April 1, 2008: April Fool's Day in New York City: There were lots of April showers in the city today.
On this day ... beware of those who would play tricks on you this day. (Do people really still do that? Maybe children call them pranks ...)
In the world at large, the Trickster is always busy at play, so watch out for his learning lessons.
Over at the Astronomy Picture of the Day Website today, they had an interesting April Fool's Day joke linking the robots Dextre and HAL 9000. Is it really that far fetched that robots in space can take over?
New Space Station Robot Asks to be Called "Dextre the Magnificent".
I received the following humorous email. My comments are in (parenthesis).
They heavily invested in the Saint Germain fund and will be able to shower cash on the entire planet next week. Might be the week after, next year or some time soon. (Don't believe everything you hear from 'ascended masters' or channelers.)
You can all have your houses back. Just keep shopping.
George Noory came to the ECETI Ranch in a secretly arranged meeting, met with the Ets, fell in love and will not be back for a millennium or two. They left a clone on Coast to Coast as part of the arrangement.
The UFOs flying all over the states turned out to be giant 1 to 2 mile geese feeding on GMO crops. Geese gas has replaced swamp gas to explain away the sightings.
The Earth Changes have been called off and we are now on timeline 536, where all social, economic and physical Earth changes you hear about did not really happen.
The Indonesia surfing contest was also a big 'hit'.
The recent Hawaii volcanic eruptions were found to be burning tires by some prankster.
Massive flooding, record snows, the increase in severity and numbers of earthquakes and volcanoes globally, are all part of a perfectly normal pattern.
April Fools !
The Fool in Tarot is of course the Trickster (our lower frequencies) who teaches through heartfelt, and hard felt emotions. Are you the fool? Aren't we all at some point? The things we do for love ... attention ... praise ... money ...
The number 0 is a perfect significator for the Fool, which can become anything when he reaches his destination. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero. Zero is nothing, a lack of hard substance, and as such it may reflect a non-issue or lack of cohesiveness for the subject at hand.
The Fool is usually interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life and the main human archetypes. This path is known traditionally in Tarot as the Foolęs Journey, and is frequently used to introduce the meaning of Major Arcana cards to beginners. In his Manual of Cartomancy, Grand Orient has a curious suggestion of the office of Mystic Fool, as a part of his process in higher divination; but it might call for more than ordinary gifts to put it into operation. We shall see how the card fares according to the common arts of fortune-telling, and it will be an example to those who can discern the fact, otherwise so evident, that the Trumps Major had no place originally in the arts of psychic gambling, when cards are used as the counters and pretexts. However, we know very little of the circumstances under which this art arose.
The conventional explanations say that The Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, and by a peculiar satire its subsidiary name was at one time The Alchemist, as depicting folly at the most insensate stage. When The Fool appears in a spread, he would be a signal to strip down to the irreducible core, and interrogate whether the Querant's self-vision is obscured. It may also be a warning that significant change is coming.
Another interpretation of the card is that of taking action where the circumstances are unknown, confronting one's fears, taking risks, and so on. Some literary comparisons can be made. In universal literature, The Fool would be considered the youngest son or daughter who accomplishes great feats despite the apparently better position of older siblings. Examples include Cinderella, Psyche, Cordelia (from King Lear), all the third sons of kings in fairy tales who succeed when their older brothers do not, the Grail Knight who may be destined to locate the Holy Cup where greater and wiser men have tried and failed, the one teetering at the edge of Nietzsche's abyss, at the cusp of dreadful knowledge that will pull him or her out of the cave, or even Hamlet before he decides to embrace his destiny. A dog appears on most versions of the card. Some versions of the dog depict him biting at The Fool. The dog symbolizes the natural world, one path to knowledge and a valuable ally; he can be seen as providing The Fool with a "reality check," a link to the everyday world.
Although it cannot be seen in all modern cards, The Fool is often shown walking off a cliff. This raises the question "Is The Fool making a mistake, or is The Fool making a leap of faith?"
The Fool in History
The Hermitage tells us that in the decks before Waite-Smith, the Fool is almost always unnumbered. There are a few exceptions: some old decks (including the 15th-century Sola Busca and the Rider Waite) label the card with a "0", and the Belgian Tarot designs label the Fool as "XXII". The Fool is almost always completely apart from the sequence of trumps in the historic decks. Still, there is historic precedent for regarding it as the lowest trump and as the highest trump. In the game of tarot, the Fool has a unique role. Playing the Fool momentarily exempts the player from the rules of the game.
The Vikings Tarot portrays Loki as the Fool, with a mistletoe in one hand and a fishing-net in the other.
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