Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 29

The Fool



Well, we haven’t seen him for a while.  And considering who’s writing this blog, that’s quite a surprise.

I’m really grateful this card came around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  But one reason for sure is the gloominess I’ve perceived in so many wonderful people, friends as well as clients, the last few days. 

It’s as though folks are responding to current energy by lassoing their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick and chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “Life sucks.  Life sucks.  Life sucks.” 

If these are in fact transformational times (and they are), then that is ZACKLY the wrong thing to do!

So, back to the card. 

Da Ful: this card does not mean that you are a fool or are inevitably going to be foolish today ~ at least not in the way our culture perceives foolishness. 

I call this The Joseph Campbell card.  It’s the card that says, “You.  You.  Yeah, you.  FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.  NOW!  With joy, and hope, and excitement.  NOW!

So it’s the card that offers you permission to go off on your personal quest, just like Percivale did. 

The important aspect (and for some of us, the hard work) is to actually know what our bliss is.  And when times are a little bumpy, for some of us that’s the first thing that goes RIGHT out the window.  So, as I have written before, this is the somewhat rambling response I’ve given to a few clients when they’ve asked. “What the hell does that mean?”

·        Start by knowing what your heart’s true desire is. If necessary, take some time to hone your understanding of what that means to you, for today, anyway. 

·        Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem (i.e., I’m gonna write a children’s story about an orphan boy who goes to a school for wizards, and it’s going to be so beautifully done it’s going to earn me enough to support myself and my family for the rest of my life.  Like that could ever happen!) take your first single small step on the path that follows your bliss. 

·        And see what that leads to. 

·        Then take that next step. 

·        And see what that leads to.  And so on.

The difference between The Fool and some other Tarot cards that offer permission to follow your own unique path is that The Fool in particular says,

Stay connected to your heart, moment by moment.  Know that your heart may change, and so your direction may change, moment by moment.  But DO NOT allow yourself to think less of yourself, your efforts or your path because of that.  Go where your heart tells you and you will achieve more than most will ever even hope for.”

This is the card of the Sacred Fool, the Holy Fool.  The one who is open to divine inspiration and honors it by following his or her bliss, harm to none and love for all, always.

Let me give you an idea of how The Fool’s gift applied to me recently. 

I was watching one of the shows in the second season of “Torchwood” (if you haven’t picked up on that BBC series, I think you’re missing something. But start with the first season on DVD.)  One of the characters made the point, in a way that hit me harder than I remember that humans on Earth are almost always at war. We tell ourselves that we are fighting “the war to end war for all time.”  Over and over and over.  

And I was really shaken.  Because, for just a moment, I had a glimpse of humans, with our nearly angelic powers and potentials, side by side with the reality of how we ignore them, or maybe even worse, use them in ways that are just plain stupid, moment by moment.

And I got the very clear message that a big chunk of the problem is that we are following old habits, old programming, NOT following our bliss. Not honoring that which is angelic in us.  Not reaching for that which is our Highest and Best.  But we can.

And then I came into the office and drew The Fool card and found such blessing in the message that there is the

Brightest Blissings!


Quote for the Day:  Sure, I could of done it different… put my clown in a closet and dressed up in straight clothing. I could of compromised my essence, and swallowed my soul. ~ Wavy Gravy

(and if you don’t know about Wavy Gravy, GET STARTED at  http://www.wavygravy.net  )  {He has been called the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.}  Watta FOOL!


16 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 29”

  1. Warren Grossman Says:

    Very good job, Neal. delight to read.



  2. MaryAnn Budoris Says:

    Thought provoking thoughts Neal. Thanks for your ever loving, ever giving presense on this plane. Thanks for being you and sharing your wisdom and grace.

  3. Anne Stevens Says:

    Hello Dear Neal,

    Your blog is so wonderful, thanks for sending this. I will send it along to my friend’s and clients. Timely too, I just sent you name to one of my clients for a soul retrieval and past life request. She will love this information as well.

    This reminded me of how I miss you – and your wonderful sense of humor! Hope you are well and blissing out…

    Love and Blessings,

  4. Donna Allen Says:

    Beautiful and timely message, Neal. Thank you very much.

    ~ ~Blessings, Donna

  5. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so very much, Warren.

    It’s good to hear from you.

    Blessings and light,


  6. shamanspath Says:

    Dear Mary Ann,

    Thank you so much for the kind words, and for all YOU do and all YOUR caring in the community.

    Blessings and blissings!


  7. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so very much, GraceLady!

    As far as missing me is concerned… Work on your aim?

    Blessings and blissings,


  8. shamanspath Says:

    Thank YOU Donna.

    And thanks so muc for all you do in the world. Keep those messages flowing!

    Blessings, Blissings and Blossings,


  9. Jan Stevenson Says:


    I do subscribe actually, and so feel like there are a couple of fools hanging around, or possibly just young coyotes! The following link reminds me of someone, can’t think who. . .


    you’re a joy. . .Jan

  10. shamanspath Says:

    Dear Jan,

    Thanks so much. I think you’d enjoy getting to know Wavy Gravy a bit more.

    Can’t imagine who (whom? wham?) that web site reminds of.



  11. Jim B Says:

    You’ve got your finger on the pulse, as usual. Thanks for spreading it around. I keep getting the temptation to take what I can before it all goes to you-know-what. Then I realize it’s already there and I keep slogging toward that dream of beauty.

    Peace, Jim

  12. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, Jim.

    And special thanks for the slogging. It’s all the unknown sloogers who keep the dream alive and real.



  13. Martin Cosentino Says:

    The Fool is the First Card in the Tarot Deck, the sublime individual that you are, a ‘little less than the angels.’ He carries his rod of hidden power and his provisions for his journey. Yet he must be careful not to get too close
    to the edge of the cliff – the little dog is his warning signal to wake up from
    his lazy dream of blue skies and green fields. The path has deep pitfalls,
    and he must be awake to see his way safely through the obstacles and yawning canyons below.

    To say about someone that they are ‘nobody’s fool’ is a compliment – of sorts, or that they are not easily deceived. To say’ he does not suffer fools gladly’ is an admission of some intolerance, but a wise step in putting
    truly foolish people in their place, or at least making them aware of their foolish words or behavior.

    But to be called ‘G-d’s fool’ is the most noble compliment of all, for that person has risen to the highest level, much like the court jesters did in the medieval period, to the throne of the King – in this case the King of the Universe, and given to the Almighty a most treasured gift that is seen as
    ‘making a fool of oneself’ in the blind eyes of human beings. This person is
    truly blessed with a sublime, almost divine nature – wise beyond their years, exercising wonderful powers of perception and humor. It is to this
    sort of ‘fool’ that we all might aspire.

  14. shamanspath Says:

    Bravo, Martin!

    And thanks!



  15. Kitti Says:

    it just amazes how “on target” these can be…..and you sure hit a bullsye with this one. i’m being “nudged” somewhere…. just gotta figure out my bliss…..thanks for the nudge…..and the clarity……..
    for clearing up the “unrest” i’ve been feeling lately.

    blessings and namaste,

  16. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Kit!

    Blessings and blessings!


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