The Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune Major Arcana consists of the tenth card, which is known as The Wheel of Fortune Tarot, which is also the same as the tens of the Minor Arcana. Though the representation of a particular aspect of life is seen in the tens, major life cycles and changes to just about every aspect of one’s life are represented by the Wheel of Fortune. The impact of this card can be felt if one acknowledges its efforts, such as changing professions from one to another and moving a packed-up home from one point to another.

That is the representation of the Wheel of Fortune.  What one needs to essentially consider and face before progressing into a new path or just continuing with the path he or she was moving in.

It is difficult to explain all the aspects represented in the Major Arcana card. I will, therefore, consider the bigger ones.  For example, consideration of other people’s concerns and transformation of oneself are represented in the major life-cycle and change card and general interaction with life. Therefore, it means that a person has developed a strong starting point for oneself.

The Wheel of Fortune card is illustrated with a giant wheel with three figures represented on the outer edges. The four Hebrew letters that create the unpronounceable name of God are inscribed on the face of the wheel with the letters TORA present. TORA could stand for TORA, Tarot, or Rota which is Latin for wheel depending on the reader’s beliefs and preference. The center of the wheel holds the symbols for sulphur, salt, water, and mercury which are the building blocks of life and the four elements. Together, these symbols represent formative power. The outer part of the wheel has a snake, the Egyptian god Typhon, descending the left side. Typhon is the god of evil and the snake image represents life force moving into the material world. The right side holds Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead and on top is the Sphinx, representative of strength and knowledge. The four corners had fixed Zodiac signs of an angel, eagle, lion, and bull representing Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo, and Taurus respectively. Each has wings and is holding the Torah to demonstrate wisdom. This description is based predominantly on Rider Waite cards, but some aspects carry over to other versions.

When the Wheel of Fortune appears upright in a reading, it is a reminder that the wheel of life and fortune is forever turning and changing. If you happen to be experiencing a difficult time, things will get better. In time, good luck and fortune will return. Keep in mind that if things are going exceptionally well, this too will change as things go back to a more normal way of life. We often need reminded to enjoy those extra special moments when they arise and this card is that reminder. To put this another way, the Wheel of Fortune can be considered the wheel of karma to remind you “what goes around comes around.” We must always send out what we hope to receive back. By contrast, if the Wheel of Fortune is reversed, your luck may take a turn for the worst and you may be helpless for a time, but life keeps turning so hang in there.