Tarot Reflections: The Fool

Basic Nature of the Fool:  Adventurous, excitable, new experiences, new beginnings, child-like wonder, free spirit, innocence.

Rider-Waite Deck: The Fool

The Fool is the number 0 card in the tarot deck.  Because this card is represented by the number 0, it means that is is neutral.  In numerology, the number 0 can often mean both the beginning and the ending.  The number 0 is always present in every single moment and experience to some degree.  Think of it this way: Do we ever completely lose that child-like energy for the world within us?  Though we may become more separated with age, we certainly don’t ever completely lose it.  This is the energy of the Fool.

Basic meaning:  The Fool can become present in a tarot reading when a person is experiencing any new beginning.  This could be a new job, a new place to live, a new creative project, or even a new relationship.

Lessons:  Because the Fool is so heavily rooted in our natural child-like nature, there are vital lessons that we can take away from this card.   Many of the messages in the card reflect, in some ways, ways in which we are meant to continuously view the world throughout our lives.

The Fool teaches us to look to every opportunity and experience in life with an eye of excitement and adventure.  It is the Fool that looks to every little piece of the world, free of judgment and emotional attachment, and says “I can’t wait to see what I’m going to experience next!”  The Fool also encourages us to not become worn down by our mistakes and misfortunes but to rather see these things as an opportunity to learn and grow.  We should always remember to be open to all new experiences, regardless of their differences and cultural judgments.  It is by living with the eyes of The Fool that we can fully be free and whole in ourselves.

Is this challenging?  Of course!  In fact, it may also be scary for most of us because there is a strong unknown variable in living a life as a free spirit without allowing yourself to be tied down by any cultural or personal beliefs, thoughts, and emotions.  For many of us, the thought of living so freely can be terrifying because we don’t know what to expect or what will happen.  However, the truth is that it is, ultimately, the only true way to have complete freedom and stability within ourselves (from both a psychological and spiritual standpoint).  It is by living life like the Fool that we challenge ourselves to completely rely on faith and faith alone rather than material items (which is only an illusion to any real security).

How does one live like the Fool?  In live following the underlying lessons of the Fool, we should keep in mind these teachings:

1.  Mentally – We should view everything with a sense of curiosity and discovery.

2.  Emotionally – We should feel each moment and then release it during that moment.  All feelings of love should be freely expressed without any hesitation.  By living a life by freely expressing love with confidence and stability, we will ultimately free ourselves from any possible negative emotion or let downs.

3.  Physically – We should be active and have fun with life each and every day.  When we are physically active and challenge ourselves we feel better in our mind, body, and soul.

4.  Spiritually – We should live with the belief that every moment is an opportunity for growth and to discover the a higher level of universal truth.


About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Reading Tarot, Tarot and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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