What do fool and clown tattoos mean
The Fool - Tarot Card No. 0. importance
Of all the cards in the major arcana, only one card was allowed to remain in the new standard hands: the fool, also known as buffoons or jokers. Other names for him were: The stupid man, the fool, le Mat and el Loco - the crazy one. Names of this kind indicate a pre-Christian lunar religion, the customs of which were later spurned as "follies". The English word lunatic ("moonstruck") once meant a worshiper of the moon goddess under her classic name Luna. One of their older names, Mania, has also become synonymous with madness.
Originally, Mania, the moon mother, gave birth to the ancestors of mankind, whom the Romans called manes (moon children) or Di Parentes (old gods), whose souls were still on earth. Northern European tribes knew the same moon mother as Mana; the Arabs called them manat. Her chosen prophets and sibyls were "struck" by Luna or "touched" by the moon; the latter led to the word tetched in colloquial English. Mana's special children were "moon calves," children of the moon cow, a term that was later used for lovers and idiots. When the sacred games (ludi) of the moon (the Luna) became ludicrous (funny, silly), their ceremonial kings turned into clowns who performed the old (antic, i.e. antics) dances. They were labeled "silly," which was considered an attribute of a particularly blessed person.
The tarot fool seems to have been "silly" in the old pagan sense as well. His typical fool's cap has its forerunner in the apex, a conical miter (from the Roman-Persian god Mitra), which was worn by the Roman ritual high priest. Celtiberian medals showed the Lord of Death wearing the same conical cap, and he was referred to as "He! Mann" - a man who served the underworld goddess Hel, who was very often equated with the moon between its appearance and its setting. The Norse Lord of Death, Frey, also wore the apex.
Even earlier in Egypt, the fool's cap was a dignity of the two countries, which sat on the heads of the symbolic carnival kings who once served as substitute sacrifices for the pharaohs. Their images were burned every year up to the 19th century, and they then rose from their own ashes like the pharaonic phoenix / In symbols such as that of the obelisk, the apex represented the phallus of the earth god (or: the god on earth), who stood upright to reach the Queen of Heaven, who was either Nut, Hathor, or Isis. "In the symbolism of dreams and myths this cap is usually the phallus." Tantric magicians in Tibet wear the same conical cap to this day to demonstrate their unity with the goddess. Another name for the carnival king with the fool's cap in medieval Europe was of Tantric origin: "Prince of Love".
The "donkey ears" attached to the conical cap of the fool probably come from the Egyptian tradition. "You donkey" (English Asinine, stupid, foolish) became a derogatory term and the donkey got a bad reputation and only because it was considered sacred in pre-Christian times, especially in Egypt. The donkey god (actually an okapi) Set was nailed to the cross on behalf of the divine Osiris (whose bad brother he was). Even Jesus, in his role as holy king, rode on a young donkey in the midst of other traditional outfits of the holy triumphal procession (see Joh. 12:14). His reed scepter was perhaps also provided with two donkey ears, just like the reed scepter of the crucified Set, which became the emblem of all dynastic gods. The same dog-eared scepter was adopted by the medieval buffoons (engl, jester) and carnival kings.
The fool's costume and its jokes indicate an ancient oriental origin. "Jester" became chistu in Spanish, which in turn is derived from Chisti, an Indian Sufi school. Members of this order appeared in Europe in the 13th century. They attracted the masses with their music, their drumming, their dances and horse games; they performed mystery games that had a religious message. Similar Sufi dervishes performed mystery games throughout the Orient, often pretending to be stupid and posing as "fools of God". The well-known Mulla Nasruddin is a good example of this.
Some tarot sheets showed the fool dressed in leaves, like the Green Man, Green George, who led the spring processions at European folk festivals. The day of Green George was Easter Monday, the lunar day of the moon hero. Later he was Christianized on the day of St. George under the
Pretense that George symbolizes the just risen Christ dressed in spring-like foliage. Traditional religion was able to identify Christ with the fertility god, who was sacrificed in spring. Some said that Christ was nailed to the cross on April 1st, the day of fools, which was the end of the holy week of the Gentiles and formerly the day of the resurrection of Attis (who emasculated himself out of passion for Cybele) with all sorts of jokes and Parades during the festival of "Madness", Hilaria, was celebrated.
