Monday, 8 July 2013

Tripping the Light Fantastic

After two days of youthful, playful, adventurous Page energy, today's card from the Osho Zen Tarot (St. Martins Press, 1995) follows the same lines, writ large!

Our Harlequin Fool wears diamonds in the colours of this deck's suits: red for fire, blue for water, grey for clouds, and rainbow for, well duh, rainbows.  His undershirt is an innocent white, his trousers the green of growth, and his boots the red of passion.  Above him glows a star-spangled night sky with a sliver of waxing moon.  In the distance, snow-covered mountains shine in the light of the rising sun, while below him a river meanders through the valley between steep hills.  As for our Fool, he holds a pure, white flower in his hand, and has already walked right off the cliff!

I'm not sure we can even talk of a leap of faith, it's more of a gentle step, seemingly unaware that there is apparently nothing there to support him.  He is stepping out into the unknown with absolute confidence and a song in his heart.  Either that, or he's taken way too many psychotropic drugs ;)

Despite the apparent craziness of his actions, I love this Fool and his insouciant air.  He is full of the joy of life, a desire to experience, an openness to whatever comes his way, and the confidence to embrace new possibilities.  While we may sometimes come down with a bump, what a ride!  And strangely, that trust in life often seems to bring luck our way, providing a ladder where before there was none, guiding our steps so that we dance lightly through life.

Today, we have some friends coming round who may need this Fool's luck.  They are off to New Zealand later in the week, with their three kids and a bump, based on his new job.  It's not the first time they've moved across an ocean, but they've not had much luck with previous spots.  Still, I hope that this time they will have a smooth transition, and find a place for their kids to grow up joyfully. 

I am grateful for the surprises life throws our way.


  1. It's a very pretty Fool card. Have fun with your friends!

    1. Thanks! There were perhaps a few too many surprises in the day (mostly work-related, and some to do with Big Boy), but it was still lovely to see our friends and say goodbye.