The Journey of the Fool

Ginny here. At least I knew what I was getting into. At Equinox, when the Moonstruck hare struck me, I was amazed by the depth of the lore I found and I sank in, mesmerized. Today is the first of April, and the Fool is quite another matter. The trickster, the playful joker, the innocent wanderer is an archetype present in all cultures, in all stories. He wards off evil, bends the truth, makes us see things that aren’t there and shows us how to create a fresh start out of all beginnings. Think Court Jester, think Loki and The Joker, think Coyote and Fox, entertainment, surprises and mysteries. Think playfulness. More than anything, think…possibility.

April Fool’s Day. There are quite a few explanations of its origin but it seems certain that the break from normalcy, bringing perspective with humor, is what made it last…well, that and a new calendar in the 16th century that kept everyone guessing as to when holidays should be celebrated.

0-seekerIn the Tarot, the Fool is the card numbered zero because he is everything and nothing. He can become anything as he sets out on his journey to self-awareness. He launches himself into the void, steps off a precipice, ignores or embraces the instincts of his animal companion, and embarks on the journey of his life. In Joanna Powell Colbert’s beautiful Gaian Tarot, the Fool becomes the Seeker. The he pronoun is of course just for convenience; the Fool has no gender, just an insatiable appetite for new experience and for dispensing wisdom from humor, or simplicity, or madness. In this series of 10 articles, tarot expert Barbara Moore follows the Fool’s Journey through the Tarot.

The Fool shows up in every literary genre from Shakespeare to Science Fiction (Jayne is my favorite). in popular music from classic Beatles

to …more music, only slightly older.

C’mon, it doesn’t get any better than Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1962!

The Fool knows that to admit ignorance is the highest wisdom because that’s when you learn what you don’t know. He knows that every beginning is an opportunity. He knows that laughter keeps us moving, that taking ourselves too seriously is deadly and that a prank or two keeps us on our toes. He’s the blank slate where the answer to any question can be written. I’ve collected some images, some cards, some artwork, and a song or three that will help us along on this fool’s errand. Do you have any to add? Let’s dance! Happy April!

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