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Author's Note:
This marks the birth of a series I am doing on the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Originally Tarot cards were part of a game. In the late 1700's, the cards were believed to be an opening into the world of the occult. During the 1800's, people were ostracized for such beliefs and the Tarot cards were believed evil. Nowadays, the Tarot has become a tool used as a means to see into ourselves and what is influencing and guiding our thoughts and actions. The Fool is numbered 0, the number of unlimited potential, and doesn't actually have a place in the sequence of the cards. The Fool represents the beginning of a new stage of life. This is a card of potential, hope, and innocence. It's divinatory meaning is that the time is right for a change and a risk must be taken for a new phase to begin.

The Fool

Grand aurora
broadest flower of morning
blessed child of rosy-fingered dawn
beauty unbound by blunt-edged horizon
bathe me in streams of liquid warmth
fuel my soul with gentle fire.
Siren red sunrise
call forth day
I will humbly follow
and obey.

Heavenly eagle
warrior of sky and plain
winged messenger of almighty gods
wise counsel to kings of lands and mortal man
watch over my reckless wanderings
guide me along vines of sweetest wine.
Regal air steward
seek out our prey
I will honor
and I will slay!

Sacred heart
open wide to life's wonders
embrace each passing moment of pleasure
endure each experience of pain
beat a meter to my rhythm
enlist a soul in harmony.
Dynamic little drummer
flex, stretch and bend
for I will love....and lose
and surely love again.


Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "the fool"
by Smithy

The Fool
My heart breaks for the fool, Mick. I love this idea of yours, and why put it under a blog - this one's a poem I understand? I'll watch out for the next cards to be featured.

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: April 11, 2005 )

thanks peter
Hi peter. Good to hear from you. Yes, the fool is someone I empathize with too. Full of noble ambitions but innocent to the world, the poor fool who thinks it is easy to do things like mend a broken heart. Hah!

I put this as a blog because there aren't many blogs lately and lots of poetry. Plus I'm fairly happy with this one but who knows how the next one will come out??!? ;(

Next card will be the Magician, hopefully. Then maybe the Emporer and Empress as one piece. Good to see you again peter. Thanks for reading and commenting.


( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 11, 2005 )

thanks rcallaci
Thanks for reading and commenting bob. I'm glad you enjoyed. It was your series on the circles of hell that made me think of doing a series. Then the Tarot came to mind, something I am pretty familiar with.

Good luck with your epic. I'll keep an eye out for it. I think you have just posted the first part today, so I'll have a read soon.


( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 12, 2005 )

thanks pen
I'm glad you enjoyed pen. When I had this idea I checked on the net for anyone else who might have done it. Those I found tended to base their poems and pieces around the description of all the symbols in the card itself. I tried to steer clear of that and see what happened. Thanks for reading and commenting.

( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 12, 2005 )

the foolish smith
Thanks Demeter. Your comments then are valued highly in the sense that you are both a writer and a tarot reader. I read for myself and friends and have always been drawn to the symbolism contained in the Tarot. I said here the cards began as a game but there are many other theories as to where they originated, as I'm sure you would know, Demeter. Each time I post a card I'll put another theory in the author's note as to the origin of the Tarot too.

And I'll be hoping you pick up inconsistencies, mistakes or misinterpretations if you get the chance to read them, Demeter. Thanks greatly for your continued support and comments.


P.s. Next card will be the Magician, but then the High Priestess comes before the Emporer and Empress rather than as I said in a previous comment. I will try to stick to the modern order of the Major Arcana throughout, so it will be a journey from innocence through revelation to enlightenment. Fingers crossed.

( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 13, 2005 )

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