The Fool Tarot Card is a very powerful Major Arcana tarot card in the tarot deck, usually representing a new beginning and, consequently, an end to something in your old life.
The Fool card is numbered zero (0) and doesn’t have a specific place within the Tarot card deck, yet this card is not any less important. In fact, its placement speaks to the strength of the Fool card in the deck.
You are entering into a new phase, one that is very different from any other. Now is the time to trust and go with the flow.
The Fool Key Words
Before diving deeper into the upright- and reversed Fool card meaning, and its connection to love, work and life, below a quick overview of the most important words connected to the Fool card.
The Fool Tarot Card Description
The Fool card is the number 0 of the Major Arcana, which stand for the number of unlimited
The Major Arcana is often considered the Fool’s journey through life. As such, he is ever-present and therefore needs no number.
The Fool Card depicts an innocent soul, walking joyfully and excited into the world. He is gazing upwards toward the sky and is seemingly unaware that he is about to topple over the cliff into the unknown.
He carries nothing with him except a bindle, containing all his worldly possessions.
The white rose in his left-hand shows, as white would suggest, purity, freedom. The explosive decal on his clothing represents potentiality.
At the feet of the fool is a small white dog. He represents loyalty and protection, that encourages the fool to charge forward and learn the lessons he came to learn.
The mountains behind the Fool symbolize the long journey and its challenges yet to come.
The Fool Tarot Card Meaning
When you are feeling butterflies in your stomach because you are so excited about new goals, this can be that you are in the Fools state of mind. To see the Fool generally indicates that you are on the verge of an unexpected and exciting new adventure. This may require you to take a blind leap of faith.
There will be a rewarding experience that will contribute to your growth as a human being. The new adventure could be a literal one and may involve traveling to a new land or territories you’ve never visited before.
“Sometimes we need to take the first step even if we can’t see where we’re heading. It’s called faith. It’s risky. It’s amazing.”
The change this card can bring will usually be a welcome one. You can also see it as a call to the risk-taking part of your own character. The card inspires you to open up new areas in your life. With that comes a mixture of anticipation, wonder, awe, and curiosity.
Money and Career Meaning
With the Fool tarot card in your career and work, it is time to go for that new job or start your own business that you’ve been dreaming of. The opportunities are truly endless with this card.
For some, this means moving to a new state or country, especially if paired with the World card. For current projects, it means you are attracting innovative ideas and being sparked with new energy.
Pursuing a pipe dream might be looked down on, but not when the Fool is in charge of a reading. Following your heart, even spontaneously, can lead to financial success.
Love and Relationships Meaning
Combine the fool card with love, and you are about to embark on a new romantic journey. The upright Fool is a good sign if you’re single and looking to mingle, signifying that you’re going to be able to manifest a new romantic relationship very easily and carefree.
The meaning that should be extracted from this is to be open and inviting to new and unexpected people in your life. When pulling the fool in relationship to love, it is a good time to put yourself out there and take new chances with partners you might not otherwise consider dating.
This card encourages you to trust the unknown and adopt a more optimistic and hopeful outlook, celebrating and reclaiming your inner child. The Fool is there to show that you can never really tell what lies ahead, and you can only greet it with joy.
Health and Spirituality Meaning
The Fool is a card of strong energy. If you have been ill or struggling with your emotional/mental health, the Fool can represent a new lease on life and feeling uninhibited. Every situation is different, but being true to yourself and focusing on meeting your own needs will help every area of your life improve.
The Fool Reversed
In relation to its upright description, where the Fool is the infinite potential for a new journey in one’s life, the Fool reversed would be the infinite potential for absolutely nothing of value to come into being.
The Fool in reverse represents being recklessness, and novice behavior when pursuing a new venture. It indicates that you start a lot but don’t finish anything and that you are literally acting like a fool by disregarding the repercussions of your actions.
You may excuse this as a journey to “find yourself”. Yet, you may be highly disappointed in where you ultimately find yourself if you fail to stop acting foolishly.
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” — Henry Miller
This card is here to warn you that now is not the time for spontaneity and freedom. You must finish what you have started and deal with your responsibilities before you can safely move on. Be sure that you don’t get lost in your own thoughts and not actively ‘doing’. We all have ideas, but it is only through action that these ideas materialize and have value.
The Fool: Yes or No Question
When the Fool card is drawn it means important decisions and change will soon be coming your way. Your answer to a Yes or No Tarot Question when picking the fool should be big “YES.” Let go of worry and doubt, things are going to work out in your favor.
The Fool Card Inspiration
Although I write all the descriptions based on the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, it doesn’t mean that I use other decks too. And there are so many beautiful decks out there! I can lose myself browsing and searching the web for beautiful tarot cards. Below you can find a small selection of beautiful Fool tarot cards. If you painted a Fool card yourself and want to share this, I would love to hear from you!
Important Card Combinations
When you pull the Fool card, it always has a strong influence on the entire reading. If the Fool is pulled with other Major Arcana cards, together they will rule the message. The card combinations below are some of the most telling of all possible pairings.
The Fool and Death
Although the Fool is one of the most beloved cards in a tarot deck, the same can’t be said for Death. These two cards are like night and day but have a solid message when drawn together: things are ending and new beginning is on the horizon. As simple as this may sound, we as humans have a hard time with change. The Fool walks alongside death as a reminder that the only thing constant in life is change and embracing it is a must.
The Fool and the Devil
Like the pairing above, the Fool and the Devil also have a positive theme when pulled in the same reading. If you have personally drawn these cards, you’ve probably felt a lack of faith in at least one situation or area of your life recently. This is normal, but you don’t have to live in this negative vibration. Look around. Are there ways that you could bring about a fresh start? Now is the time to take a crazy chance!
The Fool and the Hanged Man or the Star
If you’ve drawn these three cards together or the Fool with either the Hanged Man or the Star, this is a good sign. Now is the time to let go of what worries you and simply have faith that your stars will soon align. It is easy to let fear get the best of us, but to do so will hold you back from what is sure to be a bright and positive future. Practice ‘blind faith’ and walking on water, even when it seems as if you will soon sink.
The Fool Card Questions Answered
The response and questions I received from my readers (you!) are overwhelming. I am extremely grateful to have this interaction and while I am responding to every message I get, I’m answering the most frequently asked tarot questions about the fool card meanings and general tarot card questions here.
When you are feeling butterflies in your stomach because you are so excited about new goals, this can be that you are in the Fools state of mind. To see the Fool generally indicates that you are on the verge of an unexpected and exciting new adventure. The fool card in love and relationships indicates you are about to embark on a new romantic journey.
Even when reversed, the Fool is an indicator of newness; as well as the purity and open-hearted energy of a child. However, do not be fooled. This card is here to warn you that now is not the time for spontaneity and freedom. You must finish what you have started and deal with your responsibilities before you can safely move on.
The Fool card is the number 0 of the Major Arcana, which stand for the number of unlimited potentials. Therefore it does not have a specific place in the sequence of the tarot cards. Its place is either at the beginning or at the end of a sequence. The Major Arcana is often considered the Fool’s journey through life. As such, he is ever-present and therefore needs no number.
The Fool in a Reading
If you have pulled the Fool Tarot card in your spread, did the meaning make sense to your situation in life?
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