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Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card or the perpetual cycle of death and rebirth.

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Symbolism

Wheel of fortune from the Rider Waite tarot deck

The Wheel of Fortune represents the perpetual cycle of death and rebirth, the destiny, the karma and the random ups and downs of life.

In many card decks, the wheel is crowned by a sphinx.

This mythological creature guarded the entrance of Thebes, and asked a riddle to travelers to grant them entrance to the town.

She was merciless and cruel and devoured those who could not answer her riddle. In this card she has the role of guardian of the endless cycle of life.

Sometimes at the corner of the picture are four figures that represent the equinoxes and solstices, the seasons, the four elements and consequently the flow of time.

The Rider Waite version of this card is filled with symbols.

On the wheel are the four letters that for the Kabbalists spell the name of God and represent all the world mysteries.

In Roman letters we read clock-wise TARO and anti-clockwise TORA. We can also anagram the word ROTA, latin for wheel or ORAT, pray, or again ATOR, the Egiptian goddess.

We find on the sides of the wheel a snake and a jackal, the two Egiptian gods that symbolize life, death and rebirth.   

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

Wheel of fortune tarot card from Marseille deck

Keywords: Twist of fate. Lucky change.  Opportunity. Open door. Ups and downs of fortune. A fortunate event. The end of a phase and the beginning of a new one

The Wheel of Fortune announces the beginning of a new phase. Another cycle is beginning in your life with a another set of circumstances.

The dice of Fate roll in your favor and this card predicts a growth both in material wealth and spiritual awareness.

You might have to live through a moment of confusion and unrest but at the end you will find yourself in new, better circumstances.

Sometimes things happen that are inexplicable and beyond our control but we can consider them a tragedy, a curse or an opportunity.

The lesson resides in leaning to react with equanimity to those changes. There are ups and downs but sometimes it is difficult to see which is which.

This zen story sums well the spirit of this card. 

A poor peasant finds a horse and is congratulated by his friends but then the horse breaks his son’s leg and he is pitied by all the village but this event in turn becomes good fortune because his son won’t go to war and so on and so forth…

Maybe the message of this card is that whatever is the situation, we must find a way to expand our awareness, grow and don’t be too upset by the events we can’t control.

People: Fortunate people. Gamblers.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Reversed

Wheel of fortune form the Visconti Sforza deck

Keywords: Unlucky turn. Disappointment. Recession. Downside cycle. Resistance to change. 

This card can warns you against a useless struggle  against events that, if accepted as inevitable facts, can potentially give you a new awareness.

It may also mean that there are unexpected delays and the goddess Fortune seems to be looking away from you.

Don’t loose heart, be patient because the wheel is always in motion and after an unlucky cycle, a better one is about to begin. Maybe it is not a good time to start something new.

Be careful not to use the turns of the wheel as an excuse to avoid responsibility for your life.

People: Losers. Unlucky gamblers.

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