Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Layers of Foolishness

Today's card from the intriguing Tarot of the Silicon Dawn (Lo Scarabeo 2011, by Egypt Urnash) is one of the four Fool cards on offer in this deck.  Egypt Urnash suggests you leave in or take out the extra Majors as you prefer, and says she was inspired to do three Fools following Crowley's three Magicians example, and then added a fourth just because :)  I choose to leave all the cards in - the more the merrier ;)

This is the first of the Fools.  She is just in black and white, without perspective - raw and unfinished.  Unseen on the scan, and to the naked eye except under the right light or when moving, she has a pair of shiny butterfly wings.  Will they be enough to carry her as she plummets downward?

This card speaks to me of an innocence and enthusiasm based on lack of experience, or perhaps simply unknowing.  Because of course, there are great benefits to "beginner's mind", the ability to look at things through fresh eyes, without preconceptions.  Yes, maybe we'll take a tumble or two if we approach things from this perspective, but there is also the potential to learn a lot.  And everyone has to start somewhere - better that than not to try because you don't know how!

More negatively, black-and-white thinking can come from a place of not wanting to see other perspectives, a willful blindness.  Taking a tumble, in that case, may result in a serious loss of pride, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, either.

I am grateful for the reminder to try to see life from a place of unknowing and openness.

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