The Fool card in the Tarot card deck often gets a bum rap. We know things aren't always as they seem. So, this April Fools' Day, there's no better time than now to revisit what The Fool can teach us. Let's take a closer look at this misunderstood character.
When we think of The Fool card in Tarot, we are reminded to let go of expectations and trust our instincts. We think of our spiritual journey and the desire for rebirth. As the very first card of the Tarot deck, The Fool signifies a fresh start, a (possibly unpredictable) new beginning. Sometimes The Fool card within a spread creates an excitable sensation, or a shock to the system. The Fool does his best to shine the light on new beliefs, innovative and shocking ideas and the unpredictability of life. Given all the crazy wisdom that this colorful character has to offer, it is easy to see why we celebrate him on April Fool's Day.
Sometimes the word "fool" has negative connotations. Think of the simpleton, the childlike state of someone who is out of touch and who might be the focus of mockery. April Fools' Day is a reflection of this perception. We pull pranks to try to make a fool out of someone, make our friends look silly -- all for our own amusement.
Motto: May innocence find wisdom
Historically, The Fool card may have appeared as a carnival entertainer, a huckster or a jester. Symbolically, it represented a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation. By the 20th century the more familiar modern image and symbolism took over and has been widely seen as the card hearkening renewal energy and a fresh start. Quite an evolution for The Fool!
Traditional Rider-Waite metaphors and imagery have prevailed within modern Tarot decks. Nature scenes depicting beautiful mountaintops include the image of The Fool being seen getting ready to tumble into the unknown. Getting The Fool card within a Tarot reading is a reminder to appreciate our inner growth and our journey of personal development. It is the spirit in search of experience and the childlike wisdom we aim to employ as we go deeper into self-realization through new challenges. So be encouraged when you draw The Fool card in any Tarot spread, you may soon face a new opportunity or challenge!
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