MEANING & 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 meaning

The Fool is a card of new beginnings, adventure, pleasure, passion, opportunity and potential. Just like the young lady, you are at the outset of your journey, standing at the cliff‘s edge, ready to spread your wings, and about to take your first flight into the unknown.


When we meet The Fool, she approaches each day as an adventure, in an almost childish way. She believes that anything can happen in life and there are many opportunities that are lying out there, in the world, waiting to be explored and developed. She leads a simple life, having no worries, and does not seem troubled by the fact that she cannot tell what she will encounter ahead.

You are being encouraged 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.

To meet her in a reading can also be seen as a call to the risk-taking part of your own character. She inspires courage, for she understands that every day is a chance to open up new areas in your life, and with that comes a mixture of anticipation, wonder, awe and curiosity. The Fool is there to show that you can never really tell what lies ahead, and you can only greet it with joy.

reversed meaning

When you land on the reversed Fool in your reading, you can generally find his more negative characteristics being on display. It can mean that you are literally acting like a fool by disregarding the repercussions of your actions. Like the youth depicted in the card, you don't see how dangerous of a position you find yourself in. 

A reversed Fool card can show that you are living in the moment and not planning for the future. The reversed Fool meaning serves as caution that you should be more aware so as not to be taken advantage of. Like the dog in the Rider Waite version, this card is here to alert you on anything that may sound too good to be true.

0 . the fool

^ | beginnings | innocence | spontaneity | a free spirit


v | holding back | recklessness | risk-taking

0 . t h e  f o o l

image from: shadowscapes tarot

by stephanie pui-mun law

meaning & description based on the Rider Waite cards

Join our wellness community 

© 2019 | RISE & ALIGN