THE FOOL

FOOL TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit
Reversed: Naivety, foolishness, recklessness, risk-taking

FOOL TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Fool is numbered 0, the number of unlimited potential, and does not actually have a specific place in the sequence of the Tarot cards. The Fool can come either at the beginning of the Major Arcana or at the end. The Major Arcana is often considered as the Fool’s journey through life and as such, he is ever present and therefore needs no number.
The Fool is shown at the beginning of his journey with unlimited potential. The sun rising up behind him represents the beginning of his journey. He is facing north-west, the direction of the unknown. He is looking upwards, toward the sky, or Spirit. He is about to step off a cliff into the material world but is he prepared? He has all the tools and resources he needs in the bag on his staff but he has not opened the bag yet. The white rose in his left hand represents purity and innocence. He has a guardian in the little white dog who will protect him throughout his journey but who will also push him to learn the lessons the Fool came here to learn. The mountains behind the Fool represent the realms of Spirit that he has just left and will spend his life trying to regain.

UPRIGHT FOOL TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Fool Tarot card is a card of potential, new beginnings and innocence. This Tarot card shows the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest. The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.
In a Tarot reading, the Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. The Fool is all about new experiences, personal growth, development and adventure. The Fool Tarot card asks you to take a ‘leap of faith’ and to trust in the Universe in that if you begin a new journey, you will find success. This Fool lives a carefree life, free from worry and anxiety. He does not seem to mind if he does not really know what lies ahead.
The Fool Tarot card may represent a choice to be made—one of vital importance. However, there are always many different options available and the choice must be made wisely. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool encourages you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem. This is a time when you need to truly ‘believe’ and have faith in where the Universe is taking you.
The Fool is an excellent Tarot card to meditate on if you are experiencing a lot of fear in your life. The Fool enhances courage, risk-taking and the creative expression needed to open up new areas in your life.
The Fool is always whole, healthy and without fear. He is the spirit of who we are, the spirit expressed and experienced as wonder, awe, curiosity and anticipation. We never know what is in the future but like the Fool we must blindly go forward. You need to trust that you are a spirit born into flesh to enjoy life and grow in experience. Take a chance and see what happens.

REVERSED FOOL TAROT CARD MEANINGS
Reversed, the Fool Tarot card suggests that you may be acting in total disregard of the consequences of your actions and indeed acting ‘the fool’. You are trying to live ‘in the moment’ rather than planning ahead. You are acting recklessly, wanting to break free of the usual routine in order to ‘find yourself’ but doing it in a way that completely disregards others.
The Fool reversed cautions you about potentially being taken advantage of or entering into a deal where you do not fully understand the consequences of your decisions. If you are offered an opportunity that seems too good to be true then it probably is. It is really important that you do almost a ‘due diligence’ on the opportunities presented to you to ensure that you are making the right choice and not simply going with the most enticing offer at the time. Be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead so that you are not taken by surprise. Do your research and make sure you are well prepared for critical events, such as job interviews, applications, presentations and meetings.
In a career Tarot reading, the Fool reversed suggests that you do not want to be placed in a work situation where you are completely out of your depth and have no clue what you are doing. You want to feel at least competent that you know what you need to do and you most certainly do not want to look like the fool or the ‘newbie’ on the block. Even if you have not been in the workforce for a little while, you want to be respected for your experience to date and do not want to have to start at square one again.
In a relationship Tarot reading, the Fool reversed can indicate that the nature of the relationship is highly changeable and uncertain, with spontaneity taken to a whole new level. You may be unsure about where the relationship is heading and whether you can safely depend on your partner. You may both be risk-takers with little consideration for the long-term consequences of your actions. This may bring with it excitement and suspense but also an underlying feeling of uncertainty and insecurity.

THE FOOL

General Meaning
Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of The Fool in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of The Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.
In some earlier instances, The Fool is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of The Fool arise — that of an innocent soul before its fall into matter, untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, and the potential misplaced step that will send The Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, though, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage toward self-knowledge and, eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.

