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Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 19

July 18, 2009

The Fool


Well, we haven’t seen him for a while.  Since April, in fact.  And this card was key to a reading I did this past week.

I’m really grateful this card has come around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  But one reason for sure is that I’m seeing a number of wonderful people, friends as well as clients, breaking out of a longstanding gloominess over the last few days.  

This card certainly speaks to that, because it’s the antithesis to the state of  folks lassoing their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick while 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 and expectation 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 we get down or times get a little, that’s often 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 once applied to me. 

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 selfish, demeaning and 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 that there is the possibility of doing it all differently

 IF we know our hearts truly

 IF we honor that which truly resonates for the Highest and Best,

which is always one with OUR Highest and Best;  

 IF we follow our bliss.

Wishing you a day of magic and the sacred.

Brightest Blissings!

Quote for the Day:  Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.  ~ Joseph Campbell

Today’s Weather:  Mistyfalls; lingering dibbles with occasional tributaries.

On This Date: 711Battle of Guadalete: Umayyad forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic. [This delays the emergence of Goth culture in America by about 1370 years.]