The Fool Tarot Meaning

The Fool Tarot Meaning

Planet: Uranus

The Fool is connected to the planet Uranus. This planet symbolizes unexpected change and freedom. With the influence of the Fool, we can let go of our preconceived notions. When we go with the flow, our lives can transform before our eyes.

Element: Air

The Fool is also related to the element of Air which is related to the intellectual life. This means using your mind to explore new ideas and perspectives. Remember to keep an open mind and speak your truth.

Chakra: Crown

The Fool is also connected to the Crown Chakra, located above the head. This relates to being connected to Divine Source. Stay connected to your inner wisdom and intuition. Have faith that a Higher Power is protecting you and guiding you on your path.

Upright Meanings

  • new beginnings
  • faith
  • innocence
  • openness
  • adventure
  • optimism
  • be spontaneous
  • free spirit
  • freedom
  • trying something new
  • travel
  • fearlessness, courage
  • protected by the Divine
  • listening to Divine Guidance
  • hearing the call to a new life
  • spiritual awakening
  • belief in Divine love and joy
  • play and fun
  • open-hearted
  • trickster (like Peter Pan or Robin Hood)

Reversed Meanings

  • recklessness
  • negligence
  • impulsivity
  • fear of the unknown
  • foolish risks
  • poor judgment
  • naïveté
  • inexperience
  • a need to be cautious
  • ignorance

Additional Correspondence

  • Active, Yang Energy
  • Upright: Yes
  • Reversed: No
  • Hebrew Letter: Aleph (Ox)
  • Tree of Life: Between Kether (Supreme Crown) and Chokmah (Wisdom)
  • Archangel: Metatron

Symbols

Cliff - a potentially dangerous, unknown situation

Bindle (hobo stick) - freedom from material possessions

White dog - playfulness, devotion

White rose - purity, innocence

Feather in cap - lightness of mind, free from worries

Sun - Creative power, yang energy, optimism

Mountains (background) - future challenges/opportunities ahead

The Fool: Number 0, 22, or Unnumbered

The Fool can be number Zero, number Twenty-two, or remain unnumbered. But what does it really represent? Let’s explore this.

The Dictionary of Symbols, published by Penguin Reference, has the following to say about the Fool:

“Some writers call this card Zero, others, Twenty-two. Twenty-one forms a complete cycle, so twenty-two can only mean a return to zero, like a meter. Whether twenty-two or zero, in the symbolism of numbers the Fool denotes the boundaries of speech and what lies beyond computation.”

This quote hints at an experience where words cannot describe the particular sensation or feeling. The feeling when one has entered the realm of mystery that defies explanation. As Joseph Campbell said in The Power of Myth, “Words are always qualifications and limitations.”

Furthermore, the numbering seems to refer to the cyclical nature of life and the journey of self-discovery, as one must often return to the beginning in order to move forward.

The Hindu Mantra, Om (or Aum), is known to have four syllables. Ahh = first verbal syllable, Uuu = second verbal syllable, Mmm = third verbal syllable, followed by the fourth syllable: silence. The Fool seems to relate to that silence. The bridge between death and rebirth into new manifested life.

The Dictionary of Symbols goes on to say, “The emptiness of the Sufic fana, when no possessions are needed, the individual’s consciousness becoming that of the world and of its totality in human and physical terms.”

One Wikipedia definition of fana in Sufism is the “breaking down of the individual ego and a recognition of the fundamental unity of God, creation, and the individual self” (click here to go to Wikipedia article on Fana). In other words, The Fool has attained a certain enlightenment.

In the book Tarot Revelations, Joseph Campbell says, “The Fool, the wandering sage, known to himself as that intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.”

If the circumference is nowhere, this seems to mean that The Fool has transcended limitation. The Fool has no boundaries and no limits. The Fool is at home in every situation because The Fool is at home within the Self.

Joseph Campbell continues, “Beyond and outside of this numbered series comes The Fool, whose card, like our Joker Wild, is unnumbered. I have placed him outside and at the end of the set, to signify his freedom to roam as a vagabond.”

Because The Fool exists outside the customs and conventions of the numbered series, The Fool is free to explore new paths and possibilities that others cannot even begin to know or fathom.

In the book Tarot: A New Handbook for the Apprentice by Eileen Connolly, she offers this meditation:

“Each precious day, we can begin our journey like The Fool, completely untouched by any event the day may bring… knowing full well we are divinely guided and always protected.”

The Fool tarot card teaches us that when we take a leap of faith and venture into uncharted territory, we often discover hidden strengths and abilities that we never knew we had. By embracing the call to adventure, we open ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities for growth. The Fool reminds us that only by taking risks and facing our fears can we truly learn and evolve.

So if you find yourself at a crossroads or feeling stuck in your life, take a page from the Fool’s book and dare to explore the unknown. Who knows what treasures and insights you may discover along the way?

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