0 The Fool

0. The Fool (Rider-Waite)

The Fool is the first card of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. It is numbered zero, and considered to be 'outside' of the other 21 cards, yet it is a most important card. This is because the whole of the Major Arcana is often seen as the journey of the Fool, in his various stages of life, and through the Great Work.



The picture on the face of the card is often depicted as a jester or trickster type figure, at the edge of a cliff, all of his possessions in a bag on a stick, followed by a white dog nipping at his heels. He is about to foolishly walk off of a cliff.


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The Tarot : Major Arcana

0. The Fool, I. The Magician, II. The Priestess, III. The Empress, IV. The Emperor
V. The Heirophant, VI. The Lovers, VII. The Chariot, VIII. Strength, IX. The Hermit
X. The Wheel of Fortune, XI. Justice, XII. The Hanged Man, XIII. Death
XIV. Temperance, XV. The Devil, XVI. The Tower, XVII. The Star, XVIII. The Moon
XIX. The Sun, XX. Judgement, XXI. The World

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