Love: A Fool's Approach

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An international group of tarotists (check out the master list) are all writing on the same topic and then linking to each other so that the reader can hop from one blog to the next, seeing all the permutations and facets that the topic inspired in different writers.



Horsetail in October along the side of the road in Montara, CA.

I have a story to tell you. It’s a love story. It began…well, that’s always the question, isn’t it, because the moment I realized I had a story was not the moment the story began. Certainly some people glance across the room at an apparent (for the whole point is that clearly the stranger is known deeply if not previously) at an apparent stranger and know they will love that person forever. And other stories begin long ago in which acquaintances become friends and friends never grow apart and suddenly the one you always turned back to is there always.

But this story, and I apologize for I have not yet begun it, but patience, for you will come to see that I began it long ago, started just a bit ago.  As I’m cooking my dinner now and remembering forgetting to write this blog post this morning—what I mean is that this morning I remembered that I had not yet written it and now I’m remembering it again, so an hour ago, or really probably longer by now, an hour or so ago I got off the bus for I was at the end of my journey and that—that moment is the very instant my story began.

I was getting off the bus and rather bemoaning the fact that because it is a weekday I approached the Lighthouse from the south. Two years ago (for in some ways my story begins then) I arrived on a weekend and the weekend bus approaches the Lighthouse from the north. When arriving from the north, you are dropped off right in front, but I was getting off the northbound bus and that stop is about a block up from the Lighthouse. Not much of an inconvenience except of course for dragging around luggage. So I was rather grumpy, or really just aware of the inconvenience more than inconvenienced. And I started out walking back down along the side of Highway 1 toward the Lighthouse, when I noticed horsetail growing by the side of the road, and this, my friend, is the start of my story.

Because it was a warm and sunny summer morning in Colorado that I sat outside one of my favorite cafes and wrote a blog hop post in which horsetail played a prominent role. And here I am now on a cool fall evening watching the fire in the youth hostel at Point Montara situated on a precipice looking over the Pacific Ocean. Except of course what I was saying was that as I was walking toward the hostel I saw the horsetail. And it was brown or rather turning brown and drooping and looking quite like fall horsetail and not at all like spring horsetail which is so green and willowy.

And I remembered how twenty years ago in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains I took a course on herbalism and we were taught that we should recognize the herbs we harvested in all seasons. And as I saw this brown, droopy, fall horsetail and remembered the green spring horsetail and the decades-past class and the months ago blog post and the blog post yet to be written, I realized—of course I did tell you that this is a love story—I suddenly realized about an hour or so ago or by now certainly two—I knew that I must learn to recognize love in all its seasons.

All the Seasons of Love Tarot Spread

This spread can be done for any type of relationship, randomly selecting each of the four cards in order to get insight into each stage, or season, of your relationship.

1. Germination

2. Growth

3. Ripeness

4. Reseeding

Which of the four cards you selected seems to most accurately reflect the relationship as you currently see it? Grab that card because we’re going to use it for the next spread.

The Fool on the Precipice Tarot Spread

To take this spread a little deeper, I thought of the youth hostel on the precipice overlooking the ocean and that image conjured up the Fool. So often we are striving to be further along than we are, trying to be the expert, the master, trying to arrive at the next stage. What if you were to choose to see your relationship as being now in the Germination stage? No matter if the relationship just started or began years ago, let’s assign it to the Germination stage. Take the card you selected from the All the Seasons of Love spread (the card that most accurately described where the relationship is now) and place it in the Germination position–even if it already was in that spot. Because now we are embracing that stage and trying to always experience the freshness of a new relationship. Draw three more cards to see how this relationship can grow when we remember to always approach it as if all possibility stretched out in front of it. Bring your story into the present, the now, by seeing it as always at the moment of beginning.


Joy Vernon has been teaching energetic and esoteric modalities for over twenty years. She is one of the Psychics of Isis in Denver, Colorado and also reads at Northern Lights in Fort Collins. She teaches Tarot, Astrology, Qabalah and Traditional Japanese Reiki. She is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and a member of the American Tarot Association. Her specialty is Empyrean Key Transformational Guidance, which helps her clients break through blocks and align with their higher purpose. For information on upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment, please visit

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Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit

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  1. A beautiful story! I often walk in the woods near my home and find all sorts of reminders and guidance from the trees, plants, and creatures that live there. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. I love this post!! Sorry to be late in hopping here…I am still making the rounds. 🙂 Your spread is one I have to try. It sounds just lovely.

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