Hello again, :)
Take a good look at the image beside these words. Pause and really soak in the figure before your eyes, what to do you see, how does that make you feel. What does that make you think? ........
If you saw something like that when you looked at the card... you where supposed to.. but your not really seeing the card so please look again. ........
If you beginning to suspect our eyes have deceived us, you are on the right path. This image, is just not what it seems to be at a glance.
Lets look at our rider, as we noted, he is not holding any reigns, and if he is going to work a pair of horses. His Scepter is not going to serve him half as well as a decent whip or crop. I know very little about horses, but I don't think the give a hoot in hell about a royal decree, that's just not going to motivate them.
If now you look at the shoulder boards of the young king, I think you will see that the game is up!
Notice the twin Masks of Tragedy and Comedy, on the shoulder boards of the young king. The king is an actor. ... now I want you to pause a moment and consider your own mind a few moments ago. You saw this image, and you saw a young noble. If he had step out of his space and into your own how would you have responded.
Chances are you would have given him the respect do a young nobleman. I was watching a Taxi rerun on the plane to my daughters wedding. Lotca approaches a very beautiful woman, in his mechanics overalls, and she finds him sweet, but would not give him the time of day. The next day, he is reading an issue of Playboy and decides the playboy lifestyle is for him. When he returns to the bar, he is wearing a rather stylish suit, and of course the woman's reaction to the more sophisticated Lotca is completely different.
The first lesson of the chariot is that the world reflects back to us the energy we send out. If we present the world a prince, the world responds to a prince. If we present the world a befuddled loser, it responds to a befuddled loser. As Lotka found out. Yet as Lotka also found out, the point is not to be a phony. It takes a toll to constantly be pretending we are something we are not in life. The point is rather to take command of our own energy. If we put out a positive vibration, people just like to be around us more than if we are pouring out a negative vibe. If we don't make mountains out of molehills we find our path in life becomes much smoother. If we cherish what is we have, rather than longing for what it is we want, we escape the materialist trap and find our lives our much fuller than we thought.
The second lesson is that the universe like the world reflects back to us the energy we have put into it, this is the true nature of Karma. Until the Fool Masters his own energy, he is subject to the buffeting of the Karmic Winds. When he takes responsibility for his own energy, always returning to the world his most positive self, even when the world hands him lemons. The Karmic winds will subside, and he will be on his way to finding his intent. Witches know this as the Rule of 3, Christians as the Golden Rule. Its one of the basic truths in the world, and I expect all esoteric traditions have a way of expressing this fundamental truth.
In this way I see the fool completing the first book of the Tarot. Some of you will be very familiar with the fools journey, and Im not talking about that exactly, but it certainly bares remembering.
I have never been happy with the role of Magus in the traditional fools Journey, he seems to me to be nearer the end than the beginning of his journey. So if I may share I have been working on my own vision of the fools journey, it is still incomplete.
Fool - Lives in the world, but does not really perceive what he is seeing.
Magus - Perceives the world as 4 Elements, he has begun his journey.
Joan Bunning maintains a very good webpage detailing the traditional fools journey on her web page.
I look forward to your thoughts,