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The Journey of the Fool

Updated: Aug 28

The Journey of the Fool is a metaphor for the journey through life.

The Journey of the Fool Cover Page featuring The Fool, The Magician, The Empress, The Emperor, and The Hierophant Tarot Cards from the Major Arcana.


The Fool's Journey is a metaphor for the journey through life. Each card of the Major Arcana represents a stage in the journey. In each stage, the Fool encounters challenges and gains greater knowledge of himself and the world around him. By knowing the story of the Fool, you will have a better understanding of each card of the Major Arcana and how they relate to each other.


The journey begins with the Fool. He is eager and ready to embrace whatever comes his way. He is unaware of any upcoming hardships and is taking a fresh and spontaneous approach.


He meets the Magician, who represents active, conscious awareness. He also meets the High Priestess, who represents unrealized potential. Both are equal in importance and in value. They are a package deal.


Next, the Fool meets the Empress. She portrays abundance, nature, and nurturing energy.


The Fool encounters the Emperor, who represents structure and authority.


The Fool crosses the Hierophant and is introduced to new forms of education and beliefs. He learns about community, conformity, and belonging.


The Fool yearns for the connection of a partnership. He feels the energy of unity and commitment in the form of the Lovers.


At this point, the Fool has developed his own identity. The Chariot represents the self-control he has learned through his own willpower.


The Fool encounters hardships throughout his journey. He relies on Strength to help him through difficulties. He learns the importance of patience and determination.


The Fool meets the Hermit, who represents the need to illuminate the truth. He takes time for reflection and introspection.


The Fool begins to see how things come together. He encounters the Wheel of Fortune, which symbolizes how he has discovered the harmony and interconnection of the universe. With gained wisdom, he is ready for new opportunities.


The time has come for the Fool to make important decisions based on his world vision. Justice teaches him he must take accountability for his actions and decide how he wants to move in the future.


As the Fool marches forward, he faces a difficult challenge and experiences a huge shift. He feels lost, but once he learns to surrender and release his desire for control, he begins to tune into the flow of life. He is the Hanged Man. His life has flipped, but he is at peace.


The Fool begins his transition into a new way of life, eliminating what no longer serves him: the Death of what his life used to look like.


The Fool has encountered a lot of ups and downs on his journey. Through Temperance, he discovers a balance and has a newfound appreciation for harmony and moderation.


The Fool meets the Devil. He represents materialism, greed, envy, despair, and ignorance. It is up to the Fool to decide how to proceed.


The Tower represents the ego the Fool has built around his inner self. In order to free himself, he must face the humility of his tower crumbling down.


The Fool experiences a calm after the storm as represented by the Star. He is free from low vibrations and is inspired to share and spread his joy, hope, and inner peace with others.


While he is occupied with his newfound joy and peace, the Fool is vulnerable to the imaginative energy of the Moon. Illusions and fears may start to come up for the Fool.


The Sun grabs the Fool's attention and redirects him into enlightenment and understanding. He gains a sense of confidence and exuberance.


The Fool has undergone a great transformation throughout his journey. He is now able to make an impactful Judgment about his life and his future.


The Fool ends his journey as a fulfilled, knowledgeable, and content version of himself. As he rejoins the World, he feels complete in all that he has learned on his journey of self-discovery.


Just like our own lives, the Fool's Journey is full of ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, and it ultimately leads to growth and self-discovery. Each card of the Major Arcana offers a unique perspective on the human experience. By following Fool's journey, we gain a better understanding of ourselves, the world around us, and the interconnectedness of all things. Ultimately, the Fool's journey reminds us that we are all on a journey of self-discovery and growth and that every experience, positive or negative, is an opportunity for learning and transformation.


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