Pictured here are examples of 'The Fool' and 'Page of Pentacles' from four styles of Tarot. As you can see, there are many differences. If you have a Tarot deck you like working with, as long as it has the traditional 78 cards represented, it is fine for you to use your favorite deck for Tarot Life Coaching.
The Fool is first in the deck, and it means unpredictable events, being full of adventure with no thought of caution, a free spirit. The Page of Pentacles, the last card of the deck, represents someone who is both trustworthy and trusting; ready and with a clear intention to diligently work on the task at hand.
It is interesting that these are the two cards that bookend the full deck of 78 cards because The Fool and the Page of Pentacles represent all that is wonderful about youth. The refreshing attitude of being ready and eager to move forward with integrity, excited to experience all that life has to offer, confident, and not limited by various fears or complacency - these are the hallmarks of youth, and they are represented by these two cards.
There are 22 Major Arcana, and 56 Minor Arcana. As we delve into the deck, you will get more information on these. For now, just know that the 78 cards begin with the Major Arcana, starting with The Fool at number zero, and ending with The World at number 21. Next are the four suits. First are Wands: Ace through 10, then King, Queen, Knight and Page. Following Wands are the Cups, Swords and finally the Pentacles, ending with the Page of Pentacles.
It doesn't matter what your circumstances, or what surprises the future may hold. Like The Fool, you just need to live your adventure every day of your life with enthusiasm, action and looking forward. Use everything you have, all your skills and resources, with integrity, commitment and diligence.
The message of the Tarot is the message of every sage and counselor from the beginning of time. Go live your life! Keep moving. Be trustworthy yourself and at the same time, have trust in others. Don't be afraid. And above all, enjoy the ride!
Trust the process. Trust your own unique ideas. You don't need to know how things will turn out. And when you are on an adventure - be it starting a new project or learning from new experiences - don't worry about what you cannot yet know. The point of the adventure is that you don't know! Enjoy the excitement that life has to offer. Be willing to find out something you didn't know. The Fool indicates there is a fun spark to your life right now, so enjoy!
Interesting that we usually think of the phrase "be foolish" negatively. Perhaps The Fool is the first card to remind us that while life always demands that we be prudent and take care of responsibilities, if we forget that life is also an adventure, and we ourselves are the adventurers, we just may miss the point of living altogether!
When you see the Page of Pentacles* in a reading:
Congratulate yourself! The Page of Pentacles in your reading says you have come to a new level in your life, or you are just about there, and you will experience how you look at life with new eyes over the next few months. More than just looking at life differently, you will be doing something differently, using more action and organization to getting something accomplished.
The Page of Pentacles reminds me of a young person who is just starting out. In reality, they have been alive for many years, preparing diligently for the adventure of being an adult. And now they are there, newly on their own, or newly married, or newly beginning a trade or any manner of "starting out" in life. The young person has great enthusiasm, hope for the future, dedication, and trust that they can do whatever they need to, and in turn, life will bring rewards of love, achievement and fulfillment. When you see this card, it indicates the person is ready to take the next step, whatever age they are. They are "starting out" on a new phase in their life, and they have prepared enough. Now it is time to take action, and they have all they need. Because it is a Page, they may think they are not ready, because they feel green (youthful) like the Page, but rest assured, if the Page of Pentacles is there, they are ready. Think of The Fool, whether it is in the spread or not, because The Tarot is a circle of cards with no real "end". Like our experiences in life, everything leads to the next adventure. The card that follows the Page of Pentacles is The Fool. The Page of Pentacles is a reminder that even doing chores and tasks is an adventure, and approaching life with the attitude that everything has spiritual meaning will put the spark of adventure represented by The Fool into everything we experience and do.
* A note about the "court cards". The 16 court cards (Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages of the 4 suits) traditionally point to someone in your environment. One of the things The Tarot teaches us is that we attract certain traits and characteristics by our own attitude and behaviors. For this reason, court cards often help us see ourselves better, while we also gain greater empathy and understanding of those around us. Do not be afraid to interpret any card in 2 or more ways, and this is most especially true for the court cards. If you make it a habit of looking for how the court card characteristics are showing up both in the person getting the reading, and in who is around them, you will deepen the value of the reading.
This approach of freely interpreting cards in 2 or more ways will open the doors to intuitive knowing. If you are concerned about not being "psychic enough" to read cards, read cards more often! It is a great way to activate your conscious knowing very quickly.