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The Fool Tarot Card Meanings | Major Arcana

You’ve just pulled The Fool tarot card from your favorite tarot deck.

Are your cards suddenly dissing you?

There’s no way your tarot cards are calling you a fool, right?

Even though it seems like the fool tarot card showed up just to give you a hard time, that’s the direct opposite of what the spirit of the fool tarot card means.

This divinatory card means something more beautiful than the incorrect meaning of “being an idiot.”

Fool Tarot Card Meaning: Keywords

The Fool Upright Keywords

New beginnings, a new life, an open door, leap of faith, spontaneous actions, optimism, divine path

The Fool Reversed Keywords

Hesitation, carelessness, distraction, lack of direction, negligence

Fool Tarot Card Meaning: Associations

  • Element: Air
  • Planet: Uranus
  • Chakras: Crown, third eye, throat, root, Earth star
  • Zodiac sign: Aquarius
  • Tree of Life Path: Kether to Hokhmah
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Traditional Fool Card Description & Symbolism: First Card Of The Major Arcana

The Fool card is a very happy-go-lucky card.

At face value, it shows a happy young man who appears to be setting out on a new adventure. Dancing and skipping with every step, he has a very romanticized view of his journey, seeing only the positive ending of his path.

Paired with the small bag of belongings he carries, we can see that he has not thought about the trials and obstacles he may face along the way.

The clothing he has chosen to wear for his journey flows in the wind, showing the airy spirit of his planning. This quality ties the card directly to the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

This leads the viewer to wonder if he has properly planned for his new adventure.

He stands on the edge of a cliff, signifying that he is about to take a leap of faith.

Behind the cliff that The Fool is about to walk off of is a wall of water or a large storm surge that appears to be on the verge of destroying a small town.

The young man is surely walking into unknown territory, and his dog tries to warn him of the potential dangers ahead.

It is clear that these warnings are missed, as the young man has his head held high, as optimistic and confident as the bright sun that shines above him.

The great news is that in his left hand, he holds a white flower, symbolizing the divine nature of his adventure. The left hand represents the receptive nature of life; this journey is a divine one that has been handed down to him.

We can see that this card’s hope may carry him through the journey of the Major Arcana cards.

This description is the traditional depiction of the Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

Upright Fool Tarot Card Meaning: The Fool’s Journey

Numbered 0, The Fool starts out the Major Arcana and represents the start of something brand new.

This is the spark of a new idea, the opening of a new door, or the start of a new adventure or opportunity.

Take notice, however, that this only means the idea is there; there has been no planning at this point.

Everything happening here is total spontaneity!

Just like an Aquarius, you are about to take a leap of faith.

It is up to you to make sure that you have everything you need to move forward to the next step. Be careful and cautious as you jump right in!

If you get this card in your tarot readings, get excited! The Fool’s tarot card meaning shows that new things and surprises are on the horizon!

Be sure to reference additional minor arcana cards to understand what you should do to prepare yourself.

These additional cards from your tarot deck represent the rest of the story.

What Does The Fool Card Mean In Love?

If you’ve pulled The Fool in a love spread, it means a new relationship is starting to stir and chemistry is starting to bubble.

This is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life! Now is the time in which you will be noticed or someone will notice you! Lust and spontaneity are huge right now.

Be safe and smart to ensure a long-lasting relationship.

If you are already in a relationship, this card can mean that your romantic partner has his or her head in the clouds or is head-over-heels in love with you.

So, if you pull the Fool in a love tarot spread, enjoy the feelings of love, and don’t forget to start having an open line of communication to ensure a long-lasting relationship!

Fool Meaning in Career

New opportunities are being spoken about! Now is the key time for you to put your best foot forward!

A raise, promotion, or offer letter may be in your future, so make sure everything you do is perfect!

For an extra boost during this time, set intentions to get your job or try this free job spell.

Increase your chances of success by double-checking everything and following up as required!

Patience, charisma, optimism, and willpower are key!

P.S.: We also have a free spell for happiness and optimism!

Reversed Fool Tarot Card Meaning

When a card is drawn and is upside down, that means it’s reversed.

When a tarot card is reversed, it generally means that it should be read as the opposite of its normal meaning.

What Does The Fool In Reverse Mean?

If The Fool shows up reversed, or upside-down, in your reading beware. This is where the spirit of the fool, as we know it, comes into play.

You may not have fully prepared yourself or are jumping into something much too quickly. Take a step back and plan your journey.

Make sure you have everything you need before you start again or you’ll find yourself taking more steps backward than forward.

You may also have too many things on your plate. Look at your goals and ask yourself, “Am I taking too many risks?”

Fool Reversed Meaning in Love

Your relationship may appear to become stagnant or feel like it has lost its steam. That’s okay.

It does not mean you need to abandon it. Be sure that everything you want in this relationship is or has been there and re-assess the current state of your partnership.

It may not be ready for the next level, and that’s okay; there is no need to rush your partner.

Additionally, make sure that you aren’t opening the door for larger risks, such as an unplanned pregnancy or lack of commitment.

Fool Reversed Meaning in Career

Doors may be opening for you, but check to make sure they are the right doors. Do not allow yourself to become someone else’s scapegoat. Additionally, double-check all of your work; do not rush assignments at this time.

If you are wondering why you haven’t been offered a raise, check to see if you’re stagnant or the corporate ladder has a rung for your advancement.

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Aurora Moone is a beautiful, kind-spirited, loving, motivating, and exciting Witch of 21 years. Having traveled all over the United States, Aurora has close friends of every religious background and spiritual path.

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