The Fool Tarot Card Meanings

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The Fool (Reversed)

Ideas: Compliance, limitation, old business

Traits: Cautious, conformist, conservative, conventional, hesitant, indecisive, serious

Emotions: Apprehension, hope, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Ensuring things are in order
    • Finishing off old business
    • Focusing on important matters rather than fun activities
    • Taking a bit more time to consider
    • Progressing towards maturity
    • Watching your steps along the way
The Fool (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Freedom, innocence, innovation, instincts

Traits: Curious, open, playful, unrestrained, venturesome, vulnerable, youthful

Emotions: Amazement, cheerfulness, eagerness, excitement, joy, optimism, surprise, thrill

  • Actions:
    • Attuning yourself to your instincts
    • Believing the world is a safe place
    • Daring to challenge a risky adventure
    • Embracing innovation and change
    • Exploring your potential
    • Expressing joy and youthful vigor
    • Freeing yourself from limitation
    • Taking a leap of faith
The Fool (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: High-risk activities, painful mistakes, unnecessary risks

Traits: Aimless, careless, distractible, gullible, ignorant, naive, silly

Emotions: Annoyance, desire, frustration, grumpiness, hurt

  • Actions:
    • Avoiding responsibilities
    • Behaving inappropriately
    • Craving anything new and exciting
    • Disregarding well-established traditions and limits
    • Getting lost in the path
    • Making painful mistakes
    • Refusing to be serious when required
    • Taking unnecessary risks

The Fool’s Advice

Personal Growth

Without falling for every scheme that comes your way, you can cultivate an openness to life. What are your limits? What boundaries define you? What might happen if you step outside those definitions? With eyes wide open, expand your world today.


There’s a reason we say we “fall” in love! Each new romance makes us as giddy as a total beginner. Don’t allow old habits to smother opportunities for growth. You can break rules without resorting to rash action and you don’t have to be in control all the time.


Leap over limits. Don’t waver; now’s the time to jump, even if you don’t have all the facts in hand. Remember that once, every new direction was just another crazy idea. Be prepared, though. Later, your results will determine whether others deem you clever or crazy.


You are old and young, wise, and inexperienced. Life is a cycle of cycles; find your place in the dance and start dancing. Reinvention is the key to transformation. See who you are, but acknowledge, too, the person you can be. Grace abounds; embrace it. Consider Zen meditation.

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