"He made a slow sweep before him with the card outheld. It bore the picture of a fool in harlequin and a cat."
Fool on 'Marseilles' tarot deck
Public DomainFool on 'Marseilles' tarot deck - Credit: PD-ART
Fool on the Rider-Waite tarot deck
Public DomainFool on the Rider-Waite tarot deck - Credit: Pamela Coleman Smith

The Fool, or The Jester, is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck, and one of the 22 Trump cards that make up the Major Arcana.

In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck and other esoteric decks made for cartomancy, the Fool is shown as a young man, standing on the brink of a precipice, accompanied by a small dog.

The Tarot of Marseilles and related decks depict a bearded person wearing what may be a jester's hat; he always carries a bundle of his belongings on a stick slung over his back. He appears to be getting chased away by an animal, either a dog or a cat.


Further information on the importance of the Tarot in Blood Meridian can be found on the discussion page at CormacMcCarthy.com. Click here.