Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fools Rush In...

...where angels (and even other Fools) fear to tread. All Fools are not created equal, which is one of the things that makes tarot so much fun!

Our first two volunteers hail from the light and dark cousin-decks, the Victorian Romantic (1st edition 2006) and the Bohemian Gothic (2nd edition 2010), conjured from the creative minds of Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov at Baba Studio in Prague.

Here we have a low risk fool experience, sort of tame as leaps-of-faith go. This Fool isn't going to fall far, and if he does there are lots of people (and a well-dressed monkey) to help him out. He might make a fool of himself, but that's about it.



On the right, however, is a different story! We find this Fool in the misty moonlight of magical Prague, balanced on one of the myriad gargoyles with no safety net. So if he falls...who knows what fate awaits him on the cobbled streets below?
Low risk and high risk, yet both Fools.





Let's look at two more Fools, this time from the painstakingly drawn
Gaian Tarot and the striking Maat Tarot.
 



The Gaian Fool, renamed The Seeker, is a young woman (unusual and refreshing). There's a gentle slope ahead, the weather's mild, the winding river looks to be shallow, and she seems well-prepared for what she might encounter. I'm not worried about her.




Now look at the Maat Fool. A young man in ritual garb appears to be in a self-induced trance. He may be completely ready to tackle what comes, but he may not - it's hard to tell. I'm a bit concerned about him.

Another pair who speak differently to us.

 Hang on - a few more Fools just rushed in. The sillies, they were supposed to be here yesterday if they wanted to be in this post. I wish they'd quit fooling around!




Left:
The prize for the most energetic Fool goes to the vibrant Tarot of the Sidhe.



Right:                    
Anna.K Tarot wins the most relaxed Fool award. This guy doesn't look even the tiniest bit apprehensive!




How about this jaunty chimney sweep (L) from Barbara Moore's sassy yet serious Steampunk Tarot? He gets the nod for the Fool most likely to succeed. There's a lotta hutzpah there! And finally, (R) the trophy for the most elegant Fool goes to the DruidCraft Tarot's classy wanderer and his elegant greyhound!

I wish you could hear the racket going on here! To the dozens of Fools who are banging on the lids of their boxes demanding equal time, I say, "Patience, guys! April Fool's Day is only eight months away!"