I'm pleased to introduce another feature at the Fool Stop Tarot Blog, and I think this one will prove as informative as it is fun: Tarot Archetypes!
Beginning with The Fool, Trump 0, and working through the entire Tarot, I invite you to brainstorm with me–posting all the permutations of a particular card's archetype. (Although some people feel that only Trumps 0-21 portray archetypes, I feel that the entire 78 cards of the Tarot depict familiar universal patterns.)
What is an Archetype? An Archetype is a template or original pattern from which copies are made. Psychologist Carl Jung, author Joseph Campbell, storyteller/author Clarissa Pinkola Estes, psychologist Jean Shinonda-Bolen and others are among those that have brought the concept of Archetypes into our consciousness.
To break it down in practical, every day terms, Archetypes are patterns that are universally recognized. We see Archetypes in myths, fairy tales, literature, and movies. Sometimes, an Archetype plays out right before our very eyes, as in the case of the Twin Towers (The Tower card) or across the big screen (Wall Street, the King of Pentacles card) or in sacred texts (Jesus and Odin, the Hanged Man card).
The Tarot is replete with Archetypes, which no doubt contributes to its lasting intrigue and appeal.
Some Archetypes we find in the Tarot include Soldier, Teacher, Mother, Father, Death, Queen, Thief, Magician, Rebel, Wise Woman, Justice, Resurrection, Lovers, Hermit, Clown, Priest, Bully, Rescuer, Hopeless Romantic, Amazon/Wonder Woman and many others.
In fact, as you can see, some Archetypes share names with Tarot cards!
So our first Tarot Archetype is The Fool. What TV roles, book characters, archetypal patterns, songs, historical figures/events, news items and so on reflect The Fool, in your opinion?
Here are a few of my archetypal associations for The Fool:
General Archetypes: Clown; Jester; Puer Eternis; Wise Fool; Divine Child; Simpleton; Madman; Wanderer
Pop Culture: Pee Wee Herman; Dory in Finding Nemo; Grizzly Man (documentary); Peter Pan; Mork (from Mork and Mindy); Roscoe P. Coltrane (Dukes of Hazzard); What a Wonderful World (song by Louis Armstrong); Jump (song by Van Halen)
So, what are your associations for The Fool? Try not to repeat another's comments if you can! I think this could be an illuminating and informative exercise for us all!
EDIT: Here's the ongoing list of Fool Archetypes and roles; keep 'em coming, everyone, and I'll post yours!
Gilligan (TV show Gilligan's Island) – Kris
Stan Laurel (Laurel and Hardy) – Kris
Susan (from Desperately Seeking Susan TV show) – Prince Lenormand
Yes Man (Movie: Jim Carrey's character) – Dichiaroluna
Alfred E. Newman (Mad Magazine) – Elarbolcelta1967
SpongeBob Squarepants – mdtarot
Teenagers - Audra
Robin William's character in the movie Toys – Deborah Outland
Marley the dog in the movie Marley and Me – Joanne
Toddlers – Silverlotus
Cameron from Modern Family (TV Show) – Greendaygal540
Fry from Futurama (TV show) – Stephanie
Uncle Fester from The Addams Family (TV show) – Stephanie
Forrest Gump (movie characer) – C.M. Padget
Lucille Ball – Debbie Herbert
Foster Brooks – Debbie Herbert
Baby Bear from the Berenstein Bears – Debbie Herbert
Oh, and did I tell you this will be a giveaway post?
Yep, it's that time again, dear readers. Woohoo!
Every comment you make to this particular post (Tarot Archetypes The Fool) equals an entry to win–drumroll–Kris Waldherr's new Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck! The only caveat is that your posts need to be thoughtful (not merely an "I agree" post)–but you may post as many associations as you'd like when they pop into your head.
The giveaway contest ends next Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11 PM EST. Every comment made before then will be entered into the random drawing to win the Ask the Queens Advice Card Deck. But even if the deadline passes, feel free to keep posting your archetypal associations for The Fool!
Top card from the Whimsical Tarot ISBN 978-1-57281-253-6
Middle card from the Halloween Tarot ISBN 0-88079-965-X
Bottom card from the Vanessa Tarot ISBN 1-57281-574-4
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