The Fool

Playful Journeys

Within the ordered progression of the tarot deck, the Fool stands alone. Even within the other Major Arcana cards, he doesn’t quite fit in. Every other card has a number which gives it a distinct place in the order of things. The Fool is zero. He marks the beginning and the end of the deck, and of the Major Arcana.

The Fool is clearly a young man on a journey, with his faithful dog by his side and everything he needs over one shoulder. He suggests that you should turn away from worrying that you might not have what you need to press on with whatever the Song has in store for you. If you trust in your own strengths, and trust the Song to provide everything else that you might need, you will have fully embraced the basic message the Fool brings.

For those willing to look deeper into the multiple levels of this card, however, the messages of the Fool are far greater. At this level, you need to understand that his name is a joke, or at least mislabelled. While his actions certainly appear foolish – he is apparently about to walk off a cliff, after all – he is anything but. Instead, his depth of knowledge of the truth of the Song, and his innate trust in his own ability to face whatever consequences his actions may bring, make him beyond wise. Indeed, the truly wise can often seem foolish, because they do not need the trappings of ‘wisdom’ to know their own power and knowledge.

The Fool encourages you to trust your instincts. Listen to what your heart is telling you to begin with, and only once you are certain of that message should you turn to the practical side of making those messages reality.

If you are just beginning your journey, the Fool is as good a companion as you will ever find. He will help you to overcome the obstacles before you, and remind you not to take yourself too seriously. Play is essential, and there can never be too much laughter in the world. So play, laugh, let your cares rest for now. Let the Fool remind you that the world is full of joy and wonder, if you just allow yourself to see it.