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Upright Meanings: originality, foolishness, adventure, youth, pleasure, spontaneity, lack of commitment, travel, idealism, opportunity, innocence, beginnings possibilities, freedom, carelessness, thoughtlessness
The Child is always an indicator of newness in one form or another. In many ways it indicates the purity, the open-hearted energy, and the innocence of a child. Children are trusting and trust forms the basis of meaning for this card. This is generally considered a positive card but there is a caveat. The caveat being that it is important to take time to be sure that you are looking where you’re going. Trusting yourself to take a step into the unknown is one thing, but doing so without any thought whatsoever may be a mistake.
Reversed Meanings: hesitation, bad choice, indecision, apathy, distraction, carelessness, injustice, irrationality, stupidity, negligence, lack of fun, recklessness
Even when reversed, The Child is an indicator of newness; as well as the purity and open-hearted energy of a child. This is generally considered a positive card, with the caveat that it’s important to take time to be sure that you are ‘looking where you’re going.’ In reversal, The Child can show that there is a need for a new beginning, but that there is some hesitancy about making it happen.