April 1st, known as April fools day or All fools day.
I feel that for the most of my life I have tried to stay away from being the fool or being considered the fool. Just the word “fool” seemed to hold such negative connotations for me. After looking at what my perception of the “fool” has been growing up and then now looking at the purpose and meaning of the “fool’ in the tarot my opinion has greatly shifted. Let me share with you what would be known as the traditional meaning of the word fool, as well as it’s meaning and representation in my favorite Tarot deck Shadowscapes.
To begin I will once again reference the good old Merriam Webster dictionary…
Definition of FOOL
- those fools who ride motorcycles without wearing helmets
- Only a fool would ask such a silly question.
- You’d be a fool to believe what he tells you.
- You’re making yourself look like a fool.
To start off I like the thought of being one that is lacking in judgement or prudence. Doesn’t say I have none… just lacking and I think we could all do a little better with removing “Certain” judgemental behaviors (I will keep the good ones like discernment). The rest of them sound created out of fear. Fear of seeing someone doing something that seems to them as making no sense. The label of fool easily becomes negative, since no one wants to be labeled a victim. The words common powers of understanding screams someone who is thinking outside the norm! And then they throw in examples like…a dancing fool…what is wrong with dancing? Lets just cut through the PC tape and say what we mean Merriam Webster… A fool is someone who we (the collective) are confused by. They do not follow the common train of thought. They are wildly unpredictable and seem to really enjoy being their own person. We are afraid of the lack of control the fool seems to exhibit. The fool does not fear the unknown…he does not fear anything.
Now…here is the Shadowscape definition of the Fool in the Tarot deck.
Meaning: The Fool is a symbol for new beginnings and adventures, pleasure, passion, thoughtless and rash. Like the Fool, you may stand upon the precipice gazing out into the unknown; and there is either an oblivious foolishness to the terrible plunge you may experience, or else a wild spirit of adventure and great faith and knowledge in that which can and will bear you up and guide through the times to come. There are unlimited possibilities opening up for the seeker.
I long to be the fool….
To take that infamous step and have faith that all is right. Today I am going to channel my inner fool. We all have one in there! In honor of All fools day I will be but a fool, even if it is for one day. One day may lead to two…two..to three. Today I will remove the layers of programing (or at least attempt to let them fall) I will let my heart and my spirit lead me throughout the day.
I do find it interesting that the Fool (all fools day) occurs during the Aries sun sign. Both represent the beginning… All beginnings require faith and trust…to be the first there has to be some sense of wild adventure and belief in the universe as well as oneself and a higher power.
Happy April fools day… embrace your inner child today, you know the one that allows you to be fool hearty and fearless!