The Fool Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Major Arcana

The Fool Upright Draw Keywords

beginning

renewal

freedom

journey

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The Fool Upright Draw Meaning

Within the Major Arcana, The Fool is numbered 0, signifying that this card is the beginning of everything. “0” is a great number to draw for those who are open to newness. Infinite possibilities are unfolding all around The Fool. There’s an eagerness that comes with this card. A willingness to jump into the next adventure and pursue wild dreams. This is seen in many Tarot decks, especially any Rider Waite Smith decks, as a sign of great possibilities to come. You’ll see this through the symbolism of a cloudless sky with a radiantly shining sun, the richness of The Fool’s clothes, the walking staff and packed bundle, as well as the direction of The Fool’s gaze.

Some may see the figure’s focus on the distance as a firm belief in knowing what’s happening; as awareness of his/her surroundings. If The Fool was to look down, he/she would potentially back away from his goals.

There’s also a cautionary meaning to drawing The Fool, too. In the picture, The Fool is shown as having one foot on the ground and the other up in the air, hovering dangerously close the edge of a cliff. A companion animal, usually a dog, is at his heels, as if trying to warn him of what lays ahead. In the Marseille Tarot, the companion animal, often a dog or a cat, has torn a hole in The Fool’s pants. This can be seen as a warning to pay attention or to add to the aesthetic of The Fool looking more foolish.

One thing is certain, The Fool is living in the moment. There’s no past and no clear future. For the person who draws The Fool in a Tarot Reading, it’s a sign that something wonderful is about to begin, but only you can decide whether to look before you leap or to go blindly forward.

The Fool In Love and Relationships

If The Fool comes up in a relationship reading, this can be a sign that you’re literally a Fool in Love. People may not understand your attraction to someone; this could be a reason to pause and check whether or not you’re being a little naive with your heart. The Fool can also represent that the querent (person who the Tarot reading is for) is not yet ready for commitment, because they don’t want to be tied down. The Fool can also herald a new relationship and that you’re filled with desire. Again, it’s important to look before you leap in terms of lust, for danger could be looming.

The Fool In Career And Finances

The Fool drawn for this kind of reading can be very powerful. While your coworkers may be scratching their heads over a difficult project, you’re paving the way with innovative proposals. The Fool’s vision guides you towards new opportunities, and that might be a promotion or start of a new occupation. The Fool symbolizes infinite possibilities; in terms of finances, you can be optimistic. Things are looking up, especially if you continue to work hard for what you believe in. As always, remember the caution that comes with The Fool. Being open and aware are keys to this card in all situations.

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The Fool Reverse Draw Keywords

naivety

disregard

ignoring the truth

folly

The Fool Reverse Draw Meaning

To draw The Fool reversed can mean more of the folly or naive meanings of the cards are at the forefront. There could be a complete disregard of your surroundings. Reversed, The Fool is in a free fall, having lost awareness of his surroundings. He is disconnected from his spiritual guide, and he doesn’t completely understand the dangers of the opportunities presented to him. In other words, The Fool is now in a situation that he doesn’t feel completely competent about and is lost within himself.

The Fool Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

The Fool reversed may represent a naivety around love or perhaps seeing a relationship through rose-tinted glasses. This can also be a warning that you’re being foolish with your heart or rushing into a relationship too quickly. Take the time to reflect on your patterns with love and what you’re sacrificing in the name of love.

The Fool Reverse Draw Career and Finances

Don’t lie about how qualified you are for a job or a project. Don’t oversell your abilities as you will get caught out. If you aren’t getting the opportunities you want it may be time to take on some training.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For The Fool

The Fool is either seen as the first of the Tarot Cards or outside of the structure of the Tarot completely. The Fool begins the journey through the Major Arcana. You will often see The Fool portrayed as gazing up at the open sky, open to possibilities. The Fool wanders a precipitous road. The Fool can be seen as being either ignorant of their impending drop off the cliff, or trusting that they will be led on the right path. Either way, this is something to be considered with The Fool. Should you heed the caveat, you’ll see beyond the cliff at the tips of your toes, you will also realize how to overcome the obstacles in your path. If not, well it may be a bumpy ride.

The Muse of Tarot For The Fool

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Nyx - The Muse of Shadow Work Tarot Reading

Nyx holds dominion over The Fool and our work with our shadow side. The Fool can represent running away from ourselves, our responsibilities, and the things we don’t like.

About The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana consists of the 22 cards that embody universal aspects of the human experience through symbology and archetypes. They are representations of our collective consciousness, those consistent, directing patterns of influence that are an inherent part of human nature. Each Major Arcana card is given a number, a place in a specific well-thought-out order, and a title which links the card to its meaning and deeper lesson.