Updated: Jun 9, 2018
Welcome to the second installment of our tarot series, where we take a closer look at the cards in the Rider-Waite style of tarot. Each post features a different card with tips for readings and advice for incorporating the lessons of the cards into our lives. This week we’re highlighting the first card of the Major Arcana: The Fool.
The Spirit of the Fool
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
If our journey through the tarot is the Hero’s Journey, than the Fool is our eponymous hero and symbolic protagonist. We are are all the Fool as we begin our path to self-discovery and transformation. At the core, the Fool represents optimism, faith, raw potential, and new beginnings — but each of these attributes is linked to and dependent on the others.
The Fool’s faith and optimism is innate as they trust the Universe to guide their journey, never doubting that they are spiritually supported in their path. While some negative connotations to the Fool include blind faith or ignorance, these are also virtues depending on the context. Although the Fool may not see the potential dangers lurking ahead, this also means that their fear cannot deter them from striving for greatness.
As a favorite speaker and creative artist of mine is fond of saying, “the explorers most capable have a compass unbreakable.” (That’s Brad Montague, by the way.) The Fool’s compass points straight and true, and their faith in their path and the Universe’s support, in turn, manifests a sympathetic abundance.
In a Reading
If you receive the Fool upright in a reading, ask yourself what new adventures or experiences lay before you. Is it a new job, a relationship, a chance to travel, or a creative endeavor? Do not hold yourself back — the Fool represents limitless potential as long as you are willing to trust in yourself and your path.
Alternatively, if you receive the Fool reversed in a reading, it may be time to start thinking more pragmatically about your endeavors. Have you considered all the elements of the situation? There may be unseen threats or challenges that it behooves you to acknowledge before pressing forward.
The Fool’s Advice
Whether upright or reversed, the Fool asks us to approach the world with a childlike joy and optimism, and to seek new adventures and opportunities to grow. The Fool encourages us to “boldly go,” knowing that the reward is in the journey, not the destination. This card inspires us to set aside our fears or doubts and, instead, to practice saying “yes” to the new opportunities and experiences before us, trusting that the Universe will provide.