The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card represents the cyclical nature of reality. This can include things like karma, recurring psychological patterns, fate, or anything else that reflects the many cycles that we experience in our lives.
This card is absolutely loaded with symbology and is certainly one of the most profound cards in the entire deck. A member of the Major Arcana cards, the Wheel of Fortune adds an interesting and epic twist to any reading.
About the Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card
If you’re looking for a card that can be interpreted just about a billion ways, then look into the symbolism of the Wheel of Fortune.
The most obvious aspect of this card is the giant wheel which takes up most of the picture. The wheel itself can represent the turning cycles of karma, life and death, the seasons – the many cyclical aspects of nature and existence.
Inscribed on the wheel’s face are the letters YHVH. In Kaballah – one of the mystic foundations of Tarot – YHVH is the most sacred of words, representing the infinite and unknowable nature of the creator.
You will also see the letters TORA, which may represent the Torah – the collective name for all the many books of the Bible, including those which were cast out by the Catholic church.
Other symbols included in the card are the snake, the Egyptian god Anubis, and four winged creatures representing different astrological signs.
Meaning of the Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card
The meaning of this card, like others, varies depending on which way you pull the card.
Wheel of Fortune Tarot Upright
One of the most important meanings of the upright Wheel of Fortune is the reminder that life continues and always changes. If you’re facing strife, this suggests that you will soon move into a more balanced state.
The Wheel of Fortune can also have a karmic indication. It may suggest that you are meeting a karmic challenge or that you are involved in the fulfillment of someone else’s karma.
All in all, the Wheel reminds us that life continues to turn and that we are merely caught up in this cycle. Hard times crest into easy times, and vice versa.
Wheel of Fortune Tarot Reversed
The meaning of the Wheel of Fortune reversed is similar, however, it may indicate that the upcoming karmic challenge will be a difficult one. This may also indicate that a wave of positivity that you are riding will soon crest into a period of difficulty for learning and growth.
This provides you an opportunity to check in with yourself and to ensure that your choices have been beneficial to everyone involved – especially yourself. If things are soon to change, address what caused the change and how you can prevent any negative changes from occurring in the future.
The Wheel of Fortune is a powerful and prophetic card that reminds us of the cyclical nature of life.
Combined with a card like Strength, you may learn that you have the power to meet karmic challenges easily. Or, if you pull the Wheel alongside the Fool, perhaps you are whimsically unprepared, but nonetheless eager, to meet life’s challenges.