The Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana from 0-21
The Fool (0) is one with all. The more The Fool follows his heart, the more the Universe provides his heart’s desire. He collects and recognizes resources available to everyone. While learning about these resources, he becomes The Magician (I) and sees there is more depth than just what’s on the outer layers of what he can embody. Pulling from earth energy, he opens his heart chakra, sets it to receiving, and begins to use these resources, thus starts his journey into intuition integrating into the High Priestess (II).
The High Priestess pulls from self-truth energy and goddess energy healing as she is acknowledged and becomes the healing Empress (III). This Empress heals others by giving them permission to heal themselves. She is part of the Major Arcana couple and thus grounds with the Emperor (IV). His knowingness stems from man’s perfectionism obsession and he brings order by use of rules and regulations. When he realizes that man alone cannot rule, he evolves into The Hierophant (V) merging with Spirit/Higher power.
The Hierophant, knowing Spirit, marries harmony, peace and love: the Lovers (VI) who balance masculine and feminine. The Lovers are more successful when they connect to the power of the Universe and the momentum of The Chariot (VII), where desire and Spirit connect, fully embodying neutrality. The Chariot encounters no obstacles and knows he is most effective when he uses Strength (VIII), the embodiment of evolution and having the knowingness to claim his own energetic space, rather than use force. To fully embody neutrality, he must go back into the womb of self to self-reflect and find his own path, The Hermit (IX).
The Hermit wins the jack pot by incubating in his truth—finding gratitude and alignment—Wheel of Fortune (X). Here Karma comes into play bringing him to Justice (XI). What you do to self, you do to others. What you do to others, you do to self. With Justice comes his time to reconcile as the surrenderer—The Hanged Man (XII).
The Hanged man repents for gains and losses which leads to total transition. He stays in a holding pattern until he finds his deeper meaning. When integrated, he encounters a rebirth—Death (XIII).
Once without a body, when the energetic self is understood, ultimate forgiveness and understanding of balance can occur, Temperance (XIV). During the process of releasing shadow to achieve balance surfaces energy that is no longer in affinity with The Fool as well as patterns that no longer serve him: the need to judge and to blame—The Devil (XV).
The Devil leads to destroying old foundations created by illusions, The Tower (XVI). Once this false security is gone, the chrysalis cracks open and frees The Fool’s perfect potential, The Star (XVII). When this Truth Self potential is revealed, pathways for the subconscious and past lives, The Moon (XVIII), and the conscious, source womb, purity of heart, The Sun (XIX) emerge, bringing the hero into full embodiment of Judgement (XX)—understanding that he alone is his own Judge. When he releases others’ judgements of himself and this radical self knowingness is acknowledged, The World (XXI) is his. True integration with life and Spirit can occur.