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Tarot Reflections

September 2005

A Spiritual Journey with Tarot: The Fool
Gary Meister, CTR

Gary Meister has been studying Tarot from several different viewpoints for the past 25 years. He is a member of the ATA, a Certified Tarot Reader (CTR) through the Tarot Certification Board of America. Gary has also held the rank of a Certified TAROT Master (CTM) through now-defunct The Associated Readers Of Tarot (TAROT) International for over 20 years and holds a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in the "Intuitive
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Tarot is an excellent tool for meditation to enhance spiritual growth. With Tarot, in our readings we each have subtly different meanings for the different cards, meanings which work well for ourselves better than anyone else’s. Spiritual Tarot works the same way. We each have our own path and we each see subtly different things in the Major Arcana cards to help us along that path.

With this series I’m sharing my journey, in hopes that it might help to shine a little light on yours.

The Fool stands upon a precipice and appears to be about to walk off into nothingness. He looks completely unconcerned, as does the little white dog dancing merrily beside him. There is nothing about their actions that, in any way, would lead us to believe that they are in trouble - or that they are about to be. He carries everything he will need on his journey over his shoulder. All is good.

To me the Fool represents the part of me that is eternal, the “God-Self,” that which I really am from lifetime to lifetime and will be until I decide I have learned what I came here to learn and return to the God-Self permanently.

Before we come here, to learn whatever it is we need to learn in this life, we are in a place where we know that nothing in the upcoming experience can ever really hurt us. We wear this body and live in this material world simply to learn and grow. Nothing in this physical world can ever hurt the person we really are. The experiences seem to hurt - they have to if we are going to learn from them - but it only seems that way. When this experience is over we return to the light, to the place where we know who and what we really are.

It is sort of like going to a movie. In order to get the most out of it, we have to suspend our disbelief and enter into the experience as if it were real. But it really is an illusion; part of us always knows we will walk out of it unharmed. A part of us knows that in our present life-experience, as well. Our spiritual progression is greatly enhanced when we remember that we will be unharmed, no matter what our senses are telling us at any given time.

We are not physical beings who have a soul, we are spiritual beings who are using a body for a while, to learn what we need to learn.

When I meditate on the Fool I see the reason he is so unconcerned. I see that he knows nothing in the experience ahead of him can hurt him, and it helps me to remember who and what I really am. In my meditation I see myself as the Fool, standing always at the brink of new experiences and always aware that I am safe.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.” We all are, on the soul level, an expression of God, or the Universe, or whatever we choose to call the Deity. That is the lesson we need most to learn. It is the basis of all spiritual growth. Once we realize this “Oneness” we won’t need this world anymore.

The mystics of all religions have taught that we can achieve this. The Fool helps me remember that. He helps me to remember that the “problems” in this life are just like the “problems” we had in math class back in our school days. They were for solving in order to help us learn. We came out of math class unscathed, and we’ll come out of this world the same way.

That’s what the Fool says to me.


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