The Fool as an Archetype for 2017

This week I want to explore the first card in the Major Arcana. In looking at the new year which is upon us, you may have heard that we are beginning a fresh numerological cycle in that 2017 is a 1 Universal Year. This is calculated by adding up 2 + 0 + 1 +7. Last year was a 9, which meant the end of certain ways of life. But all of us have Personal Years in addition to the Universal Year so there are layers to our cycles and we have to also take that into account.

The Fool is not a one but a zero. And zero is a number of the Eternal. It is pure potential. This is why the Tarot card (traditional Rider-Waite-Coleman, I mean!) depicts The Fool as a young man on a journey with a very light load he is carrying. There is the symbolism of someone who is not weighed down by his (emotional) baggage. This is because he is totally free from the past influencing him. Even though The Fool is a zero, it is associated with new beginnings. Uranus is the planet linked to The Fool and Uranus (along with Saturn) rules the sign Aquarius. Interestingly, Uranus is currently in the sign of Aries, which is the first sign of the Zodiac. So this newness of energy is represented in various ways at the moment. January is the first month of the year and it is not uncommon for people to make changes in their life during this month, as well.

But in addition to traveling down a different path, The Fool is asking all of us this question: are you being true to your individuality? Uranus dislikes convention and conformity! And yet so many people are afraid of standing out and taking the road less traveled, as Robert Frost wrote about. Their lives on the surface may seem peaceful and productive but underneath there may be feelings of unease and inauthenticity.

So as we begin this new journey of 2017, think of ways that you can lighten your load and feel more free and comfortable in your own skin. Who knows what adventures lie before you?

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