The Fool (Tarot Card Meaning): major arcana card 0

Card NameThe Fool
Card Number0
Arcana Major Arcana, the major stages or lessons of Life
Element  Air
Numerology 0 or no assigned number
Planet / Constellation Pluto, Uranus (modern)
Plant Ginseng
Places Paths and places of pilgrimage, Everywhere and elsewhere
Stone / Crystal  Green tourmaline
Hebrew Letter: Aleph
Affirmation The Past has no hold on me because I am ready to learn and to change

The Fool (Upright) Keywords:

  • New start or opportunity,
  • travel
  • Innocence,
  • recklessness,
  • freedom

The Fool (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Unconsciousness,
  • unreflective actions
  • Being ill-prepared,
  • possible danger
  • Behave like a kid


The Fool: symbolism

A young man, with his little bundle of baggage as luggage, sets out for a trip… With a smile on his lips, he looks at the Sun. The weather is fine, he has complete confidence in Destiny which will take his steps towards… the unknown!

A small dog, symbol of Friendship, accompanies him… or tries to warn him. In his elation, The Fool does not realize that he is so close to emptiness. Will he notice it in time?


The Fool: general description

The Fool is considered to be either the first or the last Card in the Major Arcana. The fool cars is not numbered at all. In the “Rider-Waite” tradition, the Card is numbered 0 (zero).

The Fool is both the “departure” and “arrival” card of the Major Arcana cycle. Indeed, if we conceive of the Major Arcana as an initiatory journey of self-discovery – with the different Major Arcana as stages of this journey – we start from ourselves to come back … to ourselves, with a better understanding of ourselves, of the others and the world.

The Fool is therefore an adventurer, a pioneer, who sets out on a new adventure with enthusiasm and the hope that his quest will be fruitful. He hasn’t taken much with him – a small backpack – and he doesn’t seem to really know where his steps are going to take him.

The fool card emanates exhilarating Energy. A new beginning is looming, are you ready to take the plunge? What is holding you back? Optimism is essential, going for it is allowed! A certain confidence in the future radiates this card. 

The flip side of this enthusiasm is the immaturity That the Fool can display, his inclination to “form ideas”, his lack of preparation and his inability to see the danger. The Fool can turn out to be a “daredevil”, a “risk-taker” who does not think before acting and who then suffers the consequences of his actions.


The Fool Positive Personality Traits

  • Genius, exceptional intelligence, creativity
  • Energy , speed, impulsiveness, vigor
  • Nonchalance
  • Irrationality, extravagance

The Fool Negative Personality Traits

  • Fragility , insecurity
  • Listless
  • Oppression, heaviness
  • Inconsistent , foolish , drunk, disoriented


The Fool (Upright) Meaning

The Fool card is indicative that you could be about to embark upon something totally new. This could take the form of a journey that was not planned. This journey does not necessarily mean that you are going somewhere; it could be a journey of the mind.

Either way you are going to be starting a new cycle and this is a really exciting time for you.

You will be filled with renewed energy and you will have a sense of optimism and spontaneity. Any journey of self discovery that you may take will be filled with optimism and enjoyment.

There may be some uncertainties arising in your life but this will bring forth many opportunities that could lead to bigger and better things.

Old ways have now been cast aside and the familiar replaced with the unfamiliar. You may also find that you will have many decisions to make along the way. An interesting path lies ahead for you, but you must trust your judgment along the way.

The Fool (Upright) Keywords:

  • New start or opportunity,
  • travel
  • Innocence,
  • recklessness,
  • freedom


The Fool (Reversed) Meaning

The Fool card reversed is a card that advises against any unnecessary risks and warns against carelessness at this time. Now is not the time to be taking any ill advised risks or making any hasty decisions.

It is a good time however to channel your energy much more positively and creatively and to stop any time wasting.

There may be someone around you who is having difficulty in acting on their intuition and in some respects may even be trying to shirk their responsibilities.

If this person is a work colleague then they may be the type of person to do the minimum required which sometimes may be problematic. If you are considering any serious commitments then this card suggests that you should weight up everything very carefully before jumping in.

The Fool (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Unconsciousness,
  • unreflective actions
  • Being ill-prepared,
  • possible danger
  • Behave like a kid

The Fool in Love Tarot Reading

The Fool and Love or Foolish Love? ? The energy of the Fool is oriented towards pleasure, games, meetings. If it is a question of finding Love in the Draw, the Fool advises “to go there” and to fully embark on the “adventure” of discovering the Other. 

The idea is to keep the lightness that characterizes The Fool and not ask questions. An evening, an outing: any event in Life is likely to provoke a meeting.

If the current relationship is the reason for referring to the Tarot Cards, then the Fool can be read as the inexperience or immaturity of one of the two partners. It can also shed light on the state of the relationship. 

This one perhaps lacks “fun”; things may have fallen asleep in the couple. You have to tap into the Energy of the Fool to wake up all this, surprise the other and start again.

The Fool for Love (Positive meaning)

  • Unexpected new encounter
  • Sudden passion , sexual vigor
  • Independence in love, rediscovered freedom
  • Honeymoon, romantic trip

The Fool for Love (Negative meaning)

  • Love without tomorrow , without commitment
  • Abandonment, flight

The Fool in Career Tarot Reading

In the Work Area, The Fool indicates a new job, a professional change or a new project. It can also denote a move or a promotion. 

The presence of the Fool card indicates that it is time to try something unusual, to get out of his comfort zone: take on more responsibility, ask for a “big” file to manage or learn a new skill.

It might seem “crazy” or unreasonable to those around you – be careful to distinguish between real desire and whim; between opportunity and reckless risk-taking.

The Fool for Career (Positive meaning)

  • New job, new mission 
  • Professional transfer abroad
  • Sudden change
  • Reorientation, reorganization
  • Liberal work

The Fool for Career (Negative meaning)

  • Not taking responsibility
  • Scam , run away with the winnings
  • Mutation badly lived, exile
  • Professional project that lacks seriousness, doomed to failure

The Fool in Finances Tarot Reading

When we talk about Money and Finances, The Fool also brings his enthusiastic and adventurous Energy there, indicating that it is time to “take a risk.” “

If the opportunity sounds too good to be true… it most likely is.

The Fool may also indicate that spending money on making yourself happy is the best possible investment right now – because you need it. According to your means, give yourself that little pleasure that makes you want.

The Fool for Finances (Positive meaning)

  • Material poverty, spiritual wealth
  • Finances are not managed
  • Unexpected expenses
  • Travel expenses

The Fool for Finances (Negative meaning)

  • Financial problems linked to lack of management
  • Moving because of money problems
  • Crazy, unreasonable spending


The Fool in Health Tarot Reading

  • Heartbeat
  • Hyper-nervousness, stress , apathy
  • Dyslexia, stuttering
  • Psychosis , neurosis

The Fool in Spirituality Tarot Reading

On the spiritual path, The Fool is a reassuring presence. He is like us: in search. Neither does he know where this process of self-discovery will take him… Besides, if he did, the route would no longer be of interest.

The path is long and sometimes winding. 

The Fool symbolizes this exploration of different spiritual approaches and practices before finding the ones that suit us. Learning and using the Tarot is perhaps part of this exploration?

What do you want to try in spirituality? What practice or ritual do you want to add to your daily life? What would you like this practice to bring to you?

Energy of the Fool invites you to take risk, try new things and learn.

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