I think many of us have heard something spooky and mystical regarding Tarot cards. “Never use someone else’s deck, never use a used deck, never touch another person’s deck, sleep with your deck, wrap a special scarf around your deck …”
However, when you are ready to choose your deck, it’s about what deck really “speaks” to you. The first deck I owned was actually a used deck I purchased from a local metaphysical bookstore. The pictures were simple and lovely. I was at a point in my life where I felt rejected and holding that used deck made me feel as if we were supposed to go home together.
It’s been almost 20 years since that day. I still consult that deck from time to time because it’s always right. I have noticed that it’s developed a rather sage-like attitude and becomes stiff and won’t shuffle for certain questions.
Tarot is divided into two sections: Major and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana starts with The Fool which has no number. “The Fool” represents new beginnings. To grasp the full meaning of “The Fool” we must examine our own card. Most representations of this card are of a Jester or Joker walking joyfully over a cliff. In my deck he is following a butterfly, carrying a bindle with all his possessions, being trailed by a dog and leaving behind a May pole. The journey he is about to take will carry him into the unknown, but if I look much more closely there is a river beneath him with trees, valleys, and villages. New things left to be seen and uncovered. If this card appears inverted (upside down) it represents folly, mistakes, impulse, intoxication, ignorance and recklessness. However, if you look at the picture inverted it may show you that this person is about to have his world turned willy nilly. Plus, remember, The Fool has no number. This may signify that beginnings can occur at ANY time. There is no set pattern. We’d like to believe our lives have order, yet the joke is on us at times.
One of my favorite times The Fool has visited a reading was for a girl trying to locate a guy she liked. She’d been calling him and he wasn’t answering. I laid the cards out and in the portion of the spread that represented “current things,” or what I like to call “the hot seat,” sat The Fool. Surrounding The Fool were a lot of cards that had blue in them, also there were several knights and pages. “I think he’s skiing and I believe he’s with his family because there are a lot of kids around.” Of course there was no immediate satisfaction, but a week or so later she called again and said that he indeed had been on a skiing holiday with his family and he was learning on a kiddie slope.