The Wheel

The Wheel

The Wheel of Fortune tarot card is the tenth card of the Major Arcana and is a card of Jupiter. Jupiter is a planet that brings fortune and abundance. Normally, The Wheel of Fortune is suggestive of things turning for the better(Ofcourse, depending on the cards around it). But, things can go wrong even with Jupiter, when the planet bestows ‘too much’ of something. In the case of The Wheel of Fortune, when Jupiter bestows too much confidence, it can lead to impulsive actions and risky behaviour. The card is about cycles of change. “What goes up, must come down”.


The Wheel of Fortune Tarot represents a change in fortune, a turning point, destiny, good luck, karma, opportunity, a situation over which you have no control.


In the Rider Waite deck, The Wheel of Fortune Tarot shows a balanced card, having a mixture of all the colours. One of the most symbolic cards of the tarot deck, it integrates Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew, Zodiacal and animalistic symbolism, in this one card. The card has a lot of red in it, implying that the universe has the power to grant your wish.
In the centre of the card is a large wheel.A Sphinx sits at the top of the wheel and a ‘devil’(Egyptian God Anubis)seems to be arising from the bottom, suggesting that as one comes up, the other goes down. The snake represents rebirth. At the four corners of the card are different creatures representing the basic elements - Earth(Bull), Air(Angel),Fire(Lion) and Water(Eagle). Each creature is holding The Torah, which communicates wisdom and self-understanding.


The Wheel of Fortune is a card of ‘karma’ cautioning you to think before you act, as everything you do “comes back to you threefold”. The Wheel represents luck and chance, cycle of life and death, fortune and poverty. It encourages you to not be afraid of taking risks and be open to any new or unexpected opportunities coming your way.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card meaning changes when the card comes reversed. This could be a stagnation period for you and you will be in need of being more active. Avoid taking any unnecessary risks and work only with what you have for the moment.

In a business reading

When The Wheel of Fortune comes up in a business reading, you will have a bout of good luck and positive energy and things will be on the upswing. Finances will improve by some kind of stroke of luck and opportunities will come your way, simply because you happened to be in the right place at the right time. A challenging work situation will suddenly become easier without any effort on your part. Just allow yourself to be open-minded and flexible about the circumstances coming your way.

In relationships

Those who are already in love, will see a sudden improvement in their relationship. You could now be thinking of looking for a house to move in together and those already living together, will be thinking of starting a family.

And when The Wheel of Fortune comes up for singles, it suggests that a new romance is around the corner because the time is right. You don't have to do anything to attract the good luck, it is destined to happen. Even if this relationship does not end in marriage, you would have learnt an important lesson from this association.

In Health

In a health reading when The Wheel of Fortune comes up, it suggests that your health is not stable at the moment and may swing between recovery and relaxes for a while. Your recovery could be going through ups and downs resulting in mood swings and varying energy levels. Special care should be taken of the spine as you may suffer from lower back pain or nerve compression in the spinal discs.

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