Card Type: Major Arcana
Card Number: 10
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Other Names: Fortuna, Goddess of fortune
Key Meaning: Lucky You!
The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card represents an exciting period of good luck and fortune coming your way.
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Wheel of Fortune Keywords
🥰 Upright: Luck, windfall, destiny
😒 Reversed: Bad luck, wishful thinking, gullibility
The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. We see a revolving wheel, in this card. The spinning wheel represents the passage of time and the ups and downs of life. Sometimes life seems to be going our way, and other times we feel less lucky. The good news is, when this card turns up in your reading, it means the wheel has spun in your favor. Your life is about to change, if it hasn’t already. Usually this card refers to a change in material wealth or status, it can bring expected and unexpected windfalls and opportunities.
To reinforce the magical power of the Wheel of Fortune, this card is stuffed full of mythical, astrological and religious symbols.
There are four winged creatures on the corners of the card, representing the four Evangelists in the bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (The Lion, the Ox, the Man and the Eagle). Inside the wheel, you also find the alchemical symbols representing the four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire; as well as four fixed signs of the zodiac, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio. On the wheel, the letters T-A-R-O are usually interpreted as Yahweh, which is the Hebrew for God. The corners of the card are occupied with a bull, lion, eagle and angel; these are the guardians of the four directions or four seasons.
This wheel belongs to the Goddess Fortuna, who seems to spin it at random, but perhaps it is more to do with right timing and synchronicity. When this card appears in your spread, it is your time to be lucky. Of course, the more you believe you are lucky, the luckier you will tend to be. This is because positivity makes you more energetic and upbeat, bettering your odds in general in life. Perhaps this is what the Prophet Mohammed meant when he said: “Trust in Allah, but tie your camel first.”
Other keywords associated with this card: chance, happiness, manifestations finally occurring, rewards, what goes around comes around, odds in your favor.
What Zodiac Sign is The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card?
The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card is assigned the star sign Sagittarius. Represented by the archer glyph, Sagittarius is the sign of adventure and freedom. Like the spinning wheel, the archer has a deep-rooted desire for change.
Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, is thus also assigned to the Wheel of Fortune card. Astrologers call Jupiter the Great Benefic, the bringer of prosperity and luck. It is the planet of expansion, and helps us to broaden our horizons and expand our minds through life experiences, education and spirituality. This is the planet that inspires us to chase our dreams, no matter how out of reach them seem. In ancient Rome, Jupiter was the ruler of gods and their protector.
In astrology, the Wheel of Fortune is assigned to the ninth house, which is ruled by Sagittarius and Jupiter. The ninth house is where astrologers look for information on higher learning, travel and spiritual awakening.
The Wheel of Fortune card corresponds to the element fire.
Romance: What does The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the Wheel of Fortune turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on your question. For example, if you asked:
💖 Will I find love? Then the answer is yes! Fate is likely to play a role in you meeting- for example, you both just happen to be in the same place, at the same time.
💖 Does he or she like me? The question is, do you want them to like you? If you do, then fortune is on your side. They are very much open to falling in love with you.
💖 What is the future of our relationship? This card predicts a time of positive change. Your circumstances change and struggles disappear.
💖 About Family: If you are hoping or praying for something to happen to improve your family life, then luck is on your side.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Wheel of Fortune, then here is your guidance:
⭕ You get a lucky break! Whatever that means to you. This could refer to work, your side-hustle business, passion project or study.
⭕ If you are running a business, this card can mean a dream opportunity falling on your lap.
⭕ This card can predict worldly acclaim and stardom.
Careers associated with this card include: Celebrity, writing, film, public speaking, start-up business, gambling industry, pop-up shops, media.
If you are considering hiring a candidate and this card appears, it means:
Go ahead! Hiring this candidate will turn out lucky for all those involved.
Half Your Career Success Is Just Luck A study by IT University of Copenhagen, showed that about 50 percent of career success in creative industries like film making, music, writing and even scientific research papers, came down to sheer luck. When the Wheel of Fortune turns up in a career reading, it means you are blessed with this sort of luck.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of This Card in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Wheel of Fortune Tarot card, it can mean:
💲 You have a stroke of good fortune when it comes to money or property. This might come out of the blue, or result from something you have already set in motion.
💲 Lucky opportunities appear now to improve your life. Don’t second guess yourself, and grab what comes with enthusiasm.
💲 Investments do well, usually due to unforeseen events.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Wheel of Fortune combined with Hanged Man” – Spiritual insights prove lucky
“Combined with The Tower” – What seems unlucky, turns out to be lucky
“Wheel of Fortune combined with Ace of Swords” – A very lucky idea
HEALTH: What does The Wheel of Fortune Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, this card of course, is very lucky. If you are recovering from illness, then you should fare better than most people in your circumstances. Or perhaps you are nervously waiting on test results? If so, this card signifies the news is good. You truly feel blessed.
Health conditions associated with this card include: hip pain, bursitis and tendinitis. This card rules: hips and thighs.
YES/NO: Does The Wheel of Fortune Card Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does This Card Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 The Wheel of Fortune card represents November 23 to December 21. If the card is reversed, timing will be longer – perhaps up to a year later, same date.
Karina’s Timing Method:
I am using a traditional major arcana timing method here, based on the zodiac sign assigned to each card.
What is the Meaning of The Wheel of Fortune Card Reversed?
When the Wheel of Fortune is upside down, then it turns in the opposite direction. This indicates a less lucky period, for example:
✔️Bad luck is just around the corner, so this is a good time to ‘save for a rainy day’.
✔️ Do not take unnecessary risks, particularly when it comes to extreme sports, or high-risk travel.
✔️A situation is not ripe enough to act on yet. Making a move would be premature.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: gambling addiction, gullibility, victim mentality, wishful thinking and chasing the dragon.
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