Musings On The Fool’s Journey: The Fool Meets the Devil

When we last left our foolish Fool, he’d just met the enigmatic Temperance. The angel warned him that he had to pass the tests of two frightening individuals.

After he forded the stream, the Fool looked back once to see the angel once again focused on the items in hand. He shrugged his shoulders. Nothing could be as bad as Death had been. So he set a brisk pace with his trusty little dog by his side.

The scenery of the open road changed. The trees grew sparse. Dirt beneath his feet gave way to cobblestones.

“I think we must be coming to a town, dog.” The dog gave a short, sharp yip in response.

Then he saw it. Perched on a black pillar, a hideous beast glared at him. In one hand he held a flaming torch. The other was raised as if in greeting. But on his palm were markings but the Fool didn’t know them. He stared at them another minute then shook his head. He felt frozen in his tracks.

“Come, little fool,” The big creature bellowed at him. “Do you want everything you’ve ever dreamed of? I can give you all that you desire.”

The Fool thought that sounded pretty good, but the creature still terrified him. With ram’s horns jutting from the top of his red face, the creature didn’t look human. His ears rose up like a jackass and even had the fur of one. He had a long beard as well.

“May I ask you some questions first, please?” The Fool moved a bit closer but stayed out of reach. Then he saw them.

A man and a woman chained to the pedestal on which the beast perched. “Who are you?”

The woman answered, “I am lust and he is greed. We used to be human like you, but we let our base needs overrule our intelligence. These horns we wear mark us as the devil’s playthings. He uses us to entrap others.”

The Devil, for that is who it was, roared with laughter as he set the man’s tail on fire. The Fool shrieked as he leapt back. “Why did you do that?”

“Because I can. They did not care about themselves and allowed me to do what I wanted with their bodies as long as they got what they wanted. They were so concerned with pleasure and indulgence and satisfying those physical itches,” the Devil winked “that they didn’t care what they gave away.”

A tear rolled down the man’s cheek. “I lost my wife, my children, my home, my job…even my own little dog. Don’t give into the temptations of the Devil. Stay strong.”

The Fool scooped his dog up. “Mr. Devil, sir, is there nothing good about you?”

The Devil stretched out one giant bat wing then the other as he considered the question. “Wellllll, I suppose there is one good thing. When you turn me over, this pentagram on my head is also inverted and then you can see how intellect can overcome bodily impulses. Also, sometimes giving in to temptation in a controlled way is okay.”

Mulling this over, the Fool nodded. “I can see that. By the way, do you know about the Will the Magician said I should find?”

The Devil claimed that he did but the Fool didn’t want to take the man’s place in the chains in order to learn. Instead he bid the creature a hasty goodbye as he set his feet back on the path.

“Oh what is next, little dog? I don’t want to go forward but I’m more afraid to go back.” The Fool began to wish he’d never undertaken this journey.

To be continued…

7 thoughts on “Musings On The Fool’s Journey: The Fool Meets the Devil”

    1. Cher, I hope you enjoy my version of the Fool’s Journey. It’s been educational for me as I have to look at the cards from his unadulterated POV.

      Chloe, thank you. And wouldn’t it be FABULOUS if our addictions were that frank. LOL Mine just like to trap me (like reading and TV). But, as the Devil says, sometimes a little temptation isn’t a bad thing.

      Helen, thanks for stopping by and commenting! Enjoyed your last post. OOPS I guess I should comment, huh! 🙂

  1. After reading this post my first thought was: “If only addictive situations/things were really this honest about their lures and pitfalls…” But actually, I think they often are and we (I) just choose to jump into them anyway. For example, I know chocolate is neither a health food nor low calorie (despite some of the claims you read sometimes), but I still reach for it every evening :duh:

    Lovely post, Arwen, thank you!

  2. Arwen, I’ve enjoyed your posts on your Fool’s Journey so much, I decided to visit each card myself.

    I met with The Magician yesterday and I must say it was eventful. I too am a writer at heart and amazing things happened during the conversation. I now have a better understanding of the card. Thanks for this great idea.

    I will probably post them on my blog. Stop by from time to time. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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