The Meanings of the 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards – The Wheel of Fortune:
Introduction to The Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune is Key 10 of the Major Arcana in a Tarot deck. The Wheel of Fortune represents change and the natural cycle of life. This is the card of destiny and of fate. The Wheel of Fortune is ruled by the planet Jupiter.
In many traditional and online Tarot decks the Wheel of Fortune is depicted by a large wheel turning clockwise, often with a sphinx at the top observing the motion. The Wheel of Fortune is the physical representation of the cycle of life in the Tarot deck and the sphinx suggests eternal life with the possibility of redemption.
Often half-human creatures are showing clinging or in the process of falling off the wheel as it is spinning to show the rise and decline of fortune in life. The planetary ruler of the Wheel of Fortune is Jupiter, the planet of luck and fortune.
The Wheel of Fortune card denotes change and breakthroughs. It is one of the possible birth cards of gamblers, speculators and lucky people. Often the Wheel of Fortune card has the meaning of unexpected good luck and fortune. The Wheel of Fortune is one of the birth cards for those born under the signs of Sagittarius and Pisces because of the ruling planet of Jupiter.
The Wheel of Fortune Upright
The Wheel of Fortune upright is the symbol of destiny. The Wheel of Fortune card indicates a change for the better. Financial improvement is usually indicated if the Wheel of Fortune appears in a Major Arcana Tarot spread. The Wheel of Fortune card is a sign of lasting good fortune whenever it appears with the Magician, the High Priestess, the Hermit or the World card.
When the Wheel of Fortune appears in a Tarot reading before the reversed Judgement (rx) card, timing will be impossible to gauge, unless one or both cards happen to be birth cards. If the Wheel of Fortune follows the reversed Judgement (rx) card, luck will improve from terrible to terrific. If the Wheel of Fortune card is before the Judgement card in a Tarot spread, only positive meanings are valid and it is an indicator of especially good fortune. When the Wheel of Fortune follows Judgement in a Tarot spread, a new career will be even more successful than a previous one and luck will be one’s side in every event in life.
When the Wheel of Fortune card appears with the High Priestess card, there will be an artistic or scientific triumph, particular if birth cards. If the Magician card appears with the Wheel of Fortune card in Tarot spreads, there will soon be an exciting change of profession or residence. If the Wheel of Fortune appears in a Tarot reading with the World card, light will be shed on hidden factors and talents. When the Chariot card appears before or after the Wheel of Fortune in a Tarot reading, all meanings indicate a decisive victory is imminent.
The Wheel of Fortune Reversed (RX)
The Wheel of Fortune reversed often means stagnation. It also can mean a period of change is difficult. The Wheel of Fortune reversed often denotes a downturn of some sort along with a general feeling of being out of sync.
When the reversed Wheel of Fortune (rx) card appears before the reversed Chariot (rx), travel plans may have to be cancelled for some reason, perhaps permanently if birth cards. If the Wheel of Fortune appears after the reversed Chariot (rx) card in Major Arcana Tarot spreads, travel may result in being waylaid. When the reversed Wheel of Fortune (rx) card appears before the reversed Magician (rx), any new career will be difficult to start, but if the reversed Wheel of Fortune (rx) follows the reversed Magician (rx) the meaning is that a new career will falter in the near future if neither are birth cards.
Whenever the reversed Wheel of Fortune (rx) card appears before the World card in a Tarot deck reading, the streak of bad luck is just temporary and will be forgotten in time. If the World card in the Tarot reading is reversed as well, it indicates only a partial success and neither good nor bad luck in the future. If the Wheel of Fortune card in any orientation is in a Tarot spread before or after the Star card in deck readings, hope will be kept no matter how bad the circumstances become.
The Wheel of Fortune in Regards to Love, Sex and Relationships
The appearance of the Wheel of Fortune card in a Tarot reading indicates luck and opportunity in matters of the heart. It sometimes can signify a chance meeting that results in the development of a long-term relationship. Destiny is in order whenever the Wheel of Fortune card appears in a Tarot reading. The Wheel of Fortune can also mean an existing relationship is changing course for the better.