Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Learn Tarot with Me - The Fool

This course is aimed at giving you a good basic knowledge of the cards. It is based on what I have learnt over the years of studying and reading tarot.  Tarot Cards have a diverse set of meanings, but the first step is to learn the basic meanings of each card. Once this is done, you will be able to give a reasonably good reading and can go on to learn more and allow your intuition to guide you as well.

Tarot Cards do have a history and do have definite meanings. If what you're looking for is to just look at the cards and say anything that comes into your head, then this is not the course for you.  As far as I am concerned you might as well be reading a cornflake packet. However if you want to learn to read cards properly then first you must learn to walk before you can run.

This course is based on the Rider Waite Tarot (published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.) I aim to give you information about each card, and some little exercises to do to help you retain the information you learn.  I hope you find this course informative, helpful and fun.



Original Rider Waite -By A E Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith
Published by  U.S. Games Systems, Inc.



The Fool



KEYWORDS:  These are phrases that can help you remember quickly what the card is about:  I'll give you some examples - but try to make up your own, that way you'll remember them better.

My Keywords for this card:
*Look beyond the obvious 
*Fresh outlook
* Potential

The Esoteric Title for this card is Spirit of Aether (Book T)

Astrological Attribution - Uranus - I'm not very astrologically minded but from what I can find out about Uranus it is a bit unpredictable - sorta like the Fool.

Elemental Attribution - Air - Air is hot and wet and its nature is separation.

Positive Meanings:  New beginnings - inventiveness, optimism, fearless, visionary.

Negative Meanings: Thoughtlessness- immaturity - impulsiveness, -  lack of responsibility - naivete.

You'll notice the Fool is 0 in the deck and that means he belongs anywhere while he works his way through The Fool's Journey (
See Understanding Tarot)


When The Fool turns up you can expect the unexpected.  He can suggest a new beginning and a time to try out different things.  He suggests that you should not be afraid to take that leap of faith and is always asking you to look beyond the obvious. He stands on the edge of a precipice ready to walk over and yet he doesn't know if he will land safely, but what he does do is trust that he will. He tells you not to fear the unknown and also not to over think things but rather just do them. 

Of course like all cards he has negative aspects too and these would be taking a foolish risk, rushing into things before making sure its ok. It also suggests that you let opportunities pass you by or perhaps that you shy away from adventure.

Lets look at the symbolism in the card.

  1. First the stick and bundle, this bundle could represent his previous knowledge and past experiences.  The symbolism of being carried over his shoulder or behind him represents him not wanting them to influence his future.
  2.  White Rose, maybe a symbol of his innocent approach to life.
  3. The Dog, the dog could be said to represent his instinctual side but also may well symbolise his unconscious.
  4. Hat of interwoven laurel leaves, laurel leaves have been a symbol of success.
  5. Red Feather in Hat, feather could be associated with the element Air and the red symbolising passion and energy, the desire within his thoughts that drive him on.
  6. Mountains Behind Him - mountains could be said to represent the boundaries of his mind, but note these are soft green  topped with white. Green typically symbolises potential, growth and adaptability. If we look at how green is made by mixing blue (associated with the sky and heavens, and  yellow (associated with intellect , positive mental activity)  alludes to acknowledging his higher self, while the white could show an innocent spirit, searching for his own truth.
  7. The Sun above him, could well represent illumination and enlightenment.
  8. Yellow boots - again can be associated with solar energy (enlightenment) and mental activity (physical) perhaps indicates that he is walking with his mind.
  9. Last but not least  the ground and cliff itself, these are an earthy brown connecting him to the practicalities of his physical life.
Looking at these symbols and in particular the dog, it makes me think that if the dog represents his unconscious, is the Fool aware of this? He may be looking upwards and not directly see his dog, but the dog is still in his field of awareness, this then leads me to ask another question are the Fool's actions 'foolish' or is he someone who is 'calculatingly foolish?'

I feel with the way the symbolism is that this Fool is foolishly serious about his play. So the rose may say that he has an innocent approach to life but that doesn't necessarily mean that he is innocent. It may just mean that he is ready for a new and fresh approach and willing to open himself up to all the possibilities in life. The red feather and the red on his garments show us his passionate and energetic approach. The bundle behind him illustrates that he is not prepared to be restricted by past experiences, he is actually that drive that exists within us to break free of restrictions in search for new enlightenment. The mountains show us that he is willing to expand and grow those boundaries in his search for his own truth. Those yellow boots indicate that he is ready to use his mental abilities to take him further. His catch phrase I think would most likely be 'don't over think it, instead experience it.' 

What The Fool carries in his message to us is that in his leap of faith, gaining knowledge or enlightenment doesn't just come from written material but through experiencing life itself.

To help you retain this information I advise you keep a journal on each card, writing down information helps one remember it.  

A little exercise you can do for each card to help you understand its meaning is to write out a couple or so Tarot Wisdom statements. I'll give you an example for the Fool.

Tarot Wisdom: The Fool:

May you never be afraid to grasp those new opportunities that life has to offer.

See you here next week with the Magician

Credit for card shown:

Original Rider Waite -By A E Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith
Published by  U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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