The Fool is one of my favourite Tarot cards.
A fave alias of the Trickster, she/he is the only Major Arcana card to transition into the modern playing cards, as the Joker.
Like Mercury himself, The Fool is of both genders – where do you think the word Hermaphrodite is from? Hermes.
You get the Fool in a reading when it’s time to take a massive leap of faith, to trust your instincts and move on even if (especially if) everyone around you is doing w.t.f style disapproval or your path seems counter to the obvious.
Most recently i saw it in the spread of a guy who was wondering whether he could cop the crap from breaking up with his ‘perfect partner’ – so revered and intermeshed with their community were this couple that my friend knew for sure he’d lose a whole pile of friends, community and biz contacts if he left.
I think he was actually hoping the cards would throw up one of those “stay put for now” answers but no, there it was: The Fool.
In most decks The Fool is depicted as wandering cheerily along a path, a few possessions in a little rucksack, cute dog yapping away and about to step off a cliff. Like, an idiot, right.
But it’s more about those times in your life when you DO shed stuff and you don’t want to be encumbered. The Fool is a minimalist.
The little dog symbolises intuition – you could get real fancy about this and invoke Anubis/Wolves etc – but could just as easily be a cat, eagle, owl, snake…The idea is that The Fool has divested him/herself of all the crap, is high on liberation pheromones and entirely guided by intuition.
It’s the ultimate start-over card and the cliff doesn’t represent doom – it’s the unknown. The Fool is the ultimate ‘just do it’ card.
And my friend went through all the social hassle you usually get if you end an officially “perfect” relationship and is now totally happy, way more himself, new industry, new vibe, alive and in thrive mode.
But you see, with The Fool, you only get to the good bits if you’re willing to have peeps think you’re a complete raving flake.