Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 19

The Fool


He’s Baaa-aaack!  And this is one of my wordier interpretations (Wordier than yesterday’s?  Yep!) so ya might as well get another adult beverage of your choice at this time of day, sit back and be … enlightened?  We’ll see.   

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 still seeing gloominess in a number of wonderful people, friends as well as clients, even though I’m sure they’re working hard to break out of their gray-heavy-blanket-fogs.  

This card certainly speaks to that, because it’s the antithesis to the state of being where people lasso their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walk around beating themselves with a stick [or a riding crop, if budget permits] while chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “It sucks to be me.  It sucks to be me.  It sucks to be me.” 

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 expectationNOW!

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 tough, that knowing is 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,

“Follow your bliss?

What the freakin’ hell does that mean?”

You 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.  Do it over an extra cuppa if  that’s all the time you have.  But do it.

Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem – Like:

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.  It’s going to make me the first person to ever earn a billion dollars from writing fiction.  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 the 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. [And if you’ve read it before… either just belt up and read it again or send me a better example to drop in here next time the card comes up, thenkyew!] 

I was watching one of the shows in the second season of “Torchwood” [if you still haven’t picked up on that BBC series, I think you’re missing something. Especially now that the brilliant but VERY TOUGH season 3 is out on DVD. But start with the first season.]   One of the characters made the point, in a way that hit me harder than I remember most TV shows ever doing , 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 and destructive, moment by 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 for our Highest and Best.  But we can.

And then I came into the office and drew The Fool card and found great blessing in the message that that there is ALWAYS 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, and your true path.

Brightest Blissings!

Quote for the Day:  Do you want a world with . . . more joy and happiness? Then find your own joy and happiness and contribute to the joy and happiness of others.  ~ Bo Lozoff

And:  The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.  ~ Ram Dass

Today’s Weather:  Scruffymuffins leading to steeleye span.

On This Date: 1900 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together. [First draft of movie script emerges three weeks later.]



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