The Fool is the Number 0 -- carrying both God's protection and the "clean slate" of a new soul, just bursting forth on the scene.
The Fool appears in your reading when you are starting something new -- or something new is starting in your life. Think: new romance, new job, new life. But -- there's a catch (as there always is) the Fool is unencumbered by wisdom or prior experiences, no matter how relevant. This is the card of shoot first and ask questions later. Traditionally, this card is seen as foolishness or ill-informed efforts. Pay attention to the cards around the fool to see if you're adventurous or whimsical...or just being foolish. The Fool experiences life to the fullest and jumps in, wholeheartedly, with little awareness of next steps, strategies or plans. This card can also be seen as a "wild card" in your reading, meaning you're taking action or life is in action, and there's not even a thought as to what comes next. Throw caution to the wind! You're headed for adventure.
REVERSED: The Fool reversed is a card of reckless abandon and looking without leaping -- and coming up with more than you bargained for. The reversed Fool can take this leap, and fall on their head...a bit of caution and restraint is called for when this card arrives in your reading. If it's in your past, you already know the mistakes or *growth experiences* you've been through. Reversed Fool in the past can be a very powerful placement for this card: you are wiser for the adventure. Use your new-found knowledge wisely.
IN A READING: New beginnings, jumping right in, a leap of faith, reckless abandon.
REVERSED: foolish and foolhardy action. Unwise...acting on impulse.
KEYWORDS: Spontaneous; Leap of Faith; Beginnings; surprise! New and unfamiliar; without wisdom; unlimited potential
COMMON PAIRINGS: Paired with Emperor = Opposite Energies at play, Paired with Hermit = Opposite Energies at play, Paired with Death or Tower = Transformation (sometimes out of the Blue) - ask "what's next?", Paired with 10 of swords or World = Endings and new beginnings, Paired with Sun, 6 of Cups, or Pages = Youthful energy -- possible pregnancy, especially with the Empress present
Fool • Magician • High Priestess • Empress • Emperor • Hierophant • The Lovers • The Chariot • Strength • Hermit
Wheel of Fortune • Justice • Hanged Man • Death • Temperance • Devil • Tower • Star • Moon • Sun • Judgement • World • Raising Consciousness
Page of Cups • Knight of Cups • Queen of Cups • King of Cups • Page of Wands • Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands • King of Wands • Page of Swords • Knight of Swords • Queen of Swords • King of Swords
Page of Pentacles • Knight of Pentacles • Queen of Pentacles • King of Pentacles