Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Fool

*NSFW – the cards in this post contain full frontal male/female nudity*

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Over on the Tarot Rebels Facebook page another great daily draw challenge has begun, but, as can be attested to here and elsewhere, I am terrible at keeping up with these things, so I decided to follow along at my own pace here. The challenge is slightly amended from one by Lindsay Mack of Wild Soul Healing.

The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana (and the changing season) are affecting and manifesting in your life at the moment.

I like the idea given by the admins on Tarot Rebels to shuffle the cards as you think of the question, then in a sort of Lenormand style, seek out the Major in question and draw the card directly beneath it as the answer. Including the Major provides a tangible significator for the draw and opens up the opportunity to see how the two cards interact visually with each other.

The Fool: Where in my life am I being invited to leap courageously?

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This feels like such a relevant message at the moment as animistic and earth-based beliefs are increasingly making their way into my spiritual path. Far from just an augury of financial success, the Ace of Pentacles is the seed and spirit of all life; the very epicentre of magic, power, fertility and abundance. This card tells me that it is time for me to leap courageously into a deeper appreciation of Earth’s gifts and to honour them ritualistically.

I find the different emergences of the characters in these two cards interesting. First we have The Fool, unashamedly bursting forth in an explosion of Monarch butterflies and attended to by dragons. In the Ace however, the cattle headed figure appears shy, cautiously crossing the threshold into new life and growth, undeniably drawn by the carefree joy and infectious enthusiasm of The Fool. This interaction reminds me of all of the mythology in the many different traditions of polytheism, where tales are told of a bright God or Goddess of fertile energy being reborn in the Spring to coax the Earth out of the stasis of Winter.

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