Your Daily Reading:
On the Fool card, we see a beautiful man who is very young in his years. His clothing is beautiful, with an array of colors and shapes. In one hand is a walking stick with a pack attached, and in his other hand is a stunning little white flower. At his feet is a small white dog, presumably a companion to the boy. The sun is shining brilliantly behind him, not a cloud in the sky. The sun is above craggy mountains that seem blue in the distance, and even possibly snow-tipped. The young man's foot rests on the edge of a cliff, and his gaze is skyward, hopeful.
The Fool card refers to new adventures – striking out on your own (or with a helpful side-kick, like the white dog) in order to reach new heights. You might not know exactly where you're going... the young man certainly doesn't seem to, with the wistful way he travels!... but you've made that first step. He also seems to be rather unprepared for his trip, with his small sack: this could refer to spontaneousness coming to the forefront of your life.
Like every tarot card, the Fool has its positive and negative aspects – more important to note is that these aspects don't have to be at odds with each other. Oftentimes, both the negative and positive aspects of the Fool are present in a situation at once – a person can be starting out on a new beginning but is foolish or naive about how to proceed with it.
Look at how close he's wandering to the edge of that cliff! Does he know that if he takes another step, his journey will be over before it began? Or is he too caught up in the grand ideas of adventure, excitement, and trust that he is willing to go wherever his feet lead him?
The Journey Both Ends and Begins with the Fool
When you pull the Fool in readings, there are a few questions you should begin to ask yourself. Do you feel as if you've recently embarked on a great journey, physically or metaphorically? If not, should you be? Have you taken my first steps boldly? Do you have faith in yourself? Are you paying careful attention on this journey, or have you started out haphazardly? Are you acting foolishly out of intent, or are you being played for a fool?
There are similar cards in your tarot deck that can reinforce certain aspects and ideas of the Fool. The Three of Wands can also reference a journey, though it defines the journey as one of introspection, self-discovery, and broadening of horizons. The Hanged Man, as odd as it may seem, shares a lot with the Fool – both ask for a little faith and a little bit of sacrifice. The difference between the Fool and the Hanged Man is this: one is journeying outwardly, one is staying still, exploring things without physically moving.
What The Fool Means for You Today
When the Fool card shows up in your reading it can have several different meanings depending on the context of what's going on in your life or what question you might be asking of the cards. In some cases, it is encouraging you to throw worry and fear aside and just take a leap of faith without knowing what might happen. In some other cases, it can be a sign that what you are about to do is a foolish or immature choice. The Fool can also represent what might be called a hidden master. The fool is both the beginning and the end of the spiritual journey toward enlightenment so it is not always easy to tell the difference between a master and a foolish person. In any case, this card has an ambiguity that requires you to take a leap of faith in interpreting its meaning.