The Fool or The Jester is titled Le Mat in the Tarot of Marseilles, and Il Matto in most Italian language tarot decks. These archaic words mean “the madman” or “the beggar”, and may be related to the word for ‘checkmate’ in relation to the original use of tarot cards for gaming purposes.
I once knew a Vietnamese witchdoctor in Little Saigon (Westminster/Garden Grove, California) who caught feral cats and they told him secrets. Cats are eaten in Little Saigon and are at risk as an entree, but this made matters worse for felines. Gang members began to kill them on sight once the word got out that they were speaking rumors to the witch doctor and free ranging house cats all but vanished from the area.
But I don’t believe that house cats speak to Viet witchdoctors. So this blog post has nothing to do with tarot cards.
This song is worth listening to. Maybe twice. It’s on my playlist.
And as year follows year, the old men disappear…
And the band played Waltzing Matilda…
He is seemingly unconcerned that he is standing on a precipice, apparently about to step off. (more balls than brains)
Since I’ve been accused more than once of that failing, I thought it appropriate.
I don’t know how often I’ll be checking my blog over the next couple of weeks as I come and go. So if I’m slow in responding, you know why. And there is always e-mail, isn’t there?