00 The Fool
The Fool is the first card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number zero to indicate that it is the very beginning—before everything. Many people misinterpret the Fool, believing its message to signify absurdity or moronic behavior. On the contrary, the Fool is a symbol of the Creator, the “All That Is”, or however you envision deity. He symbolizes the trickster aspect of divinity: God’s sense of humor, if you will. The Fool seems to be stepping off a cliff to certain doom. He turns his face and eyes upward, not noticing the fate that awaits. In his satchel, he has what little he needs for his journey.
His companion, a little white dog, runs along at his heels. The dog can be seen as humanity’s most extreme attitudes toward divinity: either seen as following blindly along, or lacking the firmness of belief necessary to take the step the Fool is about to make, and therefore, trying to hold him back. The real message here is one of optimism. You must make a leap of faith, taking only the baggage that benefits you, with the ultimate trust that you will make it alright.
The Fool encourages you to go beyond your boundaries, to work past your fears, and to believe that anything is possible. We are ready to move forward and know what is right for us. At the same time we must not sacrifice our freedom for the sake of conventions or peer pressure.
The laws of the universe call upon us to live out of our imagination -not out of our memory. The Fool is a card that sends a clear message: it calls upon us to re-examine our lives and ask ourselves – are we really free? We need to put our freedom at the top of our priorities – the freedom to live based on our own beliefs. Until we do so we will not be able to fulfill the goals we had set. The card indicates that we know what is right for us and should insist on our path despite other’s misgivings. We must trust our gut feeling to be our only true guide.
The card might often indicate that due to conventions and peer pressure we are about to give up on something which is paramount to us. We therefore must let go of our past which is binding us via memories of that which once was. Instead, we have to live out of our imagination of that which still may be –new beginnings that will lead to everything that is right and true in our lives. The spiritual lesson: there is no price for freedom! If we find ourselves at a place in life where we continuously suffer, then no compensation, material or other, can match our happiness once we set ourselves free.
Relationships: Flowing well and open for propositions.
Career: We have good ideas and can think outside the box.
Relationships: We like freedom and don’t want to commit, we do not persist nor put in the effort, miscommunication.
Career: We do as we please and cannot accept authority, lack discipline, tend to be irresponsible, lazy, aloof.
Please note that this card, just like the High Priestess and the Moon, does not provide a clear and definite answer.
Other areas of relevance: Freedom, new beginnings, breaking free of our chains.