symbols represent the difficulties that could lie ahead on the path of life, but the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis (top right-hand side of card) reminds us that our journey is a spiritual one and, depending on which roads we choose and upon the wisdom we exercise, the outlook is set to be bright..... just as the sun is shining brightly in the card.

This is my interpretation of the card as I see it. I would be very interested to hear if you can add anything to it.

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