Today’s card is one I feel like most people know the meaning of. It’s also one of my favorite cards. Which one am I talking about, well:
The Wheel of Fortune
Examining the original of this card, I actually notice for the first time, there’s a lot going on! There’s the Sphinx on top of the wheel, which I suspect probably alludes to the infamous Sphinx asking the impossible question of questions. As time goes on, I see more in this card than I used to. The letters can be read as T-A-R-O or -T-O-R-A. There’s also Hebrew letters. Then, there’s also the beasts involved in the themes of the card. Like I said, it’s a lot to notice all at once. But, my favorite version of this card is actually one of the non-traditional.
The Deviant Moon Tarot hasn’t completely lost the traditional themes, but expanded them in an interesting way. Another interesting thing that I’m drawn to is the Gilded Tarot’s use of the zodiac as a wheel. That is a neat way of showcasing the ‘fate’ of the wheel. It’s not bad or good, it simply is. But, my favorite version is the Mythic Tarot. The Moirai are some of the most intriguing goddesses of Ancient Greece. This is clearly what I think of when I meditate on the Wheel of Fortune.
Here’s your definition from Aeclectic Tarot for those wondering:
“With Jupiter as its ruling planet, the Wheel of Fortune is all about luck and change. The wheel symbolizes completeness as well as the rise and fall of fortunes and the message that what goes around comes around. Almost every definition of this card indicates abundance, happiness, elevation, or luck; a change that just happens, and brings with it great joy.”