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Tarocchi Fool’s Journey: Card 0 (The Fool)

In the beginning, there was the Fool; and the Major Arcana plays out the rest of his tale. “The Fool’s Journey” is a fascinating and important concept for both beginners and tarot pros alike. Come along with me as I revisit this journey through 22 cards from 22 different decks.

The Fool card from the Original Rider Waite Smith tarot, placed on top of a page of The Modern Witch's Book of Tarot by Skye Alexander
Featuring: The Original Rider Waite Smith tarot deck by A.E. White and Pamela Colman Smith and The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot by Skye Alexander

The Fool: It Starts with Zero

Someone who is “foolish” is someone who lacks good sense or judgment; someone who often acts silly. But don’t you envy this Fool’s carefree spirit sometimes? Beginning a meaningful journey often means stepping out of your comfort zone and throwing caution to the wind. This is what the Fool is all about. Someone smarter may overthink the entire journey and hesitate to take the first step, but a fool will do so without question because he doesn’t even think of the dangers involved.

In the Rider Waite Smith deck, we see the Fool set out on a journey with only the clothes on his back, a trusty companion, and a tiny bag of possessions—quite literally starting from scratch/zero. He’s obviously eager to venture out and see what lies ahead… even as he fails to actually see the cliff right in front of him.

What do you think of when you see The Fool? Does this card resonate with your own journey at the moment? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below!

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