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Key Words for the Fool Tarot Card Meaning Innocence

Beginning Simplicity Fresh Start

Blind Faith


The Fool Tarot card meaning deals with that youthful exhuberance we feel when starting out on a new adventure or

taking a journey of faith. We feel anticipation, butterflies flutter in our stomach, and our skin prickles with

excitement...our journey is underway - we're unstoppable!

However, along with this passion comes impetuousness. The Fool makes no plans, or gives no thought to possible complications along the way. Happy to be doing something different, the Fool blindly sets out where all else may fear

to tread.

When contemplating the Fool Tarot card meaning, I think of Joseph Campbell's landslide statement: "Follow your bliss." We

can see this attitude in this card, which is wonderful. But, we must also note the lack of care about consequences - blind

faith is the Fool's only guide.

Key Symbols:

This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Fool Tarot card meaning.

Now the rest is up to you to find.

Take a card a day and mediate on it, focus on it through the day, later write what you see, feel and impressions that come to you.

Keep in mind Books are others interpretation.

The 56 minor cards that follow the first 22 Major Arcana cards. These 56 minor Arcana cards are also called pips, suit cards, minors, and other terms. Arcanum is singular, Arcana is

plural and the term means "secret." Where the Major Arcana cards are thought of as the "power" cards or big players in a

reading, the Minor Arcana serve in supportive roles and augment the reading with further insight and detail of


Viewed more eclectically, if the Major Arcana could be described as the primary colors brightly painted on the canvas of our lives, then the Minor Arcana are the various hues and shades that offer enhancement and diversity of our

life?s design.

The Minor Arcana brings us clarity and definition. These cards are the supportive role-players to the prime archetypes of the Major Arcana. The stage, setting, and supportive actors in our readings; these cards flesh out the big story of what?s

going on in our interpretive experiences.

Each suit tells a story within the elemental/psychological realm of that suit. For instance, the Minor Arcana suit of cups

tell the story of its element, water which deals with the realm of emotions. Succinctly, the worlds of emphasis are

played out thusly in each suit:

Wands Pentacles Swords Cups Fire Earth Air Water

Spirit Physical Thought Emotion


Divination is the art or practice of foretelling the future using different methods that the diviner may decide. The art

of Divination has been practiced by all countries, cultures and religions around the world for thousands of years.

It was studies over two thousand years ago in China by the study of cracked eggs for Divination. Some of the most popular

forms of divination include tarot cards, runes, astrology and dowsing. But in the past there were times in history when divination was considered a crime and in fact still is in many

countries today.

How accurate the divination will depend upon the reader.


During the time of ancient Rome there were priests that were called, Augur. The Augur was tasked with the divination of the

flight of birds. It was believed at the time that the flight of birds gave an indication on the will of the Gods. The divination

was undertaken by studying the breed of birds, direction of flight, noises they made and other signals.


This type of divination involves the determination of what will be a lucky day or an unlucky day. It also involves the determination of lucky times. For example what will be the luckiest time on a certain day to do something or what might

be the bad luck times on certain days.


One of the very earliest forms of divination that involves the divination of fire. There are several types of Pyromancy


Alomancy : This involves throwing salt into a fire for divination.

Botanomancy : A form of divination that involves the burning of plants.

Daphnomancy : Divination from burning laurel leaves.

Osteomancy : Divination by heating bones over a fire to produce cracks.

Sideromancy : A form of divination by burning straw with an iron.

Abacomancy is an early form of divination by scrying the patterns of dust. If the symbols appear more then once in the

sand it may give an indication of the time and date of the happening.

Aeromancy is the divination of atmospheric conditions. The first recorded use of the word Aeromancy dates back to 1753.

Aeromancy includes the divination of clouds, wind currents, comets, thunder, lightning and shooting stars.

Agalmatomancy is the divination of ancient statues and was popular during the time of ancient Greece.

Alomancy is the divination from the patterns formed by salt thrown into the air. The diviner must observe the patterns as

they fall to the ground.

Alphitomancy is a type of divination to establish a persons innocence or guilt. The suspected people are given barley

cake or bread and those that get sick are the guilty.

Apantomancy is a form of divination based on certain objects or animals that cross your path by chance. The superstition

regarding black cats comes from Apantomancy.

Molybdomancy is a system of divination that uses melted metal. Melted lead or tin is dropped into a container of water.

The divinator interprets the shapes to make his predictions.

Molybdomancy is similar to Ceroscopy which uses wax.

Lampadomancy is a form of divination involving divinating the flame of a lamp. It was good fortune if the flame had a single

point. However two points is a sign of bad luck. A flame that bent may indicate illness and sparks indicated news. Sudden

extinction of a flame was considered a very bad omen.

