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The Wheel of Fortune

by Danielle Astrid Ricard

For ease in writing, I will use the gender pronoun that best matches the illustration below - no sexism intended. To listen to Musical accompaniment, look for a small link in the text!

This Archetype is number 10 of 22 Trump or Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. While the remaining pip and court cards portray more mundane realities, these cards represent higher energies, karmic forces, powers beyond our control, and superhuman strengths. In the Thoth Tarot deck, the Wheel of Fortune is ruled by Jupiter

The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune - Tarot of Spirit

~ Fate ~

Spin the wheel, watch it go... where it stops, nobody knows!! Sometimes we're blind to what's coming up next. We have no clue what to expect. That's what this card is all about - excuse my french... but simply put, "sh** happens!"

Yes it does ladies and gentlemen. Forget what you've read or heard about free will. Sometimes we got it, sometimes we don't! For me, life is a subtle blending of that which we can control, and that which we cannot. The Wheel of Fortune can deal out the best, the worst, and a wealth of experiences in between. The trick is to be ready for anything.

Expect the unexpected. Believe in miracles. Embrace the mystery of the unknown, and come out filled with wonder and amazement. Bottom line, every experience brings us closer to understanding and bliss. If we could predict each moment, it wouldn't be any fun, would it? Without the hand of fate stepping in once in awhile, life would be just plain boring. And, sometimes the Wheel of Fortune saves us at the very last moment.

When this card comes up, I take it to mean that something will occur that probably can't be changed. It's either written indelibly in the stars, and/or one's life has led up to that moment and the wheel can't be stopped. All there is left to do is wait, and accept the inevitable.

I generally take the Wheel as a favorable sign. Unlike the Tower - (the one that brings shocking or unpleasant surprises) - I find that the Wheel usually points toward some lucky occurrence. Remember though that whatever happens might seem unlucky at first, but turn out to be very fortunate in the long run. Also, it might be something that doesn't happen right away - but could unfold over a long period of time.

For those who are in a rut... remember that the Wheel needs a good spin once in awhile.... so - take a chance, give her a whirl!!

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MEDITATION: Contemplate fate, karma and fortune in your life.

PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS: When have you felt the energy of the Wheel of Fortune? Have you seen it occur for other people? Have you had happy/sad experiences with this energy?

TAROT EXPERIENCE: Recalling a time when you may have you drawn this card, what were the circumstances surrounding it, and what did it mean to you? How do you feel this archetype affects the cards that come before or after?

 

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