Seasonal Salon

The Importance of Being Fooled

At the RCGI Hallows’ ritual, I was one of 13 Ordained Priestesses who Affirmed wimin in community by Blessing their Chakras or Power Centers. I Affirmed the SoulStar Chakra – a chakra whose energy is more collective than personal. It provides perspective to seemingly random positive and negative events as part of the soul's journey and provides spiritual energy needed to remind us of our soul’s purpose, and gets us back on track when we wander too far from our soul’s ultimate, higher destiny.

I gave everyone Fool cards copied from my vast collection of Tarot decks. Each card was a different expression of this Fool energy. I said, "My Affirmation and Blessing is that you enjoy the energy of this card in the coming year."

Whether or not you received one of these cards at the ritual, please look at the ones used as examples below. Because each Tarot illustrator has interpreted subconscious symbols for us, one of them holds a unique energy for you.

The Fool, like all Tarot cards, is a picture of an archetypal force. If you open to being transformed through Tarot, no matter how many or few times you have seen them, they work with you at a different and timely level of spiritual growth. Whichever card comes to you is the correct one; the very picture you need to guide you through your next year.

I believe we all make cosmic contracts before we incarnate. We are born into this culture, in this era, to our family and are surrounded by people and situations that help us achieve goals of this contract. Seasoned Tarot readers understand that each card has a reversal or shadow to its meaning. Some of us understand that what might seem challenging in life is merely an opportunity to evolve into our greater good as spiritual beings.

We suffer under the weight of a million daily miracles, coincidences and joyful moments until we give in and finally see the truth of our journey. Until that "ah-hah moment" we dismiss messages of our worth, our divine connections, and our life goals. We are blown and battered, instead, by the prevailing winds of fear and despair while those less in touch with the greater picture convince us that we are lost, impoverished and inept.

As we approach January 2009, we enter a new year, and install a new President who made "The American Promise" that was a list of changes he says we need right now. Unfortunately, the right now is coming too late for many people. It is hard to hold the line of positive thinking, positive action when corporations continue to close their doors, people suffer investment losses and cannot afford basic necessities.

Nothing, not magick nor politics, can give us a quick fix. We have to work to figure out our next steps, engage fully to make the magick manifest. No one, not one Ordained Priestess of RCGI nor the President of this country, is going to give a quick fix to either our economy or our spiritual well being. Who, then, will bring the change, make the magick and fix this mess we find ourselves in?

The Fool is an activist, a dissenter, the one who forces us to face social problems even if solving them seems impractical. Complacent cynicism or taking the easy way out of something makes fools of us all.

We have entered an era of personal responsibility and personal accountability. Long has this time been predicted. This; the energy of the FOOL. New choices, new attitudes, new ideas; innocence, and an openness to risk the adventure. The Fool calls us to special opportunities that are unique to our personal journey.

"This could be a good time!" say The Elders of the Arizona Hopi Nation.

    "There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

    At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally; Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

    The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word "struggle" from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

    We are the ones we've been waiting for."

Notice these few things on the Fool card you have chosen, without running to a source book for the insights and meaning. Let your intuition guide your interpretation. Each provides insights into "your energy for the New Year":

  1. What direction is the Fool facing? Right for logic and reason, Left for intuition. Perhaps the direction means something specific for you.
  2. What animal guide is with the Fool? Each has a natural behavior or survival skill to share with you if you care to notice.
  3. Is there a Sun or Moon visible? What season of the year is it? Why might that be important?
  4. What is the environment around the Fool? How close is she to the edge?
  5. Which Element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit) is represented most strongly?
  6. How is the Fool dressed? What colors is she wearing and how does color heal us?
  7. Scan the power centers or Chakras of the Fool and notice what is covered (shielded) or open.
  8. Can you identify the plant life on the card? Has it got healing properties you need?
  9. Are there glyphs or sacred shapes that give you additional information?
  10. The Fool carries something. What do you imagine it is you need to carry for your journey into the New Year to meet your needs?

May you be blessed with wisdom in folly. May you be witty within your crazy madness. And may you suffer other fools gladly.

Tarot Card Sources:
The Rider Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite
Napo Tarot  by Betty Lopez, designed by Napo
The Goddess Tarot by Chris Waldherr
Cosmic Tarotby Jean Huets
Daughters of the Moon by Ffiona Morgan

Category: Winter Solstice 2008