Attempting to understand and incorporate the energy of the Fool in day to day life is a wonderful way to begin a new year.
The Fool is pure joy, freedom and spontaneity. It is living fully in the present without fear or self imposed restrictions.
The spread comes from “Tarot Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack. To the best of my understanding it has 7 positions and it requires 7 cards.
1) How have I been a Fool in my life?
2) How has it helped me?
3) How has it hurt me?
4) Where in my life do I need to be more Foolish?
5)Where will the Fool serve me?
6) Where do I find the Fool outside myself?
7) What gift does it bring me?
1)Knight of wands. I have acted like the Fool whenever I have created change courageously. When I have moved forward into new experiences and territories fueled by my dreams and passion. When I have felt guided by the fire inside me and I followed it with quick actions.
2) Death card. The changes I created under the Fool’s influence have helped me by ending stagnant situations. They gave me the courage to let go of jobs, habits and people who were no longer helping me grow. Those changes helped me create a tabula rasa, where I was able to reinvent myself.
3) 10 of wands. Those experiences also hurt me because they required a lot of effort, strength, energy and time. Most of those experiences I took on my own, without a support system and under all the stress that followed it was at times difficult to see ahead and maintain perspective.
4) Where do I need to be more foolish? The Emperor here makes perfect sense to me. I am a Virgo. Order and good planning are tools that have always served me well. Said that, I do understand the trappings of the Emperor’s way, with his need for rules. When we wait for the perfect moment it becomes easy to wait too long, to second guess our selves and to see our own steam evaporate. Also, we can become too attached to our perfect plan and be unable or unwilling to compromise.
5)Where will the Fool serve me? Judgement 20 =2 Air.
In teaching me to surrender some of the structure I lean on. In waking me up to be more present now, at this moment. In becoming more aware of serendipity. I do not believe in coincidences, yet I have yet to learn to grab opportunities when they present themselves. Embracing The Fool more would help me learn to control less and trust more. Hence taking away some of those wands.
6) Where do I find the Fool outside of myself ? Page of pentacles. I believe this page to represent books, as they feed the eternal student in me. I love reading. I have been reading Tarot books for over 25 years and I see myself reading and discovering for the rest of my life. I love learning new concepts and how one thing leads to another. Through Tarot I have become passionate about Numerology, Reiki, Yoga and who knows what will come next?
7) What gift does it bring me? Justice 11= 2 Air. I believe it helps me find the connections between thought and action, deed and consequences and so on. By helping me see connections between people and situations, it will help me become fair and less quick to judge. I think Judgement in position 5 and Justice in position 7 are closely connected. Not only they both represent ways for the Fool’s energy to help me, they are both 2 and they are both air.
Two is about duality and choices.
Air is about thinking and clear communication.
So I believe working with the Fool’s energy can help me wake up to a more spontaneous and open way to relate to others, which would affect the way I communicate and make decisions.
I find this to be a very powerful spread.
Thank you Mrs. Rachel Pollack for sharing it in your wonderful book.