The Fool in the Tarot is a free spirit that’s fully in the moment. He’s so crazy that his name in Spanish is El Loco. When you pick this card, it means you’re at the edge of a fresh adventure. You want to go, do, be, experience! That’s why he’s often linked in astrology to the planet of breaking free, Uranus, as well as the first sign in the Zodiac, Aries.
You’re on the verge of a Fool’s journey, since Uranus is going into the sign of Aries on May 27th. There’s a new pulse moving through that brings unpredictable, “crazy” vibes. Nothing is certain, on the Fool’s journey, and you figure it out as you go.
It could get intense, like you want to bust out. It could help if you:
- Look out for Number 1. (Love, respect and protect yourself)
- Trust your instincts.
- Get real good at something you like to do (an art, a sport, a school subject).
- Be active, not passive.
- Boldly be who you are.
The Fool has no baggage, just a small knapsack and that’s it. This shows his belief in himself, to create his life just from the very essentials. Let’s look at what you might pack on your Fool’s Journey.I. Your Birth Chart
*You’re a radical when you’re on the Fool’s journey. Radical is a word that means “coming from the root, or origin.” So this time is about being true to who you are at the root.
The birth chart is your root spelled out in the symbols of astrology. It’s where you’re coming from, your origin. And it’s a key to what makes you original. The birth chart is a guide to being yourself, and making the most of your life. The pulses coming your way take you far, when you hook them up with your originality, your interests, your natural talents.II. Your Maps
On the Fool’s journey, sometimes it feels like anything can happen. It’s good to have a map with a few places pinned where you can chill out, do homework or feel safe. Your room is probably your headquarters, but can you come up with five more places on your map?
Some ideas: the library, a friend or relative’s house, church, a garden, teen club or community center.III. Your Activity Log
On the Fool’s journey, you’re restless to try new things. This is how you figure out who you are, and what you like and don’t like.
This can’t happen when you’re in a TV trance, or spending all your time in virtual reality. The radical choice is to become self-centered. It takes a huge amount of will, but the pulses ahead help you be the star of your own life.
Ways to Get Active:
- Eat natural, whole, fresh foods and drink lots of pure water (very important!)
- Do what you already like to do (swim, walk, ride your bike, skateboard).
- Try new activities – maybe even just once. For example, I bungee jumped once – it was scary and fun but once is enough!
On the Fool’s journey, everything feels intense, and a pressure builds up to “Do Something!” The Fool himself is at the cliff’s edge, seeming not to know that he’s so close to danger.
You might take more risks, and that’s how you grow. But it’s important not to take risks that could hurt you in any way. Knowing the difference is often hard, and can bring painful lessons. But even these “mistakes” help us grow.
Your gut instincts are your built-in alarm system. They alert you to trouble.
When you listen to your instincts, you:
- Have the courage to say “No!”
- Take the right risks, even though you feel like you’re going to explode if you do.
- Avoid angry, destructive or violent people and situations.
On the Fool’s journey, you find out that all you need is inside yourself. One of those super human powers is your sense of right and wrong. When you stand up for what’s right, you become more powerful. And when you let it slide, like telling a lie or going along with the mean guys or girls, your super human powers are de-activated.
Here are some more super human powers:
- Your ability to talk to plants, animals, the elements, the stars, angels and nature spirits.
- Your instinct to care about others, to be a good friend, to help your parents.
- Your ability to create from your own imagination.
It might sound crazy, but when I was a young teen, I fantasized about hiding inside my Peanuts book bag. It helped me when I felt overwhelmed. When things get intense, what can you turn to, and keep handy on the Fool’s journey?
Here are some ideas:
- A calming stone in your pocket to hold for courage.
- A journal to write down your crazy ideas.
- A sketch pad to express how you’re feeling in images
- A pack of Tarot cards, pendulum, runes or other divination tool.
- Your favorite books, music, magazines.
If you feel yourself panicking, the best thing to do is take some deep breaths until you calm down. My yoga teacher says this helps when you’re in “Flight or Fight” mode. The pulse of Uranus in Aries feels urgent and unpredictable, like a live wire (that you’re not supposed to touch). When you feel it moving through you, try counting your deep calming breaths.
Everyone is different, so you’ll want to take the lifesavers that work for you. The big challenge is experiencing the wild energies, so they spark you to be your biggest, most outrageous self. You don’t need to hold them back.
Some final radical thoughts:
- Many adults are just as clueless as the Fool.
- Your generation is going to create the world anew.
- Take the wisdom of the elders, but know that you are wise, too.
- Your life is precious.
- If you make a big mistake, just start over where you are.
- If you keep activating your super human powers, you will grow very strong.
This article is featured in Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future published on Auntie Moon as Part of the 2010 International Astrology Day Blogathon. The purpose of this web-based event is to create a permanent library of articles about how to deal with the stresses of the Cardinal T-Square of Pluto, Saturn and Uranus. The main page for the Blogathon collections is at The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto.