Yesterday's blog got to the point of Tetragrammaton. Crowley summed this up as: "The Union (Communion) of the Father and Mother produces Twins, the son going forward to the daughter and the daughter returning the energy to the Father; by this cycle of change the stability and eternity of the Universe is assured." Too understand this, it may be necessary to go back through history to the Matriarchal age. It was a time where succession was not through the first born son but through the daughter. The King was not ruler by inheritance but rather by the right of conquest. In the stable societies of the time, the king was a stranger; a foreigner. He then had to kill the old king and marry the daughter. The Anglo-Saxon word husband meant,"Keeper of her property". So the King was a care-taker.
Respect for the wandering mad-man or lunatic runs high throughout history. As it still does in India and other Asian nations. In fact a common quote in medieval times is, "This queer stranger? Let us entreat him kindly. it may be that we entertain an angel unawares." Study into Percivale, Mako-the son of Set,or Sebek (crocodile god),or even Hoor-Pa-Kraat will help explain the Fool cosmogony.
On the Tree of Life, the first is Kether-0-, who represents the Pure Being, which is an aspect of pure Nothing----form hasn't been invented yet. In Kether's manifestation of the Pure Being, he is not one but two; His divine name is Eheieh, which means I AM (I plus Am =2) but he is only One because he is zero. One leads to nowhere, which is where it came from. So the only possible manifestation is in Two, Kether (crown) and Chokma (Wisdom) and that manifestation must be silence because the number 3, Binah's number (understanding) has not yet been formulated. In other words, there is no Mother, Binah is the Virgin Mother, because Male is a Form, and no Form has yet been invented, so When Binah is impregnated by silent Wisdom, She has not known a male! Male and Female where both invented at the same moment when the Twins were born from silent Wisdom impregnation. O with Kether and Chokma,there is impulse but nothing else, until Binah is formed out of understanding.. Only when impulse is interpreted, it becomes "The Word", or the Logos, i.e. the womb! I could go on and on, but I think this is enough to stimulate a different perspective about the Universe. The Fool -0, is not a key card, for key cards are about doors or gateways of knowledge being opened. Nothing has nowhere to go---so it 0.
The design of the Fool card represents many mythological explanations of this Principle. the Thoth Deck Fool, has the horns of Dionysus Zagreus, and between them is the phallus cone of white light---indicating the influence of Kether-Crown, upon him. His background is Air, drawing from Space and his attitude is that of one bursting unexpectedly on the world. A good simile for Time. He is clad in the Green of Spring and wheres the Phallic gold shoes of the Sun. In his right hand is the Wand tipped in a pyramid of white---simulating Kether. In his left hand is the flaming pine-cone....indicating vegetable growth under the same Fiery influence of the White light. From his left shoulder, hangs a bunch of bagged grapes, representing sweetness, fertility and the basis for ecstasy (Ecstasy gave birth to the Universe); shown by the stem of the grapes forming into rainbow hued spirals; The form of the Universe. Upon this spiral whorl are other attributions of the "godhead"; the vulture of Maut, the dove of Venus (Mari, or Isis) and the sacred ivy of the Devotees of the Green Man.There is also a buttery fly of many-colored air and the winged globe with its twin-serpents, which is echoed by the twin infants embracing on the middle spiral. Above is the benediction of three flowers in one. The tiger (fear) is fawning unnoticed on his leg and beneath his feet runs the Nile with lotus stems and a crouching crocodile (Sebek). The whole Fool card is a glyph of the Creative Light.
Unless there are many surrounding cards of a very spiritual nature or the position of the Fool card is thrown into a highly spiritual position in the reading, a more mundane reading of the Fool card is warranted.
When thrown during a reading, the Fool represents; Idea, thought, spirituality and that which endeavors to rise above the material world. However, if the question of the querent is regarding a material event of an ordinary life, this card is not well defined. Herein, it shows folly, foolishness, stupidity, eccentricity and even mania. The Fool is too ideal and unstable to be generally good in material things. The Fool is more about a willingness to "Throw oneself into the Abyss of the Unknown" rather than operating in a reasonable manner.
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper!