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The Fool

The Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes - nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction - one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.


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"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

The Greater Fool.....

"one who believes they can succeed where so many others have not". I don't know why I put quotes around that. In financial circles the greater fool is a rube. Meaning one can still turn a profit buy finding an even bigger idiot if you find yourself with over valued assets. I like this phrase as Aaron Sorkin used it in episode 10 of The Newsroom as someone who will make a radical departure from the status quo despite all of it's negative consequences because it IS the right thing to do!

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

I'm Reminded of The Beatle's

"Fool on the Hill"

It was a favorite song of mine as a kid and it still resonates with me today..."and the eyes in his head see the world spinning round". It always seems to be the case that the fools are the rare ones who recognize the idiocy of this world and fight limply against it as best as they can, through the usual means: socratic questioning in particular. Of course, that didn't seem to work so well for Socrates in the end (or for Wilde either, the poor soul)

Wild card is more telling

In terms of Taro anyway. In some variations Fool is considered to be a wild card. Significance of wild is the ability to bring strength of any trait or arcana towards particular situation. And weakness is probably the lack of personality. Counter-intuitively to that - it takes special kind of personality in a human being to represent wild card specifics. Though some may elaborate that it works both ways (for good and the bad that is), I do not think that is so. Mainly because to have any worthwhile ability in anything - you have to work. And that is not something social parasites do. While we may regard some of their effort and try and see how that effort can be put on the right track, we must acknowledge that intention, conscious or 'unconscious', nullifies it completely.

Only as high as i reach can i grow
Only as far as i seek can i go
Only as deep as i look can i see
Only as much as i dream can i be

I have never considered

I have never considered myself a fool but I have always trusted my instincts based on my belief in God. I know that I know if my cause is just in the eyes of God then I go for it knowing full well if I make a mistake God will make something worthwhile come out of it. I have done a lot of dumb things in my life for the right reason but I learned from them and was made stronger and benefited from the experiences -- a strong character is earned.

Amen, brother, I just wish

Amen, brother, I just wish more people thought along these lines: out of failure can come triumph, but you actually DO have to try.

AKA Le Mat

The Fool emerges from nowhere and goes nowhere. Note how Le Mat (begger or mad man) has taken the club (tarot has all 52 cards of a regular deck in cups/hearts, coins/diamonds, spades/swords, and clubs), and turned it into a place to store what is important to him, his purse. He holds a white rose, (secrecy). His white dog (everclear or whiskey, a drunk)is his best friend ushering him off the cliff. The red feather in his cap means virtue (he is doing what he is doing with all his heart), and the red wings that make his sleaves means, duty.. as in, it is his job to leap off the cliff. The icy mountains in the background can mean a cold day in hell, which bothers him not, for he is in broad daylight.. yet his clothing is adorned with gold morning glories, meaning.. when the talk is of silver, silence is golden.

Reading tarot is fun.. I would not think of you as Le Mat, but rather Mountebank , the #1 card, http://www.ata-tarot.com/resource/cards/maj01.html


There are 22 Major Arcana, which both Le Mat and Mountebank belong, the lesser arcana is the 52 in a regular deck.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Granger, why the French?

I've been wondering about this now for some time.

The magician and the fool work closely together. There are elements of each in the other.

He's the man.


I got into astrology, tarot, when I was a teen in New Orleans, where I came across several decks, the French being one, where I found the translations better, with more symbolism. The French deck was used by the best in New Orleans, back when psychic shops were more spooky because the people were so intense, where today, much of it is entertaining.. though I guess it does help some.

The cards are beautiful artworks, and the wisdom is about the human condition, which the one is harder than the 0.. it's hard to be the only one, or the last one, or the first one....

Michael Nystrom's picture


Thank you for the explanation. You brought the spooky, mysterious shops in New Orleans to life for me.

I was saddened to learn recently that my psychic just passed away. Peter, at the Tremont Tea Room in Boston. It has left a huge hole for me.

He's the man.

Just a suggestion...

Michael, have you ever tried to quiet your mind, hold the Fool card in your hand and just look at it for a while? Just focus on the card, with your mind at peace, and let whatever images on the card that stand out for you, reveal a meaning for you (as opposed to the meaning generally assigned to that image).

