0- The Fool
Associated Astrology: Uranus
Key words: Exploration, Adventure, Travel, Impulsiveness, Beginnings, Freedom, Spontaneity, Naivity, Foolishness, Curiosity, Potential, Impatience, Wit, Charm
"There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." - John Krakaua
Welcome to the Fool card. The first card of the tarot deck is all about beginnings. It is the only trump still to be found in a standard deck of playing cards in the form of the Jester. It is fitting that such an adventurous and happy-go-lucky card has found his feet in both decks. This is part of being the archetypal traveller, open to the path ahead and able to play a variety of roles in the unfolding dramas of life.
This character doesn't own roadmaps. The Fool has an inner compass that drives him to roam where his instincts lead him.
When the Fool shows himself in a reading he indicates a desire for exploration. More often than not, this is a desire to see more of the world, though it is not always a geographical drive. If paired with The High Priestess for example, he can indicate an inner journey is calling us onward.
He wants to cast off daily responsibilities and take a break from the heaviness of calculated sense. Instead he wants to immerse himself in new cultural experiences, fresh philosophies and take time out to reconnect with his playfulness.
His enthusiasm is contagious and his luck is legendary. He appears to fall on his feet via a variety of timely events that come about easily and spontaneously. For those less inclined to taking risks, he can be perceived as reckless and foolhardy. He challenges us to take a leap of faith into the unknown.
The Fool is young in mentality because he is free to explore and ever hungry for learning new things. His keen interest in new and unusual perspectives attracts a wide spectrum of people and experiences into his life. He leads with open curiosity and charm and therefore is well received in most quarters.
The card indicates a need for change and adventure, even at the expense of social responsibility. This is not going to make him popular with everyone. He can be naive to the consequences of his actions, and has a tendency to move on when things get complicated or require stability. However, it is by moving to new waters that the Fool is best placed to learn the significance of those lessons.
Only from the perspective of personal responsibility and by following our dreams can we appreciate the true nature of social responsibility. In the wider context of our place in the world, exploration is the means by which we can do this.
This card cares little for the material elements in life and can often indicate a change in perception relating to money. He's happy to take a pay-cut if he knows the pay-off is a return to optimistic and expansive discovery.
So, if this card has come up for you, then it's time to take a jump into the unknown. Whether it is leaving your job, travelling the world, going after a dream, choosing a new pathway or reconnecting with playfulness - respond to the wondering call of the Fool. Allow him show you the genesis road.
The Fool knows that experience is the real return, and self-knowledge is the ultimate destination.