X. Wheel of Fortune


Key words

Upright: destiny, turning point, life cycles

Reversed: resisting change, unrest, bad luck, breaking cycles


An orange wheel revolves in the heavens, inscribed with Hebrew letters that spell the unpronounceable name of God. Between the Hebrew letters are letters from the Roman alphabet which spell TORA or TAROT, depending on whether you read them counterclockwise or clockwise. The center of the wheel is inscribed with alchemical symbols. The wheel is surrounded by four winged creatures representing the elements of air, water, fire, and earth. Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, supports the wheel on his back while a yellow snake slithers along the wheel behind him. Atop the wheel is a sphinx with a sword, representing insight to life’s mysteries and the spiritual realm. 


10:  Completion, end of a cycle, transformation, release

The Wheel of Fortune Upright

The Wheel of Fortune represents the inevitability of change. If you are going through a difficult time, things will get better. If you’re feeling on top of the world, remember that life comes with unavoidable highs and lows. Make the most of happy times, and in your lower moments, be optimistic that your luck will change for the better. If you feel that change is being forced upon you, see what happens if you stop resisting and let the wheel of fate continue to turn.

The Wheel of Fortune Reversed

While there are some things in life you cannot change, you are not exempt from taking responsibility for your actions and circumstances. You will not accomplish anything by waiting for some unseen force to swoop in and make things happen for you. You may need to break a negative cycle (in your behavior or in relationships) in order to turn your luck around. It might seem like the universe is working against you, but you can overcome this resistance if you accept that your path will not be a straightforward one.