Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Wheel of Fortune Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Fate and destiny. Change of luck and fortune.
Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings:
The Wheel of Fortune brings change and usually of a positive nature unless surrounded or immediately followed by less favourable cards. The wheel suggests the cyclical nature and inevitability of change, what’s down must at some point go back up, and vice-versa.
Circumstances rarely stay the same but the Wheel introduces the element of luck, indicating that it’s a matter of chance, where fate and destiny step into play. When the wheel turns everything can turn around in the blink of an eye. The hand of fate turns the wheel of life and Lady Luck smiles upon us.
In earlier Tarot de Marseille style decks La Roue de Fortune is depicted with figures rising and falling upon the wheel, whilst the image in the Swiss IJJ deck shows the goddess Fortuna blindly turning the wheel of their fate.
When the Wheel of Fortune appears in your reading it represents a new cycle commencing when luck is riding on your side and gains can be made, so it’s important to make the most of opportunities as you never know when the wheel will turn again.
If reversed or ill-dignified, the Wheel of Fortune may suggest your luck has run out and things are not working in your favour.
Similar or supporting cards: Together with multiple sevens in the reading indicates a cycle change. Similar characteristics, although different meanings, are found with Death and The Tower as they all bring an element of change of an external nature (usually outside of our control).
Opposing or contradictory cards: Hanging Man and Two of Swords (no movement) Four of Pentacles (risk-averse, caution)
Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Combinations:
The order of the cards would be important when reading in a simple line, for instance The Tower to Wheel of Fortune could show a turnaround in circumstances such as a blessing in disguise or bounce back from something initially perceived as a catastrophe. However, luck wouldn’t be running on your side if this order were switched (Wheel to The Tower). With marriage cards it may show a ‘fortunate’ match, or the changing fortunes and circumstances in the lives of those involved due to the pairing.
Death > Wheel of Fortune > Fool: complete and absolute change from one path to another.
> The Devil: possible gambling addiction
> Five of Pentacles: risky venture that results in loss, whereas followed by a positive Pentacle card would show gains (such as Nine of Pentacles etc).
> The Sun > The World: These three together (in any combination) bring fortune and success of a larger degree than the client’s usual experience. If The Star is also included it may put you in the spotlight (fame of some description).
Four of Cups > Wheel of Fortune > Four of Pentacles: may warn of a missed opportunity and being careful not to dismiss something out of hand.
Ace of Pentacles > Wheel of Fortune > Six of Pentacles: Lucky ticket. A new venture that brings financial gain.
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