The Thoth Deck Card-The Fool,
is the Divine Negative above the Tree of Life; the source of all things. It is the Dark Energy,
, the innocent
and it is the Vacuum part of Air.
card is attributed to the Hebrew Letter Aleph
, which means Ox, and by
its shape represents a plowshare, making the symbol Phallic. Yet,
the first of the Mother letters, Mem and Shim are the others, making
this card a womb as well. These three letters correspond to all the triads that
occur in the Thoth Deck cards, notably, Fire, Air and Water; Father,
Mother, Son (Sun); Sulfur, Salt, Mercury; And the Hindu, Rajas, Sattvas
, is the Qabalistic zero, which is the equation of the Universe; the initial and final balance of the opposites.
we assume that the Tarot is of Egyptian origin of Thoth, (Crowley obviously does)
then the medieval name for this card Le Mat (from the Italian, Matto which means mad-man or fool) becomes Maut,
the Egyptian Vulture Goddess who was a more sublime modification of
Nuit that Isis.
Amongst the legends concerning the Vulture, there are
two most prominent and they are that the Vulture has a spiral neck (the
Universe according to Einstein, is of Spiral energy----we call this
Spirit) and the other, is that the Vulture is supposed to reproduce her
species by the intervention of wind. In other words, Air/Mind is
considered the Father of all Manifested existence. This Fool, (derived
which means wind-bag) is both the Father and Mother in the most abstract of terms.
there is the legend of Prometheus who stole fire from his Father Zeus,
and gave it to mankind (The Life Force) and was considered a Savior. For his punishment he was
chained to a mountain by Zeus and a Vulture would swoop down every 7 days and
eat his liver (somehow this never killed him) which would regenerate in time to be eaten again. The legend goes on to say that
he was later saved by the Goddess Hathor, but it is important to note,
that Fire is Spirit, and Mountain means Earth and Vulture is the Goddess
of Reincarnation ( the number seven is the number of the Goddess). So
basically, Prometheus (Fire-bearer) was disowned and was made human and
had to live and die with mankind.
Some might call that theft Foolish,
others would call him the Savior. Therefore the connection between
foolishness and holiness are traditional. In the East the madman is
believed to be "possessed" by divinity, a holy man or prophet. This was
also a belief of many Native American nations. In our western culture,
so deep is this identity of the fool, that it is buried in our language.
"Silly" means empty, i.e. The Vacuum of Air, Zero. And the word is from
the German Selig
which means, holy or blessed. This describes
the Innocence of the Fool. Since He/She is the Whole (Holy) one the Fool
is also compared to the "Holy Ghost".
In the Divine Creative, there is no separation of male and female (there isn't
really one now either) as Male is expressive and female is receptive,
both aspects are attributed to the Fool, the Divine Creative and in each of
us. Thus male is easily categorized as electric/expressive and female as magnetic/receptive, in an electromagnetic universe. In Qabalah this union is called Force and Form.
In the Thoth Deck the Fool
is illustrated as the "Green Man", the "April Fool", who to many
Medieval cultures, is the Personification of the mysterious phenomena that
Any way you look at it, The Great Fool, is a definite
doctrine. The Survival mind is always looking for a Savior but Salvation
(whatever that may mean) is not obtained by any reasonable means.
Reason is an impasse, a damnation, only divine madness , offers an
the formula of the Tetragrammaton.[ Zero = plus 1 plus minus 1] Which is
also the formula for male and female. Let me give you a clue, if you
manifest a male-polarity form on this side of the Mirror of Light, than
your identity on the other-side of the Mirror is Female in polarity, forming a "Mobius loop" or figure eight shape of a circle that is "twisted" or made spiral.
Welcome to the concept of Hermes-Aphrodite...Divine Hermaphrodite!
To try and clarify 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 seen as a care-taker/guardian of Her Land.
Respect for the wandering
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 Percival, Mako-the son of
Set,or Sebek (crocodile god),or even Hoor-Pa-Kraat may help explain the
On the Tree of Life, the first is
Kether-0-, who represents the Pure Being, which is an aspect of pure
No-thing, Force and 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, as existence (I AM) is not entity. One leads to
nowhere, which is where it came from. So the only possible beginning is
in Two, Kether (crown) and Chokma (Wisdom)/Force and that force
must be silence because the number 3, Binah's number
(understanding-Form) has not yet been formulated and therefore unconscious.
In other words, there
is no form of Mother, Binah is the Virgin Mother, nor is there a Male form, because Male is a Form of
Force, and no Form has yet been invented, so When Binah (conscious) is impregnated
by silent Wisdom (unconscious), 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. Therefore 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 phallus and the womb! I could go on and on confusing you into abject despondency,
but I think this is enough to stimulate a different perspective about
the Universe and it's Divine Creative Collective Unconscious.
