Updated: Jun 5, 2021
My mum used to read Tarot's cards when I was younger, I remember her giving readings to my sister when she felt curious about a situation or needed reassurance. They shared an interest in the occult (my mum also did my sister's astrology chart), and so do I, but I was never interested in knowing what the future held for me, not even in the form of a Tarot card - which is mostly guidance rather than prediction. I wasn't interested in knowing because, one: I didn't believe it would change anything for me to know, and two: I also thought it would take away the fun out of the adventure that was awaiting. And so, I chose to stay in the dark.
Funnily enough, it took a return to France to be once again cross path with Tarot reading. I have been helping this woman move in to her new house these past few days, and I am getting to know her in the process. I met her a few weeks back and we both sensed some form of connection, I think. She's 30 years older than me, and from what I have gathered so far, I think she has had a very unusual and interesting life. She was born in Africa (to French parents I think) but she was sent back to France when she was eight years old. Although I am still getting to know her, I believe she was quite the traveller herself. She also shares a lot of similarities and interests with my mum. One of them being a knowledge of Tarot card reading.
Today she asked me if my mum knew Tarot cards (after she found out that they both love aquarelle painting, reading, astrology and crystals), so I explained that she used to give my sister readings. I didn't get the chance to tell her I wasn't particularly interested in Tarot before she asked me if I would like to draw my "card of the day". I obliged, not wanting to offend her. We sat down, she spread the cards in a fan-shaped on the table, I took a moment with my eyes closed and picked a card. Le Fou (in French) in the upright position (I don't know much about Tarot cards, but I remembered that they can hold different meanings depending on if they are drawn in the upright or reversed position).
After she told me the fool was the symbol for new beginnings, travel and adventure, I decided to look into its meaning a little more when I got home.
Fool Tarot Card Meanings
Fool Keywords UPRIGHT: Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit REVERSED: Holding back, recklessness, risk-taking
Fool Description The Fool is numbered 0 – the number of unlimited potential – and so does not have a specific place in the sequence of the Tarot cards. The Fool can be placed either at the beginning of the Major Arcana or at the end. The Major Arcana is often considered the Fool’s journey through life and as such, he is ever present and therefore needs no number. On the Fool Tarot card, a young man stands on the edge of a cliff, without a care in the world, as he sets out on a new adventure. He is gazing upwards toward the sky (and the Universe) and is seemingly unaware that he is about to skip off a precipice into the unknown. Over his shoulder rests a modest knapsack containing everything he needs – which isn’t much (let’s say he’s a minimalist). The white rose in his left hand represents his purity and innocence. And at his feet is a small white dog, representing loyalty and protection, that encourages him to charge forward and learn the lessons he came to learn. The mountains behind the Fool symbolise the challenges yet to come. They are forever present, but the Fool doesn’t care about them right now; he’s more focused on starting his expedition.
Upright Fool The Fool is a card of new beginnings, opportunity and potential. Just like the young man, you are at the outset of your journey, standing at the cliff‘s edge, and about to take your first step into the unknown. Even though you don’t know exactly where you are going, you are being called to commit yourself and follow your heart, no matter how crazy this leap of faith might seem to you. Now is a time when you need to trust where the Universe is taking you. As you undertake this new journey, the Fool encourages you to have an open, curious mind and a sense of excitement. Throw caution to the wind and be ready to embrace the unknown, leaving behind any fear, worry or anxiety about what may or may not happen. This is about new experiences, personal growth, development, and adventure. The time is NOW! Take that leap of faith, even if you do not feel 100% ready or equipped for what is coming (who knows what it could be?!). Seriously, what are you waiting for? Do you think you need to have everything mapped out before you can begin? No way! Not with the Fool. He ventures out on his journey with just his essential belongings – and now he invites you to do the same. You don’t need to wait for someone to give you the green light or hold off until you have all the skills, tools and resources you think you might need. You are ready! If you’ve been watching for a sign, this is it! This is a time of great potential and opportunity for you right now. The world is your oyster, and anything can happen. Use your creative mind with a dash of spontaneity to make the most of this magical time and bring forth your new ideas in powerful ways. The Fool is your invitation to relax, play, and have fun. Treat life like one big experiment and feel yourself in the flow of whatever comes your way. This card asks you to embrace your beautiful, carefree spirit, allowing yourself to connect to the energy that surrounds you and flows through you. Tap into your fullest potential by stepping into a place of wonderment, curiosity and intrigue. Live life as though you were a child once again. Laugh more, dance, and let your heart go free. This is an excellent card to meditate on if you are struggling with dread, worry or self-doubt in your life. The Fool is your guide, as someone who is daring and carefree. He is the embodiment of who you really are – your free spirit, your inner child, and your playful soul. Any time you experience fear, remember the essence of the Fool as he encourages you to acknowledge that fear and do it anyway! You never know what the future holds, but like the Fool, you must step into the unknown, trusting that the Universe will catch you and escort you along the way. Take a chance and see what happens.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards. (www.biddytarot.com)
I see so much of myself in that description, now and always. I love the part about the forever present mountains and the carelessness of the fool, so excited to march on that he is undeterred by them. In the past 8 months, I have felt the presence of those mountains, heavy and dark, wondering more than once if they would ever be gone, while fully aware that they would always be there. And they are, but so is the sky.