The Fool’s Day

The Fool from the "Vanessa Tarot"

The Fool from the “Vanessa Tarot”

Interestingly enough, April 1st often heralds the official start to spring in the United States.  Spring is a time for new beginnings.  The First of April is also known as April Fool’s Day, so it seems apt to discuss The Fool from the tarot because The Fool is beginning a new course.

The Fool is the first card in the major arcana of the tarot deck and denotes a new beginning or journey.  The card is often referred to as “Folly” because other people witnessing the Fool’s choices don’t necessarily agree with her (or him).  They think (s)he’s making bad, or foolish choices, but they don’t share his/her point of view of the situation; they don’t have her/his faith that it will all work out in the end.

I like to use the modern standard of the tarot drawn by Pamela Coleman-Smith in 1909 as a perfect representation of everything The Fool is.  His bags are packed and he’s obviously looking forward to the journey.  Though it would appear, from our point of view, that he is about to jump from a very high cliff. In the case of the Vanessa Tarot, our foolish heroine is hitching a ride.  She believes that everything will be OK  but unless you’re in Hawai’i, it’s not a good idea to hitchhike!  What we are unable to see through our own perception is that when the Fool of the Coleman-Smith tarot jumps off that cliff, he lands gently and safely on the earth only 2 feet below.  When the Fool of the Vanessa tarot gets in that car, she is taken on the journey of a lifetime as she moves into a new era of her life.

foolFrom my book, “Ex Libris Tarot {From the Library of Tarot}“:

0 – The Fool – 0
Choice

  • Beginning, heading into the unknown, new adventure, choosing a path
  • Spontaneity, impulse, carpe diem, living for the moment
  • Faith, believing, letting go of worry, being unafraid

The Fool is at a crossroads, and it’s time to make a decision for a new beginning or change of direction.  The Fool also ventures boldly into the future with faith that everything will work out for the best; however, you must beware of cliffs (look before you leap).  The decision could have a lifelong effect. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *