Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Fool at the Threshold"

This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.

"The Fool at the Threshold"

It's right there at the beginning
of the quest that is to come:

the Fool is the first card of the Tarot,
dancing fearlessly-ignorantly
at the edge of the cliff.

The white dog of motivation
yips close at his heels,
urging him onward.

To take up the Tarot cards is
to take your own fate in your hands,

and to meditate upon the first
is to begin the Fool's journey.

* * *


The Fool is the first card in the Tarot.  He is accompanied by the white dog of motivation.

Meditation is one way of learning how to read Tarot cards.  Understand that when you interact with a card, its energy tends to manifest in your life, both the positive and the negative.  If you're not prepared to handle it, the results can be upsetting, which causes some people to think that Tarot is dangerous.  So is a bicycle if you don't know what you're doing.  A very good piece of advice is to study the cards, at least the Major Arcana, one at a time, preferably one a week but you can go as fast as one a day if you think you can handle that ride.  If you're still interested, then follow the steps and explore an exercise in Tarot.
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