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The Fool

The Fool

The Meaning of the Fool
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings

The Tarot Fool card meaning in a nutshell:
Blissful carelessness,
the power of ignorance.

Innocence - carefree ignorance.

       The Tarot Fool card is a jolly one, judging from the image on it. He may be a fool, but doesn't he look happy? Maybe that's what it takes to be joyous in this world. Ignorance is bliss.

       The Fool is my favorite Tarot card. Looking at it, I get a sense of his happiness, which makes me smile. It's the introverted happiness, and that's the most difficult one to obtain. If you're happy when you're on your own, then you are truly happy, at peace with yourself. This fool must have made it, because he look euphoric.

       There are many kinds of happiness, most of them short lived, ending in the gloom that their departure induces. But the Tarot Fool has found something lasting - a joy that emerges from deep inside, seemingly for no reason at all. He has discovered that deep inside, he's content. Such happiness remains and is easy to return to.

       The dog by the Tarot Fool's side can feel the authenticity of his happiness and that it's just as unconditional as canine love. So, of course they join.

       Well, the dog does. The Tarot Fool is too inebriated by his joy to notice anything around him. He's by the edge of a cliff, his face turned to the sky. But it seems that if he takes another step, he will not fall. He'll probably just keep on walking - in mid-air.

       The Tarot Fool card definitely indicates happiness. Whatever problem there was, it's gone as if all by itself, leaving you carefree. Other threats might appear, but they'll not damage the one who doesn't worry. The cure is always to never cease taking delight in life.

       Note that A. E. Waite and others assigned the number 0 to this card, although itís the 22nd. For the Fool, that seems appropriate.

The Vision of Saint Paul. Painting by Nicolas Poussin, 1650.
The Vision of Saint Paul. Painting by Nicolas Poussin, 1650. The usually somber apostle looks almost indecently joyous and carefree on this picture, for a change. Carried by angels and not a worry in the world. Thatís the spirit of the Fool.

A. E. Waite about the Tarot Fool Card

Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana Fool Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.

The Major Arcana Tarot Cards

  1. The Magician

  2. The High Priestess

  3. The Empress

  4. The Emperor

  5. The Hierophant

  6. The Lovers

  7. The Chariot

  8. Strength

  9. The Hermit

  10. Wheel of Fortune

  11. Justice

  12. The Hanged Man

  13. Death

  14. Temperance

  15. The Devil

  16. The Tower

  17. The Star

  18. The Moon

  19. The Sun

  20. Judgement

  21. The World

  22. The Fool

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