The Fool Tarot Card
Traditional Meaning – The Fool is ready to begin a new journey of discovery in a new or different direction.
The following positive keywords are associated with this card:
- New beginnings
It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:
- Lack of responsibility
Variations: The Fool is carefree and seeks new adventures.
If this card is revealed in a reading, the client should be ready to face the unexpected. This is because The Fool generally signifies a new beginning, or it could mean that the client will be involved in a journey that is both fun and exciting. With these “out of the box” events (whether a joyful or trying one), the person being referred to in the reading will become more experienced and gain more knowledge. The presence of The Fool in a reading could also mean that the client will meet an unconventional (albeit one of a kind) person. Lastly, The Fool also tells of the untapped potential that is present in every person.
However, if the card is in the reverse position, it could also mean that the person should “look before they leap”. This implies that they should be careful so as to avoid making a “foolish mistake”. Its presence in the first position is also a warning sign, as it could mean that they are asking the wrong questions or reasons.
A Deeper Look: The Fool is the only card in the standard Tarot deck with the numerical value of zero. It is the equivalent of “Wyrd” in Germanic runes: The unknowable. The purposeful lack of numbering is the perfect representation of what the card truly means: the void, the leap of absolute faith and trust. The Fool traditionally has a meagre pack thrown over his shoulder and a small white dog nipping at his heels. His face is innocent and carefree and he is usually looking upward, away from where he puts his feet despite the fact that he is heading toward the edge of a cliff and the background of the card indicates rocky and dangerous terrain. He holds a white flower in one hand and the stick on which his small pack is tied in the other. A jaunty red feather adorns his cap. The boots and the sky are yellow, which is the color of health, joy, and confidence.
The card itself advises that a leap of faith is at hand and that the client should be willing to jump into the void and take a chance. The small bag indicates that The Universe will provide what he needs and that the client should trust this to be so. The dog symbolizes the reality of intelligent, rational thought that often nips and bites at our heels when we are striving to work solely from intuition and trust. The red plume represents the pull of passion on the thought processes and the white flower shows purity of intention.
It is likely that the client must take chances to move forward, but do so with no assurances of safety or security. The client must sacrifice everything for a promise of nothing. This card advises to take a breath and jump confidently off whatever cliff is calling. The Universe supports this confidence and the client will fly rather than fall against the rocky crags below.
This Tarot card reading can also indicate the beginning of a journey in which the destination is unknown.
Quick Reference for The Fool Tarot Card
Association: Associated with Air.
General Meanings: Freedom. A new beginning. Going where the wind blows. Lack of discipline. Travel.
Love: Unstable and uncertain.
Health: Senility, lack of focus.
Money: Lack of direction.
Spirit: Be in the now.
The Magician Card
Traditional Meaning – The Magician symbolizes a person with great inner talent who is focused on achieving goals.
Some of the positive associations with this card are as follows:
- New beginnings
On the other hand, The Magician card can also have the following negative associations:
- Abuse of power
- Lack of self-confidence
Variations: Similar to The Fool, this card is also associated with new beginnings. What makes this card different, though, is that The Magician is an excellent sign that pertains to the coming of new opportunities. It also tells the client how important it is to engage in a new endeavour, and that they will have the initiative and resolve to become successful in whatever it is that they want to engage in. Being associated with the planet Mercury (messenger of the gods), this implies that they will be able to go through problems without experiencing too much difficulty.
However, the negative factors associated with the card also state that the client must be careful with the people in whom they’ll be placing their trust. This is because The Magician also signifies trickery. Its presence in a spread could also mean that the client currently lack self-confidence and is still indecisive when it comes to certain areas that require them to make a decision.
A Deeper Look: Unlike the previous card, the Fool, the Magician now has the powers of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, right in front of him on his table at his disposal, plus the Divine energy from Heaven pulled down with his upward, wand-holding right hand to manifest directly onto Earth with his downward pointing left hand.
In most decks, The Magician is male or androgynous and his application is to either gender. Shown with a variety of tools before him, he traditionally reaches one hand to the heavens and points another to the earth, representing the manifestation of the energy from Heaven into a reality on Earth based solely upon his will and direction. Ignore the modern definition of magician (more accurately termed “illusionist”) in the context of interpreting this card. Our Magician employs no deceptions or tricks in what he manifests, but deftly controls the elements around him as he weaves the inchoate into reality.
The Magician assures the client that he or she can make life and situations into whatever they want them to be, and for what greater blessing could any of us possibly ask? The Magician draws down Heavenly, Divine energy from above and transforms it into physical manifestation here on Earth: God’s will made manifest. On his table, he has representations of the four suits of the Tarot, which correspond to the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The lilies in the garden in front of him represent the eternal life of the indomitable spirit and the roses indicate the power of love and passion. He has an infinity loop over his head to show the balance and flow of Heaven and Earth between one another and the never ending dance between death and rebirth, beginnings and endings and even reality and perception. Around his waist is the Ouroboros, the self-consuming snake, which represents concepts like the infinity loop.
The Magician is the conduit that brings all those forces together in perfect harmony. He reminds us that the power to change our circumstances is completely in our own hands and that we have every tool needed for this endeavor. In this situation, God/The Universe wants the same thing we want, and we have Divine backing for our plans. We must remain in close contact with our spirits and keep our hearts open to the gentle words of guidance we hear to remain on the path toward our own greatest good. If we remain firmly in “The Zone,” keep our actions on task with our goal, and proceed with a pure heart and good intentions, the outcome is assured.
The Magician insists that the querent deeply consider what parts of current plans are now ready to bring into manifestation. If he or she has been waiting to act on them, now is the time. Fears of inadequacy and feelings of being unworthy are all glass ceilings we place over our ability to soar. The client must tear down the paper dragons that are obstacles to success.
It is essential to remove all obstacles and move confidently forward with plans. Big creation energy is at hand and the Magician assures us of a positive outcome. The fears that have built up are all illusions, false impressions that hold the querent back. It is time to take a deep breath, be bold, and move forward with conviction.
The client should expect miracles and remain clear, focused, and concise about what is wanted. The ability to bring thought into form in strong at this time; all that is required is clear intent and the will to make it so. Focus energy in a very precise direction. The trick is to be careful what one wishes for because, especially in this instance, it will very likely happen.
Quick Reference for The Magician Tarot Card
Association: Associated with Mercury.
General Meanings: Focus and balance. Knowing what one wants. Using truth and illusion to one’s ends. The ability to make things happen. Knowledge.
Love: Make it happen – communication is key.
Health: You can heal it.
Money: Be the boss.
Spirit: Be true to yourself.