The Fool’s Journey. A metaphor of the human experience: universal yet unique. The first 22 cards of the traditional tarot deck feature the ‘Fool’ growing wiser as he walks down life’s long road. On the way, the Fool encounters a series of ups and downs, successes and failures, happiness and heartaches. But more than anything, he experiences a journey that leaves him in awe of the human experience and the vastness of its potential.
As a child I wanted to be an astronaut. I dreamed of exploring the planets in our solar system. They – the nine Celestial Beings – filled my dreams and captivated my imagination. They felt like old friends — far away, yet familiar. There was an indescribable wonderment in gazing up at the night sky, contemplating the big questions and knowing that the answers were somewhere out there.
For a long time, the planets and the cards have been a guiding force in my life. The archetypes and pit stops on the Fool’s Journey are deeply familiar and universal. These concepts have shaped my ideas of what it means to be human. This notion that as different as we all might seem on the outside, we share the same ups and downs, the same patterns, the same cyclical experience — the human experience.
The universal nature of the human experience became apparent to me through my contact with various cultures. Between my parents and grandparents, I have roots in: India, Japan, Uganda, the UK, and of course, Singapore, where I was born. I myself have added Israel, Australia and China to that list. And yet, despite this wide-range of exposure, I realised we humans are all pretty much the same. We’re ‘fools’ on the same journey.
Combining our shared human experiences through the magic and energy of the Fool’s Journey and the planets of the night sky, I dedicate my writing to the human experience and the vastness of its potential.
You are me and I am you. Life is a grand gift. Savour it.
Image courtesy of the lovely and talented Fiona J