The Wheel of Fortune card is one of the tarot’s Major Arcana. It bears the number 10 and is generally a positive card symbolizing new beginnings, turning points, fate, karma, and destiny. When this card appears in a tarot reading it is most likely to signify something good, or luck. But luck is not something you can control. The card warns you to tend to the things that happen by chance, and learn to live with the things you can’t change. On the Wheel of Fortune card is a picture of a large wheel with Hebrew letters spelling out the name of God on the wheel’s face. The letters spelling TORA also appear and could mean Torah (as in the Hebrew word for law) or ROTA, the Latin word for wheel. In the middle of the wheel are the chemical symbols for mercury, water, sulfur, and salt, the building blocks of life, and the elements representing power.
Left of the wheel are a snake and the Egyptian god Typhon, a symbol of transformation. Right of the wheel is the Egyptian god Anubis, the guardian of the underworld. And above the wheel is the Sphinx, symbolizing strength and knowledge, but also resurrection. Together Anubis, the Sphinx, and the snake represent life, death, and rebirth. Four winged creatures appear at the corners of the wheel associated with the zodiac signs Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo, and Taurus. Each winged creature holds a Torah representing wisdom. The Wheel of Fortune card reminds us that life is always in motion, and even if you are going through a rough time, things will change eventually. Cherish the good moments because the wheel of life keeps turning and luck comes and goes. What comes around goes around. Be optimistic, have faith, and be open to guidance. You need to accept what happens, we’re not always in control. In some readings, the Wheel of Fortune card tells us that we are at a critical turning point and opportunities are available.
When you’re having a tarot reading and the Wheel of Fortune is dealt and lands facing you, in the upright position, it can mean good luck, destiny, life cycle, karma, or a turning point. But if it is dealt and lands reversed, facing away from you, then the meaning is different. In the reversed position it symbolizes resistance to change, bad luck, and breaking cycles.
The Reversed Wheel of Fortune
When the cards are spread, and the Wheel of Fortune is dealt in its reverse position it means your luck may be turning for the worse. Negative forces may be at work, so you can do nothing and hope for the best, or take action. It’s a moment of opportunity to take matters into your own hands. It also means that you need to consider how your earlier actions have led to this moment. When this card is on its head it can mean you are resisting change, or change is being forced upon you. So accept that change is inevitable. The reverse Wheel of Fortune can also mean that you are finally breaking the negative cycle.
The Upright Wheel of Fortune in your Past
If the Wheel of Fortune card appears in a tarot spread in a position relating to your past, it is telling you that your actions of the past are affecting your present. Seeds you planted a long time ago are now coming to fruition. To proceed you need to accept the changes that are happening or about to happen. You made your bed now lie in it.
The Upright Wheel of Fortune in your Present
If the Wheel of Fortune card appears in a tarot card spread in a position related to your present there is positive change approaching but you must remember that you don’t control the wheel of fortune and luck is a fragile thing. Luck is out of your control, so go with the flow.
The Upright Wheel of Fortune in your Future
If the Wheel of Fortune card appears in a tarot card spread in a position related to your future you can expect future opportunities to change the course of your life. You will have a chance to change paths, experience personal growth, and happiness. Be ready for change, be flexible. The change will be beneficial in the end.
The Wheel of Fortune as a Daily Tarot Card or One-Card Reading
If you get a daily one-card reading or you pick a card for a yes or no question. You need to focus on a question as you choose the card. If you receive the Wheel of Fortune card in a yes/no reading, then the symbolism relates to your question. The Wheel of Fortune represents changes, luck, and a new direction in life. It can also mean ups and downs in life but the card is generally a positive indication of good changes to come and good fortune. If you’re looking for a yes or no answer, then the Wheel of Fortune is a YES!
Do You Want the Wheel of Fortune?
When you get dealt the Wheel of Fortune, step back and take an objective look at how life’s wheel is spinning in your life. One day you’re up and one day you’re down. Opportunities come and go and it is up to you to grab them but Lady Luck is fickle and could turn at any minute. The wheel comes full circle. You may not be the one turning the wheel but you can adjust it with your actions. So what does the Wheel of Fortune card mean in your life? Do you want to understand the mystical forces at work? Grab the opportunity of an online tarot reading, and see what happens.