The very first card in the Major Arcana, The Fool is a popular card in Hollywood ;). The image speaks largely for itself – here is a figure proceeding with a joyful and carefree attitude. However, having his head in the clouds may prove to be his downfall if he doesn’t ground himself a little bit more in reality. Not to mention heed the warnings of his faithful canine companion at his side!
As such, The Fool encourages us to embrace a playful attitude to life, and to venture forth with playful optimism. We don’t want to get so bogged down with the path that we can’t see the flowers as we pass them by. Yet a balance is key – realism is very important. We can’t assume that everything will always go well if we don’t do our due diligence. We must trod carefully and purposefully, while still remaining positive and curious.
If you tend to be someone with their head in the clouds, it may be helpful to find and practice some regular grounding work. Even the simple act of sitting on the Earth and feeling her energy with your body may be something you can incorporate into your day. Regular herbal clearings can also be of service – sage, cedar and lavender are very helpful for grounding.
The Fool also reminds us to attention to the wisdom of others around you, and to your gut instincts. Do not get so wrapped up in the stories in your head that you forget to notice what your intuition is telling you! If your story is telling you one thing, yet your instincts another, it is more than likely that your gut is correct. If you are an anxious person, it may be useful to seek teachings on how to differentiate a gut warning from habitual anxiety, as this can be difficult for some.
In reverse, The Fool can take a very literal meaning. Are you proceeding haphazardly with something? Are you literally acting the fool? It may be of benefit to do a reality check in on this. If you feel you are barrelling ahead without being mindful, take some time to slow down. Some goal setting and journaling may be of use.
In summary, don’t forget to balance exuberance with realism! When these qualities are in harmony, your path will be clear and true ❤️