Fool Tarot Card Meanings 2017-12-29T11:28:55+00:00
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fool tarot card meaning

1. Beginnings

Fool Tarot Card Meanings and keywords:

Fool tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Fool tarot card can mean:


New beginnings, a new path and a new belief system. 


Not knowing what to expect.

Making it up as you go.

Heading into the unknown

Letting go of worry and fear.

Feeling happy, joyful and carefree.

Being in the right place at the right time. 

A higher than usual intuition.



Losing faith

Feeling fearful

Symbolism in Fool tarot card

The Fool tarot card meanings can be found in the symbol of number 0. The number 0 symbolises pure potential and faith (0 is regarded as God’s number). All the major arcana cards have roman numerals except the Fool which has Arabic numeral zero. Since The Fool is the first card in the deck it also symbolises new beginnings. The posture of the Fool strengthens this. He is carefree, mostly because he is too inexperienced to be afraid. The dog in the picture tries to warn the Fool who is on his way to walk over a cliff. The dog symbolises your friends who try to advise you. Another interpretation is that the ground is not a cliff, instead, the land regenerates itself before the Fool’s footsteps like magic and the dog represents the animal side of our nature. The bag with his belongings represents having no worries and being emotionally innocent. The white rose is the symbol of silence and rebirth. The rose also represents the purity of his soul and the creativity and inspiration that flows through him, making him jolly and spontaneous. The feather on his cap is a symbol of air and it points to the sun which symbolises enlightenment. Is the Fool ignoring enlightenment by facing away from the sun, or is has he already learnt all its lesson? Look at the cards that flank him, especially the ones he faces for the answer. The sun can also represent that there is a bright new day, justice has been served, and the Fool is free. The yellow background represents the mental attitude of the Fool who lives in his head and needs to be grounded. The Fool represents freedom on all levels, not just physically. It is the kind of freedom you experience when you have no regrets.

Fool tarot card and Astrology

The Fool is connected to Uranus. Uranus is the planet of surprise and all things unexpected, the future and technology, especially electricity. Uranus is also the planet for creativity and science. Uranus is the planet for nonconformists, including but not limited to the bohemian, the beatnik, the hippie, revolutionaries, anarchists, rebels, and radical humanitarians Uranus stays in a sign for 7 years. Uranus also rules Aquarius, the sign for The Star.

Fool Tarot card meanings upright

Fool in a general reading

The Fool represents new beginnings, having faith in the future, being inexperienced, not knowing what to expect, having beginners luck, improvisation, believing that the Universe provides, having no strings attached, being carefree. The Fool can represent a child or to be childlike, and to have an open mind. The Fool has the ‘there is no right or wrong answer’-mentality and instead follows his instinct to navigate himself through life. The Fool is pure and utter potential. This card often represents a new situation that you are feeling very excited about. The Fool is also a lucky card, and when it shows up for you, it can mean you are about to be in the right place at the right time, win a competition and/or travel somewhere you have never been before.

Fool in a love reading

In a love reading, the Fool tarot card can denote difficulties in committing and not knowing what you have before it is too late. If single, this card signifies being able to manifest a relationship very easily. The seeker needs to work on their commitment issues.

Fool in a career reading

In a career reading, Fool tarot card speaks of careers in power plants, electricity, technology and social media.

Learn what the Fool tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

The Fool as feelings

The Fool denotes ‘new’ feelings. Something new and exciting is happening and the Seeker is joyful about it. There is no fear when the Fool is showing up. It is total trust that everything will turn out perfect. In this sense, the Fool is a very spiritual card.

If you are asking how someone is feeling about you, and you get the Fool, then this person is excited about you. You have most likely brought joy to this person and validated them in a very important way that made them feel alive. The person has trust in you and they most likely feel that you have lifted them up in some way, away from the mundane and into a more joyful existence.

Personality types in Fool tarot card

Fool indicates someone who is exuberant and not afraid to show you just how much they enjoy life. They like to try new things but might lose interest after the initial excitement has worn off. They believe everything will work out well for them. They are full of faith and charisma. They listen to their hearts and follow their bliss and joy. Taking risks is a way of life, and more times than not, it is paying off.

fool tarot card meaning

1. Beginnings

Fool tarot card meanings reversed

Fool reversed indicates new beginnings being blocked, the path is hidden and the seeker is having difficulties seeing the world with fresh eyes. You might be feeling stuck and uninspired when the Fool turns up reversed. Some might get lost in their heads, and be losing touch with reality. Lost in the dream and unable to manifest and grow in the physical plane. This card denotes the ones that are young at heart and who are often highly sensitive. They are in touch with their inner child and can get wounded quite easily (like children often do). They are still growing up you might say and have a lot still to learn. If this card shows up reversed for you in a reading it is not a great time for you to begin something new. Take a step back and go back to something you know really well (do what you know, go where you have been before etc). Bid your time for a better result before leaping into the unknown.

Personality types in reversed Fool tarot card

This is someone who has lost hope and is trapped in the doom and gloom. They believe they have nothing left to learn. They believe there is nothing wrong with them emotionally and often name and shames, pointing their fingers at everyone else. They repeat the same pattern in their lives and never seem to be in the flow. Often they have addictions that chain them to their behaviours. They are ready for the grave, thinking life generally sucks.

Fool Tarot card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the fool.

