Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Fool (0)

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Visual Card Description: There is a boy that looks to be in his teens; dressed in a gold collar studded with green jewels; his head shaved except for three spiked locks of hair; large black and red earrings; and he’s wearing a white, calf length kilt.  He has what seems to be a loop of red and black striped cloth hanging from both arms.  His body is facing toward the left, but his torso is twisted to the right because he’s looking down at an orange and white tabby cat that is batting at his leg and meowing, almost seeming to hold him back.  His arms are raised and he’s glaring at the cat.  There is some standard hieroglyphic gibberish in the right hand side of the card.

Free association: (Keywords that come to mind on first glance): Immaturity, Youth, Vitality, Caution, Impatience, Recklessness, Confidence, Free-Spiritedness, Small Voice of Reason, Naiveté, Spontaneity

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations: The Fool is always an indicator of newness; as well as the purity and open-hearted energy of a child. This is generally considered a positive card, with the caveat that it’s important to take time to be sure that you are “looking where you’re going.”

In general, this card would indicate new beginnings that have some deeper spiritual meaning – for example, starting a meditation practice or a relationship, as opposed to buying a new pair of shoes. The appearance of the fool can depict an important “fresh start.”

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck): Detachment from earthly worries, strangeness, madness, thoughtlessness.  Travels, holidays of the body and of the mind.  Obscure acts and words.

My interpretation: This youth is too immature to understand the necessity for responsibility, and young enough that his imagination and passions still have a strong hold on what he decides to do with his life.  The indecipherable loops of rope he carries may be for gymnastics, maybe a new project that he’s scheming, or anything that allows him to express his full vitality, his eagerness to live in the now and his desire to experience life to the fullest, no matter how crazy these fanciful ideas may seem.  There is a budding moral or responsible consciousness inside of him, that is manifested as a cat that may just be batting at his kilt; or is it that it has an intuition of the trouble he’s about to get into that he ignores blindly?  Right now he is not willing to exercise caution, warnings or not.  There is just too much to play with and discover!

Pulling this card in a reading may mean that the speaker is the youth and is embarking on a venture too rashly.  There is a need to balance big dreams with the reality.  Or they may be starting a new, exciting project that allows them to exercise their creative potential.

They may also be the cat in this card, that voice of reason.  Their concerns are not being addressed by another person who is too focused on their own goals.

This may symbolize a new project in general.  There is a need to review the practical aspects, but this project has lots of potential.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

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