Here it is! The second card in my Twin City Tarot Deck. Technically this should have been the first one, but like so much of what I do, it’s one step forward and one step back. You’d think I’d be a pretty good dancer by now.
I’m usually a little shy and lazy about citing my sources and inspirations, but the idea for this little project came from the opening sequence of HBO’s Carnivale series. Do you ever feel like your just not watching enough TV? Well if you love American History, voluptuous women, musclebound men and a little Magical Realism, Carnivale may be just thing. I’m pretty sure you can get it from Netflix.
Let’s continue our journey. The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. She represents mystical cleverness and a childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind her represents the divine nature of the Fool’s wisdom and exuberance. She is seemingly unconcerned that she is standing on a rickety old fire escape. Zero is a perfect significator for the Fool, as it can become anything when she reaches her destination.
According to Wikipedia, the Fool is usually interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life and the main human archetypes. This path is known traditionally in Tarot as the Fool’s Journey, and is frequently used to introduce the meaning of Major Arcana cards to beginners. The Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, depicting folly at the most insensate stage. When The Fool appears in a spread, she is a signal to strip down to the irreducible core, and interrogate whether one’s self-vision is obscured. It may also be a warning that significant change is coming. Another interpretation of the card is that of taking action where the circumstances are unknown, confronting one’s fears, taking risks, and so on.