The Fool

THj FOU1-

• SPONTANEITY

• APPARENT FOLLY

ACTIONS

beginning entering a new phase striking out on a new path expanding horizons starting something new beginning an adventure going on a journey heading into the unknown being spontaneous living in the moment letting go of expectations doing the unexpected acting on impulse feeling uninhibited surprising someone feeling carefree having faith trusting the flow staying open letting go of worry and fear feeling protected and loved living in joy recapturing innocence believing embracing folly accepting your choices taking the "foolish" path pursuing a pipe dream being true to yourself taking a "crazy" chance trusting your heart's desire

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

• Hierophant - following convention, routine

• Devil - feeling cynical, lacking faith

• Two of Swords - blocking off experience, feeling tense, holding back

• Four of Pentacles - order and regularity

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities

• Hanged Man - having faith in what is, going with the flow

• Judgement - rebirth, new starts

• Three of Wands - expanding horizons, going into unexplored territory DESCRIPTION

As Card 0, the Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes - nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction - one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.

See also the Fool's Journey.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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