If the fool was compared to a pagan figure of Christ like Attis, it could only have been at an early, unenlightened, infantile stage in the hero's life. The tarot fool carried a sack with a staff over his shoulder. It was commonly believed that this sack contained the symbols of the elements (colors) which were revealed on the following card on the magician's table. Since the colors were said to reveal the fate of the questioner - who was represented by the fool in the yoni yantra pattern - the color symbols in his sack were also able to do so, although the fool could not see what was in the sack . In Christian iconography, the Christ Child, who enters his mother's womb from heaven, is also shown to be blind to his ultimate fate; this is symbolized by a miniature cross hanging on a stick over his shoulder.
Ignorance was a prominent feature of the blessed or "silly" fool, whose number 0 was equated with "the age of the child before its first birthday." The oval zero was created as a symbol of the world egg and, accordingly, of all embryonic ones Beginnings. The Gnostic teachings of the transmigration of souls taught that before each rebirth the soul had to drink from the waters of the Lethe (stream of oblivion) in order to erase memories of previous lives and to nullify the spirit. In the tantric tradition, this infantile ignorance was avidya, "the lack of knowledge" or an unconscious will that moves the newborn before the reasons for the desire for life can even be understood.
On the tantric wheel of karma, this ignorance was represented at the beginning of life by a blind man walking towards an abyss. In some early tarot sheets, the fool was also depicted shortly before a fall. Another of his names, Adam-Kadmon, was the Gnostic image of the innocent newborn (or reborn) soul at the beginning of a new aeon on either the individual or the cosmic plane.
Perhaps because of this quality of ignorance, the Fool's Card escaped the onslaught of the clergymen; she survived and became today's wild card. The fool can be equated with Adam before the fall; he was sinless because of his ignorance. When the pagan mysteries found refuge in the carnival foolishness, the fool, because of his harmless character, survived, like the pagan heroes before their enlightenment. The "Desired Knight" of the Grail myth also began as a peasant, ignorant and innocent clown; this was his state before awakening to the mystical meanings of the search, which - under a thin Christian layer - was the search for the unforgotten pagan symbol of the holy womb of all rebirths, the cauldron of renewal.
One can conclude that the fool symbolized the unenlightened man who does not yet know anything about the pagan mysteries revealed in the subsequent tarot trump cards, such as the sacred king who heads the paginae and does not necessarily know what follows him. For this reason the fool was allowed to stay with the card game, but not directly in the game; he did not teach heresies.
Since the other trump cards certainly had something to say, the fool became a kind of novice who was at the beginning of his journey to enlightenment - which awaited him with the map of the "world". He always went ahead, and began a journey whose pitfalls he apparently did not foresee.
Its relationship to the corresponding map of the spiritual realm (in the infinity pattern), the "jugdment" or "last judgment" (trump number 20), can be understood on different levels. Judgment is the very quality that the fool lacks until he attains it through initiation and experience. "The Last Judgment" has also been interpreted as a conventional picture of "Judgment Day", when the dead rise from their graves and the angel blows the last trumpet - but actually points to the last trump card. Christians and pagans have the same idea about the events of the end of the world. On a deep psychological level, doomsday predictions formalize and project the fears of every human being. Even when Christians rejected this doctrine, the Gentiles and Gnostics believed in rebirth after each
People come to "last judgment". Accordingly, after each turning of the fateful "wheels of becoming" the fool was reborn from the ranks of the dead (or unenlightened) to begin a new life full of learning.
Usually on the fool's card there was a hat-like animal that snapped at the fool's heels. In many ancient beliefs, including the Egyptian one, the dog symbolized death and guarded the gates to posterity - as it is depicted on the tarot card "The Moon". For this reason, the Fool's Card seems to point to a later escape from death, as promised in the pagan as well as the Christian mysteries.
Sometimes the fool followed a butterfly which the Greeks called "psyche" and which was a symbol of the soul. At times the belief prevailed that human souls after death assumed the forms of flying beings such as birds and insects. Sometimes the fool wore a flower, the mystical alchemical rose, another image of the female world soul that was the goal of many spiritual seekers.
Like many other examples of folk foolishness, the fool meant much more than could be superficially recognized.
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