The Fool Tarot Card Meanings

the fool tarot card


The Fool is the 0 Major Arcana card among all the other 22 Major Arcana cards. On this card, a young man is walking towards the edge of the cliff. He seems to be in a joyful mood as his face is upwards toward the sky and walking without care that his next step can make him fall from the cliff to some unknown place. He is not paying attention to what is coming next. In his left hand, he holds a white rose which symbolizes his purity and innocence. In his right hand, he holds a sack containing his belongings. Near his feet, a small white-coloured dog is barking towards him, signalling him about the danger which is coming on his way. Unaware of his surroundings, the man is just walking without paying attention to anyone. In the background, there is a range of rocky mountains which denotes that this is just the beginning, as there are going to be several challenges ahead of the young man which he has to pass to reach his ultimate goal.


  • New Beginnings
  • Innocence and Purity
  • Free Spirit
  • Freedom
  • Careless
  • Foolish
  • Adventures and Travels
  • Youth
  • No Commitment

General Meaning

The Fool is a positive card which denotes the new, excited, and unexpected journeys of life. You have to overcome your anxieties and fears to start this new beginning of your life. Act like a free spirit and enjoy whatever the divine powers of the universe are showering on you. As soon as you walk on this path, you will be able to see the clear directions of your goals. It is time to relax as all the right things will happen at the right time. As a person, it denotes someone who is daring and carefree.

Upright Position

the fool-upright position

If this card appears in the upright position, it denotes the new beginnings or new journeys of life. This journey will be full of fun, excitement, and enjoyment. You may feel directionless for a moment, but everything will be cleared once you step forward to this journey. Don’t force the things as everything will happen at the right time because forcing things will only dead to disruptions. You have to overcome your fears and anxieties for your personal growth and development. It also denotes choosing a creative field as your profession.

Alternatively, this card also suggests that because of your carefree attitude you are not able to see the obstacles and dangers which are coming in your way. You are blindly walking in your path, unaware of the hurdles which can affect your journey to a great extent. This also denotes that you are not taking good care of your health.

Reversed Position

the fool-reversed position

This card in the reversed position denotes that your life is providing you with some new opportunities but you are not ready to consider them because of lack of confidence. You are more considered about the result rather than the journey. Your fears and anxieties have stopped you to move ahead towards your goals. If not fears, then there is something which is holding you back to move forward. This card in the reversed position advises you to implement your plan in reality to get the timely results.

Alternatively, this card also shows that you are performing several actions and risks at the same time. This card advises you to slow down the process and consider every fact before making any decision.

It also denotes a delay in certain things which can affect your work to a great extent. You are lacking fun, hope, and excitement.

The Fool in Past Spread

‘The Fool’ in the past spread denotes that you had taken certain decisions in life which will prove to be beneficial in the coming days. With this, you have opened many new paths which will help you to know your hidden talents and potentials. Stay positive as everything is happening for some good reason which will be exposed on time.

The Fool in Present Spread

In the present spread, the appearance of this card shows the new beginnings of your life. How the things gonna be in future will be revealed at the right time. For now, stay focused and enjoy your journey. Beware of the dangers and the obstacles which may appear in your path.

The Fool in Future Spread

Soon you will be entering the new phase of your life which will be going to bring many different opportunities. Along with the opportunities, you will face several obstacles which may try to divert you from your real path. With your focus and dedication, you will be going to reach the ultimate goal of your life. You have to erase certain old forms from your life to make the space for the new ones.

The Fool in Love Spread

If you are single, this card denotes that though you are enjoying your current singlehood status, there are chances of meeting someone very soon. You will be going to enter a phase in your life where you will enjoy this romantic relationship which will be full of fun and excitement. If you are committed, this card denotes your partner is not going to give an official commitment to this relationship. He/She will want the things to go with the flow rather than imposing the commitment forcefully on each other. This card advises not to keep the expectations as your partner is not going to commit any time soon.

The Fool in Career Spread

In the career spread, this card denotes that soon you are going to enter the new phase of your life where you will get several career opportunities. This can be either related about joining a new college or university. It advises you to stay focused and go with the flow as the outcome of your decisions will be revealed later. Stay dedicated as there are chances that you will be going to face several obstacles in your path which may try to distract you. If you are into the job profession, this card denotes that there are chances of your promotion, Along with the rewards you will face several challenges in your profession. This card also denotes setting up of a new business venture.

The Fool in Finance Spread

In the finance spread, the appearance of this card reminds you of your potentials and capabilities. If you put your maximum efforts, you will find many new ways of earnings. New opportunities will soon be going to knock your door. Don’t worry about the result because if you are putting your maximum efforts, you will be rewarded for your hard work. This card also advises you to consider every fact before investing or making financial decisions.

The Fool in Health Spread

In the health spread, the appearance of this card has several meanings, depending upon its placement along with the other cards. If you have recently fallen ill, this card denotes that soon your health will be fine. You have to adopt a healthy lifestyle to avoid any major health problem in future. This card also denotes an accident because of carelessness, so take the extra care of your health. There are chances of pregnancy as well. So, if you and your partner are not planing for a child, then this card advises you to take timely precautions.

The Fool in Family Spread

The appearance of ‘The Fool’ in the family spread denotes the new beginnings. It can be a marriage, childbirth, new business venture, shifting to a new city or country, etc. Whatever it is, there are chances of the favourable outcome shortly.

The Fool in Yes or No Spread

The Fool card signifies new adventurous beginnings but the outcome of this will be revealed at the right time. Since this card is a positive one so the answer to your question will be ‘Yes’.

Other Facts

  • Element: Air
  • Astrology/Zodiac Sign: Uranus

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