New beginnings. First steps. Start of a journey. A new chapter. A bold move. Taking a leap of faith. Walking into the unknown.
The Fool is seen as a foolish character, not looking where he is going, balanced precariously with one foot on solid ground and the other in mid air, seemingly ready to dance off the cliff. The Fool represents the willingness to take a step into the unknown, facing the future with blind faith and being willing to take a leap of faith. This presents the start of a new venture, a new life chapter or a new journey. The Fool isn’t looking for guarantees, doesn’t have a road map and might not even know where things are going to lead. This is that situation where life presents you with no other option, but to move forward, where the only choice is to move on. When the Fool shows up in a spread it is time to commit to the future rather than the past and especially when this might require a leap of faith. This is the first step in the archetypal Hero’s journey.
Reversed or with challenging cards around the Fool, this could be a caution against being impulsive or a warning against taking a risk. A reversed card can indicate the reverse of its upright meaning, where you are stuck, unable to find the courage to move or to take the first step.