What does the fool tarot card mean?

Main image for The Fool

The fool is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

The first card in the Tarot deck, The Fool is arguably also the most important. This card is unnumbered and can appear anywhere.

It is widely believed that The Fool represents us, the querent and that the Major Arcana tells the story of his journey through life.

The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for life, with each of the 22 cards of the Major Arcana describing a different stage and challenge that the Fool – and us – must face during that lifetime.


As The Fool is numbered zero, he represents a blank slate, and new beginnings. He is innocent, with much to learn. If you draw the Fool upright, it can signify that you are about to start a new journey or new phase.

It is a sign to have courage and take risks. Expect the unexpected, and go for your dreams.

Reverse Meaning

If you draw the Fool in reverse, it could be a sign to be cautious.

Your innocence may cause you to literally act like a fool by looking before you leap and potentially allowing yourself to be taken advantage of.

You may be living in the moment and not worrying too much about the future consequences.

If so, take this as a warning to slow down and consider your actions.

Other Major Arcana Cards