The FOOL represents the eternal traveler--the Self.
The FOOL is guided by a STAR .
He is dressed in motley.
He has a rod and a staff upon which he carries his bag.
He is accompanied by an angel and animal companion.
The ship will transport him on his journey of adventure.
The FOOL's mantra is: Seek Ye the Mystic Bootye
[visual references for: Card 0. The FOOL]
Since the symbolism in these Cards is archetypal, this traveler/(self/Self) may represent any gender according to the perception of the reader.
Note: Pirates took great pleasure in wearing the most colorful attire they could obtain. "Motly" is also is a reference to the diverse and various traits that may have been acquired by an individual in their travels. Perhaps unwittingly, these may strike others as odd or different. Thus we have one of the origins of the term "motley crew." This and the following Cards metaphorically illustrate the adventures of the FOOL, the Self, as he or she incarnates into existence in a culture of pirates.