The Fool

January 12, 2017

The Fool is the first card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, often depicted as a goofy, innocent youth about to step off a cliff. He represents the hero in the Hero's Journey, which psychologist and mythologist Carl Jung came up with to describe the common path from beginning to end that you see in stories and movies and in your own life.The fool represents innocence, the energy of youth, lack of baggage, and starting out fresh.

Different cards show the Fool differently, and looking at various fool cards  is a good way to explore what starting out means to you. Playing around with the fool card is also a way to connect to the more positive aspects of a new journey - because, frankly, sometimes starting a new journey sucks and scares the living crap out of you. Meditating on the positive aspects of  The Fool card is a good way to change our perspective,  get off our butts , and jump off that cliff.

From top clockwise, in the picture to the left, we have The Fool from The Tarot of the Hidden Realm, The Wild Unknown, The Wildwood Tarot, and The Modern Spellcaster. Each one gives us a different impression of the card and a totally different feeling.

The top fool doesn't even realize he's on a journey; he's just pursuing his joy. The chick strips away the focus on action and reminds us of pure potential. The fool at the bottom at least seems to be following a path, whereas the one on the left is a little more traditional in its depiction of the cliff, the jester-like character, and the hobo bag held over his shoulder. 

It's interesting to look at various versions of the same card and see what strikes you, or what rubs you the wrong way.

The fool also reminds us that we don't know everything, and that sometimes it's worth taking the time to ask the right questions before we set out. It's common when first experimenting with the tarot that people will ask questions like "Will I marry the man of my dreams," or "Will I get the job I just applied for?" But any good tarot reader will ask you that to get the right answer, you need to ask the right question. And the right question will always give you the most power in achieving your best life and an actionable series of steps to take--unlike questions demanding a simple yes or no.

As the consummate fool, instead of asking questions out of fear or attachment, ask them out of curiosity. Ask questions such as "What can I do to attract someone who will be my best mate?" or "How can I find a job that will make me feel satisfied and fulfilled?" Look at the horizon, look at your feet, and be ready to step ahead with an open mind and heart. Then you'll get somewhere.