The Fool: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

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The Fool is the card of new beginnings. When this card makes an appearance, you will go through a transitional period. Starting over can be negative or positive depending on context and surrounding cards. 

In a Tarot card reading, The Fool in a spread can be a symbol of new beginnings, risks, addictions and lack of responsibility. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Fool, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in this post are from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans. 

Often when The Fool shows up in a reading, it does so during a time when you’re moving from one stage in life to the next. You will be like the Fool, with a metaphorical bag of tricks on your back, about to embark on a journey and try something new. Take a leap of faith and go for what they want without assessing the situation too much as over-assessment can lead to hesitation and The Fool does not hesitate. If you follow your heart and all will work out well. 

However, there are more negative associations with the Fool. The Fool often represents a lack of restraints and discipline. Rebellion and wildness are common interpretations. Perhaps yourself or another person in your life will go through a period when they run from their responsibilities. 

The Fool predicts a time of risks. The Fool does not promise that the chances you take will pay off, it just represents a time when you will make the jump. 

There is also the possibility that The Fool reflects an inability to make concrete decisions. Because The Fool is numbered 0, nothing has yet manifested into reality. If you have a tendency to sit on the fence and not take action, The Fool is warning you not to carry on this behavior into the future. Because it is the card of beginnings, this is not a good card to receive in an outcome position if starting over is not a welcomed scenario. 

The Fool's Historical Meaning

In modern times, The Fool is often interpreted quite favorably but this was not the case in the past. An ancient interpretation is that The Fool predicts drink problems and drug problems. Other times The Fool can represent a time of mental illnesses which have delusional elements or extreme highs and lows such as manic depression and schizophrenia. 

The Fool in a Love Reading

The Fool is a good omen if you’re single and want a relationship. It can predict that you will be swept up by someone who is exciting and carefree. They will be fun to be around and the relationship will feel like an adventure.

The Fool is not desirable if you’re looking for something more serious. This card can represent someone with a childish predisposition coming into your life. This person doesn’t know when the party ends. But, if there are cards further in the future which indicate commitment (10 of Cups, 2 of Cups) this can mean that eventually your Fool will want to settle down.  

Wondering how a potential partner feels about you? Then The Fool is rather neutral. This person doesn't have ill intention towards you but isn't feeling like settling down anytime soon. They may lead you on unintentionally. (And, if you would like a Tarot spread to tell you exactly your lover's feelings and motives you might want to check out my Love Tarot Spreads E-Book!)

If you’re already attached, then The Fool can be fine in the beginning of a relationship. However, if The Fool appears as a negative then it can mean you or your partner do not take the partnership seriously. If The Fool lands in an outcome position then the relationship, more than likely, does not have a future.

The Fool in a Business Reading

The Fool is a good card to receive at the start of a business venture or job. Sometimes, The Fool can just mean that you will go through a period when you will be over enthusiastic about your work.

In general, The Fool is positive but it can mean that, because you love your business so much, you do not like to treat it like a business. You would rather do the fun, creative stuff instead of the boring tedious tasks. Your willingness to only do what excites you may cause problems in the future unless you can hire someone to do the things you do not like.

Sometimes, The Fool can predict that you will walk away from your current business and start again. It is for this reason that The Fool can be very positive or extremely negative, it all depends on surrounding cards, your question and the general mood of the reading.

The Fool as a Yes or No 

The Fool is not a definite yes or no, more of a maybe. However, if your question is of a, "should I"? Nature then it is a yes because this card advises you to take the leap into the unknown. 

The Fool as a Positive

In a positive reading, The Fool can indicate:

- New beginnings for the better

- A thirst for life

- Taking the leap

- Enthusiasm

The Fool as a Negative

In a negative reading, The Fool can indicate:

- Lack of discipline

- Lack of restraint

- Wild behaviour

- Addiction

- Mental health problems

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Cards used in this post are from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans


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 Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Fool in a spread can be a symbol of new beginnings, risks, addictions and lack of responsibility. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Fool, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in this post are from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans. 

Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Fool in a spread can be a symbol of new beginnings, risks, addictions and lack of responsibility. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Fool, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in this post are from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans.