NAVIGATING THE WHEEL OF FATE
Having control over one’s life and fate may seem impossible. Ancient Egyptians believed that by holding devotion or favor by summoning, honoring and appeasing the Seven Hathors, they could request to change their fate. These are Higher Intelligences. What thing on this earth can you not master or create for yourself without asking the divine to intervene? Why should you petition them from their Universal Affairs to ask for a new car, house or spouse? When you have everything you need to create the outcome Yourself.
The Egyptians also believed that when you were born, the Seven Hathors “called into being” and decided your fate. Your fate path or destination in life couldn’t be changed unless enlisting the help of The Hathors. This included finding their favor by petitioning, sacrificing small creatures of worth, pouring out fine water/wine in honor of, or dedicating your own life’s blood in eternal service, and sometimes the lives of your unborn children into their service, thus winning favor, then and only then, could fate be changed. All of us are on a course with a similar destination. Before we are born and after we die we are unseen. Life is between the two unseens. The beginning and the end are always the same… but the pathway is yours.
When you understand the realms of creation and the paths to attain these stations, you can intervene for yourself and create the physical world that you envision. You become master of your life by taking up The Fool’s Journey. This is but ONE of MANY WAYS to live a life path designed by your own imagination. One unchartered path but with the same final destination. Mastering yourself along the way by understanding the The Fool’s Journey is just ONE WAY.
The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for the journey through life. It is based on the pathway of the tarot association with the Tree of Life, the Runes with the 9 Lands or World Tree. But it really can sum up what life is like in the external world. We all make up the tree – we all have different roles and parts to play in maintaining the life of that Living Tree. All different paths and parts to do. All important. In the tarot each major arcana card stands for a stage or experience in that journey – an experience that a person must incorporate to realize his or her wholeness. These 22 cards represent the paths between the spheres of creation (sephiroth) on the Tree of Life and their planetary associations. These spheres represent the same planets or planetary frequencies found in the energetic chakra system (inner suns). The descriptions are based on the keywords for each major archetype of stage in a person’s life.
The Fool. We begin with the Fool (0), a card of beginnings. The Beginner’s Mind. The Fool stands for each of us as we begin our journey of life. He is a fool because only a simple soul has the innocent faith to undertake such a journey with all its hazards and pain. At the start of his trip, the Fool is a newborn – fresh, open and spontaneous. The babe of the abyss. The figure on Card 0 has his arms flung wide, and his head held high. He is ready to embrace whatever comes his way, but he is also oblivious to the cliff edge he is about to cross. The Fool is unaware of the hardships he will face as he ventures out to learn the lessons of the world.
The Fool stands somewhat outside the rest of the major arcana. Zero is an unusual number. It rests in the exact middle of the number system – poised between the positive and negative. At birth, the Fool is set in the middle of his own individual universe. He is strangely empty (as is zero), but imbued with a desire to go forth and learn. This undertaking would seem to be folly, but is it? The fool is where you begin your journey into self and the unveiling of the mysteries of self found in the unknown.
The Fool reenters with The World (21), but this time with a more complete understanding. He has integrated all the disparate parts of himself and achieved wholeness. The fragments of self. He has reached a new level of happiness and fulfillment. The Fool experiences life as full and meaningful. The future is filled with infinite promise. In line with his personal calling, he becomes actively involved in the world. He renders service by sharing his unique gifts and talents and finds that he prospers at whatever he attempts. Because he acts from inner certainty, the whole world conspires to see that his efforts are rewarded. His accomplishments are many.
The Fool’s Journey was not so foolish after all. Through perseverance and honesty, he reestablished the spontaneous courage that first impelled him on his search for Self, but now he is fully aware of his place or role in the world (the one that he co-creates). This cycle is over, but, the Fool will never stop growing. Soon he will be ready to begin a new journey that will lead him to ever greater levels of understanding. Each end is in itself a new beginning. Each doorway is another tunnel to reality or possibility.