The Fool is the card of infinite possibility. It is purity. It is innocence. It is the excitement of beginning something new.
Overall, it is the first step taken in the journey of life.
The Fool is not represented by the number 1 but by 0. In Numerology, 0 is considered to be everything and yet nothing at the same time. In Kabbala, it represents limitlessness. In Taoism, it represents the void.
This number is the essence of life itself. It is that raw, untainted energy that has not yet experienced life, not the good or bad aspects of it. It is like the soul that comes to earth in the form of a newborn baby; it is like a crystal that forms in the mountains whose energies are powerful and dynamic; it is like a tree deep in the forest that has only ever known nature and whose wild spirit of nature remains strong and impenetrable.
This is the power of the Fool. It is almost pre-human. It is the beginning of what will prove to be a very great adventure.
The Fool Tarot Card Meaning:
- Entering a new phase
- Expanding your horizon
- Heading into the unknown
- Acting on impulse
- Being inhibited by restriction
- Having faith
- Trusting in the flow of life
- Living in joy
- Pursuing a pipe dream
- Taking a crazy chance
- Trusting the desire of your heart
The Fool Tarot Card in a Love & Relationships Reading:
If pulled in the position for how someone feels about you, it indicates that someone wants to take a chance with you. Being a Major Arcana card, we can assume this is a powerful feeling and also an excited one. This indicates new feelings of romance with a daring energy attached to it. The person in question is ready to break free of whatever is holding them back and take a chance with you.
It can, however, also mean that the person feels they want to break free of you. (Look to surrounding cards to get a better idea of which one it is).
For how someone sees you, the Fool indicates that they see you as someone free-spirited, innocent and joyous. You likely fascinate this person.
For what someone wants to happen between you, this card indicates that they want to take a chance on you. They want you both to just let go of whatever is holding you back and take the plunge for a connection or relationship.
However, again this card can mean that they want to break free and go off and do their own thing. This is where pulling clarification cards come in handy!
In some cases, the Fool can mean you are being a “fool” and it urges you to open your eyes – things may not be as they seem!
To explore your love and relationships in greater depth, see our Twin Flame/Soulmate Tarot Reading here.
The Fool Tarot Card in a Career Reading:
In a career tarot reading, the Fool usually has a very clear message – it’s time to go for your dreams!
If in the position of career advice, this card means it’s time to follow your heart. You may be in a situation where you’ve been in the same office job for 20 years and then one day you wake up and decided you want to start your own tea company. Others may think you’re crazy; they may disagree; they may shake their heads.
But the Fool Tarot Card means it’s time to follow your heart and to trust everything will work out.
If the Fool appears in the position of career itself, it indicates a role that highlights ‘Fool’ qualities – it could indicate working with children as the Fool encompasses childlike innocence. It could indicate a role which involves risk-taking of some sort. Possibly something that enables you to show your fun and creative side.
The Fool Tarot Card in a career reading indicates a career where you are not restricted or bound in some way – and you are free to be you and follow your heart’s desire.
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The Fool Tarot Card Reversed
If the Fool appears as an obstacle card or as a reversed Tarot card, it can mean several different things.
It could mean that someone is being too reckless to the point of foolishness. The Fool could be a warning card, a reminder to look before you leap.
This card can also indicate that you are being blocked and restrained in some way. There is something blocking you from expressing your true self or your freedom.
It can indicate immaturity or having not thought a new project, venture or relationship through properly. Diving in without thinking springs to mind and as an obstacle card or reversed, the Fool urges you to stop and think.
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Harness the Power of the Fool Tarot Card
The ‘fool’ is not the most flattering of names but it is one that represents true freedom and innocent. In medieval times, fools were there to entertain the courts, providing much entertainment and laughter for royalty and observers. The Fool Tarot Card encompasses joy, the same type of joy that medieval fools brought to their viewers. This was an era where war and conflict were common and the fools’ antics, however foolish they may have appeared, brought great relief to challenging times.
The Fool encourages you to be yourself, your true self. It urges you to reach for the stars and to remind yourself that no matter how challenging or dark times become, there is always that Fool inside you – the childlike innocence, the optimism, and the joy that is waiting for you to find it.
The Fool is the beginning of the Tarot journey and its purity is one we come to this world with. Along the great journey of life, we may lose this innocence but there is always a way to find it again, if we do enough soul-searching and reach deep enough within. This is one of the primary messages of the Fool – never give up hope.
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