The Basics of Tarot



0 The Fools Journey

The Fool’s Journey (0) is a story of where we are on our journey and/or where we will be in the near future. The 22 Major Arcana represents stages in our lives, lessons that have an impact on us, and moments that can change our paths. The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for us throughout life.
The Fool (0) starts on a new journey. He is eager about what may come but he has no experience yet and does not know what is ahead of him. This is the beginning of his travels (with his blanket stick for the new beginning), and he is open to what may come and excited. But does he see the cliff just ahead of him?
His journey is broken up in three stages of the Major Arcana. 1-7 is personal, 8-14 is the world, and 15-21 is the universe. Each number is on the cards starting with the Fool as 0.
When you draw the fool, it means something new is about to begin. If you draw 1-7 it could include someone near you. If you draw 8-14 it can mean you might have to deal with bigger issues. And lastly if you draw 15-21 it could mean you will get a better understanding of where you are in your life.
Sometimes the card can be reversed (upside down). If you get this, for The Fool, this could mean you need to do shadow work or even something is holding you back. Look at the cards nearby and release yourself from this blockage.
Number 1 is the beginning and 21 is the end but they always start back at 1 because life is an infinite event. Another way to look at it is that a major arcana is the noun, and the minor arcana is the verb.
As he starts his journey (Looking like he is not paying attention), he is very naive but, as he progresses (white rose of purity and the white dog for his new journey), he gains life lessons and by the end of his journey he has gained wisdom and is anything but a Fool.
His journey is a representation of where we are in our lives and how we can gain the wisdom to live a full life.


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