In the beginning makes it sound like were about to start all of creation and perhaps we are. The beginning. The egg. The seed. The womb. The circle and even the mythological creature the Orborous, the snake-like animal eating it's tail. These are the images of the Beginning.
Consider the egg or the seed. Take a moment to imagine these archetypal forms. Imagine the pressure in the egg as the chick inside pushes against the shell, building up the strength needed for living after escaping the shell. Imagine the force within the seed as the sprout uses its natural momentum towards growth as the power to push the husk open.
And in the beginning there is the essence of what will be the final outcome. The cyclical nature of creation-sustenance-destruction can be felt at the beginning. The wholeness of the entire thing is present in the heart of the birth. This is the time and place of all potential.
Before the birth of creation, there is nothing. There is only darkness. The beginning includes that which is there before the beginning: the black empty space of the universe before the big bang; the oceanic primordial soup in early evolution. This is the idea. This is the feeling. That which is there before the beginning begins. Before the hatch and the sprout. The beginning is where we start.
In her set The Wild Unknown Archetypes Guidebook, Kim Krans writes about the seed; the beginning, the origin, the pearl: "beginnings come in many forms. They are not always a beautiful seed... origin stories like any birth story are complex, surprising, multilayered and usually reveal a central image or detail that represents the fully formed being." She references the image of the full potential of the oak tree present in the acorn. That forms an understanding of the beginning- its an orientation toward the potential of the seed.
The fool is the first card- 0- zero- in the Major arcana of tarot cards. You can read about the history of tarot with a simple google search so I won't go in to that. Pictured here is the fool from the Deviant Moon tarot deck. The artist and author, Patrick Valenza writes this about the card: "The Fool begins his journey with a delirious dance through the canal, leaving the conventional traditions of the city behind. With maniacal laughter, he heads out into the unknown, still clothed in his sleepwear. Half awake, half dreaming, the Fool treads water on the cusp of the conscious and subconscious realms, neither fully in one or the other. A gondola waits in the background, which signifies the start of a voyage to self understanding and enlightenment. Overhead a crescent moon hangs in the sky. It serves as a beacon of subliminal influence that will follow the Fool wherever he goes. Although his nocturnal visions are entrancing, the Fool cannot totally escape reality. The fish from the canal nibble at his leg and keep him from falling too deeply asleep. Pointing to his head, the Fool reminds us that one's state of mind determines his path in life and that all great accomplishments start with a dream." The fool starts in the realm of the beginning.
In Daughters of the Moon tarot, Fiona Morgan replaces the traditional fool card with The Dreamer. She writes about the dreamer, that it is "the most complete and perfect aspect of yourself... The Dreamer symbolizes the O, the egg, the vulva or the opening, returning from zero, all beginnings which are also endings." The fool's beginning asks us to recognize the regenerative energy that is within our self. It invites us to dream of other possibilities. And most of all it is a call to action and a leap into the unknown with only a faint understanding of where we may land.
In The Wild Wood Tarot, Mark Ryan and John Matthews rename the first card of the deck, The Wanderer and say: "The Wanderer represents the wisdom or courage to let go, to step into the void of the possible... the momentum of the Great Wheel has already sent the true heart of the Wanderer into the future, leaping across the gap with courage and joy. Now the figure must leave the burdens that have been carried for so long and and trust the wings of imagination." (Ahh... the wings of the imagination! This is where trauma sits; healing happens and growth occurs.)
The place before creation of that which is about to become- the fool sets off and the beginning begins.
In the beginning.... friends. Want to come along?