Welcome to my journey through the Major Arcana! This feels like the perfect week to start with The Fool, as it’s the last week of summer before our little family goes back to school. The phrase that pops into my head when I see this card is “joyful abandon!” This card symbolizes leaving the past behind, happily and free of attachment to the outcome, rather finding light in the journey itself. It’s a card of big new beginnings!
In the card from Tarot Mucha, we see The Fool dancing merrily along a cliff, high above the world. Her faithful dog guards her step, making sure she doesn’t fall into the abyss below, allowing her to dance freely and without fear. The sun is shining and the hurdles of the past are behind her. She carries only a few possessions, and is filled with optimism on her path! Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot describes this card as showing “the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest.”
The Fool represents elemental Air, according to Golden Dawn Astrology. I picture The Fool’s energy as being free and light, embodying the spirit of “blowing where the wind takes you.” The Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, describe The Fool as being “the impulse toward change which comes upon us ‘out of the blue’, which has no rational basis and no preplanned programme of action” (19). This card represents a striking out into the unknown!
My personal analogy for this card is the concept behind the movie Baby’s Day Out – an innocent soul is out to discover the world, seemingly guarded by an unseen force as he makes his way along the precipice of danger, free from worry and ulotimately unscathed! As Lunea Weatherstone describes in the Little White Book for Tarot Mucha, The Fool “has no expectations, only the willingness to live fully in the flow of life’s experiences” (12). There is no way of knowing if the right decision is being made, and that’s okay: The Fool will figure it out along the way. There is risk involved, but optimism and wonder are the forces at work here. Worrying about looking silly will only dampen the journey!
The Mythic Tarot draws The Fool as Dionysus. When I think of Dionysus, I think of wine and parties! Comparing The Fool to the spirit of the party implies excitement, openness to a good time, and also perfectly illustrates the reversal of this card: feeling afraid of putting yourself “out there,” worrying about looking foolish, and trying to anticipate or even being apprehensive about the outcome of new experiences. This card is about going out and living, meeting new people and learning life lessons!
The Fool’s number is 0, and I love Biddy Tarot’s explanation: “[t]he Major Arcana is often considered as the Fool’s journey through life and as such, he is ever present and therefore needs no number.” This card is about choosing to cast aside fear and doubt and start afresh, believing in yourself and the universal forces guiding you on your path!
And so, here we go – time to soak up the last of the sun and free our minds, letting this week wash over us, finding enjoyment in whatever life has in store!
“Baby’s Day Out – The Worton Twins.” Baby’s Day Out. Jaffyescharcha.com. Web image. August 26, 2015.
Esselmont, Brigit. “Fool Tarot Card Meanings.” Biddy Tarot. ©2015. Web. August 29, 2015.
Northwind, Miria. “Sample Tarot Reading.” Dragonfly Moon Tarot. Web. August 31, 2015.
Palmer, Richard. “Delving Into Tarot and Astrology in the Golden Dawn Tradition.” Biddy Tarot. June 20, 2012. Web. August 29, 2015.
Tarot Mucha. Artwork: Giulia F. Massaglia. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2014. ©Lo Scarabeo Italy.