Friday, April 1, 2016

A Closer Look: The Fool PLUS April Fool's Discount on Readings!

Happy April Fool's Day!  I hope everybody's month starts out with good-natured playfulness.  Since the Fool is the very first card in a tarot deck, I thought I'd mark the day with a 10% discount at my Etsy store.  Just enter the coupon DAYOFTHEFOOL when you order, and 10% will automatically be taken off of your order!


I'm starting off my card-by-card series, A Closer Look, with the Fool (of course I had to, on April Fool's Day!) With A Closer Look, I'll provide a quick run-down of keyword meanings for those looking for a quick and accessible way to use the card, as well as my own impressions for a more nuanced approach.

Key words and concepts

  • Fresh starts
  • Renewed energy
  • Innocence
  • Youthful beginnings
  • Faith
  • Idealism
  • Recklessness
  • Folly
  • Lack of Fear

The Fool is number 0, meaning that it is both the beginning of the tarot (the trumps being numbered 0-21) and still outside of our normal numbering system.  When I'm looking at trump cards, then, I see the traditionally-numbered cards as archetypes and rites of passage in an ostensibly universal life course.  The Fool, being outside this progression, symbolizes ourselves, and the one who actually experiences the life described by the Major Arcana.

A truly excellent tarot reader can see both the positive and negative potential of any card, but I have to confess that I have a hard time embracing the Fool's downsides.  Oh, they're there, alright: the Fool can be naive to the point of stupidity, and he can make some pretty risky, brash decisions, but in the end, I'm always charmed by his whimsy.

Here's the Fool from my Universal Rider-Waite; look at that sassy face!  This is a guy who is totally convinced that his teenage poems are great works of literature, and has no idea that those fabulous sleeves really aren't doing him any favors.  But I just can't help but get swept up in his energy.  I want to fling my arms open with the same abandon, puff my chest out with the same innocent pride, and tumble head-first over the first cliff I come to (with my poor, nervous dog nipping at my heels).

The Fool signifies innocence and new beginnings, and the risks and ignorance that come with it.  It is certainly not a guarantee or intrinsically positive, but for me, there is a palpable optimism to this card.


  1. I found this cute deck from a seller on etsy ( The only thing I don't like about it is that it has an extra word written on each card (like, "Faith," "Emotions," etc.) I can understand how this might be helpful if reminding you of the meaning of the card but I think it would distract me and close off other interpretations. I thought you might like to take a look at it, though! (By the way, this is Allispin from Shakesville, I promise the link isn't spam or anything weird lol)

    1. Hi Allispin, and welcome! I couldn't quite get your link to work; is this the deck you are looking at?

      Cause if it is, it is sooooo charming! I personally agree with you in that I prefer not to have word meanings printed on the card (I feel like it can limit potential readings), but as far as keywords go, they blend nicely with the artwork. Thanks so much for sharing; I'm always on the lookout for new decks!

    2. Yes, that's the one it's too cute =P