Dionysus is repeatedly bitten by this tiger, but his gaze remains directed forward.
The Fool or The Jester is one of the 78 cards in a tarot deck. In tarot card reading, it is one of the 22 Major Arcana, sometimes numbered as 0 or XXII.
The Fool is represented by the god of Spring, Dionysus. The green color reminds us of the powerful creative force of Spring. The crocodile (the ancient Egyptian god of creativity) is also the bearer of the greatest creative powers.
Key Words: openness, trust; ready to take a risk; courage to stand your ground; freedom, independence; creativity; great potential; possibility to take a quantum leap; listening to the heart’s voice.
The long umbilical cord, connection to cosmic oneness, wraps the Fool in four spirals. The possibility of rebirth is given on all four planes of human existence: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. The prerequisite is your readiness to change in all areas; your responsibility
This card in context. Take a whim and make it real. Write it down and plot it out. Imagine what it would be like to do it and jump in. It is time to make a move. Opportunity is at the door, and it is the moment to unwrap your creativity—what better time to invent than now. (EZM)
Love & Relationships (Upright)
The Fool in love is exciting and spontaneous but a little bit fickle. For those in relationships, The Fool indicates being so in love you can hardly contain your excitement. However, if the person asking the question is asking about commitment, this card is linked to lack of commitment /not being ready for a commitment. For those that are single, it is a very good indicator that an impulsive, carefree romance is on the cards (or many such romances). If the Fool appears, be prepared for fun-filled romance but be careful not to miss true love if it comes your way during this time.
Money & Career (Upright)
Opportunity knocks! With the Fool in your career, it may be time to go for that new job or start your own business that you’ve been dreaming of. Other people may try to put you off or may not understand what you’re doing, be patient with them and try to make them understand but do not let them deter you. For current projects it indicates fresh new ideas and being reinvigorated with energy. The Fool indicates big opportunities for advancement. Be clever and research your opportunities and the risk but don’t be afraid to take the plunge! Financially, if you take the chance and work hard you will make more than you thought you would.
The Fool bodes well for physical health if you have been ill as it indicates vitality and energy. However, it can also indicate being accident prone so if you get the Fool for health be extra careful. It can also represent pregnancy as it represents the beginning of a new life.
The Fool indicates that you are at the beginning of a new spiritual journey which will lead on to great things. You will be eager to try many different approaches, allow yourself to do this. Others may not understand the journey you’re on but you must do what is right for you.
The four spirals are described as follows:
The first spiral surrounds the heart in heart-shape. It stands for emotional rebirth; the recognition, perception and acceptance of true emotional needs.
The second spiral bears three symbols. The dove represents vulnerability and sensitivity as requirements for love of oneself and others. The ability to set limits and say »No« in unclear relationships is also needed.
The butterfly means transformation (the caterpillar becomes the butterfly).
The snakes wrapped around each other (Caduceus) are a symbol
for engagement in in healing and health.
On the third spiral lay two naked children entwined. Their presence brings the realm of relationship into the picture. The quality of your relationships with family, friends, business associates and deep emotional bonds must be re-examined and re-evaluated. Which people do you really want around you?
The fourth spiral is occupied by the tiger and the crocodile. The crocodile urges for the development of creative abilities in work and career. The rose it wears symbolizes the unfolding of creative powers.
The crocodile’s powerful jaws testify to its endurance and leadership qualities, as well as to the ability to work independently and self sufficiently. It is possible to break through old, worn-out conditioning.
The tiger symbolizes fear (see Princess of Wands). Dionysus is repeatedly bitten by this tiger, but his gaze remains directed forward. He gives no attention to fear, so it has lost its power over him. The tiger cannot injure him at all. His unshakable faith in existence allows him to be aware of fearful feelings without being their victim. He is liberated,
able to be receptive for mystical peak experiences and interpersonal interaction. Basic, dynamic powers are released which drive forward. The onrushing creative unfolding process cannot be held back.
The Fool holds a cup with a base of crystal in his right hand and a burning torch in his left. These are alchemical symbols (see the card XIV Art). They show the meeting of opposite forces which creates the energy for the transformation, the quantum leap, to take place.
The grapes, symbols of fertility, are ripe for harvest. The white spots on the golden background mean Fall (harvest time); falling leaves, dropping, letting go, surrender. The coins at the right, engraved with astrological symbols, reflect the overflowing wealth on all planes which comes when you give your creative energies full rein to unfold.
The horns Dionysus wears reflect expanded perception. The rainbow surrounding his head means wholeness, Unity, the bridge between heaven and earth, inner and outer. Between his legs is a cluster of flowers which represents the process of transformation. At the bottom, the active aspect (the three flowers to the left symbolize body, mind and spirit) combines with the passive aspect, receptivity, willingness to
learn. The simple blossoms below, when united, give birth to the many-petaled blossom above.
The sun symbolizes the creative and transformation powers released by the melting of basic sexual energy.
Indications: You are ready for a new beginning, perhaps even a quantum leap. Give in, dare to leap, even if fear attempts to hold you back. Trust the voice from within your heart.
Questions: What is the »tiger of fear« for you? How do you imagine
the courageous leap into the new? What does it look like? Where does
your heart call you to go?
Suggestion: Draw other cards for the above questions if their answers are not clear for you.
Affirmation: / now follow my heart. I am open, and ready to go wherever it may lead me.
Edited by: Eugenio Zorrilla.