“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin
“The Fool” arrives to guide us through February with the spirit of fearlessness and adventure. Like the unicorn, leaping off a cliff, she reminds us of our lust for life and our ability to free fall into previously uncharted territory; the vast space where our dreams can become reality.
The Fool is the first of the major players in the tarot and she comes to us with a sense of spontaneity and newness. Think of her with the energy of a newborn. When we look at a newborn, we imagine the multitude of adventures that await them. The world is their oyster, so to speak. In the same way, The Fool can remind us that we, too, have unlimited possibilities ahead of us, existing there for us to explore; if we would say a loud, resounding, harmonious “YES” to taking the leap.
The Fool, usually depicted leaping off of a cliff, embodies this energy of a free-fall.
When we’re in a free fall, we can only be in the thrill of the moment, relinquished to being. Everything in the universe carries this force and energy, as it is the purest expression of LIFE. It is the inertia of growth. It is what makes the birds sing, and the flowers bloom. It is the creative life force streaming through the universe. When we initiate the free fall through our own lives, we are surrendering to this magical force of life and honoring our fire within.
In a world where we are so locked into overthinking that we become paralyzed into non-action, and so obsessed with rationality that we can barely open our minds to believe or trust anything that we can’t physically observe, The Fool, by her nature, challenges the status quo. She doesn’t think, she just does. She moves, she acts, she jumps. She believes that she will be supported. She is in touch with the grace of life, trusting her power as a force to be reckoned with and she moves out into the world without consideration or hesitation of what is to come.
This is the time for us, where as Anais Nin so poetically wrote, to “risk the bloom.” The Fool moves forward because there is no growth in staying put. There is no adventure without risk, and there is no way she can make her dreams come to life by simply dreaming of them anymore. She must take the journey. She must risk the bloom.
The Fool moves through her fear, because somewhere she knows that there is nothing worthwhile that doesn’t take courage. In fact, the leap is only a thrill because it is unpredictable. It is the unknown that both drives us and repels us. And it is in this pendulum swing where we dive in and discover our own courage. Our strength grows through what our fear has to teach us, and The Fool discovers that fear can be a dear friend.
For those who want integrate this energy of The Fool into their lives this month and onwards, here are a few tangible ways to work with her:
Start something new. That yoga class you’ve been putting off? Just go. The new place downtown you keep talking about going with your girls but never make it happen? Put it on the calendar. The art project you’ve been wanting to start but just are waiting for some ambiguous fear of it not being good enough? Just do it. Time can be on our side if we allow it to, but procrastination is a killer of dreams. The Fool is inviting us to jump into it without regard or regret.
Abandon your know-it-all attitude and think baby fresh
I’m not saying to abandon thinking all together, but allowing for free thinking, experimentation and defying logic and rationality does wonders for our imagination. Pay extra attention to other viewpoints this month. Imagine that, like Jon Snow, you know nothing, and then go out into the world with that attitude for a day. Exercises like free writing and free associations are also engaging ways to help to loosen your mind’s grip on what is acceptable reality. You can even do an experiment where you ask yourself what it would be like if (fill in the blank with something you take as fact) was, come to find out, not true. Does it throw you for a loop? The Fool LOVES the joy of the rollercoaster ride of life and all of the topsy turvy dips n twists that come with it. Go for the ride.
Plan a trip
The Fool thrives on adventure, so traveling or planning to is a green light this month. Your trip can be as simple as taking a new route to work, taking a day off and doing something out of the ordinary, embarking on a weekend getaway, or booking a flight for a cross-continental adventure. It doesn’t matter where you go or for how long, as long as you’re allowing yourself joy and adventure wherever you are. It will feel good to your mind and heart to do something different!
Just do it
Sometimes, it’s like the Nike swoosh. We just gotta do it. Our dreams are created and formed over the day by day. And the best day to start is this one.
We are all at different points in our lives and growth. But, we’re all always going through changes. Wherever you’re at, see where your life can use a healthy dose of spontaneity, adventure and action this month. As we move closer towards spring, I encourage you to delve into your curiosity with The Fool in mind, and embody a “fuck it, just do it” attitude.
That’s what The Fool is really telling us this month. The world and your life is calling. Say yes.
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” – Terrence McKenna