There are many ways of looking at the mysteries of your cards. (And hopefully, we’ll be discussing them here in this thread!)
The framework that has most resonated with me has been “The Fool’s Journey” or the journey of Spirit into fully manifested form. IOW, the process of creation or, as someone else has said here in another thread, the process of “turning energy into things”–the process of manifestation. (And isn’t “everyone” talking about “manifestation” on YouTube these days?)
(And, again, this isn’t The Only Way to look at the Tarot. It’s simply the way that’s resonated most to me. And this way means we’ll diverge from the order of Sammy’s thread when we get to the suit cards, the Minor Arcana.)
“The Fool’s Journey” starts with the first card of the deck, The Fool. Sammy’s shared with us the everyday meanings for this card.
As I understand The Fool’s Journey, The Fool is Spirit in its pure form, with its intent to set out on its journey…by stepping off that cliff.
We can see, by the expression on his face, that The Fool is unconcerned by what’s before him (or her). And doesn’t that make sense? I mean, when all you’ve experienced is All-That-Is and that All-That-Is is yourself, there’s nothing to be concerned about.
In fact, in the Corpus Spiritus deck, The Fool is looking up to the source of the only light in the image. Could that light be “The Light” or a representation of Source/All-That-Is/etc.? Could The Fool be reminding us to be mindful of where we’ve come from? That there is more to us than our physical forms?
In Sammy’s thread, I asked about the dog:
If The Fool represents Spirit in its pure form about to begin its journey, what does the dog represent?
We had some great answers in Sammy’s thread. One answer–on a more esoteric, more “mysterious” level–might be that the dog is “the ego,” because the only way that The Fool can begin his journey away from All-That-Is is to develop “his” unique, personal perspective–an ego, the dog.
In some decks, the dog is shown nipping at the hem of The Fool’s tunic, perhaps alerting The Fool of the step he’s about to take. And doesn’t it seem like the ego does that (a lot) to us? Warn of us stuff and “dangers”?
To me, I think the important thing about this card is that it’s the first card. I mean, the deck doesn’t end here. It continues. That tells me that the “danger” of the cliff and of what The Fool is about to do isn’t real or as “dangerous” as the dog seems to think.
How many times have we been worried about something (thank you, ego) that we got through nonetheless?
Maybe this card is reminding us to hold the attitude of The Fool (rather than our more human attitude of the dog)? After all, as lovely and as clever as our canine friends are, humans have the potential to be smarter and wiser than our dogs. Maybe this card is asking us to become aware of which piece of us is being the loudest in the moment or in the situation in question?
After all, the man is a much bigger, more prominent figure in the image.
Here’s a question for you all to contemplate: “Who” is calling the man “The Fool”?
Happy journey to us all!