The Fool

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The Fool

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Rules: Uranus

Exaltation: Scorpio

Astrological Association: Aquarius

Element: Air

Color: Pale Yellow

Upright: beginnings, free spirit, innocence, spontaneity, starting over, fresh, bright, youth, extremes, beginning without end, infinite potential, optimism, freedom

Reversed: holding back, restlessness, risk-taking, foolish behavior, mental disorders, recklessness, instability, childlike, naive

The Fool Upright Summary

Despite its name the fool isn’t an idiot, the name for our purposes is used as more of a synonym for ignorant. And ignorance isn’t usually a bad thing, we are all ignorant of some things. In fact, often when we are ignorant, we are braver. The Fool is an important and positive card.

Typically, the fool is referring to the querent and not someone else in the querents life. The Fool often advises us to take risks, or a chance, on something that may be on the forefront of your mind. The Fool wants us to be content with who we are, and to worry less about what other’s think of us. Don’t worry about how others see you at this time, focus on just being completely true and genuine to yourself. Don’t be afraid to be seen as “foolish.”

If you are considering making a major change or accepting an opportunity, the Fool shows up to say, “What are you Doing? GO FOR IT!”.  Jump in feet first! Try something new, even if it feels a little unsafe.

Past

In the place of the past, the Fool can represent the wheels already in motion. You may have already been presented with a choice to release your inhibitions. You’re already headed down a path that seemed risky. It can also represent time wasted.

Present

When the Fool is in the position of the present, it is almost always the querent the Fool speaks of. They could be ready to abandon something or someone and move forward with their life. Look forward to new horizons and opportunity. This marks an at least fork in the road, where we consider new opportunities and are ready to enter a new life phase.

Future

In the position of the future, the Fool can signal a journey, no, not literally. Instead of packing up your physical belongings and moving somewhere, the Fool suggests a spiritual journey. Where you pack your emotional baggage and see where that ride takes you. The Fool is especially good to draw when you are starting a new life phase, such as a new school or job; something that is actively going to change the structure of your day to day life.

Reversed Summary

The Fool, when reversed, is almost the exact opposite of its upright counterpart. Instead of encouraging you to dive in feet first, it’s presence warns to be cautious as danger may be on the path ahead. It can also hint towards recklessness and novice behavior when pursuing a new venture. It is good to try new things, be brave and bold, but be sure you’re at least having some thought in your actions. It’s good to be brave, it’s not good to be reckless and putting yourself in direct danger. Be sure that you aren’t getting lost in your own thoughts and not actively ‘doing’. We all have ideas, but it is only through action that these ideas materialize and have value.


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