The Wheel of Fortune

September 7, 2017

The Wheel of Fortune is usually a great card to come across in a spread or a draw. Obviously the wheel can turn for the good or the bad, but given that it's more likely people turn to the tarot when they're feeling stuck or troubled, people tend to interpret this card as a change of luck for the better.

In terms of personal empowerment though, what does this card mean? Often when we're stuck, or feeling like we've got the shitty end of the stick we get all "woe is me," grab the ice cream, and just settle in for the ride. Maybe we get all paranoid and figure we did something to deserve it, that someone (or the universe, if you're really narcissistic or totally nuts) is out to get us, or that we never deserved any good fortune to begin with. Most people aren't quite that dramatic, but if the rest of us were honest, we'd see at least a little bit of that in ourselves.

The Wheel card can remind us of a few things that can help.

First, the only thing constant about life is that it keeps changing. Life will change regardless of what you do and who you are. A run of bad luck isn't your fault, just as the same way a run of good luck isn't. Life is impersonal, no matter how strongly we feel that we live at the center of the universe. This can be both a comfort, and a reminder of humility. And consider the possibility that we can't tell what's good and what's bad luck? Maybe a stroke of bad luck keeps us home away from something worse? Maybe "good luck" gets us a promotion to work with a new boss we hate?

Second, the card tells us that we can help turn the wheel ourselves. There's no need to just stand there passively, watching things happen to us. This card can be a prompt to reach up out of our indecision and weakness and do something to better our situation. It can be a call to trust in the universe and open one's self to possibility. Maybe it's a time to take a risk, to aim for being more than we think we are. Sometimes it's hard to be optimistic, but if you're wallowing in doubt and negativity it's entirely likely you'll miss opportunities or not make the most of what you have. 

Finally, we're instructed to look around us to see who else might have their hands on the wheel. Who's clawing their way up one side and messing it up for us? Who's weighing it down like a hippo on a toy ball? Our lives are interrelated in many ways, and whether we intend it or not we play a role in each others lives. The wheel can tell us to take a look at how things are spinning and whether we need to free up the gears.

That's a lot to think about, isn't it!