The Magickal Title of the card is the Spirit of Ether. The Path of the Fool is that important first connection between Kether (the Crown—the Ultimate Source of everything) and Chokmah (Wisdom). It is the Path known as the fiery intelligence ... the first current of potential vibration. It is the precursor of the First Thought. This being the case, the card's meaning is one of the hardest to grasp due to its close proximity to the Unmanifest. Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (as well as the best loved letter of God) is attributed to this card. In the Zohar, one of the ancient Qabalistic texts, Aleph is described as absolute unity, therefore it cannot be given a number, since numbers are set apart from one another. To this Key, a zero is assigned, since zero represents the circle of unity. The Path of the Fool is the possibility, or first glimmer of a thought. From out of the Limitless Light, the life-breath of the Ruach (spirit) begins to form the thought of manifestation. It is "The Crown of Wisdom, the Primum Mobile, acting through the Air on the Zodiac."
The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot shows the child-god Harpocrates about to pick one of the yellow roses (the Golden Rose of Joy). A child has the sum of all possibilities of life yet to come, therefore he has the potential to do anything. Harpocrates is also the god of silence, and here he is shown giving the Sign of Silence, one of the grade signs of a Neophyte. This alludes to the fact that higher Spiritual Knowledge cannot be communicated verbally ... there is only Truth in Silence.
The innocent babe holds the leash of a powerful wolf, capable of destruction. The two opposing concepts of innocence and ferocity here balance and counteract each other. The babe is the beginning of life, while the wolf has the ability to end life. This card could be said to represent Birth or Death. Both are natural expressions of the cycle of the Universe, although in this card the beast is held in check by Divine innocence.
This card is attributed to Air, the symbol of which appears in the upper left-hand corner. The roses are also yellow signifying that the grasping child is about to take his first breath of air. Thirsty for experience, he seeks an initiation of Spirit-life.
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