The Fool

Divinatory Meanings: Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment. Reversed: Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity.

Description: With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.

In his Manual of Cartomancy, Grand Orient has a curious suggestion of the office of Mystic Fool, as apart of his process in higher divination; but it might call for more than ordinary gifts to put it into operation. We shall see how the card fares according to the common arts of fortune-telling, and it will be an example, to those who can discern, of the fact, otherwise so evident, that the Trumps Major had no place originally in the arts of psychic gambling, when cards are used as the counters and pretexts. Of the circumstances under which this art arose we know, however, very little. The conventional explanations say that the Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, and by a peculiar satire its subsidiary name was at one time the alchemist, as depicting folly at the most insensate stage.

UPRIGHT: Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment.

REVERSED: Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity.


Tarot - Major Arcana Index

Please choose any arcana card below to find the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor
The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance
The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun
Judgement The World      

 

Tarot - Minor Arcana Index

Please choose any minor arcana card below to find the meaning.


Ace of Cups Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Wands
Two of Cups Two of Pentacles Two of Swords Two of Wands
Three of Cups Three of Pentacles Three of Swords Three of Wands
Four of Cups Four of Pentacles Four of Swords Four of Wands
Five of Cups Five of Pentacles Five of Swords Five of Wands
Six of Cups Six of Pentacles Six of Swords Six of Wands
Seven of Cups Seven of Pentacles Seven of Swords Seven of Wands
Eight of Cups Eight of Pentacles Eight of Swords Eight of Wands
Nine of Cups Nine of Pentacles Nine of Swords Nine of Wands
Ten of Cups Ten of Pentacles Ten of Swords Ten of Wands
Page of Cups Page of Pentacles Page of Swords Page of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords Knight of Wands
Queen of Cups Queen of Pentacles Queen of Swords Queen of Wands
King of Cups King of Pentacles King of Swords King of Wands

 

 

 

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