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Weekly Tarot With Tif: Between Two Fools


“A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.”
―Robert Jordan

“Compromise is a stalling between two fools.”
―Stephen Fry

We are afraid of looking the fool. More often than not, while we are so afraid of looking the fool, we are being our most foolish. Perhaps we need to redefine our idea of foolishness and “tomfoolery.”

In his bag the Fool has all he needs. He is so excited an enthralled with starting out on this venture we are waiting for him to trip and fall. Maybe he will. His hat is already a bit beaten up, and it doesn’t look too safe on that rooftop. So, he has fallen and now he knows how far he can fly. (Look at the view! Those stars!)


Be prepared for a season of new beginnings this week. It’ll be scary but also enthralling. Your challenge here is to let these new opportunities come to you, to be open to receiving them and considering them. What you consider may seem foolish to yourself and others. The Fool may take foolish actions out of inexperience, but that’s how he learns; hopefully, he doesn’t hold onto those lessons in a negative way and become afraid to try anything else.

We may be so caught up in worry about which one is right and which one is wrong that we are hell bent on making some sort of compromise to make everyone happy, so that we can have shards of everything we want. Those are just pieces of the whole. Stephen Fry is onto something when he says, “Compromise is a stalling between two fools.”

We are still stuck in Mercury Retrograde until November 10, 2013. MR doesn’t like us to start things, and communications and technology seem to go haywire around us. The Fool here, symbolizing beginnings, is more on the side of renewal and revitalization. There is movement.

You’re probably thinking, “But where? What? I don’t even know what the hell I’m doing or want to do [about this]!” That’s kind of the point. The Fool is about enjoying this new freedom, this expanse of “unknown” because anything is possible here. Channeling the wonder and awe from our youth is a part of the core of this card, but do not obsess over a pretty picture you paint in your head. Let go of idealism and expectations, especially during Mercury Retrograde. When you hold on so tightly to idealism, the fall can be painful over the rooftop, but when you come at this with awe at yourself and your journey and trust the knowledge you have (what’s in your travel bag, what you need), you are in the right place.

Maybe you’re considering dating again. Maybe you’ve put off going into a new relationship because you’re afraid. Maybe this is more about your career, family, or inner work. You feel like you are at point zero, but here you don’t have to stall to stay safe, you have to move with the wind. Let it carry you.

Look for more Weekly Tarot with Tif on Sundays. Want more now? If you feel ‘confuddled,’ you can get a reading here.

Image: Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.

Tiffany Chaney is a poet, a witchy woman that still swings on the swing set and wishes on stars. She suggests you try it sometime. Her poetry collection Between Blue and Grey won the 2013 Mother Vine Award for Best in Poetry. Take a creative e-course, snag a tarot reading, or map your inner mythos over at Three Path Thinking, and discover more about her writing at tiffanychaneycom. Now, crank up the volume to the tune playing in your head and dance to a Mad Girl’s Love Song.

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