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The Wheel of Fortune - Working with Fate in the Tarot

The Wheel of Fortune prompts you to navigate a balance between going with the flow and charting your own path.

Hit play below to listen to the audio lesson, or scroll down to read the text version.

To give you a bit of context whilst you reflect on your own relationship to the card, here are a few key things to know about the Wheel of Fortune.

The Wheel of Fortune is an age-old archetype, symbolising the constantly shifting nature of live - the wheel keeps turning - our experience is never a stationary thing. Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down.

In some contexts, the Wheel can be a frustrating card to pull. Its overriding message is: what’s going to happen is going to happen, and you’ll just have to deal with it!

But I'm always personally struck by the way the Wheel doubles as a compass, at least in the Rider Waite Smith version of the card. The compass motif says that the Wheel is both something that's always shifting and a tool that helps us strengthen our connection to our personal True North. In other words, we can prepare to face the unexpected that fate throws our way by tapping into ourselves - our desires, our needs, our truths, and allowing those to help us move forward even while we're bing tossed around by events outside our control.

When the Wheel of Fortune comes up in a reading, you may find yourself in a situation where the way you spend your time, effort and energy is at the mercy of others - their schedules, and demands.

But having clarity about what you want as a result of working with what's being thrown at you can help reframe the experience. So take some time to reflect on what's most important to you now, and how you can continue to prioritize that even when unexpected demands threaten to take over your time and energy.

In your tarot journal, you’re asked to reflect on what this card means to you, now, in this moment, and what actions and thoughts it inspires in you. As you journal, pay attention to what you’re personally picking up in the card, but also consider what the key themes and symbols in the card might be telling you. Where are you at the mercy of fate right now? How can you use the experience as a compass to reorient yourself toward your own True North?

This mini-tarot lesson was brought to you by me, Chelsey Pippin Mizzi, founder of Pip Cards Tarot. I hope you gained a little context to help you continue reflecting on the card in your own way, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another mini-lesson.

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