The Fool (0) Tarot Card

The Fool (0) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading and Understanding the Fool Tarot Card

Although he is numbered zero, the Fool Tarot card is often considered the first card in the Major Arcana. In tarot reading, the Fool represents new beginnings, innocence and open-mindedness. The Fool always serves a very important purpose. He is a metaphor for our own life journeys. The Fool symbolizes early consciousness or the early development of our life journeys. He is on the path to enlightenment. Whenever he appears in a reading, he reminds us to follow the path of our hearts. Simply put, the Fool is our inner child; always spontaneous, positive and curious. The Fool is a creative dreamer and free thinker. He is excited about life and wants to participate in it.

One of the more important aspects of the Fool is his association to the number zero. The number zero can refer to the beginning of life cycles or can symbolize the end of them. Consequently, the Fool can show up anywhere in one’s life. He can also appear throughout any major life transition.  In tarot readings, the Fool reminds you that new opportunities are available to you at every life stage, and that at any given moment, you can connect with your true self.

The tarot card meanings associated to the Fool commonly refer to new opportunities, beginnings, travel, or the need to put one’s self out there. The Fool loves adventures and encourages you to embrace life.  In an upright position, the Fool urges you to take some risks and get into action. His appearance in a tarot spread usually indicates that new prospects await you. Sometimes the Fool can refer to important decisions or new directions that can have dramatic results on your life. He can also indicate new relationships, particularly those that are related to love.

In a reversed position, the Fool can represent recklessness, carelessness or inexperience, Perhaps there is a lack of experience in a certain aspect of your life. Caution is warranted. In other circumstances, The Fool can indicate that your own fears are inhibiting you from participating in new opportunities.

Upright Fool Tarot Card Meanings in a tarot reading
In its upright position The Fool represents the journey into the unfamiliar. An unexpected opportunity may arise or a life changing decision might have to be made. There may be a new relationship on the horizon or a new, unconventional person may be entering your life. The Fool suggests that you may also need a change of perspective, one that is more true to your heart. This perspective may require you to find a more child-like approach to a new situation or utilize more flexible, innovative thinking. This may be a creative time for you and you can expect some uncertainty. In a Tarot reading, The Fool also indicates a period of doubt. This is a time to take a leap of faith. Occasionally, The Fool may indicate an upcoming trip or travel of some kind.

  • Follow your heart
  • Be willing to take some risks
  • Keep an open mind
  • A new beginning
  • New opportunities
  • Spontaneity

Reversed Fool Tarot Card Meanings in a Tarot Reading
In Tarot reading, The Fool in a reversed position may advise you to not be too risky. You must carefully examine the situation at hand and pause before taking any action. If you are impulsive, the outcome can be unfavorable. You may also want to take into account that your judgment may be impaired, and you are not seeing the situation as it truly is.

Lastly, The Fool reversed can indicate a fear of the unknown. This fear is the ultimate trap, preventing you from moving forward into a new and more beneficial life cycle. It is important to recognize the significance of this fear and how it hinders your view of the world. Pay particular attention to the opportunities you may have passed on because of your feelings of apprehension. Often, this can reveal major barriers in your life.

  • A fear of the unknown
  • Too much risk taking
  • Lack of clarity
  • Being impulsive or reckless
  • Irresponsibility

For more about the Fool, please visit our Tarot Symbolism and Tarot Numerology sections.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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