The following is my personal meditations on The Fool.
I use the term ‘she’, because that is how I identify with this archetype, but The Fool has both male and female elements.
So Below Tarot
Young, energetic, innocent, naive, full of wonder, excitement and a lust for the experiences of the world.
The Fool slings her pack over her shoulder and sets out to begin her journey, her loyal, faithful and trusty dog by her side.
She has a white rose tucked behind her ear, symbolizing her purity and innocence.
As she sets out on the road in search of experience, wisdom and all the world has to offer, she is bursting with excitement, her head full of the possibilities and adventures that lay ahead.
Whether she sets out to travel the world, or embark on a new path of learning, she is full of optimism and the spirit of adventure.
She is ready and willing to experience all that life has to offer.
She is young, free, wild, and rebellious.
Even a little revolutionary, she is as ready to leave her mark on and change the world, as much as she is eager to explore it.
She is random and intuitive, following only her heart.
She is full of promise and potential, with all life’s options laid out ahead of her.
She can do anything, be anything, her heart desires.
Every day is a new adventure, to be lived to its fullest potential.
She sets out secure in the mindset that ‘everything will be fine’.
She puts her trust in the universe as she takes her first steps out onto the open road.
The Sun shines down upon her, a symbol of her joy, happiness and the beginning of her journey.
In her naiveté, she sees not the possible dangers that may lay ahead.
Oblivious to all that could potentially do her harm.
The snake in the grass, the stranger in the dark, the treacherous and steep cliff edge, are all overlooked in her youthful inexperience and trust.
At times, she unwittingly flirts with danger, dances right along the edge of the precipice.
Yet she sees no danger, feels no fear, absorbed as she is in her dreams, hopes and plans for the road ahead.
Captivated by the beauty that surrounds her, blind to any inherent threat.
Her lone protector, her little dog, watches out for her as best he can.
He barks a warning, nips at her heels, hurries her back from the ledge.
Her furry little comrade keeps her safe, he also provides her company.
He is her only attendant on this long and sometimes perilous journey.
He represents her instinct, her intuition, that little voice that pipes up inside, that says there is danger afoot.
That something is amiss.
At times she will heed that little inner voice, that feeling that something is wrong.
At other times she will ignore it and carry on her way.
She will learn the hard way, to heed her intuitive voice.
Anne Stokes Tarot
The steep and rugged mountain range behind The Fool symbolizes pilgrimages and spiritual paths.
Intrinsically dangerous and treacherous, yet so very rewarding when, if, we reach the summit.
Mountains are also a metaphor for being close to the Gods.
In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the home of the Gods and Goddesses.
The Fool carries all her worldly belongings in a cloth tied to a staff.
She has with her all she will need for her journey.
What is in that bag?
The four elements.
The raw, undefined power of each suit.
At this stage of her journey, I don’t think she knows how to use these supplies, or even what purpose these life skills will serve.
But she does know, when the time comes, she will acquire the guidance and wisdom to be able to put these items to good use.
The Fool is the only Tarot card that is not numbered.
This card is zero, infinity, unending.
We could slot this card in anywhere among the Tarot.
The essence of The Fool is in every card of the deck.
Each archetype is a teacher, a guide or a lesson she must learn.
Zero is infinite, never-ending, a loop, signifying re-incarnation and the infinite nature of our souls.
As The Fool takes the first steps of her spiritual development, there is an inkling in her soul, a knowing.
A sense that she has been here before, that she already holds, deep within, the answers that she seeks.
She only needs to be reminded, to re-discover her soul.