Tarot Heaven Wheel of Fortune Card Description
Lord of the Forces of Life
Planetary Association: Sagittarius and Pisces
Hebrew Letter: Kaph
Musical Note: B-flat or A-sharp
The Wheel of Fortune is a busy card, rich with symbolism. In the center of the card is an orange wheel. This symbolizes the ever changing wheel of life that supports our earth, universe and life itself. It is an orange-golden color to symbolize the strength of the sun by giving us life. In the center is another circle, which represents the exaltation of the moon.
The snake, jackal, and sphinx are all representations of the renewal of life, death and rebirth.
The snake is an ancient symbol of rebirth. There is a reference to the snake shedding its skin in the Epic of Gilgamesh, but also in Ancient Egypt. The snake only became a symbol of terror when the God of Abraham came to dominate our world.
There is a jackal with a human body in the right hand corner of the wheel. This is the hermanubis. This symbolism comes from the ancient Egyptian god Anubis, the god of mummification. He was also part of the weighing of the heart ceremony. The heart would be placed on a scale, the other side the feather of Ma'at, Goddess of Justice would sit. If your heart was evenly balanced you would be free to live in the underworld. If it was tipped, then your soul would be eaten by the jackals of the underworld.
At the very top sits a sphinx with the sword of discernment. This is very representative of the feather of Ma'at during the heart ceremony. A sphinx will rise from the ashes to be reborn.
The bull, the lion and the snake are all ancient symbols of rebirth. The myth goes something like this (and it found all in ancient cultures, though sometimes the bull is replaced by the pig): The sun eats the moon, but the moon is stronger and is reborn and eventually becomes full again. The lion, who represents the sun, eats the bull. That turns into the eagle and the sun eating the snake. "What the moon, the bull, and the serpent represent is the power to throw off death and be born again” (Campbell, 42). There is no mistaking that death and birth belong together.
Inside the wheel are the words Taro/Tora/Rota along with an arrow. The arrow is pointing at the Anubis head. His ears are above the “A” thus symbolizing that the way to true understand is through interior hearing, which is found in the Hierophant. We can also see the word Hathor written if we take the Heh’s in the Hebrew alphabet and Romanize them. Hathor is a function of the Empress.
If we think about it, the Empress is the beginning of manifestation where we already have the idea and are working on creative visualization, so the Wheel is the end phase of this. The Wheel of Fortune is the Empress’s creative visualization taking place in the NOW. If you have been depressed and negative about this yesterday, then today that is what you get. But if you have been happy and enriched by the beauty of life, then today this is what you get. The Wheel represents the action of Karma.
Inside the interior circle we find alchemical symbols. The top symbol, which is below the letter T, is Mercury. The second, which is beside the A, is Sulphur. The symbol across from the O is Salt. The final symbol which runs directly below Mercury and above the letter R is the sign of dissolution. It is also the symbol of Aquarius.
Dissolution in alchemy involves water. The Aquarius symbol is also the symbol for water, though Aquarius is assigned to Air even though he is termed the “water bearer.” Water is another term that occultist use to refer to cosmic mind stuff that penetrates every inch of the universe. Dissolution sits between the Bull and the Lion. A Green Lion is often a symbol of dissolution. Dissolution is interior work where the body is refined and purified. It is the second of the alchemical processes.
The four animals and human are aspects of astrology. They are the fixed zodiac signs of Taurus (bull), Scorpio (eagle), Leo (lion) and Sagittarius (human). Many Occult references were hidden among the modern religious dogma of the time, so the animals and the angel are an actual reference to Revelations 4:7, "The first one looked like a lion; the second looked like a bull; the third had a face like a human face; and the fourth looks like an eagle in flight. Day and night they never stop signing: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come."
We are constantly being "reborn" and stuck in a never ending cycle of life and death. One goes up and one goes down. Ask anyone who studies tarot what they think of the Wheel of Fortune. Their answer will reveal to you their understanding of tarot and the Law of Rotation or Karma. The Wheel of Fortune is not inherently good nor evil, but it is the way we choose to look at life. Once a person has mastered the creative manifestation process, there is no reason for a period to ever occur in which the participant is “down.” These “down” periods are ones in which we learn. Learn and keep moving upward in the spiral.
I believe this is a good card to get and one of the luckiest in the bunch. You may have a certain degree of good luck and fortune. If you are having bad luck, know that you can change this luck by making your thoughts more positive. Today is the new start because today is NOW and NOW is really all we have. We have the past only in memories, which change through the passing of time. The future is also only in our minds and can be molded to the things we are expressing in the NOW. NOW is all we have.
The Wheel can come up for someone with loves to gamble. Depending on the cards and question, the Wheel of Fortune combined with a travel card such as the Knight of Wands or the 6 of Swords can indicate a trip to Las Vegas, Atlantic City or the French Riviera.
You may understand life's ups and downs and just role with the punches. A person who gets the Wheel is advised to look at the glass half full rather than half empty.
I think the Wheel brings good luck to any relationship. It's a karmic tie or it's something that you "need". It's meant to happen as part of your life path.
If you are asking tarot what someone feelings for you, then they may not know how they feel depending on where they are in their own evolution. Some cards do not bode well with the question of “How does he feel about me?” When I get the Wheel in that position, I look to surrounding cards. Is the Wheel surrounded by Swords? Then they don’t have pleasant thoughts. Is the Wheel surrounded by Cups? Then they are falling in love with you.
In a general exoteric level, feelings could be influx, adaptable and moving towards a certain goal or point. They could also be changeable and uncertain if, like I said above, this person has not grasped the full meaning of the Wheel of Life.
The Wheel of Fortune can indicate treadmills and elliptical machines where you are running over and over again in the same spot.
Gambler. Black Jack Dealer. Bank Teller. Historian. Writer of Historical Fiction. Theologian. Astrologer. Administration. Lawyer. Judge.
a. Fluctuations between dark and light.
b. Watching the moon fade and the sun rise
a. Fated love affair.
a. Someone who is a page of cups/wheel would see relationships are
harmonious, karmic, and happy. Their unions are always upbeat and
they are very romantic. They tend to have good luck in relationships
and are healthy and strong. They are motivated and are constantly
seeking out the "one." In this life, they are fortunate, probably based on
good deeds from past lives. In love they are open and honest
communication. They love talking and are always on the go.
b. You go round and round with your kids. Getting emotional over doing
your chores happens frequently when you tell your kids over and over
to do them.
a. Someone with a gambling problem.
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