Shell Scrying is a modern method of scrying and is becoming more popular. Most people are familiar with the sound of when

a shell is placed over the ear. It sort of sounds like the ocean. But in fact it is the sounds of blood flowing through the

vessels in your ear. If however you listen to this sound you will eventually by able to pick up fragments of conversation.

At first you may be able to only make out a few words, but in time you will come to understand whole segments of

conversations. The subject of this talk will be usually meaningless, but if you can mentally break into this communication you may find the voices may choose to respond.

Just exactly what is happening here I'm not sure, but for those of you who have seen the movie "The Phantom Menace" it may

give you a clue.

Smoke scrying is best done while relaxing in front of a campfire. You should be in comfortable visual range of

watching the smoke rise. Do not follow the smoke up but rather allow the smoke to forms patterns within your spiritual gaze. In time you will see visions of many far off

events. I have generally found people who have natural artistic skill good at this form of scrying. The American Indians practice a special type of smoke scrying. It's called a

sweat lodge. Water is poured over hot rocks in a tent to create steam. The steam is inhaled by those who sit naked around the rocks. The combination of temperature, humidity

and elevated levels of carbon dioxide produce a state in which visions can arise. This form of scrying may be dangerous

and should only be undertaken by experienced people.

Mirror scrying is an evolved form of water scrying. When it became possible to build mirrors they were regarded as being

like water that was fixed into one place. The early mirrors were made of polished copper, brass, marcasite, tin foil or mercury behind glass, polished silver and obsidian. All types

of mirrors may be used for scrying and the size is not important. Because mirrors are linked to the moon mirrors

should be backed with silver. Try and use a round or oval mirror instead of a square mirror. For the frame try and use

a mirror that has a silver frame. Old mirrors also seem to work better than new mirrors. Most seers prefer to use a black mirror. Because this is difficult to buy you may have to

make one. Just simply take out the glass and paint it black.

You may have to give it a few coats of paint though. When you put it back in the frame make sure the glass part is to the front. The use of black mirrors may be traced back over the centuries. John Dee used a black mirror of obsidian. When using

the black mirror for scrying you do not want to see your reflection. The best is to leave the mirror on a table and look

at it from an angle. Look into the depths of the mirror as

though you were looking into a bowl of water. At first it may appear grey than colors will come and go. With time and

practice you will be able to see scried images like still photographs or moving film images. Spirits may sometimes look

at the scryer, talk to the scryer or even touch the scryer.

The visions may even exist outside the mirror and surround the scryer on all sides.

Ornithomancy is a method of divination that interprets the flight patterns of birds. It also refers to the divination of the songs of birds. It was a very popular form of divination during ancient Rome where in fact it was part of its religion.

An Oracle is a person who acts as a go between for those who seek council from the Gods. Some people use an Oracle to seek

a prophecy. Sometimes the Oracle will take on the role of being a medium whose soul is temporarily taken over so as to

pass on the information.

Monitions of Approach are ideas of an impending meeting with someone. Basically its when you see someone you know only to

realize its not them, then just soon after the real person appears. Some Monitions appear in a much more complicated

way. For example it may come in the voice of announcing someone, then the real person appears. It may be that the astral body of the person is somehow projected in advance.

Lecanomancy is a form of divination where a stone is thrown into a basin of water. The scryer will divinate by the sound

the stone makes in the water and the images of the rippling water. Sometimes oil is used instead of a rock. In this case the scryer interprets the shapes of the oil floating on the water.

Hakata are pieces of bone, ivory or wood that were used by African witch doctors for divination. These different objects

are inscribed with symbols that represent the signs of the zodiac. They are cast upon the ground by the witch doctor who

then interprets their meaning.

The Delphi Oracle was a very influential oracle who made predictions and announcements at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. The Priestess of Apollo was named Pythia. A goat would be sacrificed and then Pythia would mount a tripod and

sit. She would breath in intoxicating smoke while awaiting divine inspiation. When she entered a trance the priests would

interpret the oracles from Pythia and then relay the answers to the seeker.

Coscinomancy is a form of divination that is practiced with a sieve and a pair of shears. This form of divination is used to

find a thief. A thread was tied to a sieve by which it was upheld. Or a pair of shears which was held up by two fingers.

The divinator prayed to the Gods for guidance. They repeated the names of those people under suspicion. The sieve or

sheares would then swirl around a person or persons name.

This person was then thought to be the guilty one. In the Athenian Oracle it is referred to as "the trick of the sieve and scissors". This method of divination was also used to find

missing persons and discover love secrets.

Critomancy is an ancient form of divination of cakes. Omens were drawn from the flour spread upon them after being

strewn upon sacrifices.

In ancient times cursed bread was used in divination to find a guilty person. A piece of bread that would be about an once in

weight would be given to the suspected person. The piece of bread would have a spell caste over it. If the person became sick he was regarded as guilty. If he remained fine then he was

innocent. Often barley bread was used for this as it often caused choking or the person may be allergic to it.

