The Fool’s Journey

October 26th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

#0 The Fool - Rider Waite Smith TarotThe Fool moving from the beginning of the Major Arcana on through the other 21 cards can be seen as a story of progressive enlightenment.

The Fool starts at Zero, where everything is not much more than unknown potential, and nothing is quite solid, on through the other cards, where he learns all sorts of life lessons, eventually ending up at #21, the World, where he finally gets it. By that stage, everything makes sense, and after some celebration, the Fool’s ready to start the trip all over again.

Looked at from this perspective, the story of the Major Arcana is simply another example of the Hero’s Journey, as described most eloquently by Joseph Campbell, though Iskander Krayenbosch (creator of the video below) does a good job as well.

Take a look at Krayenbosch’s The Hero’s Journey to see a quick run through of the 12 major stages of the Hero’s quest for enlightenment. And if you’re a Tarot reader, see what cards you think might belong to each step.

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Finding Joe

December 16th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Finding Joe Poster

Finding Joe is a new documentary by Takaya Solomon. It explores Joseph Campbell’s ideas and their continuing impact on our culture today.

The film examines the stages of the Hero’s Journey as they can be found in our personal and universal lives – challenges, fears, dragons, battles and the return home as a changed man (or woman).

As Campbell revealed so clearly, the Hero’s story can be found in cultures everywhere and throughout time. It’s definitely there in the Fool’s journey through the Tarot.

In the film, enactments of classic tales performed by children are interwoven with interviews of people like Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Rashida Jones, and Tony Hawk.

They’re all talking about how to live a fully realized life. Or as Campbell would have put it, how to ‘follow your bliss.’

To see a full list of all the people interviewed in the film, and where you might be able to see it, visit the Finding Joe website.

Hopefully it’ll be on DVD soon.

Finding Joe – Trailer V.7 from pat solomon on Vimeo.

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