The FOOL represents a traveler—the Self. He is an archetypal Hermes figure. He experiences both the physical (animal) and the angelic (spiritual) energies of life. This is represented by his animal companion and the presence of an angel which seems to be looking on from above. The two colored spheres on his headgear represent the two ends of the spectrum of the psyche (red—the physical, blue/violet—the spiritual), which is the realm of the soul. The travels of the FOOL illustrate, in a symbolic way, the archetypal soulful journey of the Hero on the eternal Quest.
The FOOL is dressed in motley. He has a staff and a rod with which he carries his bag. The star indicates the presence of the Deity which precedes him and shows the way. The FOOL is motivated by the power of Eros (an anagram of rose)—the erotic force that drives the individual to do what they love or to seek that which they love. It appears that the FOOL is drawn toward the planet (Earth from space) whose circular form symbolizes the goal of life, which is to fully experience the self. Attaining this is a Treasure, which has been called many things. The ship represents a vessel which will carry us across the brim between this world and the other world, through the distances of time and space, to earthly embodiment, and to the Universe and beyond … For the Pirate, the ultimate goal is the Mystic Bootye.