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In the beginning, there was the FOOL!

Goddess - Lan Tsai-Ho
Origin - Chinese
Statement - "Am I a goddess or a god? My name is Lan Tsai-Ho and I am one of the Eight Immortals of                             China. I am lighthearteedness, fantasy, folly and eccentricity"

The journey through the major arcana begins as the fool embarks on a miraculous journey of the soul like a newborn child. The fool represents the life challenges we shall face.

Background info

Lan Caihe (藍采和; pinyin: Lán Cǎihé; Wade-Giles: Lan Ts'ai-ho) is the least known of the 8 immortals. Lan Caihe's age and sex are unknown. The deity could be a hermaphrodite, but in the form most well-known he is a young effeminate boy or youth carrying a bamboo flower basket

He was from Tang Dynasty. His/her behaviour was out of norm and known for its bizarreness. He wore only shorts and thin shirts in winter, and thick jacket and long pants in summer He walked with one foot bare and another with shoe.

He is variously portrayed as a youth, an aged man, or a girl; in modern pictures generally as a girl. His distinctive emblem is a flower-basket, often carried slung on a hoe over his shoulder. The basket contains various flora associated with ideas of longevity.


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entering a new phase
striking out on a new path
expanding horizons
starting something new
beginning an adventure
going on a journey
heading into the unknown

being spontaneous
living in the moment
letting go of expectations
doing the unexpected
acting on impulse
feeling uninhibited
surprising someone
feeling carefree

having faith
trusting the flow
staying open
letting go of worry and fear
feeling protected and loved
living in joy
recapturing innocence

embracing folly
accepting your choices
taking the "foolish" path
pursuing a pipe dream
being true to yourself
taking a "crazy" chance
trusting your heart's desire

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities

* Hierophant - following convention, routine
* Death - ending, closing down
* Devil - feeling cynical, lacking faith
* Two of Swords - blocking off experience, feeling tense, holding back
* Four of Pentacles - order and regularity

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities

* Hanged Man - having faith in what is, going with the flow
* Star - innocence, faith, trust
* Judgement - rebirth, new starts
* Three of Wands - expanding horizons, going into unexplored territory


As Card 0, the Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes - nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction - one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.

Learning the Tarot Joan Bunning 2002
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