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The Spiral Tarot and Thoth Deck Tarot Card Comparisons: THE FOOL

Before I get into a long dissertation on the Mystery that is the Tarot Fool, I'd like to introduce another interesting Tarot Deck. It is called the Spiral Tarot and is created by the Author Kay Steventon. The cards are made in Italy and published by U.S. Games Systems, inc.
  The author herself has dedicated these cards to her Celtic grandmother who used to read playing cards. In her own words Kay says," When I was a child it was she who guided me through a perilous journey.  She instilled in me the philosophy that life is like that ancient symbol, the spiral; each phase of life has a beginning, runs its course and comes to an end before  moving to the next cycle. The ultimate aspiration is to be like the Tarot Fool, not allowing past experiences to hold us back, but embracing the new cycle with open heart and mind, each time with a little more wisdom."
Enclosed in this blog are illustrations of the back of the Spiral Tarot cards, a  classic spiral design and a beautifully illustrated introduction card.

0-THE FOOL is the most esoteric of all the Tarot Arcane . Every card in the Tarot Deck is an aspect of THE FOOL-0, just as everything in this Universe is an aspect of One energy.
As a Path, THE FOOL connects Kether (Crown) with Chokmah (Wisdom). To the Qabalist, Kether is known as the Source of All, and Chokmah is known as Father God. The Path of Aleph,meaning OX, is about the "flowing of Life Force and creative power", showing the "SPIRIT'S aim to be that of Earth and/or Sensual Being. Crowley symbolizes this "Holy Spirit" ( The One Spirit on every level of the Tree of Life)  as a dove in the Thoth Deck Card. Crowley also called The Letter Aleph, a phallic symbol.....but then so is the Projected Will that is THE MAGUS, and one wonders if Crowley was so besotted with the Phallus, that he was unable to see anything else; However,truth be told, by reference to Sexes and sexuality do we com to the minutest glimmering of understanding about the Electric (male) and Magnetic (Female) Universe.
To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain  a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force (male) and Form (female). 
Paul Foster Case calls this Eleventh Path, in his class text  THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, the fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. which makes sense as The Path of Aleph boarders on the Limitless Light (Ain Soph), which is "not" or 0. This is Light without limit that is darkness to us who need a beginning and a end to see. So here we try to explain what can't be seen as The Fiery Darkness which is the possibility of vibration or motion and the First Perception of the One having potential for activity.

In the context of Masculine sexuality, the Fool is the Testes, and the Magus is the Phallus,(represented by the three flowers beneath the spread legs of THE FOOL) as He directs active first flow from the Fool rather than potentiality doing so. However, I fear that is a rather limiting concept of the ONE-----as the Ain Soph is 0, but then, all concepts are less than the potential for conception.
We may reason that the potential for Thought, comes from the Dark Energy as Dark Matter (The First Material). The appearance of Thought emanates Mind, which is the vessel for Thought and/or Womb of Thought Forms, i.e. The I-magi-nation, transcending all reason. Thus, our reason, leaves us with more questions than answers.

In the Spiral Tarot, Kay illustrates a young man kneeling on a cliff edge, before the dark abyss with awe filled face before the Holy Grail with an angel guide behind him. Thus the Womb of the Great Mother and the phallus are represented here, and the Angelic Spirit.  Along with the 0 of the Fool (representing the Ain or No-Thing) there are symbols for Air, the Hebrew letter for Aleph and the symbol for the word Ox or the Green Man. Accompanying the Fool is a black cat that seems to sense the danger of the cliff edge, of which the Fool seems oblivious and fearless. The Spiral Tarot is heart felt, beautiful and has done well with a difficult topic.
Limitlessness is a very difficult concept! To say that THE FOOL represents the initial potential for thought which transcends reason, is about the best I can do with words.
The special reality we may touch in sleep, often gives us images that do not correlate to our mundane understanding of reality, so our dreams seem to be so much abstraction and are considered as nonsense to our waking condition. However, the Great Work (As above so below) involves the assimilation of  The Real, not a reality conceived of mundane ideas. And the Real Concepts are from "what is Not' making "What is" from Dreams of Potential- Self! To think of the Universe as "God Dreaming" (Darkness Dreaming it is Light) is very difficult to grasp, and the fact that you are a "Lucid" Dreamer (Image of God), who has been given the "Power of Observation and definition", meaning you can change the Perspective of "Things", is just about as mind boggling as it gets....and just such a glimmer of insight requires a "beyond the Mundane" understanding of Self! Thus, your Divinity is not often acknowledge by the prosaic assumptions of the mundane.