I used to have a favorite psychic. She had to have passed away many years ago, by now. She told me to develop my gift and I have, to some degree. I don't use it very often but, things just come into my mind when I least expect them to. I was much sought after by family and friends for Tarot readings but, have not done any in a long time. There are some things that I just don't want to know about people and have stopped doing readings. I believe you can develop the ability to do it for yourself.

In any event, if you are going through psychic reading withdrawal and IF you ever come into NJ, let me know. There are some very good psychic's in the Sussex/Warren county area and I think there's one in Essex county, too. I will find the phone numbers for you, if you'd like to give it a try sometime.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

1 Samuel 28:7 KJV Then said

1 Samuel 28:7 KJV

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.



In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

I think this story is a conspiracy

to get people to call themselves fools.

Michael Nystrom's picture

"The fool doth think he is wise,

but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Billy Shakespeare said that.

He's the man.

an airbag saved my life

The Hebrew text uses "nabal" and implies wilting or immorality. Through many centuries of loose translation it has come to be associated directly with foolishness(Latin:follis). Had the original Hebrew text writers meant to imply "fool" as we know it today they would have more likely used the word "kesil". In Matthew 5:22 the Greek text uses both "raka" and "mwroj". The latter gives root to the contemporary expressions of both "moron" and "morose". The former, "raka", is what I believe to be the closest of Biblical terms referenced here to that which is alluded to by Michael in this post as "The Fool".


Making me study are ye :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabal "The root meaning of the name Nabal is wilt,[16] and came to mean failure,[17] and so gained the figurative meaning of being shamelessly improprietous;[18] in the Nabal narrative, he is described as living up to his name,[19] in addition to being surly and mean.[1] Traditionally Nabal is euphemistically translated as fool, for which a Hebrew synonym is kesil (literally meaning fool); scholars regard it as possible that some features of the Nabal narrative derive from primitive mythology,[20] and it is notable that kesil particularly referred to the constellation of Orion,[21] and was translated as Orion by the Septuagint.[22]"


I don't know the Hebrew language, so I have to depend on sources. Thank you for making me dig. I never considered various meanings.


The Fool and Magician

Thank Michael,

That is so true. The Fool is the most powerful card. Only the Fool can go where Angels fear to tread. The Magician manifests its magic inside of the unknown. The Fool likes the unknown and he will take the Magician into these places so that incredible possibilities will manifest.

Interesting you would mention the magician

I had not read the thread until after I made my post. As if we are the fools who take MN into these incredible places so that incredible possibilities will manifest?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Republic Man!

Nice to see you around these parts.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Anyway, not afraid to admit it. I was, am, and hope always to be.

Forever yours,

The Fool

He's the man.

+ 1

"...follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem."

Thanks Michael.

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In Politics, There Are Many Court Jesters

I bet you can't name many that are the exception..

What is the difference between making 'Foolish Mistakes' and being a 'FOOL?'

Thanks for posting Michael..

Bye the way, how are you holding out in that storm?

This ones for you Mich~ael: Fools - Psycho Chicken (1980)

Also, the Fool (Court Jester) spoke the truth in scathing way,

often disguised as humor. It was in that way that the Fool could warn the king of trechery in his court. The Jester was important to the king. Truth comes out in many ways, not always clear and up front.

The Fool and the Magician cards often compliment each other in Tarot readings.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Competition versus Monopoly

The symbolism here can be compared to Luciferianism.

I think the natural battle is between fixed orders and then whatever power is at play to raise the bar and lower the cost.

If there is no power at play to improve measurably then no improvement will occur.

So the fool here is representing that Wild Card, so called, as if the power that does work to improve is a random thing.

This is the essence of the spiritual connection.

What power is responsible and therefore accountable for improvement?


I'm not the authority here, so don't even go there, all I'm saying is watch out for false gods, hidden behind whatever works to hide false gods, including the concept of randomness.


"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."


Cyril's picture

Nice one. :)

Nice one. :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The Fool

That fool is foolin' the court.

I wonder if he's related to the fool on the hill.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

A Frog went to see a tarot card reader...

and asked what his future holds. Madame Zelda tells him, "You are going to meet a very beautiful young girl who will want to know Everything about you."

The frog is thrilled, "This is grrrreat!! Will I meet her at a party?" he croaks.

"No, in biology class."

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift