It’s April Fool’s Day. I’ve been thinking about the Fool and how everyone seems to misunderstand the Fool.
In Medieval times, the Fool had a leeway that others in the Royal Court did not. The Fool was set apart. The diarist, Samuel Pepys, wrote that “The King’s fool and jester, with the power to mock and revile even the most prominent without penalty.”
In the traditional tarot, the Fool is an unnumbered card. The Fool doesn’t have a set number because he has unlimited potential. The Fool is always present and needs no number.
The Fool card is shown at the beginning of the journey. The sun rises and he prepares to step off on his way to a new adventure. He is facing towards the west, the direction of the unknown. The Fool represents beginnings and innocence, spontaneity and free spiritedness.
The Fool is a card of potential. It shows the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest. The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.
In a Tarot reading, the Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. The Fool is all about new experiences, personal growth, development and adventure. The Fool Tarot card asks you to take a ‘leap of faith’ and to trust in the Universe in that if you begin a new journey, you will find success. This Fool lives a carefree life, free from worry and anxiety. He does not seem to mind if he does not really know what lies ahead.
The Fool card may represent a choice to be made—one of vital importance. However, there are always many different options available and the choice must be made wisely. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool encourages you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem. This is a time when you need to truly ‘believe’ and have faith in where the Universe is taking you.
The Fool is an excellent Tarot card to meditate on if you are experiencing a lot of fear in your life. The Fool enhances courage, risk-taking and the creative expression needed to open up new areas in your life. The Fool is always whole, healthy and without fear. He is the spirit of who we are, the spirit expressed and experienced as wonder, awe, curiosity and anticipation. We never know what is in the future but like the Fool we must blindly go forward. You need to trust that you are a spirit born into flesh to enjoy life and grow in experience. Take a chance and see what happens.