X. WHEEL OF FORTUNE
beautiful card is filled with the deepest meanings. The wheel at the center
contains the knowledge of the Great Mysteries. The four Hebrew letters stand for
the Divine name "YHVH -Yahweh or Jehovah.
The letters "TORA" stand for the first Five Books of Moses,
which contain the Hebraic Laws of righteous living. When the letters are
reversed, we find the name of the "taro(t)," this deck of cards so
filled with Divine Knowledge passed through the ages. If we rearrange the
letters, we come up with "ROTA," the Latin word for "wheel."
The Wheel of Fortune is surmounted by a sphinx holding a sword. The sphinx
implies that when the animal passions of the lion are dominated by the human
mind, we hold great power in our hands. Both the wheel and the sphinx also
remind us of the temporal nature of life, for they symbolize time. They tell us
that "to every time there is
a season," that life moves in and of a great Cosmic Cycle of creativity.
four rods at the center of the wheel divide the circle into eight parts-four and
eight are numbers of structure and physical creativity. The four alchemical
symbols relate to the four directions, the four seasons, and the winds of
change. There are four Living Creatures, as they are called, set in the corners
of the card. These are the symbols of the fixed signs in astrology, the four
elements they represent, and also of the four Gospels of the New Testament:
Humanity-Aquarius-Air-Matthew, Eagle-Scorpio-Water-John, Bull-Taurus-Earth-Luke,
and Lion-Leo-Fire-Mark. Thus we have the combined wisdom of Hebraic Law and
Christian Love. A snake winds its way around one side of the wheel, representing
the inherent sexual, creative urge of life. The Egyptian jackal-man is on the
other side of the circle. He is a joker and represents the ability for us to be
fooled by our body, mind, and desires into thinking that all there is to life is
contained in the outer world of forms.
the reading - Fortune reflects an unexpected course of events. Something is
happening or will happen that will benefit the querent. It will be a surprise,
something over which a person has no control. The circumstances of this surprise
may have nothing to do with what the querent either deserves or has worked to
achieve. Life is giving a gift. The querent must make the choice to accept what
is offered even if he does not understand its meaning in light of the other
events in his life. It is a gift that goes beyond reason and logic. It is a Gift
of the Spirit, and change is inevitable.
querent may experience extreme bad luck. This may be very impersonal, as the
querent may have done nothing to bring such a condition into his or her life, at
least not consciously. This is a quirk of fate, a condition of collective and
not individual karma, with no ready explanation possible. The person must accept
what is offered and learn from the experience.
meaning-The general experiences one has as one lives within the rhythms
and patterns of the life around us.
meaning-The process of becoming objectively aware of the patterns and
rhythms of the world around you and the cycles of time within which we live.
Life is alive! It has Its Destiny and you are part of it.