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
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.
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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 cliff.
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 jump!
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 read-the-tarot.com
where you will find loads of information.