However, your Soul-Womb, the conception of "the image of God", is the invisible Sephira, Daath (knowledge), which is the Path Where Goddess (Understanding)/God (Wisdom) meet face to face ( The Tibetan-Yab Yum) and is known as the Path of Daleth which in Tarot is THE EMPRESS, your Spiritual Birth Mother who conceives your soul!
All the Paths leading upward to Kether,THE FOOL, THE MAGUS, AND THE HIGH PRIESTESS, must be approached with a certain understanding of whimsy, as we realize that by crossing the Abyss and approaching Kether (As above, so below) means the total annihilation of Self as we perceive it; thus presenting us with the irony of our attempt to grasp such esoteric and refined principles from an earthly-mundane perspective. Often,when teaching the Major Arcana and knowing what I speak, cannot truly convey what I am saying, brings a smile, if not outright laughter to my face. To me, The I AM potential is ironically displayed as a limited conception--a
Me. Being a "Me" must never be taken to seriously, for that concept will change daily, when one's personality enters the consciousness of the Higher Self.

To reiterate, THE FOOL- 0, is the initial potential for thought, transcending all reason. Thus objectifying the Upper Regions, the Supernal Triangle, The Dark Energy and Dark Matter, is a futile endeavor. However.once we recognize the impossibility of consciously approaching the Highest Levels of the Tree of Life, i.e. The Universe, in a direct manner, we are forcibly driven into the key Principles of the Mysteries/Metaphysics  of As Above, So Below.
 We begin seeing that the Below is a mirror reflection of the Above. The Divine Spirit is all we know, we breathe it, we live within it, it is ourselves and as fish in the Ocean cannot see water, we can not see the essence of Divinity. But unlike fish,  we know this Divinity to be "the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted", we know that everything is of this One, as symbolized in the Tarot by THE FOOL that is the Path of Aleph.
In this context, Aleph is attributed to Air and means Life-Breath. Just as the words Spirit and Spiral are from the Greek root word Spiro, which means Breath. Tho One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is then the Life-Breath. This is well known in Eastern cultures, and Prana Yama (Breath yoga) are a major if not primary pat of all Spiritual development. The  Sanskrit Word Prana, is the Life-Breath energy and the Sanskrit word Yama is death (inhale-exhale). Now I have described the Magus as relating to "Words" (vibration), the underlying sonic of patterned manifestation. However, it is the power of breath that expels the sound. Thus THE FOOL activates THE MAGUS.

Crowley, considered Air to be a vacuum (dark energy and dark matter), as related to THE FOOL who is the fertile Nothingness and egg of Spirit.  The universal Egg of Spirit is known, by Qabalists, to be the EGG OF AKASHA. The zero of THE FOOL, also represents this egg of spirit, and is the mathematical formula of ; one Male, minus one female= 0 . Therefore, the understanding is that the Egg of Akasha, is a fertilized ovum of undefined sexuality, but having the potential for Both! 
THE FOOL, is the very expression of the god name of Kether, Eheieh, which means I will be. This is the Divine Child as yet unborn, who is all potential and who is our very beginning!
The Tiger, "fawning about" THE FOOL'S  leg, is an archetype representing the Animal Nature as related to the Higher Spiritual process. The Horns on the figure represent those of Dionysus Zagreus, the green clothing is that of the Green Man of Spring, the grapes at his feet are a tribute to Bacchus, the Greek God of Ecstasy, and the Crocodile (great creative energy) a swimming at his feet in "the Nile" (Crowley quote).. Images referring to the Godhead, are the dove of Venus and the vulture of Maat Then there is the triple egg shape created by the caduceus in motion, symbolizing the Ain Soph Aur (The three states of Nothing). 
As you may realize, the imagery is so subjective that I haven't the space to detail it all for you, as if I could. If you need more detail, and you do, I would recommend reading Crowley's BOOK OF THOTH.and 777;  Robert Wang's Book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT and investigating the Mythology of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
When THE FOOL  card is thrown during a reading, the querent is in or experiencing;
  •   A state of  ecstasy and/or a state of Peek experience.
  • Fearlessness. Courage.  And is completing all motion  by Faith, absolutely trusting THE SPIRIT. 
  • A feeling of being protected, and that everything will work out. Being open to what the future brings!

If ill defined by accompanying cards, The Fool, is then the harbinger of folly, mania, extravagance and even negligence

Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.

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