Tarot Heaven Wheel of Fortune Card Description
Wheel of Fortune Universal Rider Waite

The Wheel of Fortune

Lord of the Forces of Life


Rules: Sagittarius and Pisces

Exaltation: Cancer

Planet: Jupiter

Hebrew Letter: Kaph

Color: Violet

Musical Note: B-flat or A-sharp

Description and Symbolism

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 in 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 at 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 through 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.


There are also the astrological symbols for Sagittarius, Taurus and Aquarius.


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."



Interpretation and Divination of the Wheel of Fortune

We are constantly being "reborn" and stuck in a never ending cycle of life and death.


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.


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.


There are obvious karmic connections to the Wheel of Fortune as everything is in a constant cycle and movement. You get what you put out.

The Wheel of Fortune as a Person or Signifier


No ordinary person. He or she has a larger than life outlook. He or she probably spent many incarnations on other planetary systems and is here on Earth to help. They can be very magnetic but for those who are under developed may see the Wheel personality confusing. ( A little too exciting, perhaps). They naturally forgive people and have a great sense of humor.


They may love history, current events and culture. They love and investigate other cultures. They love the stars and may spend many nights just gazing at the sky. They always seem to see shooting stars.  If they live in the city, they may need to take a break from the city lights and go out into the wilderness.


The may love fashion and dressing in many different outfits. They love beauty and refinement. They may prefer the mountains to the oceans.


They understand karmic laws and are extremely self-reflective because of this. They were born with a divine sense of cosmic self.


They have a love of children and animals and can see a soul in every living thing (and non-living too).


They collect information to stock pile in their soul.


They are lucky when they gamble or invest. The wealthier may make speculative purchases such as real estate, commodities, and the stock market. They have an intuitive sense of what to buy combined with their love of reading and investigating. The less wealthy get lucky with lotto tickets and black jack.


The Wheel personality is mighty exciting!!

Wheel of Fortune in Love


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.


I see the Wheel in romance as optimistic, fertile, and honest. You will have a very honest and open communicative relationship. I see lots of giggling between the couple. You may even take trips together because you love culture and adventure. A very whirlwind romance as everything moves in perfect harmony with each other. It's the right time for this. Perfect timing.


Wheel of Fortune as a Strength


You are able to learn from the down periods in order to be truly joyful in the up periods.


The Wheel doesn't stop moving, it will go down and it will come back up, but it's how you look at the down periods that indicate how good your down period are. There is a lesson in there. Learn from that lesson, so that you don't repeat the same down period. It will make your up periods so much more profound and joyful, for only in suffering can one really experience joy.


Wheel of Fortune on a Mundane Level


The Wheel of Fortune can indicate treadmills and elliptical machines where you are running over and over again in the same spot.


It can also indicate the washing machine. Perhaps you will end up doing a lot of laundry on the day your daily card is the Wheel of Fortune.


Tarot Wheel of Fortune Professions


Gambler. Black Jack Dealer. Bank Teller. Historian. Writer of Historical Fiction. Theologian. Astrologer. Administration. Lawyer. Judge.


Wheel of Fortune Reversed


My personal view is that the Wheel is just as lucky as when it is upright. The meanings is the same, but slightly masked. Your luck might be more subdued.


Wheel of Fortune Card Combinations


Wheel of Fortune and High Priestess:

   a. Fluctuations between dark and light.

   b. Watching the moon fade and the sun rise


Wheel of Fortune and Two of Cups:

    a. Fated love affair.


Wheel of Fortune and Page of Cups:

    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.


Wheel of Fortune and Ace of Pentacles:

    a. Inheritance


Wheel of Fortune and Two of Pentacles:

    a. Someone with a gambling problem.


Wheel of Fortune and Ten of Pentacles:

    a. Inheritance









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