The Fool is a card which represents beginnings. It literally represents the birth of a child or metaphorically represents a souls re-awakening in the mundane world. Each journey begins with a single step, and here the step can be interpreted as naive, trusting and clueless to the dangers of life. The Fool’s vulnerability leads him to step in the wrong direction causing him to fall off the cliff. Wisdom and correct judgment are not yet acquired through life experience and due to the harsh realities of the world he must learn to look ahead before stepping in the wrong direction again and again.
The Fool’s world only belongs to him, his hopes and vision are narrow and he does not yet know to tread water without sinking. He must come to rely and accept the help and protection from others before he can journey alone successfully.
When this card is pulled in a reading I believe it is a sign of new beginnings and the warning that comes with new territory. The hopefulness and optimism experienced by the fool will quickly be countered by reality and one is reminded to call upon the aide and experience of others. Whether it is a mentor, therapist, teacher, book, or parent, any valuable source of information which can help guide one in the right direction should be considered.