“April fools day” origins are a bit of a mystery that appears to be tied up in humananities continual attempts to track time. Basically, it was a joke on people who didn’t update their calendars (from Julian to Gregorian) and were ringing in the new year despite that it already took place on January 1st (well, that’s egg on my face.) This lighthearted day reminds me of the archetype of the fool in tarot. The first card of the tarot is about beginning, taking risks, leaps into the unknown for better or worse. Think about zen buddhists concept of “beginners mind” and how new wisdom emerges from seeing something (as if) for the first time. It’s the state of new journeys into the unknown that can stir up feelings of exhilaration or fear. It is a necessary naivety; without this fool’s energy we would remain in death or stasis. Spring transitions this with more sunlight and plants peeking out of dead leaves and cool soil. Astrologically, we are in the first zodiac sign of Aries. I am not an astrologist, but I am an Aries. Aries has this fool energy: innocent leaders fiery with passionate ambitions. Threatening, resisting, or invalidating the things Aries care passionately about usually results in a brush with rams horns — always balancing light and dark. April’s foolish beginnings beckon us to be active outside and to take action after long winter months.
As we bring in this month, notice the waining moon and the dark moon on April 5th. A moment to pause, reflect, take stock of intentions. Like the fool, maybe you’re just enjoying the view on that awe inspiring precipice. A pause allows us to reflect and make choices rather than just react with our habitual ways. One of my favorite quotes by Victor E Frankl “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Then, (hopefully) warmer days inspire as the moon waxes towards the full pink moon on April 19, just before passover sedars and easter egg hunts begin.
Questions for reflection:
Notice what transitions bring up for you?
How can you practice beginners mind, see something familiar as if it’s new?
What areas in your life do you need to take more risks? Less risks? Act? or pause and reflect?
How do you maintain inner fire, so as not to burn up or go out?
Wonder what that faithful little white dog on the tarot card is really trying to tell the fool?
Happy New Year! ;)