Your Chosen Card – The Fool Upright Thoth Deck
When upright, the Fool suggests a leap of faith and a desire to explore the unknown with a ‘beginners mind.’ The Fool has a basic trust that things will turn out well in the end, but he has not yet acquired the ability to navigate his way skillfully through the practical affairs of everyday life. He is starting out on a new and exciting journey in which he will encounter marvelous adventures and seek spiritual growth. When this card appears in a reading, it is important to keep your wits about you as you take risks and explore the unknown. At the same time, this card cautions you to avoid foolish idealism and not undertake mundane projects unless you are well prepared for handling any pragmatic aspects.
Keywords Upright: Opening up to new possibilities, idealism, a leap of faith, a fresh start, opportunities for growth, childlike wonder, trust, innocence, enthusiasm, curiosity, inexperience, initiation, an unexpected opening, embarking on an exciting journey, experimentation, freedom to explore, a spiritual quest, opening your mind to new learning, taking a risk, living in the now, not following the established rules of the game.
Key 0: The Fool (traditionally not numbered, but labeled 0 in some modern decks)
Myths/Archetypes: The Court Jester. Perceval. Puer aeternus. The Innocent. The Orphan. The Seeker. The Idealist. The Wanderer. The Novice. The Sorcerers Apprentice.
Astrology: The element Air (the planet Uranus in some modern decks)
Numerology: 4 (Emperor) ~ 1 + 3 (Death) ~ 2 + 2 (The Fool)
Hebrew letter: 35 Aleph (an ox head; a Hebrew word meaning strength, power, chief, leader; also, to learn, teach, guide; to team up and plow – the ox was used for plowing).
When The Fool is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If The Fool is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Fool is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for The Fool using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: From Italy, the tarot deck traveled to France where it found safe haven in the city of Marseille, a major center for the production of tarot decks in the following centuries. In Italy this deck was originally called the carte da trionfi, that is, the trump or ‘triumph cards’a reference to the allegorical cards numbered I to XXI (with or without the inclusion of the Fool.)Historian Gertrude Moakley noted that the fifteenth-century tarot deck painted by Bonifacio Bembo followed the pattern of ancient Roman triumphal marches (trionfi) celebrated in Petrarchs famous fourteenth-century poem ‘I Trionfi.’ Images of triumphal marches can still be seen on the triumphal arches of the Forum in Rome.
Creative Tarot: While Mathers might have standardized the decks layout, Waite and Smith standardized its imagery. Their deck is typically called the Rider-Waite, but it should be called the Rider-Waite-Smith because Smith was at the very least an equal partner in its creation. Almost every deck on the market today follows its templates of imagery and meaning. The major exception is the Thoth tarot, designed by Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris and taking its name from the Egyptian god of knowledge, which uses the Princess instead of the Page and switches the placement of Strength and Justice, along with some other noticeable changes. But by far, the Thoth deck has not had the reach of the Rider-Waite-Smith.
Complete Book of Tarot: The tarot offers a tool for gaining perspective on complicated situations. As you lay out the cards, their images resonate with your question and shed light on the nuances of your circumstances. As you reflect on these images, you can gain clarity into the pros and cons of a decision you need to make. In this sense, reading the tarot is similar to the process of brainstorming, which can generate new ideas and help to solve problems.
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Complete Book of Tarot: As you read the above interpretations, keep in mind that these comments represent merely my own impressions in the context of the question. If you have other insights or gut feelings about how these cards may answer the question, your views are equally as valid as mine and deserve respect for the wisdom that they contain. Sir Francis Bacon (15611626) advised us always to pay attention to thoughts that come unbidden, for they are often the most valuable.