A leap of faith. The first step on a long journey. The Fool card in the Mary-el tarot is unnumbered making it able to move anywhere in the whole deck. That’s appropriate as the whole idea of the Mary-el tarot is contained in this one image. The composition as a whole is a living caduceus, two snakes winding up a winged staff most commonly seen used as a symbol for medicine (rightly or wrongly). He is the wand of the Magician a.k.a the hand of God which is a way you can look at all of creation, each atom, each being. The two snakes/dragons are the undulating poles of yin and yang, the symbols of which appear in their claws. The Fool himself is the central staff topped with butterfly wings symbolizing transformation, and the monarchs in particular migration. Some correspondences for these 3 bodies:
|Fool||Red Dragon||Blue Dragon|
This list could go on and on, but as you can see it’s a basic trinity, however you want to name each of the 3 aspects. The Fool is leaping from this spiritual 3-ness into the real world of manifestation. That happens through a life cycle. All things go through a process in their life cycle, a journey, and this card represents that I believe, from nothing to something, innocence to experience. This is the first step but also contained within (the sack in the traditional fool card) is the whole journey ahead. One of the things I want to point out here at the beginning of this study group is that many things and ideas will be portrayed throughout this tarot and some of them will agree with each other and some of them will not. It will be helpful if you allow yourself to hold more than one truth at a time, or the possibility of it. For whatever reason, be it our limited capacity to understand or the nature of our perceptions – reality is not that simple.