The Fool Card Meaning
Here is The Fool Card Meaning: It’s the start of something new, a new adventure or journey. Expect excitement, fun, and a sense of adventure. The Fool is usually depicted preparing to step off the edge of a cliff or taking a leap of faith into the unknown. But he’s also looking upwards, full of optimism and feeling carefree.
There is an element of naivete (which can also be denial), thoughtlessness, immaturity, lack of responsibility, impulsiveness or lawlessness to this card though, so be aware of that.
The Fool says, expect the unexpected, go for it, but sometimes the question to be raised here is whether one should look before you leap
Tarot card number: 0
Positive associations with this tarot card: new beginnings, optimism, spontaneity, fearlessness, excitement, visionary, joy, inventiveness.
Negative associations with this tarot card: naivete, thoughtlessness, immaturity, lack of responsibility, impulsiveness, lawlessness.
Expect the unexpected when The Fool turns up in a reading, influences that could have a dramatic affect on the decisions and choices you make.
When The Fool appears it is a time for new beginnings, a journey perhaps into the unknown that will be exciting and fun. Any trials along the way will make you a more experienced and perhaps wiser person.
If The Fool falls in the first position of a reading exercise caution – it could indicate foolhardiness or perhaps the question you are asking is the wrong one or you are asking it for the wrong reasons.
The Fool can also represent an individual in a reading, if so be prepared to meet a real maverick, an eccentric with lust for life.
The Fool represents the untapped potential in all of us.
‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’ however sometimes it can be wise ‘to look before you leap’.
The Fool is numbered 0, the number of unlimited potential, and doesn’t actually have a place in the sequence of the cards. He can come either at the beginning of the Major Arcana, or at the end. In fact, the Major Arcana could be considered the Fool’s journey through life, and as such, he is ever present, therefore needs no number.
When the Fool is seen as the beginning of the Majors, he is depicted as just beginning his journey, with unlimited potential. Like a newborn baby, the Fool is facing a world of choices and opportunities, and only he can decide the fate of his life. The rising sun behind him represents the beginning of his adventures. He is facing the North-West, the direction of the unknown. He is looking upwards, toward the sky, or Spirit. He’s a newborn soul about to step off a cliff into the material world. Is he prepared? Well, he has all the tools he needs in the bag on the staff, but he hasn’t opened the bag yet. The staff itself represents his will. The white rose represents purity and innocence. Like any newborn, he is about to enter the world as a pure and innocent soul.
He has unlimited potential, but at this point, it is all unrealised. He does have a guardian in the little white dog. The dog will protect him throughout his journey, but he will also push him to learn the lessons the Fool came here to learn. Notice the dog nipping at his heels, urging him forward. Life is wasted if no lessons are learned. While the dog will protect him, he will also push him into experiences whereby the Fool can grow and learn. The mountains behind the Fool represent the realms of Spirit that he has just left, and will spend his life trying to attain again. The valley he is about to step into represents our own physical, material world.
The Fool represents the beginning of all creativity and desire to accomplish goals. Each of us faces many choices in life. The choice is there choose wisely.
This is a card of potential, new beginnings, innocence. It may represent a choice to be made, one of vital importance. This is the card where anything can happen, and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of. If you get this card and it is upright, it is a positive card, for The Fool is one who is the divine innocent.
This is an excellent 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’s in the future, but like the Fool, we must blindly go forward. He teaches a lesson about making right choices. It’s good to be focused on spiritual matters, but stay grounded at the same time in the physical world.
Someone who is naive, gullible, child-like in their way of thinking but not necessarily innocence. The subject of the reading is a dreamer. One who lives in their own little happy world when it comes to the way they perceive things. He or she has desire to succeed but must be careful.
Trust. 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. Be open as a child. Risk seeming a bit foolish, naive or optimistic. A sense of humour is vital. As Card 0, the Fool lies at the end and 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 is the beginning of something that will bring you happiness. You will begin a new enterprise that will afford you the opportunity to work with or teach the public on a grander scale, and if you’ve been thinking about leaving your current job or taking a leave of absence; in time, you will. A relative will be job hunting, or a major decision will be required from you that can be put off no longer. If it concerns a change of residence, you’ll decide against it.
Thoughtlessness, folly, extravagance, lack of discipline. Immaturity, irrationality. Insecurity. Frivolity. Delirium. Frenzy. Enthusiasm. Naivety.
Someone represented by the Fool promises to be unforgettable, unconventional, and challenging, whose social or cultural background is likely to be very different from your own, requiring adjustments on both sides. Often the Fool symbolises a partner who is much older or younger than you. Whatever, the differences, this person can open your eyes, showing you a wider world that you ever dreamed possible. All your ideas will receive a serious shaking up as a result of your connection with this individual. His lust for life is undeniable, accompanied by a hunger for knowledge and passion for ideas that are catching. Together you will discover the playful side of love, for this person loves to have fun and longs to make you laugh. He may not hold down a steady job, but will usually find the money to buy amusing gifts for you or spring imaginative surprises.
Some see The Fool as the obvious – someone foolish and/or naive, someone so stupid that he doesn’t look where he is going. Others see him as someone taking a leap into the unknown. The Fool is often portrayed as wild youth, dancing in ecstatic abandonment at the edge of a precipice, or standing on the edge of a precipice (cliff of some kind) with one foot up and out, ready to step off the edge. Depending on the reading, the Fool is someone about to begin a new journey or new phase of life. Hence, the first card or beginning of The Fool’s journey. He has a fresh outlook, childlike wonder, excitement, and abandon. He is full of trust and faith as he sets out on his journey. Beginnings of any kind often involve a “leap of faith” and The Fool has the faith to believe that life is good and worthy of trust.
On the other hand, The Fool could also represent someone who does not think ahead and takes foolish risks. He reminds of us the warning “look before you leap.” He could also represent someone who is fearful of stepping out into the unknown.
The choice made most likely is faulty. Fear might hold you back from taking on new opportunities. Bad decision. Indecision. Apathy. Hesitation. Negligence.
Blow soap bubbles and think of nothing. If thoughts of the world intrude see them as soap bubbles floating by and watch them pop, one by one. Play with children and let them, not you, guide the play. Do not try to learn from these activities just experience them. Before you take their leave sing a round of ring around the rosy, this game like the tarot is a remnant of the ancient time and religious that survived persecution by hiding their wisdom in a game.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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