The Wheel of Fortune in Tarot's Fools Journey

Fire/Water Signs Ruler Jupiter

Wheel of Fortune Symbols are a wheel turning clockwise with rising/falling figures or beasts on it; also a good many Hebrew letters and alchemical symbols, with a sphinx perched atop the wheel.

Wheel of Fortune Story

The Fool represents all of mankind on their journey through life.

From out of hiding comes the Fool, into the sunlight, as if being pulled up from some low, dark point on a wheel. It is time for a change. Staff in hand, he heads back out into the world, expecting nothing. But, strangely, things seem to happen to him as the hours go by, good things.

Wandering by a water wheel a woman offers him a drink in a golden chalice, and then urges him to keep the cup; as he wanders by a windmill, he stops to watch a young man swinging a sword; when he expresses his admiration of the weapon, the young man presses it into his hand, insisting that he take it.

When finally he comes upon a rich merchant sitting in a wagon; reaching out right over one of the wheels, the man hands him a bag of money.

"I decided to give this to the tenth person who walked past me today," explains the Merchant, "You're the tenth." The Fool hardly thought he could still be surprised, but he is. It is as if everything good that he ever did in his life is being paid back to him, three-fold. All luck this day is his.

Wheel of Fortune Meaning

The Fools journey has taken him to a pint of completeness as well as the rise and fall of fortunes and the message that what goes around comes around.

The Wheel of Fortune indicates abundance, happiness, elevation, or luck; a change that just happens, and brings with it great joy. It is a point of completion on the more physical plane of this journey. Libra, represented by Justice, is on the horizon; this sign is the beginning of the opening up to the spiritual realm rather than existing on the mundane physical level of awareness on the journey; a waking up in the dream we call the life journey.

This is a graduation point of sorts. Throughout your journey you are counseled to take control and make good choices. However, sometimes you just get lucky. Sometimes things happen to you over which you have no control, and you rise or fall on that turn of the wheel.

This is about how we sometimes find ourselves soaring up or down on life's Ferris wheel. The Wheel can mean movement, change or evolution, and in that respect it can be about how we all change positions, some of us rising, some of us falling and some dropping to a nadir, some reaching a zenith.

Most of the time, however, this card suggests that such changes will bring with them good fortune. The person you're reading for is going to get that money, that job, that promotion, that marriage proposal, that break they've been waiting for. Call it karmic payback for all the good things you've done in life - destiny or just luck - but whatever lotteries are out there, large or small, they've just won one.




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