The Fool Is…dead?

The Fool Card…in Tarot he is depicted as young, full of life, passionate about his adventure… and blissfully unobservant.

In the typical interpretation of The Fool’s Journey, the Fool encounters many archetypes (major Arcana) and grows from each new experience of living vicariously through them and the knowledge they possess. But the image on the card displays the Fool walking close to the edge of a cliff; what if he did indeed fall from the cliff? What if the Fool’s Journey is really a descent into the afterlife or reincarnation?

Perhaps the purpose of the micro-lessons in the Tarot card meanings are actually to show us that complete self mastery is impossible to accomplish in a single lifetime.

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