The Fool – Individual Tarot Cards
The Fool is called “spirit of the Ether”. The Ether element is one of the five basic elements in nature: earth, water, air, fire, ether. In the following we discuss the spiritual, symbolic and metaphysical meaning of this card.
In order to comprehend its meaning we should always consult the Tree of Life in Kabbalah and try to determine what path on the Tree is connected with this tarot card. It connects two important sephirot, Chokhmah and Keter. It corresponds to aleph, and its element is air. The Fool represents our intellect, and in particular our will that engages in supporting a certain idea of the intellect.
This card is a symbol of our phallic energy – notice how we have here a hermaphrodite who sees himself as a whole. With this concept we can relate the concept of the number zero. The Kabbalistic zero is the first and final balance of all opposites – the fundamental equality between the male and the female.
This card also depicts a state of consciousness which is above all poles, and divisions. Given that each thought is an act of separation, the Fool teaches us that we should unite each thought with its opposite meaning in order to reconcile the separation and restore our harmony. The Fool is able to experience the impermanence of all conclusions, of all solid proofs and rational theories.
This is the proper way in which we will be able to observe the Truth. Thus the Fool stands on the magical boundary where he is able to approve of everything. He can approve the most distant thoughts as well as their opposite ideas. He can approve every single thing that exists in the world.
The Fool is also a symbol of the spiritual state of the child. There is always peace above the turbulent affair of the world. He teaches us how to become befriended with our own consciousness. He is not touched by anything from outside. He remains pure.
Divination and prognosis
- Spiritual and positive aspects Idea, thought, spirituality that works on ascending the material and physical, sudden original subtle impulses.
- Negative physical aspects Eccentricity, mania, madness
- Other negative aspects deceit, robbery, mimic, pose