Dactylomancy is a form of divination practiced with rings in ancient times. There are various methods used. One method

involved placing gold or silver rings on the fingernails in certain conjunctions of the planets. In another way a round table is inscribed with the letters of the alphabet and a ring

suspended above. The ring will then spell out the message.

Another method involves suspending a ring within a glass. If the glass is struck once it will indicate yes, and twice will be


Daphnomancy is an ancient method of divination using a branch from a Laurel tree. A Laurel branch is thrown into a fire and

a question is asked. If the branch crackles in burning it is a positive sign. If the branch burns without doing so it is a

negative sign.

The Djemscheed was a divination cup that had been the subject of poems and myths in ancient Persia. It was thought to have been found while digging the foundations of Persepolis. It was

filled with the elixir of immortality. It was said that within the cup it mirrored the whole world. All good and evil was revealed within the cup. The entire prosperity of the Persian

empire was in fact attributed to this cup.

Eromancy is one of six different divination practices by the Persians using air and water. The divinator covered his head in a napkin and exposed to the air a vase filled with water. Over

the vase they then whispered their desires. If the surface of the water showed bubbles it was regarded as a good sign.

Ceroscopy is a system of divination using wax that was very popular in Russia. Wax was melted into a brass vessel till it

became a liquid of uniform consistence. The liquid wax was then poured very slowly into another vessel filled with cold water. The pouring was done in a way that the wax congealed in tiny discs upon the surface of the water. The divinator then

interpreted the figures of wax.

The Celontes was a mystical stone that was said to be found in a tortoise. It was believed to have healing abilities and gave

it`s owner the ability to resist fire. If the stone was carried under the tongue on the day of the new moon and for 15 days thereafter, during the lunar ascension, it gave it`s owner the

power to tell the future between the hours of sunrise to sunset.

Cartopedy comes from the ancient Persions and it was the term used for the divination of feet. It many ways it is similar

to palmistry. These days Cartopedy is widely practiced in India. A Cartopedy was employed by the ancient Persians and

Indians on important matters, such as choosing a bride.

Measurements and footprints would be studied intensively.

Sometimes the study would take weeks or months. The size, shape, heels, toes, arches, lines and markings were all

studied. Cartopedy is also used in crime detection.

Known as the Ashkir-Jobson Communigraph it consists of a small table with a free moving pendulum underneath. The pendulum may then make contact with some small metal plates that represent the alphabet. No medium is necessary

for this instrument to work. A circle is formed around the table. The pendulum starts swinging on it`s own accord.

Cledonism is a system of divination that is based on the good or evil passage of words. These words must be uttered without

premeditation when persons come together in any way. The system also regulated the words to be used on certain

occasions. Cledonism was a favorite method of divination at Smyrna where the Oracle of Apollo were thus interpreted.

Cleidomancy is a system of divination using a suspended key. It can only be used when the Sun or Moon is in Virgo. The name of the person who is being divinated must be written on the a key

tied to a Book of Shadows. Both should be hung upon the ring finger of only a virgin girl, who must repeat certain mystical


Xylomancy is a form of divination that is practiced by the Slavs. The divination is done by interpreting the shape and position of dry pieces of wood found in one`s path. These are

considered Omens.

The Sibyl were women in ancient Greece and Rome who lived in caves and were renowned for their gift of prophecy. There were ten Sibyl`s in all. The most respected of these lived at

Cumae near Naples and guarded the temple of Apollo. The other`s lived at Persia, Libya, Delphi, Samos, Cimmeria,

Erythrae, Tibur, Marpessa and Phrygia.

Phrenology is the art of reading bumps on a persons head. It is believed that confirmations of the skull correspond with characteristics of the mind and body. Phrenologists believe

that external areas above the skull grow above specific regions of the brain in that a person chooses to develop.

Phrenologists believe that balanced development of the mind is essential.

Arithmancy is a Chaldean and Greek method of divination by numbers. The Chaldeans divided their alphabet into three

sections of seven letters and linked these to the seven planets. The Greeks would analyze the names of opponents

and predict the outcome of a contest. Arithmancy is a precursor to numerology.

Anthropomancy was a barbaric form of divination that involved using human entrails. These were usually those of a

young virgin child. The magician Julian the Apostate sacrificed young children during his rituals in order to evaluate their entrails. Anthropomancy was also practiced

in ancient Egypt.

An omen is a sign that relates to a future event. It may or may not give a time frame as to when this event will occur. Some

omens are signs of good fortune while others are a sign of impending misfortune.

Alectryomancy is a form of divination using birds. Often a

Alectryomancy is a form of divination using birds. Often a

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