The Fool + The Magician: Landing your dream job where talent and passion collide.

The Fool + The Empress: Pregnancy.

The Fool + The Lovers: Crazy in love.

The Fool + Three of cups: Rushing into marriage. Rushing into a relationship.

The Fool + Page of cups: Auditioning. Taking a creative risk.

The Fool + Nine of pentacles: Overnight success.

The Fool + Knight of pentacles: New job opportunity.

The Fool + King of pentacles: New business opportunity.

The Fool + Ten of swords: Learning the hard way.

The Fool + Page of swords: A talent that needs to be nurtured.

The Fool + Six of wands: Beginners luck.

The Fool + Eight of wands: Travelling. Backpacking.

The Fool + Queen of wands: Becoming an entrepreneur.

Fool tarot card meanings summary

Notice where the Fool is facing in a tarot reading, and notice what the Fool has turned his back on, as this denotes the flow of energy occurring in the Seeker’s life and the direction in which the Seeker moving forward. The Fool tarot card in a reading speaks of where you have extra blessings and intuition in your life, your new beginnings and the joys that are about to manifest.

Learn What the Fool tarot card means as a final card in a love reading.


  1. Sandhu March 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Hi Inger i enjoy your page I have been studying tarot and am very new to it.

    Please can you give your opinion on the below spread It looks very positive for the future with a new career coming up hopefully, and my own life purpose is there a connection with fool and ace of cups. In this spread can you see anything specfic in this spread.
    1 Fool 2 Ace of cups 3 Nine of cups 4 knight of pentacles 5 knight of wands
    6 King of cups 7 The world 8 The sun 9 Justice 10 Star


  2. Inger Bråthen March 12, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Hi, your cards look very promising, and they align well with success and achieving. There are doors opening up for you now. 🙂 I also feel there are a lot of destiny around the people you will meet, and they seem to also bring opportunities your way.

  3. Mirko April 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hello Inger and thanks for your time! I was with someone who loved me with all her heart, she wanted family and a life together and I was not ready. She left before I completely healed and was ready for her. My reading was so – Empress, Fool,. Magician, Justice and Hermit. Your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you!!

  4. Inger Bråthen April 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hi, Mirko. This will all work out I believe. The cards indicate you will find a way back to each other again.

  5. Jen May 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Hello Inger, I asked the question if I can trust my boyfriend. I got the 2 of wands, 9 of wands.and the fool. What are your thoughts with regards to my answer.

  6. Lisa May 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Inger. I selected 10wands, the lovers, the fool. Ive read what you wrote about livers and the fool. The fool being the outcome .. how does the 10 wands fit in ?

  7. Inger Bråthen May 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Hi, Jen. It is hard to tell with the Fool, as the Fool sometimes acts out of character. 9 of wands can mean he has some abandonment issues from his childhood that is still affecting him today.

  8. Inger Bråthen May 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hi. 10 of wands speaks of finding spiritual meaning in the work you do, and this could also bring you love. If in a relationship, you could share the same life purpose as your partner.

  9. Jen May 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Inger,
    I was asking what would happen next in my life. As I am thinking about leaving my current partner. I got the ace of wands, the 2 of cups and the devil. Can you tell me what this means. Thank you for your time.

  10. Inger Bråthen May 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Hi, Jen. I feel this relationship has run its course and if it is to survive it most change. Did you meet someone else?

  11. Christine May 31, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I received the Eight of Pentacles, The Fool and the Queen of Pentacles.

    I have no clue what this means.


  12. Inger Bråthen May 31, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Depends a little bit on the question you asked, however, eight of pentacles with the fool could mean a hobby or interest that you will turn into a career or home business (queen of pentacles0.

  13. Jen June 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Inger,
    In response to your question, i feel like the relationship has run it’s course as well. I don’t see my partner changing either, as I am pretty sure I am not the problem. But I have not met anyone else but he may have. But I do have friends. What do you think, thanks for your time.

  14. Gregory halliday June 9, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Hi Inger
    I did a three card spread and asked if and should I go out tonight to meet someone for fun or more. I have been staying in a lot recently and getting healthy and making sacrifices to further my health but I have been getting lonely lately and need a release. I’m Gay, very psychic and incredibly fun loving and gregarious but need a cuddle I and just want a bit of love.
    My cards were
    The Hermit
    The Lovers
    The Fool

    What do you feel could be the right answer and what do u reckon will be the outcome of my night on the tiles?
    To me it says I have been keeping myself to myself but now is the time to get out and mingle and have some fun and maybe a bit of love will result!!
    Greg Uk

  15. Inger Bråthen June 11, 2017 at 7:05 am

    This card combination means you can manifest seemingly out of thin air, and you can easily manifest love. People are drawn to you like a moth to a flame! 🙂

  16. J September 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Hi Inger!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions!They’ve been extremely helpful!

    For the overall theme of November, I received the The Fool (reversed) but the clarifying cards were:

    The King of Wands
    The Sun (reversed)

    I would more than greatly appreciate your interpretation of this card combination. Thank you!

  17. Inger Bråthen September 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Hi. Be careful this month. Someone will not be what they seem which is what you get the fool reversed. Rely on your common sense this month. The Sun reversed next to King of wands can mean you will feel pressured to act out of character and make a decision you feel is not exactly what you want to do.

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