The Fool – a tarot tutorial

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Rose Fortune here again. It’s been awhile since I wrote about the tarot. You can read my introduction here. Seth is so clever – he did something to link this page with that page. Anyway, today I’d like to discuss The Fool.

Sometimes the card reveals its secrets just by the interpretation of the picture. In this case we see a young man on a beautiful sunny day. He carries a sack over his shoulder as if he is embarking on a journey. And he is at the edge of a cliff, possibly about to take a leap into the unknown. He has a little white dog with him – I should ask Violet what she thinks of that. The dog could be a guardian or companion.

Usually considered the first card in the major arcana, the Fool represents a free spirit and a curious mind. It can also represent a leap of faith. The number at the top is 0, therefore it can fit in anywhere, and can sometimes help to bridge the gap between what is and what will be.

When the Fool shows up in a card reading, if it is facing the right way up I take it to mean that the person is following his or her innermost voice. If the card is upside down, then I often read it as the person blocking natural talents or avoiding that inner voice. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the Fool often comes up in this reversed position when I do readings for Clyde. More accurately about Clyde, since she doesn’t willingly sit for readings anymore.

That is a very basic explanation of the card, and as I mentioned before, you need to look at all the cards in a layout to make any sense of them. There are many resources to explore the meanings of the cards, this is only my own interpretation based on my experience.

What do you see in the card?

Tarot tutorial by Rose Fortune

Hello! I’m Rose Fortune and I’m so glad you found this blog. Actually, I’m glad I managed to write something on this blog. My grandson, Seth, helped. He knows how to do all these new things like texting and downloading music and movies, and something called twitter. I have to admit, I prefer the old way of doing things. But, Harriet is very persuasive and she thinks Crystal Haven needs a blog.

I want to take a moment before I tell you about the tarot to explain that I’m sure Clyde didn’t mean to portray Crystal Haven in a bad way. She’s my daughter, and although we don’t see eye to eye on anything I don’t think she would intentionally harm Crystal Haven. She grew up here.

Apparently, her book is a cozy mystery. She very clearly published it as fiction and as my sister, Vi, says “publicity is publicity” or something like that. If people read the book and decide to come to Crystal Haven to see what we have to offer, where’s the harm? But as the head of the historical society, Harriet is protective.

Well, on to the tarot. I will try to give a little insight on different aspects of the tarot with each post. It takes years of study to understand all of the possible readings of just one card. When the cards are combined in a layout, the meanings are compounded.

The tarot consists of four suits with cards numbered from one to ten and four face cards (king, queen, knight, and page). This will be familiar to anyone who has played a card game with a regular deck of cards. The tarot deck also has a second group of twenty-two cards called the major arcana giving us seventy-eight cards rather than fifty-two.

There are all sorts of decks out there from the traditional Rider-Waite pack to decks featuring fairies, goddesses, Egyptian gods, and even some lovely hand drawn artwork. I like to experiment with different decks and see which ones give me the best information. It’s my opinion that the cards will speak to the individual and each person sees something different in the pictures.

Next time, I’ll write about meanings of individual cards. Do any of you have a favorite deck?