In the Advice Position
Let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Fool advises that you lighten up. Let yourself be spontaneous enough to stretch beyond the realm of logic. There is no advantage to be gained by thinking you possess the knowledge, power, or control to direct reality. Open and receive without question, instead of trying to manage what’s happening right now. The Fool has no ambition to manipulate a specific outcome. Just be happy to be part of the whole.
Release any demands or expectations. Give your complete attention to events as they are occurring in the present moment.

THE FOOL

DESCRIPTION

As Card 0, the Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes – nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction – one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.

THE FOOL

The Fool Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Innocence, freedom, originality, adventure, travel, foolishness, carelessness, idealism, youth, spontaneity, lack of commitment, new beginnings.

General meaning and interpretation
The first card of the Major Arcana, The Fool is generally a positive card indicating new beginnings. If it appears in your readings it could mean that you are on the verge of an exciting, unexpected new adventure. Your new adventure will bring you along a path which may require you to make a leap of faith but you will grow as a result of this new experience. This new adventure could be a literal new adventure, like travelling to a place you’ve never been before. The change this card can bring will usually be a welcome one. While the Fool is generally a positive card, its appearance in a reading can also indicate that you need to take the time to look before you leap.

Health
The Fool bodes well for physical health if you have been ill as it indicates vitality and energy. However, it can also indicate being accident prone so if you get the Fool for health be extra careful. It can also represent pregnancy as it represents the beginning of a new life.

Love & Relationships
The Fool in love is exciting and spontaneous but a little bit fickle. For those in relationships, The Fool indicates being so in love you can hardly contain your excitement. However, if the person asking the question is asking about commitment, this card is linked to lack of commitment /not being ready for a commitment. For those that are single, it is a very good indicator that an impulsive, carefree romance is on the cards (or many such romances). If the Fool appears, be prepared for fun-filled romance but be careful not to miss true love if it comes your way during this time.

Money & Career
Opportunity knocks! With the Fool in your career, it may be time to go for that new job or start your own business that you’ve been dreaming of. Other people may try to put you off or may not understand what you’re doing, be patient with them and try to make them understand but do not let them deter you. For current projects it indicates fresh new ideas and being reinvigorated with energy. The Fool indicates big opportunities for advancement. Be clever and research your opportunities and the risk but don’t be afraid to take the plunge! Financially, if you take the chance and work hard you will make more than you thought you would.

Spirituality
The Fool indicates that you are at the beginning of a new spiritual journey which will lead on to great things. You will be eager to try many different approaches, allow yourself to do this. Others may not understand the journey you’re on but you must do what is right for you.
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The Fool Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Recklessness, carelessness, negligence, stupidity, distraction, apathy, irrationality, lack of fun, hope or faith

General meaning and interpretation
As with the upright meaning, The Fool reversed signifies a new beginning. However, when reversed this Major Arcana trump card indicates that the beginning is something you may be reluctant to jump into. This new beginning is still coming either way! The Fool tarot card reversed can be an indication of living in the moment but also can be a sign that in your excitement you are behaving somewhat recklessly towards others. It can signify being irrational, lack of fun and lack of faith or hope.

Health
When The Fool reversed is in a health reading it indicates trying out alternative treatments could be helpful in resolving any health issues. Also the tendency to be accident prone is stronger when this is in your reading so be mindful of your surroundings.

Love & Relationships
The Fool reversed in love can indicate that your pursuit of adventure may be holding you back from having the kind love you really want or causing uncertainty in your current relationship. If The Fool is reversed, your relationship may be exciting but may involve some risky behaviour. Be warned, this could lead to feelings of insecurity and may leave your relationship on shaky ground.

Money & Career
Financially, the fool reversed shows some potentially promising financial opportunities but exercise caution and do your homework before committing to anything. You don’t want to be taken advantage of. Career-wise you may be becoming restless in your current position or thinking of going out on your own. Think before you act! Or you may simply be holding back your best ideas due to a lack of confidence, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and assert yourself. Your ideas are just as valid as everyone else’s. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the fool reversed is a sign that you are seeking new spiritual experiences and are eager to cast off your old traditions. Like the upright meaning, people around you might be somewhat puzzled by this new interest. Just be sure to explore your options don’t jump too far into a spiritual path until you figure out what feels right for you