Le Mat/ The Fool
Le Mat: Freedom and Energy
The Fool of the Tarot gave birth to the Joker and wild cards, that is, the cards that could be used in place of any other card and yet be distinct from them. He is chaos and energy, an eternal wanderer, a sacred fool who is an oracle for the Divine.
In Russian Orthodoxy, there is special term for the “sacred fool”, “yurodivy”. They are the very special “fools for God”, somewhat akin to the biblical prophets to were told to lie this many days one side, and that many days on the other side in order to deliver the message from God. Their method of communicating knowledge is often seen as absurd and paradoxical by the conscious self. However, the sacred fools address the subconscious, the vast bottom of the iceberg that we wish to neither see or know. If we are brave enough to listen to their message, we may receive healing at the very depth of our being.
In this sense, Le Mat can be seen as a representation of the whole of Tarot — the images that speak the language of the subconscious, the iconography of universal human stories. The Fool has abandoned all needs and judgements and is not constrained by the demands of the rationality.
The Fool represents energy and liberation. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves whether we are applying our energy correctly. Where does it go to and to what end? Do we just waste it, or use it constructively? Where do our values lie? Without direction, the Fool may well turn into an inconsistent madman, a drifter, or a prodigal son who squandered all his possessions.
Let us not deceive ourselves. There is nothing sacred about chaos and insanity per se.
Does our energy have a purpose? And what ways can we find this week to channel this purpose? Perhaps renew that commitment to a morning meditation? A walk? Or a time of sacred reading? Whatever we choose, the energy is there for us, and it is limitless.