Another Fool Leaps

August 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool from the Smith Waite Tarot

And here’s another ‘Fool’s Leap’ video, this time featuring professional jumper Cedric Dumont in a remote area of Peru leaping off the world’s 5th tallest waterfall.

Tarot’s Fool is free and courageous, unhampered by convention, and willing to take risks most rational people would never even dream of.

Clearly, Dumont is the Fool come to life.

Take a look at the video to see what he saw when he took the leap. But definitely don’t try this at home.

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A Fool's Spread

March 31st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

0, the Fool from Georgie's Tarot

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, and in honour of positive foolishness everywhere, I’ve put together a Tarot spread aimed at releasing your own inner Fool.

Try it out …

A Fool’s Spread

1. Why do I need to play and to be a Fool sometimes?

2. What hinders my sense of play and shuts down my Fool?

3. What helps support my Fool and helps me to play?

4. Where can I find more fun and positive foolishness in my life?

5. Right now – how can I most positively act the Fool?

Happy April Fool’s Day Everyone!! Be free, adventurous, and have some fun!!

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Through the Eyes of the Fool's Dog

March 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool from the Smith Waite Tarot

Have you ever wondered what the Fool’s dog might be seeing as he looks over the cliff beside his trusted companion?

Take a look at Riley the Corgi in the video below. With a doggy cam strapped to his back, he takes a hike through the cliffs and valleys of Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles.

It’s a hike I used to take with my Fool’s dog Stoney Machete. I’m glad for the chance to see it as he did.

The song ‘Here’s to Now’ by Ugly Cassanova is the perfect soundtrack. Living in the now is one of the Fool’s big lessons. His dog teaches it too.

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St. Patrick, Leprechauns, the Hierophant, and the Fool

March 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA

Leprechauns and shamrocks might be what first come to mind when we think of St. Patrick’s Day, but as a Tarot reader I couldn’t help but notice how much St. Patrick himself looks like the Hierophant, at least in this stained glass rendition of him.

#5 The Hierophant from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

And like the Hierophant, the patron saint of Ireland was very much concerned with tradition, religion, morality, and spreading the word he’d heard from on high.

St. Patrick’s energy is an interesting mix with that of the Leprechauns that usually share his stage. While he was known to be upright, and at least looks stern in this picture, Leprechauns are quite different.

#0 The Fool, Thoth Tarot by Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley

They’re known for their mischievous ways, tricks and wishes, and all things unconventional.

It’s like the Fool is playing with the Master. And I for one think it’s great.

It keeps the Hierophant from gaining too much control with imposed structure, yet reigns in the wildest antics of the Fool. Kind of a perfect mix.

So today as you raise a glass of green beer to toast Saint Patrick and the Leprechauns, you might want to add an extra toast to the Hierophant and the Fool.

They might not be Irish, but they’ve got the spirit. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

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The Fool Leaps

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

It’s like this guy is actually demonstrating the Fool card.

He doesn’t have a dog or a flower, but he truly takes the leap.

I’ve asked before what’s in the Fool’s satchel? Today I’m thinking it might be a parachute.

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The Knight of Swords, the Fool, and the Jet Man

December 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Foolish, brave, or just the Jet Man? Take a look at the video below of Yves Rossy, a former stuntman and fighter jet pilot who’s made himself a flying man.

I couldn’t help but think of the Fool when I saw him. How could you not when you see a man leaping from a helicopter high above the Swiss Alps.

He’s confident he won’t plunge to his death. In fact, he fully intends to soar with the birds.
And not just any birds – jet fighters!

The Knight of Swords from the Thoth Tarot

When Rossy joins the Albatross aircrafts in the sky, the image of the Fool transformed to one of the Knight of Swords from the Thoth Tarot.

Focused, fast and able to manouever in any direction, this Knight and Rossy have a lot in common.

And look at the bottom right corner of the card. The Knight’s flying with some birds, just like Rossy does.

So if you’re wondering what the Fool dressed as the Knight (or more traditionally the King) of Swords might look like, I think we’ve just found out.

He’d look like Yves Rossy, the Jet Man.

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The Fool on Ceramic

June 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Time lapse is great! Take a look at the Fool coming to life on a ceramic plate.

Howard Dale made this ten minute video of the five hour process of drawing, colouring and glazing his Fool.

It turned out gorgeous, and makes me want to start drawing on ceramics myself.

You can check out more of Dale’s work at his Etsy shop.

And I can’t help but notice that in the same week I’ve had a story about both a Howard Dale and a Dale Howard. It’s kind of fun.

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Billy Corgan is a Fool

December 1st, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins loves the Tarot. And of all the cards, the Fool speaks to him the loudest. While talking about his newest release, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Corgan told Albequrque’s Local IQ,

“We are all, in essence, on the fool’s journey. So the inspiration for the [new] album is the story of the fool, which is the story of life as we all struggle towards transcendence.”

Corgan is releasing Teargarden like a Tarot reading, dealing out one card/song at a time. By the time he’s done, the entire work will have 44 songs. The 22 majors and each of their shadows?

The first six songs are available for free download on the band’s website. Corgan plans to release all of them like this, getting constant feedback as he records the rest of the album.

Listen here to the songs available so far. Or download them if you like. He wants you to.

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Old Joke Still Funny

November 6th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

In notes from the Fool ….

Some pranksters in the UK thought they were pretty funny this week when they added a note to a sign outside a Psychic Fair.

The official sign said ‘Psychic Fayre Here’. The jokesters added, “Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed”. Ha ha.

Apparently the organizers of the event were unaware of the addition to their sign and couldn’t figure out why people kept asking them if the fair was cancelled.

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