The Fool



The Fool’s attribution to Air is derived from the etymology of the word itself. The Latin word “Follis” means “Bellows” or “Windbag.” Even in modern vernacular a foolish person is sometimes called an “Airhead.”

The iconography of the Fool was influenced by this traditional depiction from Giotto's Seven Vices (Foolishness, 1306). Compare the feathered hat used in the Visconti Sforza Deck. This also has iconography related to the Mantegna Deck’s Misero card, and the Loteria Deck’s El Boraccho Card:


The Fool