The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune Description

The Wheel of Fortune is one of the most symbolic cards in the deck. The giant wheel in the center is inscribed with symbols. The letters TORA are seen in the circle, thought to be a version of the word Torah, meaning ‘law’, or even ROTA (Latin for ‘wheel’). The middle wheel has the alchemical symbols for mercury, sulphur, water and salt – the building blocks of life and the four elements, representing formative power. Around the outer circle is a snake, representing the life force plunging into the material world. Anubis, the Egyptian God of the dead who welcomes souls to the underworld, also sits on the outer circle. On top of the wheel sits the Sphinx, representing knowledge and strength. In the corners of the card are four winged creatures, each associated with the four fixed signs of the Zodiac.

What does it mean when The Wheel of Fortune is pulled?

The Wheel of Fortune indicates constant cycles and change. There may be times when you are at the top of the wheel, and other times, you will be at the bottom. It encourages us all to accept that there will always be good and bad times, but it is the journey that counts. This card is also often referred to as the Wheel of Karma, with 'what goes around comes around' and the idea that what you give out in life will be reflected back into your life. The card encourages you to be optimistic and have faith in the Universe. There may be factors out of your control right now, but this is a reminder for you to go with the flow.

What does it mean when The Wheel of Fortune is pulled reversed?

The reversed Wheel of Fortune represents the idea that luck may not be on your side right now. You may feel that the Universe is against you. This is an opportunity to let go of things holding you back and to look at the lessons that must be learned in order to move forward. This card can suggest the need to move on, perhaps you are feeling stuck, stunted or holding back.

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