The Fool Tarot Card Meaning Advises You About New Beginnings

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The Fool tarot card meaning can be very insightful when you look deeply enough. The Fool is the first card and the starting point of the Tarot’s Journey through the 22 Major Arcana cards. It is numbered 0 (Zero) being connected to the idea of a Quantum Leap from non-existence to being. It represents Consciousness taking form. It also stands for birth with all its facets: from actual coming out of the womb to the first spark of the Big Bang.

But, in the most specific and useful sense for the adept Tarot reader or enthusiast, the Fool might be considered the starting point for a new adventure of self-discovery. 

In a reading the Fool can represent you (as the querent), someone in your life, a general energy or all of these at the same time. But because it is tempting for people to project greatly and give away their responsibility to others, it is always safer to presume that the tarot cards are talking, right now about you.

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When you get the Fool in a reading, you may soon find yourself, somehow starting a new journey, a new endeavor, new job, or even a new beginning in love and relationships . At the start of the fool’s journey through life, in a way, you can be seen just like a new baby - a free spirit glowing with energy, spontaneity, resources, and promise. The beginning holds no concrete expectations, goals, or a form. All of these remain to be shaped, discovered, and experienced along the path. According to medieval tradition, the Fool is not lacking in intellect. He is just a being outside of social norm; an eccentric considered somehow insane by the rest of the community. He roams the world without a concrete plan. He takes every day as it comes and lives life as he pleases. He doesn’t own much other than what he carries in his heart: a longing to learn, discover and complete his, yet unknown, quest.

The Fool is brave and carefree, just like a very young man. He doesn’t yet know about the dual nature of reality. He is unaware of the darkness, the struggles, the hardship, and the dangers that lie ahead. This is the energy and arrogance of youth that is both necessary and protected by the Universe. The Fool is protected by the forces around him because his heart is light and pure. Also, he had the childlike ability to see everything while being amazed by the greatness of Creation. 

If you have just drawn the Fool from a deck of your own, this card suggests, you can at this point of time, enjoy doing whatever you feel inspired to begin. (If it is moral and safe according to personal definition). Move past what has been holding you back. This is not a time for careful planning, setting goals or acting in a conservative manner. You should not worry too much. You’ve been offered an opportunity to simply be free! So, enjoy it to the full.

From some of my own well used card decks. Intuitively reading, the Fool Tarot card meaning of each has a unique message.From some of my own well used card decks. Intuitively reading, each of the Fool Tarot cards has a unique meaning.

FAQs for The Fool Tarot Card Meaning


What are the card meanings of the Fool in Tarot?

  • As you learn tarot reading you will come to know the Fool suggests taking the first step in new beginnings, taking risks, making it up as you go, live spontaneously, listen to your inner child, and can also indicate pure beginner’s luck. It is OK if you don’t know ‘how’ things will unfold. You could prepare yourself to take a leap of faith with new opportunities to be taken advantage of.

What does the fool tarot card mean in a love reading?

  • If you as seeking love guidance with the help of a Tarot reading and you are dealt the Fool take heart! Be optimistic and have fun with what appears to be a new relationship for you. If you can go forward without rigid expectation for things to turn out the way you want them to, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Do you know why the fool is the most powerful card in Tarot decks?

  • The Fool can be the most powerful card in the tarot deck because of the promise it holds for new beginnings. Whatever is going on in your life (good or bad) you will always be in power knowing you can successfully start something new with relative ease.

Is the fool a good tarot card?

  • The fool is an excellent card to receive. Especially so, at the end of a negative spell, because of the breath of fresh air that gently nudges you in a new and positive direction. Stop for a moment and listen to the whispers within the Fool’s Tarot card meanings.

Is the fool a yes or no card?

  • If you are doing a simple yes or no tarot reading, the Fool is a most certain YES card. It is all about taking a risk with something new. There are no warnings to be found in this Tarot card's meaning.

What element is the Fool card?

  • A breath of fresh AIR is the element associated with the Tarot's Fool. 

What is the fool’s reversed meaning?

  • If the fool card is reversed or dealt upside down simple read all the above FAQs. Then take the fool reversed as the precise opposite of the fool upright meaning that relates to you the most.

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