The Wheel of Fortune (X) Tarot Card

The Wheel of Fortune (X) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading And Understanding The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

The Wheel of Fortune indicates that the second half of the soul’s journey has begun. After exploring the realm of inner dreams and visions, The Hermit enabled the unconscious to come to light. The efforts of the Hermit completed the soul’s first half of the journey; individuation of self and the establishment of ones position in society. Yet, the Hermit now understands that he is not a slave to his position to society. It’s a choice that enables him to move within society’s constructs or well outside of them.

The Wheel of Fortune represents the unifying aspects of the psyche; the unconscious and conscious have converged. The Wheel of Fortune is the mandala which represents a spiritual wholeness and inner stability. In a tarot reading, the appearance of The Wheel of Fortune indicates that a major part of the journey has been reached. The individual is free from the oppressions of society. He knows his true self. He has walked through the darker parts of himself and he now is able to unite with his destiny.

The correlating number to The Wheel of Fortune is ten. Ten is the first of the numbers that has double digits. It symbolizes a new beginning and the completion of a life stage. Ten is considered to be a perfect number; therefore it represents perfection, harmony, and a new beginning. Its association to the Wheel of Fortune signifies the wheels ever changing movement. The new road is presented to the individual. He is invited to either jump on the path to his destiny or choose to sit aside. The center of the Wheel of Fortune represents the universe. The spokes depict the channels that lead to Self.

The Wheel of Fortunes conveys a peace of mind, the relinquishing of guilt, and the substructure of universal order. In a tarot reading, the Wheel of Fortune imparts the principles of change. Its tarot card meanings refer to the fact that nothing in this world is constant. There is always the element of uncertainty and nothing can be controlled indefinitely. The only thing that is certain is change. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that we must learn to have acceptance and understand that all things must move forward if we are to reach enlightenment.

The negative aspect of the Wheel of Fortune represents the individual who can not see the bigger picture of his journey. He remains enclosed in his own interpretation of fate. He is not unable to learn from his mistakes nor is he capable of seeing the clues that encourage him to take a different path. He remains forever tied to what he believes is his destiny. Thus, he misses important opportunities that may bring new directions.

Upright Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

You are beginning a new life cycle, one that promises fortunate circumstances. Things have been set in motion that you have little control of, yet if you accept the process, change and growth will occur. This is a process of destiny and if you let it work through you, events of great significance can manifest. In your current situation, you have no personal control to influence the outcome. Allow the universe to work for you. This may be a period where there are many changes. Expect new opportunities and be willing to take some chances. When the Wheel of Fortune appears upright in your tarot spread, it may represent a new situation that will require a decision of the utmost importance. This can represent a change in your destiny. Although things may be moving rapidly, be sure you look at the bigger picture. Know that your labors will bring big rewards.

  • Fate
  • Good fortune or luck
  • Quick changes
  • Life Cycles
  • Progress

Reversed Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In a reversed position, the Wheel of Fortune may indicate that you have not yet progressed through the nine stages of development. The paths to self may still be unclear. You have not yet reached a point where you are ready to embark on a spiritual journey. There may be a turn for the worse. You good luck has wavered and you must wait until the wheel has made a full circle. The path you our on will not provide the results you want. Things may have to get worse before they can get better. You may be experiencing Murphy’s law. You may feel discouraged and disappointed. There is no reasoning as to why your present circumstances are the way they are. In a tarot reading, the Wheel of Fortune may inform you that you are not looking for enough clues. You may need to question your path.

  • Unexpected situations
  • Bad luck or timing
  • Feelings of disappointment
  • Setbacks
  • Lack of Progress

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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