Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with throwing open the cabinet of curiosities and wondrous things I call my brain and leading you on a tour of what actually resides in there – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
Y is for…
yeverous – (adj) eager, zealously enthusiastic, impetuous
This obsolete word, circa 1400s, delights me with all its sparkling I’m-ready-NOW energy.
While I have my moments, I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first descriptor people would choose when asked to describe me. But it certainly is something I’d use in my description of the Tarot’s Fool. And to know me is to know I love the Fool archetype.
The Fool is definitely not something we joyfully embrace in our society, which carries such shaming judgment as part of its baggage. We make a tiny bit of sanctioned room by allowing the singular observation of April Fool’s Day, but truthfully participation is erratic and often pretty lame.
But the Fool has a bigger role to play.
Let’s consider the qualities of Fool.
There’s freshness, innocence, pure limitless possibility. Knowing everything and knowing absolute nothing. Raw truth and the willingness to speak it. Ability to rise above restrictions because they’re simply not recognized. Fool transcends tradition, convention and social norms with exuberance. And in doing so is able to bend perspective. Fool offers the reminder that we’re free to choose. With every step, in every moment. Fool totally represents current moment awareness – not being pulled into restrictions and fear from the past, nor pulled ahead into speculation of the future and what hasn’t yet occurred. And Fool most definitely invites magical encounters with the unknown. There is always the invitation to remember life is an adventure to enjoyed, and change is part of the path. Fool is at the beginning of the journey, an initiate ready to rush ahead in unconcerned delight, seeing the path ahead as a playground of opportunity. Each moment is original and is to be met open-heartedly and with sparkly-eyed mischievousness.
There is often a stigma attached to term innocence, somehow implying that one is naïve or vulnerable, idiotic or ignorant. I have to smile at that because in truth it is innocence that keeps one available to learn; keeps one available to transformation.
One of my favorite admonishments on the topic is from Robin Williams who says:
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Isn’t that a delightful invitation to fan the flame of the Fool spark within?
I always like to invite Fool in at the beginning of journeys, to remind me it’s a fresh start filled with potential that is only realized by simply taking those first enthusiastic steps forward.
I often begin journals with a dedication and invitation to Fool. A new journal always feels like the beginning of a new journey to me.
Here’s a peek at a somewhat random selection of tarot Fools from some of my favorite decks.
I really appreciate these words from Erica Jong:
”No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.”
What do you think? How are you inviting Fool to be present in your life? How are you being a Wise Fool? Do tell, I’d love to hear. Or perhaps you have an April Fools’ story to share. Laughter is always welcome here.