0 FOOL - The Courageous Child of The Divine
“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,” writes Arthur Edward Waite in The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
The Fool (in some decks also called The Jester, The Child, The Dreamer) is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck. In occult tarot, it is one of the 22 Major Arcana cards, numbered as 0 (the first) or XXII (the last). The Fool brings air energy and intensity of the Uranus energy. Like its connected planet, The Fool is forward-looking and is associated with all that is progressive.
According to Robert Wang The Fool being air energy makes it the most important card in the deck. “All of the other Tarot cards are implicit in this Transitional Air; they all arise from Air,” explains R. Wang.
Tarot master A. E Waite writes:
Robert Wang in The Qabalistic Tarot notes that The Fool is both – most complicated card in the deck, but also the one that means the absolute simplicity of thought and action.
Qabalistic sources also provides Fool’s esoteric meaning, which is related to consciousness. It’s believed The Fool is the Divine force, who walks his path with special dignity, and he can stand face to face before the Cause of Causes.
Another author Rachel Pollack perceives The Fool as a brave, free spirit. However, author urges to notice other side of this “character”. In the tarot bible Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot she writes:
Pollack also reminds:
According to the author (as well as many other tarot specialists) symbolism in the card also plays big role, half of the meaning is in surrounding elements.
In the tarot bible Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot author also says:
Experienced practitioner of hypnotherapy and a psychic who uses the tarot cards as his main tool for divination, John Field in his book Ultimately Tarot also dwells into the meaning of The Fool.
He also analyses his connection with the planets:
Author gives encouragement, which if needed can be accepted and practiced as affirmation to take on Fool’s energy.
In the Big Book of Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine The Fool takes on as The Dreamer.