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The Wheel of Fortune
The Meaning of the Wheel of Fortune
Sometimes fate plays tricks on us. What can we do but wish for the best? You need to look beyond this point of time to get a glimpse of how the outcome will affect you — winning the lottery or losing a costly bet. If you worry, maybe you just shouldn't take this path.
The powerful methods of divination (that's most of them) have no problem revealing the future. But sometimes it's like they just don't want to, as if that's against some master plan concealed from us. The Wheel of Fortune card of the Tarot deck is a reminder of this, whenever it appears in a reading. Don't try to know everything in advance. It's not allowed.
At heart we have to agree with what the Wheel of Fortune Tarot card implies. What's the fun of living if there are no uncertainties and no surprises? We thrive by curiosity. Like any nutrition, it only keeps working if we keep feeding on it. What's hidden from us, even in divination, mainly has this function — keeping us awake and eager to meet tomorrow.
As a personal characteristic, the Wheel of Fortune card indicates too much trust in chance. Happy-go-lucky. Some people are blessed with a multitude of joyous tidings, so it may work for them — mostly. Never always.
Even the luckiest among us will be struck by misfortune, now and then. If they trusted luck too much, such a blow can be devastating to them and they may find that they lack any kind of insurance, any alternative by which to minimize the losses.
So, the Wheel of Fortune can signal a formidable opportunity ahead, but always also a warning: Don't bet your whole fortune on the most fortunate outcome. Save something for a rainy day. Consider in advance what you can do if things don't go your way.
Illustration attributed to Albrecht Dürer, from the book Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant, 1494. Though not exactly a wheel of fortune, when fools demand to steer the ship, everything is left to chance. The wheel of fortune concept existed already in Ancient Greece and Rome. According to Roman myth, the goddess Fortuna was at the wheel. She was no fool.
A. E. Waite about the Tarot Wheel of Fortune Card
Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana Wheel of Fortune Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.
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