Friday, 9 March 2012

Tarot & Quotes: The Fool

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

- T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

You can find thousands of quotes from famous people on the internet. These quotes can be funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking or clever, but each of them also expresses the quintessential meaning of at least one card in the Tarot deck.

When I started writing my eBook Empowering Messages from the Tarot in 2009, I came across the following inspirational quote in a self-help book: "Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise"; immediately I thought that this sums up the Fool perfectly. In that moment, my idea of associating quotes from famous people to Tarot cards took shape, which I think is another powerful way to understand and remember individual card meanings.

It's also great fun to find suitable quotes in literature; Alice in Wonderland, Frodo Baggins and Anna Karenina are classic examples of the archetypal Fool setting out on an adventure. Along their way, dialogue and events can be associated with Tarot cards. Here are two more quotes I found in books that represent the Fool:

"You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose."
- Dr. Seuss

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." 
- The King in Alice in Wonderland

If you enjoy reading fiction, poetry or biographies, you can make your own Tarot card associations with the stories. When you come across some interesting dialogue or description of an event, think for a moment which Tarot card could fit, and how you would gain a deeper understanding of the card you have chosen. Why not give it a try today? And what would be your favourite quote for the Fool?

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