The Fool’s Journey
To follow this lesson, separate your cards into the 4 suits (pips) and the Major Arcana. Sort them into the order on the worksheets. The order will not correspond to the number (if any) on the major arcane cards. The following is a story to help you learn the cards.
The blank card represents the unknown.
At the beginning of your life journey, before you are born into a physical body, you have no skills, direction, fear, or understanding. Here you are the fool. Think of a small baby that would fall of the couch, or burn itself on fire. This is the fool at the beginning of his journey.
The first person that the fool meets on his journey is the magician. The magician gives the fool the tools needed to begin his journey.
Now that the fool has the tools to go on a journey, it’s time to be born. The Empress is the physical mother that gives birth to the fool. The Empress nurtures and loves the fool.
Once the fool meets the physical mother it meets the physical father, the Emperor. The Emperor represents authority, and all of the things that the perfect physical father would represent.
Next on the fools journey we meet the spiritual mother and then the spiritual father. The High Priestess and the Hierophant, represent all of the traits of the spiritual mother and father.
After you meet you physical mother and father, and then your spiritual mother and father you meet you Lover. The Lover card represents falling in love, partnership, and the joining of two.
After you fall in love, you realize that you are still your own person. The Chariot card represents mastering opposing forces, and challenges. Remember the challenge of remaining your own person after you join your lover.
Once you fall in love, and you find yourself in the relationship you realize that you have Strength. The Strength card represents the beast in you, your animal self, and integrating your animal instincts.
Now you have fallen in love, found yourself, realized your strength. The fool is feeling great. In fact, the fool feels a little too good. It is time to balance all of the things that the fool knows. The Justice card represents this balance, of the mind.
When you balance the mind, you then need to balance the emotions. Temperance is the balancing of the emotions.
After the fool has fallen in love, overcome the challenge of finding itself, realizing strength, and then finding balance, it is time to retreat. The Hermit retreats inside to review what has happened. The Hermit is quiet and reflective.
After taking stock of what the fool has the fool realizes that the world is endless possibilities. Anything is possible. The Wheel Of Fortune can be spun. There are many paths that the fool can choose to take.
As the fool continues on his journey, he runs into the hanged man. In the traditional decks the hanged man is not dead. The rope is not tight. In fact the hanged man looks quite