"I walk a road horizons change
The tournament's begun."
"First and foremost, the Fool is the base of the Neoplatonic hierarchy: man in his misery, without spiritual meaning. He is the symbol of the spirit trapped in matter. He is the dumb ox, the unawakened man. He is also the redeemed initiate, returning to society to save others."
- O’Neill's commentary on the tarot
"In the medieval pack, the title of the card is Le Mat, adapted from the
Italian Matto, madman or fool;
It is necessary, in order to understand the Tarot, to go back in history to the Matriarchal (and exogamic) Age, to the time when succession was not through the first-born son of the King, but through his daughter. The king was therefore not king by inheritance, but by right of conquest. In the most stable dynasties, the new king was always a stranger, a foreigner; what is more, he had to kill the old king and marry that king's daughter. This system ensured the virility and capacity of every king. The stranger had to win his bride in open competition. In the oldest fairy-tales, this motive is continually repeated.
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