The Wheel of Fortune

identify the cycles that we create in our lives

from Spiral Tarot

As the Wheel of Fortune spins, we’re invited to look at the cycles and patterns that we create and consider that what we perceive as fate is, in fact, our unresolved complexes perpetuating. After The Hermit’s introspection, this is an opportunity to create change from a place of presence and in co-creation with our best selves in an evolution of our soul’s path, rather than wait for change to happen to us.

The turning of the Wheel may also refer to the natural cycles of the seasons, the wheel of the year, biological life changes, generational patterns or wounds, seasonal disorders, memories held by the body or mind, and other cyclical occurrences (there is an element of time in this card). We may find ourselves at a turning point, ready to change the cycle if we’re in the center rather than clinging to the outer rim.

(-) In resistance, we’re stuck in a rut, failing to see how the seeds we are sowing today will affect our future. Blind to the part that we play in the cause & effect of our lives, we resign ourselves to fate.

(+) In excess, the consequences of our actions continue to perpetuate as we fail to identify our projections, unaware of their repetition in the patterns of our lives, and we cling to the outer wheel with increasing anger and resentment.

Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up include

  • What pattern is repeating?
  • What factors are outside of your control? How would you change them?
  • Is there a challenging seasonal cycle that you can plan for (rather than endure)?
  • Are there painful memories that your body holds?
  • What ancestral baggage are you carrying?
  • How may your current actions or choices affect future outcomes?

What else? The archetypes of the majors are complex and you may have other insights. How has this card come up for you? What are some examples of this card’s energies?

One thought on “The Wheel of Fortune”

  1. Hi! I identify 4 cards in Tarot that connect Change and Time. The Wheel of Fortune in my perspective is the unexpected Change that happens to you in a due Time, what you can easily call The Fates. It obbeys to the Rule of Cycles, as do Death, Tower and Judgement. Thank you

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