THE JOURNEY OF THE FOOL
SYMBOLIZES THE ESSENTIAL SELF EVOLVING THROUGHOUT A LIFETIME
# 1 THE BABY FOOL
is innocent and does not remember the self.
It learns about itself by falling into ego and by exploring the four life paths.
The paths of Blades, Hearts, Stars, and Staves are encountered in daily life.
BLADES- is the path experienced by the physical body.
In Blades, the Fool seeks to find truth and reality in the here and now.
The fight is between idealism and ego, versus the way it is.
HEARTS- is the path experienced as emotions in the heart.
In Hearts, the Fool seeks human relationships and mystical ecstasy.
The fight is to dispel illusions about love, and to open the heart.
STARS- is the path experienced in the conscious mind.
In processing Stars, the Fool seeks to understand the meaning of life.
The fight is to clear the mind of negativity and to reach perfect clarity.
STAVES- is the path experienced in our everyday activities.
It is growing up in the world and working with family and career.
The fight is to transcend life’s problems and transmute them into wisdom.
THE COURT CARDS- represent the process of gathering energy for each path.
The kings represent the active, masculine energy of the path.
The queens represent the receptive feminine energy, the calling to the path.
The knights are the functional, catalyst force, the moving energy.
The page is the result of integration of the King, Queen, and Knight.
The page always represents you, your Fool self, ready to enter the path.
THE ACES- are the highest realization of each path.
The ace of Blades is a rush of pure vitality in a conscious body.
The ace of Hearts is an emotional flood of pure love in the heart.
The ace of Stars is pure consciousness in a clear, objective mind.
The ace of Staves is the open crown, awake to the perfect unity of all things.
# 2 THE WISE FOOL
has experienced the external world and tasted the aces.
The wise Fool is now eager to begin the internal work of the major arcana.
Each of the 21 major arcana is a problem or stage of development that the Fool
must assimilate until emerging as a healthy, mature, enlightened Fool.
# 3 THE ENLIGHTENED FOOL
is the completely realized human being,
filled with joy in the midst of life’s inevitable difficulties.