22 | Fool


General Aspects:

Patriarchal, conquerors, man-made laws, speaking, discipline, duality, antithesis


The FOOL in the Gypsy Tarot is rootless; its number is zero, nothing, in the Medieval cards. To counter the heavy authority of patriarchy only the FOOL can make fun of the EMPEROR or arouse laughter in a somber audience; only the FOOL is the willing scapegoat.

His tinkling bells awaken shadow-dogs, and unsuspected crockodiles await to gobble him up in the ocean beneath the precipice along which he wanders. He carries the pilgrim's staff with which he could beat off the dog that tears at this knickers, and the rod which he could hurl into the crocodile's gape. Nevertheless, his merry heart knows that laughter of the moment is the touchstone of experience.

Interpreted use:

Keep your sense of humor and go on your merry way skirting dogs, crocodiles, and precipice.

Reversed (card received upside down):

Dogs and crocodiles have sharp teeth. If you show fear they will attack.