A Fool, A Fish, A First- Ready for April Fools Day?

Fool-Tarot card photo by leiris. Licensed under CC 2.0

All This Foolishness

The Fool card is everything in the tarot, and nothing. It is the alpha and omega, and here anything is possible. The joy of the Fool is in the beginning. It is assigned the number zero. This is quite fitting. This card is spiritual impulse, nonchalance, mania, and sacred sight all at once.

Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth gives the following magickal words about this delightfully foolish beginning.


Know naught

All ways are lawful to innocence.

Pure folly is the key to initiation.

Silence breaks into rapture

Be neither man, nor woman but both in one.




Fish Food

The best custom surrounding the April Fools Day holiday comes from the French. Laura Moss’ recent article explains some of this history. The common story is that when the French adopted a new calendar with January 1st as the start of the year, some rural people still continued to celebrate April 1st as the beginning of the year. Moss says “these people were often referred to as ‘April fools.’ They were mocked by having paper fish stuck to their backs and being called ‘poisson d’avril,’ or April fish.”



Tarot of Cruelty by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved Copyright 2014.

Day for Differences and the Voodoo Spaghetti Harvest Ritual

Like most traditional holidays, the origins of April Fools’ Day are complicated. Many make the important observation that this holiday is oddly close to the Vernal Equinox, a time when eggs stand on end and things aren’t quite the same.

In Haiti and New Orleans Mardi Gras is a time of masked foolishness. Some of its origins in Africa seem to have a similar function, to reverse things for awhile, make weirdness the great equalizer as we welcome a new time and a new being.

I was going to title this piece the Voodoo Spaghetti Harvest Ritual, in honor of what I think is one of the greatest pranks of all time. (No, there is no Voodoo Spaghetti Harvest Ritual, but if you hum a few bars I’m sure we could make one up.) In 1957 the BBC show Panorama aired a segment about a record spaghetti crop in Switzerland. Many called the television station to see how they could get their own spaghetti tree. Here you go folks:

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The common superstitions say men are not to be married on this day, for they will be forever cuckolded. Pranks are not to be performed after noon. Children born today are said to be extra lucky, except when gambling. So enjoy your April Fool’s Day. Contemplate the tarot and new beginnings, stick a fish on your boss, harvest some spaghetti, or maybe even kiss a fool, it’s supposed to be good luck!


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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.