Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we start with the Tarot-cards and the first card we are looking at is The Fool (0). As I started preparing this episode the first thing came in mind was part of our salutation which I daily use for our episodes ... Travelers ... are a kind of Gypsies ... I wasn't aware of that but the Tarot was used often by Gypsy fortunetellers, but that's the occult side of Tarot. That side I hope to avoid, because, as I already stated in our episode of the first of May, I will try to tell you all more about the positive side of Tarot.
For this months prompts I use the Tarot-deck as made by Pamela Coleman Smith on account of Arthur Edward Waite, the so called 'Rider-Waite-Smith or Rider-Waite Tarot deck. (PS. I will use the abbreviation RW for the Rider-Waite Tarot deck).
hiding in a deck of playing cards -
the divine Tarot
The first card, used in what the esotorical user calls 'The Great Arcana' or 'Major Arcana' is The Fool.
The Fool is the only card numbered with an Arabic zero (0), all the other cards are numbered with Roman numbers (I, II, III and so on). As we look at this card we see a a young man, walking unknowingly toward the brink of a precipice. In the RW deck, he is also portrayed as having with him a small dog. The Fool holds a rose in one hand and in the other a small bundle of possessions.
his head in the clouds
foollish youngster dances
through the world
In occult tarot, the Fool is usually considered part of the "major arcana". This is not true in the tarot game itself; the Fool's role in the game is independent of both the suit cards and the trump cards, and the card does not belong to either category. As such, most tarot decks originally made for game playing do not assign a number to the Fool indicating its rank in the suit of trumps; it has none.
he dances light footed on his path
the Alpha and the Omega -
source of wisdom
|The Fool painted by Bonifacio Bembo
a part of the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck
The Fool, as the Alpha and the Omega analogous with Christ, the Son of God, is also analogous with Tiphereth, the sixth Sephira on the Tree of Life (see image hereafter) as used in the Kabbalah and in that way he is WAW (hebrew), the son of the Al-Father or Adam Kadman the archetype of the Heavenly Man. In that way he is synonymous with the Phoenix risen from his ashes. And that way similar to the risen Christ.
He, The Fool, has all wisdom ancient and mystical, but also knowledge of the modern wisdom.
|The Tree of Life as used in the Kabbalah
The Fool, in the Kabbalah is synonymous also with what is called "Christ Consciousness". Christ Consciousness is a higher state of mind which goes even beyond Enlightenment and is also called 'God Realization'.
“In the abyss of this darkness in which the loving spirit has died to itself [i.e., the ego has died], God’s revelation and eternal life have their origin, for in this darkness an incomprehensible light is born and shines forth; this is the Son of God, in whom a person becomes able to see and to contemplate eternal life.”
“It is Christ, the light of truth, who says, ‘See,’ and it is through him that we are able to see “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, for he is the light of the Father, without which there is no light in heaven or on earth.”
When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one reaches the Father but by me,” or when he gave the parable of the treasure buried in a field, I think he was referring to the fact that no one can know the Father without first knowing the Self, Son, Christ or Atman.
|Source: Christ Consciousness
after walking the mystical path
the fool finds his purpose in life