April Fool! A time for jokes to be sure, but the Tarot's Fool offers us a different kind of message about being Foolish...
The Fool is starting along a completely new path in life. He knows that he does not have all the answers and he is not embarrassed to ask for help. What he does have, in abundance, is enthusiasm.
Imagine two people walking along a road. One is an optimist; he sees a rainbow, a lovely new pair of shoes in a shop and smiling faces. Another, a pessimist, sees rain, dark skies and muddy pavements. They are both walking along the same road but their experience of it is very different. Neither of them knows what will be at the end, but the first one hopes it will be something good.
This attitude affects how others treat you. If you meet people in an open, happy way they will, generally, want to help you. If you are negative they may not. The Fool is an inspiration to us all. If you face the future believing it will go well, then you will create a future where things do go well. Enthusiasm can be far more important than knowledge.
The Fool challenges you to believe, to trust in the future and to leave the past behind. A person who thinks they have the answer to everything really knows nothing! Someone who accepts that they don't know everything, but isn't scared to learn has the real wisdom. That person will take a step into a brighter future!
by Claire Cunnington
The Fool, from the Ator Tarot by Robin Ator, labeled by Natalie Zaman