Our journey through life always starts at a place of uncertainty. For some that inspires fear and for others it provides motivation. The Fool is a fascinating character because they are neither afraid or motivated. They just exist. They find themselves at the point prior to inception, living in the absence of experience and information. So how do we see the the story of surviving coming out through the Fool’s journey?
The Fool is the person who, realizing they are gay, comes out to everyone they know having never experienced homophobia or rejection. The Fool has nothing to gain from coming out about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or even transgender (LGBT). They don’t do it in order to get a job or find a partner. Coming out is just sharing another part of themselves with those who surround them. So don’t think of the Fool as the guy who forgets to put the condom on. To not practice safe sex is a choice. Hopefully the decision is based in knowledge of safe sex practice, a world where HIV/AIDS exists (along with other STIs), and choosing to ignore your conscience, rather than in ignorance. In order to better understand the Fool and their place in the coming out journey, let’s consider the Fool in two ways: health and relationships.
Coming Out & Health
The Fool has no consideration of health or well being when coming out. They come out with no regard for their personal safety or mental state. They come out without regard for others in their immediate family, friends, or personal relationships. We may find later in this study that other cards influence the Fool to consider the mental, spiritual, and physical health of themselves or others. Due to their lack of experience, the Fool is certainly not effected or even influencing others at this point.
Coming Out & Relationships
Relationships are not even on the Fool’s radar. Not even in their infancy, the Fool is ready to explore the world for all it has to offer. They approach a relationship not even knowing the possibility for or comprehending that a relationship (as you, reader, know relationships) is even a “thing.”
In the next post, we’ll walk the Fool through the experience of meeting the Magician.