~ Discovering the Wild Unknown Fool ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the Fool.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown Fool
The Wild Unknown Fool shows a fluffy white chick on a branch. The branch is blooming, though without much detail. However, flowers and leaves are coming from it. The chick is facing toward the right side of the card, and has one foot forward, about to leap from the branch.
The background is a series of horizontal lines, starting with yellows, reds, and oranges at the top, with line spacings further apart, then moving to a brown and then to a black as the lines get closer and closer together toward the bottom o the card.
Traditional Card Meaning
Traditionally, the Fool is depicted as an individual with a long stick over his shoulder (posited to be a wand) which carries all the Fool’s belongings in a very small sack. The Fool is about to walk off the cliff, though keeps his head tilted toward the sky. He’s open to what is to come, and goes forth without trepidation, but with trust. He doesn’t know what waits for him at the bottom of the cliff, or even if he’ll survive, but he’s open to trust the process.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown Fool
I get the meaning behind this card, and its depiction, but I also raise birds. I see the fluff on this chick and think that there is no way that it’s going to fly. But that’s what this card is about—trusting in what comes after that chick jumps off the branch. It doesn’t matter what I think about the chick and its readiness. The only one who can determine they’re ready is the chick. And it trusts the process, trusts that it knows what it’s doing, and is stepping off.
The elements in this card seem strongly influenced by Fire. The colors of the background resonate with Fire, and the branch the chick stands on looks like the Wand found in the Daughter of Wands. It tells me that the chick is fueled by passion and creativity, and that’s what’s pushing it to take this plunge.
Furthermore, the chick itself is a bird, which indicates Air, as does the yellow in the background. There is thought to this, but I don’t think that’s the aspect of Air that’s being called on. I think it’s communication. Higher communication, or perhaps even inner communication, translating instinct into action. Trusting in the self also means being able to listen and know what is needed. Listening involves communication.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.