The Fool

The path of the Fool represents leaping into unknown, unexplored territories.

Your spirit craves a new experience, an adventure that you must embark upon regardless of the outcome.

This urge feels like an itch that must be scratched.

Astrologically, Uranus, the planet of freedom, liberation, and unexpected changes, rules the Fool and spends 7 years in each zodiac sign. I gave this planet the nickname, “The Seven Year Itch!”

The Major Arcana Represents Major Life Lessons: If the Fool comes out on the first card of your reading, you may not be thinking something through because you are in a hurry, and you might learn a new lesson. However, if the Fool comes out in the outcome of your reading, there will be some or all of the following: sudden changes, a new journey, starting over, spontaneous or serendipitous events, and taking risks to get where you want to be. Remember, if you do not take risks, you’ll never grow! The Fool will take that risk because the Fool always looks forward and not behind him!

The Story Of The Fool Tarot Card

The Fool is enumerated zero in the Tarot and symbolizes independence, freedom, a new beginning and starting over again. The Fool embarks on his new journey, unsure of his destination, bound by no plans and indifferent to possible complications along the way.

Innocent and carefree, he walks his dog along his path near the mountain’s edge — unaware of the dangers surrounding him. As he sets off blindly, the Fool blithely risks plunging off a cliff from sheer carelessness. Luckily, his faithful dog keeps him safe by nipping at his feet to warn him that he is perilously close to the edge.

He feels all the possibilities of a fresh new start, his stomach swirling with butterflies. The yellow sky, which matches his yellow boots, reflects his cheery optimism, and he is vitalized with every step he takes. Looking like a special star — a veritable white starburst — the Sun guides the Fool on his new quest. The starburst is enumerated zero, indicating that he is starting afresh.

The snow-capped mountains in the background signal that summer is far from here, and a chill hangs in the air. The snow-capped mountains indicate his aspiration to soar higher than ever before. With spring on the way, the feeling of new origins surges inside him.

His white shirt is symbolic of purity, and the white rose of purity carried by the Fool assures him that his new adventure repays his every step. However, the rose also has thorns, oracles that tell of a few stinging events to befall him along his path, a warning that fails to dissuade him.

His colorful tunic with red sleeves is radiant with blooming flowers and suggests his creativity, blossoming with energy and action. A knapsack holds his belongings and his dog (symbol of faithfulness) prances at his side.

Rejoicing to be on the move again, he yearns to explore all the possibilities before him. He looks forward, not back.

My Interpretation Of The Fool Tarot Card

The Fool (Aquarius) is connected to the planets of Uranus and Saturn, which stand for new beginnings, sudden changes, and learning new lessons on the way. He reflects the new journey that you have undertaken, or perhaps the one that you want to begin, a journey caused by a longing in your spirit that calls for a change.

This card also tells you that, in the past, you have made a few mistakes. However, you feel you have learned from those experiences, for without experience there can be no growth.

The Fool represents growing into the person that you need to become as we all do throughout our life experiences. Everyone makes mistakes, but from them comes wisdom. The Fool heralds a new path with all its twists and turns, leading to a new change.

I have learned that if the Fool shows up as the first card in your reading, you need to take a closer look at the question you have asked. Possibly, you have failed to heed a warning, or perhaps a fog of mis-comprehension prevents you from seeing a situation clearly. The Fool signifies a warning that you are not listening to your gut feeling, and you are neglecting your intuition.

The Fool is enumerated zero, a perfect number for this card because the Fool is not sure where he is going, but he has the desire to leap into the unknown. This card is positioned at the beginning rather than at the end of the deck because of the learning experiences the Fool encounters during his journey. He has a quest, a dream to realize, and under its spell he is naive, adventurous, and fearless.

Unaware of the dangers that lie ahead, the Fool would impulsively step off a cliff, or into a big rabbit hole in search of his dream, for he does not think about consequences, but simply goes on his merry way.

This youthful way of thinking is something we lose as age overtakes us, and as we age, we begin to fear change. However, the Fool thinks with a young, innocent mind, as one for whom new experiences hold no dread. Rather than sitting idly and waiting for life to come to him, he pursues it with vigor.

Positive Position: You will leap into the unknown without fear of what lies ahead. You desire a new experience and a fresh new start and you are going for it, hook, line and sinker.

Negative Position: You made the wrong decision, or you have a reluctance to leap into the unknown causing a delay in your journey’s beginning.

When the Fool shows up in the negative position, you might end up falling in a big rabbit hole (a metaphor relating to a disappointing or frustrating event). The Fool does not think about the consequences of his actions. He lives in the moment, and is the risk-taker, very spontaneous, the adventure seeker that is ready for new opportunities. The Fool is also a gambler that loves to roll the dice, and likes to be different!

Timing is shockingly unexpected, immediate, or 1 – 30 days.