Deck: The Muse by Chris-Anne
I see a light but bright almost pastel color scheme in this version of The FOOL. To me this appropriately symbolizes the push and pull of The Fool card. The colors melt together but also seem to abstract which is the perfect way to describe a path forward into the unknown. It is no one thing so it can be both good and bad. There is potential for great things but also a distinct possibility that you will face trials and tribulations.
The woman crossing the desert can’t see what is ahead. There is a point in the sand where the ground becomes thin and the light shines brightly. To me that could be symbolizing that even in the darkest times when things are most difficult or treacherous there is a purpose and meaning to your path. I appreciate that the woman is a blank canvas in this portrayal of The FOOL. She is not wearing bright clothing, she is not naked but she is rather nude. I take it to mean that she is any woman. There is no type of person when it comes to taking the first step towards the rest of your life. There is only bravery, and the willingness to fail.
What is interesting about this card are the paths. If you look around you will find another possible path. There is a ladder in the bottom left hand corner of the picture. I believe it is an example of human nature’s astute refusal to learn from our loved ones mistakes. Our children often have to forge forward making their own mistakes to learn the biggest lessons. You can tell them about the other path until you are blue in the face but you can’t make them actually look around for it much less take it.
Most entertaining of all is the galaxy beneath the path that could represent all possibility. When you’re taking a leap of faith you have no idea where you might fall, and the possibilities for your life are absolutely endless just like space. This is well depicted in this rendering of The FOOL card.
Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, adventure
This card is number 0 of the Major Arcana. It is said that The Major Arcana is often considered the Fool’s journey through life. Nobody is excused from the fool’s journey. It has a place in every story. Since the fool is always present it needs no number.
Have you ever heard the saying “ A fool for LOVE “ often used to describe falling quickly in love and maybe often? It can be said that those butterflies in your stomach put you in a foolish state of mind. It can cause you to make blind decisions. That is appropriate considering the woman in this photo can’t see what lies beneath her path or how difficult it will be.
Of course this card doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with love. It is also about the butterflies we feel when we are about to embark on a new adventure. Start a new job, have new goals. That excited feeling when we know we’re going somewhere but that’s about all we know. This is entirely appropriate because my research suggests that for the most part this card appears in a reading when you are about to embark on an unexpected, and exciting adventure.
The FOOL card when drawn uprigght can signify that your experience will contribute to your growth as a human being. It can also be interpreted as a call to risk taking. If you play it safe all the time not much can be lost but there is very little to gain. The sighting of The FOOL should be an inspiration to you and can be read as your blessing to do whatever it is you may have considered but been too scared in the past.
As always I am here to report the unbiased facts so even though I do not believe in reverse Tarot. I will share the meaning of The FOOL when pulled in reverse for those of you who do use them in your practice….
Per the usual the reverse meaning of this card is quite the opposite of the upright version we already discussed. It can symbolize the emptiness of the journey before you. The idea that taking the risk would not be worth it and that you will gain nothing from the experience.
When The FOOL is spotted in matters of career, and work it can be suggesting that it is time to go for it. The new job, the promotion, your own business. Whatever that may look like in your life. This might mean you will have to take risks such as moving or a potential for loss of some kind but it means you are attracting bright, innovative, new ideas that are worth something. Chasing after a huge dream can seem silly and may be considered an unwise decision when it comes to stability, but if you’re pulling this card consistently it may be time to follow your heart.
In matters of love, The FOOL can lead to a number of possibilities depending on your current relationship status…
If you are single it may mean that a new romance is on the horizon or that you may need to take a leap of faith when it comes to opening your mind to a new relationship. I feel like this can mean considering partners that you may not have in the past. So what if he is not your type. It might be time to do something new. You might find it exciting and fresh in the end.
If you are in a relationship this card can be a milestone coming up. Depending on where you are with your partner it could be something as simple as a new puppy or a new joint experience or it could mean big things like marriage, a house etc.
Be open to whatever may occur and let your love shine bright and positive things are sure to follow.
The FOOL can often symbolize something fresh to those of you who have been struggling with something health wise. It can be prevalent in mental health and can come with a free feeling from struggle with difficult mental health issues such as depression, and anxiety. Of course every situation is different so the meaning of this card in conjunction with your health will depend heavily on what you have been going through personally.
When it comes to health the one recommendation I would be comfortable sharing in regards to this card would be to allow yourself some honest Self Care. Being focused on your needs will help to improve your life in every aspect.
Thanks for taking the journey into the wild world of Tarot with me on this Mystical Makeup Monday. See you next week.