Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune tarot card

The Wheel of Fortune card is one of the most symbolic cards in the deck because it integrates Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew, zodiacal, animalistic, and color symbolism all in one card.

The wheel itself is a standard representation of the goddess Fortuna’s mythical wheel, including the letters R, O, T, A which make up the Latin word meaning ‘wheel’. This symbolism is true for just about every deck, however the Rider Waite deck differs in it’s inclusion of the YHVH symbols in Hebrew, which is the unpronounceable name of God. It also includes red as a standard power color showing that the universe has the power to grant your wish. The symbolism of the sphinx atop the wheel indicates that you need to be careful of what you wish for, as the outcome is known by the highly intelligent and intuitive creature. The figures in the corners of the card represent the elements, earth, fire, air, and water. The animals and the zodiacal imagery on the card represent balance, as if to say that everything is aligned in your favor.

Essentially this card denotes that your wishes can surely be granted, but you have to know exactly what it is that you want. It does not act as a fairy god mother card, allowing anything of your wildest fantasy to come true. No, instead of this, it asserts that your desires are within your reach and the universe is conspiring to help you in your goal. Because the universe is in harmony with your desires the “how” will happen easily. However, be sure your goal is within the realm of possibility not the fairy realm. Resist the temptation to succumb to greed this luck will not last forever so you don’t want to waste it. Once you have identified what it is that you want, then the gambling side of the Wheel of Fortune comes in handy. This is a card that tells you to play your odds. Determination wins out. The law of averages speaks in your favor. The more that you perpetuate something that you want, the more likely you are to receive that very thing, even if it feels impossible. These manifestation possibilities are endless and range in subject matter; from love, to money, to success, to happiness.

When the Wheel of Fortune is transiting your reading, this means that now is the time for you to take action, because the odds are better for you than the average person. Some times in life, this is not so, but if this card is coming up as a main representative in your life then it is like having a lucky ace in your pocket, except legitimately.

The Wheel of Fortune in Love

To everything turn, turn, turn…” Relationships with others are balanced from the beginning fluttery stages to the boring ho-hum mediocrity of stagnation and even blood-boiling fights from time to time. In a healthy relationship there is cycle and nothing stays the same forever. If you haven’t experienced the changing stages of a long term relationship, then you are about to because drawing the Wheel of Fortune card says that in romance, one way or another your luck will be changing; and most of the time that change will be positive. If you happen to be one of the small percentages of people that think everything is perfect in your relationship, you may be in for a bit of a bumpy ride. The change aspect of the wheel is less dramatic than other cards in the deck, but it is there. Rather than representing an ending it is merely a shift in direction that is coming. This is also an excellent time to go into a joint venture with your partner, to begin searching for the perfect home to purchase, to begin having children or to make other big decisions that you think might be somewhat of a gamble. If you take some risks, the Wheel Of Fortune will bless you if it is meant to be.

For those seeking love, the Wheel of Fortune is a good sign indeed. If you currently have no relationship (and thus no fortune in the love department) then you have nowhere to go but up! The presence of the Wheel is a sign that there will be someone coming into your life that is new IF you remember to put yourself out there. This is not something that is going to fall in your lap, but if you make the effort the card denotes a possible relationship that could become a long lasting one.

Wheel of Fortune in Health

Often indicating cyclic health changes, the Wheel of Fortune card refers to things changing either for the better or the worse. Depending on your current health state the card shows that there will be a difference or change coming soon. If you are having health issues you need to be mindful of where your wheel is currently, so to speak. Consider researching the Native American Medicine Wheel. Locate where your most common ailments are and begin tackling this. A stroke of luck generally accompanies this card and usually you will notice vitality and an increase in health… however also be mindful of taking advantage of your good health and pushing your own physical or mental boundaries too far.

Wheel of Fortune in Work and Wealth

Usually when the Wheel of Fortune comes up in a work or wealth reading there is a hint of good luck and positive energies surrounding you at this time. Work and finances will come together and there is no need to make any drastic changes. You should consider continuing on with what you are doing right now and make sure to jump on any opportunities that come your way that might benefit your current circumstances. If for example you want enough money coming in that you can afford a Cherry Apple Red Jaguar, then what do you need to do? You need to keep a lookout for advertisements that describe your perfect Cherry Apple Red Jaguar and then jump on the bargain deal. Do not be afraid to take a chance, luck is on your side.

Wheel of Fortune As Advice

In the advice position, this card says what is going to happen will happen regardless. There is a focus of lack of control. It’s saying that if you are thinking about making a change just go for it. This is really the unpredictable, that as the wheel turns so does your future. Also this card can say at the moment don’t do anything right now because no action is action in itself. You need to draw another card to see where this is going. 

Reversed Wheel Of Fortune

Reversed Meaning Of Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune in reversed represents general stagnation and the need to be more active or mobile. It can also indicate that you are in an unlucky period in your life and warns against taking unnecessary risks. This will come up if you are a perpetual gambler and is warning you that you have strained yourself and the wheel will not support you. Take a break from gambling and consider working with what you have only for a time.

By Flo Saul
Jul 9, 2012