Understanding Tarot - The Wheel of Fortune

Natasha Head By Natasha Head, 15th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A reader friendly look at the many meanings of the Wheel of Fortune card in tarot, using the Rider-Waite tarot deck as the example.

And so the wheel spins round...

Symbolism is rich upon the wheel of fortune as it spins round and round. Figures in the corners, books in hand, record our histories, noting our deeds, good and bad, as the sphinx sees over all, sword in hand, staying put atop the clockwise spinning of the wheel.

Sometimes luck just happens, and when the Wheel of Fortune turns up in a reading, the Querent can be sure that an unexpected wave of good fortune is about to fall upon him. This card points to grand things happening for the Querent. It speaks of happiness and abundance, but also of luck. It is an unexpected change that is about to fall and it is all for the good.

Despite how hard we, as a species, struggle to control our fate, the Wheel of Fortune reminds us that there are times when it all simply boils down to luck. Being in the right place, at the right time, saying and doing the right things. It is a time when Lady Luck will be found on the side of the Querent, moving and shaping his future with him. He will get the job, the raise, the girl, even if his heart is filled with doubt. It is the universe spinning in his favor, working with him to accomplish all he hopes to. It is karma, sudden and unexpected, paying back good action. It is positive, exciting and inspiring. What at one time would have been considered coincidence, suddenly turns to divine intervention. It is uplifting, effortless success, spiritual and positive.

Like all cards of the Tarot, however, in it’s reverse, the Wheel of Fortune speaks to forced change, stubbornness, and a sudden case of bad luck. It is all the good mentioned above reversed, like the card’s position as it has fallen.

For some readers of the tarot, they do not alter the meanings should the cards fall in reverse. For the beginning reader, it may be simpler to keep to this easier way of interpreting the cards. Again, as mentioned in previous articles, this is an individual choice for the reader. It is up to you to determine what works best, and how you are most comfortable in proceeding with your readings. You are the channel, and you determine how you will work with the Tarot


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Born into a real estate family, Natasha has been a licensed real estate agent since 1993. She has penned many works based on her experience, and enjoys freelancing as well. She has a keen interest in arts, music and spirituality, and enjoys the opp...(more)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Well from past experiences,
I think my card is stuck on the bad side of the wheel
of fortune.
Oh well.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Natasha Head
17th Nov 2010 (#)

The wheel never stops spinning...Patience! All things will eventually come up on the right side :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

Fascinating reading. I wish I could come to where you live and get a reading.

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