Tarot Card Meanings

The Fool

Let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change.
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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 Reversed Position

When the Fool card is reversed, you are encountering an unfinished side of yourself, a part still caught in the shadows of ignorance or immaturity. An emotional reflex or psychological attitude could be holding you back from responding authentically and naturally.

Release yourself from any dogmas or taboos so your natural truthfulness and instinct for right action can be restored.

In the Advice Positon

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.

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MAJOR ARCANA
The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun Judgment The World
WANDS
Ace of Lightening
Two of Lightening
Three of Lightening
Four of Lightening
Five of Lightening
Six of Lightening
Seven of Lightening
Eight of Lightening
Nine of Lightening
Ten of Lightening
Page of Lightening
Knight of Lightening
Queen of Lightening
King of Lightening
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Two of Water
Three of Water
Four of Water
Five of Water
Six of Water
Seven of Water
Eight of Water
Nine of Water
Ten of Water
Page of Water
Knight of Water
Queen of Water
King of Water
SWORDS
Ace of Rainbows
Two of Rainbows
Three of Rainbows
Four of Rainbows
Five of Rainbows
Six of Rainbows
Seven of Rainbows
Eight of Rainbows
Nine of Rainbows
Ten of Rainbows
Page of Rainbows
Knight of Rainbows
Queen of Rainbows
King of Rainbows
COINS
Ace of Buffalo
Two of Buffalo
Three of Buffalo
Four of Buffalo
Five of Buffalo
Six of Buffalo
Seven of Buffalo
Eight of Buffalo
Nine of Buffalo
Ten of Buffalo
Page of Buffalo
Knight of Buffalo
Queen of Buffalo
King of Buffalo

The Fool card in all decks.

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Ibis
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Karma
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Lovers Path
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Quick and Easy
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