Avshalom Binyamin wrote:A warm pasture, the sun is shining. A golden pull stamps and impregnates the warm earth. A tramp walks jauntily down a dirt road, feeling the sun on his skin. He is drifting like a leaf on the breeze, aimless, head upturned, singing, "the world owes me a living."
Beautiful imagery, Av! This is my first time participating in this sort of meditation (I've meditated on the Trumps before, but never in a systematic fashion as we are doing here.) The Fool is one of my favorite cards, not only because I was for a time "the Wandering Fool," hitchiking North America without a care in the world, despite many dangers (so in a sense I fulfilled the Fool archetype,) but also because my Mercury/Sol in Gemini manifests itself in flippancy and foolishness much of the time; 'tis an innocent flippancy for the most part. So I devoted some meditation to the Air aspect of the card, and the operations of Air so as to plumb the depths of that part of my nature.
My notes, in full: Day 1, Tarot Meditation 1.1.14
[I'm a day behind]
5:32-5:47 P.M. Chardonnay and Cannabis Sativa invoked before meditation.
O. The Fool
Aleph represents aspiration, [Air symbol written here], and [also] aspiration in another sense--and this other sense reveals an aspect of the dual nature of Things. Every breath is an aspiration to the Highest,--and so we aspire
to achieve union with the Divine Light, which the Fool manifests to man.
This Fool appears oft in history as the Bard, disguised as a Troubadour, and also often as a Hermit or Beggar. The Bard wanders the Earth, like Homer and Bacchus of old, igniting the minds of men with the flames of the eternal. The Troubadour enters the court of the King, and woos his Daughter: for Fools often woo by music; all heavenly powers are made to manifest in harmony. The Hermit, the Madman [Le Mat in certain old Italian packs], is perceived as such because the Divine or "Pure Fool" is unbound by the restraints of mundane law. The Wisdom of Kether is transmuted by the Pure Fool--the mad genius--and becomes the Logos, the Word.
Thus the fool fulfills the Will of Heaven.
The Beggar steals into the house of the King, and by jest and revelry takes the King's Daughter for His own, slays the old God, and sets Himself upon the throne as Lord of Air.
The invisible influence of the wind: acorns fall.
[Here I append a quote of Jim's from the prior "Fool" thread:]
"The Aleph only forms words when restriction is applied to it."Day 2, Liber Theta Meditation: 1.2.14
[Ingestion of one cup of coffee before meditation.]
[Notes during meditation]
--Halo of light around the dove: influence of the Holy Spirit [the breath of Kether.]
--Peacock or Vulture? Vulture=Le Mat (Madman), corresponds to Maat--cycle of Aeons represented by the Fool?
--Air: element of Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
--Divine twins embracing: issue of spring.
[Notes after meditation]
Very fluid activity of the Triple Veils, they coalesce at the Fool's heart; the Dove represents the Divine Influence of the Holy Ghost (the Aether manifest) by impregnating the Androgynous Fool. Yellow w/flecked white: growth: the glint of dew on the wheat at the first Rising of the Sun at the Spring Equinox.
Sensation of purity-in-emptiness and the comprehension of the void quality of air--the vacuum--this is the Supernal basis for manifestation; Light is able to travel through Air and is not impeded by it.
Good meditation: clear focus; spent too much intellectual force on the study of the symbols at first, but after minute 5 or 6 I allowed the card to sink in as a whole.
[End notes for first two days.]
All in all, excellent "results" (insofar as I seek to understand the Tarot more deeply, I seek "results")--the contemplation of the card for 15 minutes (sometimes I go a few minutes over) seems to permeate the rest of my day when done in the morning. For instance: I went went to make breakfast just now and I realized that the three egg-yolks in the pan represented the Solar principle of Nascent growth; also Harpocrates, another form of the Fool (and the basis of the Crocodile or Dragon upon which he treads)--Harpocrates is considered the "Babe in the Egg." So even breakfast has been permeated by the energy of the meditation.
I was reading the old thread on the Fool, and someone brought up some interesting questions about the symbolism of the Dragon as it is described in the appendix to Liber Theta (traditional signs of the Tarot). I went a little further into the symbolism of the Dragon/Crocodile and Tiger/Lion and found that they represent definite alchemical influences. I won't post quotes from outside sources or divert needless attention to the issue, but the article I found on alchemical animal symbolism did much to elucidate my understanding of the card. The article can be found here if you would like to read it. http://www.levity.com/alchemy/animal.html
At any rate, I have another meditation to do today but first I'd like some feedback to see if I'm doing this correctly/posting correctly.
Edit: Well, here's my notes from the third meditation.Liber Theta 1.2.14
Air Hexagram/Chalice/Fire/Clusters of Grapes--four elements as pertaining to Air/other elements?
Astrological symbols from Zodiac Veil: [Here I list them.]
Zodiac in background.
Androgynous: Pan: both all-begetter/all-devourer. Self-moving, self-generated.
After meditation: the Fool bursts forth in wild-eyed wonder at the advent of Spring. His stance is that of an individual open to every impulse/experience. Unlike the Magus, whose operations are based in Knowledge/Form/etc., the Fool is full of the teeming, wild influx of the coming of Spring.
His eyes bespeak the innocence, wonder, and the energy of the Child--hence the Purity of the Fool. Good and Evil are not yet manifest, as no Dualities have been established. "O" cannot be used in reference to any other number--the point has not yet been formulated--and so the Fool represents the unmanifested Source from which all Light and Love spring forth.
Very rewarding meditation.