II: The Scapegoat

the scapegoat



The Fool is just the Scapegoat
For other men's frustration.
He hides within His broken heart
The pain of all Creation.



The Pierrot is in a kneeling position, both in humility and surrender to those things which make him who he is.

He puts up no resistance, for this would cause Him to be less conductive of what He is connected to.

His hands are open toward us, not in an appeal for our mercy toward Himself, but rather to appeal to us to rise above this, and to show us that he is open to whatever is thrown his way. The rotten eggs denote poor beginnings, ideas never hatched and dreams that never saw the light of day. The overripe fruit is by contrast those things which have outlived their usefulness, things which we won't give up, even though deep down we know their time has passed. The fact that they have been pelted at the Fool demonstrates the tendency of people to find someone else to blame for their own regrets and skeletons.

Although the fabric of the clothes is white, it radiates here a pale blue, telling us that He maintains a cool attitude, and has not become heated by His predicament. His Ruff is pale yellow, which is about the emotional centre at the throat; He has taken it upon Himself to process out the lower emotion of His tormentors, so that they do not become consumed by them. The shaven head is a trademark of many religious students and holy men, from Buddhists to Dominicans, and is especially relevant to those just setting out on their spiritual journey. Although this place of His apparent confinement is grim and dark, He Himself radiates in the form of the Ankh, one of the more ancient of symbols, which is also known as the 'Key of Life'. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. The single torch on the wall behind reminds us that all the darkness in all the cosmos cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

It cannot be stressed too strongly that this is not merely a variation on the High Priestess of the Tarot, and should not be considered as such. Whereas She always has the option of being closed to those who do not approach her in a suitable manner, the Fool never has that choice. He has to be a receptor for all Humans, both fine and coarse. This is accentuated by the fact that the pillory is not locked, and he could free himself with the minimum of effort.  

DATE: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:52

Tagged under: The Scapegoat, The High Priestess, First Octave