Green Eye of The Fool - Original surreal fine art by Bob Orsillo.
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The root of the word "fool" is from the Latin follis, which means "bag of wind" or that which contains air or breath.
In Tarot, "The Fool" is the first card of the Major Arcana. The tarot depiction of the Fool includes a man, (or less often, a woman), Juggling unconcernedly or otherwise distracted, with a dog (sometimes cat) at his heels. The fool is in the act of unknowingly walking off the edge of a cliff, precipice or other high place. Another Tarot character is Death. In the Middle Ages Death is often shown in Jester's garb because "The last laugh is reserved for death." Also, Death humbles everyone just as Jesters make fun of everyone regardless of standing.
In literature, the jester is symbolic of common sense and of honesty, notably in King Lear, the court jester is a character us...