November 18, 2010

I think it’s important to have the blind, bold and fearless confidence of a fool.

Wikipedia told me the symbolism of “the fool” as it pertains to this picture, which is a tarot card. Now, I know nothing of tarot cards, but I do know a fair bit about foolishness.

“The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of the Fool’s wisdom and exuberance. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty. He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as the call of the “real world”, nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly unconcerned that he is standing on a precipice, apparently about to step off.

The number 0 is a perfect significator for the Fool, as it can become anything when he reaches his destination as in the sense of ‘joker’s wild’. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero.


2 Responses to “confooldence”

  1. Kelly said

    Here’s a link for a slightly different interpretation.

    I prefer the idea of the dog representing our reward of loyalty and faithfulness when we fully embrace our path.

    The again I really like dogs so my views are biased.


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