The Fool

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The Fool Tarot Archetype.

The Fool Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The Fool is the First card of the Major Arcana Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of The Fool tarot card.

Upright Meanings

Generally a positive card, it is indicative of new beginnings, the Fool means a new and unexpected adventure is on the horizon. To maximise this new experience the recipient will likely need to take a leap of faith, but if they do so will grow as a person.

The new adventure may be a literal one, such as travel, or the beginning of a new spiritual journey. However, any change it brings is usually to be welcomed.

Despite this, the card can also indicate to the recipient that they ought to exercise some caution before they leap and consider all available options.

In love and relationships, the Fool represents spontaneity and excitement but also a fickle nature.

The card is linked to both tremendous excitement about being in love but also about a lack of commitment.

If the recipient is single then the card can indicate that a pending carefree, impulsive romance but that caution should be exercised that this does not lead them to miss out on true love.

The Fool can indicate that it is time to embrace new career opportunities such as starting a business.

If so, the recipient needs to be patient with those who try to discourage these dreams and not be put off. It may also indicate opportunities for reinvigoration of ongoing projects with new ideas and energy.

As long as these are researched and well thought through the recipient should not be afraid to take the chance.

The Fool represents vitality and energy so bodes well for anyone recovering from illness, though it can also indicate a tendency towards being accident prone.

For anyone concerned with fertility it can represent pregnancy and new life.

Reversed Meanings

When reversed The Fool a new beginning which the recipient is reluctant to embrace but which is still going to come whether they want it or not. The card can also be a sign of living and behaving recklessly in relationships with others, as well as displaying irrationality, a lack of faith, hope and fun in one’s life.

If undergoing a spiritual journey people around are likely to be unnerved by this and the individual should ensure that the changes they are making are right for them before pushing ahead.

With regards to love and relationships, the Fool card can indicate that the recipient is being held back in their current relationship or search for love by the behaviours they display in their pursuit of adventure.

Relationships they are involved in may see them indulge in risky behaviours which leave the relationship prone to insecurity and struggling to survive.

Regarding finances, the Fool indicates that when financial opportunities come their way the recipient should exercise caution before committing to anything lest they be taken advantage of.

They may be unsettled and restless in their career and considering making a change. Lack of confidence may be at the root of what is holding them back and they should be more secure in voicing their ideas and asserting themselves.

The Fool can indicate the need to try alternative treatments if the recipient is experiencing ill health as well as the need to be aware of one’s surroundings due to a strong tendency towards being accident prone.

The Fool Keywords

  • Innocence
  • Freedom
  • Originality
  • Adventure
  • Travel
  • Foolishness
  • Carelessness
  • Idealism
  • Youth
  • Spontaneity
  • Lack of commitment
  • New beginnings
  • Recklessness
  • Negligence
  • Stupidity
  • Distraction
  • Apathy
  • Irrationality
  • Lack of fun, hope or faith

Learn About the Other Tarot Card Archetypes

  • The Fool
  • The Magician
  • The High Priestess
  • The Empress
  • The Emperor
  • The Hierophant
  • The Lovers
  • The Chariot
  • Strength
  • The Hermit
  • The Wheel of Fortune
  • Justice
  • The Hanged Man
  • Death
  • Temperance
  • The Devil
  • The Tower
  • The Star
  • The Moon
  • The Sun
  • Judgment
  • The World

Learn About the Other Tarot Card Archetypes

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