What Does The Wheel Of Fortune Tarot Card Mean?

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Wheel Of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings: Upright, Reversed, Love

The Wheel of Fortune is a term that has been used for a very long time, in carnivals and game shows. Spin the wheel, get your fortune. Will it be a good one, or will it bring tears?

As the 10th card in the Tarot deck's Major Arcana, we might assume the Wheel of Fortune Tarot card is similar in meaning, and we'd be right. If we draw this card in a reading, we know that opportunity is in sight. What we do with opportunity is what it is all about, however. 

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings

Upright meaning keywords: Good luck, good-decision making skills; luck in love, soulmates, good karma; good timing and taking chances with positive results

Reversed meaning keywords: Bad luck, disorder, change of plans; misunderstandings and setbacks; unforeseeable interruptions; major delays, lateness

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Description 

This rather busy card gives us many images to contemplate.

It is the 10th card in the deck, and on it we see a wheel with what looks like a sigil inside it. The sigil gives the wheel its North, South, East and West look, and has both Hebrew and English characters on it, spelling out the word "TAROT."

This wheel spins in the middle of some cloudy cosmic scene, surrounded by snakes, winged creatures in each corner, and something that looks like a dog-faced, red, male humanoid creature. Each winged being is writing in a book, and the wheel itself seems to be rotating on the red male humanoid with the animal head. 

On the right side of the wheel, we see the god, Anubis (that red guy), who represents good fortune and success.

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The symbols seen on this card are interesting. The four winged cherubic creatures are there to represent the four elements: fire, water, air and earth. They are also linked to Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio.

And let's not forget the Sphinx sitting atop the wheel, holding an upright sword. The Sphinx symbolizes intelligence and higher consciousness.

The snake is right at the being's foot, ready to bite. The Typhoon, as it is called, is a mythological creature; he is the serpent on the left of the wheel, and is there to represent danger and deadliness.

The wheel itself is representative of chance, choice and possibility.

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Upright Wheel of Fortune Meaning 

When the Wheel of Fortune cards shows up in a reading, even if the reading is centered on a single card, if this is the card, it brings with it good fortune. It says that your destiny is about to change, and that all you have worked for is about to pay off.

It is also there to let you know that you no longer need to doubt your choices, as you have made the right ones.

It is a great card to get when you are asking questions on career or finance, and it lets you know that all things are moving in the right direction for you.

Remember, a wheel spins, so what goes around come around. If you put in the right effort, you will get the right outcome. This card reiterates your courage and ability to roll with the changes.

It is also a great card for validation. The universe is supporting you, and it is letting you know this.

This is especially good news when the concerns revolve around health, as this card signifies healthful, positive change. It is also there to tell you to keep going, to maintain your gift of good health.

Reversed Wheel of Fortune Meaning 

This is the card of major change, and when it shows up in a reading in reverse, it heralds the idea of unforeseen bad tidings.

Change is coming and it is not what you want; in fact, it is quite the opposite. It is a card that bring on feelings of victimization, a hopelessness born of not being able to control what others do to you.

It is also the card of karma, and when reversed it usually means it is your turn to pay the karmic piper his due. This can be both materialistic and spiritual, both emotional and financial.

If you made a mistake — a stupid one, one you are conscious of — you will pay the price, whatever that is.

There is some comfort, however, in that this card gives you fair warning: make it right, right now. Change!

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Nothing is irreversible with this card (remember, it spins — here today, gone tomorrow), and if you get it, you can use it as a prompt to get your life back in order. It is time to right the wrongs of the past as only you know how to do.

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The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

What a wonderful card to see in the mix when you are inquiring about love and romance.

Love and Relationships: Upright Wheel of Fortune Meaning

While we all know that love is never a safe place, this card says, "Go for it anyway." It is an affirmation card that lets you know you are on the right track with your loved one, and that all lights are green, so take advantage now.

This card can also confirm if the one you have your heart set on is actually someone who is meant for you. It is a soulmate confirmation card, in its way.

When we ask, "Do they love me?" and we get the Wheel of Fortune card, we can assume that, yes, that person most certainly does love us.

Love and Relationships: Reversed Wheel of Fortune Meaning

If, however, you get this card reversed in a love reading, it is cause for concern.

If this the card of change, in love, it is about endings. It can also mean that the one you love does not love you back.

Messages like this are hard to hear, but once again, it is a wheel, which means it is cyclical. Bad news will be followed by good news eventually.

In love, this card tells you to examine your relationship or situation, and ask yourself if what you have is even slightly what you want.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.

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