Symbolism – TheFool
In his journey, The Fool can reach his destination – The World. At the beginning of the journey, The Fool is a multiplicity of different and fake ‘I’s’, that constantly changing. At the end of the journey, The Fool becomes one true and permanent ‘I’…
“Imagine that humans are made up of a hollow, rounded vessel filled with many colored balls. For that matter, let’s say we look at a particular person, such as our protagonist, The Fool, who opens the Major Arcana. The rounded and hollow vessel of The Fool, due to external influences, is continuously shaken, rolling, turning and rattling. Its inner balls too, due to the constant motion of the rounded vessel, mingle and change their place nonstop. Each one of those colored balls is confident that he is the real Fool. Each of these balls calls itself “I.”
The colored balls are not aware of each other. As far as they are concerned, each one is the only one inside the rounded vessel. Each time any of them finds himself above all the other balls due to shaking, it’s voice is heard. The voice and the ball are always connected to one of The Fool’s functions: the instinctive, the moving, the intellectual, and the emotional. That is the sensations, movements, thoughts, and feelings of The Fool. The Fool can most of the time hear only the words of that one ball which is above the other balls. Sometimes he can pick up the words of the other balls in the top layer, in a blurry way.
The Fool is not aware that every few seconds the balls change their place, and the upper ball loses its place and position to an entirely different ball. The Fool is confident that he is one, whole, and unaware of the multiplicity within him. In fact, every few seconds, another ball grabs the top position and makes its voice. Sometimes the replacement ball is so different from its predecessor that it seems to be two separate people.
If The Fool were aware that thousands of voices speak from his mouth, he would have been frightened, shaken, and even lost his sanity. Therefore, a built-in mechanism is active in The Fool, to make sure to hide it from his eyes, so that ultimately everything seems and sounds connected and without contradictions.”
According to this description, one can understand that The Fool has no control over himself or his reactions. He is not even aware of his condition, and if by chance he manages to look at himself, immediately, different mechanisms are activated and hide it from him.
The card shows the hollow, rounded vessel. This is a frame that represents the human machine. Inside the frame, we can see the colored balls, or as they call themselves “I.” On the card all the ‘I’s is represented by the Hebrew letter Aleph א, a shortcut to the word ‘ANY’ אני which means – I am.
This description is related to the process of man’s spiritual development. But conclusions can be drawn from it, related to all life processes, from the simplest to the most complex. After all, a person who is subject to external influences can not control his life. He has no stability, continuity, uniformity, everything happens to him … Therefore, it is often said that when the fool’s card is pulled out, that everything can happen; Everything can happen to him because he has no stability, everything can affect him and cause a change in direction.
An example of Fool’s daily life:
As I have already noted, The Fool (the rounded vessel filled with small, colorful balls) is continuously shaken. He rolls over and turns around due to external influences. Every external stimulus affects The Fool: certain weather can affect The Fool and makes him rejoice, angry or suffer. People affect The Fool and make him either happy or angry or love or hate or believe or belittle and so on. Every event in his life affects him.
The Fool is a very successful person, both financially and socially. He has no concerns about his day-to-day existence. He is a very educated man and even has an interest in science, philosophy and other essential subjects. People who know The Fool consider him wise, intelligent, pleasant and successful. So The Fool sees and regards himself as a citizen of the big world, and sometimes even considers himself a good person who loves to help and contribute to his fellow men. If we ask The Fool to define himself, he will say without hesitation that he is a free man!
This morning The Fool woke up with a headache and some particularly disturbing memories of a nightmare. The general feeling of The Fool today is so oppressive that he repeatedly entertains the thought of staying in bed. But eventually, with the help of his bladder, he gets up and fumbles to the bathroom. When he starts brushing his teeth, the brush falls off his hands, he lifts it off the floor and hits his head on a sink. The Fool utters a curse, and the negative feeling that he started cultivating in bed is growing stronger. An ice cube soothes the pain, and after checking in the mirror, The Fool is happy to discover that it didn’t leave a mark.
His mood improves a little, and he decides to go out to town and have some coffee at his favorite cafe. While leaving his house, he discovers that his neighbor has stolen the newspaper again. A moment later, he remembers that a free newspaper is being distributed in the cafe, so he relaxes again and leaves his house. Outside, a lovely weather awaits him, just as he likes it. He takes a breath and decides that walking will improve his mood. And indeed, after meeting some good acquaintances on his way to the cafe, his mood improves dramatically.
Down the road, The Fool sees a group of people and an ambulance. He walks closer and notices a man lying on the pavement. The Fool is certain that this is an accident. He feels uncomfortable when the injured person is put into the ambulance as thoughts of careless drivers fill his whole being. The wounded man reminds him of his good friend, who was killed in a similar car accident. The Fool begins to feel sadness and self-pity begin to dominate him. In a gloomy mood, he keeps walking to the cafe and orders breakfast. For some reason, the meal and the coffee are not tasty at all this morning, and he completely forgot about the newspaper.
From the corner of his eye, he notices two lady friends sitting not far from his desk. One of them keeps glancing at him and giggling at him. She turns to her friend and says, in a way that her words are heard very well, “He’s very charming.”
After The Fool joins their desk and receives the phone number of one of them, his mood is significantly improved. He no longer remembers the accident and his late friend. Even the food is delicious and after the women separate from him and leave the cafe, he cannot erase the smile from his face.
He once again recalls newspaper he wanted so much to read this morning, and in the sports section, he reads that his favorite team had defeated their rivals. Now The Fool is sure he never had such a good morning!
I can carry on describing the morning of our free friend, but I think that we can stop here and realize that our Fool is far from being a free person and that he indeed gets constantly shaken, rolled and turned around due to external influences/stimuli. All of his reactions to those external stimuli, whether thoughts, feelings, sensations actions, imagination, identification and so on, are the same small, colorful balls that respond to the shaking.