Tarot Card Interpretation: The Fool Card



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. This is because the Fool can come either at the beginning of the Major Arcana or at the end. The Major Arcana is often considered 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 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 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.

The setting of this card is under a bright sun and a golden sky. Front and center is a garishly dressed young traveler, complete with his (or her) possessions wrapped in a small sack tied to a stick. He is dressed in brightly patterned clothing as he skips along an isolated road at a high elevation. And speaking of this mountain path, it is quite a treacherous route. High above other mountainous, snow-capped peaks, The Fool is looking blissfully above, enraptured in his reality; a small flower he no doubt recently picked is in his left hand. However, he is walking perilously close to a cliff, and his only companion, a small dog, is energetically attempting to alert him to where he is headed. In some Tarot decks, the dog has actually begun to pull The Fool back from his careless veering off the path.

The Fool’s impractical clothing, chosen for its fashionable sense, is not the best choice for the mountain road on which he is walking. Everything about this journey seems to be impractical. He is more interested in the flowers and the exhilarating walk than in the possible disastrous fall that may await at the next step. He did not bring a watchdog, he brought a small companion valued for its appearance, yet this is the only thing that seems to be saving him from himself.

The Fool remains the most controversial card in the Tarot deck. It is the only card with a zero on it; the other cards all adhere to the Roman numeral system. The origin of The Fool remains a mystery, with some translations of this card insisting that it is inherently a negative connotation and is more properly labeled “The Idiot.” Other research reveals the card’s origin as “Troubadour,” an inspired aesthete traveling a long distance to entertain at a king’s court in some far-off land.

The Fool is a powerful card because its possibilities start in nothingness and reach infinity. Though the name seems to represent folly, the Fool is anything but a joke.

Meaning in Past, Present, and Future Positions

The Fool’s appearance in a Tarot spread does not necessarily mean it applies to the person receiving the reading. However, it could represent prominent people in your life. Every Tarot spread places cards in the past, present, and future positions. Therefore, there may be a few questions about your path in life from a good Tarot reader to determine who The Fool represents.

The Fool can represent you wasting time that you could have used for studies in the past position. But, on the other hand, it could represent a lover from days gone by if you had a deep relationship with an artist or musician or someone who lived outside of conventional society.

The Fool in the present position signifies that you are about to abandon commitments and constraints searching for self-defining freedom. The Fool is the most powerful card in all the Tarot deck when it is in the present position. Your free will can move mountains at this moment in time – the Tarot is telling you an ancient slogan: carpe diem – seize the day.

The Fool most likely represents you enjoying a new life in the future position. However, it can also represent a coming love interest that is not ordinary by any of your measurements.

Card Combinations

There are cards that you definitely want to see around The Fool and others that deliver an illustration of some big warnings about your life.

When The Devil is near The Fool in a reading, your pleasure-seeking ways are about to create a disaster. This combo appears in the readings of drug users who are starting to hang out with a crowd that is decidedly edgier and more unlawful than they are used to. Being naïve around this element will not serve you well. This is also a card combination seen with women who leave stable relationships to go with a bad boy.

The Fool is a great card when The Magician is paired with it as long as a sensitive Tarot reader can assure you that both cards apply to you. If this is the case, the chance to break free and create a new reality will be a success. However, if it is determined that The Magician represents someone else, beware. You are slowly falling for a person’s lies, and this self-neglect may cost you your money and much of your credibility with friends and family.

The Fool combines well with The Sun, The Star, and The Moon as these cards inspire your ego, aptitude, and emotions, respectively. In addition, these three cards combined with The Fool deliver you tangible results and deep personal insight.

When The Fool is in a reading that contains many cards from the suit of Pentacles, a new risky venture may make you wealthy! When there are cards from the suit of Swords abounding around The Fool, expect much criticism for not being a follower. The suit of Wands is a natural for The Fool; in fact, this card seems to attract this suit as The Fool himself holds his bag on a staff resembling a wand. This combination reinforces the following of one’s muse. Finally, when the suit of Cups dominates a reading that includes The Fool, look for love to be the issue and abandon everything for it the likely outcome.