The Fool Imagery
The three rings represent Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur—The three negativities which produce singularity. A bag of coins, each inscribed with a glyph of the zodiac/astrology. A crocodile, oblivious, lays below the fool. A tiger gnaws the fool’s leg. The sun covers his genitals.
The Fool Associations
- Tree of Life Path: #11—Kether to Chokmah
- Elemental Trump: Primal element of Air
- Modern Astrological: Uranus
- Hebrew Letter: Aleph (“Ox”)
Path #11: Kether to Chokmah
Tree of Life, path No. 11 connects Kether “The Corwn” (Pure Being) and Chokmah “Wisdom” (Force) Sephiroth. Because of the immediate proximity of this path to Kether I see why The Fool is attributed to Aether, Spirit, or the primitive element of air. So far in my studies I’ve been referring to Kether as ‘Pure Being’ because that helps me understand (what there is available to understand) of Kether. Kether is that of the complete un-manifest… making way to Chokmah, that of expansive and exuberant energy. The Fool is open to all potential to become one of anything. The great un-manifest bursting into a wild reality of energy and existence without defined shapes or forms.
The Fool Interpretations
Short answer: The Fool represents you on your life’s journey. The Fool might be “foolish” because he is new to the situation at hand and the risks he may encounter.
Elaboration: The Fool is associated with the primitive element of air, or more appropriately: Aether. Aether for the divine, virgin light that exist in all things before they are corrupted by the experiences of life. So basically, it’s a pure form of spirit—untouched, naive, and most certainly foolish. We take this innocence and we give it a body, a name, and send it off into the world to become something, to work its way down the Tree of Life to take on form and function. I may be inferring a human being when I mention this, but do not want to limit it to such.
The Fool indicates lack of experience and therefore stupidity or naivety. We are at the beginning of the journey, therefore numerous options are available. Seeing as how The Magus appears immediately after this card it is in most ways positive—indicating awareness, consciousness, knowledge—these are the types of things which The Fool does not carry. When The Fool appears, know that it indicates ineptitude, and to whatever this card is associated with, represents a state of inexperience.
Due to the lack of knowledge and experience it’s important to note the potential for risks. In most renderings ofThe Fool there is a dog acting as a harbinger for the fool is about to walk right off a cliff! In this case Crowley has indicated a somewhat similar situation with the Crocodile and Tiger. The Tiger is fairly obvious in its action, but the Crocodile is hidden underneath The Fool’s feet. When The Fool appears one should be skeptical of problems that will come up, cuts and bruises appearing, and the heartbreak that comes with failure.
“In spiritual matters, the Fool means idea, thought spirituality, that which endeavours to transcend earth. In material matters, it may, if badly dignified, mean folly, eccentricity, or even mania. But the essential of this card is that it represents an original, subtle, sudden impulse or impact, coming from a completely strange quarter. All such impulses are right, if rightly received; and the good or ill interpretation of the card depends entirely on the right attitude of the Querent.” 6
“In spiritual matters, represents ideas, thoughts, spirituality, that which endeavors to transcend earth. In material matters may show if ill-dignified, folly, eccentricity, even mania. It represents the original, subtle, sudden impulse coming from a strange and unexpected quarter.” 5
“Air or Vacuum or Puissant Innocence. He holds the male element of fire, the female element of water, the sword of air, and the disc of earth. He is the Green Man of Spring, the great Fool of the Celts, Daluah and Parsifal. He is also Zeus Arrhenothelus, Dionysus Zagreus, Bacchus Diphues and Baphomet.” 5
“Air. Aleph. The Fool is Air, Emptiness, also Potential Purity. He holds the Wand of Fire, the Cup of Water, the Sword of Air, and the bag of planetary Disks. Round him is the rainbow issuing from and returning to his heart, he wears the fool’s cap, the horns of Bacchus, he stands on Harpocrates, the Egyptian symbol of adolescent Fertility, he is unconscious of the tiger tearing at his side, he is the Green Man of the Celts, Daluah and Parsival. This is the moment of divine consciousness.” 5
Axank’s Dream Recall
June 09-13, 2014
I was living on an asteroid with my friend and his mother. There was an entire yard or lot on the surface, really wide open, kind of post apocalyptic.
My office opened up a second location so I had to move. At the new location the voluptuous girl couldn’t be trusted—she was taken out by a swordsman (an underdog). He then healed everyone who had been stabbed by her by using a rock held to their wound, saying a few foreign words, then talking about something he thought was beautiful. The healing became stronger depending on what he was talking about.
I became friends with the woman who lived up the street who always had icecream and art. She would let us hang out there. She was older, but enjoyed our company.
There was a bar/venue we basically did what we wanted with—one room; It was my birthday and I got multiple cakes. A lot of mormons showed up and were confused by my friends; I was wondering around town just enjoying myself and other people—we had a lot of our own places to drink/hangout.
Sense of adventure, and being out doing… things. Interesting dreams for what its worth, among others not recorded here.