The Meaning of The Fool [Card 0]

The Meaning of The Fool Tarot

At a Glance

The Fool Card #0 represents uninhibitedness, freedom, living in the present, new experiences, and fearlessness.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.

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  • The fool is not materialistic or tied down and is ready to change course at the drop of a hat. Is there anything in your life holding you back from making a change or taking a risk that could actually be good for you?
  • Are you worried about what other people think of you, and it holds you back from expressing your true nature? Try finding a place where you can be yourself or people who encourage that in you.
  • Do you or did you feel claustrophobic and small in your life, confined to a cubicle or obsessed over a worry? Try to gain perspective by climbing a mountain, planning a trip, reading travel journals, or finding the mystical in the mundane.


  • Has your incessant risk-taking made it difficult for you to create a solid foundation in your life?
  • Do you pretend to be free but really you are frightened of commitment? Try slowing your movements and take refuge in routine instead of adventure.
  • Do you play the fool, hiding your intellegence for fear that it will bring your more responsiblity or cause confrontation? How might this be impinging on your spirit?

Interpreting the Symbols

  • The Cliff : Living on the edge, impending doom, or taking a risk.
  • Red Feather : Inner strength and royalty; vivacity.
  • White Dog : Loyalty, playfulness, and innocence. Dogged spirit and intensity.
  • Distant Mountains : Not obsessing over alternative paths; making peace with current platforms.
  • Yellow Sky : Warmth and wakefulness or blissful ignorance.
  • White : Purity or ignorance. Freedom or opaqueness of mind.

Charmaine’s Take

The Fool stands on the edge of a cliff opening up to the yellow, sunlit sky and holding a white rose and stick with his few belongings tied up on the end. Below him, a white dog mimics his exuberant posture, perhaps making fun of him. There are a few ways to interpret The Fool. In our everyday lives, being called a fool is considered a diss: it means you are a mess, lazy, and incoherent, or an out-of-touch dreamer with your head in the clouds. However, this is actually an incredibly powerful and important card to draw.

The Fool is not the side of us that is good at accounting or being polite. Rather, this card is the part of us that goes back to zero: childlike, free, uninhibited, and open. Also, this card represents our sensitivity. Throughout our lives, we build up walls and numbness to protect against wounding experiences such as disappointments, failures, and betrayals. The Fool is not hung up on what happened before, wears no armor, and is vulnerable in spite of the past. In fact, it is almost as if the Fool’s mind has been wiped clean, and he has no memory of the past.

Although this opens the Fool up to being hurt or disappointed again, it also allows for new experiences and new connections. When we walk around with a guard up, our ability to participate in the exciting world around us is limited. Yes, the Fool stands on the edge of a cliff where he might easily fall, but up there the air is fresh, sun is bright, and the beautiful vistas roll out before him. Who knows what epiphanies could arise! The Fool’s innate wisdom cuts through consciousness conditioned by the material world.

Another amazing trait of the Fool is that he laughs and brings others to laughter. Laughter cuts through hierarchies, levels the playing field, and bridges even the scary expanse of the unknown.

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