For a start he says "Know Naught", an alliteration is going on, No, Nothing, negation, which is the Ayn, Ayn soph, and ayn soph aur. All ways are lawful to innocence, this comes into the doctrine of the Fool as being a man of innocence and purity, who is not of this world. The he says
"pure folly is the way to initiation"
so folly is the fool, which keeps to initiation, again there are hints that this card is as much to do with initiation and spiritual transformation as anything else. If you look on the Fool card you will find that this is actually a symbol of Dionysus, where the grapes are. He says
"Be neither man nor woman, but both in one."
Kind of where the Fool is from Kether the Crown to Chokmah, he is masculine, but he has qualities of both, and there is this idea of hermaphrodite, ying and yang, and all qualities of male and female are within one. What happened to the Fool in this? Where do people think the Fool is about to go to? Then he says "Be silent", so we had silence breaking into rapture, where, he said be neither man or woman, again he is back to this negation. "Babe in the egg of Blue", this is another symbol, the babe and egg is a symbol of purity and potentiality, and also nothing, and the babe in the egg is to do with Harpocrates, the Child, the doctrine of the Child comes here. There isn't a kind of polarity of sexuality going on here, and it also represents akasha too. Sex magic, lance and the grail.Then he says "Wander alone" There is sex magic, its there, so he hasn't yet got to it, so he is not attached to things either. And sin, we had silence, we had rapture, and now we have song, its kind of the Dionysian thing of wine, women and song going on. The Daughter - this is where it gets highly technical, and why Crowley spends so many pages discussing the nature of things because the fool is the letter Aleph, and the aleph is to do with air. If the Fool is air, and its a mother letter, it should be on a horizontal, but its not. The aces are space, there is no element, the aces are space, there is no quality to them, even though we say the ace of wands, ace of cups, ace of swords, ace of disks. Another thing he has here, the Mnemonics, a 2 line verse for all of the 22 Major cards. So I might as well read to you, he says
"Truth, laughter, lust, wine's holy fool, The veil rent with madness, the sublime enlightenment. So wine and lust (lust is interesting because there is the lust card as well), another hint to the fool, while is pure. Lewd madness, sublime enlightenment, there is a kind of intoxication that is going on with this card - back to Bacchus again. I could sit here and go through the bits on the card, but I have tried to encapsulate the essence of what this card is about, and Crowley does it really well, within this whole doctrine. Its fascinating because we are at zero, and he does this thing with the dual gods as well, so its a tricky kind of doctrine to go through, but in essence, aleph as the Fool encapsulates the entire knowledge of the Tarot. You find that because he talks about the form of the Tetragrammaton in this section on the Fool card. There is also another part where he goes into the Appendix on page 120, and he talks about the Fool in terms of silence, and this comes from Little Essays Towards Truth. Now Folly of course is the Fool, wisdom is Chokmah as well, so he is kind of going into a whole lot of stuff too. There is 18 pages, 8 pages extra, also discussing the Fool. He does this in several ways, he talks about the spiritual matters, and material matters, and then he talks about the essence, and then he ends up saying, actually it entirely depends on what's going on with the rest of the cards. Just to make sure you are not going to get fixed on any idea of what the Fool is about. He says in Spiritual matters, the Fool means idea, thought, spirituality, that which endeavours to transcend earth. You can see that in what we have been talking about, but the way of the Fool is that Aleph as the ox plough, creating a furrow in the earth, we are in the supernal triangle, earth is 10 sephiroth down. Then he says in material matters, if badly dignified, folly, dissipation or madness, but that doesn't mean that if its well dignified that it could be actually pretty good too. Now that's really the thing about the Fool, he just appears from nowhere. Sometimes the fool in a woman's reading will represent a man who is coming to life. If there are no court cards, male court cards, and there is only the fool, then its a man.