|0 - The Fool|
Look at this guy. He's taking a leap of faith. Whether he's splashing through water (which I failed to render very well) or teetering on a cliff, he trusts in the future. He has the courage to speak the truth and search for his own liberation.
April Fool's Day is coming up. (Incidentally, it's my oldest daughter's birthday.) Ever wonder why we need to dedicate a day to being foolish? Perhaps it's the beginning of spring and we look forward to the joy and mystery of seeing the world recreate itself. We are the child that needs to revel in silliness.
The Fool begins the journey of life as a zero and travels this circle until he completes the Major Arcana, the path of wisdom, and comes back to himself. The Fool is irresistibly propelled forward, and if he can allow himself to be detached from the outcome, he will eventually complete his journey and return to the source of all mysteries.
In retrospect, I suppose I could have loaded this little painting up with all kinds of symbols, but I think the most important thing to understand about the Fool is that he is drawn forward into the world, unafraid and trusting in the outcome. He is all potential. He is like the writer that sits down and places a blank sheet of paper on his desk.