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Or in this case THE SEEKER. I like Seeker better than Fool. No one likes to be a fool but everyone has been a seeker at one point or another in one form or another. The Seeker is the zero card in the Major Arcana, a starting point (we can count up or down, into negative numbers), a new beginning.
- Symbolism: Innocence and wonder.
- Element: Air (see Tarot Elements)
What I See:
This is a peaceful card with its predominately blue and green palette and I get a sense of excitement not anxiety. The Seeker has a small bundle of belongings — the bare necessities — and I picture someone about to backpack across Europe. They’ll work when they need money, sleep in hostels when they can, and get their feet dirty experiencing the different cultures, learning new languages, and trying new foods. It’s all about the journey not the destination.
Light (upright) Reading:
Be open to all the twists and curves in the road ahead.
- Keywords: Innocence, Spontaneity, Fresh Start, and Originality.
Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:
Be careful of a tendency to be naive or gullible.
- Keywords: Foolishness, Gullibility, Frivolity, and Irresponsibility.
The start of a new story, a turning point (plot point: first, mid, or second), a new obstacle or challenge, and/or the promise of accomplishment. And remember the Hero’s Journey from The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler (or use the Hero’s Journey spread).
In most decks, the Fool is shown with an animal. Here, that is the Fox: A trickster in Native American tradition, perhaps you’ve gone off on a tangent. A shapeshifter in Chinese myth, perhaps your story should be a paranormal.
- Themes: Spiritual Quest, Spontaneity, Innocence or Childlike Wonder, Simplicity, Pilgrimage, Adventure, New Beginnings, or Taking a Risk.
The Seeker stands on the threshold between Childhood and Adulthood, their life lies before them like a blank page.
A hero begins as a Fool and at various stages of the adventure rises through the ranks of Magician, Warrior, Messenger, Conqueror, Lover, Thief, Ruler, Hermit, and so on. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler
- Archetype: Eternal Child, Beggar, Vagabond, or Free Spirit
- Mythical Figures: Parsifal, Dionysus, Jester, and Green Man.
The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.
The Fool is E4: Tragic Romantic, Individualist, and/or Connoisseur
- Self Image — I am different
- Passion — Envy
- Virtue — Equanimity
- Narcissistic Trap — Authenticity
- Avoids — Ordinariness
- Speaking Style — Lyrical or Lamenting
E4 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.
Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.
As a writer, you’re the consummate Fool: you’re always ready and willing to take a leap of faith and dive into a blank page. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide