How to Read Tarot Cards – 00 – The Fool

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Since the reception of my first article on the tarot was so well met, I’ve decided it might not be a bad idea if I post in depth articles on my own interpretations of the cards themselves. It seems quite a few of you are looking for this information online, and I thought it would be nice to provide it. I’m going to start with the Major Arcana, then move through the Minor. I’ll write one article on the up right position and one on the reverse. We’ll be exploring possible meanings for these cards within a reading. The spread I’ll be referring to will be the Celtic Cross, as described in my previous article.

The Fool On His Own

The Fool is a very peculiar fellow in the Tarot. He is considered both the beginning and the end of the story contained in the Major Arcana cards. In the beginning, he is nearly useless. He has no wisdom. Often times he looks as if he’s about to walk off a cliff! What the Fool does have to offer as a beginning to the story of the Major Arcana is a willingness to pursue his desires. He is open to the world and it’s knowledge.

At the end of the Major Arcana the Fool is said to still be a Fool, because his lessons have brought him back to the place he knows. Home, in a sense. The Fool at the end of the Major Arcana is wise, and this wisdom comes from knowledge and acceptance of his ignorance. This is something the Fool, before, could not do.

1. The Fool as the Center

The Fool as the Center suggest the receiver’s situation is just beginning. There is not much known to him about what is going on in the situation, and he is eager for more information. He is here by choice, he wants to find more.

2. The Fool as the Obstacle

The Fool as the Obstacle suggests the receiver isn’t being too smart about his choices regarding the situation. No thought went into them, or no planning was made before undertaking it.

tarot major arcana 00 The Fool.jpg3. The Fool as the Super-Conscious

The Fool as the Super-Conscious suggests there is a sense of newness around the receiver’s situation. This can often be looked at as awe borderlining on fear, but it also shows that the receiver is receptive to the situation. He is eager to be on his journey.

4. The Fool as the Recent Future

The Fool as the Recent Future suggests the receiver is about to start something new regarding the situation. This usually isn’t a minor something. This decision will excite the receiver, and he feels good about making it.

5. The Fool as the Subconscious

The Fool as the Subconscious suggests the receiver spends a lot of time experimenting with the situation – sometimes even putting a great length of thought into it. He tries new things and waits for the results.

6. The Fool as the Recent Past

The Fool as the Recent Past suggests a recent choice to change, on the receiver’s part, has directly effected the situation. The receiver may not have considered the possible effect of this choice on the situation.

7. The Fool as the Receiver

The Fool as the Receiver suggests the receiver is generally a free spirited and eager person. He has a thirst for life and is always learning.

8. The Fool as the Influence

The Fool as the Influence suggests the receiver may be getting some good advice, and should take it. This could also be any good opportunity which is presenting itself to the receiver. He should go for it.

9. The Fool as the Intuition

The Fool as the Intuition suggest the receiver has a good sense of what he wants, and what he wants to do. He may not know exactly how he’s going to do it, but it’s going to get done. He shall persevere.

10. The Fool as the Outcome

The Fool as the Outcome suggests the situation will result in a new beginning. This beginning will be faced with a positive attitude and be very rewarding for the receiver.

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