Tarot Cards Meanings - Major Arcana - The Fool - meaning in detail

The Fool (Le Mat) - tarot card meaning in detail

The Fool The Spirit of the Aether

Card Number: 0
Key Number: 11
Rulership: Air
Hebrew Letter: Aleph
Translation: Ox
Numerical Value: 3
Astrological Associations: Pluto, Uranus (modern)

Full Meaning

The Fool card is indicative that you could be about to embark upon something totally new. This could take the form of a journey that was not planned. This journey does not necessarily mean that you are going somewhere; it could be a journey of the mind. Either way you are going to be starting a new cycle and this is a really exciting time for you.

You will be filled with renewed energy and you will have a sense of optimism and spontaneity. Any journey of self discovery that you may take will be filled with optimism and enjoyment. There may be some uncertainties arising in your life but this will bring forth many opportunities that could lead to bigger and better things.

Old ways have now been cast aside and the familiar replaced with the unfamiliar. You may also find that you will have many decisions to make along the way. An interesting path lies ahead for you, but you must trust your judgment along the way.

Full Meaning Reversed

The Fool card reversed is a card that advises against any unnecessary risks and warns against carelessness at this time. Now is not the time to be taking any ill advised risks or making any hasty decisions. It is a good time however to channel your energy much more positively and creatively and to stop any time wasting.

There may be someone around you who is having difficulty in acting on their intuition and in some respects may even be trying to shirk their responsibilities. If this person is a work colleague then they may be the type of person to do the minimum required which sometimes may be problematic. If you are considering any serious commitments then this card suggests that you should weight up everything very carefully before jumping in.

Traditional Symbolism

With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.

The Fool summary.

The Fool Card illustration.

The Major Arcana suit.