Today I am sharing another draft from my tarot project: The Fool. It is often numbered zero or left unnumbered.
The Fool is a card of both beginnings and endings, of being foolish in the best of senses but also naïve. There is an innocence to the card, of stepping into the unknown without knowing or thought of what is to come. As many tarot cards have, there is a paradoxical aspect of the Fool. It can appear at either the beginning or end of the major arcana (or occasionally near the end). At the beginning, it is a person stepping boldly into the unknown journey, without fear or the expectations of hope. At the end, it suggests a person who has completed the cycle and, becoming enlightened, undertakes the journey yet again, knowing the suffering to come. The latter is reminiscent of the Buddhist idea of a bodhisattva, or one who attains enlightenment to alleviate the suffering of others.
The Fool card often includes an animal companion, usually a dog, for the person setting out on their (latest) journey. Many decks include a butterfly as a symbol of transformation.
Keywords upright: Beginnings, endings, innocence, first step of a profound journey, acceptance
Keywords reversed: Foolhardy, reckless, fear, holding onto expectations
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