The Fool -0, is not a key
card, for key cards are about doors or gateways of knowledge being
opened. No-thing has nowhere to go---so it 0. It is all the Power that
ever was or will be and in us, around us, above us and below us, but human eyes ("I's") can't see it.
Therefore The Fool is the most esoteric of all the Arcane. Every card in
the Tarot Deck is an aspect of THE FOOL-0, and therefore, 78 different
aspects of your Whole Psyche, that includes but is not limited to, the Qabalistic depiction of the Tree of Life.
As a Path, THE FOOL connects Kether -1-(Crown) with Chokmah-2- (Wisdom). To the Qabalist, Kether is known as the Source of All, and Chokmah is known as Father God or God of the Covenant and yet Chokmah (Wisdom) is a Hebrew feminine noun, so once again our understanding of "separate Sex" needs adjustment to understand this.
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 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-Key 1, 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 come to the minutest
glimmering of understanding about the Universe.
To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force and Form.
Paul Foster Case calls this Eleventh Path, in his book 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 "naught", Light without limit which 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(which are blue and therefore represent the Divine Feminine!). The Magus therefore, directs
active first flow from the Kether/Fool rather than potentiality doing so.
However, I fear that this is a rather limiting concept of the O-NE, as the
Ain Soph is "No-Thing", 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 does Dark Matter (The
First Material that is Thought). The appearance of Thought emanates Mind, which is the
vessel for Thought Form and/or ideas which are understood by Imagination. The
Imagination, Is therefore the Divine Womb of the Divine Creative- transcending all reason. Thus, our reason, leaves us with
more questions than answers but necessarily so because we then must
build (create) the answers to continually conceive of questions! This cycle alone insures active mind!
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. However, 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, rather than a reality conceived of mundane ideas base
on self-absorbed survival thinking. And The Real Concepts are from "what is Not", (the "other side of the mirror") making "What is" from the Dreams of Self Reflection and/or Potential Self Identity!
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", meaning you can change the
Perspective of "Things" and thus transform them, is just about as mind boggling as it
gets! Even so, just such a glimmer of insight requires a "beyond the
Mundane" understanding of Self! Thus, your Divinity is not often
acknowledge by the mundane sight of "I"; However, your 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 (
Tibetan,Yab Yum) and is known as the Path of Daleth- which is Key 3-THE EMPRESS, your
Spiritual Birth Mother/ Feminine Principle of the Divine Creative!
I'll end this brief dissertation on the Fool, with this
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 walks the Paths of the Tree of Life.
The design of the Thoth Fool card represents many mythological explanations of this Principle:
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 wears 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.
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
- 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 (Kether, Chokmah, Binah).
- 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 which is Dark Energy and unseen by the naked eye.
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 often
The Connolly Tarot Deck,
is like the Thoth deck in number. Out of a total of 78 cards, 22 are Key or Major Arcana, and 56 minor (court cards are considered minor) arcana.
Eileen Connolly, along with her son Peter Paul Connolly, designed the Connolly Tarot Deck. The art work is associated with the stain glass cathedral medieval art.
Eileen Connolly, P.H.D, is one of the world's leading authorities on tarot, numerology, and other esoteric sciences. Many tarot and educational institutions use her works as text books. Dr. Connolly is president of the Connolly University of Parapsychology, established in 1969 and an adjunct professor of Atlantic University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her first book, was written to introduce tarot to the beginning student and to introduce all to the Royal Road.
Her son, Peter Paul Connolly, is the artistic talent of these cards. He was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, England on August 1, 1964, and entered the USA, with his parents in 1968. His unique style of art is his own, as he has had no professional training. With 18 months of tireless effort, he has forged these colorful cards, under the supervision of his Mother. He has also illustrated novelty and gift cards, humorous calendars and books while also doing individually commissioned works.
The Connolly Tarot-Fool-key 0:
Behind the fool, we see his ocean of Spirituality from which he has climbed the cliffs of Higher Consciousness.
He seems poised in a process of choice making. He is standing on the purple path of his Mastery (The Royal Color) as laid down by his Mentor and Master teacher. His pink and purple tunic illustrate his strength to make the right choice.
With leafy wand, denoting the fertile nature of his mind and will, along with his faithful companion, the dog representing the animal mind and/or physical matter, his is to begin a journey based on his decision at the cross roads of choice. The Yellow of the Sun, his higher consciousness, is shown in his tights and red-feathered yellow cap. The Red Feather is Representative of the element of fire (Spirit).
When thrown during a reading, the Fool represents;
- Being at the cross roads of choice, important decision think carefully.
- Idea, thought, spirituality and that which endeavors to rise above the material world.
if the question of the querent is regarding a material event of an
ordinary life rather than a spiritual enlightenment, 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. One should then consult the dog-his faithful companion the Subconscious.
Fool is more about a willingness to "Throw oneself into the Abyss of
the Unknown" rather than operating in a reasonable manner.
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