The Divination Toolkit: The Tarot Series-The Wheel of Fortune

Divination Toolkit Tarot Series (1)

X The Wheel of Fortune

As all tarot cards go the depictions of the Wheel of Fortune vary depending on the deck and style of the drawings. Generally, you will find a wheel in the image that pictures indicating the inevitable cycle of time and change.  There is usually also going to be the image of a sphinx on the top of the wheel. The sphinx may carry a sword or other item. This could be the sphinx from the Chariot that pulled the personality of the individual forward or served as the animal instincts of the person who could lead pull a person apart when not balanced. Then on the left side going down the wheel there could be a dark figure which could be Typhon or the element of destruction while going up right side is the golden figure Anubis who is the life transition guide. Another depiction of the wheel of fortune could be the four figures from the biblical text. All of these represent the cycles of life and change.

When the Wheel of Fortune shows up in your reading in the upright position it indicates that things are about to change in your life. Although it can mean that you are about to enter into a time of good fortune, it does not always indicate this. Change is the only constant in life and it really depends on one’s action and life perspective. Sometimes, we are stuck and are wanting something to happen to move us out of the situation that we are experiencing. In that case we whether something good or bad happens we are just wanting something to happen. Take for instance you are waiting on the verdict for a house, car, acceptance into a training program or some type of correspondence. You have been waiting for weeks without hearing anything so long that you desire to have things work out positively has begun to dissipate. Now, you just want to hear back on the situation so that you can move on. You want the wheel to turn. That is the energy of the Wheel of Fortune. Fortune comes and fortune goes but the wheel continues to turn. If things aren’t going well then give it some time and things will eventually improve. This card can also indicate the completion of a cycle and the beginning of a new journey.


When the Wheel of Fortune turns up in reverse in your reading it could indicate a general change in events in your life. It could also mean that there is an unpleasant or difficult time coming up in your life. Whatever happens the reversed Wheel of Fortune indicates that what you receive or are about to experience will be in relation to what you have put out there. This is the energy of reciprocity. If you have been diligent and doing what you should then your wheel will shift upwards. If you have been negative then your resulting fortune will be negative as well. Be mindful of the actions you take as it will result in an equal reaction. Lastly, the reversed Wheel of Fortune can indicate LACK of change. The cycle you are in is not yet complete. There is more that must be done to move on from the situation.

Numerology and Astrology:

The Wheel of Fortune is number 10 in the major arcana. The number 10 is associated with wisdom, knowledge and good fortune. This is the number of one who has completed many life cycles and is here to advance us further on this plane spiritually. These people are adaptable and excellent problem solvers. Because they have experienced so much they can predict not only what the outcome of actions will be but have the vision to foresee issues before they occur. Due to this they can shift the energy towards a more positive result. If the wheel is already in motion, those with the number 10 energy know that if they just ride out the situation eventually it will improve. This gives them a stable and calm demeanor. As the number 10 is the combination of 1 and 0 we see the energy of new beginnings with that of the space for creation. We then have the representation of Jupiter and Mars which provide the positive perspective towards the future with the energetic push to move forward.

The Fool has completed one leg of his journey towards enlightenment and integration. He has gained a new sense of confidence in his ability to handle the obstacles in his path. He has the strength to tame any personal or external issues he encounters.



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