Are You Playing The Fool to Your Advantage?
What does the appearance
of The Fool mean for you when it appears in a Tarot spread? Do you get
excited or worried? In this short article we explain what The Fool means
when he appears in the Tarot.
The Fool is perhaps one
of the most important tarot cards in the deck. He is the first card of
the Major Arcana, the first of 22 cards. He is also the only one of the
Major Arcana to remain in our modern card deck, appearing as the Joker.
His journey is at a deeper level the journey we are all on - the journey
through life and life's troubles, as no matter how old we are or what
experiences we have been through we will still continue to find
ourselves in areas where we are unsure, and vulnerable.
The Fool has appeared in
many guises over the centuries in the different decks that have
appeared. In the Visconti Sforza deck he is seen looking a bit like a
tramp without shoes in his stocking soles, and threadbare at that! He
carries a large stick or staff over his shoulder as though ready to
commence a long journey.
In the Wirth deck he
looks a bit like the court jester of old, and most like the forerunner
of today's joker in the traditional card deck. He has however a cat with
it's teeth sunk into his left leg, and a crocodile in the distance. The
picture on this card seems to indicate the urge of The Fool to get on
with his journey in spite of all obstacles both past and future. The
Arthurian Tarot portrays The Fool as Parsifal who sought the mythic Holy
Grail, and the Mythic deck depicts him as the Greek god Dionysus,
wearing animal skins of many colours, and dancing gaily at the edge of a
No matter which deck we
use the appearance of The Fool is a sign that we should follow our own
path no matter what. We need to have the courage to jump off the cliff
into a new venture if that's what is called for. We need to have faith
in our convictions no matter how hard this might be.
There are risks to
everything in life and the appearance of The Fool in a spread is a great
opportunity for a new beginning provided you are willing to make the
About the Author
Mutch is a writer with an interest in all things psychic. He makes it
easy to develop an understanding of The Tarot at his website http://www.read-the-tarot.com
where you will find loads of information.