Identifying D&D Tarot: The Fool
Howzit? I’m interested in learning more about the D&D Tarot. I love D&D (I’m currently DMing a campaign in Call of the Netherdeep) and enjoy studying the imagery of Tarot. However, I thought it might be helpful to see about trying to identify all the characters/situations in the cards to better help with readings and using them in games. I’m hoping to go through the whole 78 card tarot deck!
Let us begin with the Major Arcana and The Fool!
*Minor Spoilers for D&D products where Volo appears*
Character Identity: I’m pretty sure this is the one and only Volothamp “Volo” Geddarm
D&D History Meanings: Volo is a well-known writer/wizard in the Forgotten Realms. He’s known for being a world traveler and has written several guides to different settings in D&D. In 5th Edition of D&D he’s known for writing “Volo’s Guide to Monsters” which has lore about the monsters found in D&D and “Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion” which is an update to his guide about the city of Waterdeep named… “Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep.” He is also known for being a quest giver for players, most recently- his quest kickstarts the events of “Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.” I personally enjoyed a Dragon+ article written by Volo where he went on an ill-advised trip to Barovia when “Curse of Strand” was first released.
Tarot meanings: There are some traditions of tarot with the belief that the Major Arcana is a journey of life lessons, the path to enlightenment, and powerful archetypes. Volo in this card is depicted in a similar way to the Rider-Waite Smith tarot card where The Fool has a dog, set off of a journey and is precariously close to the edge of a cliff. This also is like Volo’s personality. He can be pretty reckless! And he’s sometimes found at the start of an adventure.