Wheel of Fortune Tarot Meaning

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Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

This post covers the Wheel of the Year Tarot Card Meaning in the traditional tarot deck. Featured tarot card is from the Tarot of the Ages deck by Mario Garizio

Planet: Jupiter

Astrology: Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius

Element: FIRE: Intuition, Spirit, action of the will, inspiration, creativity, energy, initiative, goal-directed activity, passion, courage, desire, enthusiasm, aggression, will, and optimism.

Hermetic Kabbalah Element: 21 – Kaph

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card – Themes

  • Jupiter energy of expansion, exploration, and growth.
  • Karmic changes, destiny, whether good or bad.
  • Needed changes, turning tides, and luck.

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning In a Reading

  • The Wheel of Fortune (our destiny or fate) is ever-changing and nothing will stay the same forever. There can be a turn to better (or occasionally worse) coming and eventually, that too will change.
  • Whatever is going on now, is a major life lesson even if it feels like you’re not in charge.

The Wheel of Life spins around and you must adapt the best you can.

  • Do not feel sorry for yourself, instead look for opportunities. Change could be exactly what you need at this time.
  • Be aware, understand what is happening, and roll with the punches. It can feel like things are out of control but the hand of fate is at work. Be honest, show up in your truth. Fortuna favors the bold.
  • Examine new ideas carefully before discarding them.
  • Exercise your own strength; be prepared to adapt to circumstances.
  • Make sure you are centered so you are ready for expansion.

New opportunity but you may not be sure what to do with it yet.

  • Sometimes there is a wait-and-see with this card – things are changing or are about to change – we have to let the wheel run its course.
  • Notice what is already moving and unfolding for you.

There may be an opportunity to create your own luck.

  • Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet.
  • Position yourself to be rewarded for the work you have already done by being ready for a chance encounter.
  • We have free will…to a point, consider how can you turn your wheel in your favor to improve your luck for yourself. What energy are you bringing to a space for example?

This card may be asking you to surrender to trust.

  • You have done the work and let the wheel take you to the next thing.
  • The most important thing for you to do at this time is to pull yourself into alignment, and remember who you want to be and what your values are.
  • This card is a spinning top – things are happening beyond your control so it is important to remember what you care about.

This card is also about cycles and timing

  • Major endings are about new beginnings all at the same time.
  • Timing is everything and it will happen when the time is right.
  • Pay attention to trends and astrology.
  • Look to other cards around it.
  • This card speaks to magic – magic is a process. Transformation is a process.
  • Can be a cautionary signpost based on other cards in the reading

Symbolism in card

  • Outer circle – Hebrew letters with the unpronounceable name of god.
    • TORA or ROTA – “Law” or “Wheel”
    • The wheel of tarot speaks to the law of nature. The nature of reality.
  • Middle circle (Building blocks of life)
    • Vertical axis alchemical symbols – mercury and water.
    • Horizontal axis alchemical symbols – sulfur (yang) and salt (yin).
  • Around the Wheel
    • Anubis – God of the dead ascending.
    • Sphinx – strength and knowledge.
    • Snake – Set (Egyptian)
  • The 4 Corners
    • 4 creatures that represent the 4 signs of the zodiac
      • Angel (Aquarius), Eagle (Scorpio), Lion (Leo), Bull (Taurus).
      • These creatures also represent air, fire, water, and earth.
      • These are fixed signs that are all about material law and making things solid.
    • Creatures have wings – Provide stability against movement and change.
  • Number 10
    • The end of one thing and it’s the new beginning of something else.
    • A significant shift in life
  • Jupiter
    • Expansion and the fates (creator, observer, destroyer). Fate is binding just like spells are binding. We have to be centered so we can be ready for Jupiter’s expansion.

The Fools Journey

  • After soul searching and getting clear on his own spiritual path (the Hermit) the Fool…
    • Sees how everything connects
    • Sees how destiny leads him to the next turning point
    • Gets answers when he sees the big picture
    • Experiences good luck, transformation, and life shift.

High expression

  • This card is about how you play the hand that was dealt to you and it is followed by the Justice card for a reason – your life situation may or may not be fair. Being willing to leverage your circumstances or overcome your challenges.
  • Understanding that transformation is a process, not forcing things but holding your center and being able to surrender to trust allowing the wheel to take you to the next thing.
  • Being aware of what is happening and being willing to roll with the punches even when it feels like things are out of control.

Shadow Side

  • Being too much of a control freak and needing to know all of the answers. A desire to steer the ship when the path has been picked for you.
  • Being unwilling to make choices or decisions and always letting the universe or other people decide for you.
  • Not fighting for what you want – especially something you really wanted.
  • An extreme “there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason” point of view.
  • Being overly superstitious, especially to the point of ignoring obvious red flags or clear opportunities.
  • Trying to fit your round wheel in someone else’s square hole

Magical Uses

  • The Wheel is one of tarot’s most ancient symbols and its revolution propels the earth around the sun and the sun through the solar system. The Wheel of Fortune gets the ball rolling – literally. Invoke this card for movement and change of luck. Tap into this expansive energy when you need to wake something up.
  • Tap into the energy of this card by writing petitions to Jupiter on a Thursday.
  • Write the symbol for Jupiter or Solomon seals of Jupiter on a spell bag.
  • Call in guides and messengers or call in the elements.
  • Celebrate the Wheel of the Year – the highs and the lows. Celebrate the seasons and/or the sabbats.
  • Tap into synchronicities – create your own synchronistic language with the universe / the world.

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