This card, in inversion, takes on the characteristics of “Jokers Wild” in the regular playing deck. It can either represent reckless or overly-conservative behavior. In either case, it suggests a lack of vision for the future.
When you receive this card, take a good look at the way you view your personal future. Do you see it as a series of obstacles to dodge? Do you see it at all? Success in the present often involves “playing the long game,” making choices based on their impact on both the present and future. Prisons (both literal and metaphorical) are filled with people who cannot rein in their impulses, who have lost faith in their own futures.
If this feels like you, it might be time to write a letter to your future self. Take the time to introduce yourself as you are now. Write out your dreams and goals, then describe your image of your future self. Fill this letter with kindness, as if your present and future selves are best friends. Once done, put the letter in a safe place, so your future self can find it. Believe in your own future, and that future will believe in you.
The Major Arcana
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous
In a spread, the Fool interacts with a few cards. It cancels out some of the more material cards.
Chariot: With the Chariot, it suggests travel and some sort of important news.
Hermit: When the Fool comes before the Hermit, it suggests a secret is safe. If it comes after the Hermit, that secret will be exposed.
Wheel: The Fool and the Wheel cancel each other out.
Devil: The Fool and the Devil cancel each other out.
Sun: If the Fool is in the same spread as the Sun, in any position, something unexpected will bring order, happiness, and comfort.
Eight of Cups: If the Fool appears with the Eight of Cups in any position, it suggests travel and the need to leave a situation.
Six of Swords: If the Fool appears with the Six of Swords in any position, it suggests travel.
Knights: Any of the Knights in combination with the Fool suggest travel.