The Fool: What Symbols does Waite Mention?

We examine the symbols in the Fool illustration that Waite described in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1910). We compare his descriptions to MacGregor Mathers (The Tarot, 1888),and the Book T of the Golden Dawn society. In this case we note the dog is “friendlier” as illustrated by Colemn Smith than any text description; that the precipice probably corresponds to “transcending the Earth,” as noted by The Book T; and finally, that we have no text documentation (at least not yet) for some of the key elements, such as the Fools’ wand and rose.

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