The Fool is the card of new beginnings, amazing opportunities, and unlimited potential. Labeled card number “0,” The Fool is traditionally the first and the last card in the Tarot. The Fool is there as the bridge between each cycle of endings and beginnings. As a result, the Tarot is called “The Fool’s Journey,” as a metaphor for the cycles of love and life.
The Fool is young and full of wonder, innocence, optimism, and freedom. He overlooks a cliff, but is too inexperienced to be afraid. Like the white rose he holds in his hand, he is pure. With his companion by his side, and the sun shining on his back, he is ready to love freely and dive into life headfirst.
If you are asking about how someone feels about you, and you draw the Fool, that means this person has recently begun to feel very excited about you. They are curious about you. You make them want to follow their heart. Although they don’t know what to expect, they want to get to know you further. They want to either begin a relationship with you, or deepen the start of a new phase with you. They are willing to throw caution to the wind and take that leap of faith into the unknown for you. They are also a blank slate – their feelings are not fully formed yet, and there is room to go much deeper.
The Fool as feelings means that they feel happy, joyful, relaxed, and carefree around you. When they think about you, they feel spontaneous and like they are a true free spirit. You help them feel in touch with their inner child. Just as they were in childhood, they are full of curiosity and wonder. Everywhere they look, they see potential. This feeling is very refreshing and rejuvenating.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Fool can be a sign that someone has fallen head over heels for you. The Fool represents the feelings of butterflies and the rush of the infatuation of meeting someone new. Although this can be wonderful, these feelings may not be long-lasting and are not indicative of long-term commitment. Will these feelings last, or will they lose steam after the initial excitement has worn off? Only time will tell whether or not these feelings will deepen into something more.
For existing relationships, the Fool can represent the start of a new phase of the relationship. It can indicate that feelings for you have been rekindled, and that they are seeing you in a new light. It may be a sign that your relationship is headed for a renewed period of passion, especially if you are in a long-term committed relationship or marriage. Again, it is up to the both of you to make sure that the fire remains over the course of the long term.
If you are asking about an old flame or an ex’s feelings about you, the Fool can symbolize that their old feelings for you have been reignited. Your ex is seeing you in a new light, and that vision of you is bringing them joy and happiness. They may reach out soon, because they want to spend more time with you. It is very possible that they are thinking about whether or not getting back together or a reconciliation is an option. They will likely test the waters.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Fool as feelings can denote a lack of commitment. Will they propose? The Fool is neither a yes or a no. Though this person loves you, trusts you, and feel that you uplift them, these feelings still need time to mature and deepen into a lasting bond. They are not ready to make a decision either way at this point. While they are interested, they still need time to decide, and that means keeping their options open.
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When the Fool is reversed, it indicates that new beginnings are blocked. They feel fearful of the unknown. They are asking themselves, “What am I getting myself into?” They worried that any action will lead to a result where they are out of control, and this often results in a standstill. Somehow, there is something within them that prevents them from completing the cycle.
The Fool reversed can be a sign that the person feels stuck and are not able to move forward with you, whether that is commitment to a relationship, marriage, or otherwise. They feel that both of you still have a lot of learning and growing to do. Something is holding them back, whether that is where you both are in the world right now, or the timing is not right.
The Fool reversed can also mean that the person feels that you are reckless with your words and actions. Though you are spontaneous and live in the moment, you might be doing so while disregarding others’ feelings and hurting them in the process. If this resonates with you, take a step back, and consider how you can maintain your free spirit while also showing true compassion and kindness towards others.
For singles and those in new relationships, the Fool reversed as feelings is a sign for you to move on. He or she likes you a lot, but something is keeping them from moving forward, and that may or may not have anything to do with you. It could simply be a fear of the unknown. If this guy or gal gets over their fear and becomes unstuck in wanting to move the relationship forward, that’s great! But if not, you don’t need to wait around for them. There are so many more fish in the sea, and you deserve to start off a new relationship on an amazing foot.
For those in committed relationships, the Fool reversed as feelings means that you both need to level set. Do you keep fighting the same fight over and over again, unable to break out of the cycle that you’re stuck in? To move past this impasse and relationship rut, talk to each other and spend time with each other. Go on spontaneous dates. Bring back that spark that was there in the beginning, so that you can both be inspired and feel deeply in love again.
If you are asking about an ex’s feelings about you, the Fool reversed means that they have mixed feelings towards you. On one hand, you bring them great joy, they enjoy spending time with you, and they feel that they have a special relationship with you. But on the other hand, they are also afraid to start again with you. You have both been reckless with your emotions, and they still feel those past hurts. Unless they can overcome their fear and blockage, they are unlikely to pursue reconciliation or get back together with you.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the reversed Fool as feelings denotes a decisive lack of commitment. Unlike the upright Fool where they are open to several paths and simply have not decided, the reversed Fool as feelings indicates that they just do not want to move forward. They feel stuck, and they cannot move forward at this time with the relationship. This can be for many reasons. The communication between you may need to improve, especially if you both said things that you didn’t mean and hurt each other deeply. It’s also possible that the timing is simply just not right in their life right now. They still have many experiences that they need to live through and learn from, before they are ready to take that next step.
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For relationships and feelings, The Fool is full of duality. Just as the Fool, as the 0th card, is the start and end of the Tarot (often aptly titled as the Journey of the Fool), the Fool is also at the beginning and end of any relationship. It’s up to you to see where your relationship lies within the cycle of the Fool. If you are at the beginning, you will need to see where it goes, and if the relationship will develop into something deep and meaningful. If you are nearing the end of the cycle, you may need to decide if you’ve learned its lessons and are ready to close out this circle gracefully.
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