Sunday, December 03, 2017

Don't think. Jump.


There he is, making me crazy. When I first went out, the clouds were ranging all over. I took the cards out with me. As I fanned the deck out of the box, a big round gap opened up and the clouds froze as if the moon didn't want to be interfered with while it was smiling at me.

After each card was exposed to its light, I turned the deck over and touched them blindly, trying to find the one that mattered in this moment. Once, twice, five times, I chose a card, but let it one slip back into the deck. Finally, I took courage, pulled one, and held it up for the moon to see first. All my questions were answered. It was the beloved Fool.

"The Fool almost always stands for new beginnings, new experiences and new choices; the first steps along a new path and the first words written onto a blank page. Like the Aces of the Minor Arcana, such beginnings are like the Fool himself - neither positive nor negative, but with the potential to turn into either, depending on the choices you make and the path you follow. But this must not be your concern, because when a journey begins no one can know (or should know) what will happen on the way to the destination. Never let another person control your life. Live in the present and trust in your own abilities - this is the way of the Fool.
Such journeys always imply a degree of risk, and hence the Fool is pictured walking toward the edge of a high cliff. With any new experience, there is always the risk of failure and the certainty of change; it is the degree of change, and how that change will appear, that is undeterminable. But the Fool has no qualms about taking chances, so why should you? It is through the first steps that we learn how to walk, and it is through changes that we learn how to live our lives in harmony and peace. So jump head first into the abyss of the unknown, and know that even if you eventually fall to the ground, for a while you will soar. -James Rioux


4 comments:

Ms. said...

Nice...very nice card indeed. Here at the edge of the abyss of seventy five years, I, having been the fool for so many decades am a tower of sorts. If you read this and have a moment email me the Tower reading so I may think upon it. It's been decades since I accessed my various Tarots. You have peeked my interest.

It's 3AM Sunday in NYC. I woke an hour ago...Moon rise over the East River is not till 10:46AM. I will sleep now until I wake again to natures call. Your moon, he is quite wonderful. Mine is a she :--)

Trish Copeland said...

What a wonderful moon shot! And the Fool description is, of course, just what I needed to read this morning. Missed the moon last night but am basking in the sunlight this morning.

Morna said...

Reminds me of Waly Whitman's advice:

“This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
Argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people...
Reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss what insults your very soul,
And your flesh shall become a great poem.”

Morna said...

Ooops - my apologies to WALT Whitman!