Sunday, April 1, 2007

The only difference between Plusultra and a fool is that Plusultra is not a fool at all!

A quote: Gandhi said once, “If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth, you must reduce yourself to a zero.” The Fool can be seen as that Zero who can swim in the deeper waters up mentioned.


The Fool is unnumbered and the Hebrew letter Shin graces the top band
Salavador Dali created a few of the 78 cards in the Dali Universal Tarot, which features collage-type paintings, made up of what looks like clip art coated with liberal amounts of gold ink.

The conventional explanations say that the Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, and by a peculiar satire its subsidiary name was at one time the alchemist, as depicting folly at the most insensate stage. When The Fool appears in a spread, he would be a signal to strip down to the irreducible core, and interrogate whether The Querant’s self vision is obscured. It may also be a warning that significant change is coming.

Some comparisons can be made in universal literature, the Fool would be considered the youngest son or daughter who accomplishes great feats despite the older siblings apparent better position. Cinderella, Psyche, Cordelia (from King Lear), all the third sons of kings in fairy tales who succeed when their older brothers do not; the Grail Knight who may be destined to locate the Holy Cup, where greater and wiser men have tried and failed; the one teetering at the edge of Nietzsche’s abyss, at the cusp of dreadful knowledge that will pull him or her out of the cave or even Hamlet before he decides to embrace his destiny.

There is a dog who appears in most versions of the card. The dog, for example, would symbolize the natural world, one path to knowledge and a valuable ally.

Another interpretation of the card is that of taken on an action where the circumstances are unknown, confronting ones fears, taking risks, and so on.

This raises the question "Is The Fool making a mistake, or is The Fool making a leap of faith?"

Another issue surrounding the fool is "Who is calling him The Fool?"

The archetypal potency of the Fool as zero embodies the potentiate potential and summation of all Major and Minor Arcana: as is denoted by 'fool', the near english homonym of 'full'. The Fool is the period, the pregnant pause.

Happy April Fool's Day

Ever Higher Ever Farther Ever Better,


1 comment:

d. chedwick bryant said...

now is the fool's time of year alrighty.