Annotated Visual Reference for Card 0. The FOOL
The FOOL is a most enigmatic figure. We will follow the adventures of the FOOL as he drops into life in a culture of pirates. He is guided by signs from above and motivated by the power of eros, which spans the gap to embodiment in new and unknown experiences. The FOOL, continuing in folly, becomes wise. The Cards are meant to represent archetypal themes. So, even though the FOOL is depicted as a man, symbolically, it could be a male, female. or child. See Pirate: Quest for the Mystic Bootye for an extensive discussion of how the Fool pictured in this Card reveals and conceals the image of the Pirate.
Source of images: The figure in the bottom left hand corner, The FOOL, is rendered after the Fool in the Tarot of Marseilles. It is widely dispersed by J.M. Simon/Grimaud, France. In Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey, Nichols (1980) New York, ME: Samuel Weiser, Inc. uses an image like this Fool on the cover of her book, perhaps to illustrate the notion that this is a “Fool’s Journey”; a reference to the Self. In the original Marseilles deck the frame of the card crops off the right top of the headgear. In order to enlarge the environment that this card imaginally depicts, I projected what I thought the rest of the hat might reasonably look like. Thus the FOOL in the Pirate Tarot supports a blue sphere. In Jungian psychology this refers to the complimentary spectrum of consciousness; spirituality, which has been cut off or left out of earlier versions of this image. This, of course, is an artistic and poetic leap that illustrates the foolish nature of humans (self) in drawing conclusions and using logic (gestalt), of which the Fool is the antithesis.
The “rose” that morphs into a flying bird (silhouette of an eagle) that expands into the cosmos with violet colored spiral design relates to eros (an anagram of “rose”); the energy of Love that affects being. From a design in: Berkus R. (1992) The Consciousness of Deserving: Awakening the Treasures within the Mind. Illustrated by Salerno, J. Santa Monica, CA: Red Rose Press. It appears to begin to bridge the gap between the red (physical/material) to the blues of the space/depths/spiritual realms. The planetary sphere, which is now a familiar view of the earth from space, was downloaded on the internet from the NASA website: http://www.nasa.gov. Source for the ship is: R. Platt (1994) Pirate. Photographed by T. Chambers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 20. Star (generic) unknown (note: this is the same five-pointed star seen in Pirate Tarot card XVII.). The angel and geometric patterns are original.