The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel suggests the mysteries of life; symbolizes the random turnings of ‘luck’!

By the actions we take in our life, we build up a certain destiny for ourselves in the next life. So if we commit evil deeds, we create in our immortal self a kind of psychic need for punishment. When the time comes for our next incarnation, we inevitably choose a low caste or a diseased body, or rather are given one by the power above all of us.

Looking at the card, there are 4 figures on the 4 corners of the card. They represent the four fixed signs of Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus and hold books in their hands. They are also called ‘guardians of heaven’ and symbolize the four basic elements of fire, water, air and earth. Interestingly, these elements belong to the four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. A circular pane, created by the Sun’s apparent motion through the year, the zodiac forms the Great Wheel of the visible Universe.

The Wheel turns up and down. All the forms of existence, the great variety of things and events are simply momentary creations out of that powerful energy that fills the cosmos. In Hindu mythology, Shiva, the destroyer, periodically destroys the Universe, when the outer forms like ego have grown weary and dull. This in turn, releases the basic energy from which the Universe originally emerged.

The Wheel of Fortune signifies some change in the circumstances of a person’s life, and most likely the person will not understand what has caused this change. Why me? we often ask! A love affair ends, a job is lost, a loved one is lost, simply because ‘The Wheel turns’!

It is important to note the reaction of this change. Do we accept the new situation and adapt to it? Life goes on, the Wheel keeps moving again.

If the Wheel is right way up, it signifies adaptation. The ability to pierce through the mystery of events to find the greater understand of life. Reversed, the card indicates struggle against events, usually doomed. And that is because the change has happened and life will always win against the personality that tries to oppose it.

The way we handle the change, the turning events of the Wheel, can open the way to a new awareness of responsibility for our own life.

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