The Fool

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Surrealist Tarot
Diary of a Broken Soul
bifrost by Jeremy Lampkin
Langustl Tarot



Card number Zero is like the odd card out of the deck. Originally this card was not even considered a Major. In the Rider-Waite, the Fool is portrayed as a carefree fellow who doesn’t seem to notice that he is about to accidentally walk off a ledge. As an old time standard bearer, you may think our various Fool cards would resemble the Rider Fool more closely. Only the bifrost and Soulscapes versions are noticably very similar to Waite’s.


In this comparison the bifrost and Soulscapes Fool cards immediately can be recognized as a matching pair. Both tarot decks were apparently inspired by the same combination of sources, the Rider and Thoth decks. Of course this kind synchronicity is to be expected, but it is almost uncanny how closely these two artists painted the same thing, with a few little differences.  These 2 decks clearly follow traditional occult systems more strictly than the other decks on the site.



The Langustl Fool card resembles a pip card more than a trump. It shows the Fool’s tools, putting you as the viewer into the role of the Fool. It is as if you see your own hand holding your pilgrim’s staff, as well as your hat. The Fool seems to journey by way of water. The cross in your path shows that there is danger ahead.


Diary’s Fool is portrayed by a boy bouncing through the forest. He demonstrates the same kind of carefree attitude we see in other renderings of the Fool. Surrealist has a dopey muscleman on its version. He is holding a mermaid in his left hand, and it seems his right hand is fishing for another. He may not be as dumb as he looks; his technique seems to work. His huge toe makes him seem clumsy. Like in the bifrost version, Surrealist shows this scene in the rain.





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