The unnumbered trump is known as the Fool. It depicts a jester, a lunatic, or a naïve and disheveled wanderer. “Bridges and Balloons,” with its storybook travelogue, captures this same innocence. Depending on who you ask, the song’s tone can be taken as a healthy sense of childlike wonder, or as condemnable childishness.
Our traveler carries a model ship, and wears a dress decorated with pictures of the four Aces floating above a fantastical sea voyage. She has experienced the wider world through stories and games, but has yet to see it firsthand. The balloons in the distance bear symbols from the final sequence of trumps, anticipating the journey ahead.
It is a bright and cold winter morning, the pale blue sky glowing against the rich brown earth. In her outfit of bright primary colors, the Fool stands out sharply from the landscape. But just as the primary colors can blend to any shade, we hope that the Fool can transform to meet the occasion.
Without a set number, this card is a wanderer who can fit in anywhere. Her fate is undecided, but that detail, like the open door of her bird-cage, seems not to worry her.