The Journey of the Fool ~ Part 2

…Calling this card “The Fool” is a blind — an intentionally misleading title, meant to confound the profane seekers of enlightenment, who would not be able to reconcile the “foolishness” of a Fool with goal of wisdom or enlightenment. The Fool stands in for the Hero; a universal archetype that thrives in the mystical arcana of every civilization on Earth.

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. ~Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)

The Hero is in every fable, in every culture. Often he starts out as an outcast or loner. He begins his journey as the underdog in a battle or situation that grossly disfavors him, and proceeds on his quest — suffering one or many dark nights of the Soul — without help from his fellows. He is on his own. Everyone he left behind thinks that he is a Fool. And from their standpoint that is the only thing he can be. Often he wonders if what they think of him is really true, but, although he may waver and doubt himself, he cannot stop his quest once he has started…

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr

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