Mythology and Tarot work well together. The Major Arcana of the Tarot can be viewed as a pictorial representation of our journey through life and the various Marchetypal characters and experiences we will inevitably encounter along the way. The imaginative power of story allows us to identify more personally with these characters and experiences, thereby deepening our understandings of archetypes.
Traditional meanings of the Fool Tarot card describe the innocent, even naïve, part of our being that is open to new experiences and opportunities, carrying minimal baggage from the past which might impede any journey in life. The fearless Fool’s energy gives us a sense of adventure, a preparedness to take a chance, to leap into the unknown.
Mythologically speaking, the Fool equates to the hero/ine as s/he is called to venture forth on a new quest. There are countless examples of male characters, heroes – like Parsifal in Celtic, and Dionysis in Greek mythology – who exemplify the Fool archetype. These mythic Fools demonstrate a certain openness to life and a spontaneity, even impulsiveness that defies procrastination, seeking movement, action, adventure.