00. The Fool


The Fool from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
The Fool from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Key Words

Upright: beginnings, free spirit, leap of faith, inner child, spontaneity  

Reversed: carelessness, naïveté, self-doubt, limiting oneself


A young person wearing tattered clothing pauses at the precipice of a cliff, surveying the blue mountains in the distance. They look as if they might walk right off the cliff, but they seem entirely unafraid. The sun shines overhead, lighting up the bright yellow sky. The Fool holds a rose in one hand, and the other hand carries their worldly possessions wrapped in a bindle. A white dog jumps at their feet, ready to serve as a loyal companion for the journey ahead.

The Fool Upright

You’re standing on the precipice of something great. It can be scary to take risks, but you’ll never know what could have been if you don’t take that leap into the unknown. Be open to new opportunities and take a moment to set clear intentions before diving in. What do you hope to get out of this? How can you prioritize joy along the way? Don’t worry about finding the perfect approach. If you end up making a mistake, turn it into a learning opportunity and don’t let it discourage you from continuing on your journey. Try something new, no matter how small, and see where it leads you.

The Fool Reversed

A new opportunity is available, but something is holding you back. Would you feel more comfortable proceeding if you had a detailed plan? Are you ignoring advice because you (subconsciously) don’t want to be talked out of something? Are you afraid of failure or of being seen as “foolish” by others? Take time to connect with your inner child. What does that inner child need to feel safe and confident enough to take a risk? What can they teach you about pursuing joy and freeing yourself of “adult” concerns?