The Fool Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
0 The Fool Correspondences:
Astrology: Associated with Uranus
Element: Air (or Spirit)
Keywords & phrases:
A new and unexpected opportunity leaping in from out the blue. New and unknown; unfamiliar. Surprise!
Fool Tarot Card Meanings
The Fool Tarot card carries the number zero, filled with unlimited potential of the moment before creation, as such it shows us that in this moment anything is possible. Sometimes termed as the ‘wild card,’ it carries an unknown factor and element of surprise.
When The Fool card appears in a Tarot reading it shows something completely new and unexpected leaping in from out the blue. Expect the unexpected with this card because The Fool is full of surprises, usually of the positive variety but always look for the card that follows to see where the new beginning may lead.
A major choice is often needed with the arrival of this card; will you follow where it leads? The Fool will take you into unknown territory and new adventures, outside of your comfort zone and familiar path. There’s a sense of childlike innocence and spontaneity, so you’ll need to stay open-minded to the fresh possibilities and take a leap of faith. The Fool is usually an exciting card when he lands on your horizon, filled with unknown potential.
Traditionally this card was associated with folly or foolishness, although generally the meaning has evolved over time it may still be considered in this context if badly aspected (surrounded by negative cards).
If reversed, The Fool may signify being immature or behaving inappropriately, making bad choices through rash decisions, or avoiding risk and becoming stuck in routine due to apathy.
Similar and supporting cards: Watch for Aces, which also signify new beginnings and strengthen the meaning. If all four Aces appear with The Fool (Life Spread and Anchor) it shows a completely new lifestyle - all new beginnings across the board.
Opposing or contradictory cards: Death (endings) Hierophant (structure and convention).
The Fool Tarot Card Combinations
When The Fool precedes another card try inserting “new and unexpected” before the interpretation of the following card as you start to explore the ‘flavour’ and atmosphere of possible meanings. The Fool is normally experienced with an element of surprise.
> The Empress: an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy.
> Ace of Cups (or The Lovers): A new relationship that lands as if from nowhere, (often someone completely new and previously unknown to you)
> Three of Cups: a surprise party or celebration.
> Seven of Cups: Look for the next following card on the end to complete this as it could go one of two ways – it may show being foolish and unrealistic – or – it may show something new that leads to many options, the final card would decide.
> Nine of Cups: Your wish will be fulfilled in a completely unexpected way.
> Six of Pentacles: unanticipated gift or act of generosity.
> Six of Wands: An unexpected work promotion.
> The Devil: Look before you leap, this could lead you into problems you’d have difficulty extracting yourself from.
> Five of Pentacles: Unexpected bill that leaves a hole in your pocket, don’t be naïve and too trusting with finance or investments.
> Ten of Swords: Don’t take the risk it leads to a disappointing ending.
> Death: A storm in a teacup, over before it’s really begun. A new beginning that goes nowhere or won’t materialise.
If The Fool and High Priestess appear together in a reading you may have trouble moving forwards with definite information, as they can take you round in a circle (due to the nature of the card meanings; the unknown factor).
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